8 minutes
April 25, 2023

Job change alerts: how to boost cold outreach

Job change alerts can help teams connect with new and old prospects alike. See these tips and tricks for how to get the most out of someone changing roles.
Anthony Mennie
Marketing Manager
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Key Takeaways

  • Leveraging job change notifications allows sales teams to tailor their outreach more effectively by identifying when potential or existing contacts move to new roles or companies.
  • By understanding the new challenges and priorities a contact may have in their new role, sales reps can personalize their messages to align with the contact's current needs, enhancing the relevance and impact of their outreach.
  • Early engagement with contacts who have recently changed jobs can help establish or re-establish relationships, providing a strategic advantage in addressing their new requirements and potentially converting them into customers.

The best sellers aren't looking for excuses to reach out but for needs to be met. 

When outreach and need overlap, your message comes across as helping. When they don’t, you might find yourself falling into the spam category. 

How, then, can your sellers avoid being spammy and instead discover a company or prospect’s need? There’s a big tell that can often be overlooked – The company’s hiring strategy and job changes. 

Looking into company job postings, monitoring promotions, and keeping track of individuals changing jobs can offer a big window into a company’s strategy, pain points, and needs. Do you sell marketing collaboration software? You can build a prospecting strategy by looking at companies hiring a new CMO or decision-maker. 

When starting a new job, there’s often a hurry to impress, a lot of new needs to be met, and budgets to be spent to achieve goals and objectives. But you can also lose big if you ignore job change activity in strategic accounts or fail to respond fast. 

So let’s take a look at how sellers can leverage job change notifications for cold outreach.

What are job change notifications?

Ok, first up, the basics.

Job change notifications are alerts that notify you when someone in your target market changes their position. Typically this is either by joining a new company or being promoted from within.

Sales professionals can use various tools to track job changes, including CRM systems, sales prospecting platforms, and social media monitoring tools. LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a great source for tracking job changes, but more and more sales tools are building job change notifications into their offerings.

Job changes and outbound sales: why are notifications important?

A change in an account’s personnel can significantly impact your sales cycle. Tracking job changes can help your reps stay ahead of the curve, stay informed about what’s going on with their accounts, and better prepare for any potential roadblocks or additional opportunities that could result from a change.

Job change notifications can help your sales team adjust their approach when:

A new decision maker enters the picture.

Don’t get blindsided by a new decision maker entering the conversation as your deal is progressing. While this problem isn’t just tied to new people starting at the company your prospecting for, being aware of new hires can help you prepare for the possibility of someone entering the picture.

A new decision maker may have different priorities, goals, and preferences. Proactively reaching out and establishing a relationship early can get you in front of this potential roadblock, build a new sales pitch, and continue to build trust with the customer.

A key champion leaves an account you're working.

Nothing hurts more than when a key champion leaves your account. This can easily cause your sale to be delayed or halted altogether. Being alerted about this situation early can make it easier to get in front of this roadblock and focusing building relationships with other people involved with the sale.

A prospect leaving an account can also offer insights into the company overall. Did the prospect leave for a better opportunity, or have there been major organizational shifts that resulted in layoffs? If it’s the latter, sellers need to prepare for possible changes in budget, priorities, and business needs.

Of course, job changes offer plenty of opportunities for sellers too. In fact, it can really open up some great low-hanging fruit for a sales rep: Taking someone who was already a customer, and making them a customer again. With that said, lets talk about…

Job change alerts create new customers from past relationships

It’s amazing how often this goes overlooked, but keeping tabs on your current customers through job change notifications can be an easy (ok, easier, nothing is easy in sales) way into an account, especially if you have an established relationship with that individual and they had a positive experience with your product.

If they did have a great experience as a past customer, they’re going to remember the quality of the product and the level of service or attention they received. 

Keep in touch with these opportunities to remind continue to build this relationship. When they person is in a position to start making purchasing decisions, you’re going to remain top of mind for them.

Steps for turning job change notifications into revenue (+ tips to keep you in the know)

Everything we just talked about is easier said than done. We all know how hard prospecting and cold outreach can be, and all of these scenarios are no different.

Here's a simple framework you can use with your sales organization to leverage job change notifications, account tracking, and contact tracking to keep your pipeline and revenue growing.

  1. Identify the right sources for job change notifications.
    There are several online sources that provide information about job changes, such as LinkedIn Sales Navigator, Glassdoor, and Indeed. You can also set up alerts on these platforms to receive notifications when someone changes jobs.

    There are also plenty of sales tools available that have built-in job change notifications for tracking accounts and contacts. You should investigate platforms that offer more than just job changes, such as unlocking contact information and generative AI for crafting messages.

    Having these notifications and triggers in a single tool can help streamline prospecting workflows and help your sellers avoid tool fatigue. There are also methods of incorporating job change notifications directly into a CRM, like using dynamic salesforce reports to receive alerts with built-in workflows automatically alerting the right account or contact owners.

