Why Outsource Your Telemarketing When You Could Do It Yourself?

When it comes to carrying out a telemarketing campaign, the choice often comes down to whether to outsource or DIY. We’re here to help you figure out why outsourcing your telemarketing would be better than doing it in-house.

We don’t have to convince you about the power of B2B telemarketing. The average ROI for B2B telemarketing can reach astronomical percentages. This is because, generally, if your business is looking at some big account wins, you need to get on the phone and talk to people. Let’s be honest, your chances of landing a big-ticket deal with just a few emails aren’t great.

Telemarketing delivers £11 of revenue for every £1 spent.

B2B sales has always been, and will always be, about human interactions. Yes, sure, content is king and digital is everything. But we still believe telemarketing is the gold standard in lead generation and lead nurturing, particularly when it’s integrated with other channels. Great data, great content, an email campaign and a telemarketing campaign? Ooph! That’s what we’re talking about!

So, as we said. We don’t need to convince you about the power of telemarketing. The question here is why should you opt for outsourced telesales over in-house? Here are four big reasons.

Opportunity cost

Let’s talk microeconomics for a moment. Promise it won’t be boring. Opportunity cost is the value of what could have been, and how much you lose out on. If your salespeople are investing time in lead generation, and this time is covered by their annual salary, then your cost per lead generated may be lower than if you outsource. But then there’s the balance. Bear in mind the average number of calls it takes to connect with a prospect – 18. That’s a lot of dead time for your sales team. And a huge opportunity cost – what could have been achieved if that time had been spent cultivating an already qualified prospect instead?

When you outsource to a telemarketing expert, your sales team get to jump into the process at the point where the gatekeeper has been circumvented. Decision-making status has been qualified. Pain points and needs have been identified. And your brand has been aligned with them.

Telemarketers aren’t salespeople; Salespeople aren’t telemarketers

B2B telemarketing is a skilled profession. Telemarketers need a relaxed, confident and consultative manner. And strong skills in persuasion, negotiation and communication. They need resilience and creativity. But above all, they need to be able to engage in intelligent conversation and LISTEN.

Many, many people fall foul of the biggest telesales mistake: trying too hard to sell. Telemarketing is not about sales. It’s not about launching into a sales pitch. It’s always, always about discovery. So the skill lies in the subtle ways of getting a prospect to open up to you about what’s going on with them, where they are, where they want to be, and what’s standing in their way. Then, and only then, is it time to talk about how you could help.

Cold calling stresses sales people out
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The thing about salespeople is they are usually brilliant at the last part. The selling your business part. The negotiating, the closing. It’s the delicate lead-up to this that many energetic, effervescent salespeople can find a bit… frustrating. Why not ease those frustrations by giving them leads that are at a mature stage of the sales lifecycle?

Streamline your overheads

That’s right. Streamline your overheads – by spending on an outsourced telemarketing campaign. Hear us out.

You’ve got an employee – or a team of employees – who take care of telemarketing for you. You pay their salary. Also, their employer’s NIC contributions, bonuses, medical benefits or any perks like cars, phones and laptops. Don’t forget their pension or holiday pay. Then there’s office space, furniture, equipment, software licences, and more desks for your managed IT services. I mean, if you want to get pernickety, there’s even tea, coffee, loo roll. The cost per employee goes beyond payroll.

What about the upfront costs? Will you pay a recruitment agency fee? Then there’s the time taken for the recruitment process – what does that actually cost? And onboarding. Also, training!

When you have a permanent employee, you need to pay them all the time. They are a constant overhead.

On the other hand, outsourcing to a telemarketing business means you can work on a campaign by campaign basis. You pay for what you need when you need it. Maybe you’re basing your campaign around a specific event, or you work on a cyclical basis. Or maybe you want to run a constant telemarketing campaign on a rolling basis. It doesn’t matter – the point is that when you’re outsourcing to a telemarketing partner, you have flexibility.

Because we do the hiring of the telemarketing professionals, we absorb all the overheads associated with their employment for you. Leaving you able to benefit from their skills and experience and amazing training. You’re welcome.

Salespeople hate cold calling

There. We said it. No matter what they say in their interview, we guarantee you, they don’t love it. It’s tough. Cold calling can be soul-destroying – when you don’t have the right resources.

63% of salespeople say cold calling is what they dislike most about their jobs.

