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ABM-Focused Campaigns Double Sales Opportunities for Managed Cloud Firm

The Client

The Client is an Austin, TX-based company that provides managed cloud solutions tailored for the security, middleware, and database needs of enterprise customers. The Client primarily targets organizations operating in industries with complex regulatory and compliance requirements.

The Challenge

The Client, an Austin, TX-based managed cloud services provider and tech consulting firm with Fortune Global 500 customers in a number of countries worldwide, wanted to expand its market presence much closer to home with an intensified push for increased market share in over a dozen U.S. states.

With the help of its newly launched ABM program, the company has already made some progress toward this planned expansion. Their ABM effort has so far added 97 candidate strategic accounts into their pipeline after a full year of implementation. The Client, however, understood they need to scale this up in order to make their funnel numbers work. They aimed to apply a tiered approach at selecting accounts during the program’s second year.

Under their tier-based ABM strategy, the company segments accounts into two main tiers according to how potential companies match the target customer profile:

  • Tier 1 Accounts: Best-fit companies requiring hyper-targeted, market-of-one engagement
  • Tier 2 Accounts: The rest of their target accounts that still require targeted and personalized messaging but not a market-of-one approach; consists of two further sub-segments based on industry group

In order for their internal team to exclusively focus their time and resources on selling to Tier 1 accounts, the Client planned to let a B2B marketing service provider handle the top-of-funnel activities for the Tier 2 segment.

The company set three main goals that their partner marketing agency should help them achieve:

  • Increase the quantity and quality of target accounts in all Tier 2 sub-segments
  • Navigate each target account’s org chart to identify all relevant decision makers
  • Initiate contact and set the stage for the Client’s reps to convert and close promising prospects

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox after being referred by one of their top customers, which also happened to be a long-time Callbox partner.

Since the Client wanted Callbox to target the two sub-segments under their Tier 2 account category, a separate three-month account-based appointment setting campaign was planned for each sub-segment.

Account Research and Selection

  1. The first campaign targeted manufacturing and distribution companies with enterprise compute workloads that were already running or in need of being migrated to the Cloud.
  2. The second campaign reached out to financial services and insurance firms that needed all workloads to be transferred to the Cloud.
  3. Both campaigns covered 13 U.S. states and only included companies with at least $50 million in annual revenues. The Client also provided criteria for excluding and further filtering out companies from the target account list.

Account and Prospect Profiling

The two campaigns targeted three main buyer groups in each account: influencers (CEOs and Managing Directors), technical buyers (CIOs and CTOs), and economic buyers (CFOs).

  1. The Client provided additional information on past deals to help refine the target buyer profiles under each decision-maker group.
  2. Each entry in the account and prospect lists was thoroughly checked by a database QA team and had to be approved by the Client before being used in the two campaigns.

Multi-touch, Multi-channel Outreach

  1. Both campaigns followed a unique lead nurture path and personalized messaging strategy for each of the three decision-maker groups.
  2. A data-driven outreach cadence that combined phone, email, and LinkedIn touches was developed and executed for each lead nurture path.
  3. Pipeline, Callbox’s own CRM and marketing automation tool, served as the main hub of the two campaigns, where activities were orchestrated and the project was managed.

Results

In total, the two campaigns handed off 86 qualified appointments (sales-qualified leads) to the Client’s reps. This figure almost doubles what the Client’s own team can produce in a similar period.

Each of the two campaigns was completed in a three-month interval, for a total of six months of account-based appointment setting activities.

Both campaigns showed very effective use of outreach channels and touches, with the following highlights:

  • Phone: 2,798 conversations with decision makers
  • Email: 32% open rate, 9% CTR, 3.7% reply rates
  • LinkedIn: 67% InMail reply rate, 112 new connections

The consolidated ABM results for the two campaigns include:

  • Accounts touched: 4,993
  • Average touches per account: 10.1
  • Average contacts per account: 4.0

In total, the two campaigns handed off 86 qualified appointments (sales-qualified leads) to the Client’s reps. This figure almost doubles what the Client’s own team can produce in a similar period. Additionally, the two campaigns have also generated a total of 144 marketing-qualified leads (completed leads, requests for information, and follow-ups).

These results suitably exceeded the Client’s expectations. This is why the Client has expressed interest in tapping Callbox to handle its future ABM outreach campaigns.

