20 Examples of Common Sales Objections With Responses (2023)
By: Ilse Van Rensburg
Sales, Cold Calling
I like your solution, but it’s just not in our budget right now…
Sales objections like these pop up throughout the sales process. There’s no avoiding them, but you can overcome them with strategic rebuttals.
In this article you’ll learn:
- The difference between sales objections and obstructions
- The different types of customer objections sales teams encounter
- 20 of the most typical sales objections and responses that work!
- Steps for overcoming objections in sales
Let’s get started 👇
What is a sales objection?
A sales objection is an explicit indication from a prospect that prevents them from purchasing your product or service. Sales reps often view this as a rejection, however, it’s an opportunity to learn more about your customer and meet their reservations with well-thought-out rebuttals.
Objections vs. obstructions: what are the differences?
Brainstorming rebuttals for sales objections isn’t the only challenge B2B sales reps face. You’ll also experience obstructions.
What are sales obstructions?
A sales obstruction is when a prospect gives you an excuse as to why they can’t do something. A sales obstruction example being:
“I don’t have time for this.”
While an objection is something a prospect is unsure about regarding your product or service. A sales objection example being:
“I don’t know how this will help me.”
Handling these sales challenges requires the same sales strategy and techniques that we’ll be exploring below. But, you might want to watch this 3-minute video on how to respond to sales rejections before you scroll on:
Types of sales objections
If you’re in B2B sales, you’ve definitely come across the sales term BANT.
BANT stands for Budget, Authority, Need and Timing. It's also how reps remember the 4 most common types of sales objections that are repeated time and time again.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you might hear when you come across these types of sales objections:
Lack of budget
“We don’t have the money to buy.”
Lack of budget is probably the most common of all the sales objections you’ll come across.
When a prospect says this, ask yourself:
“What’s the reason behind the objection?”
Is it because the price is genuinely too high or does the prospect not see the value in your product?
If the price is too high, don’t immediately offer a discount. Rather emphasise the value of your product and why you’re different to the competition.
If the prospect doesn’t recognise the value, explain how your product can remove pain points and change the way they work for the better. Discuss product features, your amazing customer service, and don’t forget social proof! You’d be surprised at what a good review or a case study can do for a prospect on the fence.
Lack of authority
“I’ll have to speak to my boss about this.”
This is a good example of a sales objection that might mean something else completely.
“Do they actually not have the authority, or do they not trust your company?”
If your company doesn’t have a big brand presence, prospects will be weary of entering a relationship with you. After all, people do business with companies they know and trust.
If this is the case, you’ll need to back up your sales pitch with social proof. Mention how you’ve helped a similar company and provide a case study to back up your claims.
If lack of authority is the sales objection, then it’s your job to turn that prospect into a champion of your product or service. Go over the benefits of what you’re selling and emphasise the value it can add in making their job easier. If you play your cards right they’ll help you get the buy-in you need from the ultimate decision maker in your target account.
Lack of need
“We don’t need something like this at (company) right now.”
This might seem like a sales objection on the surface, but in reality, it’s an opportunity!
When a prospect gives this objection they are either too busy to hear your pitch or they can’t see how your product or service can help them.
Overcoming this objection will require you to qualify the prospect. Ask open-ended questions to evaluate their needs and challenges. If you find your solution can help give a detailed explanation as to how.
Lack of urgency
“Fixing (problem) isn’t our top priority right now.”
This is another common sales objection that you’ll need to look closely at.
What is their reason for delaying? Is it time? Or if they’re trying to get rid of you.
To discover the real reason, ask them to explain why dealing with the challenge they have is not important right now, and what they are focusing on instead.
If they are focusing on other pain points you might find an opportunity to help there. If it seems like they won’t budge from using time as an excuse, then try to schedule a meeting at a time that might suit them better.
20 of the most common sales objections and responses
At Cognism, we understand the frustrations of overcoming objection after objection. So we've put together a list of sales objections with responses to help you achieve your sales goals faster!
1. I don’t want to sign a long contract.
That’s understandable, (first name). How about we discuss some different contract terms?
2. We’re using your competitor.
And how are you finding them? If you don’t mind me asking, why did you choose to go with (competitor)? (Wait for a response and then rebuttal with how your product is different).
3. (Competitor) is cheaper.
Yes, (competitor) is cheaper but they don’t offer (feature/s). At the end of the day (feature) is going to be well worth the extra expense. (Offer social proof if you can).
4. I don’t see any ROI potential.
There’s definitely potential. I’d love to show you and explain how, (first name). Are you available this week for a more detailed call?
5. I’m not interested.
I understand, (first name). How about I send over some information addressing ( pain point) and you can contact us if you change your mind?
6. I’m busy.
I completely understand, and I don’t want to waste your time. I can tell you about (product) in 2-minutes. If you’re interested I’ll email you more information, if not I won’t call again. How does that sound?
7. How did you get my information?
I came across your website and thought I’d reach out because I believe (product) would be a great fit for (company name).
