John is a sales manager at a marketing company based in Atlanta. Recently, he hasn’t had much luck finding leads. Despite updating their website and posting regularly on their blog, David’s client list isn’t getting any bigger.
His coworker Julie recommends website tracking, a practice that would allow him to identify anonymous visitors browsing their site. Once David has the power to identify leads, he can start pursuing them.
How Does Website Tracking Work?
Website tracking works by assigning each visitor a unique identification number. Until they clear their cookies, their visits will be tracked. David can find out:
Who’s browsing their site.
Which pages they’re looking at.
How long they’re browsing each page.
Which referral source led them to the website.
Now that David has website tracking software working in his favor, he can focus his efforts on developing a conversion strategy.
What Can Revenue Detective Tell You?
Revenue Detective turns anonymous visitors into qualified sales leads. In other words, we can tell you who’s browsing your site and are interested in your company.
Find out what companies are looking at your site.
Learn about individual leads.
See the buyer’s journey.
See company “Contacts” to learn about a company and its employees.
Learn which keywords prompted their visit.
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Why? What worked for your business in the past won’t necessarily work in the future. The landscape of marketing platforms and channels is perpetually changing. As a result, your marketing strategy should undergo frequent review. But how do you know when it’s time to make a change?
Fortunately, Revenue Detective is here to help. We believe successful marketing is largely a matter of analytics. The more you know about the performance of your current marketing, the easier it will be to plan a better one in the future. That’s why we developed a variety of data collecting tools with your convenience in mind.
The Tools You Need…
Call tracking provides you with a detailed picture of your marketing performance. Specifically, it identifies which ads are driving calls. Unlike other companies, Revenue Detective offers keyword level call tracking. We can narrow down a caller’s referral source down to the keywords they typed into a search engine. How does this help you? It allows you to determine which ads and keywords are worth the money. In other words, it helps you invest your marketing dollars strategically.
Email tracking tells you when a prospect has opened your email. You won’t have to wonder if your email campaign was successful. You’ll know how many prospects opened your email and what steps they took after opening it. When you hit the tag button on an email, you can receive a notification every time the recipient returns to your site. Is your sales pitch effective? Are your email recipients browsing your site? Find out when you install email tracking software.
Website tracking identifies the people visiting your site and offers you a look at their browsing history. Are you curious which pages on your site are attracting clicks? Website tracking tells you which pages are leading to sales and, alternatively, which pages have a high bounce rate. Website tracking not only helps you proactively pursue customers. It also helps you strengthen the marketing language on your website. And it integrates seamlessly with our email tracking software to provide you with your customers’ browsing history.
Are Your Marketing Efforts Paying Off?
These powerful tools identify which marketing is driving people to your business and facilitating sales. If you don’t know how your marketing is performing, you’re likely wasting thousands of dollars each month. Pay per click ads and keywords are expensive. Take advantage of call tracking software to learn which ads are worth the money. And utilize our email tracking software to discover which email blasts are actually getting clicks. Taking these steps can not only save you a ton of money. It can help you strengthen your marketing and increase your sales.
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The question is often asked by any size of business: “Where should I put my marketing dollars to help me stand out from the crowd?
At least one of the answers should be SEM. SEM (Search Engine Marketing) in 2019 is almost a default effort that every business needs to employ to be successful in the digital space.
That is not to say that your business should go willy nilly into the world of SEM without a plan, a direction, a set of goals, and other KPIs to ensure that you are spending your money wisely. After all, to any business owner, every dollar is important. Ensuring that the money you are putting out into the ether is bringing money back in is of the utmost importance. Fortunately, through a good SEM campaign, you can more often than not rest assured that you will generate some ROI.
There are a slew of reasons why these efforts are important for any business, but not all will be relevant to your business. However, if you can find the solution and the reason that fits your needs, that is always a good start.
You can start a campaign right now and start getting results the next day! This isn’t always the best route, as there should be planning and discovery that goes into any marketing effort, but if you are looking to generate more traffic, gain more brand awareness, increase the number of leads in your funnel, and more, you can quickly generate a successful campaign (with proper planning) and get moving!
In the realm of search, you can never be certain what your competitors are going to do. Outside of regularly checking your own brand name in searches, you can ensure you stay at the top of the results by bidding on your brand. Usually, the cost is low, because your name will have fewer searches and competition than most. Searchers will also see your name at the top of the list if you include it in the ad copy, increasing awareness and association with your product or service. It is always good to be front of mind to your users.
When using any SEM platforms, you are gaining data on what your users are searching for. You can look in detail at the search terms that are generating clicks and conversions for your ads, which in turn shows you the search terms that people are associating with your business. This can drive more marketing efforts through your site, from new static web pages to blogs and videos that you can create on your site. It really opens up a new world of opportunity.
