Business that doesn’t effectively reach out to its target audience is like a ship without a sail - it won’t go too far. Though the business ideas that you’ve conceived may in fact be revolutionary, do you take advantage of all opportunities available to build up your client base? Or do you miss the boat? Luckily, there is a whole host of opportunities that you can make use of to gather information on your target market. And some tactics mentioned here may help your business sail through difficulties of reaching your target market.
Before digging into the means of approaching your future clients, we need to figure out who we approach. Your target audience is sales leads. These are the people or businesses that may eventually find what you may offer useful and beneficial. However, the degree of a lead’s motivation to know more about your product may vary. A person that has left contact info on your website is considered as a lead as well as a person who just scrolls through your website or even who has no idea about your product yet. Sure, buying potential in these cases differs, though still the main aim stays the same - to turn a sales lead into a prospect.
Some of your sales leads may eventually end up being prospects. Prospects are the leads that you’ve communicated with and now count them as potential buyers since they meet your expectations. What would help you convert a sales lead into a prospect? Most importantly it is two-way communication instead of one-way communication when a person just makes inquiries about your product. An email exchange, a phone conversation or a chat with you clients on a website can help you answer these questions:
Discovering that a sales lead has converted into a prospect is all very well, but before you can bet your bottom dollar that an individual or a business will definitely be your client, you should know how to reach out to each type of a sales lead.
As pies turn from cold to hot when baking, the leads turn much the same when getting to know about your business. The principle of classification is incredibly easy: the more a person is interested in your product, the ‘warmer’ a sales lead an individual or a business becomes. Therefore, there are cold, warm and hot leads. Various tactics may be adopted while dealing with different types of sales leads.
These are individuals or businesses that have never heard about your product, however the product itself may be aimed at them and hopefully benefit them. Many companies have access to the lists with cold leads by lead generation services or data providers. Note that the information should be up-to-date to hit the target.
Though it is the largest group of leads, a cautious approach needs to be applied not to put cold leads off. These are often hard nuts to crack, however once you put enough effort, establish a nice contact with them, and build trust, that would be rewarding to see them turn into prospects.
In contrast to cold leads, warm leads are aware of your business and have already shown a spark of interest: they may have filled the contact form, responded to your post on social media or subscribed for your weekly emails. They are a whole lot easier to turn into prospects, but warm leads may as well grow cold unless you take action and remind of yourself.
These are the leads who take up the running and contact you straightaway showing keen interest in your product. Some reach out to you before doing their own comprehensive research on the matter, while others go all the way from cold leads to hot leads. Hot leads are the easiest to deal with because often the only thing you need to do is to seal the deal.
Though both B2C (Business to Customer) and B2B (Business to Business) are targeted at generating more and more leads, some features of lead generation itself differ greatly depending on what target audience you are aimed at.
When it comes to generating sales leads, it’s ill-advised to put all eggs in one basket because a great variety of methods is available at hand. It’s well and good that you can juggle between various ways of generating sales leads, but you should be mindful of what kind of sales leads you are dealing with.
Calling as a means of generating leads has got a bad name. Bombarded with countless unknown calls every day, most people are fed up with such excessive attention. Therefore, a cold call is usually considered to be a dead-end means of generating leads. However, warm calling is still a great option to make a note of since you can tailor a more personalized approach for your lead. Especially if you follow up on a lead within the first minute. Research showed that calling back in 1 minute compared to calling back in 30 minutes increases conversion by 400%.
Cold calling tips:
Warm calling tips:
‘Who owns the information, owns the world’. Though a time-worn phrase, lead magnets continuously test the principle encapsulated in it. Lead magnet is a free nugget of information you can provide, while the only thing that you require from a person is his or her email address. People are on cloud nine because you’ve provided free downloadable content, you feel much the same with new sales leads on board. A win-win situation. Lead magnets are highly viable means of generating sales leads.
Tips to make the most of lead magnets:
Once you’ve managed to obtain emails of your sales lead via lead magnets or, for example, lead generation services, you may start an email campaign now and then reminding your sales leads of your product. Pay attention to the way you approach cold leads and warm leads. The approach would differ depending on the data on lead available.
Here are the tips for crafting cold emails:
Warm emailing should live up to its name:
It would help to add your signature in the end of the email that redirects a lead to your website.
You kill two birds with one stone if you have an active social media presence: you build up a company profile without wasting much of your leads’ time. Even though such platforms as Instagram and Facebook are full of your competitors who breathe down your neck, nothing hinders you from setting yourself apart from them.
Tips for using social media as a tool for lead generation:
A good old word-of-mouth recommendation is by far the most compelling and the oldest way to convert a cold lead into a hot one. No matter how professional your sales team is, leads would more likely rely on their friends’ suggestions. Friends would get a well-deserved discount and you would attract new sales leads.
Use these tips to improve your referral marketing:
Generating sales leads is a continuous process of trial and error. Good news is that each business has to face up to this challenge. As usual, it is hard to master all things at once, so try to figure out what sales lead acquisition source works for you and focus on it. Good luck in your lead-generating journey!
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