8. I’ve never heard of your company.
We’re a company that (explain your product). I’d love to chat to you about (pain point) and see how we can help.
9. This looks too complicated for my team to learn.
Can you tell me what specifically looks complicated, and I’ll walk you through it?
10. We’re using this budget elsewhere.
That’s understandable, (first name). You know, we had a customer who had the same issue, but they decided to go with (product) and they actually increased their ROI so they could then use their new revenue for other areas.
11. Can you call me back next quarter?
Sure! Before I go, I’d like to get a sense of where you’ll stand next quarter. Do you think your superiors will give you the go-ahead to invest in (product)?
12. This is too expensive.
I believe (product) can help solve (challenge) you shared with me, (first name). Here’s how…
13. You don’t have (feature).
Have you heard of (partner)? Many of our current customers choose to use it alongside ours and so far, we’ve had good feedback.
14. I’m going to get some quotes for comparison.
I’m convinced that we’ll be able to save you money just like we do our other clients. But I understand the need to compare. May I ask how many other quotes you’ll be getting and from who?
15. We’re happy with the way things are.
I’m thrilled to hear that (first name)! How are you currently solving (pain point)?
16. We don’t have a big enough team for this.
I see, and I want (product) to add value to the team you have. How big are you at the moment and what are your current day-to-day responsibilities? I’m asking because I believe (product) once onboarded, might alleviate some of those responsibilities opening up your team to do what they do best.
17. Beep, beep, beep…
This sales objection is a tricky one. You don’t want to call back and annoy them. Consider how the call went before you got disconnected. Was it a genuine disconnection or a hang-up from pure frustration that the cold call wouldn’t end? If they hung up on you purposefully, try reaching out to someone else at the company. If it was a mistake, try this:
Sorry, (first name)! Seems like we got disconnected. Do you have some time to continue our conversation?
18. Can you email this over?
I’d be happy to (first name). Is there anything specific you’d like more information on?
19. I saw a bad review of your company.
We’ve resolved (issue) and now offer (fix). I’ve got a case study from (client) that expands on this. Would you like me to send it over?
20. Hi, you’ve reached ( prospect name) please leave a message…
Hi (first name). It’s (your name) from (company) here. I wanted to follow up/ discuss how (product) can help solve (pain point). Please let me know what time you’ll be available. Thanks!
💡 P.S Here's 10 more more cold calling voicemail scripts for you to check out.
Got 2-minutes? Learn more about the most common sales objections and how to overcome them in this quick video 👇.
How to overcome sales objections in 7 easy steps
“How do you overcome sales objections?” is the question on every rep's lips.
Don’t act impulsively and respond appropriately.
Or at least, that’s one technique. We’re outlining how to overcome sales objections in 7 steps below:
First things first, prepare for your call. This means doing your prospecting research and having an objection list or sales objections and responses template on hand should you need to refer to it.
Active listening is the golden rule of sales, and it’s no different when it comes to dealing with sales objections. Focus on any concerns your prospect raises and give them room to speak without interruption.
While your prospect speaks, make sure your body language and facial expressions express how seriously you’re taking their concerns. Once they are done, reply in a way that empathises with them.
If you feel any objections aren’t clear, request clarification and continue to ask open-ended questions until you understand their pain point fully. One way you can respond to sales objections is to repeat what the prospect has said back to them. This will ensure you’re following the right train of thought, and will encourage your prospect to keep sharing with you.
You might even notice that the first objection wasn’t the real issue and it was just hiding an underlying issue your buyer wasn’t ready to discuss with you.
Now that you understand your customers' objections you need to validate them. Whatever you do, don’t reject or minimise what they’ve communicated. Rather express how important their concerns are to you.
Another technique for overcoming sales objections is to start with the most important objection and then move on to the smaller ones. You don’t need to spend too much time on them. Attend to them quickly and don’t let them linger longer than necessary or go ignored.
If you feel you can’t answer an objection, then explain that you need to chat to a higher-up about it and you’ll get back to them ASAP.
Once you've acknowledged and provided a solution to your prospects' sales objection you’ll want to propose a follow-up meeting or call.
Be sure to have their objection and your responses written down or recorded so you can confirm them when you speak again.
Lastly, ask your buyer if they are happy with the solution you’ve provided.
If they are, check that there are no other concerns before moving on. Most importantly, don’t move on until all their concerns have been addressed.
1 - What should you do when a customer raises objections during a sales call?
Don’t panic! Rather take the time to hear them out and consult your sales objections script for an adequate and understanding response.
2 - What are the top sales objections?
The top types of sales objections are lack of budget, lack of authority, lack of need and no time to talk. These are sales rejection words you’ll hear over and over, so be sure to be prepared on how to respond appropriately.
3 - How to overcome price objections in sales
Pricing concerns are the most common when handling sales objections. To overcome them, pause for a few seconds after your sales prospect has objected to the price. You’ll find they might volunteer more information if left to speak. Often, the objection isn’t anything concrete and can be countered by describing the value your product or service delivers with social proof..
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