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5 Ways To Find New Clients Without Making Cold Calls

“You don’t have to just smile and dial strangers. We have a lot more than that right at our disposal.”

Jeff Caves

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I think the toughest part of radio ad sales right now is finding new business. It was difficult enough last year. Now, we really have some roadblocks! 

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How do you meet new clients who are not in the office and you do not have their contact info? How do you learn about what they need when you cannot find any information about them online?

The objections are many to cold calling right now. So, let’s look for new business and get some help doing it. We don’t have to do this alone and every single salesperson in your cluster is in the same boat. You don’t have to just smile and dial strangers. We have a lot more than that right at our disposal. 

Here are five things you can do to generate new business. I promise, none of them involve the words “cold calls”.

WORK WITH YOUR OTHER SALES REPS IN THE CLUSTER

How many times have you worked with your fellow salespeople on accounts? You know, grab the Urban or Country rep and scheme plans that make sense for an advertiser. For example, most sports radio stations have car dealers, plumbers, restaurants and recruitment advertisers on the air fairly consistently.

Do any of those clients buy from the competing Country or Urban stations in town? Can you develop a co-promotion with YOUR Urban or Country station and discuss it with your client? And vice versa, how can your sports radio station help more female targeted stations get men in the door? 

TALK TO PEOPLE IN YOUR BUILDING ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE

Grab the former car salesperson to discuss how to get more money from your car dealer. Let the salesperson who is married to a DIY store GM talk to you about how to get the local Ace Hardware on the air. EVERY salesperson has hidden primal product knowledge of another industry or knows somebody well that does.

To me, if we have a former spa salesman or men’s clothing rep, they should be calling on all business in that category or related categories cluster wide. And, ask the business manager who WE spend the most money with and go see them asap. They won’t turn you away, you are a client for gods sake! 

ADOPT AN ORPHAN

Go back through the historical billing of all the stations in your building. Accounts change ownership, decision makers, etc. and nobody is calling on them! See who spent what coming up in the next holiday or quarter and approach them with a new idea. A cold prospect can be thawed. 

DON’T FORGET FORMER ALLIES

Were you friends or at least neutral with any sales reps who are no longer with your group? Call ‘em and ask them where they are now or get some referrals from them. If they left on decent terms, they could help you with the company they are now at or refer you to people they know who could use radio advertising. You can help them as well. 

SCRATCH A BACK, GET A BACK SCRATCH

Approach a sales rep in the building you know well. Agree to swap 5 accounts that you are willing to give up in exchange for 5 that offer more potential for you.  Just think about the strengths and weakness of the account and match it up with you or another rep in your cluster. They aren’t going to call in and give you an order. Just do it.

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

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Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to BSMSummit.com. This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

Demetri Ravanos

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Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.

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Media Noise: What Is Realistic For FOX at the World Cup?

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On this special holiday edition of Media Noise, Demetri Ravanos dives into the controversy and criticism surrounding FOX’s coverage of the World Cup in Qatar.

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