By now, nearly everyone knows the large market share that mobile search has, which is propelled even more by the rise in voice search. As these numbers continue to go up, it is important that you find your users where they are. With the smaller size of the mobile search engine results page, it is important that you stay near the top. This can be accomplished with a good mobile SEM campaign, keeping you relevant to both desktop and mobile users.
Nearly all search, especially when it comes to Google, is targeted to the area surrounding the user. More and more, people are searching for terms like “near me” or “in INSERT CITY” to generate searches that are more relevant to them. This isn’t surprising, as searchers get smarter about finding the things they need and the search engines get smarter about delivering those local results. With an appropriately targeted SEM campaign, you can target the specific areas that your users are in, target relevant local search terms that your users are looking for, create ad copy surrounding those specifics, and generate more quality leads!
As a business owner, especially if you’re just starting to delve into an SEM campaign, you don’t have to blow everyone out of the water with a $10,000 budget. Budgets of all shapes and sizes can be catered to and manicured for success within any campaign and as that campaign generates success and growth, it can grow with you. Don’t get scared by budget numbers.
As for which platform you should use to start your SEM efforts, Google is the general default. This makes complete sense since it dominates the search market, but there are other platforms out there you can test to find your audience and meet them where they are. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you take the time to do your research upfront, determine your goals of any marketing effort, and make the commitment that you are going to spend the time to try to make it work. If you half-ass your marketing efforts, especially when it comes to SEM, you can expect results accordingly.
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As COVID-19 continues to create its own challenges for businesses, for those of us in sales and responsible for revenue its a heck of a roller coaster right now to say the least. What worked for lead gen a few weeks ago just changed and continues to change and evolve as people transition to work from an office/location or even decide to stay at home and as businesses try to figure out if, when and how they will get back to some sort of normalcy. Methods have changed and continue to evolve when it comes to driving leads and revenue, as we all try to “figure this out” I will say this, its an evolving situation that requires sales and marketing teams to think outside the box, try and try again, then keep trying even harder, be flexible, be creative and try your best to be patient. Don’t ever give up! just learn what works for you, regardless, its PPC, SEO, Display ads, email, cold phone calls or any other marketing and sales funnel driver, when you figure out what works for you, go all out and make it happen.
Here are a couple of good “non-sales” back to work-related articles:
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It’s a scary time for small businesses during this COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the coronavirus, many businesses have been forced to close, many others have lost a significant percentage of customers, and most have been reduced to skeleton crews and/or a 100% remote workforce.
And if you’re like me, then you’re now forced to work from home while also homeschooling your children. For me, that means my days are spent teaching my daughter 1st-grade math, writing, reading, music, gym, and theater, while also keeping my preschool 5-year old son engaged with activities. Oh, and don’t forget cooking, doing dishes, cleaning, and laundry. That doesn’t leave much time for work…
In other words, it’s a nightmare!
That’s the bad news…
But Let’s Talk About the Good News
The good news is that this is also a unique opportunity that comes maybe once in a lifetime. Think of it as an opportunity to invest in Google or Facebook when nobody had heard of those companies. Obviously, knowing what you know now, it would have been a no-brainer to invest in Google or Facebook. However, when they first launched it was scary because it was uncharted territory.
I would argue we’re in a similar situation now. There is a lot to be gained if we stay focused on the future instead of getting too caught up in the negativity circulating in the media.
For some small businesses, this pandemic could literally be the end. However, if your company is not at immediate risk of going out of business, then I urge you to read on and heed the advice in this article.
Again, this may be an opportunity that you don’t want to pass by. Here are some tips to help you come out on top during this pandemic…
Tip #1: Invest In Your Marketing If You Can
Many of your competitors are taking their foot off of the marketing pedal, which means you may be able to blow right by them! Think of it like the hare taking a break while in the lead only to let the tortoise win the race with consistent effort. Don’t take your foot off the pedal!
Of course, I realize many businesses are simply not able to invest due to lost revenue and if that’s the case then simply skip this tip. However, for everyone else, this is the most important takeaway of this article. Now is the time to invest more, not less in your marketing. That is how you can gain a competitive advantage in the months and years to come.
Tip #2: Reassess & Reallocate Your Marketing Budget
Clearly, trade shows are simply not an option with the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you were planning to invest $X into trade shows or other in-person events, then now is to time to divert that budget into other channels, such as digital marketing.
Also, some of our clients have paused or reduced online advertising with Google Ads, for example, and moved that budget over to search engine optimization (SEO). That way, they can make improvements in their organic rankings that will help them overtake their competitors when the pandemic is over. If you have shut off ads and you can afford to continue to invest in marketing, then I would strongly recommend reallocating that budget to improving your search rankings. This is an investment that could yield a very strong return once business returns to normal.
