In the marketing world, it’s all about data. Data is gathered, it’s analyzed, it’s bought and it’s sold. Unfortunately, as important as data is to businesses, few of us are taking advantage of the most important—and accessible—data of all: our internal data.
At GoLeads, we know that a company’s internal customer database is the most valuable list out there. Despite this fact, in many cases, internal lists are some of the most incomplete lists of all. Think about it. How many of your internal files are missing basic facts such as a number of employees or industry type? Now consider how valuable this information would be for securing new business if it was coupled with your internal invoicing, for example.

 

Of course, not all lists are not created equal. There are cold lists, response lists, and everything in between. What you consider to be the most valuable list can (and will) depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Want to saturate consumers or businesses in a particular geographic area? A list with all demographic filters removed is the way to go. Looking to reach only your best prospects? A list with precise demographic, geographic and psychographic filters will help you do just that.

Here is a list of the most common types of lists:

  1. Cold Lists: Prospects who have not expressed an interest in your product nor have they reached out to you.
  2. Warm Lists: Prospects who have purchased similar products and have expressed an interest in a related product.
  3. Response Lists: Businesses or consumers who have responded to an offer from your company.
  4. Customer Lists: Business or consumers who have purchased something from you in the past.
  5. Hot Lists: Prospects that have expressed a strong interest in your product or services.

 

GoLeads is the list expert. We provide B2B and B2C companies general lists, laser-targeted lists and any other type of list they require. Finally, what sets us apart from other list companies, however, is that fact that we do more than provide lists to our clients, we work with them to drive up the value of their internal database.

If you are a business that doesn’t have an endless amount of time and money (and what business does?), deciding which leads to pass on and which ones to pursue can have a huge effect on your bottom line. After all, if you are fairly certain a lead is going nowhere, there is no sense wasting your time on that lead. Conversely, failing to follow up with a lead that seems to be very interested can mean the loss of a big sale.

It would be nice if all leads fit neatly into two categories – dead ends and certain to convert – but that’s not how it is. In many cases, a lead seems like it could go either way. As a result, you don’t feel comfortable tossing any lead aside but by the same token you are worried about wasting too much time when you don’t know if a lead will convert.

Fortunately, there are some ways you can approach leads to better gauge their potential before you decide whether or not to pursue them.

  1. Carefully track all leads. It is important to meticulously track all leads that come to your website. This can be done by using marketing automation software or simply providing a place for visitors to enter their information.
  2. Incentivize leads. Many people are leery of giving out their information unless their interest is really piqued. Offer white pages on different topics and you will know what your leads are looking for.
  3. Reach out periodically. If you have information on a lead, follow up periodically so that you can find out if they will take the bait. For example, call or email just enough that if they are interested they will welcome your interest but not so much that you become annoying.
  4. Continue your content marketing efforts. Content is still king. The more interesting and useful the content you publish, the more likely it is that a lead that was on the fence will decide to finally make a decision to engage with you.
  5. Use ads. When ads are used with marketing campaigns or other outbound lead generation efforts, leads may opt in after a while.

It is important that you engage with leads so that you can always have the chance to convert them. But the truth is, sometimes a softer approach is the best way to reel in leads that are on the fence.

Chances are if you own a small business you are using social media to market your brand, as well as the products and services you provide. After all, social media is one of the best methods to connect with customers and prospects without breaking the bank.

Unfortunately, many small businesses reach a point where they feel as if they have done all that they can when it comes to social media. They enjoy a good following and are able to interact with customers and prospects on a fairly regular basis. The truth is, however, that social media’s reach is truly endless and no matter how much success you are currently enjoying, you can always achieve more.

So how can you kick it up a notch when it comes to your social media? What follows are some tips to expand your reach, increase your number of followers and, as a result, improve your lead generation efforts and overall sales.

  1. Up your posting game. Posting consistently on your social media sites is imperative to your success. Sporadic posting just won’t cut it. Review what you are posting, as well. It can be easy to fall into the trap of just slapping up a post to say you posted. As difficult as it may be, aim for making every post better than the last.
  2. Always be analyzing. Learn from your successes and failures on social media. Always track your posts to determine what worked best and what didn’t work. Use this knowledge to tailor future posts. It also is a good idea to analyze what your competitors are posting and how many likes, shares, etc. they are seeing. Are there topics they are focusing on that you aren’t? Give those same topics a try.
  3. Make sure your visuals really enhance your posts. It is well-known that pictures and videos increase engagement – but only if they are compelling. Make sure any picture or video you post is pertinent to the content it accompanies.
  4. Join the club. Join communities but be careful about promoting your product. If someone asks a question, you can share a solution but straight out selling is a no-no. Many small businesses wonder what the benefit of joining communities is if they can’t sell to these communities. Two words: relationship building.

Social media is one of the most inexpensive ways to market your business. Make sure you are taking full advantage of it by always looking for ways to do things better!

With nearly 100 million U.S. smartphone users, you should have a mobile app for your business. If you don’t use mobile applications as part of your social marketing, you’re missing thousands, if not millions of potential customers. Look at these stats:

More interesting stats about mobile phone usage:

Mobile Stats

  • 98% of iPhone users use the data features of their phone, 88% use their iPhone to surf the internet and 75% download apps. Source: The Neilson Company
  • 60% of iPhone users access the internet at least once a day. Source: Rubicon Consulting Research
  • The App Store is popular among iPhone owners, with 55.6% accessing news and information via a downloaded application, compared with 22.1% of smartphone owners, and 6.3% of all mobile phone users. Source: Comscore
  • Smartphones are used everywhere: 95% – “downtime”; 82% – at work; 81% – shopping; 80% – at home; 65% – commuting to work. Source: Questus
  • 37 percent of smartphone owners have purchased something non-mobile with their handset in the past 6 months. Source: Compete’s Smartphone Intelligence Survey 2009
  • 50% of iPhone users are under thirty, and 15% are students. Source Rubicon Research Consulting
  • The largest age group of iPhone users is 35-54 who account for 36% of all users, followed by 25-34 at 29%. Source: The Neilson Company
  • 75% of UK iPhone users are males, mostly between the ages of 18-44. That figure is slightly up from UK smartphone ownership demographics, which suggests males comprise 65 percent of owners. Source: Comscore The Neilson Company has revealed that 5% of iPhone owners are between 13 and 17 years old. Source: The Neilson Company
  • By mid-January 2010, three billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s app store alone. Source: Apple
  • Apps that break the top 50 are generally downloaded over 10,000 times daily. Source: AdMob
  • Mobile Analytics firm Flurry suggests an app ranked in the top five is downloaded more than 50,000 times a day. Source: imediaconnection.com
  • In the US, mobile marketing budgets leaped by 26% in 2009, in contrast to a reduction of 70% in overall marketing spend. Source: MMF Panel.

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