Whether you are cold calling prospects with whom you have had no prior conversation, or if you are calling qualified leads who've already expressed interest in your product or service, you can expect to spend a significant portion of your time on the phone. Calling remains one of the most effective ways to communicate with prospects, and it's unlikely this will change anytime soon. But how many sales calls should you make as a salesperson?
Calling New Prospects for the First Time
When calling new sales leads for the first time, there's really no limit on the number of calls you should make. Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that more calls will yield more sales, which is the primary goal for most B2B inside salespersons. So as long as you have a list of prospects on hand, go ahead and make that initial call.
What About Existing Prospects?
If you've already spoken with a prospect in the past, however, you should limit the number of calls you make. Attempting to call the prospect half a dozen or more times in a single week may discourage them from purchasing your product or service. A good rule of thumb is to call existing prospects – meaning prospects with whom you've already spoken – no more than 6 times in a month, assuming the calls go unanswered.
If the prospect answers the phone, however, you should schedule a different date/time for a follow-up call if he or she rejects your offer. For instance, ask the prospect if you can call back next Tuesday at 10:00 AM. Specifying a date and time will help prospects remember the sales call, and furthermore, they won't feel burdened when you call back. It will help if you get in the habit of sending calender invites, so that the follow up appointment is on their schedule.
Here are some tips to improve the conversion rate of your sales calls: