There was a David Attenborough TV programme a few years ago which showed a small bird clearing a space in the jungle so that not even a small leaf was to be seen. Having cleared this space, he began an intricate dance so as to attract a mate. He could not be sure that any eligible females were watching but he danced his heart out anyway.
Every blog, every article and every presentation on GDPR seems to imply that we are at the end of the road for direct marketing. Within a week of GDPR coming into force on 25th May, companies involved with direct marketing will have paid out so many millions in fines that the industry will be wiped out, as defunct as telephone boxes or pub ashtrays.
There was an exchange on LinkedIn a little while ago between two sales people from the premium car sector. They were bemoaning the fact that ‘their’ manufacturer didn’t do things like they used to. Continue reading →
Canny businesses should be looking to capitalise on political events, yet given the recent unexpected election and referendum outcomes, many will be nervous of doing so.
So, what are the options? Do nothing? Do something?
So you’ve planned your seminar, got all the sales staff geared up and decided that the MD will give the opening address before handing over to John from R&D to do the technical bit. You’ve sent out invitations to all your customers and prospects, telling them that this is a must-attend event. You’ve bought a new mailing list of companies you believe will be interested in your new product and sent invitations to them too. You’ve booked a venue with capacity for seventy people. Finally, you got the sales team sitting down at the phones for a couple of days to follow up the mailers and confirm numbers. Continue reading →
Tracking website visitors
When you’re running a B2B lead generation campaign, one of the things you need to know is who has been following through from your Google AdWords, email or other campaign. This way, you will know which prospects to prioritise for follow-up.
At Lingo, we are frequently asked by potential clients how many calls our telemarketers make in a day. They ask this as they genuinely believe that the more calls that are made, the better the results. Really? I mean, really?
Your lead generation strategy is doing what it’s supposed to do – generating leads, which is great news. However, the feedback from your sales team is not so great as the ‘leads’ they are handling are not ready to close. Clearly a process of categorising and differentiating leads is required, and lead scoring is the best means of achieving this.
A healthy sales pipeline is one of the most important measures for sales success. It needs to be dynamic and constantly progressing or moving forward to the next stage. To do this, you need to reach your prospects across a range of different touch points and continually follow up your efforts in order to get maximum success. Here are seven practical ideas you can implement right away that will help grow your sales pipeline and keep all your leads moving in the right direction: Continue reading →