MEDDPICC, SPIN, or BANT? The right sales technique for your organization

BY:  Rebecca Herson
April 16, 2024

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BANT’s simplicity makes it an effective part of lead qualification, so sales reps can assess the viability of a sales opportunity and prioritize their efforts on prospects with a higher likelihood of closing.  It’s good for B2B companies with short sales cycles, when it’s important to understand your prospect’s decision-making process and timeline but intensive methodologies like MEDDIC/MEDDPICC or SPIN would drag the process out unnecessarily. 


However, tech sales have come a long way since the 1950s, and BANT can’t always address all the nuances of modern buying behavior. Some sales organizations supplement or evolve the BANT framework with additional qualification criteria or methodologies like SPIN or MEDDIC/MEDDPICC.


SPIN: Guiding leads through consultative sales

SPIN, or Situation, Problem, Implication, and Need, is a sales framework that focuses on uncovering customer needs and guiding them towards the most appropriate solution. It was developed by Neil Rackham in his book “SPIN Selling,” which was published in 1988. 

Here are the steps that underpin the SPIN sales framework:

  • Situation: Understand the prospect’s current situation, including their challenges and existing processes. This involves asking questions about their business, industry, and existing processes, to establish context and build rapport, such as:
    • Can you tell me about your current process for X topic?
    • How long have you been dealing with X issue?
    • What challenges are you currently facing in X area of concern?
  • Problem: Identify the specific problems, pain points, and areas of dissatisfaction that the prospect is facing. Sales reps need to ask the right questions and use active listening to understand the underlying reasons behind the superficial challenges. Problem questions include:
    • What difficulties have you encountered with your current solution?
    • How does X issue impact your day-to-day operations?
    • Have you experienced any negative consequences as a result of X problem?
  • Implication: Explore the consequences of the prospect’s problems and how they affect their business. Implication questions should probe the severity and urgency of the lead’s challenges to help gain richer insights into their need for a solution, like:
    • How does X problem affect your ability to achieve your goals?
    • What impact does X problem have on your team’s productivity?
    • Can you quantify the financial implications of X problem for your organization?
  • Need-payoff: Help the prospect understand the value and benefits of your solution in addressing their needs. At this point, sales reps ask questions that focus on the positive outcomes of addressing their problems and increase motivation to adopt your solution, like:
    • How would resolving X problem positively impact your bottom line?
    • What benefits do you envision from implementing a solution to  X problem?
    • Can you describe how X solution would improve your team’s efficiency?

SPIN is a good choice for consultative sales, where you need to fully understand a prospect’s needs to be able to provide tailored solutions. Asking SPIN questions helps sales professionals to build rapport, uncover valuable insights, address objections, and ultimately suggest a solution that meets the customer’s requirements. 

But SPIN isn’t ideal for every situation. In the case of simple, straightforward sales for products that don’t involve much customization, SPIN questions might seem over the top and even intrusive. 


AI training can equip your sales teams with the sales frameworks they need

Each of these selling techniques offers a structured approach to sales, helping sales professionals engage with prospects effectively and move them through the buying process. The choice of which technique to use depends on the nature of your solution, the complexity of the sales cycle, and the preferences of the target audience.

For example: 

  • A software company selling straightforward solutions, like a CRM, to large corporations might use BANT to effectively qualify leads, prioritize prospects with the highest potential for conversion, and tailor their sales approach to meet the specific needs of each enterprise client. 
  • A company that sells complex, customizable technologies like advanced AI-powered data analytics to large enterprises could use MEDDPICC to understand the intricacies of the customer’s purchase process, address their specific pain points and concerns, and suggest the customizations that suit their circumstances. 
  • A commercial real estate brokerage firm may use SPIN to lease office space to large corporate clients, so they can efficiently uncover the client’s needs and priorities, tailor their leasing solutions to address those needs, and ultimately secure successful lease agreements for office space.

Once your company has chosen its preferred sales technique, it becomes the foundation of your sales processes, so it’s important that every sales rep follows the same methodologies to keep your processes consistent. 

You can make sure that your sales reps have your sales framework at their fingertips when you use Second Nature. Second Nature’s AI-powered training platform provides realistic AI trainers and role play personas, enabling your salesforce to practice each kind of methodology and conversation as many times as they like. 

What’s more, Second Nature contains a vast template library, including templates for MEDDPICC, SPIN, and BANT, which make it easy to produce a full AI-powered training session in just a couple of minutes for any of your offerings. All you have to do is upload your raw materials in the form of a voice note, URL link, webinar recording, sales deck, or any text document, and choose the right template. Second Nature will automatically build a simulation in which your sales reps can pratice your selected sales methodology with an AI “prospect” in a way that is customized for your specific product.  

It’s simple to customize your training sessions even further. You can adjust it to train sales reps to sell any specific solution, product, service, or plan, including ensuring that they master the relevant details and information about the solution you’re selling. 

It’s really that straightforward, you can build an AI course in minutes. Sales reps can then use the training course, working with an AI trainer that acts like a genuine prospect and an experienced coach in an always-available, endlessly patient package. Now your sales reps can practice your MEDDPICC, SPIN, or BANT processes whenever and wherever they like, and get helpful hints and feedback if they miss something. 

When sales professionals have mastered selling your offerings according to the sales methodology of choice, they’ll be able to drive more revenue with confidence. 

Learn more about Second Nature’s sales methodology templates >>

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About the author

Rebecca Herson

Rebecca is head of marketing at Second Nature.

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