What is Value Selling? Framework and Methodology for 2024

Value selling shows prospects how your product can solve their problems - prioritizing value over features.


B2B sales isn’t what it used to be. Modern buyers are more savvy and informed than ever before, with 74% conducting the majority of their research online before even engaging with a sales rep. To succeed in today’s landscape, B2B companies must adapt to these market realities. This involves focusing on value selling rather than feature selling. Achieving this requires: 

  • Understanding buyer needs
  • Creating valuable, relevant content 
  • Engaging in social selling on platforms such as LinkedIn 
  • Leveraging data to understand buyer behavior and preferences 
  • Taking a solution-oriented approach

In this article, we’ll define what value selling is, explain why it matters, and walk you through the framework and implementation process. 

What is Value Selling?

Value selling is a customer-first approach to sales. Rather than focusing on features, value selling highlights the tangible benefits a product or service offers the prospect. This approach positions reps as advisors who carefully research prospects to understand their actual needs, roadblocks, and goals.

This method requires reps to put themselves in the position of their prospects and imagine what the buyer journey is like. By doing so, they can offer relevant insights and solutions to the buyers' issues. This approach helps in addressing the prospects' immediate concerns while also building trust and long-term relationships.

Then, leveraging the average ROI from current customers, the value seller illustrates the tangible benefits the prospect will gain and why the product is worth the investment. This often results in a longer sales cycle because each interaction focuses on delivering value rather than closing the deal.

Why Value Selling Matters in B2B SaaS

With so much information available at their fingertips, B2B buyers are well-informed and prioritize solutions over features. They also don’t want to be pitched to; they want to be consulted. 

But this is often easier said than done. Experts predict that by 2025, 80% of B2B sales interactions between suppliers and buyers will occur via digital channels. This signifies a shift in how sales are conducted. With traditional face-to-face meetings becoming less common, digital communications, virtual demos, and online research are taking center stage. 

So, the question becomes: How can reps help buyers understand the benefits of a solution and build trust in a predominantly digital environment? 

To be effective with modern buyers, reps need to master digital tools and learn how to leverage them to build trust and rapport. This is why value selling matters so much in B2B SaaS. It emphasizes understanding and addressing the specific needs of the buyer, which is crucial in an increasingly digital environment. Plus, B2B buyers are 1.8 times more likely to complete a high-quality deal when they use supplier-provided digital tools in collaboration with a sales rep, compared to when they do so independently.

The key takeaway here is that by focusing on delivering value while leveraging digital tools, reps can stand out and succeed in today’s B2B sales landscape. 

Value Selling vs. Solution Selling

By now you may be wondering what the difference between value selling and solution selling is. While both approaches aim to meet customer needs, they differ significantly in focus and execution.

In this section, we’ll break down the key differences between value selling and solution selling, giving you a clear understanding of how each approach works and how they impact your sales strategy.

Before diving in, let’s first define solution selling. Solution selling is a product-centric sales approach that focuses on identifying a customer's specific problems and presenting the features of a product or service as the solution to those problems. This method emphasizes understanding the customer's issues and demonstrating how the product’s capabilities can address and resolve those issues effectively. In contrast, value selling is a customer-centric sales approach that focuses on understanding a prospect’s needs and positioning yourself as a trusted advisor. 

Both value selling and solution selling involve a similar approach to qualifying prospects to understand their needs, challenges, and goals. During this stage, reps ask probing questions to uncover the root causes of pain points and determine how to position their product or service as the best solution. 

Examples include:

  • What specific challenges are you facing in your current process?
  • How do these challenges impact your overall business goals?
  • What are your short-term and long-term objectives?
  • What criteria are most important to you when evaluating potential solutions?
  • Can you describe any previous attempts to solve these issues and the outcomes?

However, when it comes time to pitch, these two approaches diverge significantly. Here are the key differences between value selling and solution selling: 

Value selling: 

  • Pitch: Focuses on tangible benefits of the product or service. Uses current customer averages and case studies to demonstrate ROI and long-term advantages. Speaks specifically to the dollar value attached to the current pain points, and how it can be reduced or substantially improved by implementing the product or service. 
  • Relationship: Positions the rep as a trusted advisor. The relationship is built on trust and an in-depth understanding of the prospect’s business needs and goals. The focus is on long-term value and continuous support.
  • Deal Cycle: Typically longer because each interaction is about delivering value rather than pushing for a quick close. The emphasis is on building a strong, lasting relationship and ensuring the solution fits perfectly with the prospect’s needs.
  • Negotiation: Centers around the value and ROI of the solution. Discussions often involve detailed cost-benefit analyses, showing the prospect how the investment will pay off over time.
  • Close: Focuses on the long-term benefits and the overall impact on the prospect’s business. The close is often smoother because the groundwork of trust and value has been laid throughout the sales cycle.

Solution Selling:

  • Pitch: Emphasizes the features and functionalities of the product or service. Demonstrates how these features directly solve the identified pain points. The focus is on the technical capabilities and specific problem-solving aspects.
  • Relationship: More transactional in nature. The relationship is built on the ability to solve immediate problems with the product’s features. While trust is still important, the focus is less on long-term value and more on quick solutions.
  • Deal Cycle: Typically shorter because the focus is on addressing immediate issues. The goal is to quickly demonstrate how the product’s features can solve the prospect’s problems.
  • Negotiation: Centers around the product’s features and how they compare to competitors. Discussions may involve detailed feature comparisons and pricing negotiations based on immediate needs.

