I get the same call once a week:
Sales rep: Hi! This is so-and-so from such-and-such company. I understand you purchase behavioral targeting on behalf of your clients. Well, we offer behavioral targeting.
Me: Can you please clarify what you mean by "behavioral targeting"?
SR: Sure, we reach millions of Web users through our targeted network of sites. We can target through various means, including geo, demographic, and behavioral targeting.
Me: Can you explain how your behavioral targeting product works?
SR: Well, we actually haven't launched it yet, but we're planning to in the next couple of months. We'll be able to target consumers who visited any section of our network. For example, we can target people who went to a car site or section.
Over the past year, I've received countless cold calls from companies selling "behavioral targeting," only to learn they're either not offering it (yet) or offering something completely unrelated. I really want to believe that voice on the phone is offering me a solution that will drive positive results for my clients. But all it takes is a few misguided calls to turn an open buyer into a pessimistic one. Therefore, as we embark on a new year, here are my suggestions on how to effectively sell behavioral targeting:
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