Some people believe that telemarketing is an outdated sales concept that peaked 20 years ago. While telemarketing did have a heyday in the 1990s and early 2000s, it has not become obsolete. In fact, telemarketing is still an excellent method to generate sales for smart companies in 2019. However, for real success in 2019, you cannot rely on the tactics that were successful in the past to pursue telemarketing leads.
In short, 2019 is a new year. It is time to try fresh telemarketing methods to make sure your outbound marketing is streamlined, engaging and profitable. If you are interested in using telemarketing as part of your 2019 marketing plan, then consider these tips. With these tips, you can avoid phoning in your efforts and see real results instead.
1. Update Your Telemarketing Leads
Most people think that quality results come from a quality sales team. While there is obviously value in having a quality sales team in place, the nature of your results is not solely in the hands of your sales team. In fact, you may have the best sales team in the world, but if you do not have good leads, then it is not going to be worth much. If you want to truly have success with telemarketing in 2019, you need to start by procuring new leads. When looking for new leads, do not be tempted by resellers. Resellers will regurgitate the same old leads to you again and again. Instead, look for quality leads that have been procured from fresh data. This is the only way to really give your marketing team the head start needed for progress this year.
2. Adjust Your Call Times
Traditionally, most telemarketing efforts happen during business hours. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. It makes sense to keep your sales team on the job during business hours. Moreover, this is when most people expect calls, and it is the time when business is conducted. However, those facts are also the inherent limitations of this approach. If you want to break new ground in 2019, then you have to think outside the box. Calling at less traditional times can give you new opportunities. You may get people to answer the phone when they have ignored your calls in the past. You may catch people in a better mood now that they are off the clock. People may have more time to discuss a possible sale without the demands of the workday. These are small points that may give you fresh opportunities in telemarketing.
3. Record Your Calls
In 2019, everything is recorded. This is not just a random choice. It is not even a security measure. Instead, recording calls is about data collection. The only way to see what is happening in your telemarketing is to keep a viable record. When you have recordings to examine, you can create a definitive look at what is working and what is not. You can easily identify the tactics that yield results, and you can see what pushes clients to hang up. This data can help you make better decisions going forward. You can use recordings to modify your calling script, and you can provide critical coaching tips to direct your sales team to more success.
4. Talk Value and Not Price
Telemarketing is a sales pitch. Everyone knows that. You know it. Your telemarketing leads know it. With this knowledge, it is often tempting to talk about price. After all, the price is an important part of closing the deal. The problem is that price is often a dividing line. Many people will balk at the price unless they understand the value of what they are getting. Therefore, never lead with price. Always anchor your sales pitch in the value of your offering. You want people to think the value is worthwhile. You want them to be excited about what you are offering. Only after you have developed this interest should you talk numbers. This is the best way to turn leads into sales.
5. Keep Following Up
Telemarketing should not be looked at as a singular event. You may get lucky and close a sale in a single call occasionally, but that is certainly not normal. In fact, in many cases, you have to make numerous calls to the potential lead in order to make any progress whatsoever. As you follow up with these leads, make sure to build on the relationship. You do not want each call to seem like a new venture. Instead, you want to build a rapport. You want to gain confidence and trust. As you build this relationship, you will improve your odds of eventually getting the sale. Be persistent in 2019 if you want to see results.
6. Target Your Script
Do not be fooled into thinking that scripts are outdated in 2019. To the contrary, scripts are absolutely essential. However, you need to make sure your script is up to snuff. Always update your script for the coming year. This is not only a matter of keeping your content up to date. It is about keeping things fresh. You cannot use the same old script and expect new results. Instead, think about creating a more dynamic script. Create a script that is interactive. You need a script that responds to the interests and needs of the client. This allows your sales team to follow an easy path to closing the sale.
7. Pursue Email Leads
Back in the 1990s, email was not widely used. In 2019, email is the backbone of communication in the business world. Therefore, couple telemarketing with email. Use email technology to track who looks at and interacts with an inquiry email. Then, once a client interacts with an email, pursue the client via the phone. You can use these email leads to target your telemarketing efforts. If you know that someone is interested in your product, then you already have something to talk about during the call. The key is to invest in the right software to see who is interacting with your emails. This can be a great way to zoom in on the best possible leads.
8. Leverage Texting
Making a phone call is not the only way to leverage phone technology in 2019. It is time to face the reality of the modern consumer. Most people do not even like answering their phone. Instead, they rely heavily on text messages. Therefore, your telemarketing efforts need to reflect that change. Consumers are much more open to reading a text message than they are answering a phone call. In fact, many consumers even agree to receive text messages from companies. With these considerations, if you are not looking seriously at text messaging for your telemarketing strategy in 2019, then you are not taking your efforts seriously at all. Remember to apply the normal principles of telemarketing to your texting efforts. Always talk value first, and be sure to nurture relationships with thoughtful, consistent contact.
Telemarketing may have been in the limelight a few decades ago, but that does not mean that it is not still a viable way to build your business success. However, to keep up with a changing marketplace, you need to change your telemarketing techniques. In order to find success through calls in 2019, look carefully at your strategy. These tips can help you evaluate your process. A few simple tweaks can make 2019 your most successful year yet with an innovative telemarketing strategy.
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