Take a minute to read the title again. What’s your general reaction? Is it the adage, “You can’t please everyone.” or are you actually nodding your head, confident that you can?
Either way, it pays to actually think a little deeper about what it means for lead generators to please everyone. Because when you do, you might realize that the number of people you’re trying to please could exceed beyond both your prospects and your sales reps combined.
With an age of information comes the race to capitalize it and at the same time, share the benefits of doing so. Yet unfortunately, that’s not usually the picture people have about it these days. Instead, everything from the most harmless lead generation campaigns up to your average government survey is viewed as suspect. “Privacy is dead” cry so many advocates.
Yet because out of fear of offending any such advocates (whether they’re in the telemarketing lists or among blog subscribers), many companies undermine their lead generation efforts.
Not all marketing experiments are corporate invasions of privacy. On the other hand, sometimes experiments themselves need to be utilized within the private confines of your own organization. This extends to the ones you do on the internet.
Ask yourself, how do you expect to improve your B2B marketing strategy if you’re not testing out your ideas? Everything can sound all too good in theory. You’ll have to put it into practice and it may not be worth wasting more of your marketing dollars in case something goes wrong.
Like many apex predators, great white sharks are the top of the food chain. They feared by many and threatened only by few. Too many people have already drawn parallels between this and the business world.
But you know what? There’s never really focus on that special ‘few’ until you see the real picture. Among a shark’s many threats, mankind has proven to be the one that can really wipe the species out. Environmental concerns aside, B2B marketers that use a similar concept will find that even the biggest giants have a glaring weakness that make them prone to a specialist.
Whether you watched the first debut of the Dinobots in the original series or the whole of Transformers 4, both tell a story of creations going out of control. And likewise, the same can happen if you put too much faith in marketing automation. Like any part of your lead generation campaign, your marketing tools are still your responsibility and should remain completely under your control.
Given that it’s hot. The days are longer. It shouldn’t be surprising when even prospects in the office are more prone to browsing things like marketing content at a slower pace.
Why then is your B2B marketing campaign not taking this chance to change? If stock market investors have their own business-related summer plans, then so should your marketers. Given all the free time it’s supposed to entail, it’s not that hard figuring out a content strategy that would fit the lazier state of mind it creates.
Plan this early – If summer is such a hard time for your B2B marketing department then treat like a storm: prepare before it gets there. Find ways to survive the slow sales. Plan for the fall campaign. Outsource it and go on vacation. No matter what, the point is you need to start making plans now.
Use brighter colors – What do you do when you start packing for the beach? What catches your eye more often? Is it the swimsuit sale? Getaway packages? In case you didn’t notice, plenty of them make use of bright colors that go with the sunny season. Your local mall shouldn’t be the only business that tries to leave an eye-catching impression.
Make it like ice-cream – Whether its ice cream or lemonade, the heat’s more bearable with something cool in your mouth. Same principle applies when the summer lazy haze starts giving prospects a headache. Maybe instead of the usual white paper, do something a little more refreshing like a funny story or a funny infographic.
Set matching appointments – Instead of the usual conference room, why not use sales appointments as an excuse to get both yourself and your prospects out of the office? Or if you’re hosting an event, why not set it someplace cozy like near a beach instead of the usual convention hall?
Unlike winter or Easter, summer’s arguably the season when even professionals and managers have a lot more free time. Make that the key to blending the themes of your marketing campaign with the season. Try making things a little more relaxed but when they’re in their relaxed state of mind, make it easier for yourself to turn them into your next client.
Apple’s 3 billion-dollar deal with Beats has been its biggest yet but many are saying the move has more to do with branding power than technology. You may neither have the branding power or the money to buy it but are things really as simple as that? Can your B2B marketing campaign really kick it in to high gear just by having a certain brand in your campaign?
Good salespeople can be like a double-edged sword. They have an eye for opportunities with the best probability but are too quick to ignore anything less. Low probability prospects still carry value but that’s not enough for those whose minds are set on making the quota.
That’s why you decide to just bury these B2B leads for now in the hopes of digging them up for a long term lead generation strategy. This however also carries some other risks. It can be like waking Godzilla because there’s now an even bigger threat to the entire planet and not even nukes just cut it anymore.
The printing press of old first made it possible to distribute information to large amounts of people in a shorter period of time. Today that technology holds nothing to the floods of e-mails, reports and other digital messages. Unfortunately, the biology of the human brain still hasn’t evolved to catch up with it. Given that B2B lead generation campaigns use varying forms of information technology, managing it can be a cure for both yourself and prospects.
Information overload is a problem that’s probably most unique to 21st century life. Those who handle it well tend to thrive in an era where the internet is a dominant force in business. Those who don’t suffer problems like paralyzed decision making that snowballs on already poor decisions.
But while many thought leaders have presented their own different cures, they do share common strategies for reducing the load:
Focus on information that provides actual value to business (whether it’s yours or a prospect’s). Set aside information that’s simply nice to know (or worse, not nice at all).
Let quality determine quantity. If you can drive the most essential points with just a few words in an email then don’t strain yourself to put in more.
Ask better questions. Don’t elaborate your problems when it’s much easier to ask what lies at the heart of them first.
Single focus. Multi-tasking isn’t a skill for everyone (especially those prone to losing focus). For the most part, practice focusing on one subject at a time.
Organize and control the information flowing. Separate work-related channels from casual conversations. Simply trying to stay on topic can be enough to save a good deal of time.
Some people rather skim a lot rather than read. It’s only more proof that the average human brain can handle so much information (especially information that’s already been processed ad nauseum).
Then again, there’s really no turning back. Everyone from the top of the C-suite to the cubicle accountant has grown dependent on the volume and the speed to solve their problems. That’s why today’s lead generation services grow more and more with each new innovation in IT. However, the best cure for information overload still comes in the form of skills, not just more tools.