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Telesales Tactics For Your Business

Jul 16, 2008
In business to consumer telesales, the sales volume or conversion rates of your agents can make all of the difference to your businesses success. If everyone in the team can get one more sale per day that could make the difference between huge profitability and just getting by. To ensure the former, it's not good enough for management to have entrepreneurism at their core. Your sales team must have it too.

Product Knowledge

It's all well and good to teach your staff about the difference between benefits and features, but unless they understand your product they'll always have a long way to go. Much of this obligation falls on you, their employer. Make sure they have full product knowledge so that they can answer with confidence any questions they may face.

Track Performance and Reward Success

Businesses often advertise that they look for entrepreneurism as a key characteristic of their staff. If that's engrained within your employees, then motivate them by offering them incentives. Pay a basic wage plus high commissions based on gross profit earned, revenue generated or a commission per sale.

Another great way to unleash entrepreneurism within your employees isn't just to pay them for success, but to make it clear who's the best too. Competition breeds success, and if your staff have the right attitude, it will motivate them more than the just the potential to earn extra commission. Make people aware of how they compare to others for their sales figures.

Protect Your Brand

Entrepreneurism and motivation are great when it comes to getting sales, but they can often have the opposite result on how your brand is perceived. Over-eager sales people could put too much pressure on customers, become too frustrated when customers won't part with their cash, and give customers misleading information to entice them to do business with you.

Monitor Incoming Calls

Tell your agents what is acceptable, and what is not. Record their calls if you have any suspicions but make it clear that you listen to them and inform the caller using an automated message right at the beginning. The more they think they are being watched, and the more they are aware of the consequences of not following the rules the better the chances are that they will treat your potential customers with respect. However, try to give your agents a second chance when things go wrong and resolve any conflicts before they get out of hand.

Getting the Close with Integrity

Customers love to discuss things with their partner, find out how you compare, and think things over. These are all fine and well for the customers, but they do nothing more than slow your business down and limit your businesses potential for success. In reality, how many of these customers will get back in touch? That shouldn't be a risk you are willing to take. Encourage your agents to ask for the sale before the customer has a chance to start dithering.

Don't under estimate the drive of your sales force; make sure you encourage their competitive spirit and reward them when they perform.
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