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How Not to Sound Like a Telemarketer when Video Prospecting

Written by Lidia Vijga
Video Prospecting Mistakes and How Not to Sound Like a Telemarketer when Video Prospecting

Whether it’s through a hyper personalized video message or a pre-recorded video presentation, video prospecting channel can be an incredibly effective tool for any outbound sales team doing cold outreach. Not only does it allow business development representatives to showcase their personality and expertise and craft a truly tailored message, but it also allows prospects to watch the video content on their own time. However, many BDRs repeatedly make the same video prospecting mistakes that can be easily avoided.

In this article, we are going to cover the Top 10 video prospecting mistakes to avoid as a business development representative. By avoiding these video prospecting mistakes in their sales process and leveraging the power of video technology, BDRs can experience major improvements in their video outreach efforts and virtual selling in general.

Video prospecting mistake #1
Not grabbing the prospect's attention in the first 10 seconds

When video prospecting, it’s crucial to grab the prospect’s attention in the first 10 seconds. According to our data, 61% of video drop-offs happen at the 10 second mark.

The opening statement is by far the most important part of any prospecting video and it is the key to high sales engagement. Prospecting videos that fail to capture the prospect’s attention from the beginning experience very high bounce rates.

Your choice of words and how you deliver them are important factors to consider. Keep in mind that if prospects stop watching your video message within the first 10 seconds, there is something wrong with either what you’re saying, how you’re saying it or you may be targeting wrong buyer persona.

The goal of the opening statement is to spark curiosity.

Here’s the most common example of a video prospecting opening statement:

“Hello, My name is Kevin, and I work for XYZ Company.”

Your prospect can find this information in your email signature, so this opening statement not only wastes an opportunity to grab the prospect’s attention but also doesn’t provide any value or establish trust. You can introduce yourself later in the video but you need a good hook to grab prospect’s attention.

If you’ve had trouble with an opening statement, you’re not alone. Luckily, this video prospecting mistake is easily fixable. Follow these tips to create the best opening line for a prospecting video:

Name-drop a mutual connection.

By mentioning a mutual connection in your opening statement, you can turn a prospect into a “warm lead” by showing them that you have a mutual connection. Mentioning someone your prospect knows and trusts in your opening statement immediately boosts your credibility. If your product or service has helped that person in the past and had a real impact on their business, that’s even more powerful when crafting a tailored message!

Compliment the prospect.

We all crave acknowledgment for our accomplishments, so congratulate someone on a recent promotion or award. Check their LinkedIn profile to see if they went on a podcast or attended a conference. Complimenting a prospect is an excellent way to open up communication and show that you care.

Mention what you have in common with the prospect.

Before recording and sending videos, check your prospect’s LinkedIn profile and see if you went to the same school, worked at the same company, etc. By demonstrating in your video messaging that you have invested the time to get to know them, you show that you value their business and are committed to providing the best buying experience.

Start with a relevant unique insight.

A strong and thought-provoking opening line can help you capture the prospect’s attention and start a sales conversation. You can try sharing an insightful statistic or fact relevant to the prospect’s industry in your prospecting video.

Another way to start off on a strong note is by asking a provocative question that relates to your product or service offering. This video message can get the prospect thinking and shows that you have a thorough understanding of their business, the industry, or their pain points. However, it’s important to avoid generic statements or buzzwords as they may come across as cliches and turn off potential customers.

So make sure your opening statement is well though out. Connecting with a prospect over an asynchronous video technology is as close as you can get before going on a live video call with them.

Learn more about asynchronous videos and when to use them.

Video prospecting mistake #2
Sending video sales letters that are too formal

One of the biggest mistakes that business development representatives often make when using video for prospecting is sending video sales letters that are too formal. Every sales rep needs to remember that, although the video is a more personalized form of communication, it still acts as a first impression with potential clients.

Formal language can come across as stiff and insincere, hurting BDR’s chances of connecting with the prospect. A business development representative needs to find the balance between being too formal and too casual in their sales process. Keep it natural while also maintaining professionalism. With this approach, you’ll have a higher chance of catching the prospect’s attention and standing out from other BDRs.

Learn more about video sales letters (VSL) and how to use them.

Video prospecting mistake #3
Not building your personal brand on social media

Build your personal brand on social media when doing video outreach

When it comes to video prospecting and virtual selling on social media, establishing a personal brand is crucial for business development representatives. Without it, potential clients have no way of distinguishing you from the hundreds of other BDRs that reach out to them every month.

Building a personal brand involves creating a unique and recognizable image for yourself, whether that includes being very active in LinkedIn or Facebook groups or consistently posting high-quality content. It also gives potential clients an idea of your level of expertise in the field, as well as builds trust and credibility. Don’t forget to add an intro video to your LinkedIn profile!

Failing to establish a strong personal brand can result in getting lost in the sea of competition leading to missed sales opportunities. So avoid making this video prospecting mistake and invest the time and effort in developing your personal brand on social media and you’ll see the rewards pay off, in the long run, allowing you to generate a solid sales pipeline for account executives.

Video prospecting mistake #4
Reading from a script or presentation slides

Another common video prospecting mistake that business development representatives make when using video for prospecting is reading from a script or presentation slides. This can come across as inauthentic and robotic, causing the prospect to lose interest quickly. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare to record prospecting videos at all.

Instead of memorizing video messaging or reading the script, come up with a rough outline of key talking points and record a few videos beforehand so you feel more confident and natural on camera. Trying to imagine that you’re on a live video call with the prospect helps a lot! The beauty of a video message is that it allows our prospects to see and hear us. Remembering to be yourself will lead to higher sales engagement, shorter deal cycles and more revenue.

