Best Practices

Sales Tips: 7 Rules to Increase Inside Sales Success

Christopher Tuttle

7 rules to inside sales successWhen it comes to inside sales, I’ve found that there are seven rules that really make all the difference between success and scrapping by. The majority of these rules come from our famous Lead Response Management study we did with Dr. James Oldroyd, formerly with MIT.

Here’s a quick summary of the seven rules. For a complete discussion, watch this webinar or download XANT’s eBook, “The Ultimate Revenue Engine: Maximizing Results through Inside Sales and Marketing Automation.”

Ken Krogue’s 7 Rules to Increase Inside Sales Success:

Rule 1: Immediacy

Research shows that a lead that is contacted within five minutes has a contact rate that is 100x higher versus waiting even 30 minutes. Also, the qualification rate is 21x higher if you call back within the same timeframe.

Rule 2: Persistency

The average sales rep only makes 1.3 phone calls/lead before giving up. If you only call a lead once, you wring 37 percent of the value of your lead. Ideally, sales reps should be making six calls/lead. With six calls, you get 90 percent of the value from your leads.

Rule 3: Optimize Calls

As a best practice, ask your leads when the best time to contact them is. This can save sales reps a lot of wasted time. If a lead wants to be contacted, they will tell you when is most convenient for them.

Rule 4: Time of Day

The best time to contact a lead is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. The worst time of day to attempt contact is during the lunch hour. Make sure your sales reps are being most productive during these times.

Rule 5: Day of Week

Equally as important as time of day, research has shown that the day of the week also plays a role in contact ratios. Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days of the week for contacting sales leads, while Tuesdays are the worst.

When should sales meetings be? Tuesdays during lunchtime.

Rule 6: Direct Dial Numbers

Steve Richards at Vorsight did some awesome research on the subject of direct dial numbers. From the study, we learned that reps who gather direct dial numbers schedule dramatically more appointments. It seems obvious, but sales reps aren’t doing this!

Rule 7: Get the Right Technology

Technology has dramatically increased the effectiveness of a sales team. At XANT, we have many different technologies available for our lead response dialing technology. One of my favorites is a product called LocalPresence. If you’re calling a lead in New York from San Jose, LocalPresence will display a New York area code (212)on your lead’s Caller ID. Our research has shown that displaying a local number creates a 57.8% increase in the odds of that lead answering the phone.

Well, there you have it. What other “rules” have you found that help increase productivity and efficiency of your sales team? I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment in the comment box below.

Author: Ken Krogue |
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