Callbox: Bridge to Global Market for Improved Code Review Tool

The Client

The Client is a group of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Data Integration experts, providing consulting and implementation solutions to numerous enterprise clients in the areas of Data Architecture, Data Modelling and ETL. They also provide consulting services relating to Reporting, Development, Modularized Solutions and Change Management.

The Challenge

The Client required a software license to complete product development, Their product, being a tool developed for Informatica PowerCenter, required the Client to team up with informatica users to obtain substantial information about the facets of the product’s development and come up with best practices.

The challenge was to “gain stronger and larger presence in the global market”. In order to achieve this, the Client needed access to Informatica users to help earn credibility and to increase trials for the software.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox’s Multi-Touch, Multi-Channel Lead Generation Program was all set to drive success for the Client. At the initial campaign term and even in succeeding terms, Callbox rolled out a Customer Profiling program to make the most out of the Appointment Setting campaign.

Appointment Setting

Replies and actions were monitored by the Callbox team and were set as follow-ups. in order to appropriately profile the contacts, the agent first verified information details followed by the required probing questions that focused on companies who are current Informatica Users for their code review tool and later on expanded to companies who also use ODI (Oracle Data Integrator) and IBM Data Stage code review tool.

The feedback from these users were properly noted and to in order to help the users carry out the best of the tools, the agent set for them appointments with the Client’s demo specialists to discuss with them some how to’s and DIY’s.

Database Profiling

  1. Emails played a key role in the campaign’s prospecting cadence, and were used to initiate contact (intro emails) and to nurture prospects (targeted send-outs).
  2. Callbox created and tested all email marketing materials used in the campaign, including email templates, landing pages, and other email components.
  3. The campaign’s email specialists managed and monitored all email marketing activities

Results

The initial term generated 35 appointments for web demo, the second term brought in 29 appointments and the third term rolled out 31 appointments, a total of 95 web demos.

Callbox bridged communication between the Client and its target market. The information that were dished out of the current Informatica users were substantial to the improvement of the tool and has earned them a higher credibility from their customers. On top of that, the three term-campaign that Callbox initially ran for them has allowed them to establish a larger and stronger presence in the global market.

As of the writing of this case study, the Client is still engaged with Callbox for yet another campaign term.

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Callbox Takes Systems Integrator Leader From “Test” To “Trust”

The Client

The Client is a leading provider of Managed B2B e-Commerce solutions that simplify integration, automate business processes and enhance collaboration and visibility across global trading partners.

The Challenge

Prior to working with Callbox, the Client employed a number of lead generation companies, but most of which resulted in low conversions due to poor lead quality brought by lists with poorly verified contacts, and the lack of probing efforts to uncover prospects’ needs.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox designed an Account-based Marketing Lead Generation & Appointment Setting campaign for the Client which consisted of:

  • Multi-Channel Lead Management which utilized voice, email, chat, social media and mobile.
  • Sales Enablement & Support including training, setup and back office sales support.
  • Tools & Subscriptions to Callbox Pipeline and HubSpot CRMs.
  • Account Management which includes strategy building, reporting and product knowledge.

The campaign goal was for the Callbox team to profile the contact list to ensure higher chance of engagement in generating appointments for the Client.

The campaign was rolled out in two stages:  

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified their target industries and relevant contacts.
  2. Callbox refined the Client’s ideal customer profile (ICP) which served as a basis for identifying qualified accounts.
  3. Callbox built a list of target contacts which was reviewed and approved by the Client.

Account and Prospect Profiling

  1. The Client provided buyer persona profiles of the prospects that they want the outbound campaign to engage. The profiles consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations.
  2. Buyer personas identified as the campaign’s primary targets were CIO, IT Manager, Senior Development Manager, PIC of the Software Development in the company
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these personas, and was further grouped according to industry type.

Results

Overall, the 14-month ABM Lead Generation and Appointment Setting campaign delivered a total of 700 Appointments and 150 Potential Leads.

Callbox Multi-Channel Marketing Program: Partnering for 33% Sales Increase in Sydney IP Services

The Client

The Client is an Australian-owned cloud, data centre and connectivity provider, specializing in enterprise cloud, robust data centres, managed connectivity solutions and multiprovider internet services, with a network that spans through Australia points of presence in five states.

