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Blind Calendar Invites

What's up everyone!


So, recently I made a switch in companies and am learning the ropes from their prospecting/outreach strategies. One of the things that I used previously was Blind Calendar Invites, but haven't seen them suggested here.


Curious to know a few things from you guys:

  • Would you suggest using Blind Calendar Invites as a way to get in front of people?
  • If so, what do you normally put in the meeting description to make sure they show?
  • If we flip the script, would this piss you off or make you more likely to interact with someone?


πŸ”Ž Prospecting
πŸ‘‘ Sales Strategy
πŸ’Œ Cold Emailing
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figjam
Opinionated
+4
Enterprise Sales Executive
I had an SDR who tried this a few times, and only received declines/no shows/β€œwhy are you sending me a random invite” responses Your results may vary..
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
This is a no go for me.

It shows no respect to the clients time, and if you're working VP/C-suite they'll never join.Β 
Gyro25
Politicker
+6
BDR - Enterprise and Partnerships
If someone did that to me, I'd be pissed. No agenda, no goal, just a placeholder to get my attention without my acknowledgement? Na, thats why you call first or add some kind of value or relevance. The times I've been ghosted were when I didn't establish the agenda beforehand and bring the up the solutions to pain points.Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
+9
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I decline them and mark the sender as spam. I don't like that shit, and if my teams ever used them I would have gone wild.
Gaspo
Good Citizen
Head of Sales
Does that work?Β  TBH I get prospected all the time and it would be a hard no.Β  I guess to an extent it's a numbers game.
Wellss
Politicker
+6
Channel sales
I tried blind calendar invites in a past role and had a 0% success rate. It could have been a me problem, but I just couldn't get them to work. What I did have success with was calendar darts! I would send 3-4 times that I was available in a short email and it would allow them to answer with a quick responseΒ 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
Generally not recommended.
SiliconBBQ
Politicker
+3
The Metal Rooster
Nope. would be pissed if that's how bdrs I align with operated. If a rep's pulling that I'd wonder why they were hired.Β 

I'm not letting a service tech in my house just because they presumptively send me a letter warning me that they're coming by.
CCP
Opinionated
+6
VP, Business Development
A couple of my colleagues do a cold, personalize email then send an invite. They see success in it but its not my style personally.Β 
AssistantToTheRegional
Politicker
+5
Enterprise Account Executive
Hard no. Time is earned.
HappyGilmore
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Absolutely not, this just seems like pissing any chance of a relationship with a prospect down the drain
SlinginSoftware
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
I think this is a lot more effective for follow up/mid POC calls where they WERE engaged and then started ghosting.

If they call me out and say that it's rude, I'll shoot back that ignoring my emails after investing hours of my and engineering time is quite rude as well, so we're even.
SgtSDR
WR Officer
+7
Business Development Representative
I blind calendar invite Inbound India "hot leads" e.g they have expressed interest in reaching out.

I find India clients are hesitant to pick up a phone call on the fly, but very receptive via email, so just give them a day or two's notice and send them a calendar invite + an auto follow up sequence via email for them to confirm and you're good to go :)Β 
sales7
Politicker
+5
Sales Enablement Manager
Hell no! that's the most annoying thing ever to a prospect, no good meeting will come out of that
GDO
Politicker
+7
BDM
Don t think you get results with it. On the other hand it’s a hail Mary so what did you expect.Β 
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