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The 5 F’s of Data Hygiene for Deeper Sales Conversations

The 5 F’s of Data Hygiene for Deeper Sales Conversations [VIDEO]

 

 
Data is the new oil.
Without it, your sales engine stops running.

 

Like oil, data needs to be refined.
Or else, it won’t fuel your sales machine.

 

The problem is that B2B data has a very short shelf life.

  • 24% to 36% of your CRM data decays each year Tweet this!
  • 25% of sales contacts are invalid at any given time

 

Poor data causes reps to waste 27.3% of their time,
and ends up costing you 12% of revenues.

 

The good news is that,
by following a few simple data hygiene best practices,
richer data-driven sales conversations are always within your reach…

 

#1 Find out what’s wrong

  • Start with a thorough audit of your CRM
  • Interview key data handlers and users
  • Identify what types of errors and potential issues you encounter

 

#2 Fix what’s broken

  • Validate data entry errors and typos first
  • Research and update inaccuracies like phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
  • Define rules for merging and removing duplicate records

Related: How Many Times Should You Have Your Business Database Cleanse?

 

#3 Fill missing values

  • Use the main company phone number as a placeholder until you obtain a direct line
  • Infer email addresses from common company-specific email patterns
  • Populate empty fields with data from publicly-available sources and third-party providers

Related: Eliminate Unwanted Business Data with Data Profiling Tools

 

#4 Fit data together

  • Follow standard naming conventions for contacts and businesses
  • Make sure to use consistent abbreviations and punctuations throughout a column
  • Create formatting rules for categorical fields (e.g., job titles, industries, etc.)

 

#5 Feed into a data management process

  • Plan for each stage of the data lifecycle (from collection to removal)
  • Automate as much as you can, but keep humans in the loop
  • Farm out a specific task when you don’t have the resources to do it in-house

Related: A B2B Marketer’s Guide to a Fresh Marketing List

 

Keep in mind that data hygiene is a continuous process, not a one-time thing.
Always go back to the 5 F’s:

  • Find

  • Fix

  • Fill

  • Fit

  • Feed

 

Author Bio:

Dara Lin

Dara Lin is a Marketing Specialist at Callbox Australia. She is a coffee trailblazer, general music fanatic, and an internet enthusiast. Follow Dara on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

 

 

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The 5 F’s of Data Hygiene for Deeper Sales Conversations

The 5 F’s of Data Hygiene for Deeper Sales Conversations [VIDEO]

 

 
Data is the new oil.
Without it, your sales engine stops running.

 

Like oil, data needs to be refined.
Or else, it won’t fuel your sales machine.

 

The problem is that B2B data has a very short shelf life.

  • 24% to 36% of your CRM data decays each year Tweet this!
  • 25% of sales contacts are invalid at any given time

 

Poor data causes reps to waste 27.3% of their time,
and ends up costing you 12% of revenues.

 

The good news is that,
by following a few simple data hygiene best practices,
richer data-driven sales conversations are always within your reach…

 

#1 Find out what’s wrong

  • Start with a thorough audit of your CRM
  • Interview key data handlers and users
  • Identify what types of errors and potential issues you encounter

 

#2 Fix what’s broken

  • Validate data entry errors and typos first
  • Research and update inaccuracies like phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
  • Define rules for merging and removing duplicate records

Related: How Many Times Should You Have Your Business Database Cleanse?

 

#3 Fill missing values

  • Use the main company phone number as a placeholder until you obtain a direct line
  • Infer email addresses from common company-specific email patterns
  • Populate empty fields with data from publicly-available sources and third-party providers

Related: Eliminate Unwanted Business Data with Data Profiling Tools

 

#4 Fit data together

  • Follow standard naming conventions for contacts and businesses
  • Make sure to use consistent abbreviations and punctuations throughout a column
  • Create formatting rules for categorical fields (e.g., job titles, industries, etc.)

 

#5 Feed into a data management process

  • Plan for each stage of the data lifecycle (from collection to removal)
  • Automate as much as you can, but keep humans in the loop
  • Farm out a specific task when you don’t have the resources to do it in-house

Related: A B2B Marketer’s Guide to a Fresh Marketing List

 

Keep in mind that data hygiene is a continuous process, not a one-time thing.
Always go back to the 5 F’s:

  • Find

  • Fix

  • Fill

  • Fit

  • Feed

 

Author Bio:

Dara Lin

Dara Lin is a Marketing Specialist at Callbox Australia. She is a coffee trailblazer, general music fanatic, and an internet enthusiast. Follow Dara on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

 

 

Do you want more leads, opportunities, and sales? Schedule a consultation

Dial +61 2 9037 2248 | Chat on WhatsApp +65 8232 2417

 

 

Grab a copy of our FREE EBOOK, Targeted B2B Marketing: Guide, Checklists, and Worksheets! A comprehensive guide to targeted marketing to help organizations get in front of the right people at the right time through the right channels with the right message to influence a purchase.

