As one of a handful of highly-specialized digital marketing companies in Singapore, the Client recently expanded into the influencer marketing space.
In 2017, the company unveiled their full-service influencer marketing package initially to the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. The Client was planning to follow this up with a full rollout in the rest of their APAC and North American segments in the next year.
The company wanted to accelerate the first phase of this expansion, so they decided to support their overall marketing efforts with targeted outbound tactics. The owner and CEO was convinced that outbound could be a “force multiplier” to inbound in terms of “scaling up direct touches.”
But with much of their expertise and manpower committed to the company’s core digital marketing business, the Client sought the help of third-party providers to handle the outbound campaign. The company looked at potential marketing partners that had:
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
One of the Client’s longtime digital marketing customers recommended Callbox as a possible outbound provider. After a thorough review of each potential vendor, the Client went with Callbox, mentioning how the latter “scored highly” in all the criteria they laid out.
A three-month appointment setting campaign was then planned and implemented. The campaign’s main goal involved driving awareness and booking sales meetings for their recently-launched influencer marketing platform. Some key campaign activities include:
The three-month campaign ran for a total of 66 days spanning much of Q3 2018 and early October of that year. The results met the Client’s expectations in a number of key performance areas:
Given these results from the initial campaign, the Client wants callbox to handle its upcoming outbound initiatives for the next stages of its expansion.
Building on the success of its cloud-based time attendance management solution, the Client recently rolled out a more internationalized version of its flagship product. As of February 2018, the current platform served 9,500 companies with over 600,000 users, mostly located in Japan.
To accelerate its customer acquisition initiatives, the Client sought to expand into several key Southeast Asian countries. The Client’s own research indicated a strong potential for tight product-market fit in the region, placing Southeast Asia as the next major growth driver for the company.
By providing an open API that allowed global customers to integrate any payroll system with the Client’s suite of HR software solutions, the company aimed to bring its product portfolio in front of a broader group of potential customers.
But first, the company needed help with a key part of their customer acquisition strategy: direct outreach. The Client relied both on inbound and outbound marketing channels to capture and convert prospects, but they felt their outbound efforts could use a boost.
Before partnering with Callbox, the Client’s marketing team was generating an average of 6 booked appointments for their sales reps per month. The Client decided to outsource their outbound activities instead of hiring full-time staff to handle prospecting, so that the company could assign their internal people into lead nurturing and lead conversion roles.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox has a long track record of planning and managing successful targeted marketing campaigns for B2B SaaS companies in Southeast Asia. That was one of the main reasons why the Client chose Callbox from a shortlist of marketing agencies.
A pilot three-month campaign was first carried out to gauge the program’s impact on the Client’s sales pipeline. With the pilot run’s results exceeding all key targets, the Client gave the go-ahead for a one-year appointment setting program, which is wrapping up its fifth month at time of writing.
Callbox created an integrated appointment setting strategy that combined phone, email, and LinkedIn touch points. The program consists of three main campaign activities:
Identifying and profiling potential customers
Carrying out multi-touch, multi-channel outreach
Qualifying, following up, and verifying prospects
The program has now completed a three-month pilot run and is now finishing up the fifth month of the main (one-year) phase. The results so far have consistently exceeded the Client’s targets, and the sales appointments Callbox generated have significantly expanded the Client’s pipeline.
The initial three-month test campaign yielded a total of 51 qualified appointments, which was 8.5 times more than what the Client could produce. Meanwhile, the main phase of the program has delivered 65 qualified appointments as of press time.
This means that, throughout the engagement so far, Callbox has managed to hand off an average of 15 qualified appointments per month, which is almost 2.5 times what the Client’s in-house team can generate.
Aside from appointments, the two campaign phases also yielded 161 completed leads, which are prospects that match the target customer profile but require further nurturing by the Client’s in-house team.
In 2013, the Client’s Singapore office signed up for a three-month pilot appointment setting campaign with Callbox. The company wanted to outsource some of their prospecting responsibilities, so that their in-house team could focus on opportunities further downstream.
