An axiom is defined as “a self-evident truth that requires no proof.” Over the years, I’ve heard and read lots of sales advice, both good and bad. But there are a handful of axioms I’ve adhered to that have never let me down.
Here’s my straight-up advice on cold-calling: if you have a way of generating enough revenue some other way, don’t do it.
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But, wait … you say you’re not generating enough revenue and need a way to find clients or customers immediately? Then cold-calling just might fit the bill.
In a recent SitePoint article, I painted a hypothetical scenario about how to make a living in the web industry. I said if you need to earn $50,000 a year and your average project is $2,000, you must land a minimum of two clients a month … to which one commenter pleaded:
“Really interesting, but please help us find clients!”
That plead reflects a recent study, in which 76 percent of small businesses owners said attracting new customers is their “top concern.” And 69 percent said it’s the #1 challenge they face.
“Good afternoon, Affordable Insurance. May I help you?”
“Hello, this is Joe Schmo from Joe Schmo Consulting Firm. Is this a good time to talk?”
“With whom may I ask I am speaking?”
“I am an expert in the web design field. You might have seen some of my work: xyz.com, 123.com, and blahblahblah.com. I could design a site for your business at the lowest rate around. If you are interested, I could give you a free 1-hour consultation.”
Would you say yes?
Those of us who follow tech companies like others follow sports heard the news that Google darling and employee number 20, Marissa Mayer, exercised her free-agent option and is now playing the CEO position for Team Yahoo. Once an industry leader, Yahoo has lost its way the past decade, and many are saying that Mayer must do a Steve Jobs-like turnaround if she’s to pull Yahoo out of its death spiral.
If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor, or own a service business, sooner or later you may find it necessary to make cold calls.
The debate over whether or not cold-calling is an effective way to obtain new customers continues to be debated online. Many of those proclaiming its demise seem to have an agenda—to sell you their particular marketing program.
With no such agenda in mind, here’s my expert advice on cold-calling: it works. The company I’m employed with has thousands of B2B clients, all of whom we’ve obtained through cold-calling and cold-canvassing. For the past five years, I’ve trained hundreds of sales reps and dozens of lead generators to do both.
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Let’s face it—some people are just bullies. Maybe it’s because none of the other kids on the playground were big enough to stand up to them. Or perhaps their mom and dad took Dr. Spock’s permissive parenting advice to heart. Some people never really grow up. Instead, they learn just enough manners to get by in life … until they can’t get what they want, and resort to grade-school style bullying.
It’s easier to be choosy once you have an established clientèle. But when you’re new and desperate for business, the temptation to take on any client with a pulse is difficult to resist. Once you find yourself in an abusive client relationship, however, you have but one option:fire the client.
In my last article, Act Like a Salesperson and Sell Something Already, I quoted legendary consultant and author Peter Ducker:
Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two—and only two—basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs.
Let’s talk about each of those.
In my last article, I talked about five reasons why you lose a sale. Each of those can be avoided by asking a few simple questions. But these last three reasons are a bit more complex. For starters, what do you do if the prospect refuses to answer your questions?
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