Gym Software Firm Gets Pipeline in Shape After 3-Month Callbox Program

The Client

The Client develops and provides membership management software designed for fitness clubs and wellness centers. The company targets gym facilities of all sizes, as well as single-location and multi-site fitness chains throughout the United States and Canada.

The Challenge

The Client offers a very competitive fitness club management platform that handles operations, memberships, sales, and back office processes. But the market for this type of software in North America is also highly saturated, with more than 50 major vendors operating in the same segments as the Client.

The company approached Callbox to help execute the outbound portion of their marketing program. They already had a very effective digital marketing process in place, but was dragged down by chronic underperformance in their sales development efforts.

Internally, the Client generated around six sales meetings on average each month. As the number of new customers continued plateauing, the company wanted to at least double the opportunities entering their sales pipeline.

The Client understood that reaching this target would need substantial commitments in manpower and other resources. The new pipeline targets would require them to ramp up their direct outreach volumes and expand their marketing database. That was why they partnered with Callbox.

The Callbox Solution

Callbox and the Client worked out a campaign plan for a three-monthappointment setting program. The campaign’s primary objectives were:

  • Research and profile potential customers from the Client’s target segments
  • Introduce the Client’s offer to the right decision makers in the company
  • Qualify prospects based on fit and interest
  • Schedule qualified prospects for a discovery call with the Client’s reps

Building and Refining the Target List

  1. The campaign targeted gyms and fitness clubs throughout the US and Canada, reaching out to persons in charge of gym operations, memberships, facilities, and administration.
  2. The Client provided records from their in-house prospect list, which the Callbox team expanded and enriched with additional contacts.
  3. The target list was further divided into six segments which represented five major wellness chains and one category for the other fitness centers.

Combining Phone and Email Outreach

  1. The campaign used a combination of phone and email touch points to engage the target prospects.
  2. Emails worked well at initiating contact, sending out sales collaterals, and following up with prospects throughout the outreach cadence.
  3. Phone calls enabled direct, one-on-one conversations with the target decision makers, giving the Callbox team the right channel to nurture, qualify, and convert contacts.

Nurturing, Qualifying, and Converting Leads

  1. The team carried out the outreach cadence with the help of Callbox’s suite of CRM and marketing automation tools found in Pipeline CRM.
  2. Pipeline CRM also enabled real-time tracking and campaign management for both the Callbox team and the Client.
  3. All campaign materials including call scripts, email templates, and landing pages were created by Callbox and approved by the Client.

Results

The campaign was able to generate 3.7 times more appointments than their internal sales development efforts.

Overall, the three-month campaign helped the Client meet their pipeline growth targets. In addition, each key campaign area (database profiling, email outreach, and phone-based conversations) exceeded the campaign requirements.

Email activities produced delivery rates of 98%, open rates of 33%, click-through rates of 11%, and reply rates of 7%.The campaign handed over a total of 66 qualified appointments (sales-qualified leads), or an average of 22 qualified appointments each month.

This number means that the campaign was able to generate 3.7 times more appointments than their internal sales development efforts.

B2B Mobile Marketplace Gets Clear Buying Signals from New Prospects

The Client

The Client is a CA-based software company that offers a cloud-based mobile e-commerce platform for various types of hospitality business establishments. The company sells to small- to medium-sized retail shops, food and drinking places, and other hospitality establishments across the United States.

The Challenge

The Client designs and develops an integrated digital marketplace that helps SMB operators of hospitality establishments to boost mobile visibility. Its primary app allows companies to attract foot traffic by improving their discoverability via local and mobile searches.

As a small and nimble player in the B2B digital marketplace vertical, the Client wants to move fast and maintain its growth momentum, especially now with the threat of new entrants looming over the horizon.

This led the company to adopt proactive growth hacking initiatives that combine both inbound and outbound marketing strategies. Recently, the Client decided to outsource most of its outbound prospecting operations, so that its in-house marketing team could focus on handling inbound leads and nurturing warm opportunities.

The Client was very clear about its requirements for an outsourced marketing partner. First, the provider needed to have adequate resources to cover a USA-wide campaign. Second, the agency must be able to support targeted outreach across the different segments the Client was looking to enter.

