Foodservice. We all love it, and we all hate it.
The first thing anyone should know about me is that I run on cold brew coffee and chocolate. Second, I am an East Coast girl, so crabs, shrimp, and oysters hold a special place in my heart. I am super excited to begin my career in marketing as a Social Media Coordinator with TMC Digital Media.
I’m on my flight home right now after spending two days at HubSpot headquarters in Cambridge with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, along with THE BEST inbound marketing agency leadership in the world. BTW, did you know there are 156,000 marketing agencies out there? Good lord. To put it into perspective, I was one of only 300 people to be fortunate enough to attend HubSpot’s Partner Day 2017 in Cambridge.
How do you connect with your foodservice leads to determine which ones are qualified? If you use legacy tactics including cold, un-customized emails and voicemails, your response rates are probably in the low single digits. It’s spam at the end of the day. If you do get the F&B director on the phone, you have to spend time qualifying them to determine if it's the right time to talk. You are disrupting them. Better make it count.
I imagine this happens to you too, right? So how does today's inbound salesperson truly connect with today's empowered buyers? Let's take a look.
Here at TMC, we're big fans of Seth Godin's daily insights. If you don't follow him, you should. In today's post, he talks about the downfalls of the "sort by price" mentality, and he argues that buying the cheapest widget almost never winds up being the right choice. Can you think of a time when you bought the cheapest item possible, and it wound up being the best option in the long run?