Who Says Telemarketing Can’t Drive Leads Further Down the Sales Funnel?
Well, it’s hard to argue with them. But it’s not like their argument is hermetically-sealed. For one, it doesn’t always mean that outbound leads can’t go further down the sales funnel. In fact, outbound marketing is as important as inbound marketing.
They can, and here’s where good old lead nurturing plays a crucial role.
The Head Start
You have to remember that the telemarketer is the most proactive marketing tool in a business. On the micro level, there’s no other person in an organization that has the same level of correspondence with prospective clients. On the macro level, there’s no other form of marketing where you can instantly interact with a prospect and take note of their needs or address their concerns.
Here are the other advantages of telemarketing:
- Direct contact with clients
- Reaching large audiences
- Pulling in high value leads
- Ability to segment audiences
- Instant feedback
These are substantial advantages. In basketball, it’s like leading by 15 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. In swimming, it’s a half-body lead with one turn to go. It’s like being up four strokes in the back nine in golf. These are not insurmountable leads, but they sure ease the pressure, make you feel comfortable.
But since you’re in marketing, you cannot really feel comfortable for a long time or allow yourself to be complacent, no matter the advantages. Remember, when you’re doing outbound, you have a chip on your shoulder. You always have to outperform yourself.
Capitalizing on the Advantages
Give it a Little Push
There are some companies that have a relatively longer sales cycle. A custom made lead nurturing program is perfect for these kinds of organizations. These programs are designed to engage with prospects over time, making them more likely to buy the product or avail of the service at the right time. Don’t ever think that leads can push themselves down the sales funnel by themselves. To