Telemarketing Tips 50 Do’s and 50 Dont’s

Telemarketing is still an important route to market for many SME’s and even large corporations. It makes sense, therefore, to ensure you follow the best telemarketing tips and advice to make the most out of your calling. Below are our Top 50 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Telemarketing. Use them to evaluate how you measure up. If you feel that you need some more input, take a look at our Telemarketing Training and check out our series of 10 Telemarketing Tips short 2-minute videos.

Infographic: 50 Telemarketing Behaviours to Power Lead Generation.

50 Telemarketing Do’s

  1. Ask for what you want — an appointment, a demo, a sale – Don’t be shy. It’s the reason you are calling.
  2. Ask great questions — Open ones to encourage the listener to talk and find info. Closed ones to qualify and filter
  3. Be confident – It radiates to your prospects. Expect to succeed and you will
  4. Be honest — it really is the best approach. You WILL get found out if you lie.
  5. Be motivated  —  People buy people. If you’re not positive about what you offer, why should your prospects be interested?
  6. Be patient – Telemarketing can take time and perseverance
  7. Be prepared to make your calls at times to reach your decision-makers e.g.  before 9am and after 5pm if necessary
  8. Build rapport  —  Use frames of reference, name drop, mirror their language and use their name (but not too often)
  9. Call out of normal hours and lunchtime – the gatekeeper won’t be there to protect your Decision Maker
  10. Change your pitch if it isn’t working. Plan a call structure that is like a good story. An attention grabbing start, a compelling middle and a great ending!
  11. Secure a good call list. Make sure it is clean before calling. A good list is the best asset to your success
  12. Ensure your phone line is clear – No gremlins in terms of interference
  13. Find a ‘Trojan Horse’ — To get under their radar so that they will engage with you especially if they have already a current supplier of your services
  14. Follow up – Make your follow up calls on time and keep doing so until you know where you stand
  15. Get agreement from your prospect to call them back at a later date. Even if they aren’t interested now, things can change
  16. Have a pen and paper at the ready at all times. Take down concise and good notes including language, style and key info
  17. Have your diary open and ready to give available dates
  18. Keep control of calls with the gatekeeper. Sound authoritative and you have a better chance of getting through. Keep what you say short. KISS!
  19. If you feel you must leave voicemail messages, make sure they are enticing and compelling with a good call to action
  20. Listen carefully — You have two ears and one mouth
  21. Sound professional on the phone with a good speaking voice, pace and tone. Match your prospects if you can
  22. Make sure you are calling for the right decision-maker contact. Ask the question
  23. Make sure you have a relevant email to send should the prospect ask for more information
  24. Make sure your data is as fresh as possible
  25. Make you are able to talk ‘off script’ to really engage the prospect
  26. Make sure you are passionate about your product or service
  27. Make sure you fully brief your agency if you are outsourcing calls
  28. Make the calls — Don’t delay. Just get on the phone. Inertia is your worst enemy
  29. Prepare likely objection handling questions and techniques. You know the objections. Plan for them
  30. Plan your calls — Know your products, market, competitors, pitch and the issues your company resolves or the opportunities your company creates
  31. Read between the lines of what the prospect says. Clarify if you’re unsure.
  32. Role-play or record your calls to see what could have been done better. Listen back to improve your techniques
  33. Send timely info when requested including appointment confirmations
  34. Set realistic objectives — based on your market, experience and proposition
  35. Set realistic targets – how many calls per hour?  How many appointments do you want to make? Over what timeframe?
  36. Smile — It transmits to your voice
  37. Sound authoritative. You need to sound at least as important as the person you are speaking to. It’s peer to peer and you won’t get past the gatekeeper if you don’t.
  38. Summarize the conversation with the prospect to ensure that you have listened and understood their ‘pains’ before you go ahead and pitch / recommend your product or service
  39. Take good notes — Include info on verbatim comments, language, tone, pace and personality
  40. Try to fool an IVR by dialling 0 to get to the switchboard. Or call accounts and try to be put through that way
  41. Use a good CRM system — so you can quickly search and find follow up calls
  42. Assume you are going to get what you want and ask for it with that assumption in mind
  43. Use evocative and compelling words like huge, massive, significant, dramatic and so on — It adds impact but don’t go wild!
  44. Use the ‘feel, felt, found’ technique to combat objections along with good open questions
  45. Use frames of reference — Past work, client reference points, and industry examples
  46. Treat people how THEY would like to be treated. Consider their motivations and needs and treat them accordingly.
  47. Use natural engaging language — sound natural. Use simple English. It helps rapport
  48. Use technology to speed things up eg click to dial CRM and Skype number recognition enables 1-click dialling
  49. Use telemarketing to follow up other marketing activity eg emails or visitors to your stand
  50. Have a glass of fresh water available for those ‘parched’ moments. Watch out for how caffeine affects you.

