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B2B Events Firm Gets Solid Registrations from Long-Term Partnership with Callbox

The Client

The Client is a London, UK-based B2B events organizer with a portfolio of in-person exhibits, tradeshows, and conferences across various industries worldwide. The company also offers web and banner advertising services, B2B broadcasting and data services, as well as digital and print media services.

Founded in 1918, the CLIENT is widely considered to be one of the largest B2B events coordinator today, with 70 offices in 20 countries. THE CLIENT currently operates in two main service segments: one for events, and the other for general marketing services. The company is subdivided into three geographic units: Americas, Asia, and EMEA.

As of 2017, the CLIENT has over 3,500 employees and has reported annual revenues of more than $1.3 billion.

The Challenge

Since 2014, one of Singapore’s major professional and industry events organizer has been working with Callbox to help promote several of their B2B events in Asia.

When the Singaporean event company was acquired by the Client in 2016, Callbox remained the organization’s official marketing partner tasked with handling their portfolio of high-profile tradeshows and conferences, including:

EVENT A – An annual event billed as Asia’s largest conference for professionals and businesses in the global telecommunications industry that typically draws more than 40,000 attendees

EVENT B – A biennial trade event for the food and hospitality industry that features exhibitors from 70 countries and attracts more than 47,000 visitors

EVENT C – An annual international event that highlights trends in the professional audio, film, digital media, and broadcasting industries

EVENT D – A leading trade event and conference held every two years that showcases Asia’s oil and gas industry, attended by more than 18,000 visitors

EVENT E – A biennial industry event for Asia’s machine tools, precision engineering, and metalworking sectors that generates more than 12,00 attendees in event turnout

EVENT F – A paid, annual event that focuses on IT security and cyber threats, widely considered as the top InfoSec industry conference in Asia

While each event has its own unique requirements, the key challenge is to connect with the right number and the right kind of attendees to impact event turnout. Also, with so many live projects lined up in its calendar, the CLIENT faces very tight time tables to prepare and generate enough buzz for each event.

The Callbox Solution

Throughout its four-year partnership with the CLIENT and its Singapore subsidiary, Callbox planned and launched an end-to-end event marketing campaign for each of the live event mentioned earlier. With the exception of the infosec-focused conference, Callbox has ran multiple campaigns for each of these events.

Each campaign centered around using targeted outreach through a mix of different marketing channels (phone, email, and social media) to engage attendees and prospects at key points in the event process.

A. Setting up the campaigns

Before each campaign began, Callbox and point persons from the CLIENT worked out a campaign plan and completed the needed preparations.

  • THE CLIENT was assigned a campaign team that handled all aspects of the event marketing activities.
  • THE CLIENT reviewed the call scripts, email templates, and other campaign materials prepared by Callbox.
  • THE CLIENT also provided the list of target attendees which Callbox would update and profile (the next figures show record counts and target industries for each list):
B2B-Events-Firm-Gets-Solid-Registrations-from-Long-Term-Partnership-with-Callbox-records

B. Profiling and screening potential attendees

One month prior to each event, the team started the pre-event outreach activities. Aside from sending out invites, completing registrations, and confirming attendees, the Callbox team also scrubbed and cross-checked the target attendee list.

Since database profiling played a crucial role in each campaign’s success, Callbox devoted a great deal of time and resources to thoroughly validate and enrich each database record through desktop research combined with email and phone verification.

  1. THE CLIENT wanted the campaigns to focus on driving online pre-registrations and to collect deeper intelligence on each potential attendee.
  2. For the paid infosec event, Callbox coordinated with reps from the Client’s subsidiary to handle contacts who wanted to find out more about payment details and other information.
  3. The machine tools/precision engineering campaigns focused exclusively on data profiling.

C. Following up and converting prospects

The post-show re-engagement phase of each campaign was launched two days after the event. This step began with a personalized thank-you email and continued with a series of follow-up phone calls.

  1. Callbox prioritized registered attendees who came to the shows, and the team also reconnected with other prospects.
  2. Each contact was thoroughly screened based on the CLIENT’s requirements before hand-off.
  3. Throughout each campaign, the CLIENT kept track of each prospect’s status through Pipeline CRM.

Results

In all, the campaigns generated the following results in terms of registered attendees and other KPIs:

B2B-Events-Firm-Gets-Solid-Registrations-from-Long-Term-Partnership-with-Callbox-results

To date, the CLIENT continues to partner with Callbox for targeted promotion of its in-person events. Callbox will be handling pre-event and post-event outreach for all upcoming conferences and exhibits hosted by the CLIENT in Asia.

SG Corporate Car Rental Firm Expands in 4-Year Team-Up with Callbox

The Client

Founded in 1995, the Client ranks as one of the leading providers of corporate car rental services to business customers all over Singapore and Malaysia. The company offers both self-drive and chauffeur-driven vehicle rentals through a number of flexible packages for short- and long-term leasing arrangements.

The Challenge

Singapore is well-known for its high cost of vehicle ownership, making it an ideal market for car rental companies. The Client is one of the dozens of rent-a-car providers competing in the lucrative corporate vehicle leasing segment, a sector that is currently undergoing some major developments.

The Client’s service portfolio includes both short-term and long-term car rentals, but with competition heating up in the business travel market for their type of service (especially with the entry of smaller boutique players via Singapore’s real-time online car rental booking platform), the company wanted to refocus its marketing efforts on long-term rental services, where the Client could better differentiate its offerings.

To maximize results for the new marketing initiative, the Client planned to concentrate its in-house resources on inbound activities, while letting a third-party provider handle the bulk of its outbound strategy. The Client expected this approach would allow them to redirect their internal team on more crucial stages of the sales process.

The Client partnered with Callbox for a pilot three-month appointment setting program. After this initial campaign, it remained with Callbox for four years, achieving key business milestones throughout the period.

The Callbox Solution

The campaigns carried out during the partnership revolved around Callbox’s multi-touch, multi-channel lead generation approach & appointment setting. The campaign schemes involved contacting and nurturing high-value prospects through multiple touches throughout the outreach cycle. The program consisted of:

  • Account-Based Multi-Channel Lead Management via Voice, Email, Chat, Web, and Social Media
  • Sales Enablement & Support which covered Training, Setup, and Back Office Sales Support
  • Tools & Subscriptions to the Callbox Pipeline and HubSpot CRM
  • Account Management with Strategy Building, Reporting, and Product Knowledge

The Goals

  • Each campaign’s main objective was to book phone appointments with qualified prospects on behalf of the Client’s reps.
  • The Callbox team was also to promote the Client’s services via web and social media.
  • And, manage the database, keeping it clean and accurate throughout each campaign cycle.

Below is the two-step campaign process:

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified target attendees, locations, industries, and company size.
  2. Callbox worked out 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 target decision makers for the Callbox team to reach out which consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations.
  2. The campaign’s primary targets were General Manager, Procurement Manager, HR Manager, Hotel Manager/Director, Events Manager, Sales & Marketing Managers
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these personas, and was further grouped according to title, industry, location and company size.

Results

The entire project met most of the objectives set by the Client. The project booked a total of 782 Sales Qualified Leads, 391 Marketing Qualified Leads, 195 Follow-ups, 97 For Call back, and 622 Social Media Connections.

Overall, the Client was satisfied with the quantity and (more importantly) quality of the leads and appointments Callbox delivered. While the company gave no specific figures, the Client cited gaining a steady stream of opportunities and conversions as the main reason why it continued to work with Callbox for more than four years.

Utility Gains Omni-channel Inbound and Admin Support with Callbox

The Client

The Client is the sole electric power distribution company for one of the cities in the Central Philippines. Founded in the 1920s, the company primarily serves a metropolitan area consisting of more than 54,000 households and commercial establishments.

The Challenge

In 2013, the Client faced a number of business challenges that prompted a thorough review of the company’s internal processes. An increase in the frequency of power outages and multiple billing disputes caused a spike in consumer complaints. This, in turn, overstretched the company’s customer welfare desk, leading to long hold times and request backlogs.

Understaffed and struggling to meet customer demands, the Client decided to farm out part of their customer care operations to a local contact center, which handled phone-based customer care, billing follow-up, and notification campaigns.

But nine months into the outsourcing program, results showed only a minimal performance improvement in terms of resolution rates, ticket backlogs, and satisfaction scores.

Further review of the Client’s customer service processes revealed that it needed to overhaul many of its inbound and admin workflows. Customers were reaching out to the company through other channels than phone, but the Client has yet to adequately cover those other touch points.

