Never read from telemarketing scripts. If you do, know that the recipient of your call will easily recognize you as being "insincere".
When they realize you’re simply reading a script, they will justifiably feel as if you are insulting their intelligence.
Learn to turn any sales call into a care call or "courtesy call".
Most people begin businesses to do whatever it is that they love. Chefs open catering companies; carpenters begin cabinet making operations; and photographers open photography studios.
Few of these people consider themselves to be great salespeople, and some may actually cringe at the thought of picking up the phone to do a sales call. Terrified or not, telemarketing (done properly) is an effective and inexpensive way to reach your specific target audience.
The term "telemarketing script" is perceived as something negative. Let’s face it, many consider an unsolicited phone call as an interruption or intrusion on their privacy.
Going forward, you should no longer utilize the term "telemarketing script". Instead, adopt the term "Courtesy call". Now that sounds much better, doesn’t it? Courtesy calling, with the proper script and personal touch, can be extremely effective.
One thing often overlooked by busines owners is the opportunities that exist simply by growing sales from within their current customer base.
Calling your own customers is an automatic "warm call", you already have a relationship with this person. Start here! These are the calls that present the most opportunity to grow your business.
Courtesy calling is indeed a skill. And yes, even courtesy calls utilize telemarketing scripts, or outline to guide their call. The people who are most successful at courtesy calling are those who "add value" to their customers.
So don’t believe the hype – it’s NOT just a numbers game, courtesy calling is a customer-focused strategy and one of the best telemarketing tips you'll ever hear.
You have to know how to treat people. Remember the Golden Rule? Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Before you even pick up the phone you have to prepare an actual script of what you want to say. However, never simply read from telemarketing scripts – it will just make you sound fake and insincere.
Take the time to create more of an outline of what you want to cover on the call. Get comfortable with the outline by role playing with one of your peers. A little practice will go a long way in both making you comfortable and making the call more welcome to the customer.
You have only a short time with the person you are calling on, so you don’t have time to mince words. Be respectful of the person’s time.
Follow these guidelines for turning telemarketing scripts into warm and fuzzy courtesy calls:
Warm leads like this provide a great way to gain new customers. Avoid cold calls whenever you can. Cold calling is no fun, and not the best use of your time.
Be thankful when this happens.
Had you not called, this customer may very well have moved their business without even telling you why. This is a great opportunity to show them you value their business and save the relationship.
If you do have an issue you need to follow up on, simply assure the customer you will research the issue and get back to them. Go no further until you have solved their issue. Pick up right here once you call the customer back with the good news that their issue is resolved.
Hopefully you now see the difference between simply reading from telemarketing scripts versus making an honest-to-goodness courtesy call.
Courtesy calling is a wonderful way to show your customers that you value their business. It also leads to improved customer retention.
Always remember the phrase: "Every sales issue is a service opportunity, and every service issue is a sales opportunity."
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