Cold Calling - "I'm taking a big risk here" voicemail message

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If you leave voice mails for prospects, here is one you may want to try from Mr. Cold Call:

"If you left a message yesterday for your sales prospect then try out this voice mail message:
"I'm taking a BIG risk here calling you yesterday and then calling you again today. Again, this is (Your name) from (Your company) and two things are going to happen here. One, is you might get this message and say that this (guy or girl) is completely annoying and just too much. Or, you might get this message and say that this (guy or girl) is persistent and you will respect my tenacity and perhaps call me back? I'm hoping that you will pick my second choice and call me back. Let me know your thoughts, I"m a bit curious now.....I can be reached at..........""

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  • Profile picture of the author Mwind076
    As a cold caller...that would get you (or any cold caller) no where. Most of the people that did listen would decide that you were annoying and not call you back, so if you just want to waste time when you already know the answer, then this is a great option. Why would you waste any time leaving a VM when you have tons of other prospects in the world to call?

    It makes you look like you have nothing better to do than leave people messages and hope they have the time or decency to call you back. If you want to get somewhere, then save your time for people that answer their phone and show an interest. Don't look desperate by leaving unprofessional messages.

    Now, if you MUST leave a VM, this is my suggestion and what I do:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7825903

    Never, EVER, leave your name and company in a VM if you have NEVER spoken to the person before or don't have a relationship (meaning on an initial call or contact), any seasoned caller will tell you that it just allows them to know who to look out for and who to warn the gatekeeper NOT to let through.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Originally Posted by Mwind076 View Post

      As a cold caller...that would get you (or any cold caller) no where. Most of the people that did listen would decide that you were annoying and not call you back, so if you just want to waste time when you already know the answer, then this is a great option. Why would you waste any time leaving a VM when you have tons of other prospects in the world to call?

      It makes you look like you have nothing better to do than leave people messages and hope they have the time or decency to call you back. If you want to get somewhere, then save your time for people that answer their phone and show an interest. Don't look desperate by leaving unprofessional messages.

      Now, if you MUST leave a VM, this is my suggestion and what I do:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7825903

      Never, EVER, leave your name and company in a VM if you have NEVER spoken to the person before or don't have a relationship (meaning on an initial call or contact), any seasoned caller will tell you that it just allows them to know who to look out for and who to warn the gatekeeper NOT to let through.
      I like Joe's bright attitude too much to have wanted to be the one to break it to him, but "yeah" that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Joe, your giving them to many reasons to say no by leaving voice messages like that. In essence your chopping off your own foot!

    If you are set on leaving VM as a form of prospecting think of the message as a post card.

    You have a few seconds to peak interest, create curiosity and make the call to action which is to call you back.
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  • Profile picture of the author momtreprenuer
    I'm personally not a fan of cold calling and I hate it when people call me without me giving them my info. It's the same way of spamming people's email when they never opted-in for info. I agree with mwind076. How about switching up your game plan and try a different recruiting technique? Like attraction marketing? Just a thought
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    • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
      Are your feet hurting because you're kicking so much ass?

      Welcome to the forums!

      Originally Posted by momtreprenuer View Post

      I'm personally not a fan of cold calling and I hate it when people call me without me giving them my info. It's the same way of spamming people's email when they never opted-in for info. I agree with mwind076. How about switching up your game plan and try a different recruiting technique? Like attraction marketing? Just a thought
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  • I'm not a big voice mail guy myself although some people here use it a lot. Here's a couple more interesting ones from that same web page the first post came from:

    • "If you have left multiple voicemails for your sales prospect with no response then you could leave the following voicemail message: "(First name of prospect), I've called you so many times that I'm not sure what else I can do? The reason why I'm trying to contact you is (State the exact reason for your call) and I was hoping that you could call me back and let me know what I would have to say to inspire you to call me back? Any suggestions? I've run out of ideas, but I still haven't given up yet. I hope that you admire my persistence and call me back at (Your number), once again, my number is (Your number). I look forward to your return call and I'm eager to hear your suggestions. Take care..."

    • "(First name of prospect), this is (Your full name), I'm a (List what you do or your profession) calling from (Your company) and I've been researching many of your competitors and wanted to speak with you about my findings, please call me back at (Your number here), speak with you soon!"
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Joe Ditzel View Post

      I'm not a big voice mail guy myself although some people here use it a lot. Here's a couple more interesting ones from that same web page the first post came from:

      • "If you have left multiple voicemails for your sales prospect with no response then you could leave the following voicemail message: "(First name of prospect), I've called you so many times that I'm not sure what else I can do? The reason why I'm trying to contact you is (State the exact reason for your call) and I was hoping that you could call me back and let me know what I would have to say to inspire you to call me back? Any suggestions? I've run out of ideas, but I still haven't given up yet. I hope that you admire my persistence and call me back at (Your number), once again, my number is (Your number). I look forward to your return call and I'm eager to hear your suggestions. Take care..."

      • "(First name of prospect), this is (Your full name), I'm a (List what you do or your profession) calling from (Your company) and I've been researching many of your competitors and wanted to speak with you about my findings, please call me back at (Your number here), speak with you soon!"

      It's not my style but it's good to see different approaches. Now get out there and sell something, dammit.
      Joe; The second one may work sometimes. The problem with the other three ideas is that they are clever (clever enough that it took me a few seconds to stop thinking about how clever they were), but they give absolutely no reason to call you back. If I got one of those calls, I would think "Now that's thinking outside the box!"...but I wouldn't give calling you a thought.

      The last one would appeal to some business owner's curiosity about what his competitor's are going. It's similar to an approach I've used (and taught) when selling advertising space . (or for me online services).

      The problem with clever approaches, or clever ads, or clever slogans...is that it draws attention away from the message and concentrates attention on getting the joke.
      I appreciate the additions though, my brain could use the exercise.
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    • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
      "If you have left multiple voicemails for your sales prospect with no response then you could leave the following voicemail message: "(First name of prospect), I've called you so many times that I'm not sure what else I can do? The reason why I'm trying to contact you is (State the exact reason for your call) and I was hoping that you could call me back and let me know what I would have to say to inspire you to call me back? Any suggestions? I've run out of ideas, but I still haven't given up yet. I hope that you admire my persistence and call me back at (Your number), once again, my number is (Your number). I look forward to your return call and I'm eager to hear your suggestions. Take care..."



      Wow, that one is a laugher! haha Desperation, no authority. Sounds like a whiny ass guy begging his GF to take him back. LOL. Look at how it focuses on ME and I. Why should anyone do you any favors? It is your job to show THEM value.
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  • I hear ya. I love selling and marketing and like reading different approaches.

    Now, my own voice mail style works gangbusters for me but probably wouldn't for normal people, haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author misterme
    If you want to get people to call you back, don't leave any information. Don't ask any questions for them to answer. Cute or clever works iffy at best. Giving them content or the gist of what your call's about gives them all the information they need to know why you're calling and satiates any curiosity they may have about the purpose of your call. Without that curiosity factor chances of a call back dwindle to nothing.

    That's why this works:

    "It's urgent we speak today. It'll only take a few minutes of your time but we MUST talk today."
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