Working From Home Tips

With COVID-19 among us, many Americans, and people around the world, are being asked to work from home for the upcoming weeks. While working remotely is a luxury many Americans are accustomed to, it’s uncharted waters for others.

The following four tips are suggestions on how to be most productive when taking your work from the office to your home.

  1. Create a work environment – If working remotely is new for you, your first step is to create an environment that is set up for productive work. Not only will this help you to be more productive while working at home, it will also help you to maintain a balance between work-life and home-life. That means getting off of your sofa and to a desk. If you don’t have a desk, try your kitchen counter or dining room table. Think about the tools you typically use while at the office and make sure they’re with you at your workspace. Your computer, pens and paper, a calculator, a printer, a cup of coffee, etc. Once you have created this space, try to isolate it to only being used for work.
  2. Avoid distractions – Distractions come in the form of your family’s group text thread, the television, kids running through the house, or a pile of laundry. Some distractions are easier to avoid than others, so keep your focus on the distractions that are in your control. Start by ensuring your work environment is as distraction-free as possible. Pick a room the kids never go in, turn off the television, and put your phone aside. Minimizing distractions helps signal to your brain that it’s time to work, not play.
  3. Write a to-do list – To help keep yourself on track with work, write down a list of the things you want to accomplish. Then, check them off as you go. This list will not only help to keep you focused, but it will also be a way to encourage yourself by seeing everything you have already finished. When you have your to-do list, set mini-goals that encompass the tasks you want to check off by a certain time. For example, maybe you want to check three things off your list before taking a break for lunch.
  4. Take breaks – There’s no denying that working from home can be challenging. Instead of fighting the urge to work a straight eight hours at home, allow yourself some breaks. Once you’ve checked off a few items on your to-do list, give yourself some time to check the news, reply to text messages, or FaceTime a friend. Once you’ve taken your break, get back to your to-do list. Check off a few more tasks, then go make a fresh pot of coffee, fold the pile of laundry, or watch a show with your kids. The key here is taking a break, then getting back to work. If getting back to work after a break is difficult for you, try a technique like the Pomorodo Technique, which implements the use of a timer.

Whether you’re experienced or unaccustomed to working from home, we hope these tips are helpful for you.

Applying Salesmanship 101 Principles

Updated – December 2019

Since this article was originally posted in March 2017, much remains the same with our five-year client. The program has continued to grow in the United States – Dunlap Marketing also has the pleasure of supporting the Canadian team now. The process is unchanged, but has been further refined and additional database files have been built and added to the program.

Defining your target marketing, tactfully and respectfully reaching out to them, then making appropriate follow-up steps are the epitome of salesmanship 101 principles. Nothing fancy, just effective.

Original Article – March 2017

An international oil and gas company, and two-year Dunlap Marketing client, has proven when it comes to selling, salesmanship 101 principals still remain. Dunlap Marketing provides an integral function of making prospecting telephone calls into businesses around the US that have large and medium fleets of vehicles. The objective is to schedule phone or face-to-face appointments with interested prospects and our client’s regional sales managers.

“You guys are on fire in my area! Two proposals went out this week from your leads.” – Mid-states region

Process:

  • Before calling began, Dunlap researched and built a national database consisting of our client’s target prospects, based on industry-type and fleet size
  • Once the database was built, Dunlap called to identify the person responsible for decisions relating to fuel card programs
  • Through tactful persistence, Dunlap makes ongoing telephone calls to communicate with this person – the goal being to learn how their company’s current fuel card program works and identifying potential interest in meeting with our client’s regional sales managers
  • Upon request of the prospect, the Dunlap team will email additional information about the program to prospects who want to learn more before scheduling an appointment
  • Throughout the course of calling, Dunlap adds additional database records to the master list. New records can come from either our client’s CRM or through additional research
  • The ultimate goal continues to be scheduling appointments, with a major focus on new business development

