911 means emergency response.
The sooner, the better.
You get there quick or the patient dies.
As a marketing speaker and marketing coach, I encourage my clients and seminar participants to UP the urgency of their marketing and sales response times.
Well... Do you know the lead follow-up time that maximizes your sales for online leads that come through your website or email? Or your leads/prospect inquiries that come in by phone?
Do you think it's:
a. 48 hours
b. 24 hours
c. 8 hours
d. 1 hour
e. 15 minutes
f. Whenever we get around to it - they can wait
Research from MarketingProfs and Hubspot proves that the lead follow-up time that maximizes sales is e. within 15 minutes!
What does that mean to you, your marketing efforts, your sales team, and your own personal schedule as a business owner or entrepreneur?
Simple - when it comes to responding to leads, the mantra is "Now or never."
Bad news: Your leads won't wait - they're SEEKING a solution NOW. You are not the only service provider they are calling. Not by a long shot.
Good news: A lead converted to a prospect FAST (meaning you had a conversation within 15 minutes of first contact) is much more likely to stop looking. Once they connect with a real live human being who conveys the fact that they understand the situation AND they are in a position to help... the frenzied dialing and emailing stops. All the previous unanswered calls, emails, and web forms go by the wayside and YOU HAVE YOUR SHOT.
So don't blow it. Don't be tempted to start waxing poetic about how great your product, your service, your program and your people are. STOP.
A conversation that is mostly listening on your end is much more likely to build trust and rapport on their end.
But the point is speed. Why? Because responsiveness in the sales process equates to responsiveness in the business relationship.
The bottom line is that your leads CANNOT wait.
Your prospects won't wait.
Think of your own buying behavior. You leave a message - you keep dialing. Someone answers, and you're problem is 80% solved and it's THAT salesperson who gets the chance to win your business.
The only exception to the 911 rule is a publicity lead. When a reporter calls, it's NOT a 911...
It's a FIVE ALARM fire in your pants.
So if 911 is emergency response, putting the fire out in your pants would be a critical right-now drop-what-you're doing this second response. Reporters' deadlines are expressed in hours, sometimes minutes. They have sources coming at them all day, every day. If a reporter wants to feature or include you in their story - RUN, don't walk to the nearest phone or internet connection and get them what they need. Otherwise, you're toast.
And you looked so good in those pants, too. A real shame.
Remember - whether it's prospects calling you to do business or journalists responding to a press release or interview request, speed KILLS (the competition!)
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As a marketing speaker and marketing coach, I've seen firsthand that there are three kinds of service business owners and independent professionals - which one are YOU?
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