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Cold calling based on trigger events
If you knew someone was a prospective buyer of your service or product because of a recent trigger event would you cold call? - by Houston
My name is Craig Elias and I am the creator of Trigger Event Selling.
Here is my take on cold calling and trigger events...
When you cold call someone in an attempt to sell them something, you're interrupting that person's day. The dominant instinct is always going to be for that person to find any reason to get off the phone and get back to what they were doing before you interrupted them.
"Your goal has to be to maintain your poise and get past that first fifteen to thirty seconds of the initial call ... which is always going to be a little bumpy.
“BUT -- the reason you're riding out those first fifteen to thirty seconds is not so you can try to turn the person into a short term prospect on the spot!
"Actually, you're trying to discover if this person has experienced a
. If there has been such an event you want to find out what it was and when it happened. The
could have taken place quite a while ago, it could have happened only recently, or it could still be on the horizon.
s typically fall into one of three categories:
The buyer has a bad experience with a product/service, with people, or with a provider. For instance, there may have been a product/service change that creates dissatisfaction.
Change / Transition:
The buyer has a change or transition in people, places, or priorities. For instance, there may have been a change in the buyer at an account.
: The buyer becomes aware of the need to change for legal, risk-avoidance, or economic reasons. For instance: The person may have a new understanding that buying from someone like you is less risky than continuing to buy the existing solution.
“During the first minute of your call, use the opportunity to understand which of the following three buying modes the buyer is in:
: The buyer is completely happy with what he or she currently has. There has not been a
in the recent past, but there may be one on the horizon. You may think this person is a waste of time and may want to move on to the next person on your list. Actually, if this person has money, authority, and influence, this is
a great long-term opportunity.
A strategy for this type of call is to start the relationship building process. I would also suggest that you check back in on a monthly basis to see if a
has recently happened.
Searching For Alternatives
: This person is unhappy with what he or she has, has spoken to several suppliers, and probably already has a favorite. A
took place a while ago, and they've already taken action on it. You may think that this is a short-term opportunity ... because the buyer is actively talking to a number of potential suppliers. This is in fact probably
a medium term opportunity
… because it is highly likely this buyer
already has a first choice!
Selling to buyers under these conditions typically results in a lower close ratio and a longer sales cycle – exactly the problem that you are experiencing. A strategy for this type of call is to position yourself as the buyer’s number-two choice -- so you get called first if the buyer's current favorite falters. You should check back every other week to see where you stand.
Window of Dissatisfaction
has recently taken place and this buyer knows that what they are currently using is no longer sufficient, but has not done anything about it yet. Because they tell you to call back in two months, four months, or six months you make a note to do that and move on to the next person on your list. Wrong answer! This is actually
a short term opportunity,
because the buyer is not talking to your competition -- yet. When you call back a few months later, even if you call a few weeks early thinking it will give you and edge, it’s very likely they will already be talking to your competition. The strategy for this type of call is to identify the business opportunity and pursue it immediately -- with as much happening on this initial call as possible and future contact taking place in the very near future. You must find a way to push a little bit and learn more about the
then try to set a near-term course of action.
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