SaaS HR Firm Speeds Past 2.5x Sales Pipeline Growth with Callbox

The Client

The Client is the Singapore office of a cloud-based HR software solutions provider headquartered in Japan. The company’s main offering is its on-demand, subscription-based time attendance software used by more than 9,500 companies and 600,000 users throughout Asia.

The Challenge

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

  1. Callbox and the Client worked out the specifics of the target companies and relevant contacts based on the Client’s ideal customer profile (ICP).
  2. The Client wanted to target construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, services, and logistics companies in Singapore and Malaysia with at least five employees.
  3. From the specifications, a list of HR, IT, Finance, and other key managers was prepared and submitted to the Client for approval.

Carrying out multi-touch, multi-channel outreach

  1. The Callbox team designed and executed an outreach cadence consisting of targeted emails, one-on-one sales conversations, and LinkedIn marketing.
  2. The touch points were initially set based on the project’s objectives and timeline, and later fine-tuned according to campaign results.
  3. The overall program was carried out by a dedicated team that had in-depth experience in marketing campaigns for SaaS solutions, with each channel handled by specialists.

Qualifying, following up, and verifying prospects

  1. Agents engaged the target contacts through live conversations designed to gauge fit and interest.
  2. The outreach cadence also included nurture paths for following up prospects and ensuring that all booked meetings took place as scheduled.
  3. The entire project was managed using Callbox’s marketing tech stack which is powered by Pipeline CRM (Callbox’s proprietary CRM tool).

Results

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.

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.

Callbox Boosts Event Turnout for Cloud Provider, Hands Over 1,000+ New Prospects

The Client

The Client is a San Francisco, CA-based software company that provides cloud computing solutions to enterprise and business users. The Client primarily offers an on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) platform, where subscribers store customer data, track sales opportunities, and collect customer insights.

The Client also develops other subscription-based solutions for meeting businesses’ needs throughout the customer life cycle, as well as provides a full suite of development integration services.

Founded in 1999, the Client now remains the clear leader in the CRM space with a 20% market share. As of 2017, The Client has around 30,100 employees across its global offices and annual revenues of more than $8.4 billion.

The Challenge

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 Solutions

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:

  1. Hand-picked and briefed the campaign team, which included calling agents and email specialists
  2. Created the Client’s account on Pipeline, Callbox’s lead management platform, and integrated The Client’s event partner Revolution 360 into the loop
  3. Developed the campaign collaterals, including email templates and call scripts which were reviewed by the Client
  4. Compiled the target list based on the Client’s ideal attendee profile (table below shows record counts for all three campaigns)
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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.

  1. Launched the pre-event cadence with initial email invites
  2. Followed up the initial emails with phone calls and another batch of targeted email send-outs
  3. Helped contacts complete the registration process
  4. Called up registered attendees two days before the event to confirm attendance

STEP 3. FOLLOWING UP AFTER THE EVENT

To maximize conversions, Callbox executed a post-event follow-up cadence after each conference.

  1. Sent a personalized thank-you email two days after the event
  2. Contacted attendees in order to screen them as qualified opportunities
  3. Reengaged registered attendees who were not able to attend as well as reached out to other contacts in the campaign

Results

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:

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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.

B2C FinTech Startup All Set to Grow Active Users for Flagship App

The Client

The Client is a pre Series A FinTech startup based in Singapore that provides a P2p remittance platform developed primarily for migrant workers in Singapore and Hong Kong. Its flagship app processes an average of $1 million in users’ money transfers to their home countries in Southeast Asia each month. The startup has so far raised $2.2 million in funding after three seed rounds.

The Challenge

With more FinTech startups joining Southeast Asia’s growing P2P remittance market, players in this space are turning to more proactive customer acquisition strategies to sustain their growth momentum.

Having secured $2.2 million in seed funding and handling more than $1 million in monthly remittance transactions, the Client seeks to expand the number of active users of its flagship app. Currently, the company’s online P2P money transfer platform caters mainly to migrant workers sending money to Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.

The company maintains an in-house database of prospects collected through its list-building initiatives and opt-in campaigns. But as the list steadily grew, the company’s sales team has only been able to convert only a small percentage of the prospects into sales opportunities.

The problem came down mainly to reps not being able to promptly follow up on enough leads, leaving a huge number of potential customers practically uncontacted. Plus, many of the prospects that got contacted turned out to be a poor fit with the company’s target customer profile.