The Client also understood the need for having a unified view of each customer for better reporting and case management, since customers often found themselves repeating the same requests and complaints to different customer service reps, while reps persistently experienced difficulties in updating and retrieving customer information.

It was clear that the company’s outsourcing requirements went beyond processing inbound customer calls.

The Callbox Solution

In 2014, the Client switched providers and entered into a two-year outsourcing contract with Callbox, having chosen the latter for its multi-channel customer service capabilities, broad range of outsourced back office solutions, and comprehensive process management tools. The contract was renewed in 2016, in which the Client doubled the number of Callbox agents handling the project.

Upon signup, Callbox then closely collaborated with PECO to evaluate and recommend improvements to many of the key inbound activities in its customer service desk, including:

  • Customer Care and Support
  • Billing and Payment
  • Complaint Resolution
  • Hotline and Dispatching Services
  • Notification Campaigns
  • Outage and Emergency Reporting, and internal coordination with the Switchboard and Field Trouble Shooting Teams
  • Customer and Market Research

To carry out these roles, Callbox had originally assigned a dedicated six-person team consisting of five full-time specialists and a support staff. This was later increased to 12 agents during contract renewal in response to a growing customer base and largely positive results in the initial two years.

Some of the team’s main responsibilities include back office and administrative tasks such as:

  • Answering email and chat inquiries
  • Assisting with inbound and outbound calls
  • Documenting and routing complaints to the appropriate departments
  • Processing account inquiries and billing disputes
  • Following up on bills and late payment notifications
  • Accessing and updating customer records in CRM

Throughout much of the outsourcing program, Callbox provided the CRM platform and ensured seamless integration with the Client’s internal system. In August 2018, data from back office and administrative activities handled by Callbox have been migrated to the Client’s own CRM without disrupting any customer service process.

Results

The Client’s outsourcing program with Callbox is now in its fourth year, and Callbox remains a key strategic partner for the company.

By transferring much of the back office and administrative workload to the Callbox team (plus leveraging its omni-channel and process management capabilities), the company’s customer welfare desk has been able to focus on core activities that resulted in:

  • 85% rep occupancy rate (up from 62%)
  • 27% Reduction in average case handling time
  • 32% increase in daily case resolution rate
  • 19% improvement in median case quality scores

SG-based 3PL Company Doubles Sales Appointments, Gears Up For Expansion

The Client

The Client is a Singapore-based third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers warehousing, distribution, transportation, and freight management services primarily to freight forwarders and shippers. The company also provides value-added services including crating, labeling, sorting, sub-assembly, and fumigation.

The Challenge

Third-party logistics (3PL) is the process of outsourcing parts or all of a business’s supply chain and logistics operations to another company. As supply chains become more complex, many shippers now find it more cost-effective to work with 3PL service providers that take care of transport, warehousing, customs brokerage, and freight forwarding—instead of doing these activities in-house.

As part of its effort to improve the company’s market position, the Client looked into expanding the outbound component of its customer acquisition program where the bulk of its lead generation initiatives were mostly tied up in inbound tactics, but the Client wanted a more proactive approach and a bigger role for outbound in its marketing mix.

The Client teamed up with Callbox to deploy an outbound prospecting program that would complement the company’s current marketing efforts. Under its existing strategy, the Client averaged 8 to 10 appointments each month, and the company wanted Callbox’s help to develop a new lead source and increase the flow of qualified prospects into their pipeline.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox designed a Lead Generation & Appointment Setting campaign for the Client which consisted of:

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

THE CAMPAIGN GOALS

  • The Callbox team was to profile the database, and keep each contact accurate and up to date in order to get a good conversion rate out of the target accounts.
  • To call and pre-qualify target prospects based on the Client’s criteria, and book interested prospects with the Client’s specialists.
  • To build connections with potential clients on social media to increase brand awareness.

