Getting together for coffee: it’s a request that comes to entrepreneurs and salespeople all the time. And it’s enticing – you never know what will come from a chat with a new connection. Fabien talks about turning those coffee meetings into pipeline.
Just because what you are selling is unique, it doesn’t mean that it must be hard to find people who would buy it and convince them to do so. Indeed, the biggest drawback of being in a unique niche is figuring out where you stand in the product landscape and how competitive the market is.
Building an unstoppable outbound sales machine requires skills in numerous areas – list building, meetings, well-timed follow ups, the list goes on and on. And crafting compelling messaging that illustrates that your product or service is what your customers actually want will set you apart.
An effective outbound machine – from your outreach, to your meetings, follow ups, even compensation plans – is a holistic process. Too often we think of outbound sales as a collection of piecemeal artifacts, typically with email templates occupying the most important position. Where are we without effective emails, right?
At the core of that clarity, and James’ growth, is the ability to achieve a consistent state of presence in every aspect of the job – that means in every call, every demo, and every CRM update.
There are countless milestones on the road to startup success: the spark of a new idea, hiring the first members of your team, fundraising… startup growth can be a wild ride. But, of all the landmark moments on the way to world domination, getting your first batch of customers – 10, 50, 100 – surely ranks amongst the top.