I'm a new startup and I'm working at getting my first few customers. The biggest problem that I have is getting past the gatekeepers of each targeted business. I have a few people interested, and they have major sway in the industry that I've targeted, but they've asked I not use their name/company name as I try to get to other major decision makers in the industry that I've targeted, even after they told me that my approach makes it virtually impossible to get through to decision makers. I've tried calling the direct office number and that doesn't work. I've tried sending emails and those get ignored. I've tried to connect on linkedin to initiate conversations. Those are ignored as well. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Are there any tips from you guys? What has and hasn't worked for you? What did/do you do to get past gatekeepers and connect with key decision makers? I'm also happy to provide the messages that I've used to try to contact them.