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Untangle the Red Tape

Posted by vonzels

In the last post we talked about how to bring the big-company mindset into your
business and your team. This will help you overcome the mental obstacles that will keep
you from being successful. Now, that you’ve learned how to overcome that, we’re going
to talk about who your fish are. It’s important to know about the fish you are looking for
before you put a plan together. We’re also going to take a moment to talk about the
potential “red tape” you may encounter along the way.

The most important thing to know about your fish is their purchasing habits and
procedures. There are four main things you need to work on in order to be successful:

  1. Responsibilities: You need to know who has influence over purchasing, who does
    the actual buying and who can kill a deal if they want.
  2. Get on Their List: You need to know how to get on their list of people to buy
    from. Your name needs to not only be on the list, but at the top of it and in as
    many categories as possible for the most interaction. Ask about a procurement
    program and what you need to do to go through the application process.
  3. Lingo: You need to learn the company’s unique language and communications
    methods. These could include report names, buzzwords and even the nicknames
    they have for their employees.
  4. Fiscal Budgets: It’s essential you know the fishes fiscal budget, so you know
    exactly when they are planning their expenses for the year.

Now that we’ve talked a little about what you need to know about your fish, let’s take a
quick look at the “red tape”.

Bureaucracy might as well be a four-letter word with the emotions it stirs in all of us.
“Red tape” is a necessary evil, but one you can use to learn from. There are two ways to learn from their system:   

1. Analyze their activity.

2. Review their correspondence.

Being an outsider looking in can have its advantages too. If you hate dealing with the “red tape”, imagine how their employees feel dealing with it. If they need to crunch some numbers, offer to do it. If they need more info, make sure you are giving it to them in a user-friendly way.  

 

The things we talked about in this lesson will help you prepare for the big approach. If
you need help with any of this, try our GUIDED TOUR to find the right tools to get the
job done.


Telemarketing is NOT the Anti-Christ

Posted by vonzels

Today you’ll learn how to use direct mail marketing and, yes, telemarketing to your full advantage. I know, the word “telemarketing” might as well be four letters, but there is a way to help customers feel like they are getting personal attention and keep them from blocking your number!

With the success direct mail marketing has had and the availability of computers, these can be used as a powerful marketing tool for your success. Telemarketing is best for high priced, high margin products/services.

Here are the key steps to putting together a highly effective direct mail marketing program:
1. List all benefits customers will get from the purchase of your products and services.
2. Pick the single most powerful benefit out of that list.
3. Build an attention-getting headline around that benefit. Remember to use emotion-fulfill the desire to be young, wealthy, desired, popular or successful.
4. Develop a sales letter using the headline you created to grab attention, provide information and motivate customers to act.
5. Put together supplementary items, such as a brochure, order form, reply envelope or note that encourages them to read the letter.
6. Rent or purchase a mailing list.
7. Compare cost of mailing vs. cost per order.
8. Continue to test and refine your direct mail marketing plan.

You can see how direct mail marketing can help you find a local or even country-wide target market to send letters or postcards to and draw in new clientele and customers. Fine-tuning your marketing campaign will bring better results and therefore lower the overall cost of the campaign.

To be successful in telemarketing you need to:
• Put together a plan, so you know exactly what you want to accomplish during the call.
• Develop a list of topics to discuss and the questions you want to present around these topics.
• Input verbiage checking to see if you are calling at a good time.
• Include enough questions to keep the conversation interesting, but not too many to sound like you are interrogating.
• Start with broad questions and narrow your focus as the conversation continues.
• Offer feedback to show them you are paying attention and appreciate their time.
• Don’t insult their intelligence or manipulate them.
• Listen first, talk second.
• Be relaxed and conversational.

Telemarketing doesn’t have to be the trauma it’s made out to be. You can put together an honest, personal and effective telemarketing campaign that is endearing, informative and gets the job done. Think of how you would want to be treated on a marketing call. Ask your friends and family what they hate most about the telemarketing calls they get and work hard to craft your plan in a better way.

When selling by telephone, you have approximately thirty seconds to convince the customer to listen to you. You need an opening statement that captures their attention, conveys who you are, what you want and why the prospect should listen. Jay Abraham

It’s easy to see how direct mail marketing and telemarketing can positively affect your business by bringing in new customers and increasing the level of awareness about your products, services and company branding.

Our GUIDED TOUR offers the resources and tools you need to work through these processes and put together the best marketing plan you can.