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Quantifying Lead Generation Success for World-Class Data Solutions Provider

The Client

The Client is a global leader in data backup, data recovery, and archiving solutions. Based in Singapore, it provides expert advice and integrated solutions for reliable and cost-effective data storage management to customers worldwide.

The Challenge

The Client hired a lead generation provider but needed additional support for other marketing initiatives. It looked for a reliable telemarketing partner with significant regional experience and resources in order to:

  • Cold call to invite participants to its open house events in Australia
  • Profile its database and generate market feedback to improve its sales lead generation campaign

After searching and comparing several service providers found on the internet, the Client was impressed by Callbox’s track record in B2B lead generation and immediately penned a deal.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox set up an outbound telemarketing team to initiate a call-to-invite campaign to be followed by a lead generation/client profiling campaign.

Call-to-Invite

Callbox initiated a cold calling campaign to invite and sign up participants to four open house events hosted by the Client in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. The events were organized to educate prospects and resellers in data protection solutions. The Client provided a database of 14,000 target prospects consisting of IT Managers in New Zealand and Australia.

The campaign kicked off in October 2011 after email invitations were sent. Callbox provided weekly reports enabling the Client to make attendance projections and ensure good turnout.

Lead Generation / Customer Profiling

After the success of its call-to-invite campaign, Callbox set up a telemarketing campaign to distribute free eBooks on next-generation data protection and best practices in information management. These contact opportunities were used to profile prospects, generate feedback, and gather market intelligence. The data obtained from this campaign would be used by the client to identify key prospects and opportunities which would be crucial in executing effective sales and marketing operations.

Throughout the campaign, Callbox made several attempts to reach actual prospects, which presented some challenge because operators were trained to block repeat calls. In this situation, there is no substitute for experience, and Callbox’s eight-year track record in B2B telemarketing was a key to the ultimate success of the team.

Results

Callbox identified 165 qualified leads which far exceeded the Client’s expectations month after month. The events attracted a strong turnout which gave the Client excellent marketing opportunities and proved to be an effective market entry point.

All prospects in the Client’s database were contacted and profiled resulting in a comprehensive database of sales-qualified leads which became an excellent platform for selling at senior level. With an optimized database, the Client’s salespeople were able to concentrate on the most profitable engagements and prioritize opportunities likely to be most productive.

Upstart Storage Company Beats Launching Turnout Target in a Flash

The Client

The Client is a US-based all-flash enterprise storage company that enables broad deployment of flash in data centers. Founded in 2009, the company was named a silver winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2011, and the Wall Street Journal 2012 Technology Innovation Awards. It was also selected for the Red Herring Top 100 Americas Award in 2012, and was among the top 25 best places to work in Silicon Valley.

The Challenge

In January 2014, the Client hired Callbox for an appointment setting campaign targeting prospects from Fortune 1000 companies in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. With its market rapidly growing, the company scheduled an official launching of its Singapore office in May of the same year, and organized an RSVP campaign.

About a week before the event, the company realized that it was coming up short of its goal of 80 registrations. The company’s country manager for Singapore approached Callbox to run an event telemarketing campaign, with a goal to come up with 17 additional leads to complete its initial goal of 80 registrations.

With only two days to plan and execute the campaign, the challenge for Callbox was to develop a quick and engaging approach in order to generate as many confirmed registrations as possible, while carefully considering the Client’s qualification requirements.

The Callbox Solution

The overall effort began on May 14 and involved two phases: 1) creating and segmenting a calling list, and 2) setting up an RSVP campaign through outbound telemarketing.

The goal of the entire campaign was three-fold:

  1. To create awareness of company and its technology
  2. To provide information about the event (date, venue, etc.)
  3. To register qualified leads (i.e., confirmed RSVPs)

Time was of the essence in this campaign so Callbox made sure to keep the outreach highly targeted, supplementing the Client’s calling list with its own segmented contact database. This allowed the team to focus on pre-qualified targets, achieving a 35% positive contact rate, instead of wasting its limited time calling contacts that fell outside its target market.

