Or should I hit ‘zero’ and be connected to the operator?
If you’re not familiar with our philosophy and approach to appointment setting, we are all about being as effective as we can on each call so we are as efficient as we can be over time in the process of pursuing many targets simultaneously. The reason is that very few of us have extra time to sit and make appointment setting calls, nor do many of us like doing it. Ergo, the fewer the dials we need to make and the less time we need to set aside to do it, the better.
With that stated, let me make four basic assumptions here:
- You are calling someone off a list you don’t know to ask for an appointment;
- If you don’t get through, you’re going to want to leave a message;
- You will try again if not successful on this attempt; and four
- You know the name of the person you wish to speak with.
With an understanding of those assumptions, here are three reasons to select the dial by name directory:
- Even though you might be tempted to hit ‘zero’ because you think it takes less time, it does not because too often you will be screened which will elongate the call if not end it;
- Some dial by name directories will give you the extension number outright or allow you to hit another menu choice for further information where you can get it. This will save you much time on subsequent calls;
- You are better off leaving a voicemail than leaving a message with the receptionist as you control what the target hears—remember the game of ‘Telephone’ you played when you were a kid?
Efficiency obviously plays a big part in this decision. However, don’t overlook the effectiveness challenge. It is definitely in play here as well. Leaving the message you want to convey directly to the individual who has the responsibility and authority to buy what you sell is a critical part of our methodology. Sending complimentary emails is also as it will quadruple your response rate, thus reducing the number of dials required to be made. Most of our emails contain the words the “Voicemail I left you earlier…” so that the target connects the two. If you don’t leave a voicemail, you’ll need to slightly modify the text of the email, which takes time. Leaving the voicemail yourself will make you more effective.
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Caponi Performance Group and Contact Science jointly market the telephone prospecting and cold calling solution called Coldcalling101™. It is the only comprehensive solution to solving the biggest barrier to success in most selling organizations—the inability to secure enough Initial Appointments to begin the selling process. We accomplish that through simultaneously addressing both the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. We can be reached at 817 224-9900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find answers to many of your challenges in our books: Contrary to Popular Belief, Cold Calling DOES Work! Volume I: Effectiveness, The Art of Appointment Making and Volume II: Efficiency, the Science of Appointment Making.
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