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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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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How To Get Leads and Build Rapport (A Clever Way)

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.

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How To Get Targeted Leads Fast

Earlier this week I came across an interesting survey conductedacross 1200 business owners in 11 industries. The findings fromthe research revealed that: a) 85.2% of people said that they didn’t know how to effectivelyuse the LinkedIn platform to grow their business, b) 9% had profiles but were not active c) Only a minor 5.8% were getting results I know that LinkedIn is … Read more

How To Sell In December

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:-

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How To Open A Telemarketing Call

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. 

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How To Get Past The Gatekeeper

Two of my coaching clients told me last week that getting past the gatekeeper is their biggest problem at the moment.  I will therefore share with you in this month’s Tips Newsletter why this might be and what to do about it. There is a big chapter on this in my book “Don’t Get Hung Up!” but I will give you a few more strategies here to add to your repertoire.

4 Reasons Why You Might Fail To Get Past The Gatekeeper

You sound timid, hesitant, apologetic or unsure of yourself

You start selling your products and services to the gatekeeper

You are asking for the name of the decision maker (This shows it is a sales call)

You have not planned your responses to possible gatekeeper questions

Strategies to Try

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Don’t Get Hung Up! – Now a Best Seller

(How to Sell Products And Services By Phone And Get Any Appointments You Want!) Order Now In one book you will find The Telephone Selling Tips You Need To Increase Sales by 30-100% Immediately! These skills are vital for all sales people, call centre staff, network marketers, mortgage brokers, advertising salespeople, insurance salespeople, recruitment and … Read more

Is Honesty Important In Sales?

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.  

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Lead Generation Tips

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 … Read more

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