For salespeople, cold calling is a means to an end. They need to do it to get the leads they need to progress through to the bit they really want to be doing. It’s a chore.

100% of telemarketers went into telemarketing because they KNEW the job was all about cold calling. They aren’t doing it to get through to the next stage. They are fully invested in it. And that’s because our telemarketers have all the right resources to be successful and enjoy their role in the sales process.

Not only do our telemarketers benefit from extensive training, but we also have everything you need to run a successful telemarketing campaign. Like the right data! We can’t stress any more vehemently how critical the right data is.

Smartlead telemarketers provide dedicated B2B telemarketing in the UK.

Also, the right research behind the campaigns we run and the people we talk to. Our telemarketers are always prepared and full to the brim of knowledge before dialling. Simultaneously, they know about the business they are representing, the techniques required for success, and the rationale behind why they are speaking to the contact they are about to call.

There are so many reasons to outsource your telemarketing function

We could go on all day. But we think there’s enough food for thought here. If you know telemarketing is for you, but you aren’t quite decided on whether to outsource or DIY, drop us a note or pick up the phone on 0121 461 4660.

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Sometimes, businesses in need of lead generation help shy away from telemarketing because of misconceptions. Ensure you don’t make the same mistake by reading our myth-busting guide to modern B2B telemarketing.

The whole reason Smartlead Marketing exists in the first place is to provide a fresh, sophisticated approach to telemarketing. B2B telemarketing is a whole different animal from crowded call centres full of inexperienced temps. The truth is, if your business wants to enter new markets, build strategic relationships and harness growth opportunities then you can’t afford to ignore telemarketing as an opportunity.

So, with that said, we think it’s time to dispel the top three telemarketing myths for good.

THE MYTH: Telemarketing is a numbers game.

THE REALITY: It’s a research game.

Photo by Dan Dimmock on Unsplash
Photo by Dan Dimmock on Unsplash

Great telemarketing isn’t about indiscriminately hammering out call after call. Nor is it about maximising the volume of leads that are generated. This is because when it comes to converting leads, quantity alone isn’t enough. Quality is the real determining factor when it comes to lead generation success.

Before you pick up the phone with a potential lead, you need your rationale and reasoning as to why they would want to talk to you. And you need to be able to demonstrate this in a way that enables the prospect to see this clearly, too. You want the person at the end of the phone to feel reassured. And that they are speaking with a professional who can help them, not someone who’s trying to hit their target. The only way to achieve this is by knowing who you’re contacting, why, and what their goals and pain points are.

THE MYTH: It’s a salesperson’s job to do cold calling.

THE REALITY: Your salespeople are far better at converting business.

Telemarketers headset

The value of a seasoned salesperson is in building relationships and closing business. To close business, your salespeople need to spend time talking to decision-makers who have a qualified, defined need for your product or service. In short, your salespeople should be there to make the very most out of a viable opportunity.

When your sales team are spending the majority of their time generating prospects, they don’t get to flex their sales skills at all. Because lead generation is NOT about selling. It’s about identifying needs and generating interest and engagement.

THE MYTH: Telemarketers are pushy.

THE REALITY: B2B telemarketing specialists are absolute professionals.

The reasoning behind this myth is that we’ve all experienced a pushy cold caller bothering us when we least expect it. But the difference between a low-skill, high-volume call centre churning out cold calls and a professional B2B telemarketing specialist is like night and day.

B2B telemarketing experts are, for one, contacting relevant contacts about issues that are relevant to their jobs. People at work should expect to have conversations about work. Particularly when the telemarketer is knowledgeable, well-researched and an empathetic listener.

Find out for yourself what to expect from a fresh approach to telemarketing

Happy business owner having a great telemarketing call.
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Whatever your product or service, telesales is merely the beginning of your sales process. The purpose of the telesales function is a fact-finding mission. It’s about speaking to people about their business, their goals, their challenges and what they need to help them achieve them. Then it’s about intelligently aligning your brand with those needs, and setting up the building blocks of the sales process. With a reputable telemarketing firm, there’s no hard sell. Nor is there the risk of reputational damage. Best of all, there’s less frustration for your salespeople – who can take a qualified lead and work their magic with it.

We’d love to help you crush more telemarketing myths by getting you to find out for yourself how we can transform your sales process. Call us to find out more.

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