No More Cold Calls!
There’s nothing like a mandate from the CEO to make cold calls that will kill sales enthusiasm and make even the best sales professional depressed. Cold calls are usually detrimental to a sales professional’s health, and a waste of company resources.
What works much better are calls to qualified buyers who are ready to buy. Sounds logical, doesn’t it?
The problem is that most companies don’t use their resources to find and qualify leads for their salespeople. We call that process “marketing.” It’s the process of generating qualified leads for your sales team to make a “warm” call and then further process the lead.
Sounds simple: but it’s not easy. That’s where marketing comes in and is a critical link in generating leads, developing new accounts, penetrating current accounts, developing new market segments – in general, keeping the pipeline filled so the sales team can spend their time on qualified, ready buyers. That way, they’ll never have to waste your precious resources on “cold calls.”
When your sales force is making “warm” calls you’ll have better results: less waste and more profits.
There are numerous ways to keep the pipeline filled, and here’s where you can be as creative as you want. In addition to creativity, though, you’ll want your message to be consistent and frequent. Sending your message to your prospect one or two times isn’t going to fill the pipeline. You’ll need to have a frequency level that gets you on his radar screen and then on his buying list. Research shows that it takes 8 to 10 times just to get on your buyer’s radar screen. So keep those messages going if you want to keep your sales pipeline filled.
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