Right around the same time, the Client was also ramping up its direct marketing activities across Southeast Asia. The company had a number of inbound and outbound marketing initiatives for driving awareness and demand toward its brand management solutions.
One of these was direct outreach activities that targeted various executive and senior-level marketing-related roles at Southeast Asian companies. The main goal of these efforts typically included profiling key accounts and booking introductory meetings for the Client’s consultants.
The Client also hosted live events as part of its customer acquisition strategy. These were usually 1-hour, invitation-only seminars on branding-related topics held at different locations in the region. The target attendees for these in-person events also consisted of senior marketing and sales decision makers.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox worked with the Client to put together a campaign plan that included three months of appointment setting and one month of event marketing (Call-to-Invite) activities, along with thorough customer profiling.
Callbox registered 36 event attendees—more than four times than the target.
Going into the appointment setting campaign, the Client’s main metrics included number of qualified appointments and number of hand-raisers (warm prospects). As for the Call-to-Invite campaign, the primary KPI was number of registered attendees.
The campaign generated a total of 9 qualified appointments from the target areas of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The campaign also produced a total of 124 warm prospects for the Client.
There were a total of 36 registered attendees handed off in the Call-to-Invite campaign. These included 33 registered attendees for the Client’s Thailand seminars (which was more than four times what the company had targeted for Callbox).
As a leading brand in the CRM market, the Client regularly organizes and hosts in-person events throughout different parts of the world. These tradeshows and conferences, including its annual flagship event, typically draw huge numbers of attendees and receive extensive media coverage.
For its Asia-Pacific calendar, the company had a series of live events lined up for 2017. These events—which were scheduled for January, April, and July—would showcase the Client’s insights on how top-performing marketers succeed with customer-centric strategies driven by digital tools.
The Client planned to host each of the events in both Singapore and Hong Kong, targeting CMOs, marketing directors, sales directors, marketing managers, and other persons in charge of marketing and sales at organizations based in the two cities. The three events included separate programs for SMB and mid-market/general business (MMGB) audiences.
The company partnered with Callbox after being introduced by one of Callbox’s long-time clients in the software space. The Client intended to add targeted, one-on-one outreach into the event promotion mix, and wanted to see how Callbox’s Call-to-Invite package would be able to help boost registrations for its January event.
The initial campaign’s results met the company’s expectations, and The Client decided to work with Callbox for the April and July live events.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
A Call-to-Invite campaign was planned for each of the three events. The three campaigns combined email outreach and live phone conversations to engage attendees and prospects throughout the event cycle.
STEP 1. LAYING DOWN THE GROUNDWORK
Prior to the start of each campaign, callbox closely worked with the Client to thoroughly prepare for the Call-to-Invite activities:
STEP 2. CONTACTING AND INVITING POTENTIAL ATTENDEES
The pre-event outreach cadence started one month prior to each scheduled conference. The Callbox team segmented potential attendees according to location (Singapore or Hong Kong), business size (SMB or MMGB), and target industry.
STEP 3. FOLLOWING UP AFTER THE EVENT
To maximize conversions, Callbox executed a post-event follow-up cadence after each conference.
Going into each campaign, the Client focused on the number of registered attendees as the primary KPI to gauge the Call-to-Invite campaign’s success. The following table summarizes the number of registered attendees from the three campaigns:
In addition, the three campaigns also generated 1,050 new prospects for the Client. This consisted of 394 follow-ups and 656 requests for information.
The Client was very pleased with the results of the three Call-to-Invite campaigns. The first campaign exceeded their expectations that they increased the number of calling seats for the March-April and June-July campaigns. The company has also decided to continue partnering with Callbox for its upcoming Asia-Pacific events.
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.
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.
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.
In all, the campaigns generated the following results in terms of registered attendees and other KPIs:
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.
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.
• Provided back office and administrative support for utility customer service desk through phone, email, and chat
• Streamlined key steps in customer service workflow through process management
• Enabled seamless CRM integration and (later) migration to client’s internal system
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:
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:
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.