  2. Narrow down your search.
    Once you have identified the sources for job change notifications, you will want to narrow down your search to the specific industry, job title, or location that you are targeting. This will ensure that the notifications you receive are relevant to your outreach efforts, territory, and ICP.

  3. Research the individual.
    Once you receive a job change notification, take some time to research the individual who has changed jobs. Look at their LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn connections, their company website, and any other information that you can find about them. This will help you understand their background, their current role, their interests, and their current needs. It’s also going to help you with crafting a personalized message (More on that later).

  4. Create a sequence focused on job changes
    A common mistake we often see around sellers capitalizing on job change notifications is dropping these prospects into a generic, normal outbound sequence or cadence. This can actually be a huge turn-off, especially if that sequence is long and sends a ton of information in a short period of time.

    Instead, have sequences/cadences designed for specific job change scenarios. This is especially true if that prospect was a former customer. In that case, this sequence should be a little more personal to continue to further your relationship.

    Speaking of personalization…

  5. Make sure that sequence is hyper-personalized
    Yup, of course, it’s always preferred to put a personalized touch on your messages.

    Once you’ve added your prospects to the right sequence, make sure the messages are crafted in a way that is relevant to the individual's new role. Your first touches should not include a hard ask. For example, you can congratulate them on their new role and offer a small gift if you have access to a swag or gift card platform. If you aren't in a position for gifting, offer a piece of content that can help with their transition to a new role.

    Don’t forget that others are monitoring job changes as well. Don’t just offer congratulations, their inboxes are going to be flooded with similar messages. This is where hyper-personalization is key.

    If you want to stand out in this situation, try incorporating other insights you’ve uncovered during your research to take personalization even deeper. For example, the prospect may have moved when starting their new job, and you know the area well. Try connecting with a recommendation for good places to eat. This is a good way to start building trust and start building a relationship.

    There’s a huge variety of other insights into a prospect you can use. If you need some ideas, check out this helpful list we’ve put together.
  6. Don't forget to follow up
    If you don't receive a response to your initial outreach, your sequence should follow up after a few days. Be persistent but respectful, and continue to offer value in your messaging.

Leveraging account and contact tracking

There are typically two different ways you can receive job change notifications. That’s by tracking accounts or individual contacts. Let’s briefly talk about each one and how LeadIQ handles each method as part of a seller’s prospecting workflow.

Animated GIF of job change notifications being used in LeadIQ Chrome Extension
Using LeadIQ to receive Job Change Alerts within the Chrome Extension.

Account tracking

Account tracking surfaces promotions, exits, and new hires across a company. It keeps tabs on companies or organizations you’re targeting as potential customers or ones who already are. 

LeadIQ's Track function lets you keep abreast of job changes within an account so you can reach out when high-value personas are more receptive to help. This is great for net new accounts, but also current customers to help avoid churn (by getting notified if a key contact leaves) and expanding into new teams or regions within the account. 

For example, "Buyers who have recently posted a job change on LinkedIn are 65% more likely to accept an InMail."

It might help to think of sellers like generals and accounts like territories. Sellers want to conquer new territories and still protect their own lands. Account tracking helps detect opportunities and threats, but knowing a territory's status is only half the battle. 

The best generals keep tabs, not just on territories, but on who to mobilize. Monitoring key relationships is called contact tracking.

Contact tracking

Sales is relational, and relationships need nourishment so they don't wither. 

In the past, sellers stayed aware of their contacts with manual research. Today, sellers use tracking capabilities to detect when contacts change departments, get promoted, or move to a new company. 

These insights give you the opportunity to sell to someone who knows your product or who can be an advocate instead of starting from scratch.

With a tool like LeadIQ, this process can be pretty simple:

  1. Identify buyers, power users, or champions you need to track.
  2. Put them on a watchlist.
  3. If they change jobs, see if they might hold open the door for you as they walk through it.

While it's great to follow a contact at a new company, what about the place they left? Sometimes, when a champion leaves a job, they cram their advocacy in a suitcase and take it with them. 

Alerts are a reminder to secure that account's stakeholders. You don't want to introduce yourself to a group of strangers when it's time for them to renew. "Almost nine in 10 sellers say they have seen a deal lost or delayed in the past year by a decision maker changing roles." Use contact tracking to nurture your relationships, and keep alert to those who can come to your aid.

Aside from allies, you may have detractors. If so, put them on your watchlist, and Track can alert you when the coast is clear. Then, crack your knuckles and unleash the power of your sales fingers!

Though it can be hard to know the most effective time to reach out, account tracking and contact tracking bring your attention to opportunities and threats. Additionally, they let you overlap outreach with need. Your prospects call it "help," and LeadIQ can help make it happen.

Using job change notifications for cold outreach can be a great way to connect with potential clients or customers who are likely to be receptive to your message. By taking the time to research the individual and craft a personalized message, you can increase your chances of success with your outreach efforts.

Of course you can learn more about how LeadIQ leverages job change notifications, account tracking, and contact tracking by exploring our website or contacting our sales team to schedule a demo.