Great advice on B2B marketing in these four primary channels. I’ve also seen that the most successful B2B channels can vary greatly by niche and vertical. In my industry, paid and organic search are king, with email, content and social supplementing our search marketing. In others that perhaps are less niche, I can see how social and content marketing making more of an impact. My company is boberdoo.com, which makes software for lead generators.
In the old world of information scarcity, the concept of “lead generation” meant marketing found the names of potential buyers and passed them to sales. Buyers expected that they would have to talk to sales and sales expected to speak to uneducated early stage buyers that may not yet be qualified. This has all changed. Today, buyers can do their own research online and can find a variety of educational resources through search engines, social media, and other online channels. Through content resources, today’s buyer can learn a great deal about a product or service before ever having to even speak to a sales person. So businesses must make sure that they build their digital presence.
You have your day. During your day you have little gaps. Each day you fill in some gaps with a few calls here and there. You make the decision to not go to bed every day until you did 20 reach outs picking up the phone and calling a lead. The rest of the time you're doing warm market, Facebook, other meetings...whatever it is you do every day in your business. You take the 20 a Day challenge and at the end of the year, look at your result. All you did was fill in the gaps of your time with leads...calling 5200 people or so during the next year. How many people could you recruit...in a addition to what you do during your main prospecting time. How many new customers would you have?? The numbers would create the result.
With the new buyer it is important to note that your marketing efforts don’t end once a new lead comes into your system – what we call Top of the Funnel (TOFU) marketing. Many companies do a good job at generating leads, but the problem is that most new leads are not ready to buy yet. And if a sales rep does engage and the lead isn’t ready to talk with them, it reinforces the notion that marketing sourced leads are not great. As a result leads get lost, ignored, or snatched up by your competitors.
Next, the advisor confirmed that he was connected with all his advocates. In one case, he still had to send an initial invite to connect. After that, the advisor was given the assignment of spending an hour looking at all his advocates’ connections. He could only review two contacts’ connections, but was still amazed at how many high-end prospects were listed. All of this information was free. Lastly, using a non-salesy approach, he asked for introductions.
Leads may come from various sources or activities, for example, digitally via the Internet, through personal referrals, through telephone calls either by the company or telemarketers, through advertisements, and events. A 2015 study found that 89% of respondents cited email as the most-used channel for generating leads, followed by content marketing, search engine, and finally events. A study from 2014 found that direct traffic, search engines, and web referrals were the three most popular online channels for lead generation, accounting for 93% of leads.