Cold calling tips and tricks for dealing with the toughest gatekeepers

RingDNA

The post Cold calling tips and tricks for dealing with the toughest gatekeepers appeared first on RingDNA Inside Sales Software & Enterprise Telephony for Salesforce. There’s an ongoing debate about whether or not cold calling is dead. Regardless of what you’ve read or heard elsewhere, the truth is cold calling is alive and well. A recent study revealed that 71% […].

Sales Enablement Defined: Your Guide to Sales Prospecting

Showpad

Introducing yourself with some background knowledge of the organization increases your chances of getting through a gatekeeper to key decision makers. Sales Enablement Showpad b2b sales prospecting tools sales prospect sales prospecting sales prospecting methods sales prospecting software sales prospecting techniques sales prospecting tools sales prospects successful prospecting in salesLet’s face it; prospecting isn’t the most fun part of selling.

How Sales Configurators Are Ushering In a New Age of Selling

Cincom Smart Selling

Sales automation is driven by selling tools like customer portals, ecommerce websites, sales configurators and guided selling software. They don’t have to remember limitations or special pricing models; the software does it for them. This means no more blind-dialing thousands of telephone numbers trying to get around gatekeepers and sadistic admins and more time for exploring up- and cross-selling possibilities. Sales is a changing game.

The 5 Secrets to Get Your Email Returned

Mr. Inside Sales

Something like: “Hi Barbara, Mike Brooks here with HMS software. Tired of your emails not getting returned? If you’re a sales rep who is sending emails and waiting….and

Sales Enablement Defined: Your Guide to Sales Prospecting

Showpad

Introducing yourself with some background knowledge of the organization increases your chances of getting through a gatekeeper to key decision makers. Sales Enablement Showpad b2b sales prospecting tools sales prospect sales prospecting sales prospecting methods sales prospecting software sales prospecting techniques sales prospecting tools sales prospects successful prospecting in salesLet’s face it; prospecting isn’t the most fun part of selling.

Catch & Release: Not a Closing Strategy

Mr. Inside Sales

I was onsite training in Montreal , Canada last week—a software company, hi everyone! and one of the sales reps brought up today’s quote as we were reviewing calls during the training.

How to Prepare to Prospect – 10 Things You Need to Do

The Sales Hunter

Always know what you will say if a gatekeeper answers or you get the person’s voicemail. Make sure your CRM / Sales Engagement software is open and ready. If you fail to properly prepare, you are setting yourself up for failure. This doesn’t just apply to prospecting but everything you do. Prospecting is already a tough task; it’s only made tougher when you fail to prepare. Below are 10 steps you need to follow to ensure you’re prepared to prospect.

B2B Sales Emails that Open Conversations with Executives

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Sabrina Ferraioli When you try to call business executives, you’re up against some substantial hurdles — gatekeepers, voicemail, caller ID and their not-a-minute-to-spare schedules. For example: “3D2B recently helped an enterprise software company generate 17,000 qualified leads.

Overcoming objections in sales: 40+ examples, tactics, and rebuttals

Close.io

They’re used to getting what they want, and what they want is for you to customize your software to their needs. The gatekeeper. Gatekeepers are living, breathing objections and, in many cases, they’re the first roadblock you’ll face.

The Importance of Call Dispositions & How to Leverage Them in Reporting

ExecVision

Optionally, if you have conversation intelligence software, request coaching on the call. Gatekeeper. Connected – Gatekeeper or Future Follow Up. Gatekeeper (Admin, S/B, Other Person). When you marry the disposition with call recording insights, you can answer things like: What percentage of our calls are resulting in meaningful interactions with real buyers compared with gatekeepers or non-buyers?

How to Build Trust and Generate Leads with a Referral Program

No More Cold Calling

Talk to any software vendor, and they can’t wait to show you their cool software. Problem is, buyers don’t actually buy software. They buy what your software does for them—how it saves time, decreases costs, engages customers, tracks referrals, etc.

The Sales 2.0 Gift Horse

Sales 2.0

After playing with the client’s accounting software for a fun few hours I managed to get a list of their top 100 accounts by revenue for the last year. But that person was not the head of marketing – more of a gatekeeper. A story from my consulting work.

Why Being Stuck In the Office Over the Holidays Is a Lucky Break

Sales and Marketing Management

This means the absence of gatekeeper types, which increases the odds that key players will pick up their own phones. Mike Scher is CEO of FRONTLINE Selling , creators of Staccato, the leading B2B software suite that accelerates revenue by helping sales professionals create more high-quality opportunities, consistently hit quota and close more deals.