It was clear the Client needed more manpower to handle the tasks of initially contacting and screening prospects. Accordingly, the company decided to outsource much of these activities to a third-party provider and let their reps focus on the final steps in the conversion process.

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox because of the latter’s experience in B2C financial services and its track record of implementing integrated phone and email outreach campaigns which closely matched the company’s specific requirements.

A plan was drawn up for a one-month campaign that would run each January or February to coincide with the company’s seasonal sales activity. As of writing, the project has completed two full months and is currently in its third. Each campaign involves three key steps:

Step 1: Profiling the Client’s in-house list

  • Callbox’s data research team checked and verified each record in the Client’s prospect list.
  • The list was thoroughly scrubbed, then duplicate and incomplete records were appropriately processed.
  • The first month’s list was exported into Callbox Pipeline, while the second month’s campaign exclusively used data in the Client’s own CRM.

Step 2: Pre-qualifying each contact

  • The team followed an outreach cadence that initiated contact with email touches and then engaged warm prospects through live phone conversations.
  • These interactions achieved the two-fold objective of deepening awareness of the Client’s offer and qualifying potential leads for the company’s reps.
  • The Client also gave Callbox access to its proprietary creditworthiness calculator to help the team identify which prospects qualified for their cash advance promo.

Step 3: Following up and nurturing leads

  • The campaign’s outreach cadence also included a sequence of additional email and phone touches to follow up and keep leads engaged.
  • Appointments were confirmed via phone call to ensure leads show up for their meeting with the Client’s reps.
  • The added touches also provided the Callbox team with more opportunities to gather crucial marketing intelligence about the prospects.

Results

The project has now wrapped up a total of two campaign months, with the first campaign completed in January of 2017 and the second in February last year. Based on the KPIs specified by the Client at the outset, the project has so far produced very good results: 201 booked appointments and 67 completed leads.

The Callbox team was also able to profile 2,147 records from the Client’s in-house list and maintained response rates of 31% for phone calls and 17% for emails throughout the two campaigns.

The Client continues to partner with Callbox, and the project is about to launch its third full campaign month.

Mobile Platform Deepens Pool of Potential Merchant Partners in SG Campaign

The Client

The Client is the Singapore office of a South Korea-based Internet platform developer that specializes in ecommerce, online-to-offline (O2O) solutions, and digital marketing. The company is a fully-owned subsidiary of a Fortune Global 500 firm with 2,300 employees and offices in eight countries.

The Challenge

Headquartered in South Korea, The Client established its Singapore office in 2012, providing a suite of integrated marketplace platforms tailored for the local online and mobile commerce segments. This included its flagship social discovery app launched in 2013 that allowed users to share and recommend places of interest in Singapore.

One of the app’s key selling points was that it featured an extensive network of merchant partners that actively engaged users with exclusive offers and promos. The app gave participating merchants an added channel for having real-time conversations with customers, improving brand visibility through user-generated content and micro-influencers, as well as gaining valuable customer insights and contextual marketing information.

Several months after releasing the app, the Client wanted to accelerate the growth of its merchant partner network in response to very positive user adoption numbers. This led the company to consider implementing targeted marketing tactics alongside its inbound marketing efforts.

But with little experience in direct marketing and much of its marketing resources already tied up in existing programs, the Client realized the best way forward was to work with a third-party provider that specialized in targeted outreach.

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox after reviewing a shortlist of marketing agencies, pointing to Callbox’s long-term experience deploying successful campaigns in Singapore as the deciding factor.

Callbox and the Client then developed a campaign plan that combined emails and phone calls delivered as a sequence of multiple touches. The main campaign objectives included:

  1. Engaging target contacts to gauge fit and interest
  2. Booking face-to-face meetings with qualified prospects
  3. Collecting information needed in the Client’s sales process

Appointment Setting

  1. The target prospects included business owners, restaurant managers, marketing managers, and general managers from retailers in Singapore.
  2. Callbox prepared all campaign materials including the call script and campaign list, which were reviewed and approved by the Client.
  3. The Callbox team maximized target contact reach rates by leveraging SMARTCalling, Callbox’s proprietary call management system.

