Master Class: How to use cold emails to make sales – with Bryan Kreuzberger

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Bryan Kreuzberger

Bryan Kreuzberger

Bryan Kreuzberger is the founder of which teaches you how to get any meeting using cold email.

Cold calling is a hard way to get sales.

Half the time, you end up leaving voicemails that nobody listens to. And the other half, you’re getting hung up on.

But while cold calling might be hard, cold emailing is easy.

In fact, Bryan Kreuzberger says that cold emailing gets him a 90% response rate.

Bryan, the founder of Breakthrough Email, has used this cold emailing approach to win $20 million in new business from clients like Bank of America, Home Depot, and MasterCard.

In his Mixergy course, Bryan shows you how he uses cold email to close more sales. Here are three highlights from the course.

1. Use the Company Hierarchy

When you’re ready to send an email, you should send it directly to the decision maker, right?

Wrong, says Bryan. There’s a good chance they’ll blow you off, and then it’s game over. “Normally, it’s like, ‘sales guy, please cease and desist,’” he says.

Plus, it’s difficult to know who the decision maker really is. “Trying to find the right person for me to talk with who’s actually the decision maker is a long process,” he says.

So how do you find the decision maker and get them to hear you out?

Use the Waterfall Technique

Go directly to the top.

When Bryan wanted to pitch Best Buy, he wrote separate emails to the director of marketing, the VP of marketing, the CMO, and the CEO.

“I know the CEO of Best Buy isn’t the right person for me to talk to,” says Bryan. “But I can put together an email that is crafted from [their] perspective. They’ll just delegate it. And now [the person the CEO delegates to] has to take my meeting.”

Bryan says this technique uses the company’s hierarchy to your advantage. The request is coming down from the CEO to the manager, much like water flows down a waterfall. And if the CEO asks an employee to do something, they have to do it.

In the case of Best Buy, the VP of marketing emailed Bryan back, asking him to present to six executives, who he says he never could’ve found on his own.

2. Do Your Homework

For a cold email to work, you have to write about the things your prospects care about.

But how do you figure out what they care about?

“I don’t have the answers,” says Bryan. “Most of my clients don’t have the answers.”

For instance, Bryan says that when he asks current customers what they like about his service, “they’ll say, ‘Oh, you’re really responsive. Your service is great. We can always depend on you.’”

But “the person who is considering working with you doesn’t care about those things,” says Bryan. “That’s not where they are.”

So how do you get inside the mind of your prospects?

Ask the right questions

Ask your top clients about what their life was like before they started working with you.

“By asking the right questions, you can get the right phrases to understand what your client was dealing with, which is very likely the exact same thing that your prospects are dealing with,” says Bryan.

To do that, Bryan asks questions like, “What problem were you trying to solve?” And, “What convinced you to hire us?”

“We want [to know what] was really going on in their world at that time,” says Bryan. “Take notes…you want the actual words that your clients use…because we’re going to use those phrases in our email later on down the road.”

3. You Have Exactly Three Seconds

When you send a cold email, the first few sentences are critical.

But Bryan says that far too often, people write an email like this: “Hey, my name is Bryan Kreuzberger, I really think that we should meet.”

Those emails are quickly trashed. “If you’re hitting this executive, they’re looking at their phone, you have three seconds before they decide what to do with your e-mail,” says Bryan. “It’s like, ‘Hey, get to the point.’”

So how do you get to the point in three seconds?

State your purpose

Start with the right subject line, then explain your purpose.

“The subject line is ‘appropriate person,’” he says. Then Bryan writes, “I’m writing in hopes of finding the appropriate person who handles multi-cultural media? I also wrote to person X, person Y, and person Z in that pursuit. If it makes sense to talk, let me know how your calendar looks.”

“Your first couple of sentences should be consistent with your subject, because since this is a cold outreach, trust is really important,” says Bryan.
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  • sonibvc

    Good advice! Have been practising it for years. I never got 90% response rate, but its sure to beat more conventional approaches!

  • bastienSR

    Interesting advices. I do cold emailing and I send enough cold emailing to make A/B test on the first few sentences. I try to know which message has the best result to engage the conversation.

    I also use the emails I receive to perfect mine. If I like a subject line or an approach or a greeting message in an email, I think other people like it and the guy who send me the email tries to do his best. So, I try to reuse it.

  • Zen Den Web Design

    I question the 90% response rate. I don’t get a 90% response from qualified direct leads. I get bombarded every day with cold emails I probably read 10% of them at most.

  • ObjetSocial

    Am always suspicious of large stats thrown around, without any underlying data to back it up. 90% of how many total? Is that any response, even if they’ve said “get lost?”

    Also, you mentioned the subject line you use is “appropriate person” – really? Literally? I can’t imagine that would garner a 90% response rate from anyone. Perhaps if the email is sent to someone you already have a real world connection to, but in general, to a stranger & an executive no less? I don’t know about that.

  • Chris Kern

    I believe his high response rate he is referring to is probably on a per company basis. When you’re emailing 3-5 different people at a particular company, somebody is bound to answer, even if it is “piss off dude.” While the actual email response rate is likely to be a lot lower, and getting an even lower acceptance rate for a call or meeting – I can see the per company response rate being pretty high. Regardless – good info in this article..

  • Alec Kinnear

    It’s also a question of hitting the right targets. If you swing at everything, you’ll strike out most of the time. If you only swing at good balls, your batting average will go way up. So the advice is good, but missing the one section:

    Don’t bug the wrong people. Do write sensible pitches to the right ones.

    Of course if your company’s products and/or services suck, you may as well spray and pray.

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  • Chris Comish

    Been trying this for over a week now with over 50 emails sent out. Only received one response. Sent an email to Bryan 3 days ago seeking feedback and still haven’t received a response. Pretty disappointing. Maybe I need to use his system to try and get him to respond :)

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  • Justin McGill

    Good stuff. I think following up on the cold emails are the key to getting good responses.

    Check out for a lead finding and email outreach service that is hands off for you.

  • Katie

    I would suggest using a automated drip marketing
    campaign as well – just because you didn’t land the lead or sale in the first
    cold email, doesn’t mean you can’t get it in the second or third!

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