You may have a really good product or service to offer, but if there is anything marketing can teach you, it is that none of these matter if you fail to reach your business prospects.
Reaching out to your sales leads prospects is an important, if not obvious, prerequisite of business. That is why we conduct appointment setting campaigns in the first place. One of the ways we do that is by sending emails to all interested prospects. And yes, there are interested prospects. The problem here is how to make your prospects open them, instead of deleting your messages immediately.
The main reason for this could be traced to fear of spam mails. We all know how irritating receiving spam can be, so we throw them away every chance we get. Too bad for us marketers, this is also the same think that run in the minds of our business prospects. You see, in their eyes, every mail that they are not expecting, reek of selling, or just plain business focused, is considered spam. And they will dispose of your business mail the moment they see it. This is the same problem that telemarketing campaigns encounter. The rejection rate is simple too high. But there is a way to handle it.
Trust is essential here. When you are talking to business prospects, for example, in trade fairs and the like, tell them upfront why you are asking for their mailing address. Explain to them what benefits they can get if they sign-up for your newsletters or promos, what exactly are the kinds of lead generation content that they might expect from you, as well as the frequency of your company sending it to them. This can be time consuming, but at least you find prospects who are less likely to reject you.
Another thing you have to cover is setting expectations. You have to tell them the time and schedule of your mails, and stick to what you tell them. Timing and consistency play a key role in the success of your email campaigns. Keep in mind of your communication as well. Talk to your B2B leads just like you would be having a regular conversation. Lots of talks now, talk of business later. Just nurture the relationship first. This will solidify your connection with them.
Lastly, try not to be to varied in your email schedule and content. Too often, we hear about businesses complaining of receiving mails at unholy hours, or getting content that they have absolutely no use for. Please, do not fall in that same mistake. Sure, you want to help your sales team reach their numbers, but sending promotions to people who only signed up for newsletters or weekly sales tips will not only ruin your customers’ trust in you, it will also make you lose sales leads as well. Now that would really hurt your bottom line.
Yes, you can still send business emails. You just have to know how to do this right to protect your appointment setting campaign.