Is Your Contact Database Prepped for Survival?

Zombies aren’t the only ways you can have an apocalypse. But more to the point, the post-apocalyptic setting is best known for themes like survival in a world where everything you took for granted is no more.

For B2B lead generators and inside sales professionals, a scenario like that can come by without you realizing it until it’s too late to prepare. Examples range from the loss of an entire market to the sudden shortage of new customer information. In all cases however, your contact database is one of the tools you need prepped in order to survive. Where do you start?

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How Getting Contact Lists Help You Get Smaller Details

Even the best vendors don’t always give you the complete profile of your target market. Sometimes most of them just give you a set of phone numbers plus legitimate emails to send to. It might not be helpful for when you’re looking for a prospect’s LinkedIn profile or want to send a return call straight to their smartphone.

But on the other hand, your contact lists can still help you in an unlikely way.

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Expanding Business Contacts Requires More than Upsizing

When marketing and sales professionals talk of expanding a database, it usually just means adding more names. At worse, it only adds to a diluted, outdated storage of faulty information but at best, it means you’re looking to acquire more customers.


However, it’s still just an upsize. There’s more to expanding your business contacts than just having more numbers to contact.

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Immunization of Databases

There are many diseases all around the world that scientists, researchers and doctors have finally produced vaccinations so that people would finally be immune from these diseases. Email marketing can also develop immunity for diseases such as inactive emails or sudden changes of email addresses.

Universally speaking, statistics show that 30% of the email addresses in the list will annually change or become inactive. This figure is quoted by experts who all over the email marketing industry mention to a contagious disease in online marketing and every email database suffers from it.

Why the Worry?

Even that percentage can reduce the email program’s deliverability, open rates, click-through and overall performance. That percentage is often times referred to as “List Churn”. This condition would produce a net result of reduced revenues and profits. This does not sound so welcoming, does it? List Churn also forces marketers to spend more and more of their budget for marketing on costly customer acquisition campaigns since with a 30% annual attrition rate, the database is shrinking right in front of the marketer’s threshold. Read more

Contact List – Different Types Of Marketing Ammo

It does not take a lot to see the similarities between a contact list and a stock of ammo. Like ammo, you need a contact list to keep generating opportunities for your B2B firm. However, what some people overlook is that ammo comes in different types. Surprisingly, it is the same when it comes to different kinds of lists.

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5 Ways to Triple Your Event ROI through Your Contact Database

business contact database, contact list, targeted mailing list, calling listDespite its critics, live event marketing is still a mainstay in many of today’s B2B marketing campaigns and is in fact cited as a primary source of highly-qualified leads. As event marketing naysayers continue raising this channel’s disadvantages, more than 4 out of every 10 B2B marketers are tapping into the opportunities from event-based prospecting. With today’s digital marketing options, you can easily improve your event marketing results especially through sending targeted emails for your business contact database.

Data released by Hubspot reveal some interesting trends in how marketers approach live events. One of the study’s main findings is that the average event marketing campaign relies on almost 6 other channels to optimize results. Of these, email ranks #1 with a 76% adoption rate among event marketers who also rely on word-of-mouth, website, social media, direct mail, telemarketing, and ad placements.

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Building Your Business Contacts List: A Hedge Against the “Fiscal Cliff”

business contacts list, contact databaseHow can building your business contacts list save your company from the looming ‘fiscal cliff’ in 2013? Well, all by itself, list building can’t do much. But if it’s part of a broader marketing and business strategy to address the potential crisis ahead, then it can be one of the most effective measures to let your revenue-generating activities bear the brunt of the possible economic fallout early next year.

As you may very well know, the clock is ticking down for Congress to get something done to avert the detrimental impacts of the simultaneous occurrence of tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year. What do all of these have to do with building your business contacts list? Does the word “recession” ring a bell? Depending on who you talk to, the economy is expected to contract by at least 4% as a result of the fiscal cliff.

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Contact Database Security 101: A Few Basic Insights and Tips

contact database, email contact databases, b2b email marketing databaseWhen hackers gained illegal access to Epsilon’s email contact database in 2011, alarm bells went off, raising concerns about the security of contact details along with personal and professional information stored in marketing databanks. A few months and a dozen hacking incidents involving different companies later, TicketWeb reported that hackers obtained customers email information after breaching its system in February. Recently, in July, hackers exposed 435,000 credentials claimed to have been taken from Yahoo! Services, and these cases make up only the tip of the iceberg.

So where does this leave you and your efforts at keeping your contact databases secure? It places you squarely within the sights of hackers as cybercrimes affect all businesses with an online presence regardless of the size, location, or scope. More importantly, the current security situation should lead you to consider taking the necessary steps to safeguard your contacts’ information.

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How to Identify and Target B2B Influencers in Your Email Campaigns

leads database, contact database, marketing databaseAlthough technically not a part of the “target” segment, influencers play a key role in the purchasing decisions of your target audience and should be included in your B2B marketing database resources. This post looks at a few basic guidelines to help you confidently identify and precisely target B2B influencers with your email marketing campaign.

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Seven Essential Tips on Applying Thought Leadership in Your B2B Email Marketing Campaign

contact database, business contact database, executive business contact databaseEmailing the C-suite to promote your company, brand, or products/services can be a serious cause of headache for many B2B email marketing practitioners. But, when done right, the rewards can certainly be worth more than your while. So, how do you email the recipients in your C-level executive business contact database the “right” way?

The answer is through thought leadership. Thought leadership is the state of being recognized by your audience as a source of useful information about a particular field. This is primarily achieved through educating your prospects, customers, community, connections, etc. Thought leadership builds credibility which, in turn, builds trust and loyalty.

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