Inspired by this thread:
Target £1,000,000.00 (I work in GBP, even though many of my clients are abroad, feel free to substitute your own currency)
Average Profit per Sale £50 one off. (I tend to work with profit, defined as (Selling price - fulfilment costs). This is usually the minimum profit level I would work with).
Number of Sales to hit the target 20,000
Assuming a conversion rate of 10% (IMHO low for a targeted endorsed mailing)
Number of phone calls required – 1 maybe :-)
In my experience an endorsed offer to a mailing list of known buyers will give a response of at least 10%. This means you need a total list of 200,000 potential buyers. This could be one list or it could be several. I frequently offer the same product to multiple lists. A few weeks ago I made just such an offer to 4 lists resulting in close to £4.7 million profit in around 4 weeks - of which I get 20% - £935,000 - $1.4 million. And I do this regularly without breaking a sweat - or spending all day on the phone...
Establish a good relationship with the list owner and you can rinse and repeat pretty much as often as you like...
Is this just hot air?
Here's an example of a million dollars in sales in two days:
Debbie Mayo Smith: One million dollars from an email - Small Business - NZ Herald News
Do you think if you sold, say, quality luggage, that if you approached Bob and Beth that you might sell a few to their customer list? How about sun tan lotion? Seasick pills :-) What else can you think of that people taking cruises might require?
Why would anyone advocate cold calling for a living...?