In summary, value selling and solution selling meet customer needs in different ways. Value selling focuses on the customer's desired outcomes and overall value, whereas solution selling focuses on product features and immediate problem solving. 

Value Selling Framework for B2B SaaS

Creating a value selling framework for B2B SaaS involves several steps. Let's walk through how to build this framework, starting with understanding customer needs, then quantifying the impact, and finally positioning your company as the right solution.

  1. Understanding customer needs: At its core, value selling is about truly understanding your customers and their needs. To achieve this, ask open-ended questions such as, “What specific challenges are you facing?" or "What are your key business objectives for the next year?" Then practice active listening. Your goal isn’t to talk for the sake of speaking; it’s to understand the prospects' pain points, goals, and desired outcomes. Also, make sure you do your research and use existing insights, such as common pain points from relevant customers, to dig deeper. When you fully understand their issues, you can customize your messaging and solutions to address their specific needs.
  1. Quantifying the impact: Once you have a clear picture of the prospect's needs, the next step is to translate these into measurable benefits and ROI. This involves using data and case studies from your current customers to illustrate the tangible impact your product or service can have. For example, if your SaaS platform improves customer retention rates, present specific figures showing the average increase in retention achieved by other clients. If it automates complex workflows, use metrics to demonstrate how much time and resources can be saved. Highlighting how your solution reduces the need for manual tasks or improves data accuracy can also be powerful. Quantifying the impact in terms of ROI or cost savings makes the benefits of your product clear and compelling, helping prospects see the value in concrete terms.
  1. Taking a solution-oriented approach: Once you have an in-depth understanding of your prospect’s needs and a clear quantification of the impact, you can position your company as the definitive solution to their problems. Emphasize how your product uniquely addresses their pain points and supports their goals. Highlight the specific features and benefits that distinguish your solution from competitors. By aligning your product's strengths with the prospect's needs, you create a compelling narrative that shows your solution is not just beneficial but essential for their success.

As you create this sales framework, maintain a focus on building trust and establishing yourself as a trusted advisor. Offer valuable insights and show genuine interest in the prospect's success.

Implementing Value Selling in Your B2B SaaS Sales Team

When it comes to the implementation of value selling, there are several key elements to ensure its effectiveness and success. These include: 

  • Role playing
  • Using tools for methodology enforcement
  • Building out repeatable playbooks
  • Working with external sales trainers

In this section, we’ll cover each bullet point in detail. 

Role playing 

Value selling is based on taking a customer-first approach to sales, meaning your reps need to be able to put themselves in the position of buyers. But, they won’t be able to do this if they never role play. Role playing enables them to experience the buyer's perspective and understand their concerns and motivations via simulated scenarios. 

Role playing also allows reps to practice and refine their skills in a safe, controlled environment. The importance of this cannot be overstated because when it comes time to converse with actual buyers, your reps won’t freeze up — they’ll be able to ask insightful questions, listen actively, and respond effectively to objections. 

Without this preparation, reps might default to a scripted, feature-focused pitch rather than engaging in a consultative conversation that uncovers the true value of the product for the customer. This can lead to missed opportunities, as buyers may feel misunderstood and undervalued, resulting in lower conversion rates and lost sales.

Using tools for methodology enforcement

Methodology enforcement tools like Accord provide reps with structured guidelines to follow, helping them stay consistent and ensuring your proven strategy is applied on the field on every deal.

What’s more, these tools ensure all your reps are following the same processes and best practices. This means all prospects and customers can expect to have a similar experience, regardless of which rep they interact with.

Having guidelines to follow also provides a clear roadmap for sales activities, which reduces the time spent figuring out what steps to take next, allowing reps to improve productivity and spend more time on important tasks, like engaging with customers.

Most importantly, methodology enforcement tools reduce the likelihood of errors. This ensures reps are consistently communicating and following up with prospects while also maintaining accurate records.

Building out repeatable playbooks 

Similar to role playing, repeatable playbooks guide reps through consistent adoption of your go to market (GTM) processes and methodology. This ensures your revenue team lives up to your standards where it matters most — with your customers. 

By documenting best practices and successful strategies, playbooks facilitate continuous learning and improvement. Reps can learn from each other’s successes and apply those insights to their own sales efforts.

Plus, as your sales team grows, standardized playbooks streamline the onboarding process, making it faster and more efficient. They provide a clear framework for new hires to follow, helping them ramp up quickly.

Working with external sales trainers

External sales trainers are seasoned professionals with extensive experience in various sales methodologies, including value selling. Similar to internal training, external trainers use role-playing and simulated scenarios to provide hands-on practice. They create realistic sales situations where reps can practice value selling techniques, receive immediate feedback, and refine their skills. They also offer one-on-one coaching, intensive workshops, and seminars to help reps improve and ramp up faster.

We recommend JB Sales and Winning by Design because their experts have proven track records of success. These trainers assess the specific needs and challenges of your sales team and design customized training programs.

By implementing both internal and external training programs, you can set your reps up for lasting success and simplify the adoption of value selling.


The message is clear: traditional sales tactics are no longer effective. Modern buyers are well-informed and prefer consultation over a sales pitch. Value selling shifts the focus from merely highlighting features to demonstrating the real value through ROI and benefits that your solution offers.

As digital channels dominate sales interactions, adopting value selling enables reps to effectively convey the unique value of their solutions, even in a virtual environment. As a result, companies can stand out in a crowded market, secure higher-quality deals, and achieve sustainable success.