The Client made history and proved its might in the technology sector when it completed a merger valued at approximately $60 billion with one of the biggest data storage companies, in 2015.
Although It was known to be the biggest tech deal ever, several roadblocks halted the deal’s success which affected the business in many different ways. One of those is product redundancy.
The Client’s newly acquired partner hosts several subsidiaries that were meant to augment technology bases and slope up the business but turned out to create a complex battleground, resulting in customer anxiety instead.
In the hope of driving awareness on customers about its new line of combined products and services, the Client decided to host a series of events.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox and the Client methodized a three-month Call-to-Invite campaign.
The goal was for the Callbox team to invite target participants and register to the series of events that the Client will be hosting in different countries and schedules.
The discussions focused on automation and data security.
The three-month Call-to-Invite campaign concluded the key objective set for the project: to drive awareness on target customers about the new line of merged products and services as one brand.
The Call-to-Invite campaign delivered the following results:
First Month, Thailand
Second Month, Singapore
Third Month, Malaysia
Overall, the three-month Call-to-Invite outreach produced a total of 180 leads (confirmed attendees) as against the Client’s target of 100.
The leads delivered were best-qualified targets which turned in 55% conversion for the Client.
The Client has more than four decades of ICT experience and leadership. It started with service-oriented technologies and has kept the battle in its hands until it lost bearings in 2011 due to management hit-or-miss and tough market competition.
The ICT magnate saw a decline in their revenue and sagging interest from their customers with competitors’ rapid release of mobile devices that made them seem invisible in the market.
Although several innovations were launched to snatch their target customer’s interest back, the problem continued for a couple of years, resulting to difficulty in promoting their new line of products. This called for the client to outsource some of its functions, particularly sales and marketing.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox and the Client built a detailed plan for a two-term account-based appointment setting campaign.
The thrust was for Callbox to get the Client’s sales specialists appointments with relevant IT purchase stakeholders, B2B prospects that have a need to purchase servers or PCs within three to six months time.
The six-month campaign exceeded all key objectives set for the project: individual channels, main activities, and overall campaign.
The campaign produced the following results:
Overall, the six-month campaign produced a total of 1,248 qualified appointments (sales-qualified leads).
The appointments delivered were best-qualified. Although the Client did not specify, they confirmed that the bulk of the leads were converted into new accounts.
Callbox was able to establish a good working relationship with the Client which resulted to two referrals from them.
Since 2014, Callbox has been a key partner in the Client’s customer acquisition program. The Client outsources much of its prospecting activities to Callbox and receives the bulk of its outbound leads and appointments from Callbox campaigns carried out regularly throughout the year.
During the campaign for the second half of 2018, Callbox implemented an account-based appointment setting strategy. This was in support of the Client’s recent adoption of an ABM approach for acquiring new business.
With ABM, the Client aims to capture high-value deals by engaging multiple contacts in an organization. According to the Client, they’ve observed that IT buying decisions now have to pass through different layers of decision makers. Oftentimes this means reps need to speak to multiple roles within the target company just to get their foot in the door.
The Client wanted Callbox to help them initiate this process, so that their reps can focus on moving the sales conversation forward. As a result, Callbox’s role grew to include market research, account selection, account profiling, and targeted outreach.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox and the Client worked out a detailed plan for a six-month account-based appointment setting campaign. The plan applied Callbox’s proven multi-touch, multi-channel outreach capabilities to connect with multiple relevant IT purchase stakeholders in the target accounts. The campaign consisted of three main activities:
The six-month campaign met all the key objectives set for each level of the project: individual channels, main activities, and overall campaign.
In terms of individual outreach channels used in the campaign, the Callbox team delivered the following results:
The three main account-based campaign activities produced the following:
Overall, the six-month campaign produced a total of 89 qualified appointments (sales-qualified leads) and 134 marketing-qualified leads (MQLs).
Since the qualified appointments represented best-fit, highly-interested opportunities, the Client expected to convert the bulk of these into new accounts, though they did not specify their forecast.
The Client continues to have Callbox as a marketing partner. Currently, Callbox is running a new six-month account-based appointment setting campaign for the Client
The Client started working with Callbox in 2017. Throughout the ensuing 12 months, Callbox has remained a strategic marketing partner for the company, helping them reach key business milestones.
