Cold Calling or Email – 5 Tips to Determine Which One to Use When!

If you don’t think the first method of outreach in the sales process matters, think again. It plays an important role in getting a response or not.

Phone or email?

While there are a few tips that can help you decide, sales reps should know that in the grand scheme of a sales engagement, it has to be phone and email.

When deciding between getting in touch with a prospective customer by phone or sending an email, let the following factors be your guide.

  1. Time and Day of the Week

First, consult a calendar and a clock. Statistically, phone connect rates go up as the day progresses, and as the week progresses. In other words, a person is more likely to answer their phone later in the workday (say post-lunch time) and the workweek (avoid calling on Monday and Tuesday).

But what if a prospective customer doesn’t pick up his/her phone in that timeframe? Leave a voicemail or a SMS.

  1. What do you want?

Before you start typing or pick up the phone, you’ve got to know, what’s your goal here? Would it be to get a meeting with the prospect, get some information, ask for a referral, or just want to say hello? By placing your goals on a scale from aggressive to passive, you should be able to determine whether you should give the prospect a call or send them an email.

  1. What level is your prospect at?

The higher up your prospect is within their organization, you have a higher chance to get a hold of a live person on the phone. Because you are actually speaking with someone, whether an assistant or the CEO, a live conversation will beat out an email. Management level or higher – give them a call. Individuals at this level are usually adapt to talking on the phone and will be more receptive to sales calls as they won’t be intimidated.

  1. Each buyer is unique

Some buyer personas favour a different communication style than others. Their preference depends on multiple factors: Their age, the nature of their job, their industry, and more.

Younger professionals prefer to communicate via email. Individuals in customer facing roles are likely to talk on the phone, seeing that their day to day work requires them to talk to strangers. People who work internally are probably more likely to reply to an email as opposed to picking up the phone.

  1. Deal Momentum

If your prospective customer is unresponsive, noncommittal about your product/service or facing many levels of bureaucracy, it might be faster and easier to pick up the phone. If they pick up the phone, you can immediately present your ask and a receive an answer. If you get their voicemail, leave your message and follow up with an email.

In general, the beginning and the end of each sales engagement should be phone-heavy, since that’s where the strongest asks are: starting a relationship, and closing a deal. In between, sales reps should opt for email as a rule of thumb.

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Social Media Engagement – The New Social Media Marketing

Social media engagement measures the public shares, likes and comments for an online business’ social media efforts. Engagement has been a common metric for evaluating social media performance but doesn’t necessarily translate to sales.

In layman terms, social media is as much about engagement with other people as it is about sharing content. That’s why it is called Social Media.

When we think about social media engagement, it’s about how well you use networks like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to build a great customer experience. As soon as customers decide to engage with your business on social media, they essentially trust your brand to solve their problems.

The three most popular social media sites today are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each platform has its own mechanisms for users to express appreciation for individual posts and posters, which are measured differently across each platform:

Twitter: Re-tweets and followers

Facebook: Shares, likes and followers

Instagram: Likes and followers

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Best practices for engaging users

  1. Post daily: Keep your brand at the top of people’s newsfeeds with witty, engaging and entertaining content. Frequent posting keeps your brand visible for customers, reminding them that you exist and have something interesting to say.
  2. Don’t go overboard: Too many posts per day begins to look like spam to users. At best, posts get ignored; at worst, your brand gains a reputation as a disreputable ad spammer. One to three posts per day is a consistently safe range to aim for.
  3. Use images: Images greatly increase interaction rates for all social media platforms.
  4. Be personal: Avoid sounding like a press release; show the audience that there are real people behind the brand.
  5. Listen: Engagement is a two-way street. Hear what people are saying about your brand and respond to critiques in a constructive and positive way. If users have valid complaints, don’t just acknowledge them, address them. Then make sure everyone sees how responsive and generous your brand can be via follow-up posts.
  6. Monitor: There are several free social media marketing apps which track shares, re-tweets, likes and keywords associated with your brand.
  7. Contests: Contests and giveaways are a great way to increase interest in your brand. After all, everyone likes free stuff.
  8. Cover all the social media bases: Produce content for the top social media sites and cross-pollinate your content among them. For instance, link the more dynamic, image-oriented Instagram posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Ultimately, if you want to stay ahead of the curve in your market, it’s time to think of online advertising as part of the customer’s experience. Social media isn’t changing the way that marketing works—it’s already changed it.

