Callbox Lends B2C Expertise to Debt Management Firm in AU-wide Campaign
The Client is a long-established, family-run business providing a variety of financial solutions tailored for individuals and households throughout Australia. Its main lines of services include same-day small loans, car loans, and business loans. In addition, the Client is a mortgage broker offering home loans and is also a Registered Debt Agreement Administrator helping
customers with debt relief and bankruptcy avoidance.
TARGET DECISION MAKERS
• Home Owners
The Client is among the country’s many credit repair and debt relief companies offering Part IX Debt administration, which are services that help customers handle debt and avoid personal bankruptcy. The Client is looking to expand its share of this growing sector with its unique value proposition centered around having “the fairest fee structure in the market” as well as its reputation as an established industry player.
While there are ample opportunities to increase its customer base for debt agreement solutions, the Client also faces a number of hurdles when it comes to marketing and promoting these services.
Regulations related to the aggressive marketing of debt agreements and cases of misrepresentation by other debt relief providers have made finding potential customers even more challenging.
Accordingly, the Client decided to focus its debt agreement marketing initiatives only on individuals who have already expressed some level of interest in its other loan services and have communicated with the Client in the recent past. This ensured that the target prospects are not entirely cold while, at the same time, providing the Client with the needed information to refine the outreach effort.
Based on these initial requirements, the Client was able to come up with a list of potential customers to target with its debt agreement offer. The plan called for the Client’s in-house consultants to contact qualified prospects and find out how its solutions fit with their current financial situation.
To maximize their consultants’ productivity, the Client opted to hire the services of a third-party provider for carrying out the initial touch points and qualifying activities. The Client chose Callbox because of the latter’s experience in planning and executing Australia-wide lead generation campaigns as well as its roster of clients in the heavily-regulated financial services sector.
• Carried out a successful targeted B2C campaign in a heavily-regulated industry
• Hit campaign targets consistently throughout the entire nine-month duration
• Outperformed B2C benchmarks in terms of reach and response rates
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Callbox team put together a phone-based lead generation program designed for a B2C campaign. Due to the nature of the project (i.e., aimed at consumers), it was determined that the best approach would be to engage prospects solely through live conversations without integrating other channels into the mix.
The main goal of the campaign revolved around identifying prospects willing to find out more about how the Client could help them in their current financial situation. Some key activities of the lead generation campaign include:
1. The client provided the Callbox team with records tobe contacted. The list only included individuals who have interacted with the Client in the past such as through a loan application. As is standard practice in Callbox campaigns, the list was thoroughly profiled and validated before being used.
2. Campaign materials and collaterals, including call scripts, were produced in close consultation with the Client to ensure compliance.
3. Agents qualified every prospect with probing questions that identified their suitability and willingness to further engage with the Client’s debt counselors. Prospects having personal debt, net assets, and disposable income within a given range were tagged as qualified leads.
The entire campaign ran for a total of nine months or 198 days (at 22 days/month) given that the Client renewed its contract with Callbox several times after the initial pilot phase. The following table shows a monthly breakdown of some key indicators throughout the campaign duration:
Additionally, the campaign was able to yield the following metrics in terms of activity, reach, and response:
• Reach rates of up to 55% with an average of 31%. By comparison, a reach rate of 15% is considered acceptable while 30% is quite good.
• Response rates of over 18% with an average of 11%, which is in line with phone prospecting benchmarks of 9% to 10% for this type of list.
All in all, the nine-month campaign produced a total of 505 qualified leads handed over for further engagement with the Client’s in-house consultants. By the Client’s own estimates, between 70% to 80% of the leads are expected to become customers within six months after the campaign. As such, the Client is looking to potentially generate around 354 to 404 new customers for its Part IX Debt Agreement dministration services.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Campaign Target Criteria
Location: NSW, Australia
Industry: Small and Medium Retail, Services, Freight
Decision Makers: Owners, Director, General Manager, Managing Director
The Client is a financial company that offers unsecured business loans to small and medium businesses in North South Wales, Australia. They grant loans to businesses for varied purposes ranging from site renovation, marketing and advertising to vendor-financing. The fast loan approval of 2-3 working days and custom packages they offer have become popular and have earned them client referrals.
The Client enjoyed dominion in the financial loans business in NSW for years, carrying with them the legacy of the mother company who cradled almost all financial needs of most of the SMEs in the state before it gave up all its business rights to the Client in 2005.
The Client kept its good business reputation among customers which enabled them to sustain a good number of customers in their database until competitors grew and mushroomed in the market, offering similar financing options which threatened to kill much of their business. This has impacted customer acquisition and even account maintenance which urged the Client to reconsider their usual laid back marketing style of waiting for customers to ring their phones or knock at the office door. They needed a more proactive strategy that would address the following issues:
The Callbox Solution
Callbox designed a unique Demand Generation program for the client. The process was structured in such a way that it would get the word out on the Client’s business loan offerings and create a buzz and qualified interest among its target customers by:
The Client ultimately wanted to create a master list of target prospects that they can use in any of their upcoming internal marketing campaigns. With a more aggressive marketing approach in mind, the Client knew that they needed to be armed with a qualified list of potential customers that they could tap if they wanted to beat out the competition.
