Here's the bottom line: It's your responsibility to qualify out any economy, price, budget objections on the front end call so that these objections don't come up during the close. If you're still getting these objections later on, it means you didn't "disqualify" out the non-buyers - which are what you're dealing with when you get this objection.
It doesn't mean they aren't EVER going to be buyers, it just means they aren't going to buy now. And you need to know that in the beginning and NOT send any information or demos out.
Here are some questions to ask to identify who will and who won't use the "We're just going to wait until the economy gets better" objection.
During the qualifying call, make sure and ask any of the following questions by working them into your specific sale:
"A lot of companies are taking advantage of this (your product or service) now that the economy is slow - do you think the time is right for you, too?"
"Given what's happening in the economy right now, do you still see yourself (or your company) moving forward with this now?"
If they say they don't know, then layer it with:
"When do you think would be a more appropriate time for you?"
"How are you doing in this economy?"
"Are you still going to be able to participate in this if we can get you the (price, rate, deal) we're talking about here?"
"__________, many of our clients find that this (your product or service) is still important regardless of what is happening in the economy - is it something that you still have in your budget?"
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