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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, BuyerZone's President Mie-Yun Lee has been nominated as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management for 2012. All of us here are very excited and are looking forward to the results next Wednesday!
To vote for Mie-Yun and other worthy candidates you must be an SLMA member. The good news is that you can join for free and access all of SLMA's useful content in the process - a no-brainer for those of us in the online lead gen space.
The voting period ends on Friday, November 30th so sign up this week and let your voice be heard!
Granted, direct mail is difficult to track and the printing and postage costs are less attractive than email campaigns and social media activities. But for some companies looking to engage with potential new prospects, direct mail may still have some gas left in the tank.
The Custom Letter
Now I'm not talking about the coupon flyers or credit card junk mail that sits on your kitchen table until you decide to shred it or toss it in the trash. I'm talking about the personal touch that a well written letter can still provide to potential clients or customers - especially those in the B2B space.
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For those of us on the east coast bracing for Hurricane Sandy, let's hope for the best!
Have a great weekend.
About Leads: Why do emails render differently across email clients?
Ryan Doherty: There are many reasons why emails may render differently. For one, email clients typically use an external rendering engine to display the HTML and these can vary in their approach and tolerance for certain aspects of HTML code.
Also, there is a preprocessing phase that each email goes through prior to reaching the rendering engine and this has the potential to mess things up as well if your email isn't coded to account for all potential scenarios.
I thought I'd share some key takeaways:
State of B2B Demand Generation
Jay Gaines from SiriusDecisions keynoted the conference with some interesting thoughts about the state of demand generation. Over the past few years, demand generation techniques have improved vastly - it's now a well-oiled machine, but the training wheels are still on.
- Tools and technology are on the rise, and marketers are doubling their investment in business intelligence and marketing automation/CRM software. But less than 25% of businesses are leveraging these tools to their fullest (especially marketing automation).
- And though marketers have many more tools at their disposal -- allowing for targeting, segmenting, lead scoring, nurturing and the like, many are still resorting to the tried and true tactics of "spray and pray" -- sending generic email blasts hoping to drive leads.
- The balance of inbound lead channels versus outbound lead channels is still skewing towards inbound. Inbound leads are always a good thing (especially when factoring in cost), but you still need a balance of the two, which we talk about at length in our recent whitepaper.
- As we all know, not all leads will close. According to Jay, 80% of Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs) don't close. Thus, there is an immense amount of "lead waste" if you aren't prepared to turn those "wasted" leads into future opportunities with lead nurturing. The key is to manage the waste with smart but not overly complex lead nurturing campaigns. Campaigns that address the reason for non-closure, for instance, and not just a one-size-fits-all maze of emails that are unlikely to turn a prospect back into your pipeline.
By Jon Faitel
Email marketing is a great way to stay in touch with your customers and promote offers, but with all of the email clients available, it can be a real headache to get your emails to look the same across the board when opened.
From Gmail to Yahoo, Outlook to Apple Mail, and now iOS to Android mail apps, it's a wacky world out there. I don't have a background in HTML, but I've worked with enough web developers to know that email rendering issues aren't always easy.
Outlook - the email destroyer
The primary culprit for email rendering problems seems to be the latest versions of Microsoft Outlook. Whenever we conduct an email campaign, Outlook is the client that always seems to strip out fonts, alter line spacing, and ignore table layout code. This can be especially frustrating if your emails are targeted to a B2B audience - of which many will be opening and reading your email in Outlook.
While I can't explain the technical side of why these things happen, I do know from a marketing perspective, it is not a good look for your company. You put in all that work to write inspiring copy and design a cool layout with nice fonts and then BAM! - Outlook defaults your font selection to Times New Roman, moves your layout around, and you're left with something that looks like a 6th grader designed it in computer class. Ouch.
The good news is that this can all be avoided with a little careful planning and a few extra steps prior to your send date.
Watch the video (it's just under 50 minutes) and learn for yourself how these simple, yet vital steps can ensure success for your lead generation campaigns:
And if you missed the whitepaper, you can download a free copy here.
Do you have tips for success for online lead generation? Share them in the comments below!
Does your company have a video to help educate or drive leads? Feel free to share your thoughts on using video to enhance conversion and transparency about your product or service in the comments section below.
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