Last Friday at the Information Governance Conference 2018, I conducted a Vendor Workshop titled “Stop Wasting Money on Marketing”.
One of the questions that came up and that I hear often was “Since you were an IT Executive Buyer, what would get you to take a meeting? Would it be an email or a webinar?”
Well, here’s the answer I gave.
Unless I knew the person sending the email or if the subject happened to match the big problem I was trying to solve, then that “cold” email was instantly deleted. As for webinars, if your potential buyer is relatively senior at all, they rarely will invest the time for a webinar. Sometimes they will, but it is rare.
So, what can you do?
My recommendation is to contact the influencers on your buyers’ team who he/she listens to. While I was leading the strategy and the teams to manage the information and data for BP from the Gulf Oil Spill I would only meet with potential suppliers and solutions providers that key members of my team recommended. Also, they had to have thoroughly vetted, met with, and were willing to stand behind. Then you might get a meeting.
Before you head out and try to meet with your potential buyers’ key influencers I have a few pieces of advice:
Bonus: Make sure you do number 3 first and act with complete integrity.
After listening to their big problem, if your company is not the right solution, then don’t waste time on items 1 and 2 and tell them honestly you are not the right fit for their problem. Thank them for their time and end the meeting.
I guarantee if you do this, then when they do have the problem that your brand solves, you will be one of the first they will call.