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30+ Key B2B Cold Calling Statistics [2024]

There’s a lot of noise out there about the value of cold calling in prospecting. 

Some say it’s dead. Some wonder who wants to do it anymore. Some replaced it with instant messaging, video notes, virtual reality meetings, you name it. 

But what if they are wrong?

In this article, we gathered the latest cold-calling statistics to help you decide if this channel can work for you. It includes Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report.

It will also give you an idea of how to leverage this method in a modern business setting.

2024 cold-calling stats

Dive into the results of the most recent and comprehensive cold calling study based on 55,000+ cold calls and 5,000+ conversations.

  1. On average, it takes 3 cold call attempts to connect with a lead (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report).
  2. That's a similar result to an earlier study: It takes two to three touches to connect with a prospect for 42% of top performers and 24% of the rest of the salespeople (RAIN GroupTop Performance in Sales Prospecting Benchmark Report).
  3. The average cold call success rate in 2024 is 4.82%. And by that, we mean meetings booked from conversations (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report).
  4. There’s a 75% chance of the prospect picking up on the first attempt (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report).
  5. The connection rate is 16.6% (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report). The highest response rate can be achieved with cell numbers.
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💡 Statistically, cold-calling efficiency increased over the past 10 years. According to 2014 stats, it could take between 60 and 90 dials to get an appointment with a prospect

How to increase cold calling success rate?

  1. Using phone-verified mobile phone numbers ensures 87% accuracy. (Cognism's Diamond Data®).

💡 While in Europe, calling cell phone numbers is less common, in the US, it’s the norm.


💡 Listen to Verche Karafiloska, Head of Product Marketing at Cognism, explaining how to increase speed-to-connect rates and start having more conversations with senior decision-makers thanks to phone-verified cell lead phone numbers.

  1. 76% of top performers say they “always” perform research before reaching out to prospects (LinkedIn’s Global State of Sales 2022).
  2. Only 39% of SDRs never use intent data to prioritize outreach. Those who always use intent data are 42% more likely to schedule a meeting within 1 to 3 conversations with a prospect (TechTarget XDR Benchmarking Study, 2021).
  3. Deploying conversation analytics in cold calling coaching can increase appointment booking rates by 39% (Gartner’s 4 Ways to Boost SDR Pipeline Generation).
  4. 66% of high-growth companies deploy B2B contact data and sales intelligence tools, and 63% of them use conversation analytics and call recording technology (Bridge Group 2021 State of Sales Development Report).
  5. Companies with a sales onboarding tool/platform enjoy 7% higher win rates than those without (State of Sales Enablement 2020, Highspot).
  6. Gong is the best cold calling software in terms of popularity and user satisfaction in 2022 (G2 and Capterra user reviews).
  7. Out of 15 outreach methods, three of the top five studied in terms of effectiveness in prospecting were the telephone (RAIN GroupTop Performance in Sales Prospecting Benchmark Report). 
  • #1 Phone calls to existing customers 
  • #2 Phone calls to prior customers 
  • #5 Phone calls to new contacts

💡 The cold calling statistics we’re analyzing suggest that in a remote-first business setting, where face-to-face interactions are limited, the phone call is an optimal communication channel. In comparison with email, it’s immediate and not too intrusive. Convenient while still being personal.

Increase your cold calling success rate by joining Live Cold Call Training with Morgan J Ingram or binge on previous episodes! 👇

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💡 The use of sales prospecting software a key role in increasing the quality of conversations and the success rate of cold calling

How popular is cold calling?

In another study, Cognism and three other companies asked 321 sales and marketing professionals about their cold-calling buyers’ performance. Here are the most important cold call statistics.

