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The Perfect Sales Cadence

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In the fast-paced world of sales, one must adapt to a variety of customer preferences and behaviors. Just as people have unique tastes when it comes to their potato dishes, your prospects also have individual communication preferences. Some prefer emails, others favor LinkedIn, while some may detest cold calls and prefer voicemails. To effectively engage these diverse prospects and convert them into loyal customers, you need more than a one-size-fits-all approach. You need sales sequences, or as they are commonly known, cadences.

The Power of Sales Sequences

Sales sequences, also known as cadences, are a series of well-structured touchpoints strategically designed to reach out to potential customers. These sequences help you engage your prospects multiple times, through various communication channels, ensuring your message is delivered in the right way, at the right time, and through the right channel. This approach significantly enhances your chances of capturing their attention and booking a meeting.

The Length of Your Sales Sequences

The most effective sales sequences are concise and to the point. They are akin to a sprint, not a marathon, comprising 10 to 20 touchpoints over a two to four-week period. This focused approach ensures you grab your prospect's attention without overwhelming them. However, depending on your prospect's category, such as inbound leads, nurture leads, high-intent leads, or past customers, you might tailor your sequence accordingly.

Learn more about optimizing your sales sequences in this video session.

Building a Solid Foundation

Before diving into your sales sequence, you need to lay the groundwork. Start with a clean and well-segmented list of prospects who share common challenges or characteristics. Segmenting your prospects allows you to create tailored messaging that resonates with their specific needs.

Exploring Communication Channels

While every industry and company may have its unique preferences, some traditional communication channels in sales cadences include:

  • Email
  • Cold Calls
  • Voicemails
  • Social Media
  • Video Messages

Incorporating these channels into your sales sequence creates a well-rounded approach that increases your chances of success.

Crafting an Effective Sales Sequence

Now that you've set the stage, it's time to understand the steps in an effective sales sequence. Here's a breakdown of a typical outbound sales cadence:

  • Day 1, Step 1: Cold Call
  • Start with a cold call to quickly assess whether your prospect is a fit.
  • Day 1, Step 2: Voicemail
  • If your prospect doesn't answer the call, leave a voicemail. Be strategic in your approach, guiding them to expect an email.
  • Day 1, Step 3: Email
  • Craft a compelling email following a structured framework that grabs your prospect's attention.
  • Day 3, Step 4: Social Media Engagement
  • Engage with your prospect's social media posts to build familiarity.
  • Day 3, Step 5: Connection Request
  • Send a connection request on social media, and consider including a personalized note.
  • Day 3, Step 6: Cold Call
  • Make another attempt with a cold call.
  • Day 5, Step 7: Email with Video
  • Send an email with a video message to add a personal touch and showcase your solution.
  • Day 7, Step 8: Social Media Engagement
  • Continue engaging with your prospect's social media activity.
  • Day 7, Step 9: Social Media Message
  • Send a brief, conversational message on social media with a video or voice note.
  • Day 10, Step 10: Cold Call
  • Make another cold call to re-engage the prospect.
  • Day 10, Step 11: Voicemail
  • Leave a voicemail, maintaining your structured approach.
  • Day 13, Step 13: Social Media Message with Video or Voice Note
  • Send a personalized message with a video or voice note to emphasize the human connection.
  • Day 15, Step 14: Cold Call
  • Make a final attempt with a cold call.
  • Day 15, Step 15: Email
  • Conclude the sequence with a polite and respectful breakup email, leaving the door open for future interactions.

Patience and Persistence

If your prospect remains unresponsive, it's essential to respect their space. Give them some time and space, and consider re-engaging with a different approach later. Whether through nurturing from your marketing team or targeting a different contact within their organization, keeping the conversation open is crucial.

In the ever-evolving field of sales, mastering the art of sales sequences or cadences is essential for maximizing your success. By understanding your prospects, choosing the right communication channels, and crafting a thoughtful and well-structured sequence, you'll increase your chances of turning prospects into satisfied customers. So, don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your sales strategies and drive your business to new heights.

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