With brand marketing and content ruling the advertising universe, the old-school cold call has plummeted on the popularity charts. But don’t unplug those phones just yet. According to research conducted by DiscoverOrg, high-touch phone contact still packs major muscle. That’s because the garden variety cold call radiates a warm human element that connects like glue with recipients. Always a good thing.
Naturally, chucking your online program in favor of a full-on brand marketing phone blitz isn’t the way to go. Ideally, brand marketing campaigns should craft a balanced strategy that integrates traditional cold calls with content marketing. Here are some ways to get the most from those outbound calls:
- Nothing repulses prospects more than a sensationalized sales pitch. Far better to nudge them with a friendly, conversational approach. If impromptu deliveries are beyond the talents of your call team, create a sales script that conveys a warm, casual message. And don’t forget rehearsals. Remember, this is live theater – there are no re-takes.
- When cold calling, go for prime time. The two best slots are: (1) in the am, before recipients waltz into the office, and (2) late afternoon, when people are downshifting toward the end of the workday.
- Know your recipients. Unless you’re a mind-reader, info-gathering is indispensable. Once the data is reeled in, brand marketers have the means to create solid, personalized connections with prospects.
- Gifts, prizes, rewards, and other incentives always are sure bets to rev up interest levels. Cold calls provide a great opportunity to impress recipients with news about your free, all expenses paid dream vacation to Bora Bora.
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