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified target industries, locations and decision makers
  2. Based on the industry and DM specifications, Callbox worked out the Client’s ideal customer profile (ICP) which served as a basis for identifying qualified accounts
  3. A list of potential contacts to target was then compiled by the Callbox team which was reviewed and approved by the Client

Account and Prospect Profiling

  1. The Client provided target decision makers for the Callbox team to reach out which consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations
  2. The buyer personas designated as the campaign’s primary targets were For Freight Forwarders: Air/Sea Freight Division Manager; For Shippers: Trade Compliance Manager, Shipping Officer, Procurement Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Controller, Persons in Charge of Imports/Exports
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these personas and was further grouped according to industry type

Results

The campaign met all the Client’s expectations, particularly in terms of the number of qualified appointments delivered and net new prospects added into their pipeline: 165 Sales Qualified Appointments, 193 Marketing Qualified Leads, and 44 Follow-ups.

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

In the campaign’s first month alone, the Client received 55 qualified appointments, which was around 1.5 times what the company was able to generate from its in-house prospecting activities. By the end of the 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.

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.

Outbound Campaign Fast-tracks Inbound Results for Business Travel Platform

The Client 

The Client is the corporate travel management arm of a leading online travel agency. the company provides end-to-end business travel solutions tailored for every stage in the travel cycle. Its primary products and services include its flagship online booking platform, a full suite of travel management and reporting tools, and personalized account management and consulting.

The Challenge

Shortly before first contacting Callbox, the Client was in the middle of a key strategic refocus that aimed to expand the company’s footprint in the growing SME business travel segment. The Client had already developed specific packages and solutions tailored for small and medium-sized companies’ needs and was looking to acquire more SME accounts.

To help drive awareness and generate interest in its SME-focused offerings, the company launched a number of lead generation initiatives that included publishing a comprehensive whitepaper on creating and deploying a company travel policy.

The Client wanted to reach new prospects with this content asset but encountered mixed results with the distribution and promotion tactics they were using (which mostly consisted of inbound channels like SEO, social media, and online promotion).Downloads average 6 per week (although this went up as high as 11 in the first full week after publication) and marketing-qualified lead (MQL) conversion rates didn’t meet the Client’s targets.

After considering other options for distributing the whitepaper, the Client decided to include outbound channels in its content promotion mix. But, having no outbound expertise of its own, the Client began looking for a third-party lead generation vendor to handle the outbound portion of the campaign.

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox after a thorough evaluation process, pointing out that Callbox’s multi-channel approach at lead generation and prospecting best met their goals. The Callbox team then prepared a campaign plan for a 3-month lead generation program with the following objectives:

  • Increase the number of hand-raisers from its whitepaper
  • Qualify prospects based on their ability to influence business travel decisions
  • Collect key information to profile each prospect

The campaign carried out direct, targeted outreach through live conversations with the target prospects enhanced through email, social media, and online channels. The target contacts included HR directors, HR managers, CFOs, finance directors, administrative managers, CEOs, and other persons in charge of expense management/procurement from companies all over the U.S. with annual revenues not exceeding $10 million

Lead Generation

  1. Callbox prepared all materials used in the campaign. These were reviewed and approved by the Client. The materials included the campaign contact list, call scripts, email templates, and landing pages.
  2. Calling agents engaged the target prospects through one-on-one conversations which served to promote the whitepaper and to qualify the leads.
  3. The campaign used emails to add another layer of touch points for distributing the whitepaper, as well as leveraged the LinkedIn platform to increase reach and visibility.

Results

The targeted lead generation campaign ran for a total of 66 days (22 days per month). As with most of Callbox’s multi-touch, multi-channel lead generation projects, leads only began trickling in after the first two weeks of the campaign. That’s because the campaign’s opening phase focused on initiating contact and nurturing prospects through email which maintained open rates of 32.2% and click-through rates of 9.7%.

Broken down by month, the lead generation activities produced the following results:

  • 1st Month: 21 Leads Completed
  • 2nd Month: 31 Leads Completed
  • 3rd Month: 57 Leads Completed

The company travel policy whitepaper was downloaded a total of 189 times during the three-month campaign period, which gave a weekly average of nearly 16 downloads (or twice the pre-campaign rate). The Client also mentioned that 80% of the 109 leads (or 88 leads) were already MQLs.

