Propel23

Selling the value of your professional services

Discover the art of delivering value through professional services. Gain insights from Pat Muirragui's talk at the Propel23 conference.
April 24, 2023
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During Day 2 of Propel23, industry expert Pat Muirragui, a proven GTM leader passionate about building and scaling out organizations in customer acquisition, implementation, and customer success, shared his valuable insights on delivering value through professional services.

In this blog, we explore key strategies derived from his talk to help businesses enhance their professional services and drive customer satisfaction. From understanding customer pain points to building a strong team and refining execution, these strategies provide a systematic approach to delivering exceptional value to clients.

Let’s dive right in.

Identifying and measuring customer pain points

To provide valuable solutions, it's essential to identify and understand customer pain points. Conduct thorough research and engage with customers to gain insights into their challenges and goals. Measure the impact of your offerings along the way, using metrics to demonstrate the value your professional services can provide. This data will help you refine your approach and showcase the difference your solutions can make.

Building a cohesive and expert team

Success hinges on having a cohesive team with the right expertise. When hiring, consider the specific needs of your product or service and seek individuals with relevant experience. For example, previous development experience should be a priority if your business focuses on software development. Additionally, having builders who can create and integrate solutions is invaluable. Foster a culture that nurtures subject matter experts and encourages continuous growth within the team.

Creating a culture of collaboration

A strong team culture is fundamental to delivering value. Emphasize the importance of soft skills, effective communication, and collaboration among team members. Encourage teamwork and trust, both within the team and when interacting with customers. A cohesive team that works well together will enhance the delivery of services and build lasting relationships with clients.

Developing compelling collateral and pitching value

Invest time and effort into building impactful collateral, such as PowerPoint decks, handouts, and diagrams. Visual aids, including user journeys and flowcharts, are especially effective in conveying complex concepts. Tailor your collateral to resonate with each prospect's specific needs and keywords. During pitches, involve subject matter experts to present and explain the value proposition in a relatable manner. Hearing directly from the experts delivering the service can significantly influence customer perception.

Execution and methodology of customer service delivery

Develop a methodology for service delivery that ensures consistent and successful outcomes. Clearly define success criteria and align them with the customer's goals. Understand what "good" looks like to the customer and aim for those benchmarks. Continuously watch, learn, and listen to customer feedback, allowing room for improvement. Adopt a coaching approach to guide your team and offer support where needed.

Embracing continuous improvement

Failure should be seen as an opportunity for growth. Encourage experimentation and do not fear setbacks. As a leader, stay involved and be open to learning and improving alongside your team. Make adjustments based on insights gained from customer interactions and internal evaluations. By continuously refining your approach, you can evolve and better meet customer expectations.

Delivering value through professional services is a dynamic process that requires a customer-centric mindset and a well-structured approach. By identifying and measuring customer pain points, building a strong and expert team, nurturing a collaborative culture, and effectively pitching value through compelling collateral, businesses can create a foundation for success. 

In summary, the final part of Pat’s presentation emphasizes the importance of selling the value of professional services and executing on the promises made. Here are the key points:

  • Ensure everyone in the organization, from pre-sales to customer success, understands and can communicate the value being offered.
  • Subject matter experts (SMEs) play a crucial role in presenting and explaining the solution to customers, showcasing their expertise and addressing pain points effectively.
  • Hearing directly from the SMEs during pre-sales can have a significant impact on customers' decision-making and their desire to work with the same experts during delivery.
  • Execution is vital, and it's important to have a well-defined methodology and success criteria for each project.
  • Understand what success looks like for the customer and align the delivery to meet their specific needs and expectations.
  • Continuously watch, learn, listen, and improve. Coaching and providing support to the team is essential for ongoing growth and success.
  • Accept that perfection is not attainable and embrace the possibility of failure as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Adapt the provided insights and strategies to your own context and find what works best for your organization.

By following these steps, you can identify pain points, build a strong team, practice and refine your approach, deliver on your promises, and continuously improve your processes.

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Rahul Sridhar
Content Marketer @ Rocketlane

Content Marketer at Rocketlane. Former teacher turned tech writer. Occasionally dabbles in comedy and rap music.


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