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5 B2B Email Marketing Goals that Make or Break Results [VIDEO]

5 B2B Email Marketing Goals that Make or Break Results [VIDEO]

 

Email remains the Swiss Army knife of B2B Marketing.

 

It does a lot of things,
and it does them really well.

 

Email Marketing Goals - plot

 

But email’s performance is only as good as your goals.

 

Let’s understand the
5 essential B2B email marketing goals,
and learn why you need to focus on each of them.

 

#1 Connecting with new prospects

Emails are ideal for starting relationships with potential customers.

They enable personalized touches at scale.

That’s why 13% of B2B leads come from this channel.

Related: Finding the Perfect Balance Between New and Repeat Customers

 

#2 Nurturing leads and opportunities

Emails play a key role in keeping leads engaged throughout the sales cycle.

They help deliver compelling content at each stage of the sales process.

51% of B2B marketers personalize lead nurturing through email segmentation.

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#3 Automating response to specific triggers

Emails provide a personalized way to automatically respond to lead activity.

They make your entire marketing automation process run smoothly.

B2B marketers who implement email automation boost their sales pipeline by 10%.

 

#4 Promoting exclusive offers

Emails work well at promoting free trials, discounts, and special offers.

They let you match relevant offers with an interested audience, boosting conversions.

In fact, 66% of online purchases resulted from an email.

Related: Marketing and Transactional Emails: How to Leverage Both [VIDEO]

 

#5 Closing sales deals and providing post-sale follow-up

Emails can help sales reps close deals and encourage repeat purchase.

By providing reps with an extra layer of touch points, emails shorten the sales process.

Between 31% to 59% of B2B marketers believe emails have the biggest impact on revenues.

Now that you know which goals to focus on, keep in mind that…

a goal without a plan is only a wish.

 

Author Bio:

Dara Lin

Dara Lin is a Marketing Specialist at Callbox Australia. She is a coffee trailblazer, general music fanatic, and an internet enthusiast. Follow Dara on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

 

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Track These KPIs and Learn How to Increase Sales Call Volume [VIDEO]

Track These KPIs and Learn How to Increase Sales Call Volume [VIDEO]

 

Telemarketing still pretty much remains a numbers game.

 

To deliver results, calls need to be made at scale.

 

Not convinced?

 

Let’s do the math…

 

Let’s say your funnel looks like this:

15% of contacts you reach are decision makers
25% of decision makers contacted become qualified leads
50% of qualified leads become sales-ready

 

 

If you want your reps to meet 20 opportunities,
you need to call up over 1,000 prospects.

 

Keep in mind that’s all based on some pretty decent conversion rates.

 

If those percentages go down,
you have to call more contacts to hit your targets.

 

That’s why you need volume to get results.

 

To manage and improve sales call volume,
keep a close eye on these 4 crucial metrics…

 

#1 Calls Per Hour

  • This shows you the average rate an agent/rep places calls.
  • High calls-per-hour numbers are generally a good sign.
  • But when this metric is too high, it indicates low-quality conversations.
  • So, don’t look at this metric by itself.

 

#2 Average Call Length (Average Talk Time)

  • This indicates how much time an agent/rep usually spends on each call.
  • You want to keep average talk times below some threshold.
  • But very low call lengths can also mean low-quality conversations.
  • To understand this metric, also look at script complexity and amount of admin work required.

Related: Telemarketing 101 in Australia: Maintaining Pleasantness throughout the Call

 

#3 Occupancy Rate

  • This is the ratio of time spent on calls versus time spent between calls.
  • It tells you how efficiently agents/reps use their time.
  • Occupancy rates greater than 1 indicate agents are spending more time calling than not calling.
  • If it’s below 1, it means something is keeping an agent preoccupied between calls.

 

#4 Calls Per Record

  • This shows how many times an agent/rep dials a record, on average.
  • It tells you how persistently agents pursue each contact.
  • Keep in mind that it takes up to 18 touches to reach a lead.
  • So, always be sure this metric is flashing on your dashboard.