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 was already running a campaign with Callbox for one of their lines of business when they decided to double down on maritime satellite opportunities in Asia, as well as tap into additional EMEA markets

This leg of the campaign was focused 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 first campaign, 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

Based on the Client’s targets and focused product and services, the Callbox team designed another Account-Based Marketing Lead Generation and Appointment Setting campaign which consisted of:

  • Account-Based Multi-Channel Lead Management which included Voice, Email, Web, Chat, Webinar, and Social Media
  • Sales Enablement & Support through Team Training, Account Setup, and Back Office Sales Support
  • Tools & Subscriptions to the Callbox Pipeline and HubSpot CRM
  • Account Management via Strategy Building, Reporting and Product Knowledge

THE GOALS

  • The Callbox team was to run a database profiling and phone-based conversations with prospects integrated with email touches
  • Manage the Client’s social media, web, and chat to enhance branding and engagement accuracy 

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified their target industries, location, and relevant contacts 
  2. Callbox refined the Client’s ideal customer profile (ICP) which served as a basis for identifying qualified accounts
  3. Callbox came up with 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 the outbound campaign to target. The profiles consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations
  2. Identified as the campaign’s primary targets were Persons in charge of Satellite services and communications
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these personas, and was further grouped according to industry type.

Results

Overall, the two campaigns generated 245 Sales Qualified Leads in total.

The results showed that the Callbox team was able to consistently deliver an average of 12 appointments each month, which exceeded the Client’s target of 10 monthly appointments.

LED Lighting Firm Renews Callbox Campaign, Wins Sales Deal in 2 Months

The Client

The Client is the LED Lighting division of a Kentucky-based vendor-sourcing company. As one of the largest fully-integrated LED companies in the U.S., the Client develops and executes end-to-end LED lighting solutions for businesses, deploying complete teams of lighting architects, engineers, project managers, and electricians.

The Challenge

As a previous Callbox customer, the Client already understands the value that Callbox’s multi-touch, multi-channel appointment setting solution delivers. In choosing Callbox for the second time, the Client expects the same level of commitment and service that brought success to the past campaign.

The Client signed up for a 6-month appointment setting campaign that also covered database profiling, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Database Profiling

  1. The Client provided a list of contacts for Callbox to profile.
  2. The Callbox team relied on both primary and desk research to profile the contact list.
  3. The Callbox team leveraged online and phone-based techniques to validate and update each record.

Appointment Setting

  1. Callbox prepared the call scripts based on the materials the Client sent over. The Client then reviewed and approved the versions specific to each target industry.
  2. Prospects with current or upcoming LED lighting projects who agreed to meet with the Client for an initial assessment were tagged as qualified appointments.
  3. Prospects interested in LED lighting but hadn’t yet agreed to meet with the Client were handed off as completed leads.

Email Marketing

  1. The campaign used two types of email outreach: email blasts (for warming up prospects) and targeted send-outs (for distributing additional materials).
  2. The call campaign prioritized contacts who opened or replied to emails.
  3. The Callbox team created and tested the landing pages, banner ads, and email templates used in the campaign.

Social Media

  1. The campaign also used social media to build relationships and gather additional information.
  2. Positive call and email contacts were added as connections.
  3. The team assigned responsibilities to the social media specialists.

Results

At the time of preparing this case study, the campaign was wrapping up its final week. The campaign initially started with only one seat. But, by the end of the third week, the Client wanted to ramp up calling activities to 2 seats due to the inflow of promising leads.

The campaign delivered 86 sales-qualified appointments, and 58 completed leads.

During the campaign’s second month, the Client was able to close one of the appointments handed off earlier in the project.

The Client expects to convert around half of the remaining 85 appointments (or 42 appointments) to customers within the first half of the year. The Client is very pleased with the results that it already paid for another campaign scheduled for the next quarter.

Callbox Gives HR Consulting Client Base a Boost

The Client

The Client is a Singapore-based consulting company that provides intercultural management courses to organizations worldwide. The Client helps customers develop cross-cultural skills through customized training, coaching, workshops, and conferences.

The Challenge

Started in 2014 as a joint venture between a pioneering European cross-cultural training company and a top Southeast Asian HR solutions provider, the Client has built and grown a customer portfolio of over 150 multinational companies in various industries across Asia. The customer enjoys a clear lead in the region’s market for intercultural management training services.

But with a spate of new entrants seen to come into the growing market, the Client has recently followed a more active strategic direction to protect and enlarge its market share. An important component of the new growth strategy emphasizes direct and targeted outreach to prospects in industries with high potential.

