If you’re like most salespeople, cold calling probably resides at the top of your "Most-Hated" list when it comes to sales messaging. Even with a referral, making that initial contact with a prospective customer isn’t always easy.
"The purpose of my call is to follow up on a conversation that I had with (name of referral) who suggested that I contact you to discuss how (your company name) is working with companies like yours to address (key market challenges your product addresses)."
Now it’s time to explain your process by defining exactly what you’re asking for and how that time will be spent (ten-minute phone call, an in-person meeting, etc....). Your process statement might go something like this:
“I’d like to take (10, 15) minutes to ask you (3, 4) questions about some of the challenges you may be experiencing with (pain points that your client companies are experiencing)."
Close your conversation with the payoff for the buyer. Whether it’s an actual phone conversation or a voice-mail message, make sure to close the conversation with relevant and tangible benefits that will pique the prospect’s interest. Use proof points from a previous client that had similar business challenges. Your payoff statement might go something like this:
“There may be an opportunity for your company to benefit in ways similar to (another relevant client).(Your company name) was able to work with them to (tell a relevant success story.)”