For some people telemarketing conjures up images of cold call harassment and recorded messages informing of prize draw wins. Bad experiences of telemarketing lead to negative brand perception and bad news travels fast. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Modern, effective telemarketing services, through the use of accurate, up to date lists and professional telemarketing staff, can provide a substantial return on investment without damaging the reputation of your brand.
- Clean, accurate data ensures that only people or businesses that are likely to be interested in your product or service are contacted. This reduces the chances that your prospects will feel that they’ve been cold called and the chance that they’ll subsequently view your company negatively.
- Professional telemarketing staff use more sophisticated techniques than the hard sell tactics of old-school telemarketers. Modern businesses and consumers are immune to these approaches and require a more rounded and imaginative approach to register interest, agree to an appointment or make a purchase.
- Comprehensive reporting tools are now available to telemarketing companies which allow the continuous refinement of campaigns to increase conversions.
With the rise of digital and online marketing methods the world has certainly changed. As a result, telemarketing services have been forced to change too. The emphasis has certainly switched from telesales to lead generation, appointment setting or data enhancement as part of a company’s overall marketing efforts. Though quick-win telesales campaigns are still available (and in some cases, still quite effective), telemarketing is now much more commonly used to generate leads and appointments so that in-house salespeople can focus on selling rather than working through huge lists of prospects.
Telemarketing Services: More than Cold Calling
Most telemarketing services companies provide a variety of different telemarketing tools for business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C) companies. These include:
- Lead generation
- Appointment setting
- Database enhancement
- Call handling
Which of these services are most appropriate for your company will heavily depend on what you’re selling, who you’re selling to and your current marketing set-up. For example, if your product or service is tailored to specific customers and your salespeople will need to visit the customers, appointment setting will be advantageous. If you don’t have an in-house sales team, telesales could generate much needed revenue until you hire the necessary staff.
Telemarketing Services: Hiring the Right Company
There’s a large amount of choice when it comes to telemarketing companies in terms of style, services offered and prices.
For a comprehensive guide on hiring a telemarketing services company, including how to draw up a brief and what to ask suppliers, see our Buyers’ Guide on Choosing a Telemarketing Company from Approved Index.
For a rundown on telemarketing services prices and how they're derived see our Telemarketing Prices Guide from Approved Index.
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