Posts Tagged ‘Sales’

7 Valuable Misconceptions about Outsourcing Appointment Setting

Friday, April 17th, 2015
  1. annoying callsWhen you outsource appointment setting will get a robocaller making your calls. I don’t know what is worse a robocaller or waiting for the live person to come on the line. If you are selling robocalling systems – then you may want to use a firm that uses them – if not – why annoy them?  Ask what type of calling system the firm uses. It’s a bad idea to annoy the prospect.
  2. Appointment setters are not from the United States. That may be true – and this is something you should ask before you hire a firm. Ask to speak to the team members that are calling on your behalf. They should sound like they are calling from your company. If you’re selling Italian wine – you may want your callers to be from Italy. In general – companies in the US want someone that they can understand. It is a reflection of your business.
  3. Appointment setters make bogus appointments because they get paid on how many appointments they set. This can be true. Once again – ask the firm how the callers are compensated. Ask for references. The goal of a good appointment setting firm should be to give you the highest quality appointment. Why? Because they want you to continue doing business with them.
  4. I’m afraid I’m not going to get what I have paid for. A quality appointment setting company should offer you a pilot program. This is a way you can see what they can provide you without getting in too deep.
  5. Appointment setters are a bunch of people sitting in a room with headsets on. Ugh – don’t you hate when you receive a call and you hear the other conversations in the background. It makes you feel like just a number and they don’t care. A good appointment setting firm should have conversationalists that can make appointments with key decision makers. They should reflect your company. With that being said – when deciding on a firm, look at who your prospects are and what type of firm has a better shot at making an appointment with them.
  6. Outsourcing an appointment setting firm is a waste of time because I have a sales team. There was this lyric from an 80’s band that went like this: “What do the mailmen do? The mailmen do deliver.” Same thing goes for sales – sales people sell. Appointment setters make the appointments – getting the grunt work out of the way for the sales team.
  7. Appointment setters annoy prospects. That would not be a good thing. Appointment setters should be brand ambassadors for your company – they are an extension of your sales team. If you hire a firm that is pushy or stalking prospects – then it is time to find another firm.

 

Networking Ice Breakers You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Besides all the networking preparations and the “do’s” and “don’ts”, it is important to arrive at an event with questions that will further your discussion with whom you are meeting. Try a few of these and see how you do.

  • Have you been to this event before?
    • Yes answer: Who was the guest speaker and where was it held?
    • No answer: What do you know about the guest speaker’s topic?
  •   How did you get your start in this business?
  •   What are some of the attributes of your “perfect customer” in case I can refer you business?

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What Should You Do Before a Business Networking Event?

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Getting the most out of a business networking event can be challenging. Here is a list of eight things you should do before an event to maximize your networking and prospecting potential.

  1. Bring your networking tool kit.  The networking tool kit includes: an ample supply of business cards, your name badge, any collateral material (flyers, brochures, etc.), and your marketing message (often referred to as your elevator pitch).
  2. Define your goalWhat is your goal for the event? Will you be able to achieve this goal? How will you achieve this goal? Goals could be about how many people you meet, the number of company contacts you establish, or meeting key people.

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The Allocation of B2B Marketing Budgets

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It is very interesting that firms are allocating large amounts of their marketing budgets to trade shows. What are they doing about prospect follow up? A recent article that I read stated that most leads/contacts from trade shows are not followed up on. It makes me think that companies should invest more of their budget in telemarketing to make sure there is proper lead follow up.

Most Challenging Marketing-Sales Funnel Process

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

This chart, provided by www.marketingsherpa.com, shows the results of over 1,700 B2B marketers who were asked what is most challenging in the marketing-sales funnel process.

MarketingSherpa.com Chart of the Week

As you can see, Lead Generation comes in a close second.  Using a lead generation expert, such as EAS LeadGen, will remove your lead generation challenges in this process and will provide you with prequalified, face-to-face appointments.

What do you find most challenging in your sales funnel process?

 

Need a 4th Quarter Sales Infusion?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The third quarter of 2011 is upon us. Are your sales on target? The better question is, are you surpassing your sales goals?

It’s time to look at getting a fourth quarter sales infusion. Contacting EAS LeadGen, a professional lead generation firm, can help you increase your sales pipeline by providing you with qualified leads.

It’s time to amp up your game. Trade shows may be coming, email blasts are being sent out; what are you doing to follow up? To optimize the leads, hire a pro at optimizing. It is a very simple process:

  1. Contact EAS LeadGen
  2. Agree to a trial
  3. Provide us with a list or we will create one for you
  4. Attend your appointments
(There is also some paperwork that needs to be completed.)

Sales Presentations – What do people remember?

Monday, August 15th, 2011

This has been posted several places on the web – and I found it interesting when thinking about the sales process.

Do remember, during a sales presentation, people typically comprehend:

11% of what they hear

32% of what they see

73% of what they hear & see

90% of what they hear, see & discuss

For other great information about sales meetings/presentations, check out EAS LeadGen’s next newsletter. Sign-up here.

Greatest Sales People

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

With EAS LeadGen being a business-to-business lead generation organization, our main focus is to generate leads for you to turn into sales. We found this article really interesting and thought we would share it with you. A complete article about these “Top 10 Sales People” can be found on www.inc.com.

Top 10 Sales People

  1. Mary Kay Ash
  2. Dale Carnegie
  3. Joe Girard
  4. Erica Feidner
  5. Ron Popeil
  6. Larry Ellison
  7. Zig Ziglar
  8. Napoleon Barragan
  9. John H. Patterson
  10. David Ogilvy

Each of these people has a very unique story. One of them found 1-800 Mattress, and another was the leading Steinway piano sales person with over $40 million in sales. They are pioneers in the sales industry.

Can you think of any other sales pioneers that should be listed?

Are Your Sales Goals on Target?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Mid February marks the midway point of the first quarter. Where do you stand with sales? Are you on target for this years’ numbers? Hopefully you are on or exceeding your targeted goals for the quarter. If you are just missing or looking for something that will help push you past your target, consider outsourcing some of your lead generation.

Outsourcing your lead generation process will remove the cumbersomeness of prospecting while funneling more leads into your sales pipeline. The best part about these leads is that they are warm leads. They do not need as much cultivation as a cold prospect would.

Using an executive appointment setting firm, like EAS LeadGen, we are able to hone in on prospects that are ripe for your company. We just don’t send you a list of companies that show some interest in you from a mass email that was sent out. LeadGen knows that to satisfy their customers, we must present you with prospects that have the need and want what you have to offer.

Think again, are your sales goals on target? If not it might be the time to consider using an appointment setting firm.

How to Close More Sales in 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I just read an article about how to close more sales, and the key point of the article was to become a “trusted advisor” to the prospect. It gives tips on the art of relationship building with sales prospects and how you should show genuine interest in them.  By doing this, you will be able to close more sales.

But here’s the thing, shouldn’t you have more prospects to close more sales? Granted if you have five prospects and you work them, and listen to them, and take every call – giving advice on what to buy their mother-in-law or where is a good place to stay in Cabo San Lucas; you should be able to convert most of those prospects into clients.

What if a company handed you appointments with 40 prospects? Would you be able to convert more prospects into sales? The relationships will already be established, this will give you more time to hone in on your sales skills, and demonstrate how your company will benefit the prospect by using your service.

It seems like a no-brainer. More appointments with prospects will lead to more sales.

Which will you choose for 2011?