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:
With over 20 years’ experience providing award-winning recruitment software to the likes of Morgan Stanley, NBC Universal, and other high-profile customers, the Client recently underwent a major strategic pivot. The shift in focus sought to realign the Client’s various offerings in its US, UK, and APAC divisions under a single global identity.
As part of its new business direction, the company also unveiled a new suite of enhanced talent acquisition tools. This move aimed to further strengthen the Client’s position as a key technology partner for modern HR and recruitment teams.
To support its recent refocus and product rollout, the Client planned a series of marketing initiatives designed to:
The plan started out with Southeast Asia as its main priority. The company decided to look for a third-party agency that can help it quickly gain a foothold in all three markets
• Launched a 2-part, APAC-focused campaign that covered database profiling and appointment setting for a UK-based HR software company
• Kept campaign seamlessly on track as Client’s objectives shifted due to ongoing rebranding efforts
• Accelerated Client’s expansion into Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia with qualified sales appointments, profiled contacts and potential accounts
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox partnered with the Client and put together a campaign plan jointly with the company. The plan originally consisted of an event marketing phase and an appointment setting phase. The event marketing part of the campaign was intended to boost signups for the Client’s series of webinars scheduled for the second and third quarters.
But the company’s ongoing business pivot meant the campaign requirements could change at any time. Prior to the start of the event marketing phase, the Client decided to prioritize targeted opportunity generation through direct outreach instead of live events.
As a result, both Callbox and the Client agreed to replace event marketing with a thorough database profiling program for the campaign’s first stage. Without altering the campaign timeline or incurring delays, the Callbox team put together a revised campaign plan which the Client reviewed and approved well before the original starting date.
The two-part campaign has already completed the Database Profiling phase and is currently in the second month of the Appointment Setting stage. The profiling activities (which ran for one month) resulted in 565 contacts profiled and 147 potential accounts identified.
The campaign’s appointment setting leg has so far delivered 12 qualified appointments after one month of activities. Most of the appointments were generated near the end of the third week as the initial outreach and lead nurturing efforts done at the start of the program began converting.
The Client’s core mission is to help companies implement and optimize Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM applications. It sells its services primarily to large- and mid-sized businesses in verticals such as distribution, manufacturing, and professional services.
The company recently refocused its marketing initiatives toward growing the customer base for its three industry-specific modules: industrial, professional services, and AX users. Part of its new customer acquisition strategy called for targeting prospects throughout the U.S via outbound channels.
Being a small company (with only 35 employees), the Client clearly needed some outside help carrying out many of its marketing activities. Past experience has taught the company that its small team of in-house sales reps was best deployed following up qualified leads and nurturing opportunities, instead of spending a great deal of their time prospecting.
Once the company finalized its requirements, the Client began looking for a potential outsourcing partner that could:
1. Identify accounts that fit the target customer profile for each of the Client’s three modules
2. Qualify contacts for each identified account by gauging purchase intent and solution fit
3. Collect additional prospect information to be used by its in-house reps
• Completed a 6-month US-wide appointment setting project for a leading enterprise cloud consulting firm
• Generated high-value sales appointments for conversion within the next 12 months
• Increased prospect quantity and quality by combining phone calls with emails and social media
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client chose Callbox at the suggestion of one of its partner IT companies. The Client pointed out that Callbox’s marketing experience in the enterprise cloud space was a deciding factor.
Callbox then put together a 6-month appointment setting program consisting of six monthly campaigns. Each campaign focused on a specific segment for the company’s three main modules. The entire project made use of live phone outreach integrated with email and social media activities.
The six campaigns ran for a total of six months. In each of the campaigns, a good part of the first half was spent warming up prospects and doing research. This meant that much of the initial campaign activities focused on email marketing and social media. For the entire project, emails and LinkedIn produced the following results:
• Email delivery rate: 99.4%
• Email open rate: Up to 38.3%
• Email reply rate: Up to 5.13%
• LinkedIn connections: 1,492
• LinkedIn groups: 144
• LinkedIn leads: 6
Live conversations with prospects generated the following results:
• 21 qualified appointments
• 2 completed leads
Most of these results were recorded during the closing stages of each campaign. The Client says that all 21 appointments meet their sales criteria, so they expect to convert around half (or 11) of these prospects within the next 6 to 12 months.
