Anyone ever hire a telemarketer?

Submitted by Survivor on Sat, 11/03/2007 - 01:48

I have considered hiring a telemarketer to beat up the phones to generate leads. Anyone ever do this? Did you hire a company or a private individual?
What was arrangement as far as cost?

Thanks,
Derek

Posted: 06 Nov 2007 10:51 Post Subject: think of it in a new way!

Now that would depend a lot on the bulk of your operations. If its quite a large figure in terms of lead demand, then you may choose to outsource to low-cost BPOs based in countries who are well-conversant in english (eg. India, Philippines etc.). Last I heard of a BPO unit that generated leads for a daily-purchases benefit program based in the US, & it is understandable that they were charging $12/lead (one-time) for a monthly target of 1300.

FlagmanJones

Posted: 07 Nov 2007 04:41 Post Subject:

BUYING LEADS SOMETIMES CAN BE DIFFICULT. IN YOUR CASE, YOU ARE PLANNING TO HIRE A COMPANY OR AN INDIVIDUAL TO MAKE THE CALLS FOR YOU. THIS WOULD BE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME, RATHER THAN YOU CALLING FROM A LEAD LIST. IF YOU HIRE AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU WILL HAVE TO STILL GET THE LIST AND PASS IT ON TO THEM. A COMPANY THAT SPECIALIZES IN TELEMARKETING HAS PEOPLE TRAINED TO MAKE THE CALLS AND THEY PROVIDE THE LISTS.

IN THE PAST WE HAD A COMPANY GET THE LEADS, MAKE THE CALLS, AND MADE SURE THE LEADS WERE WARMED UP FOR US. THIS DID NOT WORK ALL OF THE TIME. THERE WERE MANY TIMES WE WOULD GET THE SCRUBBED LIST AND STILL HAVE PROBLEMS TURNING THEM OVER. THE MAIN REASON IS PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE TELEMARKETERS, THEY HAVE FLOODED THE PHONE LINES SO MUCH, THAT PEOPLE WILL NOT GIVE THEM THE TIME OF THE DAY(EVEN AFTER BEING SCRUBBED.)

THE BEST OF LUCK TRYING TO FIND WHAT BEST SUITS YOU!

THANKS!

AGENT CLINT
:WINK:

Posted: 09 Nov 2007 02:18 Post Subject:

Its called the funnel effect. Telemarketing can be effective. But you had better be ready to make plenty of calls. Also, you cant be scared to set aside some dollars for this venture. I have tried it in the past, it works sometimes, but after adding up the cost of making so many calls to get so few customers, I have turned to other forms of marketing. good luck to you. maybe your are in a fertile region thats ripe for the picking.

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Posted: 28 Nov 2007 08:19 Post Subject:

Telemarketing has become a nuisance in most parts. People do not like unsolicited calls while they are busy with their work. I feel that it is better to indulge in other marketing methods to attracts people.

Posted: 28 Nov 2007 03:47 Post Subject:

Telemarketing has become a nuisance in most parts. People do not like unsolicited calls while they are busy with their work.



I completely agree with this statement. Although I indulge in some telemarketing, I have sorta moved away from the old cold calling and moved into some more progressive forms of phone marketing. If you see some of my other posts, this will detail some of the other things I am doing or trying to do. It may work for you (the cold calling) but to me, thats a hard way to go when you are trying to build insurance clientele.
People have become leary of strangers calling them and getting all this information.
There a literally millions of others ways to generate a healthy list of clients without putting yourself out so much. Just have to think outside the box!

Posted: 03 Dec 2007 02:56 Post Subject:

Hello Derek,
Which insurance product are you selling? Trust me; you cannot afford to violate the terms of the FTC's Do Not Call list now in effect across the nation. This literally stopped a good percentage of thos telemarketing firms not in compliance with the "safe harbor" provisions.
http://www.the-dma.org/guidelines/TCPASafeHarborReminders_Final.pdf
Good luck,
Mark

Posted: 09 Feb 2008 04:55 Post Subject:

I have used a telemarketer for the last 20 years. Obviously, different ones as they come and go. My best one worked for me from 2000-2007. She "retired" and I hired someone new a few weeks ago.

