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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Why Ask Questions?
It is important to ask great questions on a telephone sales call to build rapport early. That way you find out people’s needs before you start telling them what you have to offer. Ideally they should begin with What, Why, Where, When, How, Which and Who so that the customer has to expand on what they want and they cannot answer “no”. They should create pain with the customer or give them pleasure because those are the two reasons people want your services.
Inactive customers are people who may have bought only once from you or placed a small order. Never think they are not worth calling. It is a vital sales strategy to stay in touch with these customers as well as with your existing customers because you will be able to make more sales from them. Here’s how …
Maybe at the moment inactive customers might not justify a face to face call but you can certainly pick up a phone to stay in touch. You might be afraid to call them because they might tell you that they have gone to another supplier or they had a bad experience with you.
1. When you call someone with an offer and they say “NO,” you can call them again because the next time they might be in a different space. Persistence does work if you do it in a nice, non pushy way.
2. When negotiating, don’t drop the price too dramatically just to get the sale. It makes it look like you were trying to rip the client off in the first place and makes the client suspicious that the products have much less value.
3. Do not lie to get a sale. Offer the client the right option for them even if you lose a bit of commission.
4. Pay the client a compliment when you first meet them . Comments and criticism do not build rapport.
5. People like to know the name of the person they are dealing with so provide it.
6. Do not be too familiar with new clients. Not everyone likes hugs and kisses from a stranger.
7. Do not make the customer call you about an error on delivery. You call them as soon as you find out.
8. If a client complains, acknowledge the client straight away before they tell thousands of people .
Here’s the full story of what happened
I like to go to other Sales Trainer’s seminars occasionally to hear what they are teaching. My curiosity got the better of me when I actually went to hear Jordan Belfont, (from the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”), now turned sales trainer after a stint in jail. Personally I felt very uncomfortable in his presence as he was a high pressure salesperson and swore every second sentence. It was interesting that his whole seminar session was all about your tone on the phone and the importance of it more than your actual sales skills. I agree with what he says with the proviso that you are selling with integrity. In the movie he used these tonalities to hoodwink the client into buying stocks which were not going to make them money.
Jordan’s top 5 phone tonalities you need to learn are:-
Certainty – Sounds like you are an expert in your field. You take control of the conversation and sound like the authority on the subject. (I quite agree, I call it “confidence” and that is what I teach all new salespeople how to be)
Sincerity – (When you love what you sell, that comes naturally and you can talk from the heart )
Sound reasonable – (Don’t ask the customer to buy the most expensive thing first)
Sound Intriguing – When you come to your offer, lower your voice to make it sound like a secret specially for them.
Caring – ( Become a problem solver, say “Let me ask you a question” and ask about them.)
Your Next Action Step
Listen to your voice on the phone, record your next sales presentation and give yourself a mark out of 10 for using each one of these tones in your sales call. That way your customer will be engaged and you will keep them on the phone longer.
You can find out my way of teaching the all important subject of tonality in my e-book “Don’t Get Hung up”
A hard copy version is also available in the book store. “Don’t Get Hung Up” Book
Managers are worried that their sales and telesales team is forgetting basic sales/telesales etiquette and using language that is too casual. In case you are guilty of this, here are some alternative words you can try using instead.
Sales and Telesales Etiquette
1. Calling customers “Mate”.
If you are calling people and they call you mate first, then it is okay but some people take this to extreme and use the word every sentence. Whenever you think of saying “mate”, simply use the person’s name. It is more professional and builds rapport.
2. Yep, Yep – “Yes” is more professional!
3. Someone asks you how you are, you say “Not Bad”. Instead be more positive and say “Fantastic” or “Excellent” . It sounds much more enthusiastic.
4. “Cheers” – say “Thank you for your call” or “Good-bye.”
5. “No worries” – “That’s okay”,”That’s great”, “That’s fine”, “Excellent”, “Brilliant”, “That’s good”. Remember we only use positive words in sales.
6. “Bear with me” say “Would you mind holding for a moment?” (Wait for the customer’s answer).
7. “I have a good deal for you.” – a good offer is more professional.
Remember you only get 15 seconds to make a first good impression on the phone. Let it be a positive one.
Sales Etiquette For Face to Face Sales People
Happy New Year! I hope you made some good New Year’s resolutions.
One of my major messages to people I train is “Never delete people off your database”. You see, you never know when people are going to be ready to buy from you in the future. Their situations change and they are going to do business with the salesperson who keeps in touch with them, the salesperson who shows they care about them, the salesperson who demonstrates consistency so they know they can rely up them.
Let’s look at the idea of a telesales person selling new cars calling 10 people. Probably only one person is interested in looking for a new car right now and the other 9 are not. However if this person were to call the same people in 6 months time, they might get another person interested out of the remaining 9. If they were to call again in 12 months time, yet another person might be interested. It is worth keeping all these people on the database then isn’t it? That’s how telemarketing works. My favourite saying is “No” means “No, not now, not forever”.
When I was working in the seminar industry promoting Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins and Jim Rohn I worked in a team of 10. Everyone except me used to delete people off the database if they said “No, not interested” on the first call. I was aware that they might not want to see the speaker I was calling about but I realised that there would be other speakers to offer them in the future that might interest them. I was in business for the long term so why delete people with whom you have already started to build rapport? You can put your initial “Nos” into a separate folder in your database to be brought out for the next time you have something to offer.
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and New Year
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QUESTIONS TO USE ON A TELEPHONE SALES CALL TO BUILD RAPPORT
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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.