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.
• Carried out a uccessful appointment setting campaign for a leading IT security company
• Met all campaign objectives by the end of the project
• Delivered highly-qualified sales opportunities and actionable marketing intelligence
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The campaign ran for 3 months and generated a total of 11 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 11 appointments handed off by the Callbox team are highly qualified sales opportunities, the Client believes it can convert 70% to 80% (8 or 9) of these SQLs into customers within the next three months.
Marketing in complex-sale verticals, such as IT and manufacturing, carries a special set of challenges. The conversion funnel is usually longer and nonlinear, and the process requires connecting with multiple decision-makers. That’s on top of the relatively steep learning curve needed to understand and communicate what the product or service brings.
For the Client, these form the basic requirements when teaming up with third-party agencies that handle part of their marketing programs. The company combines inbound efforts (mainly done in-house) with outbound tactics (mostly outsourced to providers). Prospecting and lead generation are the activities that the Client typically delegates to an outside marketing company.
The Client recently decided to look for a new marketing partner as part of its renewed focus on Southeast Asia. The company needed an outbound agency with the scope to help it cover new segments in its target areas ((Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), as well as the scale to generate prospects from companies in its target industries.
More importantly, the Client wanted a lead generation company they could work with on a long-term basis. This would accelerate deployment of campaigns and keep the messaging more consistent.
• Launched a long-term marketing partnership with one of Asia’s biggest tech brands
• Helped the Client reach event turnout targets
• Handed off high-potential sales appointments
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
The Client reviewed proposals sent by Callbox and two other marketing agencies. All three had considerable experience managing companies’ APAC campaigns, but Callbox was able to provide case studies and references showing projects with longer-term commitments. The Client placed a great deal of emphasis on this key differentiator and signed up with Callbox.
The project kicked off a few weeks before a company-sponsored event. The Callbox team worked closely with the Client to put together a call-to-invite campaign aimed at boosting turnout:
1. The event revolved around driving awareness and generating leads for its SAP services and solutions.
2. The target attendees mainly consisted of decision-makers in IT, Operations, and Finance from Singapore-based manufacturing firms. The Client wanted to focus on companies not using SAP Business One.
3. Once Client approved the call list and campaign materials, Callbox then launched a one-month (22-day) call-to-invite campaign.
• Launched an ongoing
appointment setting campaign to drive user growth for a research and analytics firm
• Connected with heads of PR and Corporate Communications from medium to large Malaysian companies
• Met campaign targets in the first two months, gearing up for third month
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox’s multi-channel appointment setting package meets the Client’s primary goal of carrying out accelerated and targeted one-on-one outreach. The campaign’s main strategy emphasizes live phone conversations enhanced with emails and other channels.
The Callbox team and representatives from the Client agree that all campaign tactics, activities, and materials should work toward prequalifying and setting up appointments with potential users of the media monitoring platform.
As of this writing, the campaign has just wrapped up its second full month and is gearing up for the third. The Callbox team spent the campaign’s first couple of weeks laying the groundwork for the main appointment setting activities. During this time, agents focused on gaining initial traction and navigating the hierarchy of decision-makers at the target organizations. It wasn’t until the first month’s closing weeks when steady appointment setting results began to seep into the pipeline.
So far, the campaign has managed to deliver:
• First month: 11 appointments
• Second month: 17 appointments
The Client maintains a benchmark lead-to-opportunity rate of 90% and a close rate of 70%. That works out to around 18 potential new users acquired from the ongoing campaign.
• Validated and profiled contacts via Customer Profiling campaign
• Well-targeted reminder calls achieved via Callbox’s SMART Calling
• Accurately tracked active responses via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
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.