Results

In just two days of actual calling, Callbox completed the required number of registrations, hitting the Client’s target right on the nose, and exceeding its attendance projection by a significant margin.

  • 17 additional leads (confirmed RSVPs)
  • 57 attendees excluding members of the press (Client’s projection was 40)
  • 10 press members attending the press briefing

From this campaign, Callbox also left the Client’s inside sales team with 78 leads to follow-up, including 12 who requested for additional information.

High-profile companies at the event included StarHub, Global Foundries, Bank of America, and Maybank Singapore, among others. After the campaign, the Client re-contracted for an appointment setting campaign with Callbox.

Callbox and Software Leader Spell Success

The Client

The Client is a professional business software consulting firm based in Irvine, CA. They specialize in the Sage Software family of products – Sage MAS 90 and 200, Sage BusinessWorks, Sage CRM, and JobOps Job management software. The Client helps businesses increase productivity and profitability through the application of integrated accounting, distribution and management software. Their reporting tools allow users to quickly and easily extract, analyze and professionally present business information.

The Client’s services include software selection, system design and implementation, user training and support, data conversion, and eCommerce/EDI/CRM consulting. With the goal of being the most trusted and most responsive in the network technology and business management industry, they have helped over 400 companies in a wide variety of industries. The Client engaged the services of Callbox in August 2005.

The Challenge

Considering the stiff competition and difficulty of marketing business software, it was crucial for the Client to double, even triple their sales and marketing efforts in order to find prospects. They lacked the team and resources to search for prospects. Sales and marketing was handled by one person who wanted to focus on presenting proposals and closing deals and could not be burdened by the time-consuming search for prospects. The Client needed to scour the market for businesses with upcoming software system projects such as software evaluation and upgrading.

They targeted businesses that needed:

  • System change
  • System upgrade or downgrade
  • System maintenance
  • Add-ons to current system

The Client sought a partner to find these prospects, generate interest for the products and services and provide all necessary marketing support to achieve their goal.

The Callbox Solution

The Client turned to Callbox to rev up their sales efforts.

Callbox initially carried out an invitational campaign in Aug. 2005, calling prospects and inviting them to attend meetings and/or seminars conducted by the Client. A series of lead generation and appointment setting campaigns followed, spread out over a year, alternately conducted on a per-lead or per-seat arrangement. Since the start of the campaign, the call quota of Callbox agents rose from 100 to 160 calls per day, targeting 20 leads per month as required by the Client.

Callbox agents inquired about prospects’ plans to change or replace their business management software in the next 3-12 months. This was followed by a series of questions regarding:

  • Satisfaction with the current software being used
  • Flaws/problems with current software
  • Current systems used for operation and accounting
  • Evidence of manual or double entry for processes
  • Interest in changing or upgrading current software
  • Functionalities expected from the software
  • Time-frame for implementation
  • Budget

Aside from calling prospects, the Callbox team sent out brochures to customers asking for additional information. Prospects that had talked with the Client’s sales consultant were also forwarded to Callbox agents for follow-up calls.

Results

Since August 2005, Callbox agents placed a total of 27,857 calls for the Client, and have forwarded 240 leads since the start of the lead generation and appointment setting campaigns. With Callbox handling the qualification and forwarding of hot leads, the Client now devotes full attention to closing deals significantly increasing sales. They were pleased with the performance of the Callbox team who delivered a total of 72 leads from February to June 2007. Thereafter, the Client pre-extended their contract.

Callbox Provides Maximum Marketing Support for Talent Management Solutions Leader

The Client

The Client is a worldwide talent management leader with experience serving organizations of all sizes. The Client configures talent solutions for specific business needs to dramatically improve business performance. They provide on demand talent management solutions to assess, acquire, develop, and align workforce.

The Client delivers a comprehensive suite of solutions for businesses of all sizes, matching all sources of talent – be they professional and hourly candidates, agency referrals, campus recruits, contingent workers, or existing employees to all positions, whether it is centralized, decentralized, or multinational. It maintains its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area and a research and development facility in Quebec City, where the company employs approximately 300 people focused solely on talent management applications.

The Challenge

The Client needed to invite prospects to its 2007 World conference. Its desired attendees were composed of its current customer base and prospects from all over the US culled from their in-house database.

This global company needed a reliable partner to update and manage its lists and gather pertinent information such as names of prospects, email addresses and phone numbers, company names, addresses and zip codes. Using the lists from their database, the Client needed to generate interest and drive attendance to their event.

The Callbox Solution

The Callbox team broke the challenge down into distinct implementation phases: Database Cleanup, List Management and Call to Invite Campaign.

Database Cleanup

The Callbox team helped preserve the valuable information in the Client’s global database which contained millions of key contacts. The team updated and enhanced their existing prospect and customer lists by:

  • reviewing, evaluating and studying the work that needs to be done for the Client’s lists
  • updating addresses, name spellings, titles and email addresses
  • removing or consolidating duplicates
  • normalizing data formats
  • adding key data fields
  • phone-verifying all contact and company information

List management / Contact management

With the team’s expert knowledge of the direct marketing business and trends in the List Industry, recommendations were given to the Client on how to best utilize their list. After studying the Client’s prospect list, target emails based on interest, demographics, or custom questions were prepared by the Callbox team and sent out using advanced software and systems. Responses and results were recorded, tracked and reported to the Client daily.

Call-to-invite

After completing the list cleanup process and list management, Callbox agents went to work calling and qualifying potential attendees as a follow-up on all emails sent. All call activities were automatically logged in to Pipeline CRM, Callbox’s customer contact and sales force management system where the Client can view, process or download reports of leads and/or appointments generated by Callbox agents. Personal contact and company information were collected from those who signified their intention to attend the conference, organized and forwarded to the Client to be included in their list of attendees. Highly-trained Callbox agents efficiently multi-tasked, making hundreds of calls daily, identifying potential attendees, providing conference information when requested by prospect and preparing reports for the Client.

Results

With Callbox providing maximum support prior to their event, the Client was able to focus on preparing for the conference itself and exceeded its target number of attendees. Client was impressed with the Callbox team’s excellent prospecting skills and attention to detail in cleaning up and updating its lists that it renewed its contract several times.

With Callbox’s list management and efficient reporting, the Client was freed from purging, updating and mailing, as Callbox did everything for them. With enhanced database capabilities, they are exploring an even more extensive direct marketing aimed at solely building their email lists.

Callbox: Providing Sales Support to One of the Largest Business Software Companies

The Client

The Client is the world’s third largest business software company. It has branches in over 30 countries and offers a full range of enterprise business software including:

  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Enterprise asset management
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • Financial management
  • Human capital management
  • Performance management
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM)
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Supply chain management, including business specific inventory management, transportation logistics and warehouse management software

The Client’s goal is to provide the best software experience and a lower total cost of ownership for their customers. To meet customers’ long-term needs, they provide an evolutionary path to support continuing business and technology innovation.

The Challenge

The Client didn’t have the in-house expertise to run a lead generation and lead management campaign, nor did they have the database tools to support one. To achieve their objectives, they needed a partner to develop and execute a comprehensive lead generation, qualification and appointment-setting program to capture greater market share for their business software solutions. While the company had a dominant market share in the industry, it lacked the support for their sales people to handle leads and prospect profiling.

With the rapidly increasing number of individuals from various companies across all industries downloading information from the Client’s website, it was crucial for them to:

  • Profile and qualify all individuals using their website
  • Strengthen their sales force capabilities in handling the profiling and qualification

Calls had to be made across the Asia Pacific Region to verify the records of individuals and companies that downloaded files from the Client’s website. Qualification was necessary, as the Client wanted to ensure that their website visitors/prospects could be considered warm leads before their sales team pursued them. Aside from verification and qualification, the Client also needed a support team to call and invite prospects and customers to various company-sponsored events throughout Asia.

The Callbox Solution

The Client teamed up with Callbox to carry out:

Lead Generation

Lead Generation through outbound cold calling to generate leads and appointments for the Client’s sales force.

The Client’s target market consisted of prospects who were looking for business-specific solutions to address their challenges and produce tangible results. Callbox’s sales force used cold calling to identify and qualify prospects for the Client. Qualifying questions determined:

  • Determine whether the prospects wanted to evaluate a new software solution.
  • Determine business pains and/or areas of interest to find a fit between prospects’ needs and Client’s solution offerings.
  • Identify the type of software prospects were using and for how long they’ve been using it.
  • Find out if prospects would be interested if presented with a new solution.

Callbox executed the cold-calling campaign using the list of target contacts provided by the Client. Agents who were assigned to this campaign used a customized spreadsheet to keep track of all call results. Calls were categorized as lead completed, not interested, competitor, invalid, duplicate, no action needed, etc., and were assigned to each respective column on the spreadsheet for easy reporting and evaluation. Leads generated from the calling campaign were posted on the Pipeline CRM to be reviewed by the Client and feedbacks were discussed. Callbox provided daily and monthly reports on pipeline activity and campaign status.

Customer Profiling

Profiling and updating the client’s prospect data base with up-to-date business and contact information.

The Client provided Callbox with their list of prospects and clients. The Callbox Team verified and updated all possible contact information by phone, including email addresses.

Call-to-Invite

Callbox provided total sales and marketing support by carrying out several call-to-invite campaigns, inviting the Client’s customers and prospects to attend company-sponsored events in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The Callbox Team then followed up every call with an email. Aside from company sponsored events, the Client also held webinars. Callbox callers invited guests to these webinars and also confirmed attendance for the Client.

Campaign Reporting

Online, web-based reporting across all aspects of the project, its progress, and statistics which included lead distribution and appointments set.

The Callbox solution provided the Client with a steady, predictable flow of qualified sales opportunities as well as a systematic methodology for tracking every opportunity and evaluating sales force effectiveness.

The Client has a very accurate and predictable sales pipeline. By the time the prospect was ready to truly engage with them, they already had complete information about their prospects and their companies.

Results

With the Callbox Team averaging 2000 calls monthly, verifying contact information of current customers, qualifying prospective clients, and setting appointments for the Client’s sales team, the Client experienced a significant increase in conversion rates.

Backed by Callbox’s own Pipeline CRM, the Client enjoyed easy tracking and monitoring of all leads. The Client was also able to consistently improve service offerings through call recordings made available by Callbox.

Since then, the Client has been renewing on a month-to-month basis with new campaigns — lead generation, call-to-invite and profiling for different types of products. Pleased with the overall performance of Callbox, the Client provides sales training for the team, conducted at the start of every campaign. The smooth integration of sales and marketing with disciplined lead management resulted in increased sales and also provided total control over the customer acquisition process.

Rock Solid Leads for AU and NZ’s Top Technology Consulting Firm

The Client

The Client is the largest independent Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards consulting organization in Australia and New Zealand as well as the largest Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Microsoft SQL Server support organization in Australia and New Zealand.

The Client is a specialized technology consulting organization focused on building and supporting long-term relationships with enterprise and government customers.

The Client is an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner, the highest level of partnership with Oracle, only achieved by a few companies globally. They provide a complete service continuum of Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and SQL Server including: sales, planning, design, implementation, project management and support. Their offices are based in Australia and New Zealand and their support centre services a large diverse client-base located across five countries.

The Challenge

  • Increase sales and generate awareness about the benefits of the Client’s products and services.
  • Promote the Client’s event entitled “Oracle Leadership Forum”, gather attendees and confirm their attendance

The Callbox Solution

Callbox launched two campaigns Lead Generation through Telemarketing, and a Call-to-Invite Campaign.

Lead Generation

Callbox agents made calls to CIOs of companies from a list of prospects provided by the Client. Every call began with the introduction of the Client’s company, followed by an invitation to an introductory chat about the benefits of the Client’s support services with the Client’s Business Development Manager. Once a positive response was received, Callbox callers emailed information about the Client’s services and collected the prospect’s mobile number and preferred time of meeting. This information was entered into Pipeline CRM, Callbox’s customer relationship management system, for the Client to review and follow-up.

Call-to-Invite

The Client had previously sent email invitations to a list of prospects for the Oracle Leadership Forum. The Callbox Team’s task was to:

  • Call those prospects and confirm receipt of the invite from the Client
  • Confirm attendance to the leadership forum

The Callbox callers collected contact information from prospects who signified their intention to attend the free leadership forum. They collected the attendees’ names, company names and email addresses for the Client’s registration files. Prospects who informed Callbox that they failed to receive invites to the event were sent invitations through email and received a confirmation call 48 hours later.

Results

Both campaigns were executed quickly and immediately, giving the Client enough warm leads to follow-up right away, and a good number of attendees to their event.

The Client especially enjoyed working with the Callbox team, citing the team’s excellent communications skills and efficiency. The Client was also pleased with the convenience and flexibility of lead tracking and management with the use of Callbox’s Pipeline CRM. Having received good quality leads following a successful company event, the Client plans to use Callbox’s services for future lead generation campaigns as well as promotional and invitational campaigns for company-sponsored events.

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.

Callbox Packs Webinars for Software Company

The Client

This Ontario company is a top provider of Managed Services and Remote Monitoring software for small and medium-sized IT solutions providers worldwide. It has won several major awards and established itself as a leader in market adoption, product innovation, and commitment to the success of its partners.

The Challenge

The Client needed a marketing partner to:

  1. Promote its services and drive registrations to its weekly webinars.
  2. Generate qualified leads to support its in-house sales team.

Generating a minimum of 30 webinar registrations per day required hundreds of calls and became challenging for Client’s in-house staff. Deciding to outsource for the first time, the Client chose Callbox for its extensive experience in B2B telemarketing.

The Callbox Solution

The Client approved a call-to-invite campaign with a team of eight Callbox telemarketers. Each agent was required to target a quota of four confirmed webinar registrations daily. The Client provided Callbox with a list of potential contacts from various IT organizations. Additionally, Callbox mined its own database of over 20 million records worldwide and segmented thousands of potential registrants in the US and Canada.

Callbox’s professional telemarketers contacted key prospects to introduce them to the potential of increased sales and lowered business costs through managed services. Leads that expressed interest and agreed to be contacted by the Client were registered for the webinar and then passed to the Client’s lead development team.

Results

For almost three years now, Callbox has hit daily and monthly quotas consistently, bringing a total of 35,793 webinar registrations and counting. The success of the US and Canada campaigns inspired the Client to scale up to 20 Callbox agents at one point, and to expand its reach into the UK and New Zealand markets.

Testimonials

I have been working with the Callbox team for over 12 months. They have acted as our introductory sales team for this period of time. They are a very professional team that responds to all of our needs in a very timely manner.

I love the fact that I do not have to deal with sick days or the day to day management of this team anymore. We simply set the objectives, collaborate on the scripting, and then they do their work.

I would highly recommend this team.

Sean S.
Director Partner Development

I am pleased to recommend Callbox. They have consistently worked with a collaborative attitude to ensure all processes are current and achieve all set key performance indicators. Whenever an issue did arise we worked through the issue in a timely and efficient manner so goals remained on target. They have a positive, easy to work with demeanor and strive to exceed performance expectations. I highly recommend their services.

Carolyn M.
Marketing Specialist

Giant Software Company Finds Callbox at the End of Quest for Sustainable Marketing Solution


Giant Software Company Finds Callbox at the End of Quest for Sustainable Marketing Solution



Product/Service: Enterprise Software
Campaign Type: Call-to-Invite



An established multinational software manufacturer with 60 offices in more than 20 countries already has a huge database of potential clients it has compiled for almost three decades. It wants to maximize this resource by partnering with reputable lead generation company that would convert its contacts into customers. Callbox took the challenge.

No stranger to challenging situations, Callbox mapped out a strategy that included an RSVP campaign manned by its most experienced people to generate leads, and worked closely with the Client’s own team in qualifying and following up on targets prior to the seminar.

How did Callbox exceed the client’s expectations and won itself a slew of other contracts? Find out here.