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A Kick Start Recommendation for Marketing Technology Issues

 

I had a realization that reminded me of recent conversations with many of our leads whose marketing technology issue is starting to look like a kitchen drawer—full of unitaskers, gained through a variety of circumstances, without any real thought about how they fit into a well-functioning kitchen. These leads lacked a technology roadmap and hadn’t fully anticipated how these systems would integrate across their marketing technology issue and provide good insight in providing professional telemarketing services.

Kick Start Recommendation

So how can a marketer make informed decisions in this fast changing technology landscape while providing professional telemarketing services? Here are three recommendations for evaluating your marketing technology issue and kick start your sales lead generation:

  1. Address the Root Causes Before Taking on New Technologies

During the SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange conference, one of the key takeaways for marketing was to focus on people, process, and technology—in that order. I would suggest adding data into this framework, so focus on people, process, data, and then technology by the Inside Sales professional. Problems with people and process are real, as are issues with data and technology, so don’t rush into new technology adoption when your problem could be more fundamental. In fact, adding new technology without addressing the root causes in people, process, and data can mask or even further exacerbate the problem in Database Management.

  1. Develop a Technology Roadmap and Integration Strategy

Before rushing to buy the next new shiny object, have a plan first. Develop a technology roadmap that specifies what core components you need in your marketing technology issue. Once the core stack components are identified, then identify what gaps you still have and plug each with the right unitasker. Along with the roadmap, have an integration strategy that addresses how data and process will flow through the stack of Database Management.

While every company’s needs are different, in my opinion, here are the five essential components every B2B marketer should consider in their marketing technology issue:

  1. CRM
  2. Marketing automation
  3. Data management and integration
  4. Data visualization and reporting
  5. Content management and personalization
  6. Determine How You Will Measure before You Buy

Before you commit to a new marketing technology solution, ask yourself and your Inside Sales professional: How will you measure and keep track of the performance and return on investment of the new solution? It’s important not only to demonstrate to your marketing and sales leadership that the new solution is effective and works as advertised, but also to ensure it’s producing the correct results without unintended side effects in sales lead generation.

While there’s an abundance of great solutions out there for lead generation services, it’s important not to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Understand the root cause of your problems and whether a new solution will really address them, have a technology roadmap in place to understand where your strengths and gaps are, and understand how you’ll measure success before you commit to purchasing.

3 Reasons How Email Marketing is Different from Cold Calling

How many times have you sent an email to the people on your contact list and not gotten any results? We’re betting that’s a lot, and well, we’re guessing you don’t like seeing those figures either. You probably do email blasting every day and send millions of mail a month, but have you ever wondered why your conversion rates don’t exactly seem to be improving, or at least hit your expected output? Maybe that’s because you do email marketing the same way you do cold calling: cold!

3 Reasons How Email Marketing is Different from Cold Calling

A wise man once said that what kills a business is a lack of sales. Such is true because money continues to prove that it is indeed the lifeblood which keeps companies up and running. Without it, a business crumbles to the ground. And well, your email marketing campaign is essential to helping your business make more money. Why? Because it generates leads and sales, that’s why!

So what do we mean when we say that email marketing should not be done like how we do cold calling? See for yourself in the points below.

REASON 1

I’m busy and I don’t know you. I’m going to press delete now.

Have you ever received any emails from people you don’t know? Well, if you have, then you know all about how to ignore such emails and how easy it is to just get them out of your inbox. As such, put yourself in the shoes of your email recipients. Do the people in your sales leads database actually want to receive your emails or newsletters? If they don’t know you personally, or just don’t want to be bothered, then they will be quick to get rid of your email, or just ignore it for the rest of the day… or even for all of time. After all, they’re busy and have much more pressing matters to attend to.

REASON 2

I never asked for an email from you. Why are you sending me one?

Receiving an email from an unknown recipient can often be annoying, especially when they keep doing it again and again. If you’re native to cold calling, then you’ve probably heard someone complain to you on the phone about how they never asked to be called, and asking you why you’re calling them. The same thing applies to email marketing often enough, and some of your prospects don’t want to be bothered with your emails, especially when they never asked to receive them, or subscribed to receive your newsletters.

REASON 3

I Don’t. Know. You.

Pretty similar to the first point, although without the factor of them being preoccupied by something else. Why doesn’t cold calling work all the time? Well that’s because the person being called has no idea he/she was going to be called, and also because they don’t know who the heck is calling them. So why does your email marketing campaign fail? That’s because relationships between you and your clients and prospects matter. If people knew you on a personal level, then they would be more receptive and probably take time to go out of their way and read your emails, let alone answer your phone calls.

 

Email marketing is not the same as cold calling; you can’t always get what you want from sending mail to random people on your business contact list. As such, it’s important to build proper relationships with your prospects before you start blasting like a laser cannon.

So, do relationships with your clients and prospects matter to your email campaign? We’d love to know what your take on email marketing is. Feel free to leave us a comment.

What is a Business Lead and How Business can make use of it?

Let’s start discussing with the basics. A business lead is a company who has indicated interest in your company’s product or service in some way, shape, or form.