Tip #3: Change Your Delivery Method
If you have a brick-and-mortar business where you’re no longer able to see customers/patients in-person, then see if you’re able to generate revenue or generate leads or set appointments through other means.
For example, here are some ways you may be able to change your delivery methods during this pandemic:
Dentists/orthodontists can offer virtual consultations instead of in-person consultations – and the same goes for financial advisors and other types of professionals.
Local retailers can offer to deliver goods to customers instead of people coming into their stores.
Massage spas can promote their products instead of their services since they can’t see people in-person
Other businesses can offer discounts for payment up-front. For example, restaurants near me are offering “bonds” where customers can pay $75 to get $100 worth of food in the future when the restaurant reopens. Businesses could do something similar with discounted gift certificates.
Tip #4: Focus on Your Existing Customers
This is really Marketing 101.
However, this pandemic is a good reminder that it’s much easier and less costly to market to existing customers versus acquiring new customers.
The key question here is, “What else can you do to help your existing customers?” Can you offer additional products or services? Can you speed up your delivery for an additional fee? Can you sell more with a bulk discount? Can you partner with another business to enhance your product or service?
At Main Street ROI, we have some clients that want to increase their marketing with us by adding additional services during the COVID-19 pandemic! This relates to tip #1 above and it could be true for your business as well.
Lastly, Try to Enjoy the Ride!
As I mentioned earlier, this is a scary time to be a small business. I’ll admit it, I’m scared too, but I’m also cautiously optimistic. I truly believe our business will be stronger and healthier when this is all over.
And each day I try to just enjoy the ride. As Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sang, “Life’s a journey, not a destination.” Hopefully, this won’t last much longer, which also means I likely won’t ever get this chance again to home school my daughter, play (nearly) all day long with my son, and see my wife 24/7.
It’s a unique time in history and it’s worth taking a moment to soak it all in. Chances are you and your business will be just fine.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay at home!
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In business today, many, but not all, have realized that there is no longer a Sales Team and a Marketing Team… but a SalesMarketing Team.
SalesMarketing can and will be defined in many ways by different groups, but basically, it is a combined effort of both the sales and the marketing departments.
Think of it like this, the focus of the sales department is to make money (or build revenue) through relationships and direct one-to-one contacts. Think phone calls (both cold and warm), reaching out to potential clients, and other activities like this to bring in more business. Alternatively, the marketing department is geared less toward making deals, and more toward creating product awareness. Examples of this would include reaching out via mailings, commercials, print ads, online ads, and more just to bring product awareness to potential groups of customers.
So, it stands to reason that SalesMarketing is a method to make money and increase relationships via marketing type outreach programs. A favorite concept today – especially within businesses that may not have the required capital to fill two departments.
How to Implement SalesMarketing
First, you must understand that SalesMarketing embodies all of the abovementioned concepts of both Sales and Marketing. Implementing SalesMarketing is basically like finding a good multi-tasker: someone who knows the sales pipeline and is marketing savvy.
Next, you have to realize that, although outliers exist, research shows that it takes between 4-12 touch points of intersection to close the deal and make the sale. If this holds true, then each “touch” needs to make a difference, stand out, and leave a lasting impression. This means that your outbound sales strategy is just not enough. You need a robust inbound SalesMarketing plan to keep you competitive and keep you growing.
A Unique Solution…
Here’s one scenario, you have just boosted a post on Facebook, and you are starting to see the results with clicks to your website. How would you like to know which businesses are clicking? Would that help you get your foot in the door with a direct call to a company that you already know is interested in your product or service?
Not a Facebook marketer? How about Twitter? Adwords? It doesn’t matter because Revenue Detective tracks all visitors to your website. Even those that just heard about you and decided to browse your services. In today’s world, this is a Sales and Marketing dream!
But wait, there’s more! Revenue Detective goes beyond tracking the anonymous website visitors; we also have features to track email campaigns, forms that are already on your website, individual emails that you send (yes, you can know when those invoices or sales proposals are opened!), and so much more.
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Every crisis of global proportions always takes its toll on the economy and decimates startups, SMBs, and enterprises equally.
While it’s true that we currently witness bouts of panic buying and wiping out shelves with paper towels and food, B2B sales have suffered a slew of canceled events, unclosed deals, and missed opportunities.
The latest pandemic, COVID-19, has put a massive number of people all around the world in isolation or prompted them to practice social distancing. In case of the B2B industry, this self-Imposed quarantine means that there are no face-to-face appointments, one of the most important strategies for building relationships and loyalty with potential clients.
As the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity sets in and gets the better of us, fewer clients are willing to finalize deals in order to reduce their spending.
However, although we have to observe and analyze the way consumers behave under these new circumstances, we should make extra effort to keep our businesses going until we’re out of the woods.
Here are some tips to help you deal with these issues and keep your B2B sales strong during the coronavirus crisis.
