Why you should be using LinkedIn to maximise your Lead Generation Campaign

It is very rare to find someone nowadays that doesn’t have any form of social media. Be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn – whatever your poison of choice, there is definitely a social media of some sort for you to dig your teeth into. 

Social Media is invaluable to Lead Generation – if you’re not already using LinkedIn for B2B Lead Generation, you should definitely start immediately. The power of LinkedIn is unquantifiable – there are millions of users – directors, managing directors, CEO’S to interns, starters and everyone in between. 

LinkedIn is the largest social media for B2B professionals in the world – with 467 million users worldwide and growing by 2 members every second, LinkedIn shows no signs of stopping. 

LinkedIn is an essential tool in B2B lead generation strategies. Stats show that 80% of B2B leads come from Linkedin. It is no surprise that LinkedIn is the most trusted social media for professionals and therefore, exactly the right place to look for leads and information. 71% of professionals feel that LinkedIn is a credible source for professional content, and a whopping 79% of B2B marketers view LinkedIn as an effective source for generating leads. 

Linkedin Lead Generation is so crucial to an effective campaign. At The Lead Lab, we use LinkedIn for B2B Lead Generation on a daily basis and we find it one of the most effective tools; if you want to know how we can help you with your Lead Generation or Digital Marketing, get in touch today to discuss further. 

LinkedIn Lead Gen as a Winning Formula

When you think of social media marketing, you may think of the glamorous life of Instagram or maybe the ‘putting the world to rights’ warriors of Twitter – I can bet you that the business world of LinkedIn isn’t the top of the list when you think of marketing. It is a market that is untapped in its potential – and we here at The Lead Lab are excited to announce our LinkedIn Lead Generation Campaign package.

Sit back, relax and let your sales pipeline build up by itself. Through our LinkedIn package, you can further increase your sales pipeline by maximising the way that you generate B2B leads digitally. In utilising your own LinkedIn profile, you are able to create a personalised and warm pitch to your prospective client. Through us growing your network, with targeted connection requests to businesses and job titles of people that you want to be working with means that you are able to expand the field of potential clients exponentially. In addition to this, a tailored message to each of these prospects can get you great leverage in front of prospects that are otherwise difficult to reach.

We are able to expand the reach of your account by putting out regular, high-quality content that will both grow your network and drive more inbound traffic to your own website. It’s the perfect way to generate business leads whilst building your own personal brand, and the benefits of this will keep on reaping yourself long after any campaign with us can end.

Get in touch today to find out more about how we can get your LinkedIn campaign started up. Each campaign is fully customised to your needs and targets and we are completely transparent in our reporting system, involving constant adjustments to ensure maximum results. Call us on 0333 207 0540.

How a Telemarketer can Benefit Your Business

A marketing strategy is always key to planning and facilitating growth within a business. When creating and managing your marketing strategy, it’s important to consider channels that will get the best results with the highest ROI.

How a telemarketer can benefit your business

Implementing telemarketing as part of your marketing strategy will benefit your business in ways that you might not have considered before. For example, brand awareness is a huge after effect of telemarketing services, which really helps a business to reach a wider audience and introduce their offering to prospects that may not have otherwise found them. Creating an awareness of your business is one of the most important goals within marketing, simply because it allows people to know you’re there, which is the first step to selling. Building brand awareness also creates a long-term sales cycle, as it’s widely known that every decision maker you call is unlikely to be ready for your product at that moment in time. However, it’s paramount that you do contact them because you want to be the first company they think of when their need does arise. This means that consequently, you are highly likely to gain business from telemarketing after the initial campaign has been completed.

 

Directly communicating with your target market allows you to get an immediate response; the prospect will either be interested, or not at present. Either way, the prospect will have an understanding of your business, which is a positive. Providing this direct contact also gives the prospect an opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers, which decreases the chances of doubt around your service. Telemarketing also creates a more personal experience with engaging human interaction, a rarity in the current marketing environment due to the development of technology and AI. Ultimately, we still believe that people buy from people, and providing a service whereby prospects get to speak to polite and friendly representatives is a lot more effective than using chatbots or automated marketing processes.

