Crafting a distinct approach to each scenario and facet of your sales process helps set an exceptional sales team apart from a great one. In today's competitive market, prospects have become increasingly knowledgeable and adept in navigating their options, necessitating a more personalized and detailed cadence. Outbound prospecting encompasses a sequence of touchpoints or interactions designed to forge connections, build trust, and ultimately convert prospects into customers.
The importance of an outbound prospecting cadence in sales is rooted in its ability to optimize and amplify the chances of success. By adhering to a structured cadence, sales teams can ensure that they are connecting with prospects at the right time, with the right message, through the right channel. It also helps to establish a consistent and repeatable process that can be refined over time based on data and results. In this post, we’ll outline relevant details and examples of outbound prospecting cadence to help your team see success.
Outbound prospecting is defined as prospecting that targets brand new accounts that have no prior relationship with your company.
In contrast to outbound prospecting, inbound prospecting involves targeting companies that are already demonstrating an interest in you through marketing. Outbound prospecting and inbound prospecting share a lot of best practices in common. In this blog, we will focus on what you need for a successful outbound prospecting campaign. Inbound lead generation however, is still vital to a company’s success so your team should still have an omnichannel marketing strategy to attract prospects across multiple marketing channels.
To devise an outbound campaign that caters to your unique requirements and effectively generates leads, ultimately boosting sales, consider the following steps:
Whether you are building an outbound prospecting campaign for a new team or refining the processes for an existing outbound team, there are a few different types of sales activities to consider. It is also important to remember that the optimal number and type of activities for outbound prospecting campaigns will be unique for your team. You may want to consider this compilation of statistics from Hubspot when crafting your campaign to ensure your team is focusing their efforts on areas that get results.
The first step in outbound prospecting is to create a profile for your typical prospect and customer. Here are some questions to consider:
Answers to these questions will help you determine the cadence for your outbound prospecting campaigns. Outbound prospecting cadence is defined by the types of prospecting channels you use and the frequency with which you reach out to your prospects using those channels.
Prospects in some industries might be less likely to have a social media presence. Some might be less likely to answer the phone but are very responsive to email and vice versa. Use those questions above to figure out how your prospects like to be reached.
Once you have determined the preferred channels for your prospects, the next step is to construct a formal outbound prospecting cadence. Based on the factors mentioned earlier, your outbound prospecting cadence may include these prospecting channels:
Break down the outbound prospecting cadence into daily activities, which may include a combination of different sales actions in one day. You should also specify the exact number of times each method should be employed. For example, email prospects and leave a voicemail on the same day. It is important to diversify your outreach channels and not rely on one type of channel in your outbound prospecting cadence. Your initial outreach message should be concise, personalized, and focused on the prospect's pain points and needs. Refrain from using generic or overtly sales-driven language.
As you move closer to closing the deal, tailor your messaging to the prospect's specific needs and pain points. Highlight the benefits and outcomes of your solution, instead of solely focusing on the features. Whenever possible, incorporate customer testimonials and case studies to demonstrate the success of your solution and foster trust with the prospect. It’s essential to offer a clear next step or call-to-action for the prospect, such as a demo or trial, and facilitate the process of moving forward with your product or service.
Prior to securing the prospect's commitment, attempt to anticipate any objections or concerns they may have. Be prepared to address them in the same manner you have created cadence, with a personalized and trustworthy approach. Depending on the industry, you may use urgency by highlighting the consequences of not taking action or by offering a time-sensitive discount or bonus. Once the deal is closed, follow up promptly with the prospect to ensure a smooth transition and maintain a robust relationship.
Overall, an effective outbound prospecting strategy requires a systematic and consistent approach that's tailored to the specific needs and pain points of your target audience. By adhering to the best practices outlined above, you can optimize your outreach initiatives and increase your chances of success.
The example below illustrates a well-crafted outbound prospecting cadence. Note that the frequency of calls and messages, as well as the utilization of tools like local presence during calls, will be contingent upon the industry and persona to which you sell to.