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Is Instagram Marketing the correct choice for your Business?

Are you ready to try Instagram for your business? Instagram could be the perfect platform of your marketing dreams. But choosing it blindly could be a mistake.

Is your marketplace mobile?

Unlike other social media channels, all of Instagram’s users access the network on their mobile devices. A mobile travels with users. And these users tend to be younger than your Facebook fans who check their news feeds on their work computers. According to a recent GlobalWebIndex study, over seventy-five percent of Instagram users are under the age of 34. Does your ideal customer fall into this category?

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Do you sell visual products?

With Instagram capitalizing on pictures as the main source of its user connections, it’s important to note that all of your company’s ongoings on this platform will need to be rooted in engaging visual content. The good part about this is that if you sell a typically unsexy product, you can use Instagram to bolster your product’s image — as well as your company’s perception. Use Instagram to get more creative. You can use Instagram to build reputation by following your employees’ community efforts and such and then sharing those images on Instagram instead of product images.

What’s your goal?

Your business can only include a clickable link in its bio — not on the posts themselves. This means that you’re likely to see very little in the way of click-throughs via Instagram. Instead, you’re utilizing this platform for reputation management and customer relations. Don’t rely solely on Instagram to do the bulk of your content marketing.

Instagram is a great content marketing platform — for the right brands. Keep your goals in mind, and align them with the market on Instagram to reap the most benefits.

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How to generate leads using LinkedIn

Having a LinkedIn account is crucial to not only expand your social media presence, but to generate leads. Confused? Let us help you.

It’s not enough to create your profile and let it just sit there. You must utilize the tools in LinkedIn to make your account work for you.

Finding Leads through Advanced Search

There are several search filters on the advanced search page you can use to narrow down your findings. They include Location, Industry, Function, Seniority Level and Company Size.

Finding targeted prospects is important and connecting with the right people is the best way to generate leads on LinkedIn. By utilizing the Advanced Search functions, you are likely to find the people you most want to connect with.

Make Smart Connections

Another way to get new leads is to develop the relationship you have with your current clients. You should be connecting with them on LinkedIn and viewing their connections as possible new connections for you.

Joining groups is another great way to connect with potential clients. You may not want to start your own group unless you already have a following of engaged prospects and clients. The easier way is to be active in whatever groups you do join.

Lastly, make every connection personal. If you connect and immediately try to sell to them, you will alienate your new connections. If they run a business, learn more about it and stay on top of what they are up to; even if it doesn’t have much to do with what you do. You just may have a connection that needs what they have to offer, and a referral is a great way to get their attention.

Prove Expertise through Your Content

If you want to look like an expert in your field, then you must do what the experts do: ask engaging questions, share useful content and create original content.

If you write a blog, sharing the link is a great way to amplify your content. Give people a reason to read the article, and then link to it in the post.

You can now publish articles to LinkedIn, which is a great way to showcase your expertise. Just be sure to use compelling titles and graphics because you’re competing with other LinkedIn users for your Connections’ attention.

LinkedIn is a phenomenal tool for businesses to find leads. It is by far the leader for B2B companies versus other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter because it is used mainly for business connections. If you use it right, you are sure to get lots of targeted leads. And if you put some time and energy into those leads, they are sure to turn into clients and that will ultimately grow your business.

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10 extremely useful tools for Content Writers and Bloggers

Gone are the days when marketing meant getting in touch with the customers and forcing your product on them, by using spam, online ads and paid campaigns. Customers today, prefer brands that provide quality material in terms of blogs, eBooks or web seminars that benefits them before deciding to use your product/service to solve their problem.