Related: 4 Ways to Get Past Gatekeepers and Reach Prospects Every Time [VIDEO] 

 

To start managing your sales call volume, keep track of:

  • Calls per hour
  • Average talk time
  • Occupancy rate
  • Calls per record

 

 

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4 Sales Call Rapport-Building Techniques That AI Can’t Yet Do [VIDEO]

 

By 2050, machines will take over half of all jobs.

… and telemarketers will be the first ones to go.

 

An Oxford study says

there’s a 99% chance
AI will replace human telemarketers soon.

 

But until AI learns how to build genuine rapport,

sales calls will remain a person-to-person interaction.

That’s because there are four building blocks of rapport

that only we humans can do for now.

 

#1 Listening and Empathy

Talking about oneself releases feel-good chemicals in the brain.

It’s even more rewarding with a person who’s really listening.

How Not to Sound Like a Machine:

Start with an open-ended question;

let them share a bit about themselves.

 

#2 Being Authentic

People do business with people they like.

No matter how well AI mimics human speech,

there’s nothing like the real thing.

How Not to Sound Like a Machine:

Let the conversation flow naturally and show genuine interest,

but don’t overdo it.

 

#3 Finding Common Ground

AI knows more about your prospects than you do.

But only people can connect and find common ground in a conversation.

How Not to Sound Like a Machine:

Bring up interesting tidbits that prospects can relate to.

Build on these points at different moments in the call.

Related: Rethinking Telemarketing and Its Spammy Reputation

 

#4 Creating Shared Experiences

The secret to building rapport is creating shared experiences.

Whether it’s defining the prospect’s problem or identifying a solution,

working together brings people closer.

How Not to Sound Like a Machine:

Turn sales calls into collaborative brainstorming sessions.

Use “we”, “our”, and “us” in the conversation.

 

Rapport is a two-way connection between people.

It’s going to stay that way unless machines master these four skills.


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Objections pop up anywhere in the sales process.

We know they prevent deals from closing.

But they also stop sales conversations from moving forward.

That’s why you need to handle early sales objections.

With a little help from science,

these obstacles become guideposts.

Related: 4 Ways to Get Past Gatekeepers and Reach Prospects Every Time [VIDEO] 

 

Objection: “Just send me some info…”

How to Respond:

“Sure, I want to make sure I send the right info. Tell me more about…”

Why it Works:

  • This uses the ‘Context Effect’ in psychology.
  • The context surrounding an event affects how it’s perceived.

Related: Australian Prospects Preferred mode of Communicating By Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Objection: “We already work with your competitor.”

How to Respond:

“That’s great. What results are you getting?”

Why it Works:

  • This response reverses the direction of change.
  • It’s the best way to overcome status quo bias.

Related: Warning: Don’t let Your Market Competitors Eat you Alive

 

Objection: “Call me back in 6 months…”

How to Respond:

“What are your company’s other priorities right now?”

Why it Works:

  • Prioritizing activities is better than time management.
  • Best-selling author Rory Vaden shows this approach defeats procrastination.

Related: AskCallbox: What makes an effective lead nurturing program?

 

Objection: “We don’t have any budget right now.”

How to Respond:

“That’s okay. I’m not calling to sell you anything today.
But if I could ask you about…”

Why it Works:

  • This response shows empathy.
  • Harvard neuroscience research finds that trust depends on empathy.

Related: Cutting Marketing Spend: When It Works (and When it Doesn’t) [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Try these tactics out for yourself
…and take the conversation to the next level.

 

 

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Attention spans are getting shorter.
One study claims it’s shorter than a goldfish’s.

But this doesn’t mean people now have fishlike intelligence.
We simply got smarter at spending our attention.

That’s the key to getting your emails opened and read.
You have to show they’re worth people’s attention
… and you only have 8 seconds to do this.

Follow these proven tips to make each crucial second count.


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#1 Figure out the best sending schedule

Send times affect email engagement rates.

Research shows mid-morning on weekdays work best.

Tweak your send times based on your own campaign and audience.

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#2 Spend extra effort crafting your subject line

47% of recipients open emails based on subject lines alone.

Good subject lines use recipients’ curiosity and self-interest.

Come up with 2 to 3 subject line ideas and test each one.

#3 Avoid starting with “Hi, my name is…”

Opening lines affect whether your emails get read.

Your email won’t be worth reading if it starts off by talking about you.

Hook your prospects by making the opening about them.

Related: Trial and Error on Email Marketing: How to Get the Best Results (Increase open rates, leads)

#4 Show that you really did your homework

Personalized emails fetch 29% more opens and 41% higher CTRs than generic emails.