Maximizing Staff and Available Resources
The Callbox team and the Client discussed the campaign goals and requirements in the Kick-Off Meeting which was followed by Callbox’s preparation of list of target decision makers. At the same time, the Callbox Pipeline and the Automated Nurture Scheme were set-up while the email copies, landing page and call script were designed and approved by the Client and went through tests. Product training and call simulation concluded the preliminary actions.
Filtering the Most Qualified Customers
With the use of the Callbox Pipeline’s Lead Nurture Tool, Initial or Introductory emails were sent out to the target list which aimed to hit two birds at the same time – validate email address and present the offer. The nurture tool is able to track real-time actions so Opened Emails, Web Visits and Social Media Connections were easily monitored by the Callbox team. Prospects who replied via the said actions were called by the agent to qualify if these prospects have genuine interest.
Prospects that were called and were identified to have genuine need and interest were profiled and tagged as Lead Completed in the Pipeline for the Client to promptly handle.
Generating Potential customers to Follow-up
Other prospects who did reply but were gauged to have minimal interest, just wanted to know more information, or are just looking for options for future reference were still profiled by updating and verifying all contact information specially email addresses, as follow-up email copies were sent in drip manner as part of the nurture process to keep in constant contact with the prospect.
The Client never lost track of any positive contacts as the Lead Nurture Tool generated and sent real-time alerts and updates via the the Client’s Callbox Pipeline account and email.
Creating the Master List of Qualified Prospects
The campaign delivered significant returns, delivering precisely what the Client expected.
Out of the 4500 list of targets emailed, 540 (12%) responded and were classified as qualified prospects with genuine interest, which is a 50% increase from their laid back strategy. These were prospects who either replied via email, connected through social media, or visited the website and submitted a query form that specifically stated their purpose for wanting to avail a loan. This database of positive respondents, located across a much wider geographical area and profiled by Callbox with a list score of 78%, represented the initial group of people they can actively market their loans to. The Client could now proceed with their promotional efforts with confidence, knowing that they will be talking to people who have expressed varying levels of interest in their product.
Callbox’s Demand Generation campaign proved to be the much needed jump start to the Client’s sputtering business – it increased awareness and interest among target contacts, broadened the target area, and generated a well-profiled, phone-verified and updated contact list of prospects, enabling them to work their way back into great sales numbers.
The Client recently signed up for another Demand Generation campaign with Callbox.
Industry: Financial Consulting
Location: Hong Kong
Headquarters: Hong Kong
Campaign Target Criteria
Location: Hong Kong, Singapore
Industry: Corporate services, Trust Companies, Private Bank and Wealth Management
Decision Makers: C-Levels, Business Development Managers, Directors, Marketing Directors, General Managers
The Client is a leading media company in Hong Kong, providing news and finance information services to financial intermediaries and high net worth individuals. The services they provide include educating Chinese financial intermediaries on the effective use of tax planning and asset management through series of summit. They work on a platform that was built from different media channels like online media, periodicals and guides to deliver the latest information and relevant topics to finance professionals.
Basically, the Client’s job is to bridge a connection between Chinese financial consultants and companies planning to bring their businesses offshore via financial conferences. These businesses could either be companies from neighboring countries in Asia like Singapore that would want to be educated on how to bring investments to Hong Kong, or Hong Kong-based companies that would like to expand their businesses to other regions.
The Client prides itself in being recognized as the leading media company in Hong Kong that is able to get every financial summit they launch jampacked with attendees. The leads generated from such impressive attendance numbers, however, are a different story. Since its inception in 2010, the Client’s events have had subpar lead turnout at only 10-20% warm follow-ups and those interested to discuss further out of the total number of attendees. Others were just curious to hear what the meeting was all about and didn’t really have the need for offshoring.
At that point, the Client realized that they needed a more targeted audience who have the need for education on offshoring and equally interested to engage further with their services. There was added pressure to expedite the project since a series of summits were already on the approving stage and were ready to take off anytime once scheduled were finalized..
The challenge was, the Client didn’t have the proper tools and processes to use to address their need – to profile their target attendees and gauge the need to be educated, and uncover the genuine interest for offshoring opportunities.
Callbox designed a multi-channel marketing campaign with the help of the Callbox Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool that fully addressed the Client’s needs. The following activities were simultaneously ran throughout the campaign duration – exerted with best effort by both Callbox and the Client.
Callbox’s filtered database together with the Client’s existing one were profiled by the team. Aside from updating the contact details like name, business address, phone numbers and emails, the lists were well-managed by scrubbing off DNs and revalidating bounced emails off from both lists.
The appointment setting campaign was rigidly rolled out as it was the main component of the whole multi-channel marketing campaign. A number of probing questions were included in the call script and required to be fully answered by prospects in order for the agent to be able to uncover important information that will qualify the call as a lead. The said questions were to gauge the prospect of the following:
Also, to enhance customer experience, the agent walked the prospects through the Client’s website to assist them with any concern like queries about the services, browsing through the summit schedules or signing up for the upcoming events.