The Challenge

The Client partnered with Optus to wholesale Internet Protocol (IP) Services to middle-tier ISPs and voice service providers in Queensland, and extended its market to Sydney. The Sydney operation did quite well in the first five years, but later scaled down as in-house sales and marketing schemes became ineffective in acquiring new customers, barely drawing ROI. The Client knew that in order to increase their client list, they needed more advanced sales and marketing methods and tools, but such requirements further led them to another challenge: lacking the best tactics and tools that would scale up the sales numbers.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox designed an ABM Lead Generation and Appointment Setting campaign for the Client which consisted of:

  • Account-Based Multi-Channel Lead Management which included Voice, Email, Chat, Web, Social Media and Webinar.
  • Sales Enablement & Support that provided Training, Setup and Back Office Sales Support.
  • Tools Subscriptions to Callbox Pipeline.
  • Account Management with Strategy Building, Reporting and Product Knowledge.

The campaign involved two key steps:

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified target industries and relevant contacts.
  2. Callbox refined the Client’s ideal customer profile (ICP) which served as a basis for identifying qualified accounts.
  3. Callbox then compiled a list of potential contacts to target which was reviewed and approved by the Client

Account and Prospect Profiling

  1. The Client provided buyer persona profiles of the prospects that they wanted to engage which consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations
  2. Relevant contacts designated as the campaign’s primary targets:Office Manager, Gen. Manager, Managing Director, ICT Manager/Director, IT Manager, Communications Manager
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these decision maker profiles, and was further grouped according to industry type

Results

Overall, the 6-month campaign delivered 72 Sales Qualified Leads, 57 Marketing Qualified Leads, and 216 Social Media Connections.

Speeding Up Lead Flow for Leading Payment Processor

The Client

The Client comprises of regional directors and division managers of one of the leading independent payment processors in the United States, handling credit and debit card transactions as well as payroll services for over 100,000 restaurants, hotels, and other retail merchants. They employ over 400 staff, and over 800 sales representatives. Their company, headquartered in the east coast, has numerous regional offices that handle large sales territories such as Ohio, California, Texas, Arizona, Indiana.

The Challenge

The Client needed a reliable marketing strategy to keep its services clearly faster and more accessible than that of the increasing number of competitors in the highly-competitive mercantile arena. Specifically, the Client aimed to help their operational level Relationship Managers manage their sales pipeline to encourage increased business development.

The Client wanted to:

  • Grow their vested organization substantially with heavy emphasis on quality people and low sales professional turnover
  • Leverage their 800 strong nationwide sales force
    coverage

The Callbox Solution

The Client realized they could meet both objectives with the Callbox Appointment and Lead Generation program. Callbox assigned a personal inside sales agent to each Salesperson in the campaign and provided each Salesperson their own online appointment book. This sales force then had their schedules saturated with prequalified appointments. Without the need to cold call, the sales force was free to concentrate on closing. The result was a substantial increase in sales leads without increasing the sales force.

The experienced sales force was delighted to have fresh leads delivered throughout each day, enjoyed more commission, and were thrilled to be free of cold-calling. This resulted in markedly lower sales force turnover for the Client.

Appointment Setting

The Callbox inside sales agents were tasked to carry out the following:

  1. Raise contacts on the phone
  2. Educate contacts about the products and services
  3. Gauge interest in the services by asking qualifying questions, making notes on all targets, instantly viewable by the assigned Salesperson and the regional supervisor
  4. Set appointments for the sales force
  5. Provide real-time reporting via the Callbox Pipeline CRM

Results

As a result of using Callbox experienced inside sales agents, and the Callbox online real-time appointment calendaring to schedule individually all the agents in the campaign, the Client was free from micro-managing the sales force and could concentrate on the larger implications of the numbers coming in.

To date, the ongoing campaign has resulted in the following:

  • 3-fold increase in sales team activity in terms of number of proposals made and sales meetings completed
  • Improved lead quality as evidenced by a 70% reduction in no-show sales appointments and a 110% increase in response rates
  • Additional prospect-level sales intelligence for all its 800 reps nationwide

More importantly, by farming out the bulk of its prospecting activities, the Client was able to deploy additional sales resources to support its expansion efforts into more competitive but potentially more lucrative markets such as retail and community banks, making it one of the largest payment processors in a segment with annual merchant transaction processing volume of $32.9 billion.

Australia’s Leading Technology Broker Captures More Leads with Callbox

The Client

The Client is a certified Microsoft Partner, and Australia’s leading technology broker and retailer of a wide range of brand name technology products. It operates an online store serving a wide client base composed of corporate organizations, academic institutions, government sectors, and resellers throughout the country.

The Challenge

The Client was seeking an outbound telemarketing partner to promote its IT products and generate leads for its inside sales team. Highly technical in nature, the Client required domain expertise to handle inquiries confidently, and the ability to capture and communicate the technical details of each call.

