I am wondering if anyone has tips on door-to-door marketing to businesses. I will have to deal with the business owner or a manager, who may not even be there when I enter the business. What's the best way to go about getting their information if they are not there? The average employee might not just give it out to some random stranger that has entered the business. How do you start a conversation when you walk in?
How do you deal with "no soliciting" signs. Do you just skip over a business that has one of those signs, and try calling them on the phone instead?
What about dealing with larger corporations or franchises? What's the best way to get in touch with the person in charge if I'm trying to sell them a service? I'll use Taco Bell as an example, because I have tried calling them. I want to offer them a service to all of their franchise locations in Vermont. I called their number and asked the first c/s rep "Can I talk to your marketing department" figuring that would be a good start (since my service I'm selling is related to advertising and marketing) but just ended up getting shuffled around, and not actually in touch with a decision maker.
Any other tips or strategies. I've tried googling this but could only find guides on selling to houses and not businesses.