Cold calling has many issues, one of the problems is it's massive inefficiency.  

After all it's a numbers game.  The more you call, the more people you might have a conversation with and then the more likely you will get through to somebody.  

So "get on the phones" or would you be better spending that time using more modern techniques?  

Cold calling the basics

When you cold call, you must be OK with the fact that you are interrupting somebody and this is likely to piss them off.  You also must be OK that this also makes you look like a total sales dinosaur.  But as a cold caller, you will be OK with that.  Regardless of how much you believe in your product and how much you think you are helping people.

Let's look at typical cold calling objections

 "Call me back later in the year." 

"Now's not a good time."

“Your competitors all have a lower price than you.” 

"We purchased one 3 months ago"

"Piss off and stop bothering me"

This is such a time suck. 

Here is the first problem with cold calling, to get to the person you need to speak to, you have to make 100s and 100s of calls.  If, and it's a big if, if you get through (and not hit a gatekeeper or voice mail) then you have to deal with their objections. 

We have all read books and been sent emails from "sales gurus" all offering a solution. The problem is the "solution" may work once, but once it's been used by one salesperson that buyer is inoculated

What do I mean?  The buyer knows  it's coming, they will have a turn around, or should I say a put down, locked and loaded and ready to go.

So when you read that Sales gurus article about "how they win" with cold calling, so has everybody else and as soon as it's used once by the millions of salespeople out there, they buyer is vaccinated and they won't fall for it again. 

I know you think you are the only salesperson in the world, but the problem is, there are thousands if not millions trying these hacks.

How do you scale cold calling?

The next issue with cold calling is lack of ability to scale.  We are currently coaching a supply chain, software company and they say that the decision making process will probably take place by 100 people in an account.  Connecting and pissing off (sorry cold calling) 100 people in an account, just doesn't make sense.  It's time consuming and really in 2022?  Does a forward looking supersonic company like you use 1980s (40 year old) technology, which cold calling is, to prospect?  Just think of the buyers and people that are laughing at you. 

Want to get meetings fast?

Of course you do.

A sales person said who attended our social selling program said

"I have never felt more in control of my pipeline generation".

I wonder why this is?  Let's look at some of the benefits of using social media to prospect.


With social selling, you, should be getting inbound.  This is where buyers see you as the answer to their problem and approach you direct as part of their research phase.  Now you can look at this two ways

1. That's less outbound work to do.

2. It's icing on the cake and you will be in the world of commission kickers as you over achieve. 

That's the easy one first, let's talk about selling higher in an organisation and converting more of the conversations you have.  Don't believe me, there is an example below of a company that got a $2.6 million deal from inbound. 

Selling higher

All our research with our clients show that when you social sell you are able to sell higher within an organisation.  This stands to reason, as a social seller, you position yourself on social as a trusted advisor, where as a cold caller will be positioned on social with just a LinkedIn profile that reads like a salesperson.

While I know, as a salesperson you are reading this and saying "but I am a salesperson".  True, but think about it from the buyers point of view.  They don't like salespeople, they also don't believe anything a salesperson says.  It's "obvious" that your social profile doesn't fit in this digital world

Of course you can sell higher with social seller, as a senior person who will you want to work with? A person who looks like they can help you or somebody who looks like a street fighter? 

Get more of these high level calls to convert

It's all very well if you get C-Level meetings, but do they convert?  Your sales team can be wasting a lot of time, not trying to get senior level calls, but wasting time executing them, if they don't convert.

Our research shows that not only do social sellers are able to get more c-level meetings, but they are able to convert more.  Now this is a massive efficiency saving, especially if you scale this across your salesforce

Strong pipeline with social selling

This all directs a business to have a strong pipeline. We all know that strong pipelines are good, it gives you choices.  You can choose, which deals you want to win, it means you can lose deals and it doesn't "matter", it means you can focus on the profitable deals.  We all know that an outdated approach to prospecting, like cold calling and cold emails just isn't cutting it today.  And the more calls you make and the more emails you send, makes little to no difference. 

Digital dominance

Here at DLA Ignite, we call this digital dominance.  All businesses say they are "on social", but are you dominant on social?  Are you able to completely push all your competitors to one side, so you are not just the natural choice for your business, but the only choice. 

Winning culture

One of the themes that very few people talk about with social selling is the new found positive culture it creates.  Gone is the inefficiency of working with people that won't buy from you, gone are the people being rude to you, gone is the constant failure that comes with legacy prospecting methods such as cold calling and email.

Social selling raises you and the team to be selling higher and more often.  We all know that success breeds, success, social selling will give your business the buzz, the energy and the excitement you have been craving for.  When you are winning, you all life up and win!

As another salesperson who attended our social selling course said

"It's the drumbeat of large account selling"

Now Imagine .....

