Sales reps tend to make common mistakes when leaving voicemails. Do your voicemails inspire others to call back? Or, are you committing common voicemail mistakes that keep your phone from ringing? asks the report from Jessica Helinski.
According to sales professional Jeff Hoffman in a HubSpot article, he shares some common mistakes:
In parallel, Jessica Helinski, a senior research analyst for SalesFuel focusing on selling to SMB decision makers, says that even if you’re a seasoned sales vet looking for ways to make your cold calls a little more productive, a recent article on Business.com might have some tips that even you haven’t tried.
She points out that Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com, shares techniques that can help create an authentic first impression. By making a strong initial connection, you build rapport and set the pace for a sale.
One technique from Sweeney titled, “180 seconds” lasts for three minutes and follows a particular formula:
This cold-call technique can be successful because it is informative but also to-the-point. “Building a rapport doesn’t mean talking a prospect’s ear off about how great you are,” Sweeney explains. “It means understanding that their time is valuable and respecting that they took the time to hear what you have to say. Get to the point and leave a lasting impression.”
While a cold call rarely results in a sale, with Sweeney’s tips, it can establish you as a valuable resource. This, in turn, can greatly boost the chances of a future sale, concludes the report.
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