If you want to nail the product demo discovery meeting, it’s all in how you set up the agenda beforehand.
Demo Discovery vs. Sales Discovery
In its most simplistic form, demo discovery is about qualifying the business need for your products…understanding how your products make the buyer better at something that’s valuable to their business.
Sales discovery is all about qualifying the sales opportunity…compelling need, timeframe, budget, executive level sponsorship, decision makers, etc.
The overlap between the two is the “compelling need” or the BIG WHY, the reason it’s so critical to get better at something that it warrants the financial investment, people investment, change management, etc.?
Uncovering that BIG WHY is the lynchpin to delivering a killer demo that energizes buyers. That’s why it’s so critical to know beforehand. If you do a lot of combined demo/discovery meetings (not recommended), do your best to uncover the BIG WHY as early as possible in the meeting. It’s the ultimate value bullseye you’ll need to hit.
Formalizing the Agenda
When demo discovery meetings are scheduled, they’re usually done in casual fashion. The meeting invite looks something like this:
“The objective of the meeting is to understand your critical business issues and pain points so we can show you how our solution meets your needs.”
Here’s the problem with a lot of demo discovery meetings. You’re talking to a project-level person that has been tasked to create a shortlist of vendors to evaluate. In too many cases, they don’t know the business drivers behind the evaluation. They’re just checking boxes on a project to-do list.
Even worse is when the evaluation is a bottom-up initiative and you’re dealing with a group that’s trying to justify a solution they think is valuable, but the business leaders and decision makers aren’t even involved yet. These are tire-kickers that are wasting your time!
Try this in your next meeting invite before you hit the SEND button.