#1 Rule for a Successful Sales Demo

John Peltonen, one of 3Sharp’s Founding Partners, shares his #1 Rule for a Successful Sales Demo in our latest installment of our Demo Wizards series.

#1 Rule for a Successful Sales Demo:  FOCUS

I’ve found that the best, most impactful sales demos are targeted and thoughtful conversations about what the demo giver understands the customer’s needs to be and how their product can address those needs.  Keep it tight, to the point, and conversationally focused.  This will lead to a more memorable and impactful sales demo for your customer.

Address the Customer’s Needs, not your Features

When preparing a software product sales demo, it’s easy to think about the coolest, most compelling features – those that were the most difficult to build, those that enable the most powerful results, those that set you apart from your competition.  If your preparation primarily focuses on these product features, you will give an informative demo that will educate your customer on how your product works.  The customer will most likely thank you for your time and then forget everything you showed them.  Whether or not you win the deal will, essentially, be left up to chance.


Why?  Because you weren’t focusing on the most important part of any sales demo:  addressing the customer’s needs.  If you are focusing on features that don’t address any problems or needs that your customer currently has, it will, essentially, be a waste of your time.  If, however, you weave a story and show how your product solves their problems, chances are you’ll leave a positive and memorable impression. This is why, it is so very important to never, ever, give a software product sales demo without first having a needs analysis conversation with your customer.

Demo Wizard Tips:

As a sales rep or account manager:  Set your sales engineer up for success by working with them and your customer to truly understand the needs within your customer’s organization.

As a sales engineer:  Avoid the trap of walking into a sales demo cold.  At a minimum, you’ll want to run your sales rep through a needs analysis first.  Ideally, be involved in a similar conversation with the customer themselves.

As a customer or prospectSpend time with your sales rep ahead of time, coaching them on the things that are most important to you, items that will make or break your implementation.  The more they know, the better your engagement will be!


Our Demo Wizards have seen it all.  Stay tuned for more in this series!


One of 3Sharp’s key objectives is to ensure our demos are meeting the needs of our customer’s audience, whether it is equipping technical sales people with demo tools, providing conference keynote demo support, or simply telling a better technical product story that informs, excites, and wins deals.


Want to learn more?  Check out our other blogs from the Demo Wizards series:

Top 3 Ways to Win the Deal with A Live Sales Demo – Part III

Top 3 Ways to Win the Deal with A Live Sales Demo – Part II

Top 3 Ways to Win the Deal with A Live Sales Demo – Part I

Top 5 Tips for a GREAT Live Demo Presentation

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