As an extension of the Client’s marketing team, Callbox is responsible for planning and executing targeted outbound prospecting campaigns based on the company’s growth objectives and revenue goals.
During the project’s first two campaigns, the Client focused on increasing awareness and acquiring customers for its growing suite of managed services aimed at SMEs in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
As the company’s marketing priorities shifted (such as the addition of new offerings like its IT advisory and cloud management solutions into the product mix), Callbox was consistently able to readapt how it planned and managed campaigns according to the Client’s changing requirements.
The specialized nature of the Client’s services also meant that marketing reps handling the Client’s campaigns needed to have a good technical grasp of the offerings. This ensured that the company’s unique value proposition was effectively communicated to the target prospects.
In August 2018, the Client expanded into the Australian market by setting up an office in Sydney. The bulk of the outbound activities have since been refocused toward engaging potential customers in the new market
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Each three-month campaign consisted of an integrated phone and email outreach cadence designed to qualify prospects and book them for a meeting with the Client’s reps. Accordingly, each campaign focused on three main activities:
Researching and Profiling Contacts
Outreach and Follow-up Activities
The project has now completed three full campaigns (each with three months of appointment setting activities) and is currently in the middle of the fourth campaign. So far, the results are in line with the Client’s targets.
The three completed campaigns have generated a total of 90 qualified appointments, or an average of 30 per campaign (around 10 per month). The Client says this far exceeds what their team can produce in-house.
More importantly, during the second campaign, the Client was able to win new contracts worth $150,000 from the appointments delivered by the Callbox team.
Mobile Platform Deepens Pool of Potential Merchant Partners in SG Campaign
Headquartered in South Korea, The Client established its Singapore office in 2012, providing a suite of integrated marketplace platforms tailored for the local online and mobile commerce segments. This included its flagship social discovery app launched in 2013 that allowed users to share and recommend places of interest in Singapore.
One of the app’s key selling points was that it featured an extensive network of merchant partners that actively engaged users with exclusive offers and promos. The app gave participating merchants an added channel for having real-time conversations with customers, improving brand visibility through user-generated content and micro-influencers, as well as gaining valuable customer insights and contextual marketing information.
Several months after releasing the app, the Client wanted to accelerate the growth of its merchant partner network in response to very positive user adoption numbers. This led the company to consider implementing targeted marketing tactics alongside its inbound marketing efforts.
But with little experience in direct marketing and much of its marketing resources already tied up in existing programs, the Client realized the best way forward was to work with a third-party provider that specialized in targeted outreach.
• Launched a multi-touch campaign that helped accelerate the Client’s partner acquisition efforts
• Increased the number of potential merchant partners from SG retailers in the Client’s pipeline
• Expanded both branding and revenue potential with high decision maker reach rates
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client chose Callbox after reviewing a shortlist of marketing agencies, pointing to Callbox’s long-term experience deploying successful campaigns in Singapore as the deciding factor.
Callbox and the Client then developed a campaign plan that combined emails and phone calls delivered as a sequence of multiple touches. The main campaign objectives included:
Callbox completed the campaign in six months (or 132 days at 22 days per month), and handed off a total of 129 qualified appointments and 302 verified leads to the Client.
Since the campaign followed a multi-touch cadence that started with email activities designed to initiate contact, the Callbox team only began generating appointments near the end of the first month. Once the nurtured contacts began converting, the campaign was able to consistently deliver between 18 to 25 qualified appointments each month.
The Callbox team also achieved a relatively high decision maker reach rate of around 24% and, by the end of the campaign, the team connected with a total of 3,045 decision makers.
The Client projected that 80% of the appointments generated in the campaign would convert into qualified sales opportunities, with 60% turning into signups. That translates to 62 potential new merchant partners for the Client’s social discovery app.
The Client’s core mission is to help companies implement and optimize Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM applications. It sells its services primarily to large- and mid-sized businesses in verticals such as distribution, manufacturing, and professional services.
The company recently refocused its marketing initiatives toward growing the customer base for its three industry-specific modules: industrial, professional services, and AX users. Part of its new customer acquisition strategy called for targeting prospects throughout the U.S via outbound channels.
Being a small company (with only 35 employees), the Client clearly needed some outside help carrying out many of its marketing activities. Past experience has taught the company that its small team of in-house sales reps was best deployed following up qualified leads and nurturing opportunities, instead of spending a great deal of their time prospecting.