Video prospecting mistake #5
Repeating the same message in prospecting videos

Business development representatives need to tailor their prospecting messaging in a way that it speaks to their target audience. Many BDRs make the mistake of simply repeating the same information in different words when recording video prospecting cadences.

If your video messaging isn’t resonating with a prospect, paraphrasing the video message and sending it again won’t make any difference. This is assuming your original message is clear.

In situations like that, it may be necessary to shift your focus and present different value statements that address other needs and pain points. So don’t be afraid to try different video messages, AB test, and find the tailored message that resonates with your prospects. Your ability to adapt your video sales process will set you apart from other BDRs and help you book more in-person meetings and live video calls for your sales team.

Video prospecting mistake #6
Not using video analytics to full advantage

video presentations engagement analytics

Many business development representatives make the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of prospecting video analytics when sending videos. While it is nice to see if a prospect opened your prospecting video, using video analytics can provide a great deal of more valuable insights into your prospect’s engagement and behavior.

Do they watch your entire prospecting video? At what point do they stop watching? Are they rewatching certain presentation slides? Are they clicking on your CTA and then bailing? Are they sharing your prospecting video? This information can help you understand your prospects better, craft better follow-ups, and send them at the right time.

In addition, video analytics can track how well your prospecting videos are performing overall, allowing you to optimize and improve your video messaging.

DeckLinks provides industry-leading video analytics enabling BDRs better understand their prospects and send more effective video prospecting cadences.

Video prospecting mistake #7
Being a perfectionist in the video sales process

Don't be a perfectionist when using video technology for prospecting

Too many business development representatives put unnecessary pressure on themselves to record a perfect prospecting video but this thinking can be counter-productive. In sales, authenticity and personal connection with the customer are key drivers of success.

When BDRs focus too much on video outreach perfection, they lose sight of what truly matters in their interactions with potential clients. The prospect is far more likely to connect with a BDR who is genuine, relatable, and not afraid to show their flaws. By embracing imperfection and being authentic, BDRs can build trust with the prospect and increase their chances of booking in-person meetings and video calls.

Video prospecting mistake #8
Not focusing on the prospect in your prospecting videos

The purpose of the prospecting video is to pique the interest of your prospect and start a sales conversation. Many business development representatives make the mistake of losing sight of this and instead focus on themselves, their product, or their company. Video messages like that oftentimes fail to resonate with prospects and provide very little reason for them to continue watching the video or engaging with the BDR.

On the other hand, when BDRs focus their attention on the prospect and make their video message about them, they have a greater chance of catching their interest and starting a productive conversation. Remember, the prospect is the star! Focus on them, record a personal message and you’ll be much more successful in your prospecting efforts.

Video prospecting mistake #9
Not having a clear call to action in the prospecting video

Video messaging has to provide a clear call to action for prospects

One of the biggest mistakes business development representatives make is forgetting to include a clear call to action at the end of their prospecting videos. Without this crucial element, potential customers may not know what they are supposed to do next. This can lead to a slow sales cycle and missed sales opportunities.

BDRs always need to make sure to include a clear call to action in their prospecting videos. Whether it’s inviting prospects to book in-person meetings, video calls, sign up for a free trial, or simply asking them to reach out for more information, always give them a specific next step that will help you move them faster through the sales pipeline.

Creating a great buying experience for your prospects is key to shorter deal cycles, and adding a clear call to action in your prospecting video can help with that.

Video prospecting mistake #10
Giving up too early on virtual selling

Many business development representatives stick with prospecting methods they are familiar with, such as cold calling or cold emailing. However, incorporating virtual selling into your sales process can greatly increase your close rates and help you crush prospecting targets and quotas.

Unfortunately, many BDRs give up on video prospecting too quickly after briefly trying video messaging expecting immediate results. While video prospecting channel is one of the most effective prospecting methods out there, just like with other prospecting methods it takes time to learn the video sales process, and figure out your style and video messages that resonate with your prospects.

Be sure to read our comprehensive guide on video sales that will help you and your sales team close deals fast.

HubSpot recently has done an experiment where five corporate business development representatives were using different types of cold prospecting tactics over 45 days.

The sales team observed the BDRs activities to determine if video prospecting is:

  1. Effective at engaging prospective customers
  2. Efficient at converting leads into sales opportunities
  3. How effective is video prospecting compared to traditional prospecting methods like cold calls, cold emails and voicemails

Here are the results of the video prospecting experiment:

Video prospecting example results (HubSpot)
HubSpot video prospecting experiment results
Call, Voicemail, Email prospecting
Video prospecting
Meetings from Call, Voicemail, Email prospecting
Meetings from Video prospecting
% conversion to a meeting from Call, Voicemail, Email prospecting
% conversion to a meeting from Video prospecting

The HubSpot experiment found that video prospecting channel generated four times more sales opportunities than cold emailing, cold calling, and leaving voicemails. So don’t shy away from investing the time and effort into recording videos for prospecting. This video technology may take some practice, but it will pay off, in the long run, helping your BDR team build a solid sales pipeline for account executives.

How to get started with video prospecting

DeckLinks is a video sales platform that makes it easy for sales and marketing teams to turn any PDF presentation into interactive prospecting video PDF. It comes with industry-leading video analytics to help BDRs understand their potential customers better. You can upload any PDF, record narration over it, and send the video PDF using trackable links, all without downloading anything, needing a Chrome extension or worrying about video hosting! If you already have product demo videos or screen recordings, you can embed them right into your video PDF as well.

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With DeckLinks, you don’t need any experience in video editing to make a high-quality prospecting video PDF quickly and easily. Plus, your prospects will always know the next steps with our built-in call-to-action buttons. And because DeckLinks integrates with popular CRMs, sending videos is effortless right inside your CRM.

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For more video prospecting tips and best practices be sure to read our article.

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