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Breakup Emails: the Push Your Clients Need to Confirm the Sale

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“Give up,” is not in a salesperson’s vocabulary. That’s a part of why unresponsive leads are so frustrating. You met with them, pitched the product, they seemed interested, and now… nothing. They won’t return your emails or calls. You don’t want to lose hope, but you also don’t want to waste time you could be spending finding fruitful clients. What do you do? HubSpot writer Leslie Ye suggests composing a “breakup email.”

According to Ye, breakup emails are a call to action for your potential client. This final outreach shows that you have noticed the client’s silence and are going to respond appropriately. HubSpot has found that this promise of finality has driven 33% of potential clients to respond. Here are a few themes Ye recommends for such an email:

The Blunt Close

Ye recommends composing an email that is concise, to-the-point, and devoid of all emotion. Her example begins with, “I haven’t heard back from you, so I’m going to assume you’ve gone in a different direction or your priorities have changed.” That first sentence’s direct finality has the ability to light a fire under that prospect. Of course, close with a line that leaves future sales attempts possible. Just because this sale didn’t work out doesn’t mean others won’t.

Utilize the CEO

How would you react if you were suddenly approached by the CEO of a company that has been trying to earn your business? You’re wary, right? The head honcho is now addressing you, asking how your meeting went, inquiring about your thoughts on their company’ offerings. It’s a big change of tone and has the ability to cause a big change in the potential client’s attitude toward the sale. The CEO is your trump card, and you’ve saved the best for last.

The Promise of a Later Start

What’s the most common excuse clients give for not making purchasing decisions quickly? One of the answers that popped into your head may have been, “The timing just isn’t right.” It’s a frequent  response, so why not use it to your advantage? Write your clients an email explaining that you take their silence to mean the sale’s timing wasn’t right. Then add that you’ll reach out to them again after a period of time. This approach accomplishes a few things. One, it gives the client an opportunity to reach out if now is the right time to seal the deal. Two, it shows that you’re taking their feelings into consideration by touching on an issue they may be having. Three, it gives the client a set time period to consider your offer in more depth before you reach out again.

People tend to want what they can’t have. If you suggest that they may have missed their chance at your product, they just may want it even more.

Rachel Cagle

Rachel Cagle

Rachel is a Research Analyst, specializing in audience intelligence, at SalesFuel. She also helps to maintain the major accounts and co-op intelligence databases. As the holder of a Bachelors degree in English from The Ohio State University, Rachel helps the rest of the SalesFuel team with their writing needs.