Day 1: Give your prospect a call, and if they don’t pick up, send an email
Day 3: Call, and if they don’t pick up, leave a voicemail
Day 1: Send a LinkedIn message and request
Day 4: Call and leave a voicemail
Day 2: Call and send messages on social media like Twitter if they are present there
Day 4: Call
Day 1: Leave a voicemail
Day 3: Send another follow-up email with more in-depth content on your product or service
Day 5: Call
Day 1: Introduction Email
Subject line: Introduction and a Question
Body: Briefly introduce yourself and your company, and ask a question related to the prospect's pain point. Keep the email short and sweet.
Day 3: Follow-up Email
Subject line: Quick Follow-Up
Body: Mention the previous email and ask if the prospect had a chance to think about the question. Provide additional information or resources related to the pain point.
Day 7: Value-Added Email
Subject line: Value-Added Email
Body: Provide valuable information or a resource related to the prospect's pain point. This could be a blog post, a case study, or a whitepaper.
Day 10: Personalized Video Email
Subject line: Personalized Video Message
Body: Record a personalized video message addressing the prospect's pain point and offering a solution. Keep the video short and to the point.
Day 14: Closing Email
Subject line: Final Follow-Up
Body: Mention the previous emails and ask if the prospect is ready to take the next step. Provide a clear call-to-action and offer to schedule a call or meeting.
If you execute an outbound prospecting cadence similar to either of these examples, but you are unsuccessful in scheduling a meeting with a prospect, the next step is to pass the contact back to marketing. Allow those prospects to be nurtured via marketing touches. When the time is right, a marketing email may resonate with the prospect, at which point it makes sense to pursue them with an outbound prospecting cadence again.
These campaigns take time to perfect and can certainly have some learning curves involved along the way. Learning from mistakes enables you to identify what works and what needs refinement. If you encounter any of the obstacles listed below, take the time to reevaluate your strategy.
Salespeople may make the mistake of jumping straight into outreach without sufficient preparation and research. This can result in a generic or irrelevant message that fails to resonate with the prospect. Allocate time to research and tailor your message to address each prospect’s specific needs and pain points.
Another common mistake is using a generic approach to outreach. This can come across as impersonal and unengaging, leading to poor response rates. So, personalize your outreach as much as possible, using the prospect's name, company, and other relevant details.
Outreach messages that appear pushy or aggressive can deter prospects and damage potential relationships. Instead, focus on building a connection first, and provide value in your outreach messages with resources, insights, or other beneficial information.
Following up with prospects is a critical component of outbound prospecting, and failing to do so means missed opportunities and lost deals. So, use a consistent follow-up cadence that's persistent but not pushy. Provide additional value to keep the prospect engaged and interested.
Finally, neglecting to monitor and analyze data can hinder sales reps from optimizing their outreach strategy and improving their results over time. As a solution, use a tracking tool to monitor your outreach efforts and gather data on response rates, conversion rates, and other key metrics. Use this data to refine your strategy and improve your results.
When developing your outbound prospecting team, start with learning about your prospect and your prospect’s industry. This will help you develop the unique outbound prospecting cadence needed to be successful.
The optimal outbound prospecting cadence can always change based on the business environment and industry. To continuously improve outbound prospecting, test your assumptions often, track your metrics, and adjust accordingly based on the numbers.
Throughout this blog, we’ve highlighted the guidelines for creating an outbound sales cadence strategy and how you can ensure your team is successful. A well-structured process is key when considering how to implement this process, and so is dedicating time to get to know your prospects, and the ways your products or services fit into their needs. Finally, diligent follow-ups play a critical role in keeping your brand at the forefront of prospects' mind. Perseverance during this process cannot be overstated.
Interested in training your team on how and when to contact prospects? Explore our comprehensive guide to sales prospecting based on an analysis of 100,000 sales calls. We also offer a dedicated Sales Prospecting course designed to modernize traditional techniques, enhance your outbound sales cadence skills, and drive positive results for your team.
Tyler Vance works closely with the participants and managers of Funnel Clarity’s training programs to ensure they achieve their expected results. Throughout Tyler’s career, he has experienced both a seller’s and buyer’s point of view bringing a unique perspective when working closely with Funnel Clarity clients. Whether Tyler is answering questions from participants, running a coaching session, webinar series, or working with managers to develop a reinforcement plan, he brings a unique and fun element into every part of his role.