Before, many B2B organizations had fewer options besides the phone when it came to looking for qualified leads. Today however, the unwarranted nature of cold calls has driven many companies (even janitorial firms) to seek out less disruptive forms of communication. Remember, the Achilles heel in cold calls is there is a substantial lack of information. They don’t make for a good start while at the same time, you just interrupted someone’s busy day. Obviously, you need to be a really smooth talker to keep them from hanging up and left with only a bad impression.
As a result, many forms of online communication have begun to rise because they’re not as disruptive. The most popular would be email and social media. Email grants communication to those who don’t have the time to really be active on networking sites while social media really helps companies who wish to directly engage their market and gain insights without being too direct. Furthermore, plenty of email marketers argue that their methods come at a lower cost than having to hire an entire team of call center agents.
On the other hand, this dependence on online discussions and exchanges comes with its own problems. The best-known flaw is that online conversations comprise purely of text and not everything you read might necessarily be true. Have you ever asked yourself, how much can you trust the words found on your prospect’s email response? Can you really learn everything about a prospect from data harvested from social media?
Don’t underestimate the dangers of deception on the internet. If you’re communicating with a prospect via email or social media, you have to find ways to really verify the things they’re saying. The best way to do that is to make that conversation more real.
Some might argue that the exchange is real enough but the sad reality is that it’s easier to determine the truth from hearing a live person’s voice compared to text. Simply put, it’s easier to lie with the written word than the spoken. You need to take that conversation to that level if you really want some progress in your janitorial leads generation. As far as costs are concerned, it’s true that email might be the only thing you can afford but that doesn’t mean you can’t use outsourced telemarketing. There’s not much of a difference since they’ll allow you to even listen in on recorded conversations with prospects.
There’s no question that starting the conversation with email or through social media can equip you with enough to get past gatekeepers and other obstacles. That’s where cold calls had failed after all. However, once you reach that point, you should already be trying to make the discussion more real, more believable. In fact, sometimes even a telemarketing firm might not be enough to really verify. Setting an appointment could be the final confirmation because you’ll be actually meeting the prospect in person. So as you can see, online conversations can only take you so far. Don’t just stop there and shift the discussion into more real forms of engagement!