ARTICLE #5 IN A 6 ARTICLE SERIES
Now that you’ve gone live with calling (Article #4 – Getting Your Telemarketing Campaign Started), there is a good chance you have found there are many different results from the calls. Next steps with clear actions or an appointment are the best results. However, not all calls are as easy as that! Other results could be:
- Request for more information
- Request for a call back
- A question is asked that requires research on your end, then a call back
Often, there is a fine line between a prospect who is genuinely interested in receiving more information and someone who is trying to get you off the phone. As you spend more time teleprospecting, you will learn how to discern possible interest. Do not be afraid to “test the waters” in an effort to qualify interest. Your time is important – spend it wisely. In our opinion, if a prospect asks for information to be sent, they should also be willing to share why they are asking. If you still feel unsure, and you have tried to validate the reason, err on the side of caution and send the information – you never know when they might need your product or service.
It is very important to accurately capture the prospect’s email address and/or physical address. Obviously, email is a more desirable and economical way to send information. Also, the more specific the information is to the prospect, the better. It will take more time to send a tailored message, but it is worth the extra effort.
And of course, after you have sent the additional information, don’t forget to call back in a few days! Your follow up at this stage becomes very important.
Keeping in mind that your prospect was not waiting by the phone for your call, you will frequently find that you have caught them at a busy time. In this instance, ask what day and time is best for you to call back. It is important to make it a priority to call your prospect back at their requested day and time – this will show you are respectful of their time and will start building trust and respect.
When you make the follow up call, remind the prospect you recently spoke with them and are calling back per their request. Refresh their memory of your previous conversation by restating something they told you. Be prepared to have a productive conversation with them about your product or service!
Often, voicemails will get in your way; use it as a tool on occasion. A message that is brief and informative is not a bad outcome.
Research and Call Back
Sometimes, a prospect will ask you a question you do not know the answer to. This is okay and generally a sign showing the prospect has a level of interest in your product or service. When this happens, never feel like you need to make up an answer, as this can lead to confusion and make the prospect feel you are not creditable.
Instead, let them know they asked a great question! Tell them you do not know the exact answer and would not want to lead them astray. Ask if you can call back with the correct answer – let them know approximately how long it will take you to get back with them.
Complete the necessary research and follow up with your prospect. This is another example of building trust and credibility. If you are unable to get them back on the phone, leave a voicemail or email with the answer.
Speaking with prospects and following up as promised is how the sales process gets started. It is important to show your prospects that you are credible and reliable as these first phases of the sales cycles are the foundation of your relationship with future clients. Do not get discouraged if you are asked to call back at a later time – it is a natural request and allows you the opportunity to show you respect their time and requests.
Follow up is all about timing, good planning, and being prepared. If you are diligent and committed to the process, positive results will happen.
Be sure to read the final article in the “How to Implement a Telemarketing Campaign” series – Measuring and Analyzing.
For more information, contact Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kaitlin (email@example.com).