 

Another benefit to using lead generation through telemarketing is to reach a wide range of people in any location you want to target, whilst retaining a personal approach. This means that your business can mass market without compromise, as the prospect is presented with a product or service directly that is likely to benefit as they fit your target market.

 

Lastly, the biggest – and most obvious – benefit to telemarketing is the leads generated exclusively for you. All of our clients receive leads that are generated for them and only them. We don’t sell leads to other companies; it drastically reduces your conversion rates and sacrifices quality, which is not the type of service we want to provide.

 

Ultimately, telemarketing is the most direct and personal way to engage with potential prospects, if you’d like to know more about our processes and how a telemarketer can benefit your business, call us on 0333 207 0540.

A Long Summer of Sales

Aside from the natural increase in everyone’s mood when the sun makes an appearance, we’ve had our best summer yet for sales, which has rocketed our business growth.

A LON SUMMER OF SALES

In past years, we’ve always experienced a lull in the summertime, due to the fact that most senior decision-makers are out of the office at various times in the season, therefore making contact rates difficult to maintain. Due to this difficulty in communication, June – August have always been our worst months, and until now, we have always accepted that.

 

However, this year has been different.

 

We looked back at the previous patterns of highs and lows and decided to do something about it. We ramped up our marketing and created a specific strategy to try and increase our brand awareness and emphasise our existence at a time where the contact rate was the lowest. From doing this, we found that we had built up a pipeline of interested prospects that we could speak to at a time that suited them best.

 

By making changes to our usual marketing plan and trying new channels, our whole sales pattern changed, which has shone a huge light on how significant marketing is for any company’s growth. This is the message we try to convey when speaking to prospects about lead generation; regardless of pre-determined opinions, it’s important to try new avenues and channels as one may be the catalyst to success.

 

When prospects are considering using telemarketing and lead generation, we urge them to think long-term. Our ultimate goal is to become a part of their ongoing marketing strategy, and to do that we need to provide good results. This consequently means that the only way we profit is if the client rebooks, and if they rebook, it usually means they are happy with the results produced from the campaign. This gives our customers solace as they know that in order for us to be successful, we need our clients to be successful.

 

Due to the incredible weather we’ve had, we have been able to do a lot more team activities. We’ve had barbeques in the sun over lunchtime, end of week meetings in beer gardens and sports day socials. As a company, we feel like this has really boosted morale and raised spirits within the office, which has shown in our results. For us, creating an environment that’s enjoyable to work in has always reflected in the success of the business.

 

If you’re looking for a new marketing channel to increase sales and boost business growth, get in touch on 0333 207 0540.

The Art of Closing Sales

Not everyone can be a good sales person, it takes a lot of drive and motivation to develop the necessary skills in such a competitive industry. When talking with our Managing Director and Group CEO, Toby Blatchford-Tagg, we discussed what it takes to make a successful sales executive.

The Art of Closing Sales

To build a career in telemarketing, it’s imperative to have a strong work ethic; many people say that lead generation is a numbers game, and to a certain extent it is – if you’re willing to be persistent and motivated, you are likely to close a sale.

 

“It’s important to have the ability to understand what people want to hear and how to build trust – you need to speak in their language. In order to achieve this, you need to be clever in the way you construct questions, ask them about their needs and pains and then explain how you can meet their needs and pains – crafting a personalised pitch is the best way to build a relationship.”

 

“Certain characteristics can be taught – it’s widely assumed that most sales people are loud extroverts, however, it’s not unheard of for quiet and reserved individuals to be successful at telemarketing, all they need is the drive and desire to do well.”

 

Lots of variables can affect sales on a daily basis. Data is one of the most important factors in the telemarketing industry, if you source a bad data set, it can affect performance regardless of the telemarketer’s ability.

