I deeply respect sales people who reach out to me. It is a tough job calling and emailing and rarely getting a response.
Early in my career I tried responding to every earnest message I received, even if just to share feedback and explain why I wasn’t interested. But I found, over time, that I would sometimes get burned when sales reps either:
So, reluctantly, I stopped replying to cold email. I started ignoring it altogether because it had become too difficult to do otherwise.
I’m not alone. Industry sources have shared with us that 1-2% of all cold sales emails are replied to and this rate is falling.
Gated’s recent Inbox Intelligence Report shows that executives, in particular, receive 87 emails every day (after spam filters are applied). And more than ⅓ of all U.S. professionals report having declared “email bankruptcy” or abandoned their inbox at some point.
A clean business inbox seems out of reach. Busy professionals everywhere are tuning out the noise.
I built Gated as a way to let quality cold email through, without being overwhelmed. The vision I had was to prevent unwanted emails, so the valuable ones could reach me.
With Gated, that’s simple; the solution asks unknown senders to make a small donation to reach my inbox. And when I first started using this solution, my relationship with cold sales emails changed immediately:
Across the thousands of people who use Gated, we see an average reply rate of more than 40%!
When asked, 77% of U.S. professionals responded that they believe there are relevant and interesting opportunities in cold email. They just haven’t been able to see those opportunities. Until now.
On social media, we’ve seen many sellers ask: “How can everyone get Gated?” because they realize that a human-centric email inbox will reduce the noise, and open the path for relationship-based selling.
Though not everyone has Gated (yet), we love that responsible sellers are excited about our solution. It’s possible for both sides of the equation to benefit when individuals have more control over their own attention and inboxes.
To help responsible sales reps rise above the noise, we have partnered with top sales leaders and Gated users to develop a “Best Practices for Sales Email”. Sales reps who agree to follow these best practices may include a link to them in their email signature - showing their commitment to be respectful and responsible with their outbound emails.
How are sellers demonstrating their commitment to responsible selling? Here is an example of how a seller is promoting Gated’s solution in their email signature - a sign of the shift toward a more focused future.
Today, any sales rep can include the Rules of Engagement link in their outbound email; as long as they agree and live by the values. Those who want to learn more about our Sender Best Practices, discover more about ‘What is Gated?”, or are passionate about our mission to improve email can reach out to me at any time - [email protected].
Read more at www.gated.com/best