Email Marketing

  1. The campaign’s first touch point was an intro email that primed prospects up for the sequence of one-on-one calls. Follow-up emails and targeted send-outs (for distributing additional marketing materials) were also used at later stages in the campaign.
  2. The Callbox team created and tested all email materials including templates, copies, and landing pages. The team also handled replies and prospect requests.
  3. The Client monitored the entire campaign (including both email marketing and phone-based appointment setting) through Pipeline CRM, Callbox’s lead management and marketing automation tool.

Results

Callbox completed the campaign in six months (or 132 days at 22 days per month), and handed off a total of 129 qualified appointments and 302 verified leads to the Client.

Since the campaign followed a multi-touch cadence that started with email activities designed to initiate contact, the Callbox team only began generating appointments near the end of the first month. Once the nurtured contacts began converting, the campaign was able to consistently deliver between 18 to 25 qualified appointments each month.

The Callbox team also achieved a relatively high target contact reach rate of around 24% and, by the end of the campaign, the team connected with a total of 3,045 target contacts.

The Client projected that 80% of the appointments generated in the campaign would convert into qualified sales opportunities, with 60% turning into signups. That translates to 62 potential new merchant partners for the Client’s social discovery app.

Healthcare SaaS Vendor’s Pipeline Growth Jumps 2-Fold in 3-Pronged Campaign

The Client

The Client provides NLP-based computer-assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), compliance auditing, and analytics solutions to hospitals and healthcare facilities all over the United States. The company also offers medical coding, transcription, and revenue cycle management services.

The Challenge

The Client, a provider of NLP-enabled medical coding and health information management SaaS applications, routinely outsources initial prospecting activities to third-party agencies. With a sales cycle that can take more than six months to complete, the company believes its in-house sales team is best put to use nurturing and following up qualified opportunities instead of doing cold outreach.

The Client, however, has had mixed results with different outsourced marketing companies so far. The previous outsourced campaigns often ran into issues such as:

  • Prospect lists that need further profiling and updating
  • Not enough time given to product knowledge training
  • High percentage of no-show appointments
  • Appointments not properly vetted and qualified

This led the Client to briefly reassign much of the prospecting work to its in-house reps. But this move also produced underwhelming results. Scheduled appointments fell to 6-8 a month, and the Client saw a corresponding drop in the number of proposals sent.

It was clear that outsourced prospecting made more business sense for the Client, but the company needed to make sure that the agency it partnered with should focus on both volume and quality of sales opportunities being delivered.

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox after a thorough review process, pointing out Callbox’s multi-channel, multi-touch approach at prospecting as a crucial factor. Callbox’s own track record and a growing body of industry research show that this strategy tends to produce higher quality prospects at scale.

In addition, Callbox also had extensive technical background in complex-sale products such as healthcare SaaS solutions, which meant a more favorable learning curve for the agents and faster campaign deployment.

The Callbox team then collaborated with the Client to work out a campaign plan. The plan proposed a three-month appointment setting program that combined phone calls, emails, and social media, with the goal of setting up phone demos with qualified prospects who want to learn more about the Client’s SaaS offerings.

Appointment Setting

  1. The Callbox team engaged the Client’s target contacts through live phone conversations in order to touch base and introduce the rebranded solutions.
  2. 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.
  3. Agents then contacted each prospect to qualify them as leads or schedule them for a phone demo with the Client’s reps.

Email Marketing

  1. The campaign team created email templates for the different touches in the prospecting cadence, including initial outreach, targeted send-outs, and a series of follow-up emails.
  2. Intro emails warm up prospects and help the team identify which ones to prioritize, while targeted send-outs allow agents to distribute the Client’s marketing materials to interested prospects.
  3. The Client also helped set the touch points in the prospecting cadence through Lead Nurture, a built-in drag-and-drop marketing automation tool within Callbox Pipeline, Callbox’s proprietary lead management and CRM platform.

Social Media

  1. LinkedIn provided another set of touch points to nurture and engage prospects further.
  2. The campaign team’s social media specialists expanded the Client’s LinkedIn connections, joined relevant groups, and reached out to prospects via InMails.
  3. LinkedIn provided another set of touch points to nurture and engage prospects further.

Results

The three-month pilot campaign ran for a total of 66 days. As with most pilot campaigns at Callbox, the first few weeks were spent laying down the groundwork for appointment setting by warming up prospects and initiating contact through emails and social media activities. Most of the appointments were generated after the first full month of the campaign.