In other words, instead of getting a random cold call from someone who purchased your contact information, you would hear from a business or organization you’ve already opened communication with. Continue reading…

The Quantitative Guide in measuring your Team’s Sales Performance

There are hundreds or even thousands of resources out there that promise to make your sales reps better, faster, and stronger.  Ultimately, they consists of tips and tricks, call scripts, subject line suggestions, and more. We know that a lot of you read this article and share it with your teams.

But when it’s all said and done, how do you determine if your sales reps have actually improved? Continue reading…

Why should you put Video demos in your B2B Lead generation process?  

True, everyone love to watch something. It creates an alternative reality wherein you were caught up between truth and fiction and the sensation of time is much faster. Thus, this indeed will make us think why there is a lot of marketing experts are saying that video demos plays a great role in expediting the process of B2B lead generation.

Video demos in your B2B Lead generation process

Producing quality videos take a lot of investment and for starters, it can even flop if the budget will cut loose. Taking in the consideration of expensive equipment and specialists will make us even think again about the price over that matter. For that very reason, many B2B marketing businesses will settle for photos and graphics just to get the job done.

We are going to share six statistics that will help us understand why B2B marketing should and lead generation process must and not just opt in to include product video, demo and the like.

Video Appears in 14% of Internet Search Results

Losing significant number of prospects just because you don’t have a video in your website can be considered as incompetent. Google also reports video campaigns will soon be grouped just like any other ad through AdWords. This means that videos will soon be even more likely to show up in Google searches.

73% More Visitors Who Watch Product Videos Will Buy 

The most important thing to note, however, is simply that videos for your products do prompt more purchases. That’s really the biggest and most important statistic you need.

Almost 46% Will Showroom If Video Isn’t Available

Potential buyers in your site who really want to see the products/leads in action, they might drive to the physical store. If they do that, you’re likely to lose that purchase.

71% of Consumers Think Video Explains the Product Better

When prospects feel like they know the products you sell, they’re more likely to take a chance on spending their money. Video clears up a lot of that confusion. Isn’t that what your marketing is all about, anyway? Answering queries with quality content?

57% Are Less Surprised By Products with Video

Those customers who see the videos and comprehend what they are buying are less likely to be surprised by the products when they have it in their hand. As you might imagine, those consumers who are less surprised by their purchases also end up happier. And happy customers are less likely to return a product for a refund.

58% of Shoppers Think Companies with Product Videos Can Be Trusted

All of these stats adds up to TRUST and CONFIDENCE. By providing video demos, you give the prospects quality information that doesn’t hide behind good angles and lighting. They understand the products they are using and are happier with their money. With every great transaction, you build more and more trust with your client.

 

Telemarketing: Help!!! A Robot is calling me

Telemarketing’s growing one side communication has tampered into what is called robocalling. This is a telemarketing practice that replaces a human entirely. In this method, everything is automated, contact numbers are dialed by a machine and a pre-recorded message is played to the recipient they answer the phone.

Robocalling with pre-recorded sales pitches is technically illegal according to Federal law. However, technology has made it easy to auto-dial numbers without getting tracked where the call are coming from, making the enforcement a fool. Frequent user of this method are politicians, which by the way is permitted because they aren’t trying to sell you anything –they just want to win your allegiance. Continue reading…

 Email marketing: You Say these Words and Your Sales Message is Doomed  

Not many to mention, email marketers knows only how to hit send and okay. That’s it. No further commitment is needed when running an email marketing campaigns. Results? 40% of the email messages will go to Spam folder, 30% will go be deleted without being read. So, is it really okay for email marketing to just HIT and SEND without even thinking the outcomes? No, gravely saying it is not.

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5 B2B Sales Call Elements that Swifts through the Prospects  

 

Every B2B marketing activity leads up to one thing –a phone call. Not surprisingly, reps that have the best phone skills are almost always the most successful. Being successful in this matter requires best technique and practice. Moreover, B2B tele prospecting is a tough job and that is to connect and set some time with business people.

There is one thing I learned from listening to thousands of calls every day and that is –whatever tool you are using to engage with prospects be it –email, lead nurturing, content, social media alert etc. It all ends in one media and that is call where relationship are forged or lost forever. Continue reading…

Setting 8 Paths for B2B Selling and Prospecting  

Do my prospects need my help?

This question has been asked too frequently in B2B sales and marketing. Instead of tiring yourself out in asking the same question, you might want to try a new approach in doing so. We suggest you should be a little skeptic and ask this question “I can surely help them, I know that but I have to know if they’d be successful with my product or service.” If they won’t grow with your product, then certainly they don’t need your help. Continue reading…

Telemarketing Tips: Past and Prediction

 

The idea that you can use a prospect’s past to predict their future buying decisions is an increasingly common subject in business.  You have to wonder, though: can the past truly be the ultimate crystal ball that marketers and salespeople have searched for centuries? The answer is an obvious no.

It’s neither idealistic nor realistic to say that the past shouldn’t always dictate the future. Not be all guru and philosophical on you but it makes logical sense.

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