 

‘Happy people sell – everyone reflects what they hear or see, meaning a positive, bubbly voice on the end of the phone is more than likely going to generate a positive response than someone who is audibly bored or miserable. We create a fun and competitive office atmosphere for our telemarketers, which always does the trick.”

 

Here at The Lead Lab, we work in a peer to peer learning culture where we push people to discuss and develop skills together. The best way to turn a weakness into a strength is by learning from someone who excels in that weak area. By doing this, our telemarketers become well rounded by tackling weak points and teaching strengths.

 

“When I started as a telemarketer, I felt that being quick to dial was imperative, if the prospect wasn’t interested, I’d move on immediately without dwelling. The trick is to reverse sell, i.e. get the prospect to sell to you. That way, you will have them discussing something they are passionate about, which is always the best way to win them over.”

 

“Being a good telemarketer simply comes down to how much you want it. There are lots of different skills you can teach an individual, such as opening lines, rapport building, closing techniques etc. but ultimately, the people who do really well are the people who WANT to do really well.”

 

 

If you want to learn more about our services and how lead generation could help increase sales for your business, get in touch on 0333 207 0540.

Getting the Best ROI

When deciding to go ahead with a lead generation campaign, it’s important to know that you’re going to get a good return on investment. We know this and like to ensure a good ROI through a number of different factors.

Getting the Best ROI

The first thing to consider when setting up a successful telemarketing campaign is the contact data. Data is one of the most important ingredients within lead generation, because it contains the contact information of the prospects you will be introducing your product to, and if the information is either invalid or incorrect, you’re not going to get very far. We have used the same provider for over 3 years, simply because we have consistently provided good results whilst using their data, which is fully GDPR compliant with paper trail evidence of opt-in information upon request – which is an important factor in our industry now.

 

Having an experienced telemarketer is a given when working with us, but it does massively assist in the smooth running of a lead generation campaign. Our clients have to put a lot of trust in a telemarketer when allowing them to represent their company, and a large part of our set up process requires plenty of communication between our clients, the account managers and the telemarketers to fully understand their company culture. When a client rebooks after an initial campaign, it allows the relationship to continue to grow, meaning the telemarketer can become more knowledgeable in the product/service they are promoting, and therefore become more confident when speaking to prospects on the phone.

 

As a company, we believe in creating a motivational and enjoyable environment for everyone in the office. We want people to be happy in the workplace, and not to dread coming into the office each morning. We know this is the best way to encourage good results. Setting realistic but challenging targets help create healthy competitiveness within the team, which is vital in the sales industry.

 

Another part of our set up process involves working closely with the client to produce criteria against which the telemarketers can qualify leads with. For many high value products and services, the contact needs to have certain qualities in order to be a worthwhile prospect. For example, one of our clients, The FD Centre, requires the prospect to operate within a business turning over at least £1 million to warrant the placement of a part-time Finance Director, who would be charging £1,000 a day for their service. Having criteria helps our telemarketers avoid booking meetings or passing through leads which definitely wouldn’t convert. This prevents time wasting whilst increasing productivity.

 

Lastly, it’s important to give your campaign enough time to get off the ground. Some campaign aspects can take time to develop, such as the telemarketer’s product knowledge, the efficiency of passing leads through to the relevant person within your business and testing different communication variables to find out which gets the best response. Being patient during this stage will allow you to see the processes which work best, thereafter you can expect to get good results consistently and a high ROI.

 

To find out more about our B2B telemarketing services call us for a non-committal chat on 0333 207 0540.

Telemarketing Life Hacks

Telemarketing can be extremely complex; it’s a mixture of ingredients that contribute to a successful campaign – which is why it’s important for you to choose the right company to get good results (look no further!).

Telemarketing Life Hacks

Firstly, we think it’s important to keep your employees motivated and content in the workplace. After all, happy employees mean happy clients – and a happy client is our goal. We do this through maintaining a positive, peer to peer culture within the office, and holding regular socials to keep the team close and increase team building skills. We have found that socialising with the whole team in a more relaxed setting allows everyone to really get to know each other and learn more about them – as opposed to just the job role they fulfil. We even take a trip to Ibiza once a year with the team, as giving everyone something to look forward to and get excited about creates a huge buzz in the office!

