Salespeople invest a lot of time lighting up sales prospects and yet it appears many are hiding those sales leads. We know this to be true given how few times on average salespeople follow-up with new sales leads.
44% of salespeople give up after one follow-up (Source: Scripted)
Does it make sense to do all that work especially if you are a SMB owner in a firm of fewer than 20 employees or a salesperson employed in a similar SMB? How much time and time is money is wasted?
Sales prospecting is truly about providing light to people who are in the dark about:
- Your firm
- Your solution
Additionally, these sales prospects may also be in the dark about their own problems. Many in business cannot separate the symptoms from the real problems. This becomes a competitive advantage for top sales performers.
Sometimes all those sales leads become stuck in the middle of the sales funnel or what I prefer the sales tunnel. This is also akin to putting them under a bushel basket because in the middle of the tunnel it is very dark. What helps to keep flowing through the sales tunnel is a proactive contact process. A good CRM like Pipeliner CRM works with SMB firms as it does not require a CRM administrator saving the SMB thousands of dollars in salary and benefits.
When salespeople understand their marketing is about shining a light, their light, they are able to attract sales prospects to them. Then they understand the must keep this light shining until the sales prospects buy.
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