Just got an unsolicited email from a company called GasPedal. It was sent using Vertical Response and was obviously carefully crafted. One big problem: I’d never heard of the company and I did not request anything from them.
I unsubscribed and started thinking about what was wrong with their process. Why didn’t I read it carefully and why did I unsubscribe?
If you’ve seen my earlier postings on inbound marketing, I am a big believer in it. Telephone sales is dead, is it not?
I contend the the answer is no. Phones still play an important role but it has changed. It is no longer a good selling tool, but it is the best for initiating and building relationships. It is also good for updating one’s database.
This is why GasPedal would have been smart to call everyone on the list and to very gently introduce themselves. Let the target account be introduced to them. Then when the email goes out, the recipient thinks “I know these guys.” They read it.
Here’s a tip: Use the phone to start and build relationships and well as to clean up your lists, as well as to further existing relationships. Don’t use it to sell today. It is a part of lead generation — an important part — but not the whole thing.
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