Having little outbound experience of their own, the Client needed some outside expertise to achieve many aspects of its goals. In particular, the company faced three key marketing challenges that made working with a third-party provider a more viable option:

  • Identifying the right prospects to contact in the Client’s target industries and companies
  • Qualifying and booking sales meetings with prospects that fit the target buyer profile
  • Gathering additional marketing intelligence to be used further along the sales cycle

The Callbox Solution

The Client partnered with Callbox after a stringent RFP process, pointing to the latter’s substantial roster of satisfied customers in Singapore as a key differentiator. The Callbox team then worked alongside representatives from the Client to plan out the objectives, activities, and timelines for an integrated appointment setting campaign.

The overall strategy centered on engaging prospects through targeted calls complemented by timely email touchpoints. The Client wanted the campaign to focus only on companies operating in Singapore and excluded firms providing consulting and training services. Some campaign activities that contributed to its success were:

  1. Callbox performed a thorough data profiling program prior to starting the campaign. The team compiled a database of the key contacts from companies in the included industries. The Client then reviewed and approved the profiled list.
  2. Agents contacted every prospect on the approved list. Probing questions identified fit and interest with the Client’s intercultural management training courses. Prospects who agreed to a meeting with a consultant from the Client were tagged as qualified appointments.
  3. The team used emails extensively for introduction, follow-up, and targeted send-outs throughout the campaign.

The campaign produced a total of 102 qualified appointments, and 51 MQLs.

Based on past performance, the Client expects to send proposals to around 80% of qualified sales meetings and close anywhere between 15% to 30% of opportunities. That means the campaign can potentially add as much as 30 more deals into its customer portfolio within the next sales cycle, an increase of 8% in its current customer base.

Callbox Confirmed 600 Attendees for Events Leader

The Client

The Client is an events specialist and one of the many fast-expanding companies in its industry that could provide resources both in and out of the APAC region.

The Challenge

The Client is a decade old events services leader in Singapore that caters to varied corporate industries by providing the target attendees for trade fairs, forums and brand launches. The successes they earned for being a strong leader in the industry were drawn out of their stringent task implementation, tip-top customer service and dedication. So when the time came that they needed manpower for an event and decided to look for a partner to finish the job, they chose no one else but the equally competitive global lead generation company, Callbox.

The Callbox Solution

Customer Profiling

1. The database records needed to be validated so a customer profiling campaign was implemented.

2. Company and business names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and all other contact details were updated to ensure list accuracy.

3. To further validate the contact information, the Callbox team sent initial copies of the Client’s reminder featuring the upcoming and past events with links to their website and query boxes.

4. Active responses like opened emails, website visits, clicked links, and queries were tracked via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool and saved for follow-up.

5. Invalid emails (bounces) and contact details were updated upon speaking with the decision maker.

Appointment Setting

1. Through Callbox’s SMART Calling process, active contacts that were filtered from the Customer Profiling campaign were called to remind prospects of the event and to confirm their attendance.

2. For prospects who were still on the fence with their decisions, drip email reminders were sent to them via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool.

3. Prospects who confirmed attendance were sent calendar invites.

4. A day before the event, a final confirmation call to all each one who confirmed was made to keep an accurate number of expected attendees for the event.

Top ISO Certification Firm Boosts Sales Pipeline with Callbox

The Client

The Client provides a full suite of independent assessment services that cover certification, validation, verification and training. It helps its customers align management systems and business processes for compliance with international and industry-specific standards and schemes. The Client presently offers its assessment services in over 120 countries, with recognition from more than 50 accreditation bodies.

The Challenge

The Client is looking to capture a huge portion of the growing demand for ISO certification among companies operating in Southeast Asia. In particular, the Client identifies a strong potential for its certification and training programs geared toward small to medium-sized enterprises across various industries in the Indonesian and Malaysian markets.

With a broad ISO certification portfolio and a worldwide roster of customers under its fold, the Client has significant strategic advantage over its competitors in the region. The Client has extensive experience assessing quality management systems that include a wide range of compliance coverage, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, and other related standards for commercial and industrial organizations.

To help reach its revenue expansion goals, the Client developed a marketing strategy that involved direct outreach to relevant prospects from companies in its target verticals. The client also determined that it needed the help of a third-party marketing agency to carry out this segment of the plan. Accordingly, the Client decided to partner with Callbox mainly because of the latter’s track record at managing B2B marketing campaigns that target organizations based in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox’s multi-channel appointment setting package was deemed to be the best approach for helping the Client achieve its current marketing goals.