But deeper personalization improves conversion by up to 360%.

Open by mentioning a recent trigger event or a shared background.

Related: Make your Emails Impossible to Ignore [Video]

#5 Pay attention to layout and formatting

Recipients spend only 5 seconds scanning an email.

In one glance, your prospect should know what the message is about.

Break the body into smaller chunks and make key items stand out.

 

But as attention spans continue to dwindle,
this is the best way to email prospects:

 

Seek respect, not attention.
It lasts longer.

–Z. Abdelnour

 

 

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How to Make Sure Your Cold Emails Make it to the Inbox [VIDEO]

 

 

1 in 5 commercial emails sent never reaches the inbox.

  • 6% end up in the spam folder
  • 14% are blocked by ISPs entirely.

For cold emails, inbox placement becomes even more challenging.

That’s because…

  • You don’t have a relationship with your recipient yet.
  • You’re sending unsolicited messages.

 

But this doesn’t mean cold emails are spam.

That’s why they belong to the inbox, not the junk folder.

Follow these steps to make sure things stay that way…

 


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Step 1: Scrub your list thoroughly

Your cold outreach’s success depends on the quality of your list.

  • Use list cleaning tools and services to remove bad addresses
  • Run a double opt-in campaign, especially when using a third-party list

Related: How many times should you have your business database cleanse?

Step 2: Check your copy for spam triggers

Your email’s content and design can set off spam alerts in dozens of ways.

  • Limit your use of known spam words
  • Maintain a 60-40 text-to-image ratio
  • Link exclusively to reputable domains

Related: Trial and Error on Email Marketing: How to Get the Best Results (Increase open rates, leads)

Step 3: Segment and personalize your campaign

In the eyes of ISPs, there’s a fine line between non-personalized bulk emails and spam.

  • Add some prospect-specific snippets to your email templates
  • Segment your list and customize the message for each group

Related: Don’t Just Blast Cold Email Pitches, Nurture and Win Customers [VIDEO]

Step 4: Let ISPs know you’re someone they can trust

Sender authentication tools and services can help you improve deliverability.

  • Setup SPF, DKIM, and DMARC anti-spoofing
  • Sign up for sender and email certification audits

Step 5: Watch how you use your sending IP

Once your sending IP and domain get blacklisted, your emails no longer reach recipients.

  • Send emails in small batches each day and gradually increase the volume
  • Use a dedicated IP for your sending server
  • Keep hard bounces below 5% and spam reports below 0.1%

 

Remember, cold emails are not spam unless you make them that way.

 

 

Get some experts for your Marketing Campaign

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4 Ways to Get Past Gatekeepers and Reach Prospects Every Time [VIDEO]

 

 

On average, seasoned reps get past gatekeepers only 13% of the time.
For newcomers, that number goes down to 1%.

With the 4 proven sales call best practices in this video,
you’ll be able to reach prospects every time you dial.

But first, let’s understand what gatekeepers really do.

When gatekeepers screen out calls,
they’re really just doing two things:

  1. Keeping the wrong person away from the boss
  2. Letting the right person reach the boss

Clearly, you want to find yourself in the second scenario.

Here are 4 ways to make this happen…

 

#1 Get yourself referred

The top 2 reasons why executives meet with sales reps are:

  1. Referrals from people in their companies
  2. Referrals from trusted external sources

So, leverage your network and ask for an introduction.

Related: Rethinking Telemarketing and Its Spammy Reputation

#2 Connect with the prospect before calling

Avoid gatekeepers by making prospects expect your call

  • Send a short intro email
  • Ask for industry-specific advice via LinkedIn or Twitter

The point is to build a relationship well before dialing.

#3 Mention something you learned about the prospect

Show gatekeepers you’re someone who knows about the prospect

  • Point out a recent award, published post, or announcement by the decision-maker
  • Explain how your call relates to the prospect’s role

The idea is to avoid sounding like you just called out of nowhere.

Related: Reasons Why You Can’t Get Rid of These “awful” Telemarketers

#4 Stay in charge but be diplomatic

Keep in mind that the person who asks the questions controls the call

  • Always redirect with a question
  • Resist the itch to pitch

Gatekeepers don’t have the authority to approve your offer, so stay firmly in control.

 

Now, try these 4 ideas out on your next sales call.

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Read the latest updates on The Savvy Marketer’s Blog

Get a targeted sales leads or a sample sales and telemarketing script

Contact us or Dial +61 2 9037 2248

 

 

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