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  • Writer's pictureSsemujju Lewis E

Effective Sales Prospecting Techniques And Methods You Should Be Using

You very well know your business needs lead, to turn into purchasing customers. Because if you don’t have those, you are in business for the show of it but not gaining from the venture. Sales Prospecting helps you identify who is who.

Sales Prospecting is the process of sourcing and identifying new leads or clients to begin working through the sales process. The goal of sales prospecting is to move these people, or prospects, through the sales funnel until they eventually convert into purchasers i.e. revenue-generating customers.

When new leads enter the sales funnel (a flow of prospects through a sale), they come into contact with the product for the first time. Those who demonstrate their interest and willingness to move toward the next stages of the pipeline are known as prospects. A Prospect is a lead that is more likely to become a potential customer.

Usually, there are around 4 stages in the sales funnel. It begins with a qualification (awareness) stage, goes through the discovery and consideration stages, rounding up at the closing or the purchase stage.

One of the most important aspects of effective prospecting is identifying good-fit customers for your business. The right buyer persona is going to put you ahead when deciding between which customers are right for your business. To maintain sales prospecting effectiveness, prospecting strategies must evolve hand and hand with changes in buyer behavior and demands.

In line with prospecting, Mike Schultz, President of the RAIN Group said to RingDNA,

“The majority of buyers wanted to speak with sellers when ‘I am looking for new ideas and possibilities to drive stronger results and improve my business.”

Understanding Sales Prospecting

Leads and prospects are so different here. Looking at the sales funnel, it brings the two together.

Research: This will help you determine the quality of the lead. You can use CRM tools to keep track of the potential of customers.

Prospect: After that analysis, share relevant information that will influence a decision.

Connect: Follow up with the prospect and see how they can move to another stage in the sales cycle.

Evaluate: Classify, and qualify the leads.

Close: See to it that the customer makes a purchase. There are incidents of zero purchase but these need to be few. Use the closing ratio to determine the success of the process i.e. closings-won against closings-lost.

Effective Sales Prospecting Techniques

Below are several sales prospecting techniques and methods that you can adopt for your sales strategy.

1. Make Warm Calls

Generate warm and friendly conversations when you first come into contact with prospects. Avoid diving into the sake, out of nowhere. You can achieve this through things like getting introduced by a shared connection, a comment on a piece of content the buyer shared on social media, or “like” a status update or job change announcement on LinkedIn.

2. Don’t sell

Sales Prospecting is supposed to lead to a closed sale but this particular stage is best for sourcing for leads. While at it, build relationships with various prospects, and avoid rushing in for the sale. That will cause unnecessary pressure.

3. Referrals

Ask for those referrals. Referrals are often overlooked despite being a reliable source of high-quality lead generation and as part of your sales process can help salespeople establish trust. You can use CRM Metrics well to help you determine the rate at which referrals for your services and product are being made. A happy customer can easily refer others to you for business.

4. Always Follow Up

Following up is equal keeping the customer informed with relevant data every step of the sales process. It cultivates a relationship between seller and prospect and builds trust between the two. It’s vital to keep your prospects updated by sending follow up emails, making as many phone calls as necessary, and relaying required information.

5. Use Social Media

Social Media Marketing is essential, and ake sure to have a social selling strategy. There are at least 4 billion social media accounts all round and chances are high those searching for your products are on social media (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Respond to their queries and share information relevant to their searches.

Companies who use social selling practices regularly are 40% more likely to hit their revenue goals than those who don’t have a social selling process.

6. Get involved in Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats have become essential. It is a trackable conversation if hashtags are taken into account. In a recent article on gathering B2B sales leads, HubSpot Sales Blog writer Meg Prater says, “Twitter chats are when a group of people meets on Twitter to discuss a certain topic, trend, or interest area using an agreed-upon hashtag.

You can do more than write information on a specific trend. You can also do social listening. You will be able to understand the wants of your prospects.

7. Use Automation

Tasks like manual data entry and other administrative tasks such as follow-up emails, meeting scheduling, and lead qualifying is very time-consuming. Time spent on these could be utilized in communicating with prospects. This is where automation helps.

Automation tools enable sales teams to make the best use of prospecting time with enhanced targeting and customer experience as well as an increase in the number and quality of leads. Integrated with the sales prospecting strategy, automation helps promote relationship building and share thought leadership.

8. Be An expert

Establish yourself as a thought leader and expert in a particular field. It showers you with credibility.

How do you achieve this status? Writing blogs and guest articles for relevant industry publications and websites as well as speaking at trade shows and conferences emphasize your expertise. Also, ensuring that you have the answers to questions asked and being able to explain with clarity how your product compares with the competition will validate your expertise.

9. Reference A Script

Using a script will be a great idea for every new salesperson and new hires. It makes it easier for new ones to assimilate with the system.

Seasoned salespeople tend to drop the call script in favor of a more natural conversation. Yet, the sole fact of using the script doesn’t have to make the conversation feel scripted. The main reason why you should use the script is that you gather, as well as, communicate all of the necessary information.

Also, the script doesn’t mean that you have to 100% stick to it. On the other hand, it will help you follow the structure that you set for the call. If you want to book a meeting, do your best to convert the call to a meeting, the same as a sale.

10. Use Video

Make your outreach even more enticing to prospects by including a video. Use it to introduce yourself, provide additional content, or to recap your connect, discovery, or qualification call.

Parting Shot on Sales Prospecting

Sales prospecting methods are modes of conduct for salespeople to reach out and source new leads or engage with existing leads. Methods can vary by sales organization and industry and can include email outreach, social selling, event networking, and warm outreach over the phone.

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