Polis is reinventing the door-to-door salesman

There’s really not much difference between political canvassing and the door-to-door sales pitch. Startup Polis is leveraging its campaign experience to help large companies woo customers with that personal touch that can mean so much. The American consumer has come a long way since the days of Willie Loman and the door-to-door sales pitch, but despite all of the online and retail options, for the company’s founder, Kendall Tucker, nothing beats the knock on the door. Tucker first got involved in campaigning during the 2008 presidential (she won’t say for who) and then worked for state representatives. “My favorite part of campaigns was door-to-door outreach,” Tucker says. “With the right data and planning, door-to-door outreach is like building a sales funnel. If a campaign’s win number is 6,000 they need to knock on 35,000 doors because they’ll have 7,000 conversations and they will convince 6,000 people to support them.” But gone are the days when campaigns would knock on any door. new balance 999 homme These days, political campaigns use analytics to target the likely voters who may be home at the time canvassers are out and would be receptive to the political message. “When I was running campaigns, the technology supporting door-to-door outreach was archaic,” Tucker wrote to me in an email. new balance homme 574 pas cher “I had to build routes by hand for each of my canvassers. This process took me two to four hours a day and did not give me any oversight into what my canvassers were doing.” Enter, Polis. The company is initially focusing on industries like home security, solar energy, telecommunications and insurance. But unlike the Ned Ryersons of the world, Polis’ reps only typically come when they know they’re wanted. Using information culled from online sources or searches, Polis employees will only come and knock on a door if someone has been looking for services that Polis reps can pitch, says Tucker. For company reps, the Polis app offers ideal route maps so sales people can spend their time pitching the right houses.

The app also provides data on each home along the route, so a company’s hype person can tailor their approach and pitch to the individual homeowner rather than reading from a script. And despite the myth of the door-slamming homeowner or the vicious attack dog in the yard, Tucker thinks most people are receptive to the in-person sales pitch (this sounds like my nightmare). Tucker’s app has already been field tested in the political world where success is most definitely a zero-sum game and has yielded strong enough results that encouraged her to pursue the idea as a business. “We tested the app on 7 campaigns at the end of 2015 and they all won their elections by more than 20-percent,” Tucker writes. Then, in 2016, the company knocked on over three million doors in various political campaigns. Customers were so persuaded by the Polis value proposition that the company was able to ink its first customer (with an undisclosed security company) despite the app still being focused on political use-cases. nike femme Investors are also signing up after hearing the pitch. The company recently closed a $1.3 million seed round from investors including Techstars, and the Boston-based angel investor Chris Jenny. Headquartered in Boston, Tucker thinks Polis could be rolled out nationwide. There’s a roughly $1.2 billion market for door-to-door selling, with nearly 1.9 million organizations now knocking on everyone’s door. And Tucker is firmly convinced that the personal touch works. “I train door-to-door sales reps and political canvassers fairly often and the new ones are always nervous. nike tn pas cher What I tell them is that 99 times out of 100, people will be nice when they see you at the door,” she says. “It’s easy to be rude over email or on the phone, but when you look someone in the eye and realize they care about something enough to knock on your door, it’s difficult to be rude. I’ve knocked thousands of doors in my life and I’d much rather do that on any given day than make cold calls or send emails.” There’s really not much difference between political canvassing and the door-to-door sales pitch. Startup Polis is leveraging its campaign experience to help large companies woo customers with that personal touch that can mean so much. The American consumer has come a long way since the days of Willie Loman and the door-to-door sales pitch, but despite all of the online and retail options, for the company’s founder, Kendall Tucker, nothing beats the knock on the door. Tucker first got involved in campaigning during the 2008 presidential (she won’t say for who) and then worked for state representatives. “My favorite part of campaigns was door-to-door outreach,” Tucker says. “With the right data and planning, door-to-door outreach is like building a sales funnel. If a campaign’s win number is 6,000 they need to knock on 35,000 doors because they’ll have 7,000 conversations and they will convince 6,000 people to support them.” But gone are the days when campaigns would knock on any door. These days, political campaigns use analytics to target the likely voters who may be home at the time canvassers are out and would be receptive to the political message. “When I was running campaigns, the technology supporting door-to-door outreach was archaic,” Tucker wrote to me in an email. “I had to build routes by hand for each of my canvassers. This process took me two to four hours a day and did not give me any oversight into what my canvassers were doing.” Enter, Polis. The company is initially focusing on industries like home security, solar energy, telecommunications and insurance. But unlike the Ned Ryersons of the world, Polis’ reps only typically come when they know they’re wanted. Using information culled from online sources or searches, Polis employees will only come and knock on a door if someone has been looking for services that Polis reps can pitch, says Tucker. For company reps, the Polis app offers ideal route maps so sales people can spend their time pitching the right houses. asics pas cher

