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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 At worse, it only adds to a diluted, outdated storage of faulty information but at best, it means you’re looking to acquire more customers.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.

Among the top business trends of 2015, you have more businesses using online and mobile channels to increase the number of ways their customers can connect to them. But you know, that applies to other businesses that are targeting them as well.

So if you want to expand your B2B contact database, you’re going to have to keep up. Don’t just upsize the box but every single record you have on file.

Here are just a few, simple ways you can start doing this:

  • Clean up first – First of all, make sure your database is already free from dead end entries. If you’ve already got the wrong number, there’s even less guarantee you’re going to find a decent email address that corresponds with it. Don’t waste your time trying to find out. Clean up first!
  • Start with a single channel – If you’re going to check for emails, start with looking for corresponding emails first. Trying to find emails and then things like websites and social media profiles might be asking for too much (and too much trouble).
  • Clean twice – Every time you update an entry with additional contact data, make sure that new, little piece of info is still solid. It’d be a little chaotic if one contact could be reached by phone but the email they gave you was a dud.
  • Make sure a channel is relevant – This is only common sense. Why would you look for clients on Facebook when you don’t even have a Facebook page? To fully make use of a channel and its information, you need to maximize its role in your overall marketing strategy.

Upsizing a database the right way can promise more new customers. However, you also increase your chances when you increase the number of ways you can reach them. For that you need information that upsizes each individual record, not just big box you’re holding them all in.

How To Develop Workable Lead Nurturing Strategies for B2B Email Marketing

We’ve taken a look at applying lead nurturing concepts broadly to an integrated marketing campaign in a previous blog post. Now, let’s narrow down our discussion to cover lead nurturing in the realm of B2B email marketing and see what we can do with our B2B contact lists, email messages/content, and other campaign considerations to improve the quality of our prospects.

We’ve also already seen in the above-mentioned blog post that there is evidence in the real world suggesting proper lead nurturing improves the efficiency of the marketing and sales process. Organizations that are really good at lead nurturing report marked improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of their sales teams (50% better conversion rates, 33% lower marketing costs) plus higher potential for developing customer loyalty.

Yet, despite its clear advantages, other studies also indicate that lead nurturing is not on the radar screens of many B2B marketers at this time. A UK-based study shows that as much as 3 out of every 4 B2B marketers there have no lead nurturing strategy. In terms of email, around 42% of respondents in a separate study rated this channel as best suited for “quantity” of leads, not lead quality.

With recent and broader B2B marketing trends strongly showing a shift in focus toward lead quality (given top priority by 53% of B2B marketers), these imply the underlying need to follow and nurture prospects throughout the sales pipeline. That’s why every marketing channel including email campaigns should follow a lead nurturing strategy, and here are the steps to build one:

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Buying Telemarketing Lists – C-Level Executives Lists

Telemarketing is a marketing medium which is made use of by many types of companies and businesses. It is also a very successful industry in itself, having built up a reputation for services such as lead generation and appointment setting, as well as for various other functions. That being said, companies that have enough of a budget on their hands sometimes seek to emulate this approach, integrating it into their own marketing scheme and establishing in-house telemarketing departments. Through their telemarketers, they try to get in touch with their target company decision makers such as C-level executives. And since telemarketing is a direct marketing approach, it is quite effective in getting to these contact persons. Read more

Business Lists for IT Companies: Well-Made and Organized IT Lists

The IT industry is amongst one of the fastest growing markets in the world today. With the massive improvements in technology, entire companies and a lot more of other businesses are integrating IT with how they operate on a daily basis. Also, the development of newer and more efficient software has got many companies probing the market and opening their doors to potential IT providers who can give them better service and at much better costs. As for IT companies themselves, they actively seek out ways to obtain IT sales leads and even business lists which they can use to get in contact with IT managers and IT directors that they are are targeting.

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