Think logics top 5 tips - how to improve your phone conversations
Post on 08-Jan-2017
Think-Logics Top 5 tips How to improve your phone conversations
Based on a case study done at ThinkLogic Marketing, Tele-calling is still one of the most effective forms
of B2B lead generation so its not going anywhere, at least not yet. So sit back, take a deep breath and
get ready to make better phone calls for better leads.
If youre currently involved or ever been involved in any call center or tele-sales activities, then youre
most likely familiar with this expression Smile & Dial. As clich as it sounds, the truth is that it does
Since we are talking about tele-marketing in general, let us first talk about the elephant in the room,
COLD CALLING! What is cold calling exactly? This is the most basic and primitive form of tele-sales or
tele-lead gen where the sales reps makes an unsolicited call on someone by telephone or in person. Cold
calling in general really sends a negative vibe across. It makes the respondent feel uneasy with a lot of
questions or doubts in mind (who are you? Where did you get my number? etc) This negativity is then
transferred onto the sales rep doubling their nervousness which in term cripples their confidence
making the over-all phone call a bad experience.
But dont worry; they are several different ways on how to reach people through phone without being
intrusive. Let us share with you our top 5 tips.
1. Research before you dial.
Organizing a list of pre-qualified names in not enough, instead, prepare yourself before each call by
taking time and researching them through Google or LinkedIn, and then organize them in order of
quality. In other words, determine which contacts have better potential. Your quick pre-qualification
efforts should uncover information about whether they may have any interest in your offerings. This
may sound tedious for those who need to hit a specific number of calls target per-day but trust me, the
better your research, the better the conversion.
2. Practice proper phone etiquette.
Although you may sound perfectly polite on the phone, and your prospect may appear receptive when
they take your call the fact still remains that you have interrupted this persons day with your phone call.
How either side handles this interruption can make or break the entire opportunity.
At the beginning of any call, make sure you do the following:
Introduce yourself and your company
Be completely honest and straight to the point
Ask for at least 30 seconds of your prospects time
3) Know when to STOP TALKING.
Regurgitating your entire pitch and interrupting your contacts are true rookie mistakes. But its
something we have all done before at least once. Listen to your prospects responses, learn to shut up.
One of the fastest way you can burn a lead is by but acknowledging what your prospects are saying. Let
them do most of the talking. Ask open ended questions and build on that.
4) Be time conscious.
You did it you actually got someone on the phone! Now what? Now you now have approximately 30
seconds to do three things:
1) Gain your prospects attention;
2) Eliminate (or at least not create) a reflex rejection;
3) Gain your prospects trust and get into a dialogue.
If you successfully accomplish these 3 things in those first 30 seconds, then he or she will probably give
you more time. Make sure you give him or her sufficient time for asking their own questions, as well as
answering your questions, while you listen (as we mentioned above).
When you do talk, make sure you have and answered your prospects questions and acknowledge any of
5) Ask permission for continued contact
Unless your prospect completely shuts you down or hangs up, you have succeeded in converting him or
her into a warm lead. Whether your contact is interested in moving forward or not, you should still ask if
you can keep in touch at the end of your call.
Offer follow-up calls and/or emails with them at a later time that they prefer and then make sure you
hold up your end of it. As well, you should let your prospect know how to get in touch with you should
he or she have further questions. Keeping your communication lines open helps build trust and
credibility with your prospects and contributes to more effective lead generation overall.
Whatever your goal is on the phone whether it is leads generation or even sales. These 5 tips are mostly
known to all, but sadly taken for granted. Whether you have just started your tele-marketing journey or
a veteran, it is very important to keep such things in mind. This will definitely improve your phone
conversations when doing B2B lead generation in Singapore.