So far, so good. I advertised on Craig's List (I am not kidding). She calls small business owners in the Midwest and she earns $12 per hour.

This setup has always been profitable for me.

Posted: 15 Feb 2008 03:28 Post Subject:

If you know how to telemarket and don't want to and can afford to hire a telemarketer you should do that and either make them a 1099 or W-2.

If you decide to hire a company get EVERYTHING in writing beforehand. If you're going to hire a company overseas follow the previous advice and talk with the person who will be making calls. Nothing angers a small business owner moreso than speaking to a telemarketer who doesn't speak proper English.

If you'd like to find out about some ways to ease any anxiety you may have about telemarketing click my website and read away. I telemarket every day for 2-3 hours until I need a day off.

Posted: 15 Feb 2008 03:32 Post Subject:

Today, my telemarketer was at her best. One hour of calling and four small business owners in the area that want a quote. One of them is stopping by the office Friday afternoon.

It can be hit and miss at times, but whether you call yourself or pay someone...keep calling. And when you ready to stop...make five more calls.

Posted: 19 Mar 2008 07:06 Post Subject: Telemarketer

Better to buy leads online. Google "Life Insurance Leads" and check them out. Usually costs about $10 to $20 per lead but for every 10 you should make one sale of about $1,000 premium. Make sure the leads are really leads for life and not an "add on" to a mortgage or credir card application.

Posted: 20 Mar 2008 01:44 Post Subject: telemarketers

When I get 800#'s, on my Caller ID, I'm assuming it's a telemarketer. I've put my name, on that 'Do NOT call' list, some time ago, and they STILL call.

Posted: 22 Mar 2008 11:24 Post Subject: hiring a telemarketer

I am a life & health ins agent. I have my husband working with me from time to time doing calling. In California the laws are pretty specific about how and who to call in many cases. If your telemarketer is not a licensed agent (in CA) he cannot discuss health or give quotes, but can set appointments and do certain customer service duties. Of course, as discussed in this forum, there are also "do not call" laws to adhere to. I consider myself still new to the industry (only a year) and have worked mostly with leads. I am changing companies right now so am kind of slow business wise and taking a breather so to speak. Right now I am evaluating different marketing outlets and techniques...
My best advice on telemarketers, based on my own and other associate's experience, get to know your appointment setter, work close with that person, come up with a system of call backs; i.e., if no answer move prospects from "first box", "second box", etc. to fifth box which is "email/mail last attempt". The "boxes" are for different days/times. Works very well for me.
Leads are expensive so I am developing my own marketing list from various sources.
Hope this helps you.

Posted: 23 Mar 2008 04:06 Post Subject: telemarketers

I AM curious about this..........ok, you have telemarketers to work for you. If they call and get hang-ups, from people, OR, they get 'no sales' at all, then do they STILL get a paycheck? Aren't they on commission?

Posted: 27 Mar 2008 01:58 Post Subject:

I AM curious about this..........ok, you have telemarketers to work for you. If they call and get hang-ups, from people, OR, they get 'no sales' at all, then do they STILL get a paycheck? Aren't they on commission?



The goal of a telemarketer is to generate enough interest with a prospect in order to transfer the person to me and/or schedule a follow up appointment for the two of us to have a short discussion about the possibilities of working together.

Most people in my experience will not hang up on your if you're honest, succinct and sincere. Get to the point and move on shall we say! If somebody hangs up on you that typically means he or she is having a hard bad, which is understandable. Or the person lacks professionalism and has a big ego and probably needs to take an anger management class.

You're confusing telemarketers with licensed agents. It is illegal for anybody to make money off of selling an insurance policy unless he or she is licensed. Any ethical agent would immediately take care of things if one of their telemarketers was explaining policies and/or trying to sell a policy without being licensed.