I Doubled My Income in 90 Days Using This Technique

Mr. Inside Sales

I completely mishandled the gatekeeper (it was no wonder I rarely got through). To illustrate this, just last week I was asked to be a guest coach with a company called ExecVision (a call recording software company) on a webinar called, “Call Camp.”

Sales Engagement: The Intersection of Sales and Science

Sales Hacker

What if sales reps can really harness the full potential of the pricy software tools we thought would turn us into sales superstars? Sales engagement software empowers reps to accommodate the modern buyer, meet them at their desired touchpoints, at the time and manner they so wish.

Growth Begins with Data—and Your Competitors Already Know It

DiscoverOrg Sales

Sales reps aiming to displace the current provider were stuck dialing into dead-end corporate switchboard phone numbers, getting stonewalled by gatekeepers, never to reach their buyer’s voicemail box—let alone pitch their product to a decision-maker. Cutting gatekeepers out of the equation ensures that each touch point is effectively directed toward sales conversion. Sales reps usually lack the software tools necessary to conduct, gather, and enter research efficiently.

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6 Reasons to Walk Away from a Deal

Sales Hacker

You’ve ended up being trapped by the gatekeeper. Many software and hi tech equipment manufacturers have a no bid policy for ‘blue bird’ RFIs and RFPs (i.e. Why successful sales people walk away.

6 Qualities Of The Modern Day Sales Professional

MTD Sales Training

In addition to knowing how to gather all of your sales performance data via sophisticated CRM software, you must know what to do with the information. Perhaps the problem is the length of response time to web inquirers, or maybe it is that you are having a problem with gatekeeper screens.

Sales Intelligence: What to Expect When You’re Prospecting

DiscoverOrg Sales

Sales calls the wrong people or reaches a gatekeeper, where they will ultimately get turned away or begin the tedious process of calling up the chain. Business leaders understand that data is the critical heart of growth and expansion.

How to Generate More B2B Leads for Your Sales Team

Hubspot Sales

In many ways, this makes prospecting easier -- but the budgets, stakeholders, and gatekeepers you encounter throughout the sales cycle can make finding the right B2B leads that much more important.

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4 Skills Sales Reps Need to Get the Most Out of ConnectAndSell

ExecVision

While those numbers are impressive, it takes more than buying software to get there. ConnectAndSell will get you past gatekeepers and phone trees, but if you skip pre-call research you’ll find yourself faltering in those crucial first seconds. The average ConnectAndSell client gets somewhere around seven connects and one scheduled meeting per hour. The teams at ExecVision and Vorsight have been using ConnectAndSell for a number of years.

[Part 3] Execute on Account-based Marketing: Value Selling to Stakeholders at Key Accounts

LeveragePoint

Is an individual stakeholder a decision-maker, a key recommender, a champion, an organizer, an evaluator, an influencer, a user or a gatekeeper? Our software improves the productivity of your average R&D user by 10 minutes a day. Gatekeepers.

9 marketing trends that will dominate 2019

PandaDoc

The gatekeepers of these communication channels are also becoming increasingly averse to content they deem irrelevant to their users. In 2019, we expect that software providers will start to remedy this problem. 2019 is officially upon us.

4 Steps to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Bump Up Low-Touch Conversions by 70%

Sales Hacker

One of our founders, Jonathan Kim , spent his early days at Hubspot and so our team is fully immersed in the content-driven, freemium, product-led world of new-age software sales. There’s a growing juxtaposition in software sales. A highly enabled salesperson-gatekeeper is the answer.

How to make sales calls [The Ultimate Guide] – Part 2

OnePageCRM

How to get past gatekeepers. The best way to get past a gatekeeper like this is to reframe how you approach the call. They’re not gatekeepers or obstacles to overcome, they’re potential allies who can help champion your product within their company.

9 Tips to Defeat Dial Dread & Overcome Sales Call Reluctance

ExecVision

These symptoms can be triggered by arriving at their desk, putting on their headset, or opening the dialer software. Over-reliance on email can turn the buzz of your sales floor into the clack-clack-clack of keyboards you’d normally find where your software development team sits. For example, a gatekeeper saying the prospect is busy could be worth 1 point, but a ‘no’ to the meeting directly from the prospect could earn 3 points. Dial dread.