 

The ability to handle rejection is a must-have trait for any telemarketer. If they don’t have this, we know they will struggle with any campaign we undertake. In order to handle difficult situations, it’s crucial to remain positive and polite at all times. We want to generate leads, but we don’t want to be pushy, meaning it’s important to listen to, and respect what the prospect is saying. This is one of our core values.

 

Before any campaign begins, our telemarketers have to be knowledgeable. Providing a high quality of product training is paramount to us because it allows the telemarketer to be confident and passionate about the brand, whilst being capable to answer any questions that might arise, which consequently builds trust between the company and the prospect. Acquiring this knowledge also enables the telemarketer to truly believe in the company’s service and therefore become an enthusiastic brand advocate for the business, which will eventually become contagious during their conversations with prospects. Ultimately, we want to act as an extension of our client’s business, meaning that we have to know the product inside out. This is why we spend a lot of time to prepare each of our campaigns; to get to know the business and its background.

 

Finally, one of the best hacks to a successful telemarketing campaign is a targeted database. We want to be contacting prospects that are likely to be interested in our client’s offer, therfore we need to be contacting their target market – rather than just anyone – to increase the chance of conversion. We can source data for our clients through trusted providers (before you think it – yes, they are GDPR compliant providers!) or we can use a database provided by the clients themselves.

 

A mixture of these elements will allow your campaign to run smoothly whilst generating high quality and valuable results and opportunities.

 

To find out more about how lead generation could apply to your business specifically, get in touch with our Sales Director – Joe McWilliam – on 0333 207 0540.

Telemarketing – Breaking the Stigma

Unfortunately, it’s well known that telemarketing has a bad reputation. We spoke to our Managing Director and Group CEO, Toby Blatchford-Tagg, to see how he deals with the stigma and how he responds to this on a day-to-day basis.

TELEMARKETING- BREAKING THE STIGMA

“I think that telemarketing gets a bad name from the consumer industry, I feel this came from the boom of window sales along with other consumer services since the 1980s. B2B telemarketing is completely different; we contact highly professional businesses with the intention of offering a service that contacts are genuinely likely to be interested in and also likely to benefit their respective business.”

 

Although our service differs to the common misconception of telemarketing, it doesn’t change the fact that some people have immediate apprehension with what we do. This is why we feel it’s important to give people a better understanding of our services and the processes we use, after which they will be well informed about the industry and can base their opinions on tangible facts.

 

“Here at The Lead Lab, we stand firmly against traits such as ‘phone bashing’ and harassment, that’s not what we’re employed to do. We believe each individual person we speak to deserves to be treated with respect and consideration. Although I find myself defending what we do, I can’t defend the behaviour that some companies adopt, which include scams and cons. These companies inherit a ‘rough culture’ in which the only thing that matters is the sale – and not the person on the other end of the phone. We want to offer a service that is actually going to help a business in one way or another. If it doesn’t, we move on in a polite and respectful manner. There needs to be mutual gains for our service to work.”

 

There are a number of huge benefits to lead generation and telemarketing services that aren’t often talked about. For example, telemarketing to generate brand awareness is often utilised by charities to make people aware of certain projects or fundraising throughout the year. Brand awareness is a huge asset to a business as it allows people to know the business exists – which is one of the hardest things to achieve in a saturated industry with plenty of competitors. Another simple benefit is the amount of created opportunities which would not have existed otherwise, this gives businesses a platform to engage with ‘warmed up’ prospects who are already qualified and are interested in what they have to offer, increasing the likelihood of conversions.

 

“If I had to say one thing to people who thought negatively of telemarketing and lead generation I would simply say – we’re not all the bad guys. Our business values and culture reflect our success and ultimately, we want to increase sales for the client and offer a beneficial service to prospects, as well as creating a motivating place for employees to spend their days.”

