I recently had a sales meeting that a sales person scheduled with me from a cold call and it really did not go well so I thought it would be good to outline some of the key takeaways.
This is appointment is actually one that was mentioned in another blog post Cold Call Example that Led to Scheduling an Appointment
Steps leading up to the meeting
As mentioned in the previous blog post, I thought the sales person did a pretty good job of closing me on the appointment. Right after the cold call, he then sent me a calendar invite with a link to a virtual meeting room where we would meet at the scheduled time.
I really like this process of getting a calendar placeholder out to the prospect as soon as possible to secure time for the sales meeting and also using a virtual meeting room. It may sound like common sense or a “no brainer” but you would be surprised how many people do not do this.
Regarding the virtual meeting room, this is a good practice because you never know what number is going to be best for the prospect so this lets the prospect dial in from their preferred place and number.
The day before the sales meeting, the sales person sent me an email reminding me of the meeting. This is a great best practice to implement as one of the biggest issues when setting appointments from cold calls is that the prospect don’t show up. This can help to decrease your “no show” rate.
How the meeting went
The meeting started out OK but quickly headed into some bad directions:
Show up and throw up
After some brief chit chat, the sales person jumped right into a demo of his solution. This is what is often referred to as “show up and throw up” and means that you show up to a meeting with your prospect and you just jump right to showing all the features and details about your product and either doing that in an overwhelming way or not putting any attention on the prospect’s needs.
He did not know anything about me
One really bad misstep for this sales person is that while he was showing me his solution, he really did not know anything about me and my needs. Without this knowledge, not only could he not really tailor his demo for me, but he really did not know if I even really needed his solution.
I was not a qualified prospect
He did not know much about me and if he did, he would have known that I really did not need his solution and as a result, I was not a qualified prospect.
When the sales person scheduled the sales meeting during the cold call, he did ask me one qualifying question:
Caller: I am sure you use something like Competitor A or Competitor B.
Me: Yes, I use Competitor A.
This was a decent pre-qualifying question but this was all he asked and my answer to this question alone was not enough to qualify me for what he showed me in the sales meeting.
What was clear in his demo is that there are some single user features for his solution and then there are also organizational features. And the sales person was there to sell the organizational features that his product had to offer.
The problem with all of that is that I was only using Competitor A’s single user features and I really did not have a need for either company’s organizational feature set. As a result, I was not a qualified prospect.