Once the company finalized its requirements, the Client began looking for a potential outsourcing partner that could:
1. Identify accounts that fit the target customer profile for each of the Client’s three modules
2. Qualify contacts for each identified account by gauging purchase intent and solution fit
3. Collect additional prospect information to be used by its in-house reps
• Completed a 6-month US-wide appointment setting project for a leading enterprise cloud consulting firm
• Generated high-value sales appointments for conversion within the next 12 months
• Increased prospect quantity and quality by combining phone calls with emails and social media
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client chose Callbox at the suggestion of one of its partner IT companies. The Client pointed out that Callbox’s marketing experience in the enterprise cloud space was a deciding factor.
Callbox then put together a 6-month appointment setting program consisting of six monthly campaigns. Each campaign focused on a specific segment for the company’s three main modules. The entire project made use of live phone outreach integrated with email and social media activities.
The six campaigns ran for a total of six months. In each of the campaigns, a good part of the first half was spent warming up prospects and doing research. This meant that much of the initial campaign activities focused on email marketing and social media. For the entire project, emails and LinkedIn produced the following results:
• Email delivery rate: 99.4%
• Email open rate: Up to 38.3%
• Email reply rate: Up to 5.13%
• LinkedIn connections: 1,492
• LinkedIn groups: 144
• LinkedIn leads: 6
Live conversations with prospects generated the following results:
• 21 qualified appointments
• 2 completed leads
Most of these results were recorded during the closing stages of each campaign. The Client says that all 21 appointments meet their sales criteria, so they expect to convert around half (or 11) of these prospects within the next 6 to 12 months.
Marketing in complex-sale verticals, such as IT and manufacturing, carries a special set of challenges. The conversion funnel is usually longer and nonlinear, and the process requires connecting with multiple decision-makers. That’s on top of the relatively steep learning curve needed to understand and communicate what the product or service brings.
For the Client, these form the basic requirements when teaming up with third-party agencies that handle part of their marketing programs. The company combines inbound efforts (mainly done in-house) with outbound tactics (mostly outsourced to providers). Prospecting and lead generation are the activities that the Client typically delegates to an outside marketing company.
The Client recently decided to look for a new marketing partner as part of its renewed focus on Southeast Asia. The company needed an outbound agency with the scope to help it cover new segments in its target areas ((Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), as well as the scale to generate prospects from companies in its target industries.
More importantly, the Client wanted a lead generation company they could work with on a long-term basis. This would accelerate deployment of campaigns and keep the messaging more consistent.
• Launched a long-term marketing partnership with one of Asia’s biggest tech brands
• Helped the Client reach event turnout targets
• Handed off high-potential sales appointments
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client reviewed proposals sent by Callbox and two other marketing agencies. All three had considerable experience managing companies’ APAC campaigns, but Callbox was able to provide case studies and references showing projects with longer-term commitments. The Client placed a great deal of emphasis on this key differentiator and signed up with Callbox.
The project kicked off a few weeks before a company-sponsored event. The Callbox team worked closely with the Client to put together a call-to-invite campaign aimed at boosting turnout:
1. The event revolved around driving awareness and generating leads for its SAP services and solutions.
2. The target attendees mainly consisted of decision-makers in IT, Operations, and Finance from Singapore-based manufacturing firms. The Client wanted to focus on companies not using SAP Business One.
3. Once Client approved the call list and campaign materials, Callbox then launched a one-month (22-day) call-to-invite campaign.
The rapid growth in number of IT companies and the seemingly similar products and services offered tend to cause confusion among business owners on which IT service provider would best fit to address their IT needs, and the Client was not spared from such.
The conventional “WIIFM” (what’s in it for me) would not make any difference at all, the IT expert thought. So the “what” was replaced with “why” as (why is it for me) for their campaign to make target customers understand why they should choose the Client as their IT provider instead of simply knowing what they offer. The campaign was successfully carried out with Callbox.
• Validated contact details via Customer Profiling campaign
• Filtered most active contacts via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool
• Ensured solid appointments via the Smart Calling system
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
1. Though the Client had tried their best to keep their database in top condition, they still opted to have it validated by the Callbox team.
2. Using the Pipeline Lead Nurture tool, the Callbox team sent an initial single-page email that contained an overview of the Client’s products and services with very limited information but included teasers of a current customer’s success story to pique the prospect’s interest.