  1. 27% of sales teams consider the phone as the best single channel to book meetings (Cognism, Turtle, Reachdesk, Leadfeeder, 2021 Survey).
  2. 17% of B2B marketers used cold calling as their main new customer acquisition channel. This is second to email (Cognism, Turtle, Reachdesk, Leadfeeder, 2021 Survey).
  3. Only 9% of B2B marketers say decision-makers never respond to cold outreach (Cognism, Turtle, Reachdesk, Leadfeeder, 2021 Survey).Key cold calling statistics for B2B marketers.
  4. Only 9% of business professionals decreased their use of voice calls in 2021 as compared to the previous year (Hiya State of the Call 2022).
  5. Yet, 37% of CSOs plan to expand to new channels to capture growth in 2022 (2022 Chief Strategy Officer Survey).

How often do prospects answer cold calls?

  1. CEOs are most likely to pick up and respond to a business call  (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report).
  2. Approximately 7 out of 10 buyers accept cold calls from providers they haven’t worked with, and 8 out of 10 accept phone calls from providers they have worked with (RAIN GroupTop Performance in Sales Prospecting Benchmark Report).
  3. Voice calls are businesses’ preferred communication channel for resolving customer issues (41%), closing sales (29%), and scheduling appointments (35%) (Hiya State of the Call 2022).
  4.  57% of C-level and VP buyers across industries prefer the phone call, versus directors (51%) and managers (47%) (RAIN GroupTop Performance in Sales Prospecting Benchmark Report). 
  5. 54% of technology buyers prefer being contacted by cold call, compared to 40% of buyers in financial services and 50% of purchasing decision-makers in professional services (RAIN Group).
  6. The average cold call length is 83 seconds (Cognism’s 2024 State of Cold Calling Report).
  7. The most common cold-calling objections are:
  • I’m busy

  • I’m not interested/Didn’t have a problem

  • I’m the wrong person to talk to

  • Send me an email

💡 Get tactical advice on how you can handle these objections.

What makes B2B cold calling difficult?

  1. According to 43% of salespeople, getting higher quality data is their biggest challenge in cold prospecting (RAIN GroupTop Performance in Sales Prospecting Benchmark Report). 
  2. As many as 45% of SDRs say their biggest data challenge is incomplete data (LinkedIn’s Global State of Sales 2022).
  3. 71% of reps said the most challenging aspect of cold calling customers is reaching and engaging key stakeholders and decision-makers (Blue Ridge Partners)
  4. Half of all businesses reported that they had lost a customer by not being able to reach them by phone (Hiya State of the Call 2022).

How many prospecting calls a day?

  1. 30% of sales reps report 50+ dials per day, 25% of them report 30-49 dials per day, and 20% of them report making 20-39 phone calls daily (The Bridge Group 2021 State of Sales Development Report).
  2. Sales reps have, on average, 4.4 quality conversations per day (it is a conversation when reps learn at least one qualifying or disqualifying information). That’s a 45% fall since 2014 (The Bridge Group 2021 State of Sales Development Report).

Is cold calling better than cold emailing?

  1. Yes! Phone-centric sales reps report 6.8 quality conversations per day and email-centric only 3.3 (Bridge Group 2021 State of Sales Development Report).

What is the future of cold calling?

  1. 70% of CSOs are either considering or already investing in a dedicated sales development team, but organizations still struggle to design effective sales development programs (Gartner’s Demystifying Sales Development Best Practices for Pipeline Growth).
  2. If in-person communication is not available, voice and video calls are the second best options (Cornell University and Ryerson University Study, 2021). 

💡 Learn more about the current state of outbound and its future through the lens of two experts, Ryan Reisert and Gregory Woodward. Click play to listen to their Revenue Champions episode!

Key takeaways

Here are some of the conclusions we draw from recent old calling statistics:

  • Cold calling is still a valuable and convenient communication channel in B2B sales prospecting, especially when it comes to time-sensitive conversations like closing deals.
  • Prospects are likely to respond to warm calls rather than cold calls.
  • Statistically, fresh and complete contact data improves B2B cold calling performance. 
  • The usage of new cold calling technologies massively improves the quality of conversations sales reps have with prospective buyers.

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