 

To find out more about the way our business works and how it could help increase sales and business growth, contact us on 0333 207 0540.

Customer Service – The Backbone To Any Business

If you were to ask any business owner, from any industry, how important customer service is to them, I’m certain they would stress how fundamental it is to their success. It can be the make or break of a company, and the sole reason why a prospect is retained and therefore becomes a repetitive buyer.

Customer Service

Customer retention is the ultimate goal, simply because the prospect is happy with the product/service they were provided with and therefore spending more money with your business, without the need for you to invest any money on acquiring that spend i.e. through marketing /advertising. Retaining customers also contribute to the channel that is ‘Word of Mouth’; recommending your business to like-minded people without incentivisation.  However, this is not a simple implementation.

 

To earn a returning customer, you need to ensure they have received the highest quality experience whilst buying your product or service. This includes good value for money, a high standard product in full working order, guidance through the buying process, contact on demand and reassurance on any questions they might have. Throughout our telemarketing campaigns, we ensure the highest visibility for our clients by keeping them up to date with the amount of leads we are generating, whether the leads are qualified and meet the predetermined criteria, who we are contacting on their behalf and if the telemarketer is using the correct terminology and language to fit your business model.

 

It’s also important to make the experience personal; we like to make every client feel valued by spending the time to assure the telemarketing campaign is running as they would like, whilst ensuring they are happy with the leads we are producing. This is extremely important to us; if our client wasn’t completely happy we would take immediate steps to try and change that. This is the main reason why we have consistent and regular communication with our clients, we prevent time from being wasted when the telemarketing campaign is live. We do this through weekly catch up calls between the client, the account manager and the telemarketer(s), whereby feedback and constructive criticism is welcomed and discussed.

 

The relationships we have with our clients are based upon trust, visibility and the delivery of good results, which is why we have a high percentage of customers who have on-going telemarketing campaigns with us rather than one-off trials. We like to prove concept by having a minimum spend of 20 days for each lead generation campaign, as we feel we need a sufficient amount of time to get a campaign off the ground and running effectively.

 

We love receiving feedback from people who have used our service, you can read our testimonials on our website or check out our Google Reviews. Alternatively, to find out more about what we do, call us on 0333 207 0540.

Telemarketing with a Sprinkle of LinkedIn

Who doesn’t like sprinkles, anyway? Here at The Lead Lab, we think it’s important to go the extra mile and offer something a little bit different with our telemarketing. After all, our tagline is ‘We do things differently’, and we make sure we live up to that.

TELEMARKETING WITH A SPRINKLE OF LINKEDIN

As an optional add-on, we team up with The Social Media Lab to supercharge our services to a different level. The Social Media Lab is our sister business and specialise in all things digital marketing, including Social Media Management, Facebook Advertising, Social Lead Generation and much more. We use their ‘LinkedIn Lead Machine’ to go hand-in-hand with our telemarketing process to maximise results.

 

The ‘LinkedIn Lead Machine’ is a new method of targeted prospecting to find potential new clients on LinkedIn. The Social Media Lab establishes a set criteria to match your target market and then connects with the appropriate contacts on your behalf, before sending them a personalised 2-staged message to explain the offering and why it would be suited to their business.

 

If a prospect responds positively, they are passed immediately to the telemarketer to follow up via a telephone call and/or email marketing. Evidence shows that a hot lead which is left for more than 48 hours becomes cold and uninterested, which is why this process is paramount.

 

Using a range of marketing channels is key because it allows us to achieve the best possible results. Utilising different touchpoints to reach the prospects who are most likely to be interested in your product, and by using multiple platforms to do so, you can appeal to the prospect in a way that is more suited to them as a personal preference; Heightening conversion rates and, in turn, increasing your sales.

 

We have had great success with this process, and although it is completely optional, we highly recommend this to get the upmost out of your campaign.

 

To find out more about this service, get in touch on 0333 207 0540, or alternatively, you can get in touch with the Managing Director of The Social Media Lab, Joe Rowbotham, on 0333 207 0549.