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It cannot be denied that cold calling is one effective marketing strategy. It would be more effective if you combine it with other strategies like SEO, SEM and E-mail marketing. Do you agree?
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  • Profile picture of the author SashaLee
    Hi there,

    What's to disagree with?

    All the best,

    Sasha.
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  • Profile picture of the author PanteraIM
    No. Absolutely not.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProSeomCo
    Originally Posted by bsummers View Post

    It cannot be denied that cold calling is one effective marketing strategy. It would be more effective if you combine it with other strategies like SEO, SEM and E-mail marketing. Do you agree?
    @bsummers

    Just like any other marketing strategy... Cold Calling is only an effective marketing strategy if the telemarketer doing the cold calling has done their research first by identifying who they want to target and has a sales pitch offering a product/service that is relevant to the needs of the person and/or businesses they are calling.

    Any single marketing strategy when done correctly and combined with another strategy(ies) always has the ability to be more effective depending on the goals of each marketing campaign being ran.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by bsummers View Post

    It cannot be denied that cold calling is one effective marketing strategy. It would be more effective if you combine it with other strategies like SEO, SEM and E-mail marketing. Do you agree?
    All marketing helps all other marketing.

    It's a good idea to be easily found online, because a prospect may want to check you out before they buy...or right after. It cannot hurt.

    You'll also get an occasional easy sale from the SEO efforts.

    But I wouldn't combine the two in a call.

    E-mail marketing? Do you mean to people you call? I don't think it's necessary.

    You are essentially using different media to get a different audience.

    I would use multiple contacts if I were making an appointment to see them in person, and I do.

    But on the phone? I think anything else is a diversion, if you mention it in the call.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    Everyone realizes this post is just spam to get people to click his signature links right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Aaron Doud View Post

      Everyone realizes this post is just spam to get people to click his signature links right?

      Aaron; NO! The purpose of this thread is for people to click on my links in my signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Agree with Claude: talking about other marketing methods while you're on a phone call with someone is a waste of time.

    "Let me send you some information." When has that ever turned into anything? Either the prospect is interested now or they are not, in which case you can call them back in 3-6 months. Their situation may have changed.

    You have them on the phone now; have the qualifying conversation now.

    Using the other methods to get some brand awareness before you call is helpful.
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    • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Agree with Claude: talking about other marketing methods while you're on a phone call with someone is a waste of time.

      "Let me send you some information." When has that ever turned into anything? Either the prospect is interested now or they are not, in which case you can call them back in 3-6 months. Their situation may have changed.

      You have them on the phone now; have the qualifying conversation now.
      Now now Jason - lets not get TOO hasty.

      One of my marketing funnels is to ask people that very question if they wont set the appointment. When they say yes, we do all sorts of magic over the next few weeks - leading them through all the other marketing methods.

      We warm them up big time and then call or go visit. It works well and I am selling this service like crazy.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
        Originally Posted by Dan McCoy View Post

        Now now Jason - lets not get TOO hasty.

        One of my marketing funnels is to ask people that very question if they wont set the appointment. When they say yes, we do all sorts of magic over the next few weeks - leading them through all the other marketing methods.

        We warm them up big time and then call or go visit. It works well and I am selling this service like crazy.
        Did you get some pain on the table first? A reason why they would want to do business with you? Then I suppose follow-up like that could work because it's targeted.

        But I would be wondering: why not now? Why doesn't the prospect want to do anything about the problem today? It must not be a big deal to them.

        Going to visit would be nice. That's not an option in my niche. They're nowhere near me.
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        • Profile picture of the author DaniMc
          Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

          Did you get some pain on the table first? A reason why they would want to do business with you? Then I suppose follow-up like that could work because it's targeted.

          But I would be wondering: why not now? Why doesn't the prospect want to do anything about the problem today? It must not be a big deal to them.

          Going to visit would be nice. That's not an option in my niche. They're nowhere near me.
          When I'm working with a client - we isolate the campaign down to a targeted list. There are a few thou usually. Instead of doing ALL the marketing methods to everyone on the list - we call first and at least make a connection with the DM. Now we know who they are and that they will at least talk.

          That's when we fire up email marketing, landing pages, direct mail, and a few other types of targeted marketing - aimed directly at the people we spoke with.

          We don't go see them for the client - they have to do that part.

          Essentially, we are engaging the clients marketplace. Creating a large group of prospects who know who they are. I guess you could call it Direct Market Branding. Or maybe Direct Branding.

          It is expensive for small businesses to do all the direct marketing tactics to everyone - so we help them laser focus in on a group of a few hundred - and do all the tactics to THOSE people who are really starting to learn about my client over time.
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          • Profile picture of the author shane_k
            Originally Posted by Dan McCoy View Post

            Now now Jason - lets not get TOO hasty.

            One of my marketing funnels is to ask people that very question if they wont set the appointment. When they say yes, we do all sorts of magic over the next few weeks - leading them through all the other marketing methods.

            We warm them up big time and then call or go visit. It works well and I am selling this service like crazy.


            I agree with this, you can use the "let me send you some information" as a way to save a potential sale.


            Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post


            But I would be wondering: why not now? Why doesn't the prospect want to do anything about the problem today? It must not be a big deal to them.
            You are assuming that their decision is based upon desire, when it could be based upon trust.

            It could even be based upon a principle of theirs that they will never buy from someone over the phone, even if the pain and desire is there. Of course that could be a stupid principle to have but people aren't always rational.
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    Agree 100%. But i find video marketing to be the most effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsummers
    Hmm..Interesting, I did not see it like that. What I used to think is that after you call and if they are not interested, you can just send them an email and call back in a couple of months.

    Jason, you have a point, they are either interested or not. But don't you think it's good to leave them some information so that they will remember you?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
      Originally Posted by bsummers View Post

      Hmm..Interesting, I did not see it like that. What I used to think is that after you call and if they are not interested, you can just send them an email and call back in a couple of months.

      Jason, you have a point, they are either interested or not. But don't you think it's good to leave them some information so that they will remember you?
      No, I'll call them back in 3-6 months to see if their situation has changed.

      Why put effort in and spend money on people who aren't qualified prospects?

      I don't know how many times, especially before I got any sales training, I "educated" prospects and held their hands for months and months while they groped their way towards a decision. Say for accounting software. And then at the last minute some other guy swoops in and takes the order away. Sometimes I did the swooping. What's the point in doing all that work when another salesperson can come in at the end of the process and take the order? "Thanks for all your help; you're really great" doesn't pay the bills. Spend your effort where you have the highest chance of reward.
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig Paulson
    Originally Posted by bsummers View Post

    It cannot be denied that cold calling is one effective marketing strategy. It would be more effective if you combine it with other strategies like SEO, SEM and E-mail marketing. Do you agree?
    I use the phone strictly for follow-up on direct mail or other media. I know cold calling does work but the hit rate is so low that I'd rather send out a mailing or report or something similar, then you've got something to talk about.

    Having said that. I have 2 employees a couple offices down who are doing just that - following up on a free report we send to our target market. Their hit rate (i.e. talking to a decision maker) is in the 30-40% range. Much better than straight-up cold calling.

    But I admire the hell out of people who can cold call all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bayo
    No.

    Consder the fact that you would never advise a business to start coldcalling as a way out of their problems.

    Cold calling may have it's place, but it's not at the top of the list or necessarily to be added to the strategy of many local businesses for that matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author stallion1
    i'd say cold calling is hit or miss, if your list is relatively targeted and your service is highly sought after, it's worthwhile
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