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Understand why the customer will buy your product and how the Final Decision Maker will justify the release of funds to pay for the product. Most Final Decision Makers of large value purchases will have a Return on Investment (ROI) and/or a Breakeven Analysis mentality and justification. Let's look at how we can provide this information to help us close the business.
There are numerous ways quantify the value in currency that the solution will provide. The key is to be able to put a number in dollars or pounds for example, so that the Final Decision Maker can see what he's getting for his investment. This is the Return on Investment.
One way to analyse this is to look at what the cost is to do nothing. This is the cost of business as usual. Sometimes this cost can include annual maintenance, support, time of people costs, inability to focus on other things needed to be done (opportunity costs) etc.
So put it in a spreadsheet. List all the costs of doing nothing and put a currency figure to it, and then list the cost savings and increased productivity, market share, and increased income or revenue produced from your solution.
This analysis shows that the cost of doing nothing over 3 years is 271,500, but the solution benefits are 395,000, therefore, if the solution itself only costs 50,000 for example, the solution will pay for itself in Year 2 when the solution would have had a return of 35,000 + 39,500 when it only cost 50,000.
|Costs of Doing Nothing||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Total|
|Waisted Time of Employees||25,000||25,000||25,000||75,000|
|Total Cost of Doing Nothing||90,000||90,500||91,000||271,500|
|Benefits of Solution|
|Improved Market Share||25,000||30,000||40,000||95,000|
|Time Savings of Employees||25,000||25,000||25,000||75,000|
|Total Value of Solution||125,000||130,000||140,000||395,000|
|Return on Investment||35,000||39,500||49,000||123,500|