Rather than risk a costly trial-and-error with “generic” telemarketers from unfocused lead generation companies, the Client hired Callbox due to its capability to provide technically sound telemarketers with relevant experience in the IT field.

The Callbox Solution

At the kick-off meeting the Client was able to speak with each facet of the Callbox team: an account manager, a research and data analyst, two experienced Callbox agents, their team leader, and a quality analyst.

During the meeting, lead qualification criteria were discussed and set, and the potential clients were identified: IT managers, system administrators, infrastructure managers, procurement managers, and office managers. With the Client’s approval, Callbox developed a call guide, which was subsequently modified according to the Client’s ongoing store promo and type of campaign.

Despite the technical nature of the campaign, the team, confident in its ability and readiness, started calling in July 2010. The first campaign targeted Microsoft users with near-term requirement for software licensing or upgrade to any of the latest versions of Microsoft applications such as Office, Exchange, Sharepoint, and Project 2010. Satisfied with the results, the Client re-contracted for two more projects to endorse its HP server trade-in and Lenovo Thinkpad promos. Callbox averaged 250 calls per day, from 9AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday.

The Client made clear that regular reporting was crucial. Reports were delivered daily so that its salespeople could respond promptly to appointments and other actionable statistics. Each call was recorded and rigorous data quality checks were employed at every stage of the campaign to ensure perfect execution of every task.

In all campaigns, contacts were asked if they might have pending requirements for the product, and if they would be interested in receiving a quote. Information requests were processed without delay via Pipeline CRM’s Save&Send feature which allowed Callbox agents to send the Client’s brochures and price quotes without leaving the calling interface or the momentum of the shift. To make best use of every call, uninterested contacts were offered a monthly price list of the Client’s products, and their e-mails were obtained for the Client’s database.

Results

During the 3-month campaign, Callbox was able to deliver a strong pipeline of warm leads, freeing the Client’s time for meeting with sales-ready customers.

  • Callbox generated a total of 207 leads for the Client.
  • 474 contacts requested future callbacks and additional information.

With such a surge in leads and appointments, the Client decided to pause the campaign for a minimum of two months in order to accommodate all the new opportunities.

Integrated Campaign for UK’s Leading Workflow Automation Solution

The Client

The Client is a leading provider of enterprise workflow applications software and automation solutions that help increase efficiency and simplify business processes through process-driven applications. Based in London, UK, the Client serves a stable of more than 1500 corporate clients in 40 countries, with over 1 million users worldwide.

The Challenge

The Client was seeking to drive attendees to its Microsoft SharePoint Seminar in London. Its immediate goal was to produce high quality sign-ups. However, the overall objective was to generate and deliver to its inside sales team sales resources that are fully-qualified and with near-term requirement for the products it offers. The Client had no experience in outsourcing its marketing function, and the result of this campaign would determine whether or not it would consider similar projects in the future.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox had an excellent campaign with the Client’s main branch in the US, and was recommended by the latter to its UK office. The Client hired Callbox to make outbound calls inviting prospects to its Microsoft SharePoint Seminar in London. After making thorough preparations, Callbox then started the campaign, targeting CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, and Finance, and Operations Managers outside London. This project was a huge challenge for the team as it involved inviting prospects to an event that would require them to travel for several hours mostly by land.

With two weeks left in the project, Callbox proposed an integrated two-phase campaign to make a shift from event invitation to lead generation marketing to which the client agreed. The Callbox team proceeded with the lead generation campaign right away, focusing on promoting the client’s workflow application for the police and fire services around London, UK area. Callbox was able to mine the Client’s existing contacts database to identify hundreds of potential customers. This campaign targeted IT Managers, ICT, CIOs, HOD ITs, and IT Directors.

Throughout the campaign, Callbox communicated regularly with the Client through PipelineCRM, which allowed the Client to monitor campaign progress in real-time.

Results

Despite the difficulties encountered during the campaign, Callbox was able to produce significant results for the Client.

  • 15 qualified leads in 22 calling days
  • 412 positive contacts out of 1912 (22% contact rate)
  • 38 contacts scheduled for follow-up
  • 55 requested for additional information

Additional benefits of this campaign include enhanced brand and product awareness, and acquisition of business intelligence and other significant data about the Client’s market. Most notably, this campaign inspired the Client to consider a change in marketing practices with outsourcing.

Needing more time to close the leads, the Client decided to put the campaign on hold, but expressed willingness to run another lead generating project with Callbox in the near future.