As one of a handful of highly-specialized digital marketing companies in Singapore, the Client recently expanded into the influencer marketing space.
In 2017, the company unveiled their full-service influencer marketing package initially to the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. The Client was planning to follow this up with a full rollout in the rest of their APAC and North American segments in the next year.
The company wanted to accelerate the first phase of this expansion, so they decided to support their overall marketing efforts with targeted outbound tactics. The owner and CEO was convinced that outbound could be a “force multiplier” to inbound in terms of “scaling up direct touches.”
But with much of their expertise and manpower committed to the company’s core digital marketing business, the Client sought the help of third-party providers to handle the outbound campaign. The company looked at potential marketing partners that had:
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
One of the Client’s longtime digital marketing customers recommended Callbox as a possible outbound provider. After a thorough review of each potential vendor, the Client went with Callbox, mentioning how the latter “scored highly” in all the criteria they laid out.
A three-month appointment setting campaign was then planned and implemented. The campaign’s main goal involved driving awareness and booking sales meetings for their recently-launched influencer marketing platform. Some key campaign activities include:
The three-month campaign ran for a total of 66 days spanning much of Q3 2018 and early October of that year. The results met the Client’s expectations in a number of key performance areas:
Given these results from the initial campaign, the Client wants callbox to handle its upcoming outbound initiatives for the next stages of its expansion.
In 2013, the Client’s Singapore office signed up for a three-month pilot appointment setting campaign with Callbox. The company wanted to outsource some of their prospecting responsibilities, so that their in-house team could focus on opportunities further downstream.
Right around the same time, the Client was also ramping up its direct marketing activities across Southeast Asia. The company had a number of inbound and outbound marketing initiatives for driving awareness and demand toward its brand management solutions.
One of these was direct outreach activities that targeted various executive and senior-level marketing-related roles at Southeast Asian companies. The main goal of these efforts typically included profiling key accounts and booking introductory meetings for the Client’s consultants.
The Client also hosted live events as part of its customer acquisition strategy. These were usually 1-hour, invitation-only seminars on branding-related topics held at different locations in the region. The target attendees for these in-person events also consisted of senior marketing and sales decision makers.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox worked with the Client to put together a campaign plan that included three months of appointment setting and one month of event marketing (Call-to-Invite) activities, along with thorough customer profiling.
Callbox registered 36 event attendees—more than four times than the target.
Going into the appointment setting campaign, the Client’s main metrics included number of qualified appointments and number of hand-raisers (warm prospects). As for the Call-to-Invite campaign, the primary KPI was number of registered attendees.
The campaign generated a total of 9 qualified appointments from the target areas of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The campaign also produced a total of 124 warm prospects for the Client.
There were a total of 36 registered attendees handed off in the Call-to-Invite campaign. These included 33 registered attendees for the Client’s Thailand seminars (which was more than four times what the company had targeted for Callbox).
NZ B2B Media Company On Track to Hit Targets with Callbox
The Client offers video production services to corporate and business customers all over New Zealand. The company maintains a portfolio of video projects used in internal and external communications, company profiles, corporate announcements, events coverage, customer testimonials, product guides, training resources, and promotional materials.
The company recently ramped up its customer acquisition objectives, with particular focus given to mid-sized organizations located in the Auckland and Hamilton areas. The Client wanted to grow its market share in the “Golden Triangle” region, where the company expects demand for corporate video productions to outpace the rest of the country.
In order to meet its new targets with the sales resources and manpower it currently has, the Client believes it’s going to need the help of a third-party agency doing much of the top-of-funnel prospecting legwork, so that its sales development team can exclusively focus on mid- to bottom-of-funnel stages.
• Combined one-on-one sales calls with targeted email outreach to drive conversations in successful NZ campaign
• Handed off qualified sales appointments that match Client’s target customer profile and level of solution fit
• Helped Client increase both sales opportunities and pipeline value
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client partnered with Callbox after reviewing proposals from a number of marketing agencies. Callbox met all the Client’s requirements in terms of value and experience, with the Client saying that the extensive New Zealand records in Callbox’s proprietary database was a key determining factor.
Callbox then closely collaborated with the Client to plan out a 3-month appointment setting campaign that integrated one-on-one calls with targeted email outreach. The campaign’s overall goal was to introduce the Client’s video production services to relevant decision makers from companies in its target industries and to book qualified prospects for a meeting with the Client’s reps.
The campaign began by initiating contact and nurturing warm leads through targeted email outreach. Accordingly, most of the results generated during the campaign’s first couple of weeks were almost exclusively related to email marketing initiatives, including average delivery rates of 98%, open rates of 33%, and CTRs of 7%.
As the initial phase started winding down during the second half of the first month, the campaign began seeing steady appointment setting results. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown:
Out of the 40 total qualified appointments, the Client expects to turn 75% (or 30) into sales-qualified opportunities. With average close rates of 60%, the Client can potentially generate around 18 new customers from the campaign within the next sales cycle.
