Dear Reader

Have you ever used telesales to promote your business?  A client of mine was recently approached by a telesales company, saying they could promote her service business by making phone calls to prospective clients. She asked me if I thought it was worth spending money on.

I have to admit that Iíve never been a fan of telesales Ė Iím certainly no good at doing it myself. However, rather than just jump straight in and tell her not to do it, I sought some advice from a telesales expert.

This issue of Scribbles looks at both sides of the argument and shares some of the advice I received.

Have you ever used telesales to successfully promote your business? Click here to answer the question on LinkedIn.

Best wishes,

Chantal

Why Doesn't Telesales Work?

It doesnít work because ...

... when you provide a service, people will buy from you when they know and trust you. This is because when you sell a service, you canít show it to people as you can with a product. You canít show people what colour it is and how big it is; you canít compare it to your competitorís products. Quite often, youíll be asking clients to pay you before you even start working with them. Youíll be persuading them to invest in you long before you create any results for them.

So this means that before someone buys from you, they need to get to know you and trust that you can deliver what you promise. Can someone build up that level of trust with just a phone call? Can you, or a telesales specialist persuade someone that you or they have never met, to part with their hard earned cash and give it to you? Can you (or they) sell something you canít see, to someone who might not even be looking for your service?

For service businesses, telesales does not work.

It does work because ...

... when youíre selling a product or promoting an event, you have something tangible that people can see and touch. If youíre selling products, you can actually show them to people. You can show them the cover of the book and some of the content. If youíre running an event like a workshop, you can show potential customers the material that youíre going to use. Because the event has a date, people can make decisions about whether or not they are free that day and how much time they want to spend out of their office.

Buying a product or booking a place at an event is transactional Ė itís a one off decision and itís a relatively easy decision to make. Itís not like investing in an ongoing service with monthly payments.

For service businesses selling products and events, telesales does work.

Have you ever used telesales to successfully promote your business? Click here to answer the question on LinkedIn.

 

Want Telesales That Works?

If youíre promoting a book, an event, or a workbook we can help you promote it using telesales.

Weíll start with building your list, if you donít already have one. Weíll get your message out there Ė whether itís sending invitations to your event or spreading the word about your book. And then weíll get experts to do the follow up telesales, to get people signed up to your event or to go online to buy your product. And all for a very reasonable day rate.

Get in touch if youíd like to know more.

 
 

Telephone Tips

If you decide to use telesales, build your own list through research, rather than buying a list, which will be out of date by the time you get it.

Plan what you're going to say so you are prepared for what people might ask you.

And remember to smile when you're on the phone!

 

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