The app also provides data on each home along the route, so a company’s hype person can tailor their approach and pitch to the individual homeowner rather than reading from a script. And despite the myth of the door-slamming homeowner or the vicious attack dog in the yard, Tucker thinks most people are receptive to the in-person sales pitch (this sounds like my nightmare). Tucker’s app has already been field tested in the political world where success is most definitely a zero-sum game and has yielded strong enough results that encouraged her to pursue the idea as a business. “We tested the app on 7 campaigns at the end of 2015 and they all won their elections by more than 20-percent,” Tucker writes. Then, in 2016, the company knocked on over three million doors in various political campaigns. Customers were so persuaded by the Polis value proposition that the company was able to ink its first customer (with an undisclosed security company) despite the app still being focused on political use-cases. Investors are also signing up after hearing the pitch. The company recently closed a $1.3 million seed round from investors including Techstars, and the Boston-based angel investor Chris Jenny. Headquartered in Boston, Tucker thinks Polis could be rolled out nationwide. There’s a roughly $1.2 billion market for door-to-door selling, with nearly 1.9 million organizations now knocking on everyone’s door. And Tucker is firmly convinced that the personal touch works. “I train door-to-door sales reps and political canvassers fairly often and the new ones are always nervous. What I tell them is that 99 times out of 100, people will be nice when they see you at the door,” she says. “It’s easy to be rude over email or on the phone, but when you look someone in the eye and realize they care about something enough to knock on your door, it’s difficult to be rude.

What do you want to ask SoFi CEO Mike Cagney at Disrupt NY?

Have you ever wanted to know what makes a fintech startup tick, but didn’t have the chance, or the right person, to ask? Well, we’ve got you covered: Mike Cagney, the co-founder and CEO of one of the hottest fintech businesses around, is coming to Disrupt in New York for a fireside chat, and we want to hear what you’d like to know. new balance 996 homme bordeaux More on that below. Cheap Nike Shoes Sale UK But first, allow me to start from the beginning: What’s SoFi? The startup had its beginnings providing money to fresh graduates to start businesses and refinance their student loans, tapping alumni from those same schools to provide the financing, and using a clever algorithm that measures a person’s credit based on a new set of metrics around that person’s potential earning power over time. nike air max 2016 goedkoop Today, however, the company is tackling an even wider range of services, from mortgages to personal loans, to wealth management and life insurance. And thus far, SoFi’s business has been a hit, with total equity financing of $1.9 billion. But SoFi isn’t your ordinary financial services company — SoFi is short for “Social Finance,” and the company puts a big emphasis on the “social” aspect of that. The company organizes community events, provides mentorship and advice to its customers, and offers a referral program for people starting businesses. Goedkoop New Balance

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International Space Station Orbiting Outpost Is Getting an Upgrade

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Reliance Jio Prime Plan Offers 120GB ‘Free’ Data: How It Works

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NASA’s Hubble Detects Supermassive Black Hole That Was Kicked Out of Galactic Core by Gravitational Waves

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Prepaid Mobile Services in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast Extended for a Year

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Tata Consultancy Says Plans to Step Up Local Hiring in US

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Nextbit Robin Android 7.0 Nougat Stable Update Starts Rolling Out

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ZTE Pleads Guilty to Violating US Sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

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