3. Active responses like opened emails, website visits, clicked links, and queries were tracked and saved for follow-up calls.
4. Invalid emails (bounces) and contact details were updated upon speaking with the prospect.
The first month of the campaign generated 12 appointments and 4 registrations, but as the Calbox team got more familiar with the the target market and customer profiles, appointments delivered almost tripled in the second month with 34.
In the third month, another 12 appointments were generated with 6 registrations; 16 for the fourth month and 12 on the fifth month of the campaign.
The numbers escalated once again in the sixth month with 22 appointments and decreased a bit in the seventh month with 13 appointments and 8 registrations. While the eighth month took a bit of a hit with 3 appointments. The ninth month made up for the dip in numbers with 20 appointments and the tenth month closed out with 5.
The 10-month campaign generated a total of 149 appointments and 18 registrations. It is worth noting, however, that the Client is still counting more appointments and registrations as they go into the eleventh month, or technically, the first month following the end of the 10-month campaign.
With over eight years of experience in the IT consulting and professional services space, the Client now ranks as one of the most trusted service providers in the industry and has successfully partnered with companies like Citrix Systems, AppSense, Blue Coat, and Apple (mobility).
The Client started out in 2009 as a white-label supplier of IT services to vendors and resellers. These companies would subcontract the Client to perform services on their behalf, often without the end customers knowing about the Client’s involvement. In 2014, the company refocused toward directly providing services to enterprises and organizations.
This move presented a bit of a branding conundrum for the company. The main challenge was finding a way to embed its extensive experience as an IT subcontractor for specific VDI, cloud services, and security verticals in the value proposition for its new business model.
For that reason, the Client undertook a massive marketing program that simultaneously focused on branding and customer acquisition. The customer acquisition plan highlighted nurturing leads in-house with the Client’s marketing team while delegating top-of-funnel prospecting activities to a third-party agency.
The Client chose Callbox as its outsourced marketing partner due to a number of factors, with the main one being the “consultative fit” that Callbox’s marketing solutions offered. The Client pointed out that taking a consultative approach to a project (rather than a purely engineering perspective) was their key differentiator and that Callbox was also able to demonstrate this by being more of a marketing advisor than a marketing agency. Given the Client’s marketing goals, the challenge is two-fold:
• Finding and identifying qualified opportunities for the Client’s customer acquisition efforts
• Generating awareness about the Client’s different IT consulting and professional services
• Planned and executed an ongoing appointment setting campaign for an IT services company
• Reached and engaged IT managers, CIOs, and CTOs in AU and NZ via phone, email and social media
• Stayed on target at each phase of the campaigncleansed and up-to-date contact list
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Both the Callbox team and the Client agree that an integrated appointment setting campaign best meets the latter’s requirements. The campaign primarily consists of phone-based conversations enhanced with email and social media touch points.
In addition, the campaign timeline is divided into weekly or biweekly segments, with each segment focusing exclusively on a specific solution that the Client offers. These include BlueCoat, Zscaler, Radware, Apple, and CheckPoint—along with general consultancy services, business analyst services, and other IT project services. Other key campaign activities are as follows:
1. Prior to the start of the campaign, the Callbox team compiled and profiled the prospect list comprised of IT managers, CIOs, and CTOs from companies headquartered or operating in Australia and New Zealand.
2. Since the campaign is made up of different phases, the Callbox team prepares campaign materials for each stage. These are sent to the Client for review and approval.
3. Call scripts are based on a list of eight probing questions given by the Client. Each script gauges a prospect’s need and fit for a specific IT product or solution.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
1. The campaign uses two types of email messages:
A. Intro/follow-up emails
B. Targeted send-outs
Intro/follow-up emails help warm up and nurture phone prospects, while targeted send-outs are intended for prospects who request more information.
2. The Callbox team does the bulk of the campaign’s email marketing activities through the Pipeline Lead Nurture tool. This ensures targeted,
personalized, and timely emails.
3. The campaign team applies best practices and precautions to avoid spam complaints and to maintain good sender reputation.
At time of writing, the campaign has completed three
months’ worth of multi-channel appointment setting activities and is already at the final week of its fourth month.
Like most of Callbox’s integrated appointment setting projects, the early stages of the Client’s campaign primarily revolved around email activities for warming up prospects and refining the campaign focus. Open rates for the bulk send-outs reached 10.2%, 11.4%, and 23.0% for the first, second, and third months, respectively. The campaign was also able to maintain hard bounces and unsubscribes within acceptable limits.