“Thanks for the leads Mike. I sang your company’s praises last week at our national sales meeting. I think your staff does a great job.” – Southeast region

Additional Value-Adds:

  • Maintaining CRM application to properly track/manage appointments we set
  • Blitz programs isolating certain events or markets that include a targeted initiative around selling more fleet fuel card programs
  • Internal, weekly product training for continuous education of the Dunlap staff

“Our sales manager was able to speak with all of the calls scheduled! AND one of them is likely to close a deal with us! Nice job! – Marketing Manager

The success of this campaign is based on applying basic salesmanship 101 tactics. Proper planning, messaging, cold calling, strategic follow up calls, and use of email correspondence are the building blocks of selling.

For questions or inquiries, contact us online. Or, reach out to Mike Dunlap at miked@dunlapmarketing.com, 281.496.9870 x 140 or Kaitlin Dunlap Cuevas at kaitlind@dunlapmarketing.com, 281.496.9870 x 180.

Telemarketing Tips, From The Pros – Part 4

Have you checked out Telemarketing Tips, From the Pros – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 yet? If not, go catch up before continuing with this article!

The team members at Dunlap Marketing are telemarketing gurus. Did you know that on average, our staff has 12 years of experience making business calls? Generating leads and scheduling appointments inside various business sectors is how we spend our time – and we don’t want to brag, but we’re pretty darn good at it.

We have reached the finale of the Telemarketing Tips, From the Pros series. To wrap up, our team will share tips on closing out a cold call conversation, along with some miscellaneous BONUS TIPS!

Closing Out a Cold Call

Regardless of the outcome of your call, these are tips you can utilize during your cold calling journey. Keep in mind that your prospect was not waiting at their desk for you to call – this mentality should stay at the front of your mind all the way to “goodbye”.

  • If you’ve agreed upon the next steps with the prospect, such as scheduling an appointment, be sure to verify the date, time, and address (if applicable).
  • Always be professional and polite. A call should end as pleasantly as it started – thank the prospect for their time, even if you didn’t schedule an appointment.

BONUS TIPS

  • Keep a positive attitude and don’t allow yourself to get discouraged by “no” – each “no” is one call closer to your next “yes”!
  • Set daily goals for yourself. If you don’t reach your goal, remember that everyone has bad days sometimes.
  • Only schedule quality appointments – two quality appointments are better than five mediocre appointments.
  • Be alert and speak with confidence. Be prepared to quickly get to the point of your call and to answer potential questions.

Telemarketing Tips, From The Pros – Part 3

Have you checked out Telemarketing Tips, From the Pros – Part 1 and Part 2 yet? If not, go catch up before continuing with this article!

With 23 years of business under our belt, the Dunlap Marketing team has a great deal of telemarketing experience. Part 1 of this series reviewed tips on call preparation; Part 2 reviewed tips to utilize during your calls. Moving on to Part 3, we will discuss tips related to the million-dollar question: How to reach the decision maker.

Reaching the Decision Maker

One of the biggest struggles during cold calling is getting past the gatekeeper. At Dunlap Marketing, this is a challenge we encounter daily. Check out the following tips from the Dunlap pros about getting through the gatekeeper and to the decision-maker.

  • Be friendly with receptionists and try to get as much information out of them as possible. It will make it easier to get through to the decision maker the next time you call.
  • If you encounter a difficult gatekeeper, try calling early in the morning or in the evening. There’s a chance the gatekeeper won’t be there and you can get straight to the decision maker.
  • Do your best to build trust with the gatekeeper. If they ask you to call back at a certain time, be timely with your call back. If they request an email, send the email promptly, then follow up with a call in a few days.
  • If you ask for the decision maker and they’re not available, that doesn’t have to mean the call is finished. You should always ask, “Who else is there that can handle this matter?”

Part 4 will wrap up our Telemarketing Tips, From The Pros series. Stay tuned for the grand finale, going live in November.