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Boosting Revenue: How CSRs Can Transform Contractor Sales with Brigham Dickinson

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Boosting Revenue: How CSRs Can Transform Contractor Sales with Brigham Dickinson

In our latest episode of “Around the CAMPfire”, we speak with Brigham Dickinson, President of Power Selling Pros, about transforming call handling into a revenue-driving force for home service companies.

The Importance of Effective Call Handling

Dickinson emphasizes the critical role of customer service representatives (CSRs), dispatchers, and lead coordinators in shaping the customer experience from the very first phone call. He highlights that training these frontline employees isn’t just about answering calls but about converting inquiries into booked appointments and creating exceptional customer experiences.

Key Strategies for Success

1. Setting Expectations: Dickinson stresses the importance of setting clear expectations for CSRs through webinars or in-person training sessions. This initial step ensures that everyone understands their role in booking calls and delivering outstanding service.

2. Personalized Coaching: The training methodology at Power Selling Pros involves personalized coaching sessions where CSRs review their own phone calls. This approach helps them self-evaluate and improve their communication skills, emphasizing empathy, active listening, and product knowledge.

3. Enhanced Customer Engagement: CSRs are encouraged not just to book calls but to actively engage customers in the sales process. This includes proactively suggesting additional services or products during the initial call or following up with customers to ensure satisfaction.

4. Performance Metrics: Dickinson discusses benchmarks for success, such as industry-average booking rates versus optimized rates achieved through effective training and coaching. He illustrates how even small improvements in booking rates can significantly impact a company’s revenue potential.

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

Dickinson’s approach isn’t just about training CSRs; it’s about transforming challenges into growth opportunities. By empowering CSRs to be proactive in customer interactions and sales support, companies can elevate their service levels and increase their bottom line.

  • Importance of Call Conversion: Brigham emphasized the significant impact of improving call conversion rates on revenue. By focusing on customer service representatives (CSRs) having the right mindset and skills, companies can achieve higher booking rates and increase average ticket sizes.
  • Mindset and Training: CSRs should approach calls with empathy, active listening, and reassurance. This helps fulfill customers’ emotional needs—feeling understood, cared for, and confident in their choice of service provider. Training CSRs to handle objections and confidently guide customers through service options significantly boosts conversion rates.
  • Creating a Wow Experience: The goal is not just to book calls but to create a memorable experience that leaves customers satisfied and loyal. CSRs should engage proactively, offering additional services like club memberships or scheduled maintenance, demonstrating value beyond the immediate service call.
  • Technician Involvement: Technicians play a crucial role in the customer experience. They should create a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment while addressing service needs. Encouraging curiosity about the customer’s home and providing clear options without being pushy enhances customer trust and satisfaction.
  • Leveraging Technology: Incorporating tools like Rilla for call monitoring and AI-driven text messaging enhances communication efficiency. Responding promptly to customer inquiries via text and transitioning them to phone calls when needed improves engagement and booking rates.
  • Training and Resources: For smaller companies, investing in monthly training programs or utilizing third-party services like Booked by PSP for phone answering services can help improve booking rates and customer interactions. This allows business owners to focus on strategic growth rather than day-to-day operational tasks.

Conclusion

Improving call conversion rates isn’t just about sales—it’s about building lasting customer relationships through exceptional service and proactive engagement. By investing in CSR training, leveraging technology, and fostering a customer-centric culture, home service companies can differentiate themselves and achieve sustainable growth.

Click here to listen to the full episode.

Around the CAMPfire is a content partner of Chad Peterman’s “Can’t Stop the Growth” podcast. 

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