Since the campaign calendar is subdivided into weekly or biweekly segments that focus on a particular IT solution, the overall monthly appointment setting results tend not to follow a definite trend.
The campaign, so far, has generated the followingmonthly outcomes:
• First month: 14 appointments
• Second month: 8 appointments
• Third month: 7 appointments and 3 leads completed
The campaign is still ongoing and, so far, it has delivered 29 appointments. Since these appointments have been qualified using a highly targeted set of parameters, the Client expects to move 80% of these appointments further down the funnel as sales-qualified Leads (SQLs). In addition, the company has a track record of closing 30% to 40% of SQLs after 6 months in the pipeline. This means that the Client can
potentially generate up to 9 new customers from this leg of the campaign.
The Client consistently delivers the best print and copy solutions for their customers – a potent commitment which brought them successes in revenue and customer care since the company’s inception in 2005.
But as years passed, market competition has become tougher and the primal revenue target of 20% per year showed a dramatic decline in recent years, dipping to only 13%-15%. Due to this decline, the Client felt the urgency to regain what they’ve lost and immediately acted on the issue by taking the next best steps – looking for an outsourced lead generation partner and deciding on Callbox.
• Use of 5 marketing channels
• Warming up prospects via Lead Nurture Tool
• Increased contact rates via Callbox’s SMART Calling
• Lost revenue regained
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
1. Callbox validated contact details in the database to ensure accuracy by sending initial emails with overview on the total print managed services.
2. Active responses like opened emails, website visits, clicked links, downloads and queries were tracked via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool and saved for follow-up.
3. Invalid emails (bounces) and contact details were corrected updated upon speaking with the decision maker.
The Client, although prided with the value proposition of providing A1 screening tools for fast and accurate analysis of the widest variety of materials, truthfully admitted that coping with global competitions would be difficult to achieve without a partnership with some significant sectors like sales and marketing. Their products’ key benefits (point and shoot, verification in seconds, rapid, reliable and rugged, non-destructive testing and no sample preparation, easy to carry) were first-rate features that set them apart from competitors but were hardly positioned to their target customers’ attention due to some deferring areas in the business process that withheld progress and expansion goals:
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
As an industry expert on providing sales and marketing solutions to a global market, Callbox, upon its initial discussion with the Client deemed the course unique and framed a fitting solution for the aforementioned concerns.
The combined lists from the Client and Callbox totaled to 4,894 profiled and updated records. The three-point probing approach unleashed significant answers from the prospects which were instrumental to the Client in tailor-fitting solutions for them.
Out of the 4,894 records, the Callbox team generated 93 appointments and 51 warm follow ups, and before the three-month campaign ended, the Client was already preparing proposals for three large companies.
The technology leader concluded that indeed, with Callbox’s Appointment Setting program, business advancement and expansion were imminent.
As a technology consulting solutions expert, the Client provides a variety of services like catalog management, e-retail design and development, storefront software support, ROI optimization, Google utilization, order and inventory management, SEO, integration, product data feeds, product data cleansing, email marketing and the full service package from evaluation to analysis to tailor the best fitting solution.
The extensive solutions they provide have brought in long-term clients and have resulted to high ROI for the business. However, recent years have seen meager production of new business deals due to some challenges that were caused by the following:
The Client opened themselves to options that could possibly address these issues and outsourcing to a lead generation provider came up as the top and most preferred over others like buying/renting lists and adding in-house staff to multiply the job.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox and the Client possess a similar characteristic in terms of prospecting and handling customers – everything goes through evaluation and analysis before customizing the best-fit solution.
To ensure data accuracy, the Callbox team profiled the database. The contact details like email addresses, phone numbers, company name and address, SIC codes and social media accounts were updated.
The email marketing campaign yielded a total of 720 replies out of the 4500 sent, a 50% increase from the previous average percentage from the Client’s in-house email marketing process.
Out of the 720 replies (website visits, clicked links, downloaded forms), 6% or 44 solid appointments were delivered while the remaining 676 were warm follow-ups that were worth nurturing.
Of the 44 leads, the Client was able to close 5 deals and is looking into 3 more closes before the year ends, pegging the close ratio for Callbox leads at an impressive 18%. The total of 8 closes would result to additional revenue for the Client upwards of $250,000.