Webinar follow ups: keep the conversation going 

Some companies produce their own webinars and virtual conferences, while others join industry trade events that were previously held live, or work with an agency or publisher to run something more hybrid, either under their own brand, or co-branded.  Sponsoring webinars and Virtual Conferences is great for lead generation because you are using someone else's already established lists which can contain a whole new audience for you.  Sponsoring webinars can include brand recognition through logos in event promotion, speaking slots or video presentations in the program, information sent directly to these lists before or after the event, and other options.  These new contacts can opt in to receive more information about your product or service and if it’s a high-quality webinar, you will be associated with it and seen as an authority in the space.  If you’re hosting your own webinar, you will already have [...]

How to reach the right audience

In business, there’s a big difference in the value between being seen by a lot of people, and being seen by the right people. You should have a clear description of who your ideal customer is, then you need to work out where they are and how you can access them. Reaching fewer people, but people who are actually your target audience, is far more valuable than advertising to a huge number of people who have little interest in your products or services. If you can find a publication or a way to reach you target audience on a large scale then you’ve hit the jackpot. It’s not easy, but it is possible to get your message in front of the right people. You just need to do your homework. Before you decide where and how to spend your marketing budget, take the time to [...]

Marketing automation: a trend to watch in 2019

Ask any business owner what the main resource they’re lacking is and a big number of them will tell you it’s time. Savvy people are always trying to find a way to save time without sacrificing results. Marketing automation is a powerful option that will continue to boom as businesses start to make full use of its ability to save time and improve results. Trend setting companies have been using the power of automation for years to streamline their communication and sales processes, and we’re now seeing the rest of the business world catch up. Software like Mailchimp, Zapier and advanced Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools have made effective automation possible for all businesses. The possibilities for automation are almost endless, but one powerful use is for the nurture process of prospective customers. Nurturing involves cultivating relationships with potential customers at every stage of the [...]

5 ways to make the most out of attending a conference

Whatever industry you work in, attending conferences can be a valuable way for you to improve your knowledge, increase your business and expand your network of connections. The benefits of the event don’t stop when you leave the venue if you take a few simple steps in the days, weeks and months that follow. 1.  Add your contacts to your CRM system A customer relationship management (CRM) tool is vital for any business that has moved beyond the small business status. You can’t possibly remember everyone you meet and this is a great way to manage your contacts. Tools like Capsule or Salesforce work well and can integrate with your email system to help keep track of communication. But any CRM system is only as good as the information you store in it, so make sure you record all contacts in there. 2.  Solidify your [...]

Make the most of your contact list

A big contact list is of limited value if you don’t know how to use it properly. Nurturing your contacts through all stages of the buying process greatly increases your chance of making a sale. Gathering leads is an important part of generating business. You can do this a number of ways, including attending industry events, chatting to people at awards nights or trade shows, and making a conscious effort with your networking. You can also build your contact list through more direct lead generation strategies, such as offering a downloadable white paper in exchange for contact details. If you do these things consistently, you’ll end up with a sizeable contact list. Then what? You may have some hot leads, so you’ll follow up with them straight away. But what about the other people? What about the people who gave you their contact details, are [...]

Where do leads come from?

If you’ve spent much time talking about business growth you’ll have no doubt heard about the value of leads. Leads are potential customers, or prospects, who have shown some interest in what you do and, most importantly, you’ve collected their contact details. When nurtured correctly, leads can turn into business, so it’s worth gathering leads as much as possible. Once you become aware of it, you’ll realise there are more leads entering your world than you think. Consciously collecting contact details and nurturing these leads becomes a valuable practice. It’s worth investing in a customer relationship management (CRM) tool and knowing how to use it for your business. Linking this correctly to your email system can save time and ensure potential customers don’t fall through the cracks. You can build your contact list in a number of other [...]