Imagine, I pick you up tomorrow in my car and drive you to a place which is full of your prospects and customers.  All you have to do is go up and have a conversations with them.

Remember, social media is, social media.  In the past you interrupted somebody with a cold call or an email and pitched your services.  As social media is being social on media, interrupting and pitching does not work.

If I walked up to you at a social event and pitched, you would make your excuses and go and talk to somebody else. 

So how about tomorrow, I pick you up in my car and we go to a place where all your prospects are hanging out.  You can stay as long as you want.  All you have to do is have a conversation with them.  It's that simple, if you are interested, read on. 

What is social selling?

Here at DLA Ignite, we define social selling as

"Using your presence and behavior on Social Media to build influence,
make connections, grow relationships and trust, which leads to
conversation and commercial interaction."

It's not witchcraft, it's enabling your salespeople to work from home, (or the office) and create conversations with prospects and customers.  Conversations on social media and conversations that convert. 

The problem with the name "social selling" is that people think that this is selling on social.  All these pitches that you get on social are not social selling, they are spam.

The other thing you need to know about social selling is that this isn't about "putting out some videos" or "putting flowers on your profile" or "going viral" this is about revenueEBITDA, you winning business from the competition and having a competitive advantage. 

With anything you do on social there are two questions you need to ask

1. How many leads / meetings / conversations will I get from this post / blog / activity?

2. How much revenue / EBITDA am I getting as a business?

So who's social selling?

In case you missed it, the Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch have banned cold calling and have moved all their people to social selling. This isn't some trendy tech company that might have decided to do this on a whim, this is a very conservative financial services company that has made a decision based on data.

But surely cold calling has a better ROI than social selling?  Not according to Merrill Lynch.

"They will also be encouraged to contact prospects over LinkedIn, which has a higher hit rate than cold calling"

The CRO (chief revenue officer), Richard Eltham of Namos Solutions, of one of clients posted a comment on LinkedIn about social selling. See here.

“Social selling is not an option now it is the way of the world and you either learn and execute it or fear getting left behind” 

Kevin Murray who is the Head of Sales at MacArtney Underwater Technology recently posted about his success with social selling here and wrote an article about the transformation that has happened in sales here.

Andrew Ferrier who is the CEO of Display Technology Ltd and in this article it talks about why Display Technology have adopted social selling.  His team have also created a social media strategy with help from our partner, Crux.

Their social media mission statement is

“We want to position ourselves as a forward-thinking, knowledgeable team of individuals who are all experts in our own right, therefore, collectively awesome!”

Andrew also says in that post

"Adopting this (social selling) strategy has taken all of us well outside of our comfort zones but the rewards we have seen in a short period of time have created an excitement within the business development team (new term for sales team).

Because of the nature of social media, quite often you can get instant results. Even if that is just a comment left on your post, or a like, or someone taking the time to want to connect with you.

The excitement around the sales team is infectious, it’s no longer a chore to reach out to the market place because the results can be instant and are there, right in front of you."

What sort of results can you expect?

If you check out this video of Chris Mason CEO at Oracle reseller Namos, fast forward to 19 minutes 55 seconds. Chris talks about a $2.6 million win from being on social, after completing the DLA Ignite social selling and influence course. 

What happened?  They buyer was on social media looking for a solution to their problem, spotted one of the Namos salespeople, who had a buyer-centric profile and asked if the salesperson could help them.  That turned into a $2.6 million deal. 

Contact any of the DLA Ignite team, Eric, Adam, Nick, Vanessa, Lorena, Priscilla, Lenwood, Alex and they will be more than happy to help.

Go and look at their LinkedIn profiles .... look how they can have digital conversations, create insightful content.  This could be your company! 

We are the only social selling and influence company in the world to offer a certificate in social selling sponsored by the Institute of Sales Professionals (ISP).

Other articles you might be interested in ....

Would you buy social selling training course from somebody that doesn't use social selling?

How to create budget and build a business case for your social selling project

Articles for the CEO

What does success in a social selling project look like?

Can I be fired for not social selling? 

What's the difference between legacy sales and modern selling?

Is making no change to my sales team an option in the world today?

Can my business speak directly to the modern buyer while retaining control of the message?  

What is the secret sauce of social selling?

Can social selling break down the silos between sales and marketing?

Can I turn my LinkedIn time line from a load of rubbish into a load of value?

Why your random acts of social are killing your business

Can I find investors for my business with social selling?

Not understanding social selling is totally fine

Your social selling project isn't a decision of "yes" or "no" , it's when

Are you still measuring digital with an analogue mindset?

Can Social Selling help me navigate the great resignation?

Should my 2022 business planning include social selling?

Can I be data driven with social selling?

How grid selling will transform your pipeline and win rate

Can I use social selling as a small business?

Is your competition transforming to social selling in stealth mode?

We need more campaigns - Really? 

