The scripts below are based on a book called "Cold Calling Techniques that Really
Work" by Stephan Schiffman. To understand the scripts, you'll probably want to read the book. BOOKMARK THIS PAGE NOW.
When selling, it's important to keep track of the numbers. It is important for many reasons. Keep track of:
The number of dials you make
People you reach
First appointments made
Number of people who give three "No's".
Number of new leads added to the intranet
We will also be tracking total number of sales visits and number of
sales. Eventually, we'll get a handle on the value of our
pipeline. Then we can work out how many calls we need to make each day
to reach our goal.
Elements of a cold call
Get the person's attention -- saying their name is enough
Identify yourself and your company -- give a commercial for the company
Give the reason for your call -- the objective of the call is to get an appointment
Make a qualifying/questioning statement -- give an opportunity for
the lead to respond in kind (ie. favourably)
Set the appointment
It's important to follow scripts. Here are some sample cold call scripts that we are currently
using. Please add new scripts below if you find them to be successful.
Hello Ms. XXXXX, this is John Doe from AcmeSoft here in San Francisco. We have helped CitiView Property Management Group improve their customer service to\
the point were they are increasing their portfolio of clients at a rate of 2 properties per week for the last two months and it's not stopping. The reason t\
hat I'm calling you today specifically is so that I can drop by and tell you about our new customer relationship management strategy and how it can increase \
your portfolio of clients. I'm sure that you, like CitiView, are interested in having more properties to manage, right? (wait for positive response) That's\
great, Ms. XXXXXX, I think we should get together. How about Thursday at 2pm?
Good morning Ms XXXXXX, this is John Doe from AcmeSoft. The reason I'm
calling you today specifically is so I can stop by and tell you about
our new issue tracking system that helps property managers keep track
of their work orders. I'm sure that you, like CitiView, are
interested in improving your customer satisfaction.
That's great Ms XXXXXX, let's get together. How's Thursday at 1pm?
Third party endorsement
Good morning Mr XXXXXX, this is John Doe from AcmeSoft. We provide a
computer system that helps property management companies keep track of the all the outstanding service requests and work
orders. The reason that I'm calling you today specifically is that
we've just completed helping CitiView Property Management Group here in San Francisco and we were
extremely successful in increasing their sales and customer satisfaction. What I'd
like to do is stop by next Thursday to tell you about the
success we had at CitiView. How's 1pm?
"Hi, My name is ... and I've helped CitiView property management get three new customers every WEEK for the past month and it's not stopping! I'd like to se\
t up an appointment to tell you all about it. Is 10am on Tusday good?"
Good morning Ms XXXXXX, this is John Doe from AcmeSoft. We provide a
computer system that helps property managers keep track of their work
orders. The reason I'm calling you today specifically is that XXXXX
just suggested I give you a call to set up an appointment. I wanted to
know if Thursday at 1pm would be okay?
Good morning Mr XXXXXX, this is John Doe from AcmeSoft here in San Francisco. The reason I'm calling you today specifically is, when we spoke last _________ \
you asked me to call back today to set an appointment. Would Thursday at 1pm be good for you?
Dealing with the gatekeeper
Tell the gatekeeper what you want to speak about to the lead. (eg. I
would like to tell Ms XXXXXX about the success we've had with our
computer system that helps property management companies.) If you
can't get through, call someone else.
Turning around common responses
People generally don't say no outright. They will give a response. The
first response is probably not going to be their real reason. It's the
second that really matters. Here are some tips for turning round first
and second responses. Don't try to turn round more than three
answers. At this point simply say: "Okay, I'll call you back later."
No thanks, I'm happy with what I have
It's great that you have XXXXX system. We recently spoke to EBMC and
they said that what we had would really complement their current
software. You know something, we should get together. How about next
Thursday at 1pm.
I'm not interested
Well Mr XXXXX, a lot of people had the same reaction you did when I
first called -- before they had a chance to see how what we do will
benefit them. We should get together. How about next Thursday at 1pm.
I'm too busy
Ms XXXXX, the only reason I was calling was to set an
appointment. Would next Thursday at 1pm be okay?
Send me some literature
Can't we just get together? How about next Thursday at 1pm?
Any other response
Well that's okay; let's get together anyway.
The main reason for calling is to get an appointment. In general, you
don't want to spend more than 2 or 3 minutes on a call. What happens
if the lead asks a question that leads into an extended conversation?
Here are some examples:
Tell me about what you do?
You describe what you do. The lead then says something like:
"oh, we don't need that". You reply:
You know, that's what other people said who decided to work with
us. We really should get together. How's about next Thursday at 1pm?
We don't want to use a computer
system to track issues
You say: "Well, what is it that you do use?" Whatever the lead
replies, you can say:
That's great Ms XXXXX, Then we should get together because we work
with other companies that have done the exact same thing. How about
next Thursday at 1pm?
I don't make that decision.
You say: "Well what do you do? What's your role there?" Whatever the
lead replies, you can say:
You know something. We should get together, because we really
complement those things you are doing.
I'm the wrong person to talk to?
You say: What do you do? When they reply to that, you either ask for
the appointment again or you ask who the right person is.
Leaving a message
This message works 80% of the time for business to business cold calling. That is, leave this message on your prospect's answering machine and the prospect will return your call 80% of the time if you do it right. The following script presuposes that Acme Property Management is a competitor of the lead (that is, the person your calling is in competition to Acme Property Management.)
This is John Doe. My telephone number is 415 641 0342. This is in regard to Acme Property Management.
You can also do that similar thing with a receptionist (a really sharp receptionist will ask for more detail right away.) If you start leaving those messages, just be prepared when they call back. Don't use the cold call script when they call you - they probably think you're a potential customer so let them down slowly :-) Basically tell them that you met with the people at Acme Property Management and they liked what you have so you thought the prospect would want to set up a meeting to talk with them about it.
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