Sales Moves Is Cold-calling A Thing Of The Past-winavi

Internet-and-Business-Online Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010 Views: 385 This message is brought to you by: Reg. Fixer Pro (.regfixerpro..) Yes! Cold-calling is over. The only people who dont realize it are the people still making them. Or worse their bosses. I am in a LinkedIn group called Sales Gravy. Im following a thread about the ROI of cold-calling. Its interesting to see how salespeople view cold calling. As you read my posts, you will gain insight to my philosophy and get a few sales tips on how to avoid cold- calling forever. There were more than 100 other posts here are mine: My definition of cold-calling since 1992 has been waste of time. I have upgraded it since the onset of the Internet to a total waste of time. Oh, some people make sales cold-calling but not nearly as many as with referrals, by a margin of 50-1. Whatever your thoughts are about cold-calling one fact is undeniable: Of all the options, the cold-call is by far the lowest percentage sales call. Which would you rather have 100 cold-calls or 100 referrals? People have to cold-call because they are transactional with customers (they have a hunterfarmer, 1970s mentality) and dont take the time to build memorable relationships that lead to referrals. Instead of spending a day cold-calling, why not spend a day with existing customers to earn referrals. Focus on delivering real value to your best customers, and relationships will blossom. Real revenue .es from long-term relationships, not one-shot deals. Anyone trying to tell me that, Cold-calls work, or I made a lot of money cold-calling will get my agreement. I did it, and have made a lot of money cold-calling. But I have made millions by writing, positioning, delivering value first, and creating a reputation of excellence. And I re.mend you do the same. (Someones post) The only accurate statistic I can quote is, You miss 100 percent of the shots you dont take. (My response) Eh, almost Bill closer to accuracy is You only miss 100 percent of the cold-calls you do make. As I said in my other posts some people have success cold-calling. I have had success cold-calling, at the C-Suite (with referred inside information) but with reputation, relationships, and referrals, it blows away all stats on cold-calling, and reduces the sales cycle time from connection to sale. You can say all you want about how great cold-calling is but the fact remains its the lowest percentage of sale among the options available. There is a bright side to cold-calling its a great place to learn how to sell. It calls for real mental agility to get to the real decision maker, and preparation .bined with creativity once you do. And you feel great when you finally do make the sale. But in todays business world, where most cold-calling takes place on the phone or online, youre much better off with a referral or better when someone calls you. If youre in sales, you should spend the majority of your time in front of people who can say yes to you. If youre making cold-calls, the majority of your time is wasted on people saying no. No wonder everyone fails at cold-calling no one gets what the real objective is: Get to the decision maker, and create the atmosphere where he or she wants to buy (not to sell them). Until that takes place, the ROI on cold calling is under zero. Reality: The cost of lost opportunity for not investing your time in other sales generating activities, like earning referrals, relegates you to having to cold-call. The three elements are not: art, best practice, and science. There are four elements: engage, provide value, prove worth and get a signed contract any other results are an utter waste of time and effort not to mention an annoyed potential prospect, lost forever. Ive been reading with amusement all the .ments that have been posted about how to cold-call – the one above is a classic example (here is an exact quote from the post: And here is a by-product of cold- calling: When you call in, you learn where the receptionist sends salespeople. That is, now you know where your .petition is being sent and you can make sure to protect that entry point in the future.) Its sharp thinking, and a great sales thought its just starting at the bottom, and a rehash of 1980s thinking and it takes five calls to get anywhere. If you used the business power of LinkedIn, or the social media power of Twitter and Facebook, this kind of sales-stealth would not be necessary. In 2010, sales is not about one out of 10 calls, or getting through the gatekeeper, or calling and hanging up. Interesting that most of the people posting here have few if any LinkedIn connections, almost no re.mendations, no Facebook fan page, and under 250 Twitter followers. In other words, they are doing things the way I did things in 1975 (taking freight elevators in New York City to get to the floor of the buyer and walking in with no appointment). It was fun and got results but there was no Inter., and the world was receptive to salespeople. Not the case these days. Not one of these contributors talked about e-zine, blog, earning referrals, writing an article in an industry publication, or giving a speech at a trade show all ways of 2010 cold-calling resulting in people wanting to connect with you. Periodically cold-calling your customers is not a good idea sending them a value-based e-zine once a week is then maybe the customer or the prospect will call you! Thats not a cold-call, thats a hot call. OK theres my current thinking on cold-calls. And some will argue that cold-calling has and is working for them. Great good luck two out of 100, if youre a great salesperson. Ill take 100 referrals anytime. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: