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8 Rules For Cold Call Success

“We will all lose about 30% of our billing each year, always be prospecting!”

Jeff Caves




Our perceptions of how to be successful at sales are our reality. But, what are the facts about what is working for a cold call? How about in follow-ups and sales training? Whether you are new or old in this business, I have found some inspiration in what Brian Williams, a former University of Georgia professor, now a sales consultant, has to say. The Brevet Group has some great facts to keep in mind about our sales profession. I found these 8 to be the most helpful. I have added my thoughts on how we can make this work in radio.

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#1 The best time to cold call is between 4 pm-5 pm. 

I have thought this through many times and try to place myself in the clients’ shoes. I am not a big fan of Monday morning or Friday afternoon cold calls. People’s minds are elsewhere. Some experts think Thursday is the best day to prospect, followed by Wednesday. I also tend to lean more on cold calls after 10 am, allowing clients to get their day started with their tasks. I have had success with cold calls later in the afternoon after clients have worked their day through and are maybe even looking for something to do for the next few days or bring to a staff meeting with them.

Our new sales promotion could be the trick. Remember, smile and dial.

#2 80% of sales require five follow-ups after the meeting. 44% of sales reps give up after one follow-up call.


The best way to make sure you stay on the hunt is to make sure the idea is perfect for the client! You will stay on top of an excellent idea way more diligently than a lukewarm idea. 

#3 You are unique. Only about 2-3 million of us sell B2B.

Take pride in it. If we do our job well, we save our buyers time by finding solutions or opportunities for them. Sell those first, and your passion will come with it. 

#4 In a typical firm with 100-500 employees, an average of 7 people are involved in most buying decisions.

Ensure you package your one sheet with some bullet points that your ad buyer can use to sell upstream. They are going to have to do your selling for you. Help them help you! Ask about who else will see this and get a sense for how your buyer feels about it. 

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#5 Salespeople who actively seek out and exploit referrals earn 4 to 5 times more than those who don’t.

With some of our station groups, we can now sell ads all across the country. If it will work in Detroit, why wouldn’t it work in Chicago or New York? Some of the best sales I have made were rinsed and repeated. Only 1 out of 10 salespeople even bother to ask for referrals. 

#6 Almost half of us aren’t appropriately trained or don’t have the skills to make it.

Bet on yourself. Do training on your own if you don’t like what is provided by the station. Investing in you is the best investment you could ever make.

With continuous training, you could make 50% more money. If you don’t like to train to get better, get out. Sell something you love to learn about. 

#7 Give yourself a year.

The 2nd time around, representatives will be better at seasonal selling, sales contests, etc. New reps will take at least ten months to be fully productive. Older reps who are getting more involved in digital sales may take the same amount of time. Make a plan and stick to it. 

 #8 Retaining current customers is 6 to 7 times less costly than acquiring new ones.

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Don’t ignore those clients who are best for you. Be proactive in everything you do for them. We will all lose about 30% of our billing each year, always be prospecting! Call them, email them, THANK THEM! 

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

Jason Barrett




Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

Demetri Ravanos




Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.






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Mina Kimes, Bruce Gilbert, Mitch Rosen, and Stacey Kauffman Join the 2023 BSM Summit

“By the time we get to March, we should have somewhere between 40-60 participants involved in the conference.”

Jason Barrett




The 2023 BSM Summit is returning to Los Angeles on March 21-22, 2023, live from the Founders Club at the Galen Center at the campus of the University of Southern California. Information on tickets and hotel rooms can be found at

We’ve previously announced sixteen participants for our upcoming show, and I’m excited today to confirm the additions of four more more smart, successful professionals to be part of the event. Before I do that, I’d like to thank The Volume for signing on as our Badge sponsor, the Motor Racing Network for securing the gift bag sponsorship, and Bonneville International for coming on board as a Session sponsor. We do have some opportunities available but things are moving fast this year, so if you’re interested in being involved, email Stephanie Eads at

Now let’s talk about a few of the speaker additions for the show.

First, I am thrilled to welcome ESPN’s Mina Kimes to the Summit for her first appearance. Mina and I had the pleasure recently of connecting on a podcast (go listen to it) and I’ve been a fan of her work for years. Her intellect, wit, football acumen, and likeability have served her well on television, podcasts, and in print. She’s excelled as an analyst on NFL Live and Rams preseason football games, as a former host of the ESPN Daily podcast, and her appearances on Around The Horn and previously on Highly Questionable and the Dan Le Batard Show were always entertaining. I’m looking forward to having Mina join FS1’s Joy Taylor and ESPN LA 710 PD Amanda Brown for an insightful conversation about the industry.

Next is another newcomer. I’m looking forward to having Audacy San Francisco and Sacramento Regional Vice President Stacey Kauffman in the building for our 2023 show. In addition to overseeing a number of music brands, Stacey also oversees a dominant news/talk outlet, and two sports radio brands. Among them are my former station 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, and ESPN 1320 in Sacramento. I’m looking forward to having her participate in our GM panel with Good Karma’s Sam Pines, iHeart’s Don Martin, and led by Bonneville’s Executive Vice President Scott Sutherland.

From there, it’s time to welcome back two of the sharpest sports radio minds in the business. Bruce Gilbert is the SVP of Sports for Westwood One and Cumulus Media. He’s seen and done it all on the local and national level and anytime he’s in the room to share his programming knowledge with attendees, everyone leaves the room smarter. I’m anticipating another great conversation on the state of sports radio, which FOX Sports Radio VP of programming Scott Shapiro will be a part of.

Another student of the game and one of the top programmers in the format today is 670 The Score in Chicago PD, Mitch Rosen. The former Mark Chernoff Award recipient and recently appointed VP of the BetQL Network juggles managing a top 3 market sports brand while being charged with moving an emerging sports betting network forward. Count on Mr. Rosen to offer his insights and opinions during another of our branding and programming discussions.

By the time we get to March, we should have somewhere between 40-60 participants involved in the conference. My focus now is on finalizing our business and digital sessions, research, tech and sports betting panels, securing our locations and sponsorships for the After Party and Kickoff Party, plus working out the details for a few high-profile executive appearances and a couple of surprises.

For those looking to attend and save a few dollars on tickets, we’ll be holding a special Black Friday Sale this Friday November 25th. Just log on to that day to save $50 on individual tickets. In addition, thanks to the generosity of voice talent extraordinaire Steve Kamer, we’ll be giving away 10 tickets leading up to the conference. Stay tuned for details on the giveaway in the months ahead.

Still to come is an announcement about our special ticket rate for college students looking to attend the show and learn. We also do an annual contest for college kids to attend the event for free which I’m hoping to have ready in the next few weeks. It’s also likely we’ll give away a few tickets to industry professionals leading up to Christmas, so keep an eye out.

If you work in the sports media industry and value making connections, celebrating those who create an impact, and learning about the business from folks who have experienced success, failure, and everything in between, the Summit is worth your time. I’m excited to have Mina, Bruce, Mitch and Stacey join us for the show, and look forward to spending a few days with the industry’s best and brightest this March! Hope to see you there.

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