A Cold Calling Sales Method
Over the past few months, I have taken on the responsibility of sales through a cold calling project. To be candid, I have never been a fan of cold calling. My personal belief is that you grow sales from the inside out, that is, you leverage existing relationships to create warm leads that result in new sales.
Still, when introducing a new product, and with a limited marketing budget, how does one create market penetration and develop new sales through cold calling?
Of course, it helps – a lot – to have a good product to sell. However, having been involved in new business development for almost twenty-five years, I thought this to be a worthwhile project. In fact, after all of these years developing sales, I thought it interesting to see if a method could indeed be developed for cold calling.
And, as I am indeed writing this blog post, it is safe for you to assume that I do believe there is a method, which I intend to explore during the next few posts.
Specifically, the method has these steps:
(1) Define the target market and what it values
(2) Understand the product, including its capabilities and usefulness to the business
(3) Apply the usefulness capabilities toward creating a proposed script
(4) Redefine the capabilities into bulleted business benefits
(5) Identify the target business’ professional who would appreciate the business benefits
(6) Transform the script into a specific one minute presentation for voice mail emphasizing the benefits and the validation of the benefits
(7) Build the supporting materials (e-mail, demonstration scripts, supporting e-mail documentation)
(8) Begin the cold calling campaign
(9) Track results and determine an appropriate follow up frequency
(10) Refine the script and supporting follow up materials
Over the next few weeks, it is my intention to post about each of these steps and share with you this method.
Just to intrigue you, though, suffice it to say that of the targeted market, this method has been successful in generating more than a 33% response rate.