Heavy Hitter Sales Blog: Huge Ego Behind Every B-to-B Purchase

HeavyHitter Sales

IT Sales Strategy: Software, SaaS & Hardware Sales. Martin: The Real Story of Informix Software and Phil White: Lessons in Business and Leadership for the Executive Team. I was recently interviewed by blogger Matthew Schwartz about the C-Level Sales Psychology:   ZoomInfo: When trying to reach C-level buyers, there seems to be an increasing number of gatekeepers in the purchasing process, from “fans” to “champions.” Heavy Hitter Sales Blog. Recent Posts.

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The Sales Script Is (Mostly) Dead: 2 Tricks for Better Interactions

Hubspot Sales

I work for contactSPACE, cloud-based call centre software that helps inside sales teams conduct better outreach. As a part of the learning process, it can be worth providing some basic scripts which new reps can use to make it past gatekeepers or introduce what you’re selling.

A Comprehensive Guide to Talking to Prospects on the Phone

Hubspot Sales

Of course, very few of us are “passionate” about selling software, cars, or service packages, so we have to find an angle that does make us excited. If your software helps users get promoted or frees up time they can spend with their families that’s something to get passionate about.

Why Everyone's Ghostjacking But Nobody's Talking About It.Until now!

Tony Hughes

To buck this trend and in recognition that there's typically only one name on the purchase order, I'm advocating the most counter-intuitive 'get past the gatekeeper' strategy of all time! Project management software like Jira or Workboard can be leveraged for real-time approvals.)

170 Sales Terms From A – Z: The Updated Glossary of B2B Sales Definitions

Sales Hacker

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to a system of computers, software, machines and processes that simulate certain aspects of human intelligence such as image perception, voice recognition and reasoning. Content Management System (CMS) is a computer program or software application used to create, modify, store and manage digital content. Dialer is a computer software, application or electronic device that automates the process of making phone calls. Gatekeeper.

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31 Simple, Yet Brilliant Lead Generation Techniques to Supercharge Your Sales Pipeline

Sales Hacker

Otherwise set up a Skype call and use screen capture software to record the discussion. This “lumpy mail” technique bypasses the gatekeeper and straight into the hands of the decision maker, eager to know what’s inside.

The Ultimate Guide to Sales Prospecting: Tips, Techniques, & Tools to Succeed

Hubspot Sales

CRM (customer relationship management): Software that allows companies to keep track of their potential and existing customers at whichever stage they may assume in the sales cycle. We usually have to go through a gatekeeper to reach them. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

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Dialing for Dollars Web Tool

Fill the Funnel

A quote from respected sales research and consulting firm CSO Insights sums up the problem that SalesDialers is built to resolve: ” 96 percent of a sales reps time when making outbound calls is spent dialing, leaving voice mails, navigation phone trees, and talking with gatekeepers.” The power dialing software dials up top to 400 (LIVE) calls per hour which means that you talk to a lot of prospects or leads very fast.

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An Open Letter to Social Sellers Everywhere

Tony Hughes

If you're selling enterprise software, mobile, ERP, hardware, cloud based applications, big data, IT, security - PaaS, IaaS; if you're selling to government or Fortune 2,000 companies with byzantine procurement; if you're selling in response to RFPs.

Top 25 Incendiary Social Selling Secrets

Tony Hughes

If you're selling software and there are already twenty five groups on mobile marketing applications, still launch your own group. This software will save you hours of clicks based on daily lead recommendations from key accounts that it serves up to you on a silver platter.

How to make sales calls [The Ultimate Guide]

OnePageCRM

Sean Burke, CEO of prospecting software Kitedesk offers this example email: Hi Jill. How to get past gatekeepers. The best way to get past a gatekeeper like this is to reframe how you approach the call.

When Features and Benefits Don’t Get It Done (an interview with Alen Mayer)

The Science and Art of Selling

Today they maybe selling computer software. They work with everyone, the office assistant, all of their staff, the gatekeepers. Few weeks ago I was interviewed by the GiveGetWin Charity and I provided a sales training session with all the proceeds going to charity. Here is a transcript of my interview: The New Rules For Sales — When Features and Benefits Don’t Get It Done . Sales wisdom from Alen Mayer, as told to Chiara Cokieng.

From Demo to Conversation

Sales Overdrive

It’s hard to avoid them as they play the roles of effective gatekeepers and influencers. So let’s say you are selling software and you hear this: “Let me tell you what happened to me the last time we tried implementing this (other) software tool.”