Keep Your B2B Sales Strong During the Crisis:
Keep Your Cool
This is a general piece of advice, regardless of what kind of problem you’re facing.
Panicking and obsessing about how you’re doomed and how your business will fold within weeks won’t get you very far. It will only prevent you from finding a solution and spotting an opportunity when it shows up.
The thing is that this will be a very busy time for B2B sales reps and professionals because they’ll have to keep a close eye on the market, identify the demand, and adapt to the latest changes.
We still have no idea for how long this crisis will last, and that’s why it’s crucial to leave our fears aside and start preparing for what will come when everything goes back to normal.
Besides, as entrepreneurs, we need to find a way to continue doing business with each other in order to build loyalty with our existing and prospective customers, allow our employees to earn their livelihoods, and keep the money flowing.
It’s our responsibility to care for our teams, customers, and communities, and do everything in our power to overcome these challenges.
And that can be done only if we’re calm and collected.
Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario
Having said that, it’s essential to take off your rose-colored spectacles and come to terms with the idea that things will get tough.
Check your numbers and monitor your analytics closely so that you can take additional steps to cut any unnecessary expenses.
This isn’t a pessimistic attitude, but a commonsensical one.
By realizing that your profit will very likely go south and that you won’t be able to hit your numbers, you’ll be able to plan how to stay afloat in times like these. Get ready for some unexpected objections and learn how to prepare for the worst-case sales scenarios.
Change Your Mindset
We’ve already mentioned the importance of face-to-face meetings in the world of B2B sales.
And now that in-person prospecting and networking have been put on hold, it’s only logical to find another way around and get in touch with your clients through the channels they currently use.
This means that you’ll have to compete for their attention with their coworkers, partners, clients, and an avalanche of notifications that they receive if they work from home.
Still, cold outreach is the safest and most effective prospecting and lead generation strategy at the moment.
Of course, if you have an opportunity to finalize a big deal at a full price, do it.
But the point is that you shouldn’t focus on hefty, big deals only.
If you can close a client willing to purchase a smaller subscription plan that initially negotiated, don’t hesitate and try to persuade them to go the whole nine yards.
Act quickly and take what you can. The situation changes on an hour-to-hour basis, so this bird-in-hand approach is what you should stick to.
I know that most salespeople don’t like this way of doing business, but these are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.
Maintain Your Cash Flow
Having a steady cash flow should be your top priority.
And in line with our previous tip, it would be a good idea to give a solid discount to your potential customers who are willing to purchase an annual plan in advance. Just think about it as of an investment that will help your business make it through this lengthy rough patch.
Offering premium features within a regular plan is another way of encouraging your existing customers to extent their subscription and those who consider making a purchase to do it now and get a great deal.
It’s not the same, but when we were just starting out, we offered a huge discount on a popular software platform and acquired tons of customers as well as traffic.
The moral of the story is that people are always on the lookout for discounts, and it’s the same during the crisis times.
Another important point – make as many pre-paid deals as possible. That way, you’ll avoid cancellations.
Make a New Plan
It’s obvious that your quarterly or six-month plan won’t be of too much use.
Given that the situation is constantly fluctuating, it’s best not to make a mistake of creating another long-term plan, that will be rendered useless in a matter of weeks or even days.
Instead of that, create weekly plans that can be easily altered so that they can keep pace with the latest developments.
Keep the Lines of Communication With Your Customers Open
Your customers and prospects are upset and worried about their own and the health of their businesses too.
That’s why you should stay in touch with them and let them know that you’re willing to help them. It’s a great way to build trust and loyalty. Besides, showing empathy is one of the most important traits of great salespeople.
For example, we decided to offer free sales coaching to small business owners and sales team leads that need help. Our experienced sales experts will dedicate a couple of hours every week to talk about growth and sales.
Do what’s in your power to show your customers that you’re in the same boat, as well as to nurture reliability and consistency during these hard times.
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The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Who Can Apply
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.
Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.
Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible.
How to Apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020.
Loan Details and Forgiveness
The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of .5%.
If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a sample form to see the information that will be requested from you.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are currently eligible to apply for disaster assistance.
Enhanced Debt Relief is also available in SBA’s other business loan programs to help small businesses overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.
For information on additional Lending options, please click here.
SBA provides local assistance via 68 district offices and a nationwide network of resource partners. To find resources near you, please click here.
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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
Children and teens
People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
Worsening of chronic health problems
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include
Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
Excessive worry or sadness
Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
Poor school performance or avoiding school
Difficulty with attention and concentration
Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
Unexplained headaches or body pain
Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
There are many things you can do to support your child
Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently after coming out of quarantine. Some feelings include :
Mixed emotions, including relief after quarantine
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during quarantine
Other emotional or mental health changes
Children may also feel upset or have other strong emotions if they, or someone they know, has been released from quarantine. You can help your child cope.
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