The campaign’s email marketing activities produced open rates of 24.2%, click-through rates of 11.2%, and hard bounces of 0.04%, which remained roughly in line with the company’s benchmarks. The social media activities, meanwhile, generated 759 new connections and reached a 12.5% InMail response rate.

The Callbox team handed off a total of 47 qualified appointments to the Client’s reps during the three-month pilot campaign. This represented more than a two-fold increase over what its internal sales team could typically produce in a comparable period.

Out of the 47 new appointments, 16 and 20 were generated in the second and third months, respectively, showing a clear uptrend. This strongly indicates that the rapport-building and lead nurturing efforts during the campaign’s early stages are turning into measurable results.

To build on this momentum, the Client is renewing its contract with Callbox for another three months.

Callbox Seamlessly Pivots Campaign as HR Software Firm Rebrands

The Client

The Client is the Asia-Pacific arm of a UK-based business services and software company that offers cloud-enabled solutions for recruitment and talent acquisition. The company primarily sells to mid and large-sized US and UK businesses across different industries, and is looking to increase its presence in the APAC market after carrying out a recent business pivot.

The Challenge

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:

  • Increase awareness of its new value proposition through live events, especially in markets that still offered room for growth
  • Generate opportunities with companies that show a clear need and fit for the Client’s offerings through targeted marketing campaigns

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.

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.

Database Profiling

  1. The Client submitted a list of 300 companies (100 from each target country) for Callbox to profile.
  2. Callbox then identified all relevant decision makers (persons in charge of HR, recruitment, and talent acquisition) from each company, using records from Callbox’s in-house database and through desk research.
  3. Callbox also provided additional contacts from other organizations that matched the Client’s target customer profile.

Appointment Setting

  1. The Client submitted a list of 300 companies (100 from each target country) for Callbox to profile.
  2. Callbox then identified all relevant decision makers (persons in charge of HR, recruitment, and talent acquisition) from each company, using records from Callbox’s in-house database and through desk research.
  3. Callbox also provided additional contacts from other organizations that matched the Client’s target customer profile.

Results

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.

High-Growth SaaS Startup Boosts Momentum with Callbox Campaign

The Client

The Client is a Singapore-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that develops and offers a transportation operations management platform primarily for SMEs in Southeast Asia. Its subscription-based cloud service provides collaborative planning, route optimization, driver dispatch, and e-signing capabilities for fleet owners.

The Challenge

The Client helps SMEs better manage their fleet of land transport vehicles with its cloud-based logistics operations platform. The platform automates many of the challenges that businesses face in their logistics processes, such as handling job orders, tracking vehicles, allocating routes, planning schedules, and dispatching drivers.

Founded in 2012, the Client has experienced strong growth over the last three years, with annual revenues increasing 350% year-on-year. The company says around 100 organizations (including some Fortune 500 brands) across Southeast Asia now regularly use its system to process nearly 1 million delivery and pickup tasks.

After raising its seed round, the Client rapidly expanded its user base in Singapore and also gained additional subscribers in different locations across Southeast Asia. As part of its medium-term growth outlook, the company planned to increase its market share in Singapore and Malaysia, before focusing on Indonesia and other markets in the region.

With less than 50 employees (most of whom doing engineering roles), it was clear the company needed outside help in several business areas to let the company reach and sustain its revenue growth objectives. In particular, the Client wanted to outsource the time-consuming activities of researching potential customers and contacting them one by one for a sales appointment, which typically took up almost two-thirds of their reps’ time.

The Callbox Solution

The Client chose Callbox as its outsourced marketing partner, citing that Callbox’s extensive experience running successful campaigns for both cloud companies and logistics service providers in the APAC region gave Callbox the needed domain knowledge to operate in the Client’s target market.

Callbox and the Client then drew up a campaign plan for a three-month appointment setting program with the following goals:

  1. Pinpoint SMEs in Singapore and Malaysia that potentially need transport management systems (TMSs)
  2. Connect with decision makers in these companies through targeted sales calls and emails
  3. Introduce the Client’s subscription-based TMS and book meetings with interested prospects
  4. Collect additional information to help the Client gauge product-market fit

Appointment Setting

  1. Callbox prepared the list of Singapore and Malaysia contacts based on the Client’s specifications (job titles, industries, annual revenue, and employee count).
  2. The Client had already drafted its own call script and asked Callbox to review and contribute to the final version.
  3. The Client wanted the Callbox team to prioritize setting office meetings for Singapore prospects and phone appointments for Malaysia contacts.