Posted: 28 Mar 2008 01:03 Post Subject: telemarketers

Usually, when a telemarketer calls, they call with a #800. If I DO answer the phone, it's a recording, telling me to "please wait a moment, while your party gets on the line." A FEW times, I've spoken to them. But, they sound like they're reading from a script...they don't sound 'genuine'..ya know?

Posted: 03 May 2008 04:24 Post Subject:

I prefer to call myself and do not use a 1-800 number. When people see that I am relatively local they are more open to talk to me. The other thing they like is that the person they are talking to is the one that will show up at their home or business. This is especially true with seniors that I market to.

This past fall I saw how telemarketers bombarded my mother in law with calls about signing up for medicare advantage and she usually hung up on them. particularly annoying were daily calls from robotic sounding autodialers.

My partner does use a telemarketer for his calls and is does fairly well with her selling health insurance to small businesses. He pays her $10 an hour and a $50 bonus for every policy he sells. This makes sure that she makes a good wage but also is rewarded for setting quality appointments.

We are now looking into different CRM systems that bypass ansereing machines and voicemaiboxes but connect your telemarketer as soon as you get a person that answers. These also have the ability to track time spent calling and supposedly triple your outgoing call volume.

Does anyone use this? Does it work?

thanks
mac

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Posted: 22 Jan 2009 09:09 Post Subject:

Yes, this approach can be successful. However, the quality of the leads you receive sometimes may be suspect. Though telemarketing is not fun, it does allow you to hone your skill sets and you know your appointments are solid. Good luck.

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Posted: 02 Mar 2009 06:50 Post Subject:

I like to have my phone ring from a prospect rather than cold calling or chasing down internet leads.

I target small business owners with 0-6 employees with a specific prerecorded message about saving money on life or health insurance. When someone wants more information they press "1" and are directly transferred to any phone number I want or they can press "2" and be removed from the list.

Now, not everyone that presses "1" is excited to speak with me, but around 25% end up being very good leads. How much could You make with 25 or more good leads a week?

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Posted: 11 Mar 2009 03:26 Post Subject:

I have used telemarketing quite a bit and have tried both paying hourly (with bonuses) and commission only. The telemarketer that worked on commission only set me much better appointments, due to the fact that they didn't want to waste my time. When I paid hourly with bonuses...it seemed I got more erroneous appointments.

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Posted: 01 May 2009 01:05 Post Subject: Anyone ever hire a telemarketer?

I've worked for agent for a few weeks now, so I'm still kind of new at this, I call leads that the agent bought and set appointments or leave messages and the people I have called are happy that they aren't being called by a telemarketer especially one that can barely speak english. I don't do any cold calling , since it's a pain with the do not call list. I work directly with the agent so if I get someone who is interested, I can transfer the call to the agent or set an appointment right then. Works great for both of us since I am learning the business and in the process of getting my license. As was stated in another post if you use a telemarketer, talk to the one who will be making your calls, and make sure they can speak understandable english. Myself if one calls me and I can't understand them I hang up.

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Posted: 11 Oct 2011 05:48 Post Subject: Commision

Do telemarketers work on commission?

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 12:36 Post Subject:

Yes they do get commissions other than a fixed salary. They get incentives on top of basic pays, so that they make more sales.

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Posted: 21 Mar 2016 09:40 Post Subject:

I'm not sure if this post is still relevant since this thread was started a couple of years ago. But nowadays, most of the independent insurance agents I know do hire telemarketers to generate leads.

They said it just makes things easier and faster. And that with them around, they can focus more on more important tasks. I guess, they mainly hire what they call virtual assistants who specializes in telemarketing and stuff.

My husband have been wanting to sell insurance for a while now. He had it planned, but it's a bit difficult for him to change from one industry to another. If he pursues this, should he hire a VA or telemarketer?

Although those independent agents we know serve as good examples, aren't virtual assistants costly as well? Please help.

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