Father’s Day is a tradition. And like the day itself, many Dads aspire to pass something on to their children. That includes their own business.
Speaking of which though, how can the idea of passing something down impact your B2B lead generation strategy? This usually implies an image of longevity, meaning yours is a company that’s been around since the time of its founder. How did other old brands maintain themselves as their figurative torch passed down generation after generation?
Father’s Day doesn’t just celebrate biological ones. They include all father figures whether they’re uncles, grandfathers, teachers, and of course, bosses.
They’re the authority who wears the pants in the family, sets down the drafts of the rules, and traditionally commands the most respect. It can be assumed that plenty of males in senior management position are already fathers so don’t be surprised if they literally get their skills from the home front.
And with Father’s Day, expect gifts to be going around. But while everyone’s getting them golf clubs, evenings out, and gift certificates, how can B2B marketers reward the fatherly men in their prospect lists?
A company’s logo is a fundamental part of every brand. It represents their identity and makes them instantly recognizable. Most corporations spend millions tinkering with their logos, trying to figure out what will stick in the minds of customers. When a customer views one, it triggers all sorts of thoughts and emotions making some of them unforgettable. Unfortunately for brands, those aren’t always positive.
Parodies change and poke fun of what the original brand represented (and not always with explicit permission). How they do it though can be just the kind of positive/negative feedback you need in your B2B marketing campaign.
Telemarketing really has come a long way hasn’t it? To think it all started with telephonists and switchboard operators during the late 19th century. But don’t let that fool you. Just as technology transformed other marketing methods, today’s telemarketing has changed as well.
Back then, salespeople solicited prospects to buy their products and services through either planned or recorded telephone calls. With the different types of media today, along with internet and computer technology, this is no longer the case (especially with the pace that today’s markets shifts).
Although, the premise hasn’t changed: you’re still promoting something to strangers in a targeted market to gain possible sales leads. But today, new methods include the use of e-mails, social networks, apps and other tools that are trending in 21st century tech. Telemarketing has only survived as a method because of the support they’ve given (and vice-versa).
Obviously this is because it’s still regarded now as an annoyance. Its associations with scams and frauds are stronger now compared to the old days when receiving solicitors on the company phone was still a norm. What is now known as B2B telemarketing today is simply the result of fixing the mistakes of the past and diversifying its role in other marketing processes like:
Appointment Setting – This is regarded as both an intelligent use of telemarketers and a cost-effective way to generate new business. B2B organizations place a great deal of emphasis (as well as budget allocation) on appointment setting. There still isn’t any better way to close a sale than a chance to sit down with a prospect in a one-on-one meeting.
Seminar Booking – Seminars do deliver results both for individuals and organizations. But no matter how good, it’s no good as long as attendees aren’t being booked. Using a telemarketing team to book your seminars means getting the good news out to people that could greatly benefit from attending.
Following Up – Live calls have proven to be very powerful when making the most from direct mail or email marketing. That’s why they’re made to follow up after literature or sales enquiries, chase up interested parties, and converted those who may have otherwise remained undecided as they’re just stuck with a brochure.
Market Research – One of the time-tested uses of telemarketing is market research (often used for product review and customer feedback). However, these days it can be used to cover a full range of both quantity and quality data collection. Using the latest integrated technology, telemarketing interviewers can handle everything from small executive level surveying to nationwide customer feedback.
Database Cleansing – The information in your database quickly gets out of date. Today’s telemarketers to work through that data each day to correct, delete or amend the details of your prospects or existing customers. Keeping your data is up to date and accurate increases the success rate of your sales reps. Make your existing data work for you by purging useless existing data.
Lead Generation – Generating leads means increased sales revenue and reduction to the amount it costs to close them. When you use telemarketers to generate your leads, you free up your sales teams to do what they are good at.
Reselling – Telemarketing provides another successful route to improving sales by selling directly to those that are already using your products or services. Existing customers are much more easily converted because you don’t need to convince them of your expertise, reputation or benefits.
Marketing can be just like a regular computer and your contact database is a part of it. And like any computer, it’s not cool when the whole thing starts to lag. Forcing your campaign to work with a glitchy database is only going to slow it down as it mixes in successful leads with bounce backs, wrong numbers, and all other kinds of dead-end errors.
Like Christmas and Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for meeting someone special. Perhaps the only real difference is the number of people. Think Romeo and Juliet, the Cowherd and the Weaver, or even Calypso and Davey Jones.
Even if not an official holiday, it’s certainly treated as the one day where couples forget what keeps them apart. Such a special occasion certainly merits plenty of planning.
But now that the day is over, don’t you think those planning skills can still have use beyond the holiday? B2B marketers and sales reps could certainly use them to avoid the consequences of missing vital appointments.
As Christmas time nears, it’s nice to remember that Santa Claus is quite the list builder himself! You may not see prospects as either naughty or nice but not even St. Nick would make his list too simple when he’s got so many places to go!
You’ve probably seen the cliché a couple times. A certain group of celebs or major players receive a mysterious invitation to participate in an event. Normally, this would be a set up for some horror or mystery book but in real life, this little trope can useful in event marketing.
Most often, people presume the horror monsters that do the dirtiest kills are zombies, vampires, or serial killers like Leatherface. However, when it comes to ghosts, movies like Thir13en Ghosts, The Grudge and, quite recently, Insidious 2 still do a really good job of showing how murderous they can be.
Despite that though, there are some things about them that you shouldn’t forget. And on that note, these same things shouldn’t be forgotten when you’re trying to recover lost/dead leads.