How do you find phone numbers and email addresses for prospects easily? Prospecting has never been easier than it is now. You can find anyone’s email and phone number using some very simple techniques that you may not have even realised..
I hear people bemoaning the fact that they cannot call someone on LinkedIn until they agree to connect with them . My question to them is “Why wait to connect?” It could take days to get a reply if you get one at all.
1. Search on LinkedIn
First find a person you want to connect with on LinkedIn, then put their name in inverted commas into google, their state and (the words) phone number. Up pops their phone number and if they have their own website, you can find their email address on the website. If not you can search the person again plus the words “ëmail address” instead of phone number. Then if you know how to do a telephone sales call professionally, you can save time and call straight away.
Sometimes you can enter a direct phone number into google and it will bring up the email or website too.
Why do some Appointments no-show? I have had a couple of interesting in-house consulting and training jobs just recently. In both, the telephone sales team were cold calling to make appointments for the salesperson. The first company were making appointments for a face to face sales presentation and the second were making appointments for a teleconference by phone.
In the first scenario, the telemarketers were saying they wanted to make an appointment for a sales consultant to say “Hi and drop off some samples”. Was that a compelling reason for anyone to feel they had to keep an appointment? If the prospect had something important to do at the time set, I am sure they would have felt it unnecessary to keep the appointment. After all, the sales consultant could just leave samples at reception.
In the second scenario, the prospect was not turning up for the teleconference call,. I believe this was because the telemarketer, on the initial cold call,had not given enough compelling reasons for the prospect to make sure he kept the appointment; He had not created enough pain for them telling them what they were missing out on if they did not attend. In some cases, he had not reconfirmed the appointment the day before or even given the prospect a number they could call in case they had to reschedule. There is considerable cost in having salespeople scheduled to do presentations to prospects. It is beyond my comprehension why Managers are not watching what is going on with their telesales team. Perhaps the telesales team needs to be rewarded for making the appointment only when the appointment shows up?
Today I had a call from someone wanting to make an appointment with me to help me with my IT. He told me he wanted an appointment so he could spend just 15 minutes telling me what his company could do for small business owners. What the heck would I waste 15 minutes of my time when I already have IT help? He never told me once what he could do for me which was all I was interested in . He just talked about him and his company without asking me a single question. Then at the end,to add insult to injury, he asked me what the name of my company was! Didn’t he know whom he was calling? Why do Managers waste their time employing people like this without training them?
Ten Ways To Ensure Appointments Show Up
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.
Making sales by phone requires skill. One of the main reasons some staff (particularly new staff) fail at prospecting is that they do not sound confident . Well, if you are new, understandably you may not feel confident so you might need to be trained in some simple techniques how to sound confident. You might have to fake it till you make it. This is so important as no-one is going to buy from someone who is not sounding confident in themselves or their product or service. Your job is to generate such confidence in your product or service and transfer your energy to the prospect on the other end of the phone.
When making sales by phone, here are 5 simple techniques to sound confident
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 .
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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
Closing techniques need to be learnt to be successful in sales. Last week I was coaching a client how to reply to internet enquiries and close an appointment on the phone. He called me in for help because his closing rate on appointment setting had dropped dramatically and he wanted me to listen to him to find out why. The problem was, he talked too much about himself and what he could do instead of asking the prospect questions about their situation to build rapport. When the customer asked him questions, he gave them all the answers so there was really no need for him to come for an appointment!
Yes, he talked himself out of the sale. Remember you can do all the talking at the appointment so the less you say and the more you listen, the more likely you will be able to make the appointment.
Closing Technique Correction
When making an appointment, all you need to do is ask 1-3 questions, repeat back what the customer says to show you are listening and say “It sounds like we can definitely help you. When would you like to come in for an appointment so we can resolve these issues for you, next week Monday or Tuesday? ) Give a choice of days so they cannot say “Yes” or “No.”
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.
Last week I went to a new dentist. I had never met him before so I told him very clearly what I wanted to achieve from the visit. I needed to replace a filling which had dropped out and I would like a clean and polish too, nothing more.
At this point he promptly tried to sell me on the idea of having x rays (He said that it was advisable to have x rays every 2 years) and he wanted to do a check-up too. There was a possibility (he said) I might have an infection in the gum above my crown. (I knew I had not got an infection as I had recently checked this). He would not stop talking for 12 minutes and then said he would not have time at this appointment to do anything more than the filling so I would have to come back for the clean and polish and pay for a second appointment.
The point of the story is, if he had just listened to what I wanted, he would have achieved the 2 tasks in the half hour appointment. I would then have trusted him, seen he could do a good job, and then I would have been happy to order more services that he suggested. Because he started selling at me the minute I arrived, he built zero rapport and trust with me.
Make sure you build trust and rapport on the phone and face to face before you ever start your sales pitch. Use open-ended questions and establish the customer’s needs, demonstrate listening skills and then you can customise your sales presentation to the customer.
Perhaps dentists should incorporate sales training in their apprenticeships do you think?
As the leader in telesales training in Australia I am constantly looking for more effective ways to do cold calling and telephone sales generally. I was blown away by the information I learnt from a speaker called Sam Richter at the National Speakers Association conference in San Diego which I attended a couple of weeks ago. I can’t wait to share this with you as it can relate so well to sales.
1. You know, if you have read any of my newsletters, that I advocate finding out something about the prospect before calling so you can make a cold call a warm call. Well, now it’s easy to find out about a company or a person by using google filters.
For example search in google for a company name like “Trend Micro”. If you write it in inverted commas it will come up top and save you time going through all the irrelevant searches that come up. Then click on “News” at the top, then click on “Search Tools” at the top for most recent news and all the latest articles written about the company or by the company will appear. You can then start your call with “I just did a google search on your company and saw your latest article about _____. That’s really interesting. I’m curious, how did that affect you?” or “What happened exactly?” Often the prospect has not even seen the article himself and will be asking you more about the content. You are then engaged in a conversation about them which is just what you want to build rapport.