A great Lead generation tool is LinkedIn but so often when people want to connect with new prospects on LinkedIn, they send the standard request “I’d like to connect with you on linkedIn.”
Prospecting Emails must create curiosity and interest
The prospect has not got the faintest idea “why”, so I recommend you make it more personal and give a reason to create curiosity and interest with the prospect. Just writing the above requires the prospect to look up who you are and take time out from their busy day. Make it easy for them and write an email like you write a script for a cold call.
1. (Flatter the prospect with something you noticed about them) e.g. “I read your article in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday and noticed you are moving to Melbourne soon.”
2. (How you can help them personally) “We can offer you a reliable removal service between Sydney and Melbourne. (Get the word “you” in there)
What sets us apart is __________ (or)
What you get from us that no-one else offers is………
I would firstly suggest we connect on linkedin. Please feel free to accept and do let me know when and how I can best assist you when you are ready to move.”
It’s easy to find something out about prospects nowadays to accommodate Point 1
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A postcard from Stephen, a salesman at Mcgrath Real Estate arrived the week before Father’s Day with a competition to win a $500 prize. “Write in 25 words or less why your Dad is the best”. I let my 2 sons know and asked them to do the competition. My younger son did it straight away and after 4 days of reminders, my older son had not done it. I asked him if there was a reason why he had not done it and he said, “Oh, it will just be an excuse for the real estate agent to keep ringing us or mailing us because they will want us to give our phone number and email.” I pointed out that the reason for doing it would be to win a prize for Dad and that he could easily unsubscribe from any information that was sent by the real estate agent in the future. He then sent his submission in but I feared it would have missed the deadline of 5pm Friday before Fathers Day.
As my older son predicted, sure enough, at 9.30 am on Saturday, the phone rang and it was Stephen from Mcgrath Real Estate.
Earlier this week I came across an interesting survey conducted
across 1200 business owners in 11 industries. The findings from
the research revealed that:
a) 85.2% of people said that they didn’t know how to effectively
use the LinkedIn platform to grow their business,
b) 9% had profiles but were not active
c) Only a minor 5.8% were getting results
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When you do telemarketing or prospecting (whichever you personally classify yourself as doing, it is the same thing), I am constantly reminded of the importance of opening a telemarketing call with a good “interest-grabbing statement” to make people want to hear more.
This is so important to leave on a voicemail message too. If you don’t take the time to develop your interest grabber, you’ll probably sound like every other salesperson.
An interest-grabbing statement contains one unique or distinguishing benefit that leaves a lasting impression on your prospect. It differentiates you from your competition.
I was training 26 telemarketers on the Gold Coast who worked for a debt collection company. We came up with a great introduction for them. They used to say “Hi this is ____ from Marshall Freeman. We are a debt collection company.”
Well, so what! That was all about them. The person you are talking to wants to know what the benefit is for them so we changed their opener to “Hi, this is ______ from Marshall Freeman Collections. We help you turn your debts into cash.” (Then it’s time to stop talking, start listening and launch into open-ended questions to find a need).
It was this same company that said they did not ever leave a voicemail message when prospecting for new business.
Having just returned from a gorgeous holiday on the islands of Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini, I’ll never forget what happened on Santorini.
We arrived by boat at the port and could not see a single taxi to take us to our hotel. An excited, prospecting salesperson standing outside the car hire office, took his opportunity to invite us in and proceeded to sell us the idea of hiring a car. He asked how long we were there for (only 24 hours) and said that hiring a car would be our best option. Then we could see the whole island. “Anyway”, he said, “a taxi to your hotel would cost 30 euros, taxi to the airport next day 30 euros and I will give you a good deal of 80 euros including petrol and insurance to hire the car for a day with a drop off at the airport. It seemed like a good idea so this is what we did. We realised hiring a car at the port was not probably the cheapest place to hire a car but it was at least convenient.
When we got to the hotel, out of interest, I asked how much a taxi from the port would have cost. I was told 15 euros . It would be the same price to the airport and the car hire place next door would have been half what we paid!
Hmmm. We felt ripped off.
Instead of collecting all the business cards at tradeshows and networking functions and doing nothing with them, why not follow these people up? Again they may not want to buy now but they might sometime in the future. For example I am not in the market right now for a new car, but in 2 year’s time, I might be. If a car salesman keeps in touch with me by continuously giving me ideas of cars to choose for the future, who is the first car salesman I am going to go to? The one who is front of mind of course.
I suggest you buy a card scanner to record all those business cards. Then find someone who works in the Philippines for $2 an hour to put them into an excel spreadsheet, send them back and then you upload them into your database. It is a quick way to build your database fast. The more prospects you have, the more you will sell.