The campaign was made up of two integrated components: (1) phone-based appointment setting and (2) email marketing, and was put together with the following objectives in mind:

• To prequalify and generate face-to-face/phone appointments for the Client
• To drive awareness for the Client’s core standards including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and OhSaS 18001: 2007

The campaign’s target prospects consist of persons involved in handling or overseeing QA processes at organizations with 50 to 2,000 employees that belong to a given set of industries and locations specified by the Client.

Appointment Setting

1. The Callbox team prepared the campaign prospect list, call script, and email templates based on the Client’s specifications. These were submitted for the Client’s review and approval prior to the start of the campaign.

2. Agents contacted and qualified the target prospects using the list of probing questions outlined by the Client. Prospects who demonstrated a clear need for or interest in ISO certification and agreed to meet with one of the Client’s reps were tagged as qualified appointments.

3. The Callbox team forwarded all leads to the Client via email notifications and Pipeline update.

Email Marketing

1. Emails were used in the campaign as an added layer of touch points for engaging prospects.

2. Emails were primarily sent to warm up cold prospects as well as to follow up on phone calls and prospect requests.

3. The Callbox team monitored and handled email replies and follow-ups, making use of the Pipeline Lead Nurture tool for timely email send-outs and response.

Results

The entire campaign ran for a total of three months (66 days). The campaign’s first couple of weeks was mostly spent gaining initial traction through emails. As such, the results during this stage of the project prominently focused on email marketing. Here are some key highlights of the campaign’s email marketing activities:

• Delivery rates of up to 98.6%
• Open rates of up to 8.54%
• reply rates of up to 3.81%

Once the results from the initial email outreach started trickling in at the close of the first month, there was a noticeable pick-up in the number of qualified appointments generated. In fact, the majority of appointments produced during the campaign were recorded after the first four weeks. Here is a monthly breakdown of the number of appointments set throughout the campaign:

• 1st month: 17 qualified appointments
• 2nd month: 31 qualified appointments
• 3rd month: 23 qualified appointments

Using a benchmark lead-to-opportunity rate of 30% and a close rate of 40%, the 71 appointments delivered during the 3-month campaign can potentially turn into 9 new customers for the Client within the next 6 to 12months.

Callbox Delivered Beat Webinar and ABM Campaigns For Global Logistics Leader

The Client

The Client is known as the world’s leading logistics company, operating in 220 countries and territories, helping organizations to cross borders, reach new markets and grow business.

Lines of Business
Warehouse Solutions, Transport & Distribution, Contract Logistics

The Challenge

Being a global logistics leader for more than 50 years, the Client has a full stack of clients worldwide. However, as part of their PR and marketing strategies, it regularly holds live events for different reasons such as product or service launches, awards, and symposiums.

In this campaign, the Client aimed to amp up its Singapore market in order to stay ahead in the competition, seeing more headquarters of logistic companies spawn in the Lion city. And in order to expedite the project, the Client outsourced with Callbox to help them run lead generation and events campaigns.

The Callbox Solution

Based on the Client’s needs, Callbox designed a Webinar and Account-Based Marketing Lead Generation and Appointment Setting campaign which consisted of:

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

THE GOALS

  • The Callbox team was to invite prospects to the Clients series of webinars
  • To generate marketing qualified leads
  • Book appointments for the Client’s sales team
  • Manage the database by profiling all contacts
  • Promote the products, services, and events via web and social media

The campaign involved two key steps:

Account Research and Selection

  1. The Client specified its target industries, location, 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 target decision makers for the Callbox team to reach out which consisted of detailed demographic and firmographic segmentations.
  2. The buyer personas designated as the campaign’s primary targets were Procurement Manager, COO, Chief Supply Chain Officer, VP for Operations/Manufacturing/Logistics, IT Director, Director of Planning, Inventory Director, VP of Business Intelligence, C-level, and President.
  3. The master contact list was segmented based on these personas, and was further grouped according to industry type.

Results

Overall, the Webinars gathered a total of 250 Confirmed Attendees, and the 6-month ABM Lead Generation & Appointment Setting Campaign delivered 92 Sales Qualified Leads, and 42 Marketing Qualified Leads.