In an increasingly digital world, telemarketing is still very much prevalent. In fact, it’s not just big enterprises that can benefit from telephone sales. Even small- and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of telephone marketing to implement campaigns and generate revenue. What’s even better is that making outbound telephone sales is also a great opportunity to develop customer relationships.

However, the lack of face-to-face interaction can make telephone sales a little challenging. It is a good thing that there are a lot of basic selling and negotiating principles that you can also apply to phone sales. When you master these, telephone marketing expertise will come more naturally.

Master the Product

If you’re going to sell a product or service, you should know everything there is to know about it. When a customer asks about certain features or inclusions, you should be able to provide concrete answers in a confident manner. Make sure that you understand every detail, including possible problems and the product’s limitations. If the product or service is continuously evolving, as is usually the case with an app or a software, you should always be updated with the most current changes. Most of all, the sales team shouldn’t be the only one who has mastered the product or service. If you are a team leader or manager, you should also be a reliable source of information about what your brand is selling.

Position the Product

The best way to sell something is to position it not as a commodity but as a solution. For example, a vacuum cleaner is not just something that can suck all kinds of dirt and dust with its powerful motor; rather, it’s a tool that can help one maintain a clean home with ease. Figure out your customers’ pain points and then frame your products or services as something that can help solve these problems.

Stay in Control

One key to making effective sales calls is to make the customer feel that they’re in control while actually steering the conversation towards the direction you want. Again, framing is crucial. If you want to set up a meeting, say so. Then ask the person if they’re amenable. Be confident. If you have previous data about the customer, use that to anticipate what they want and to tailor-fit your responses.

Make the Customer Feel Good

Customers, and people in general, like to feel good about themselves. You can use this fact to your advantage by giving the person on the other end of the line a positive label or attribute. Tell them that they’re “easy to talk to” or “among the brand’s most loyal customers.” This way, the client or customer will aspire to become exactly the person you described. Of course, go easy on the compliments. You want to sound genuine, not manipulative or patronising.

Categorise the Customer and Adapt

Following on from the previous point, it’s easier to assign positive attributes to the customer if you classify them under certain “categories.” Are they the analytical sort? Are they a little more expressive or emotional? Are they quick thinkers who don’t like small talk? Once you figure out the type of customer they are, it becomes easier to adapt your communication style and sales approach to them. This can also help in developing trust.

Build Rapport Through Personalisation

One of the first things you need to do as a telephone sales agent is to tell your customer your name. Doing this right at the outset will help the customer feel more comfortable. Knowing what to call the person on the other end of the line can also help facilitate trust. Focus on building a relationship by analysing customer data and creating personalised conversation strategies. It takes a bit of work but it’s also among the things that can bring more positive results.

Keep Things Simple

Your customer won’t care about fifty different ways to use your product if they’re confused and overwhelmed. Keep things simple. Limit the number of features or options to the things you want to highlight. If the customer wants to know more, they’ll ask. A customer will be easier to convince if they can easily rationalise their purchase decision. If you overload a customer with details, then they won’t be able to make a proper decision.

Sales is both an art and a science. It’s not just about charisma and how well you communicate, but also how you use data and even human psychology to customise your messages. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll soon be making more telephone sales in less time.