How To Sell By Phone

How To sell by phone – well you need great communication skills, persistence and focus. Here are some of the common problems my sales coaching clients are experiencing.There has been a bit of a pattern lately. “People are hard to reach because they are working from home” “There is a trend that prospects with whom … Read more

How To Write Good Email Sales Copy

When You Need To Write Good Email Sales Copy

Sadly many inexperienced salespeople are choosing to write cold emails rather than picking up a phone to connect with a prospect. They write long paragraphs about their product or service and send an attachment with the result that only the first 2 lines get read and the email is deleted. It is better to put a link in the body of the email if you want the attachment opened.  If the prospect were to read further than 2 lines, they might even find spelling and grammar mistakes which for sure loses them credibility. My advice is to go on a copywriting course so you can inspire people to buy with your powerful words, do a spell check and learn how to do a good layout so the email can be scanned through and read in full easily.

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Find Phone Numbers and Email

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.

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Questions For Sales

Questions for sales must be strategic. Maybe you do not ask any because you fear you are being too nosy? Well let me reassure you that a customer would much rather be asked something about himself and have a salesperson take an interest in him than receive a salesperson who just talks about what he has to offer. It’s exactly the same in real life when talking to friends or strangers.

I have created my list of most used questions to use in the sales process and would love to share them with you.  Adapt each one to your own situation and have them up in front of you when talking to clients so you can keep the conversation going.

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Cold Calling – How Do You Make It Work?

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.

What Is The Most Popular Way To Get Leads Nowadays?

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Making Sales by Phone Can Be Marred By One Mannerism

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

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8 Lessons From A Horrible Retail Sales Experience

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

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Lead Generation Email

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

How To Overcome Call Reluctance

I would like to invite you to download a free e-book “Motivating Your Mind, Inspiring Your Spirit”  and check out page 25 for my tips on “How to Overcome Call Reluctance”. The E-book is the brainchild of one of my long term colleagues, Rob Salisbury, who has invited a number of speakers and trainers in our community … Read more

Online Telesales Course – Become a Telesales Superstar

“The Most Practical Online Telesales Course Ever Written” I promise that every salesperson who undertakes this 12 week course online will be making more sales by the end than ever before. Yes, it is my 20 years of research and practical experience in one course  I leave this legacy for you. There are 6 modules which I recommend … Read more

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