Best Telemarketing November 2010 – more traction, less spin!

More and more people are coming to me for the best telemarketing during these hard economic times.  The best telemarketing is about gaining traction in sales and less about being a spin doctor.  Let me explain why the best telemarketing is more about truth than tricks, and how to make more sales in 2010 and 2011.

Fall of the Spin-Doctors
Prior to 2008, companies were growing at an unrealistic rate and most people just went along with the whole charade, as long as it meant they were making money.  Apart from the few mentally challenged people out there, most people knew that their little semi-detached house wasn’t really worth half a million pounds.  Whilst the going was good, enough people were prepared to believe that Iraq was a threat – and if Homer Simpson had run for President offering endless good times, I’m sure Homer Simpson would be in the Whitehouse.

The slump of 2008 affected most businesses in the UK, but it affected some more than others.  Many marketing companies weren’t really “selling” anymore; they were simply trying to keep up with the ever-increasing demand.  Yet the professionals out there – the small telemarketing agencies and the freelance telemarketing people have always needed to prove themselves.  During the good times, you could just say I’m from “XYZ” well-known brand, and that was good enough for many buyers.

Rise of the Best Telemarketing People
During the tough times, buyers have become more discerning and they want “more bang for their buck” when it comes to telemarketing, along with all forms of marketing.  Two years on from the onset of economic downturn, many companies have gone to the wall; but the best companies and the best telemarketing people are still going strong – but why…?

There are many really good companies out there with excellent products and a first class service.  Previously, they were losing business to competitors that may well have offered a poorer product and a dissatisfactory service.  When the bubble burst – buyers suddenly started scrutinizing every penny, which has led to many competitors going bust.  Every week now, I’m talking to companies who offer a first class service, who are now capitalizing on their competitors going bust.

Don’t believe the Hype
So how are the “bad” marketing agencies and “poor” marketing people trying to fight back?  Put bluntly, they’re trying to use “spin” – or to use an old fashioned term – “they’re telling lies”.  I’ll give an example – this morning I received an email from a company that I’d recently purchased from.  This company used to offer a great product but it was very over-priced.  They recently brought the price right down to a realistic level (and they’re still making plenty of profit), so I bought in their offering.  The problem is that whilst they took on board my request to be more realistic about prices (and I’m sure thousands of other people told them the same thing) – they still haven’t figured out the art of honest lead generation to gain results – let me explain…

The email they sent me said “click here for your FREE training”.  So I clicked on the hyperlink and was looking forward to my “FREE” training – but low and behold, I had to buy another product if I wanted the “FREE” training.  In other words, this wasn’t “free” at all – this was a blatant lie to try and get me to look at another product.  Needless to say, I immediately stuck the sender in to my Spam List and decided never to believe another word uttered by that company.  Like most people in the UK, I don’t believe the politicians anymore and I’m a highly sceptical buyer.  Anyone who comes out with these grossly misleading statements goes straight in to my list of “I’ll never believe another word they say”.

Traction not Spin
I appreciate that “liar” and “politician” have now become interchangeable words for most people in the UK.  Unfortunately, the same thing can often be said of “bad” marketing people.  The best telemarketing is not about fictional “free” offers or trying to deceive prospective clients – this is just a lame excuse for “bad” marketing people who cannot work out why people would want to buy a product or service.

If you are selling a complex offering to an intelligent buyer – you must build up a relationship with your prospective client.  One cannot build a relationship based upon lies.  The real strength of the best telemarketing person, is in their ability to seriously understand what motivates a buyer and to play on your strengths.  The best telemarketing person will endear the most hard-nosed buyer to look at your offering – using skill, wit, charm, flair and understanding.

There’s an old saying that, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time – but you can’t fool all the people all of the time”.  Please don’t let a “bad” marketing person persuade you to use lame tactics – you risk alienating your clients.  The best telemarketing should gain traction with your clients – so don’t just sit there spinning and going nowhere – gain real traction, real interest, real desire – and base it all on your strength of offering. 

If you need more traction and less spin – contact me for the best telemarketing – Stephen Law 0870 042 1263 stephen@sl-freelance.co.uk .

Stephen Law is a Business Development expert. Over a 25 year period, Stephen worked has worked from a Foot Canvasser and Telemarketing Junior in the 1980s to an Executive Director and Company Secretary in the 1990s. Stephen's sales and marketing career spanned the IT, Communications and Technology sectors, where he was always top in his field. Stephen has also been head of Manufacturing, HR, and R&D for a number of organisations. In 2005, Stephen decided to form his own company offering Business Development via Consultative Telemarketing. Few people enjoy telemarketing as much as Stephen and fewer still understand how to communicate effectively with senior decision makers. Stephen is an Associate Partner of the No1 UK Business Development Agency and an Honorary Director at the LCDA for Business Development, where he has taught the Art of Selling at London South Bank University.

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