Email Marketing

  1. The Callbox team prepared all email templates used in the campaign, including the initial outreach email and targeted email send-outs.
  2. The campaign’s email specialists handled, tracked, and tested key email components, such as subject lines, copy, design, calls-to-action, and landing pages.
  3. Email touches allowed the Callbox team to warm up and nurture prospects, as well as to follow up and respond to information requests.

Results

The Client received a total of 55 qualified appointmentsfrom the three-month campaign.

The bulk of the three-month campaign’s activities were carried out during the closing quarter of 2017 and early January the following year. Since Callbox campaigns typically start with email outreach to gauge prospects’ readiness for a one-on-one sales call, the first 2 to 3 weeks saw mostly email marketing results:

  • Delivery rates between 96% to 98%
  • Open rates of up to 17%
  • Reply rates of 3.8% on average

The Callbox team started handing off appointments to the Client toward the end of the first month, and continued to deliver a steady supply of meetings throughout the remaining two months.The Client received a total of 55 qualified appointments from the three-month campaign. While the Client did not indicate how much of these prospects it expected to convert into opportunities or customers, the company mentioned that the 55 qualified appointments provided significant boost to its pipeline to help it meet a crucial business milestone in time for its pre-series A funding round application.

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.

Callbox Mines a Shimmering Success For Jewelry ERP

The Client

The Client is a 25-year old technology solution and business consulting provider, and a Microsoft business partner who largely carries Microsoft dynamics products in the Middle East.

The Challenge

The Client started providing technology and business solutions more than a couple of decades ago, and has acquired a substantial database of customers despite some challenges encountered in their marketing and sales processes.

In 2014, the Client launched an ERP software product aimed at jewelry companies. The new platform improves data collection and reporting systems for better BI capabilities. However, the target market was mostly made up of technologically-conservative companies which were typically reluctant to adopt solutions similar to what the Client was offering.

It was against this backdrop that the Client approached Callbox to outsource their lead generation efforts. The Client needed a marketing partner that can help them scale and quickly pivot along with changes in their strategy.

Results and Return of Investments

The initial campaign generated only 3 appointments but this was well within what the Client expected, since the pilot campaign was launched at a time when the Client was still trying to determine product-market fit.

The Client re-contracted with the Callbox team to run another round of appointment setting activities while taking into account the insights gathered during the pilot phase.

On the second campaign, Callbox refined its multi-channel lead generation strategy to adapt to how the target market responded. Market intelligence gathered during the first run influenced how the Callbox team refined the lead nurture paths and outreach strategies for the new campaign.

The second campaign showed fluctuating results: Month 1 with 5 appointments, month 2 with 10, month 3 with 8.

During the fourth month, the campaign recorded 12 appointments, but this decreased to 6 appointments in the fifth month, and went up again to 10 appointments in the sixth month. Finally, the campaign ended with 3 appointments in the seventh month.

The second campaign generated a total of 54 appointments, which represented a significant improvement over the Client’s own in-house lead generation efforts.

As the Client continued to improve market traction, they once again partnered with Callbox for a third campaign.

The first month generated 18 appointments and the 2nd month concluded with 10.

The Callbox Solution

Customer Profiling

  1. Callbox validated the contact information in the database by sending initial emails with overview of the jewelry ERP software.
  2. Prospects’ active responses like opened emails, website visits, clicked links, downloads and queries were tracked via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool and recorded for follow-up.
  3. List records were cleaned and updated upon speaking with prospects.

Appointment Setting

  1. Active contacts were prioritized for calling.
  2. Agents followed a careful process in the call flow: they had to speak in the clearest manner as target prospects were mostly late-career types who are less inclined toward technical details. Agents must also verify all contact information first before introducing the ERP software.
  3. Prospects who agreed to speak with the Client were sent calendar invites to keep them abreast of the appointment schedule.
  4. Prospects who were not yet ready to meet with a Client rep were sent follow-up emails.

Results

For the three campaigns, a total of 85 appointments and 177 MQLs were generated by the Callbox team for the jewelry ERP provider, 51 (60%) of which were converted into proposals, which represented potential additional revenue for the Client valued at $612,000.

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