Cold Calling Is Dead?
Cold calling – “Is it really dead?” I am frequently asked this question, and my answer is a resounding “NO”. However, processes have changed and cold calling is simply practiced in a slightly different way than it used to be.
My trainings have always advocated techniques to make a cold call a warm call by starting with :
- A referral
- Something you know about them, e.g. I understand you have ……. is that correct?
- Commenting on an action they made that you saw
- Noticing a comment they made on social media
- Having a connection with them on linked in
- Commenting on an article they wrote in Google News
There is so much information about companies now online, that there is no excuse not to find out something of interest about your prospect before you call.
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Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and New Year
I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season and give you 2 gifts. You can download the Telemarketing Tips App for FREE for the next 4 weeks and have on the go inspiration from me on your mobile phone. Click Here Then click on “View in Itunes” , login yourself and then click “Free”. Alternatively search on “Telemarketing Tips” in the App Store from your iphone and click on Download for free.
I also want to give you access to a webinar I did for Steven Essa’s clients on how to use the phone more effectively in business to win more sales. It is very content rich so you should get heaps out of it. DOWNLOAD HERE
So how many of the sales emails that you write get deleted before they are read? If the subject line doesn’t grab your prospects immediately, it will certainly get deleted.
A recent survey resulted in the 2013 Adestra Subject line Analysis Report . It reviewed over 2 billion corporate emails and discovered the words in the subject line that are most likely and least likely to have your emails opened. Here they are below :-
Words that increase the open rate of corporate emails
Free Delivery Forecasts
News 10% (i.e. specific figure) discount
Words that decrease the open rate
December is your chance to become even more active on the phone.
Here are 3 Actions you can take:-
A) Call your best clients to say “Thank You” personally, give them your best tip for next year and wish them a happy Christmas.
B) Ask them how you can help them next year giving at least 3 suggestions.
C) Call all the people to whom you have sent quotes in the past year. I will be doing that myself and can guarantee from experience that you will convert 20% of them into sales when done professionally.
If you cannot reach them, here is what you do:-
Whenever you mail information out, only 1% on average will call you back.. You must follow up the mail-out or you will be missing the opportunity to make a sale with 20 – 25% of the people you have mailed. Your job is to inspire them and invite them to buy.
For many sales people, the follow-up call is much harder than the initial cold call, prospecting or lead generation call. It requires the skill of getting the customer into a conversation before asking for the order.
In recent trainings I have done I have heard this kind of thing on a follow-up call; (It’s the postal inspector check which goes nowhere)
Salesperson: Did you get the information (or the quote) we sent?
Customer: No, I have not seen it.
Salesperson: Okay, I’ll send it again.
Salesperson: Did you get the information (or the quote) I sent you?
Customer: Yes, I did and I am not interested
Salesperson: Oh, okay then bye.
In the first example, the customer could be saying he did not get it, just to get rid of you and he succeeds. What you could do is answer with “That’s okay, if you are online now, we could run through the information together on the website” or “That’s okay, are you sure it is not sitting in your in-tray? If it is, we could run through it together over the phone and I can answer any questions you might have.”
In the second example, the salesperson could have used an objection handling technique like an open-ended question “I’m curious, what would we have to change to make it of interest to you?” By doing that you may get the customer into a conversation about what he is looking for.
THE 2 BIGGEST MISTAKES
The biggest mistake in both examples is that the salesperson starts the call with a closed question which can only get a “yes” or “no” answer so the conversation can never get started.
Another mistake is when the sales person starts the call with “I’m just following up on the information I sent you”. “Just” belittles what you are about to say and you never want to say “follow-up”. Simply say, “I’m calling to get your feedback on the information I sent. What specifically was of interest to you?”
THE FORMULA FOR A PROFESSIONAL FOLLOW-UP CALL.