Despite its huge client base and nationwide coverage, the Client needed a partner to provide them with a steady flow of advertisers. More advertisers would mean keeping their mailings updated with the latest product and service options to affluent homeowners. With someone handling the search for advertisers, the Client could then speed up the sales cycle and focus their efforts on mailings.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
An Appointment Setting Campaign was launched to capture advertisers that catered to affluent homeowners.
Assessment and List Preparation
After consultations with the Client about their goals and identifying their target market, the Callbox team put their expertise to work starting with the preparation of the list of advertisers. Callbox tapped into its global database, which is home to highly targeted business contacts from all industries.
Majority of the Client’s advertisers provide home-improvement products and services, such as decorating, kitchen, closet, bath, fireplace, fencing, landscaping, lighting, maintenance, roofing, painting, wall covering, and flooring. Based on the criteria given, Callbox’s in-house research team produced a customized list for the Client.
Cold Calling and Appointment Setting
After uploading the Clients customized list of advertisers to Callboxs PipelineCRM, the script was prepared by Callbox. Callbox agents carefully studied this script in preparation for cold-calling.
Highly-trained to present products and services and competent to handle inquiries, Callbox agents successfully forwarded qualified sales leads to the Client. Upon advertiser request, agents also provided valuable additional information and walked them through the Client’s process, products, website and mailing schedules. Making over 200 calls per day, Callbox agents booked phone and face-to-face appointments one after the other and passed them to the Client’s sales team for closing.
Satisfied Client Refers Callbox to Over 15 Franchises
The first of the Client’s franchises that signed up for Callbox’s Appointment Setting service was based in San Antonio, Texas. After a successful campaign, word spread about Callbox’s appointment setting expertise, and as a result, more of the Client’s franchises followed suit. The Callbox clientele grew to over 15 franchises, all referred by their fellow franchises through word of mouth.
The Callbox team successfully captured the right advertisers for these franchises. The Client’s sales team had to do less cold calling and following up due to the support provided by Callbox. The Client was pleased with the Callbox teams performance and notes that 80 percent of its first-time advertisers re-signed for future mailings.
With more advertisers seeking a place in Client’s scheduled direct mailings, the Client now offers advertisers added value by posting their postcards on their company website, where consumers can search for specific services and print advertisers’ postcard offerings.
Today the Client remains the top direct mailer providing the highest quality services and products available. They currently mail to 11 million owner occupied homes across the nation in over one hundred major markets, and the list keeps growing.
The Client wanted to increase business leads through telemarketing their service offering as traffic to their website does not provide them a steady business flow. The Client offers SEO to their own customers but felt they needed supplemental support in promoting the said service to a wider market and reach other business firms outside their own locality. The Client also needed to gather information on the companies who wish to take on their SEO service.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
For this particular campaign, the Client sought Callbox’s help in researching companies and firms that are in need of and will benefit from their SEO service. Callbox launched a lead generation and appointment setting campaign which included calling the decision makers of companies included in the Client’s list of targeted industries. Companies found to be interested with Client’s SEO service underwent a pre-qualifying process with a Callbox agent to determine if each prospect is the type of customer sought after by the Client. The pre-qualifying questions were formulated both by Client and Callbox.
Once determined to be a qualified sales lead, the prospect’s details were listed in Client’s personal PipelineCRM account. The Client’s Account Sales Representative, then followed-up on the leads which were generated by Callbox and personally set appointments with the prospects.
The Callbox team successfully increased the Client’s customer share. The Client’s own team focused on closing business opportunities via setting appointments, after Callbox qualified their prospects for them. Companies who availed of Client’s SEO service offering exponentially increased after the latter’s involvement with Callbox’s Lead Generation campaign. The Client is currently following-up on the business prospects which Callbox has provided them.
Part of the Client’s marketing strategy is conducting a series of events each year. One of those events was a free seminar workshop held in Singapore and Thailand, aimed at introducing its branding solutions to potential customers. To maximize the marketing value of this event, the Client looked for a marketing partner who could develop an effort that combined email and telemarketing to generate its desired number of registrations in a short span of time. The Client’s objective was two-fold:
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Having worked with a number of big companies in Singapore and Thailand before, the Client had already compiled a database contacts which would be used in this campaign. The overall effort started in September 04, 2013 and involved two waves of marketing activity leading to the event.
The first was an email campaign to send out invitations containing details of the event, along with a short summary of the Client‘s profile and its services. Target contacts included C-level decision makers from the top 200 local companies in Singapore and Thailand.
The second wave involved an outbound telemarketing outreach to qualify email respondents based on the Client’s qualification criteria. Qualified respondents were then forwarded to the Client’s team for confirmation and event registration. Callbox submitted weekly RSVP reports which allowed the Client to forecast the number of potential attendees and make adjustments to step up the campaign when necessary.
Both campaigns were successful not only in terms of quantity (number of leads generated), but more importantly, in quality. The email blast generated an impressive response rate that a week prior to the campaign’s completion, the Client contracted another agent from Callbox to assist with the calls. In 22 days, the campaign generated a total of:
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