If you provide quality content, it will make your customers develop a sense of trust in your company and establish you as an influencer in your field. This approach works because it’s real, organic and it’s here to stay.

  1. ly: We all know we love infographics, however creating them is one tough business. With Easel.ly’s customizable templates, you can create stunning infographics in just a fraction of a time!
  2. Grammarly: One of the best grammar checker apps out there – Grammarly is the perfect editor ensuring all your “i”s are dotted and your “t”s crossed. One of the most basic rules of great marketing is to provide error-free, great content that’s flawless and perfect in every way leaving no room for poor grammar or spellings.
  3. Gravity: An extremely powerful personalization tool, Gravity allows you to target content according to the demographics of each user. It also collaborates with top 50 most powerful companies on web, ensuring your content attracts the right type of viewers.

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  4. Hubspot’s: Making new posts several times a week is your ticket to success, however this can be quite tedious specially if your content team is small. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator is a helpful tool that allows you to type three keywords and then automatically generates topics around them which you can write on.
  5. Hemingway Editor: Make your writing bold and clear. Regardless of your answer, you can use the Hemingway Editor to your advantage. With the help of this easy to use tool, it won’t be long before you’re creating high quality content marketing strategy with simple sentences and no errors.
  6. Kingsumo Headlines: KingSumo Headlines is designed with the intentions of helping you increase readership by attracting more clicks and keeping people on your website longer.
  7. Google Analytics: Most people think about this tool as one that can provide analytics data, such as the number of visitors to a website, top sources, top keywords, and the like. But remember, some of this data can be used to help you create higher quality content marketing efforts.
  8. Word Counter: Long form content provides a greater opportunity for driving more traffic.
  9. Powtoon: Powtoon creates custom animations and videos, which is another way to create unique content. While it isn’t the easiest tool to use, it promises a professional result.
  10. Unsplash: Avoid an expensive takedown notice or invoice from Shutterstock or Getty by using the glorious, high quality and copyright free images from Unsplash.

It’s easy to realize the importance of putting enough time, money, and resources into your blogging strategy. But remember this: there’s a difference between blogging and blogging with a purpose. If you want your words to generate positive results, it’s time that you focus on the quality of your content marketing strategy.

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Why your Business should integrate Offline and Online Marketing

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Marketing your business is about identifying, appealing to, and utilizing the behaviors of your target audience. Every target audience is different, and the most effective marketing activities will vary from one business to the other. However, across audiences and industries today, people bring in their online devices with them to all of the offline places they go, and sharing all of their offline experiences online. Therefore, if you want to effectively market your business in relation to the behaviors of your target audience, you need to integrate your online and offline strategies.

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Online marketing activities may include

  • Email marketing
  • Social media
  • Blogging
  • Online advertising

Offline marketing activities may include

  • Newspaper, TV, Radio ads
  • Direct mailers
  • Flyers and billboards
  • Events and trade shows

Here are the top reasons on why you should integrate your offline and online marketing strategies.

  1. Marketing consistency: The main reason you should integrate your offline and online…

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How important is Digital Marketing for your Company?

Why doe your Company Need #digitalmarketing.. Check it out in our Blog – “How Important is Digital Marketing for your Company?

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With the constant change and evolution of modern technologies, small and medium businesses are doing everything they can to keep up. In the digital space where e-commerce are heading to, Digital Marketing tools and techniques provide business owners with the best chances for competition, survival and even business growth.

  1. Affordable way of marketing for SMEs

Digital Marketing actually provides the small and medium enterprises a chance to compete against the big boys and attract their share of targeted traffic. The digital modes of marketing are customizable and hence are affordable. If you are new in market, with digital marketing you can still make your presence felt by targeting a small base of customers.

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  1. Digital Marketing delivers conversion

Businesses that sell products and services online, measure their success by the percentage of incoming traffic that gets converted into leads, subscribers or sales. Without conversion, all your traffic would mean nothing and…

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