50 Telemarketing Dont’s

  1. Apologise for calling. You’re not sorry and your prospect knows you aren’t
  2. Be afraid to ask for the sale.
  3. Be afraid to challenge the prospects’ objections through good questions
  4. Be afraid to change your approach and message if it isn’t working
  5. Be rude or dismissive of your prospects replies to your questions
  6. Eat when making calls. Chomping and chewing while calling is bad
  7. Forget to keep it legal. Make sure you screen against the CTPS opt-out register before you dial
  8. Get distracted by ANYTHING else whilst on a call i.e. text messages, emails, colleagues, facebook! Do however NEVER ignore a fire alarm!
  9. Guess! If you do not know the answer to a question a prospect poses then be honest and promise to find out and call them back.
  10. Have your mobile on when making calls, you will be tempted to look to see who is calling and this will tell the prospect your attention is not 100% on them
  11. Interrupt the prospect when they are talking. It is an indication you are not listening
  12. Keep your telemarketing team in the dark, make sure they are prepared with responses to typical objections and reasons why the prospect should see you NOW
  13. Lie – You will get found out and it damages the credibility of your brand
  14. Forget to ask if the product/service is relevant to any other individuals/departments in the company you are calling.  Even if it’s not of interest to the person you are speaking to, there may be a need elsewhere.
  15. Make assumptions based on what you think you already know.
  16. Make friends with the gatekeeper too early — Their job is to block you. The more info you give, the more they can ask questions
  17. Over complicate the calls. Use the KISS technique!
  18. Over script the calls and sound stilted
  19. Overuse the prospect’s name. You DO NOT need to get it in to every sentence — it sounds like a hard sell tacky sales call.
  20. Patronise your gatekeeper or prospect.
  21. Pitch something you don’t really understand. — You will get found out
  22. Prejudge any call. You never know what their issues are in the background that may prove an opportunity
  23. Promise anything that you cannot deliver be it about the product or simply timescales for calling someone back.
  24. Rush your call — Slow down and take your time. You will sound more confident
  25. Say ‘How are you today’ — It’s a tell-tale sign of a sales call
  26. Set yourself up to fail. Give yourself realistic targets that you can meet and exceed
  27. Sit back and wait for calls to come to you – be proactive and make the calls. It is a numbers game in many respects.
  28. Slam the phone down — It damages your brand
  29. Smoke! You may think no-one can tell but they can. Smokers will know what you are doing and non-smokers will think you are a heavy breather!
  30. Sound bored and uninterested. If you are, your prospect will be
  31. Speak too quickly — You sound less authoritative
  32. Stalk someone you are struggling to get hold of. The gatekeeper will remember and this will gain your company a bad reputation for nuisance calls. You are also more likely to be blocked.
  33. Swear. Profanity will get you on a fast track to a dial tone in your ear
  34. Type while you are listening or talking — They can hear you
  35. Um and er. Know what you are going to say and relax
  36. Use industry jargon or buzz words that you don’t understand. The prospect will assume you are more of an expert than you are and answer you in jargon expecting you to know exactly what they mean.
  37. Use patronizing / slang names :- love, pet, darling, sweetie ………..yuck, yuck, yuck and not professional.
  38. Use unnecessary humour or jokes – get to the point.
  39. Waffle! Be concise and don’t go on and on
  40. Wait for ages on hold — hang up and try another time. Don’t waste precious calling time
  41. Worry about failure — Before the call you had no appointment. If they say no, you still don’t have an appointment. Nothing has changed.
  42. Talk over your prospect – it shows you aren’t listening
  43. Spend ages researching a company before calling, if they are not there, it’s a waste of valuable calling time.
  44. Be afraid to go on a course to improve your telephone and marketing skills
  45. Have a lot of background noise when you are calling.  It will sound like you are in a call centre which is not always desirable
  46. Argue with your decision maker if they are not interested.  Keep your integrity high
  47. Underestimate the power of ‘mirroring’ language or using NLP techniques to really build rapport
  48. Call unprepared for objections and how you will handle them
  49. Forget to follow-up when you said you would.
  50. Bully your prospect into meeting you

There are lots more telemarketing tips on our Knowledge Bank Page.

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8 responses to “Telemarketing Tips 50 Do’s and 50 Dont’s”

  1. Ovie says:

    thanks a lot, great work, well done

  2. Alan Bradfield says:

    Great points

  3. Rohit says:

    Thank you for the tips.

  4. arthi says:

    It’s very useful and motivating

  5. Not only should you not wait ages on hold, I don’t think you should wait at all. Unless the prospect is really juicy or something, why would you? Next!

  6. Lory Arroyo says:

    Now i know why talking to someone is awesome!
    Tips guideline good way to practice 🙂 Thank you for this

  7. Billy says:

    Glad to have read this, I do all of this but is good to list them, I’ve always tried to explain this to train people but not so clear and concise, it’s one thing knowing it but explaining it correctly so it makes sense to others is another.
    Maybe I understand it because I understand it. New people tell you they understand however you ask them to put it into practice with out guidance/prompting and they don’t explain it correctly.

    Suppose it takes time to perfect all this step and for it to be natural and second nature.
    But I’m always thinking how to be the most interigating and persistent but mean while keeping their interest and engage them through out so it’s a seemless transition from beginning to payment with out the prospect thinking I’ve sold them and instead them believing at the end they have convinced them selfs, when in fact you’ve led them there through perfect quiestions and answers, that’s the art isn’t it.

    But great guide line. Might print this out on the wall and take a point a day.

    After all Rome wasn’t built in a day…


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