Both the Callbox team and the Client regularly convened to discuss the successes and challenges encountered in the campaign. This was the venue where specific action plans were laid down to be understood by everyone in the team and carefully structured to address challenges and even avoid repetition of the course. Aside from the regular meetings, Callbox utilized the integrated features of the Callbox Pipeline, particularly its Lead Nurture Tool to send real time updates to the Client such as appointment schedules and confirmation emails.
The multi-channel marketing campaign concluded with stellar results.The Callbox team delivered 19 confirmed appointments which scored 30% turnout from the total number of attendees. These were prospects who were profiled and identified to have both the interest on offshoring and the need to be educated . In addition to the the appointments, 38 warm follow-ups were prospects for confirmation of attendance whether they or their representatives will attend and there were 48 who requested for more information – these were prospects who, with thorough probing, were identified to have the need for education and interested in offshoring opportunities but decisions were held pending due to some matters for further discussion.
The leading media company was perfectly happy with the campaign turnout. With Callbox’s multi-channel marketing campaign, the Client’s list of customers were properly profiled and filtered according to need and interest in the Client’s services. The summit that included the 19 confirmed attendees produced a number of leads that were converted into current customers and are successful investors in their chosen region.
The Client, based in Singapore, is the largest privately-managed insurance broker in the world with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea.
The Client has an in-house team in Hong Kong which supports its marketing activities in Asia, seeking decision makers of S$20M companies. In order to increase the volume and value of sales, the Client needed to build an intelligent prospecting campaign focused on sales-ready prospects. Since it lacked commercially available data to support this activity, the Client partnered with Callbox to segment its market and create a database of targeted prospects. However, after speaking with a Callbox sales rep, the Client was impressed with the company’s telemarketing capability so it signed up for a three-month Appointment Setting and Database Profiling campaigns.
The objective of this campaign was two-fold:
The Callbox Solution
Callbox set up a telemarketing team for a two-phase campaign: Database Profiling and Appointment Setting. The Client personally selected and trained the agents assigned to the calling campaign and the target decision makers were identified: HR and Finance Managers. Callbox telephoned contacts in the Client’s database to identify companies in Singapore whose indemnity insurance was up for renewal.
Callbox then embarked on an outbound telemarketing campaign to arrange office meetings between qualified prospects and the Client’s outside sales reps. Appointments were qualified based on the Client’s criteria:
As the campaign progressed, the Client narrowed down the lead qualification criteria in order to capture larger prospects with near-term requirements. The target size for Corporate Benefit was changed from 50 to 100 full-time employees and for Corporate Risk Insurance, from S$20 million to S$50 million companies. The Client also required that proximity of renewal dates should not be longer than three months from the time of call. Prospects whose renewal dates were longer than three months were profiled and entered into the Client’s database for tracking and future follow-ups.
One challenge encountered during this campaign was frequent cancellation of meetings because the Client did not have enough sales reps to accommodate the growing number of new appointments. To remedy the situation, Callbox prepared weekly schedules of appointments for the Client to review and approve. The Client worked closely with Callbox to provide feedback and updates.
One month into the campaign, Callbox delivered a total of 19 qualified leads and 897 profiled records with one Callbox agent achieving a contact rate of 30%. Surprised with so many leads after just one month, the Client decided to hire two more agents but to restrict the lead qualification even further, going after only the most promising prospects. This generated a total of 26 highly qualified leads and 1,698 profiled records.
Pleased with these results, the Client renewed its contract and expanded its campaign to five seats for six months. By the end of the third month, Callbox was able to profile 12,749 records and deliver 186 highly qualified sales leads. The campaign is currently in progress and the Client plans to use Callbox’s services for other long-term projects.
The Client is an independent property tax consulting firm specializing exclusively in providing taxpayers of commercial, industrial, multi-residential, and special purpose properties with full-range property assessment and tax management services.
They have a national reach with 19 offices that handle large sales territories across the United States including New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas.
The Client needed a way to help all their Managing Consultants who head each regional office across the country in bulking up their sales pipeline.
The Callbox Solution
The Client approached Callbox to conduct an aggressive telemarketing campaign that would fill their calendars with qualified appointments on a daily basis. Starting with a test campaign for one location in November of 2005, Callbox now conducts the appointment setting campaign for 14 of the Client’s 19 locations including its head office in Arizona.
To meet the Client’s requirements, Callbox decided to assign a personal appointment setter to the Main Specialist for each location. Appointments are set based on a detailed script and strict qualifying criteria provided by the Client including:
Callbox appointment setters then e-mail the prospect companies copies of the Client’s marketing collateral and Statement of Qualifications.
Appointments are then delivered via PipelineCRM, an online CRM tool developed by Callbox especially for clients with distributed offices and disparate territories. This enables consultants and specialists to access their up-to-date sales pipeline anytime, anywhere, maximizing their time to develop new business. Sales people can follow-up the appointments even when the Specialists are not available, making sure no leads fall through the cracks.
Callbox experienced appointment setters coupled with the Callbox online appointment setting tool allowed the Client to concentrate on their core business-delivering exceptional property tax consulting services rather than cold-calling and managing each sales person.
The Client now enjoys: