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AU Security Firm Gets 1,800+ Sales Appointments from 18-Month Callbox Campaign

The Client

The Client develops, installs, and maintains access control and CCTV systems for businesses, as well as offers security integration services and customized security solutions. The Client primarily sells to small and medium-sized organizations across a wide range of industries all over Australia.

The Challenge

The Client ranks as one of the leading Sydney-based security companies that specialize in fully-integrated video surveillance solutions for businesses. The company offers its products and services directly to customers, as well as through its network of channel partners and contractors.

To address the growing competition in its home state of New South Wales and some areas in Queensland, The company adopted a more proactive marketing approach, which added direct outreach into the marketing mix to complement its existing inbound program.

The Client initially carried out outbound activities in-house with its inside sales team researching and contacting cold prospects via phone and emails. But the effort only managed to deliver 37 appointments after six months (or an average of 6 per month).

It was clear that the Client had a hard time scaling its outbound marketing activities. Prospecting took up nearly half of their inside sales team’s time, and the company wasn’t sure how hiring new reps would improve results.

That was when the company decided to outsource its outbound marketing program and let Callbox handle the time-consuming tasks of identifying and setting sales appointments.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox planned an initial one-month campaign for the Client, since the company wanted to see first how partnering with an outside provider would work out. The main strategy behind the campaign was to use a combination of email outreach and phone conversations to qualify prospects and schedule meetings on behalf of the company’s reps.

Right after the pilot program, the Client decided to proceed with the campaign and reviewed the project status on a monthly basis. The two main campaign components (phone-based appointment setting and targeted email outreach) focused on these activities:

Appointment Setting

1. The campaign primarily targeted proprietors, managing directors, managing partners, and (secondarily) other persons in charge of business security at SMEs in NSW and QLD.

2. Callbox closely collaborated with the Client to create the materials for the campaign, including call scripts and the prospect list.

3. Agents engaged the target prospects in one-on-one conversations in order to introduce the Client’s latest line of video surveillance systems and to book qualified prospects for a face-to-face consulting session with one of the company’s licensed security specialists.

Email Marketing

1. The Callbox team used emails to initiate contact with prospects and to nurture them throughout the campaign.

2. The campaign also relied on emails to follow up with and respond to prospect inquiries and requests.

3. Callbox crafted and tested the email templates and landing page based on the Client’s requirements and feedback.

Results

The campaign ran for a total of 18 months. In the campaign’s first month alone (despite two weeks spent warming up and nurturing prospects), the Client received 55 qualified appointments, which was around 1.5 times what the company was able to generate from its six-month in-house prospecting activities.

This led the Client to request more calling agents from Callbox to be assigned to the campaign in the subsequent months. This, in turn, helped steadily increase the number of qualified appointments produced during the first few quarters of the campaign, as shown below:

By the end of the 18-month campaign, Callbox handed a total of 1,829 qualified appointments to the Client, (or an average of 101 qualified appointments each month). The campaign also added 1,993 follow-ups and 414 requests for information to the Client’s prospect pipeline.

Industrial Supplier Widens Market Lead with Callbox’s Help

The Client

The Client manufactures and distributes industrial supplies such as decorative stainless steel sheets and other ornamental products used in interior fit-out projects. The company’s headquarters is located in Hong Kong, and it carries out the bulk of its manufacturing operations in Guangzhou, China.

The Challenge

Since 1988, the Client has been providing custom decorative building materials throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. Its products include colored stainless steel, decorative glass films, elevator decoration modules, and stainless steel fabrication. The company primarily sells to architects, designers, contractors, property developers, construction suppliers, and other industrial vendors in the region.

The Client says it relies on two key advantages to attract customers and set its products apart from competitors:

  1. First is its broad sales and service network across the region, which enables prompt supply and delivery.
  2. Second, the Client focuses on design customizability, so that products are tailor-made according to each customer’s specifications.

Before the campaign, the Client’s sales development model placed much of the prospecting and lead qualification burden on sales reps.

Sales was responsible for finding potential customers and booking introductory appointments with prospects, without much in the way of prior screening. Under this setup, the Client estimated that reps were spending less than a third of their time actually talking to prospects, which dragged down both sales productivity and the quality of the customer’s buying experience.

Accordingly, the company has been planning to reassign lead generation and appointment setting responsibilities to its marketing team, but this department is mostly staffed by creatives who are already on tight schedules churning out product materials and sales collaterals.

It was clear that the Client needed to outsource prospecting and lead qualification. But since the company was selling highly-customized products across different geographic markets, the Client wanted to partner with an agency that had both industry knowledge and regional experience.

The Callbox Solution

Appointment Setting

  1. Callbox compiled the campaign contact list based on the location, SIC codes, job titles, and annual revenues specified by the Client.
  2. The call script introduced the Client’s decorative steel sheet products, and included probing questions that determined fit and need.
  3. Contacts who agreed to a face-to-face or a phone meeting were handed off as qualified appointments. The Callbox team also identified and updated key decision makers and other prospect information.

Email Marketing

  1. The Callbox team prepared cold email templates that served as initial touch points before reaching out to prospects via phone.
  2. The campaign also used targeted send-outs to distribute other marketing materials to contacts who wanted to know more about the Client’s products.
  3. Email automation schemes were created using the Lead Nurture tool, Callbox Pipeline’s built-in drag-and-drop marketing automation platform.

Results

The campaign ran for a total of three months (or 66 business days), with the first two months focusing on prospects in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore. During the third month, the campaign widened the target areas to include Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Because Callbox follows a multi-touch, multi-channel appointment setting strategy, the first couple of weeks in this campaign are spent introducing the Client and warming up promising contacts through emails. Most appointments are generated after this initial phase, as shown in the monthly breakdown below (although the early outreach stage is repeated during the third month for the prospects in the additional target areas):

  • Month 1: 14 qualified appointments
  • Month 2: 22 qualified appointments
  • Month 3: 12 qualified appointments

With the Client’s reps spending more time talking to qualified prospects, the company believes it can increase its lead-to-opportunity rate to 75% and its opportunity-to-close rate to 50%. Using these benchmarks, the Client expects to potentially convert 18 of the Callbox-generated appointments into new customers this year.

Telecom Firm’s Campaign Enters Next Phase, Grows Reach in New Segments

The Client

The Client is the satellite communications unit of one of Asia’s largest telecom groups. The company specializes in both fixed and mobile satellite services, providing customized satellite solutions to corporate customers in industries such as oil and gas, shipping, transportation and logistics, banking, and broadcast.

The Challenge

The Client currently has an ongoing appointment setting project with Callbox. As part of its 2018 marketing goals, the Client wants to double down on maritime satellite opportunities in Asia, as well as tap into additional EMEA markets.

This leg of the campaign focuses on the Client’s two Inmarsat Fleet One offerings. Inmarsat Fleet One Coastal covers data and voice services for smaller recreational and fishing boats sailing closer to shore, while Inmarsat Fleet One Global gives access to bundled data and voice anywhere in the world. Both solutions are ideal for commercial vessels and fleets with modest data requirements.

In the previous campaign phases, the emphasis was on potential resellers and end users of the Client’s land satellite services. Both the Client and the Callbox team picked up a great deal of insights about the target prospects and the overall market, which proved useful in refining the team’s campaign approach and the Client’s marketing strategy.

This time, as the focus shifts to maritime satellite communications, the new campaign’s main objective is to identify and qualify potential subscribers for its bundled Inmarsat services from shipping and maritime companies.

The Callbox Solution

The new campaign phase marks the 15th month of the Client’s partnership with Callbox. The Client says Callbox has become a key force multiplier of its marketing initiatives, greatly expanding the company’s reach and scope with multi-channel prospecting and research capabilities.

The updated plan consists of database profiling and phone-based conversations with prospects integrated with email touches.

Database Profiling

  1. The Client provided an in-house list of contacts to be profiled and refined by the Callbox team.
  2. The targets include shipping and maritime companies in Asian and EMEA countries not directly covered by Inmarsat and VSAT.
  3. The Callbox team used primary and desk research methods to verify and update each record, as well as added new contacts that match the target prospect profile.

Appointment Setting

  1. The Client reviewed and approved all materials used in the campaign, including call scripts, email templates, and the profiled list.
  2. Agents engaged prospects through live conversations in order to gauge solution fit (whether they require broadband aboard their ships and how much data they need), as well as to book them for a phone appointment with a rep from the Client.
  3. The Callbox team used emails to initiate contact and respond to requests for further information.

Results

The Client labeled a total of 245 prospects as SQLs, which represented over 90% of the 272 qualified appointments handed off.

IT Security Provider Taps into APAC Markets with Callbox Campaign

The Client

The Client is the China office of a U.S.-based company that provides security identity solutions. Its products include authentication and credential management appliances, biometric authentication solutions, card printers, smart card-based credentials, controllers, contactless credential encoders, OEM-embedded modules, and RFID tags.

The Challenge

The Client is looking to capture a huge part of the growing demand for smart cards and personal identification applications in the APAC region. In particular, the company aims to grow sales of its card printers/encoders and its ID card design software suite.

In line with this, the Client’s strategy calls for targeting organizations that issue cards to employees or members in order to position its solutions as an alternative to legacy systems or other secure identity brands. The value proposition for its products and services revolves around flexibility, scalability, reliability, security, and affordability.

Currently, the Client focuses on two key markets: Australia and the Philippines. Its target companies in Australia include golf clubs, yacht clubs, sailing clubs, football clubs, rugby clubs, and other organizations with regular members. For the Philippines, the Client wants to reach out to manufacturing and BPO companies.

This year, the Client has been moving more toward outsourcing marketing activities in the awareness stage of its sales funnel. The company wants its in-house team to concentrate on nurturing and following up opportunities, while letting a third-party agency do much of the prospecting and lead generation heavy-lifting.

Aside from delivering cost savings and productivity gains, the Client requires its marketing partner to have deep familiarity with its target markets and must be able to effectively communicate its value proposition.

The Callbox Solution

The Client selected Callbox after a thorough evaluation process, citing Callbox’s proven track record of successfully managing campaigns for complex-sale IT products in the APAC region.

Representatives from the Client and Callbox then hammered out a campaign plan whose main goal was to engage prospects via live phone conversations enhanced with email and other channels. The primary focus of each touch point was to sell the benefits of the Client’s secure card printer/encoder and ID personalization suite in order to book an appointment with a rep from the Client.

Appointment Setting

Callbox prepared the contact list based on the Client’s specifications for each target market (Australia and the Philippines). The Client then approved the list before starting the campaign.

  1. The Callbox team drafted separate call scripts for each target vertical (using relevant points from the Client’s value proposition).
  2. The scripts were sent to the Client for review.
  3. Agents contacted prospects on the approved list. Prospects who agreed to a face-to-face meeting were tagged as qualified appointments or sales-qualified leads (SQLs), while those who showed interest by accepting a free whitepaper were tagged as completed leads or marketing-qualified leads (MQLs).

Results

The campaign ran for 3 months and generated a total of 82 qualified appointments (SQLs) and 104 completed leads (MQLs). The bulk of these appointments and leads were produced during the latter half of the campaign, since much of the first half was spent warming up prospects and collecting additional information.

In addition to leads and appointments, the campaign also gathered vital marketing intelligence for the Client. The Callbox team uncovered which security identity brands were in use, prospects’ feedback on these brands, and reasons for sticking with the status quo.

Since the 82 appointments handed off by the Callbox team are highly qualified sales opportunities, the Client believes it can convert 20% to 30% (15 to 25) of these SQLs into customers within the next three months.

IT Firm Picks Callbox’s ‘Consultative Fit’, Hits Goals in Ongoing Campaign

The Client

The Client is a pure IT consulting and professional services company offering design, configuration, implementation, business analyst, and general consultancy services. The Client specializes in the security, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and Cloud services markets.

The Challenge

With over eight years of experience in the IT consulting and professional services space, the Client now ranks as one of the most trusted service providers in the industry and has successfully partnered with companies like Citrix Systems, AppSense, Blue Coat, and Apple (mobility).

The Client started out in 2009 as a white-label supplier of IT services to vendors and resellers. These companies would subcontract the Client to perform services on their behalf, often without the end customers knowing about the Client’s involvement. In 2018, the company refocused toward directly providing services to enterprises and organizations.

This move presented a bit of a branding conundrum for the company. The main challenge was finding a way to embed its extensive experience as an IT subcontractor for specific VDI, cloud services, and security verticals in the value proposition for its new business model.

For that reason, the Client undertook a massive marketing program that simultaneously focused on branding and customer acquisition. The customer acquisition plan highlighted nurturing leads in-house with the Client’s marketing team while delegating top-of-funnel prospecting activities to a third-party agency.

The Client chose Callbox as its outsourced marketing partner due to a number of factors, with the main one being the “consultative fit” that Callbox’s marketing solutions offered. The Client pointed out that taking a consultative approach to a project (rather than a purely engineering perspective) was their key differentiator and that Callbox was also able to demonstrate this by being more of a marketing advisor than a marketing agency.

Given the Client’s marketing goals, the challenge is two-fold:

  • Finding and identifying qualified opportunities for the Client’s customer acquisition efforts
  • Generating awareness about the Client’s different IT consulting and professional services

The Callbox Solution

Both the Callbox team and the Client agree that an integrated appointment setting campaign best meets the latter’s requirements. The campaign primarily consists of phone-based conversations enhanced with email and social media touch points.

In addition, the campaign timeline is divided into weekly or biweekly segments, with each segment focusing exclusively on a specific solution that the Client offers. These include BlueCoat, Zscaler, Radware, Apple, and CheckPoint—along with general consultancy services, business analyst services, and other IT project services.

Other key campaign activities are as follows:

Appointment Setting

  1. Prior to the start of the campaign, the Callbox team compiled and profiled the prospect list comprised of IT managers, CIOs, and CTOs from companies headquartered or operating in Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Since the campaign is made up of different phases, the Callbox team prepares campaign materials for each stage. These are sent to the Client for review and approval.
  3. Call scripts are based on a list of eight probing questions given by the Client. Each script gauges a prospect’s need and fit for a specific IT product or solution.

Email Marketing

  1. The campaign uses two types of email messages: Intro/follow-up emails & Targeted send-outs.

    Intro/follow-up emails help warm up and nurture phone prospects, while targeted send-outs are intended for prospects who request more information.
  2. The Callbox team does the bulk of the campaign’s email marketing activities through the Pipeline Lead Nurture tool. This ensures targeted, personalized, and timely emails.
  3. The campaign team applies best practices and precautions to avoid spam complaints and to maintain good sender reputation.

Social Media Marketing

  1. The campaign also uses LinkedIn to reinforce the touch points made with the phone-based appointment setting activities, adding positive phone contacts as LinkedIn connections.
  2. The Callbox team also carries out branding and reputation building activities on LinkedIn.
  3. The team’s social media specialists manage the LinkedIn account on behalf of the Client.

Results

At time of writing, the campaign has completed three months’ worth of multi-channel appointment setting activities and is already at the final week of its fourth month.

Like most of Callbox’s integrated appointment setting projects, the early stages of the Client’s campaign primarily revolved around email activities for warming up prospects and refining the campaign focus. Open rates for the bulk send-outs reached 10.2%, 11.4%, and 23.0% for the first, second, and third months, respectively. The campaign was also able to maintain hard bounces and unsubscribes within acceptable limits.

The campaign is still ongoing and, so far, it has delivered 52 appointments. Since these appointments have been qualified using a highly targeted set of parameters, the Client expects to move 80% of these appointments further down the funnel as sales-qualified Leads (SQLs). In addition, the company has a track record of closing 30% to 40% of SQLs after 6 months in the pipeline. This means that the Client can potentially generate up to 9 new customers from this leg of the campaign.

Callbox Aced Appointment Setting for Accounting Expert

The Client

The Client bears unmatched experience in providing redefined Accounting, Bookkeeping and Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) to its partner clients, addressing specific pain points of modern accounting practice.

The Challenge

The accounting expert serves as an integral extension of its clients, ensuring all tasks are accurately completed. However recently, competition became fierce as competitors started to offer equally interesting services and even used enticing branding images which made the Client indistinguishable from its industry peers.

The Client decided on offering a FREE-TRIAL to target customers. Well aware that this required expertise in pursuing prospects and getting them to agree to meet with the Client’s consultants to discuss signing up for the free trial, the Client searched for an appointment setting company that best fit their needs and chose Callbox.

The Callbox Solution

Appointment Setting

Callbox ran a Customer Profiling campaign along with Appointment Setting to update the Client’s database and to build a new set of qualified prospects.

1. An initial email copy which contained news releases about the Client’s FREE TRIAL offer were sent to target customers.

2. Active emails from prospects who responded, clicked links and visited the Client’s company website were saved for follow-up calls.

3. Responses also gave the Callbox team the opportunity to filter the most available prospects to touch base with via the CTA link (scheduling option) in the email copies.

4. Bounces were filtered and saved for follow-up calls for the agents to update as they speak with the prospect.

Customer Profiling

Aside from targeting to gain a new set of clients, the Appointment Setting program aimed to exhibit a differentiated service by giving their customers a first-hand experience of the service.

1. With the help of the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool, the team was able to profile the contacts in the database: information like contact name, address, contact numbers and email address were updated.

2. Initial email copies with replies were set for follow-up call – appointments were set for prospects who agreed not only to the FREE TRIAL but also for those who were merely interested to discuss about the Client’s services.

3. To ensure that appointments were not missed, the Callbox team sent calendar invites to prospects to remind them of their appointment schedule.

4. And with Callbox’s SMART Calling system, a hefty number of prospects was reached by the Callbox team to speak with the Client’s specialists and agreed to a FREE TRIAL.

Results and Return on Investments

The first four weeks were the busiest days of the campaign period as the Callbox team was juggling between getting together a fitting list of contacts to profile and setting appointments with those contacts at the same time, but successfully delivered 11 solid appointments.

Between the 5th and 8th weeks, with the Callbox team effectively done with the initial calls, follow-up calls came out more productive as most of the prospects the team spoke with were already knowledgeable of the free trial and have learned of the service’s benefits from other prospects via testimonial videos linked through the follow-up emails. This phase of the campaign generated 13 more appointments for the accounting expert.

The last 4 weeks (9th to 12th) had the Callbox team equally busy but more delighted as follow-ups that were nurtured during the start of the campaign eventually converted into appointments and impressed the Client with 15 appointments at the closing.

Callbox Lends B2C Expertise to Debt Management Firm in AU-wide Campaign

The Client

The Client is a long-established, family-run business providing a variety of financial solutions tailored for individuals and households throughout Australia. Its main lines of services include same-day small loans, car loans, and business loans. In addition, the Client is a mortgage broker offering home loans and is also a Registered Debt Agreement Administrator helping
customers with debt relief and bankruptcy avoidance.

The Challenge

The Client is among the country’s many credit repair and debt relief companies offering Part IX Debt administration, which are services that help customers handle debt and avoid personal bankruptcy. The Client is looking to expand its share of this growing sector with its unique value proposition centered around having “the fairest fee structure in the market” as well as its reputation as an established industry player.

While there are ample opportunities to increase its customer base for debt agreement solutions, the Client also faces a number of hurdles when it comes to marketing and promoting these services.

Regulations related to the aggressive marketing of debt agreements and cases of misrepresentation by other debt relief providers have made finding potential customers even more challenging.

Accordingly, the Client decided to focus its debt agreement marketing initiatives only on individuals who have already expressed some level of interest in its other loan services and have communicated with the Client in the recent past. This ensured that the target prospects are not entirely cold while, at the same time, providing the Client with the needed information to refine the outreach effort.

Based on these initial requirements, the Client was able to come up with a list of potential customers to target with its debt agreement offer. The plan called for the Client’s in-house consultants to contact qualified prospects and find out how its solutions fit with their current financial situation.

To maximize their consultants’ productivity, the Client opted to hire the services of a third-party provider for carrying out the initial touch points and qualifying activities. The Client chose Callbox because of the latter’s experience in planning and executing Australia-wide lead generation campaigns as well as its roster of clients in the heavily-regulated financial services sector.

The Callbox Solution

The Callbox team put together a phone-based lead generation program designed for a B2C campaign. Due to the nature of the project (i.e., aimed at consumers), it was determined that the best approach would be to engage prospects solely through live conversations without integrating other channels into the mix.

The main goal of the campaign revolved around identifying prospects willing to find out more about how the Client could help them in their current financial situation. Some key activities of the lead generation campaign include:

1. The client provided the Callbox team with records to be contacted. The list only included individuals who have interacted with the Client in the past such as through a loan application. As is standard practice in Callbox campaigns, the list was thoroughly profiled and validated before being used.

2. Campaign materials and collaterals, including call scripts, were produced in close consultation with the Client to ensure compliance.

3. Agents qualified every prospect with probing questions that identified their suitability and willingness to further engage with the Client’s debt counselors. Prospects having personal debt, net assets, and disposable income within a given range were tagged as qualified leads.

Results

The entire campaign ran for a total of nine months or 198 days (at 22 days/month) given that the Client renewed its contract with Callbox several times after the initial pilot phase. The following table shows a monthly breakdown of some key indicators throughout the campaign duration:

Additionally, the campaign was able to yield the following metrics in terms of activity, reach, and response:

• Reach rates of up to 55% with an average of 31%. By comparison, a reach rate of 15% is considered acceptable while 30% is quite good.
• Response rates of over 18% with an average of 11%, which is in line with phone prospecting benchmarks of 9% to 10% for this type of list.

All in all, the nine-month campaign produced a total of 505 qualified leads handed over for further engagement with the Client’s in-house consultants. By the Client’s own estimates, between 70% to 80% of the leads are expected to become customers within six months after the campaign. As such, the Client is looking to potentially generate around 354 to 404 new customers for its Part IX Debt Agreement dministration services.

Precision Engineering Company Executes Precise Rebranding with Callbox

The Client

The client is the Singapore arm of an industrial equipment supplier based in Germany, specializing in motion and fluid control technologies used in advanced production lines worldwide. The company’s product portfolio includes actuators, air preparation, fittings, tubing, pressure switches, vacuum, and valves.

The Challenge

The Client has a long and illustrious company history that includes the invention of the first inline lubricator in 1927 and a series of breakthrough innovations in several pneumatic fluid and motion control technologies. Its products and expertise are presently used in numerous manufacturing facilities worldwide for improving equipment productivity and efficiency.

In 2015, as part of its efforts to transform itself into a truly world-class engineering company, the Client consolidated several of its divisions under a single brand and recently carried out a major overhaul of its webstore to realign with its new branding initiatives. Aside from its extensive global network of distributors, the Client is able to offer its solutions to its target customers through online catalogs.

While these moves are expected to create favorable long-term opportunities, the new brand rollout and webstore revamp bring some key short- to medium-term challenges that the Client needs to address right away. In terms of near-term marketing activities, the challenge is two-fold:

  1. Informing its existing customers of the rebranding and the site renovation in a way that drives both interest and awareness
  2. Identifying specific needs and inquiries from their customers and prospects, which can then be turned into actionable insights

The Callbox Solution

Given both the Client’s current strategic situation and its immediate marketing goals, it was determined that Callbox’s precision-oriented lead generation solutions would be an effective approach at enhancing the Client’s rebranding and customer outreach efforts. Accordingly, the campaign plan consisted of two main components: (1) customer profiling and (2) lead generation.

Database Profiling

To guarantee the quality of data to be used in the campaign, the list underwent thorough customer profiling, which involved manually validating and verifying each database record and field.

  • Agents called every contact on the list in order to check and update all pertinent information.
  • Callbox’s customer profiling package ensured that every entry on the list contained complete, accurate, relevant, and timely information on a valid decision-maker.
  • Once completely profiled, every record on the list represented a contact having any of the above-mentioned job titles working in a manufacturing company located within any of the four APAC countries mentioned earlier.

Lead Generation

With its award-winning lead generation expertise, Callbox was well-positioned to help the client meet the two main challenges brought on by its recent rebranding program. In a nutshell, the lead generation activities of the campaign included:

  • The Callbox team engaged the Client’s target contacts through live phone conversations in order to touch base and introduce the rebranded solutions.
  • Callbox distributed the company’s Express catalogs to qualified contacts in Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Client’s pneumatic catalogs were disseminated to qualified contacts in New Zealand.
  • Agents then set up follow-up phone appointments with hot leads and inquiries.

Callbox Breeds New Customers For HR Consultancy Leader

The Client

The Client is a strategic workforce planning company that provides innovative human resource solutions, and stands on a mission to help companies achieve strategic objectives through workforce planning, analytics and strategy.

The Challenge

The Client has drawn many years of consulting experience and stacked a load of beneficial “end to end” HR services and solutions focused to better align, acquire, utilise and develop talent, targeting key and strategic functions required to deliver core goals.

However, in the latter years of the company’s operation, the Client realized some exigencies in keeping up with the demands in acquiring customers. The slacken number of new customers in the database urged the Client to decide on taking new marketing options that can help them cope with the problem. A lead generation program was plotted to carry out the Client’s goal to acquire new and more customers.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox’s Multi-Touch Multi-Channel Lead Generation Program was strategically designed to help clients get in front of their customers at the best time when they are most ready to listen and are most interested. This was made possible by Callbox for the Client through the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool.

In the campaign, the Client aimed to promote its core services: Workforce Analytics, Human Resource Consulting and Workforce Strategy and Optimisation. These services were common among HR Consultancy providers in the region but the Client wanted to make a difference in addressing the customer’s’ HR requirements by doing a top-to-toe solution.

Email Marketing

Using the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool, the Callbox team sent out initial email copies bearing the Client’s summary of services and solutions, website and query boxes. Email replies and actions taken by prospects such as clicking the website and queries were tracked in real time for the agent to follow-up on.

Appointment Setting

Follow-up calls were made by the Callbox agent wherein probing questions were asked to discover the prospects’ HR needs and so that the Client may be able to tailor fit the best services and solutions for them. The key questions focused on monies invested in the people aspects and the quality of the organization’s human capital initiatives. The prospects’ answers were carefully and properly noted and all contact details were verified before the calls were disposed.

Request for Information

Prospects who requested for more information were as good as completed leads. Brochures were set by the Client himself for the purpose of analyzing the prospect’s business status and to come up with the best answer to their questions.

Results

The campaign delivered a total of 15 solid appointments, 63 warm follow ups and 228 RFIs (request for information). The 15 appointments set by the Callbox team were companies that had varied HR needs specifically on workforce planning, management and reporting.

With the Callbox Multi-Touch Multi-Channel Marketing Program and the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool, the Client was able achieve its goal to acquire new customers. Moreso, they look forward to acquiring more new customers from their list of warm follow-ups that they currently nurture.

Demand Generation: Callbox Takes Business Loans Marketing from “Laid back” to “Look out! We’re back!”

The Client

The Client is a financial company that offers unsecured business loans to small and medium businesses in New South Wales, Australia. They grant loans to businesses for varied purposes ranging from site renovation, marketing and advertising to vendor-financing. The fast loan approval of 2-3 working days and custom packages they offer have become popular and have earned them client referrals.

The Client enjoyed dominion in the financial loans business in NSW for years, carrying with them the legacy of the mother company who cradled almost all financial needs of most of the SMEs in the state before it gave up all its business rights to the Client in 2005.

The Challenge

The Client kept its good business reputation among customers which enabled them to sustain a good number of customers in their database until competitors grew and mushroomed in the market, offering similar financing options which threatened to kill much of their business. This has impacted customer acquisition and even account maintenance which urged the Client to reconsider their usual laid back marketing style of waiting for customers to ring their phones or knock at the office door. They needed a more proactive strategy that would address the issues.

The extensive solutions they provide have brought in long-term clients and have resulted to high ROI for the business. However, recent years have seen meager production of new business deals due to some challenges that were caused by the following:

  • Depleting number of customers as competitors are quick to grab them
  • Limited target area due to limited staff and resources
  • Unqualified targets who just want information with no genuine interest

The Callbox Solution

Callbox designed a unique Demand Generation program for the client. The process was structured in such a way that it would get the word out on the Client’s business loan offerings and create a buzz and qualified interest among its target customers by:

  • Maximizing staff and available resources both of the Client’s and Callbox
  • Filtering the most qualified customers for immediate conversion
  • Generating a list of potential customers that the Client can continue to follow-up in the succeeding months

The Client ultimately wanted to create a master list of target prospects that they can use in any of their upcoming internal marketing campaigns. With a more aggressive marketing approach in mind, the Client knew that they needed to be armed with a qualified list of potential customers that they could tap if they wanted to beat out the competition.

Maximizing Staff and Available Resources

The Callbox team and the Client discussed the campaign goals and requirements in the Kick-Off Meeting which was followed by Callbox’s preparation of list of target prospects. At the same time, the Callbox Pipeline and the Automated Nurture Scheme were set-up while the email copies, landing page and call script were designed and approved by the Client and went through tests. Product training and call simulation concluded the preliminary actions.

Filtering the Most Qualified Customers

With the use of the Callbox Pipeline’s Lead Nurture Tool, Initial or Introductory emails were sent out to the target list which aimed to hit two birds at the same time – validate email address and present the offer. The nurture tool is able to track real-time actions so Opened Emails, Web Visits and Social Media Connections were easily monitored by the Callbox team. Prospects who replied via the said actions were called by the agent to qualify if these prospects have genuine interest.

Prospects that were called and were identified to have genuine need and interest were profiled and tagged as Lead Completed in the Pipeline for the Client to promptly handle.

Generating Potential customers to Follow-up

Other prospects who did reply but were gauged to have minimal interest, just wanted to know more information, or are just looking for options for future reference were still profiled by updating and verifying all contact information specially email addresses, as follow-up email copies were sent in drip manner as part of the nurture process to keep in constant contact with the prospect.

The Client never lost track of any positive contacts as the Lead Nurture Tool generated and sent real-time alerts and updates via the the Client’s Callbox Pipeline account and email.

Results

The campaign delivered significant returns, delivering precisely what the Client expected.

Out of the 4500 list of targets emailed, 540 (12%) responded and were classified as qualified prospects with genuine interest, which is a 50% increase from their laid back strategy. These were prospects who either replied via email, connected through social media, or visited the website and submitted a query form that specifically stated their purpose for wanting to avail a loan. This database of positive respondents, located across a much wider geographical area and profiled by Callbox with a list score of 78%, represented the initial group of people they can actively market their loans to. The Client could now proceed with their promotional efforts with confidence, knowing that they will be talking to people who have expressed varying levels of interest in their product.

Callbox’s Demand Generation campaign proved to be the much needed jump start to the Client’s sputtering business – it increased awareness and interest among target contacts, broadened the target area, and generated a well-profiled, phone-verified and updated contact list of prospects, enabling them to work their way back into great sales numbers.

The Client recently signed up for another Demand Generation campaign with Callbox.

Callbox: Perfect Candidate for Japan’s Chief Recruiter

The Client

The Client is Japan’s largest recruiting and information Service Company. They are focused on supporting a diverse range of work style though offering a wide variety of services including job advertisements, permanent placement services, temporary staffing services, outsourcing services, pre organization-related services, and development-related services in an effort to help realize a world in which people can freely choose their own unique work style.

The Client also provides a broad range of services for companies, from employee recruitment to development and assignment. Through their diverse services, they are committed to offering the best HR solutions for business operations.

The Challenge

The Client was planning to launch a new product in Singapore and they didn’t have a marketing team to help them engage with customers. Hoping to reach out to prospects and meeting their deadline, the Client decided to outsource to a company that specializes in reaching new markets and has all the marketing tools including database, email support and social media to manage a campaign and help generate potential clients for them.

The Callbox Solution

First Campaign

Before the campaign commenced, the Client highlighted how crucial it is for them to reach their target prospects for the launch of their product. Prior to signing up with Callbox, the Client had planned a marketing strategy of their own, which was focused on different target locations per week. They decided to apply this strategy to their first Callbox campaign.

Contacts were profiled properly and were sent out an email. To get more interested prospects, the team needed a sustained and focused effort. However, despite much effort exerted by the team, the Client’s marketing strategy gave them less time to nurture their warm prospects, which resulted to failure in meeting the Client’s campaign expectations.

The Client assessed the results and the team provided their feedback on the campaign as well. After evaluating the campaign, the Client and the Callbox team came to the following conclusions:

  • Jumping from one target area to another from week to week gave them less time to reach out to the right people. The availability of prospects had to be put into consideration as well.
  • Having limited time to run the campaign affected the conversion rate. Many prospects considered looking into the product, however, most of them didn’t want to commit yet.
  • Right timing is the key. Running a 3-week campaign on a lean month, when most of the prospects were on vacation, contributed to a lower-than-expected turnout.

Second Campaign

Having learned much from the initial campaign and armed with insights on how they can make improvements, the Callbox team, together with the Client, made some changes to help improve the campaign’s performance. In order to address the Client’s challenge of reaching out to prospects before the official launch of their product, the team implemented the following:

  • Callbox’s multi-channel approach, whereby the team sent out emails to warm prospects prior to the start of the campaign which helped generates positive replies and was converted to appointments. At the same time, the team tried different approaches to touch base and follow up with them while running the campaign.
  • The Client ran a 2-week campaign, this time with 4 agents focusing on one location. The team conducted regular status meetings with the Client to provide updates and keep track of their course of action.

With the help of the Callbox Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool, the team was able to create a scheme and set a timeline that helped achieve the desired results within the time frame specified by the Client.

Callbox’s multi-channel approach played an important role which resulted to higher number of appointments at the end of 2nd term.

Before the end of the campaign, the client commended the team for their effort, “99% no cancellation of appointments. Only 1% of the appointment was cancelled because of double booking.”

Results

With Callbox’s experience and the team’s expertise in troubleshooting different types of campaigns, together with the Client, they managed to create a customized program to meet the Client’s target and expectations.

Running a multi-channel marketing campaign with the aid of the Callbox’s Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool, the team managed to deliver a higher number of qualified appointments than they would have without it. As a result, the Client decided not to accept more office appointments and advised the team to convert them to leads instead as they no longer have enough people to handle all appointments delivered.

Currently, the Client is nurturing 178 leads, 37 of which are interested with the product and agreed to meet with the Client’s sales team, 75 warm leads who are interested to know more about the product and 66 leads which can be followed up through email. These impressive results prompted the Client to signify his intention to sign up for a long term contract by the 3rd quarter of this year.

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

The Client

Established in 1998, the Client is an Australian-owned cloud, data centre and connectivity provider. Specializing in enterprise cloud, robust data centres, managed connectivity solutions and multi-provider internet services, the Client’s network extends throughout Australia with its own points of presence in five states.

The Challenge

In 1999, 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 in the mid-aughts. The Sydney operation did quite well in the first five years, maintaining a good number of customers.

However, in recent years, the Sydney operation fell into a predicament where Annual ROIs barely moved up as in-house sales and marketing schemes became ineffective at acquiring new customers. The Client knew that in order to increase their clientele list, more advanced sales and marketing methods and tools were needed. But this also led them to another challenge: they were not equipped with the best tactics and tools for scaling up their sales numbers.

After some foresightful study, the Client took a backseat from the situation and decided to outsource their sales and marketing efforts with Callbox.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox and the Client were a match made in heaven.

The first project was a single-seat, 3-month appointment setting campaign that initially ran with scaled-back activities, which were gradually increased as the campaign proceeded.

Both Callbox and the Client kept the database containing specific zip codes from the Sydney area accurate and up-to-date through regular list scrubbing and prospect data profiling. This process significantly reduced invalid records, allowing the campaign to reach a greater number of prospects.

Along with managing the campaign database, the Client worked closely with the assigned agent by providing insights and feedback on how to deliver a compelling pitch about the solution’s key benefits and overall messaging strategy, while helping the agent to sharpen her fundamental appointment setting skills, resulting in a higher output of quality leads.

Moreover, Callbox Pipeline’s marketing automation features for lead management, campaign monitoring and lead nurturing helped the Client stay on top of the campaign. Callbox Pipeline served as the campaign’s central hub for monitoring prospecting calls, follow-up emails, and booked appointments, providing real-time tracking and project management capabilities. As per the client, “it’s a neat diary”.

Results

With the help of Callbox Pipeline and Callbox’s multi-channel marketing program, the team booked 24 appointments in the first two months of the three-month campaign period – good news not only to the company’s directors but most especially to their partner Optus. These appointments represented a significant 62% surge from their average conversion rate for the last three years.

But the best was yet to come. On the 3rd month, things got off to a flying start as sale after sale came in.

A few feedback from the Client during this time included:

“Hi Team, FYI, we are about to get our first large deal signed off. Thank you and your team for the fantastic result. Keep them coming!”

“Hi Team, I hope all is well. Some more good news, I have converted another lead this week. Please pass on my thanks to the team & keep up the good work!”

“Team, What a great way to start the New Year! Thank you very much.”

Callbox’s multi-channel marketing program and Callbox Pipeline were exactly the perfect pairing of strategy and technology that the Client needed to achieve a 33% sales increase in six months’ time. After two campaign periods that closed 3large multinational deals, the Client’s sister company, a web design firm, also signed up for a lead generation campaign with Callbox.

As for the Client, these results helped win their trust and confidence in Callbox, leading them to refer another Optus-partner company to work with Callbox for an appointment setting campaign.