CMOs must come up with effective strategies to attract prospects online, turn them into leads, and then convert them into customers. There are many obstacles in the way — increased online competition, consumer reviews on social media and review platforms and the evolution of consumers’ online behavior when it relates to interacting with advertisements.
Social media is intended for conversations, not monologues. So rather than making it all about you and trying to get attention, make it about them: see where you can be useful and offer up advice where it is needed, without asking for anything in return. That is how you build real relationships with your leads, and your efforts will be rewarded with their loyalty.
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.
The Modern Marketing lead generation process begins much earlier in the buying cycle than it used to. Through social media and sharing, educational webinars, and search, marketers seek to be found wherever their prospective buyers may be looking for relevant information on the business challenges that the marketer’s solutions can solve. As a prospect engages with the organization, the education process can move into lead nurturing. By providing valuable content over time, the marketer will be able to remain top-of-mind and slowly educate the prospect on key considerations for the purchase decision.
Agents need not be afraid to diversify with new lead sources. The internet may be chock-full of horror stories from agents who wasted time and money on paid online leads, but most don’t tell the full story. Agents should ask colleagues not only what sites they capture leads on but also their strategy for converting said leads. The bottom line is real estate will always be a people business. Agents who understand how online leads are generated and how to personalize their online buying and selling process will experience the greatest success.
Several vendors offer computer programs designed to assist businesses in lead generation. Ethics are an important consideration in the choice and implementation of such programs. The use of spyware, Trojans or other intrusive means of gathering information without the knowledge or consent of targeted individuals or entities is frowned upon. Mass unsolicited e-mail advertising (or spam) is also considered unethical by many, and it can result in electronic blacklisting.
Property listings on online home search sites usually contain one or more real estate professionals as a point of contact. Listing agents may want to conduct extensive research into advertising rights before choosing a site to purchase leads from. Exclusivity to leads that request more information on a listing vary depending on the site’s policy. In some cases, leads are sent round-robin to other agents that have purchased leads in a designated zip code, even if one agent is listed as the main point of contact.
Another way to generate leads from social media is to run a contest. Contests are fun and engaging for your followers, and they can also teach you a ton about your audience. It's a win-win. Read our step-by-step guide for growing your email list using social media contests, which covers everything from choosing a platform, to picking a winner, all the way to analyzing your results.
This is the most powerful, persuasive marketing weapon available to any business. It drives customers to try products or services more than any other marketing technique … more than advertising, salespeople, direct response, and public relations combined! And contrary to what you might expect word-of-mouth is not out of your control. There are dozens of techniques for launching your own highly successful word of mouth campaigns, based on an all-important Decision Matrix and a proven seven-step process.
Online surveys: Consumers are asked to complete a survey, including their demographic information and product and lifestyle interests. This information is used as a sales lead for advertisers, who purchase the consumer's information if provided. The consumer may 'opt-in' to receive correspondence from the advertiser and is therefore considered a qualified lead.