Articles for Sales leadership

10 reasons you get social selling all wrong

For fax sake at least know what social selling is before you dismiss it!

What is social selling?

Can I see which salespeople are contributing with social selling?

Can I get a consistent prospecting framework for managers with social selling? 

Can I get complete visibility to measure and monitor each reps results with social selling?

Can I get accountability across my sales team for prospecting with social selling  

Can I gain an effective prospecting framework with social selling?

Can cold calling and email marketing kill my business? 

Can I measure our social selling project?

Can my lack of confidence of social be holding my team back?

Can I get the most from my sales navigator licenses with social selling?  

Can I de-risk my pipeline with social selling? 

Can my salespeople create content? 

Can social selling create value for my clients?

Can I use prospect sequencing with social selling?

Can I build a social selling program or should I buy one?

Can my behaviour on social media be losing me business?

Can I run QBRs with social selling?

Can I increase deal velocity with social selling?

Can social selling help me sell, if everybody is on vacation?

Can social selling help me avoid attrition in sales teams?

Can social selling help with team selling?

Reading blogs won't transform your pipeline

You are the sum of all your digital handshakes

Why social selling isn't just marketing

The difference between LinkedIn training and social selling training

Can programmatic social selling sort my pipeline issues?

Will being part of the conversation on social generate me any revenue?

Can social selling help me with virtual selling?

Social media engagement - None of my sales team have time for it. Really?

Should my salespeople be making time to create social posts? Of course

Can Social posts create pipeline or opportunities? You bet!

There is a clear gap opening in business between those companies that have a pipeline problem and those that don't ...

How are you going to build pipeline and prospect now that all the low hanging fruit has gone?

Articles to support sales people - sales process and sales tips

Why your leadership is wrong when they tell you that to get more pipeline requires you to send more email and make more calls

Can social selling help with my discovery calls?

Is social selling inmailing people on Linkedin? 

Can I unblock deals with social selling? 

Can I get more meetings with VPs with social selling? 

Can I get on more short lists with social selling?

Am I being outsold by my social selling competition?

Can social selling stop prospects from ghosting me?  

Can I be a catalyst to change with my prospects with social

Can I influence the buyer's journey with social selling?

Can I optimise my selling time with social selling?

Can I gain a competitive advantage with social selling?  

Why automation is a zero sum game 

Can I get a predictable prospecting system with social selling?  

Can I sell $1 Million deals with social selling?

Can I get headhunted for my next job with social selling? 

Can I use prospect sequencing with social selling?

Can I use social selling if I have nothing to say?

Looking for hacks, maybe you shouldn't

How do I make the most of a slow summer sales period?

How do I sell social selling training to my boss?

Can I get invited to more client top table discussions with social selling?

What is the best way to influence my LinkedIn network?

Can I use social selling to sell into a territory?

Can I use social selling to grow pipeline within target accounts?

Can social selling help me if my companies website isn’t good enough?

Can social selling help me if my prospect list is out of date?

Can social selling help me if we are too expensive?

Do my SDRs need to become hybrid?

Can social selling help me if we are not market leader?

Can social selling help me get past gatekeepers?

I don't know you. I've never spoken to you. You've never acknowledged my existence. But you want me to help you!

What should you do if your leadership team is not social

Can my content, create action in my prospects with social selling?

Can social selling work for me as an SDR?

I need to do this Linkedin thing and I need to do it now

Should I do a post or an article on LinkedIn?

How to deal with depression in sales

Why prospecting today is about clicks and likes

Articles to support channel and third party selling

Can social selling help my channel partners sell more? 

Articles to support Account Based Marketing / Account Based Selling - ABM - ABS

Can we make our ABM program a success with social selling?

Articles about Employee advocacy

How empowered employees on social media became more powerful than brands 

Why employee advocacy isn't a silver bullet

Articles for Marketing

I paid for somebody to write my Linkedin profile, isn't it awesome? No!

Can social selling be relevant to me if I'm in marketing?

Can social selling put marketing front and centre of a business?

Can my prospects and clients get value alignment with my business though social selling? 

Can we get away with just updating our LinkedIn profiles a bit? 

How to Create Simple Social Media Rules for Employees

What content works on LinkedIn and for social selling? 

Can I win more B2B deals with buyer enablement? 

Can I transform my team with two 90 minute sessions on social selling?

Can I get better results for my ABM campaign with social selling?

Are my prospects and customers searching for insight on social media?

Our VP of Sales Just got 83 likes on a LinkedIn post, so that means we are social selling? No!

Should you outsource your social media?

Can I get banned from LinkedIn if somebody else manages my profile?  

Articles for social procurement

Can I use social media in procurement and supply chain?

How social transformed procurement

Articles for the CFO and Finance

Accelerating digital skills is one of the top priorities for finance leaders