Overcoming Cold Calling Anxiety: Using IACFB Mailers to Warm Up Your Prospects

Afraid of cold call telemarkeing when prospecting?  If so, your not alone. As a professional factoring consultant, one of the most daunting tasks can be picking up the phone and making those cold calls to potential clients. The fear of rejection, the uncertainty of how the call will be received, and the pressure to make a good impression can all contribute to the anxiety associated with cold calling. However, establishing relationships with business owners is crucial for success in this field, and cold calling remains an essential part of the prospecting process.

But fear not – you’re not alone in your apprehension. Many factoring consultants share this fear of cold calling, yet it’s a necessary step in building your client base. So, how can you ease into this process and increase your chances of success? The answer lies in incorporating direct mail into your prospecting strategy.

The Power of Direct Mail

We all know a “warm” lead is much better than a stone-cold lead, so wouldn’t your marketing efforts improve if you “warmed” up your calls?  Direct mail can be a highly effective tool for “warming up” your cold calls by first engaging potential clients through a different channel.  Unlike cold calls, which can catch recipients off guard, direct mail allows you to introduce yourself and your services in a more controlled and non-intrusive manner.

Softening the Approach

Think of your direct mail piece as your opportunity to make a memorable first impression.  As a professional commercial finance consultant, you’ll want to consider at least a two-step marketing approach to improve your lead generation results.  The key to success is to generate interest before you make a call.  Your goal is NOT to sell anything when creating your direct mail message.  Rather it is to use that mailing piece to establish yourself as a “trusted” advisor.

Much like a personal banker, your goal is service…service…service.  Focus your mail package on their needs instead of talking about any specific product.  Take time to craft a compelling message that highlights the benefits of your services if the need in the future arises. Let the business owner know how you can help overcome financial challenges if needed. Personalize your communication to address the specific needs and pain points of your target audience, demonstrating that you understand their concerns and are equipped to provide solutions.

Establishing Trust and Familiarity

Marketing experts often emphasize the importance of “touching” prospects multiple times to gain their trust and build familiarity. Carefully crafted direct mail can serve as the initial touchpoint in the relationship building process, laying the groundwork for future interactions. By sending informative and engaging mailers, you can begin to establish your credibility and expertise in the minds of potential clients, making them more receptive to your subsequent outreach efforts.  In fact, your direct mail letter will start to position you as that “trusted” advisor.  This is done by providing credentials, such as IACFB certifications, demonstrating expertise with a financing niche. For those who are interested when receiving your mail, always provide your website address at the bottom of your direct mail letter so prospects can learn more about your practice and expertise. If your website literally acts as a silent salesperson for your consultancy.

Reinforcing Your Message

For professional consultants, direct mail should not be a one-time effort but rather part of a comprehensive marketing strategy aimed at nurturing relationships with prospects over time. Follow up your initial mailers with additional communications, such as email or phone calls, to reinforce your message and keep your services top of mind. Consistency is key – by staying in touch with prospects through multiple channels, you can increase the likelihood of conversion and cultivate long-term client relationships.

Leveraging Data and Analytics

One of the advantages of direct mail is the ability to track and analyze the effectiveness of your campaigns. Use data and analytics to measure the response rates of your mailers, identify patterns and trends, and refine your targeting and messaging accordingly. By leveraging insights from your direct mail efforts, you can optimize your prospecting strategy and maximize your return on investment.


While cold calling may evoke feelings of apprehension and uncertainty, incorporating direct mail into your prospecting strategy can help ease the transition and increase your chances of success. By leveraging the power of personalized, informative, and engaging mailers, you can warm up your cold calls, establish trust and familiarity with potential clients, and ultimately drive business growth. Embrace direct mail as a valuable tool in your marketing arsenal, and watch as it paves the way for meaningful connections and fruitful relationships with your target audience.