Telemarketing is one of the frequently used techniques in lead generation. It has been utilized by many companies for many years, and still stands strong together with online lead generation techniques. As evidenced by the survey conducted by IDG Enterprise, telemarketing belongs to the top five of the most effective lead generation techniques.
Telemarketing is indeed effective, but what is in it that makes it one of the most preferred choice for lead generation?
Telemarketing builds relationship and trust
Managers feel valued when they are contacted directly via phone calls, as opposed to being contacted though direct mail, text message, or email (Source: SCI Sales). A phone call is personal and shows effort to build a relationship, whereas solely using an electronic medium is seen as an impersonal and generic strategy. An advantage of a phone call is that it gathers not only concrete data, but also the prospect’s concerns, opinions and goals. Telemarketing builds relationships that are centered on trust, respect, support and value. When these four are present and are strongly observed in the phone calls, it turns a doubtful prospect into a willing lead.
Telemarketing allows direct feedback
Direct feedback benefits both the prospect and the telemarketer. For the prospect, his questions are answered directly and allows him to have a well-informed option. For the telemarketer, the data given by the prospect helps the telemarketer in deciding the best solutions to be used, and what changes should be made to fit the need of the prospect. Direct feedback is also essential for a phone conversation to be engaging and relevant, for a relevant and well-meaning conversation increases responses by up to 800% (Source: SCI Sales).
Telemarketing works well with other techniques of lead generation
Telemarketing is often integrated with email marketing, direct mail and print media, and combining these techniques together increases lead generation. Telemarketing directs you to a listening prospect who has read your email or will be reading a brochure from the mail. Combining different techniques is effective, for people are more likely to remember materials they have both listened and seen, as opposed to just seeing or listening to a material alone.
Telemarketing prevents delayed responses
Sometimes, emails do not reach on time or may not be read at all, and websites would be down for maintenance. Even interested prospects may forget you due to their busy schedule. Reminding potential leads through a well-timed phone call generates interest and action, leading to a faster response. Remember, a phone call is never ignored.
Telemarketing is cost-effective
Telemarketing allows personal conversations with prospects from other states or countries without spending a huge sum of money for travel, materials and accommodations. You can also save cost and reduce business risks by outsourcing telemarketing jobs. Outsourcing telemarketing jobs allows you to control and focus more on your business’ core activities, and at the same time receive the benefits of leads and sales increase (Source: Operationstech.About.com). An effective outsourcing company is experienced in delivering high quality leads with its well-trained team, guaranteeing a high return on investment for your business.