Callbox Keeps EMR Firm’s Sales Reps Busy with Qualified Appointments
The Client sells its trademark high-performance ED software system to hospitals all over the United States and Canada. The browser-based application helps improve ED performance with a full suite of operational and management tools. It also provides interoperability with the hospital’s EMR and other healthcare information systems involved in the patient’s care.
The company’s main product enjoys significant brand equity, but as competition continues to tighten in the medical software space, the Client has adopted a more aggressive growth strategy.
This recent shift is starting to overstretch the company’s marketing and sales resources. Their inside sales team has consistently been unable to meet the new prospecting targets, especially in terms of call volumes, number of prospects reached, and early-stage conversions. The new strategy also reveals gaps in the Client’s marketing data, with record counts often falling short of campaign requirements.
That’s why the company wants to outsource the bulk of its prospecting activities to a third-party agency. These activities include initial outreach, lead qualification, desk research, data validation, and appointment setting.
The Client, however, requires a marketing partner that can seamlessly become part of its sales process. In particular, the company wants to hire a provider with deep domain knowledge of healthcare information systems in order to engage prospects better.
• Handled the bulk of
prospecting activities for widely-recognized medical software provider
• Exceeded Client’s expectations in terms of quantity and quality of appointments delivered, leading to long-term contract renewal
• Combined phone, email, and social media in a fully-integrated, highly-targeted
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
Callbox’s industry-specific, integrated appointment setting solutions placed it on top of the Client’s shortlist. But it was Callbox’s lengthy track record of launching successful campaigns for medical software companies that convinced the Client to choose Callbox as its marketing partner.
The Client originally signed up for a monthly appointment setting contract, but after four months opted for a full-year campaign, as the project consistently exceeded requirements in terms of quantity and quality of appointments. The campaign covered prospecting activities the Client wanted to farm out, including:
1. Callbox compiled and profiled the campaign contact list using the parameters specified by the Client.
2. The Callbox team also prepared the call script which included probing questions to qualify the prospect and set a follow-up meeting.
3. Contacts who agreed to a scheduled phone meeting with a Client’s rep were labeled as qualified appointments.
The campaign has now completed a total of four months’ worth of appointment setting activities and is currently in its 5th month.
Callbox’s multi-touch, multi-channel appointment setting programs typically devote the first couple of weeks to warming up and nurturing prospects. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see the opening two or so weeks generate mainly email or social media results:
• Email reply rate: 3.77%
• Email conversions: 7
• Linkedin connections: 234
• Linkedin groups: 15
It’s only after the first couple of weeks that the campaign generated appointments in earnest, as shown below
The campaign has so far delivered a total of 91 qualified appointments. While the Client hasn’t disclosed how many of these meetings their reps can send proposals to or how many they expect to turn into customers, the Client is very impressed with both the quantity and quality of appointments generated. In fact, the Client has recently signed a full-year contract with Callbox
Cloud Consulting Firm’s Sales Outlook Drifts Higher with Callbox
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.
LED Lighting Firm Renews Callbox Campaign, Wins Sales Deal in 2 Months
The Client’s main line of service helps companies successfully implement and maintain LED lighting projects. Its key differentiator is that it provides fully-integrated, end-to-end LED lighting project management packages that come bundled with the needed expertise and support. The Client also offers 5-year unlimited warranties to its customers, which further sets it apart from other players in the industry.
Because the Client typically sees conversion cycles thatspan several months, the company devotes much ofthe funnel to nurturing leads and opportunities. That’s why the Client traditionally outsources top-of-funnel prospecting activities to third-party agencies.
In fact, the Client’s parent company has already worked with Callbox in a previous prospecting campaign that focused on its telecom vendor sourcing division. This time, the Client wants to partner with Callbox in order to:
1. Generate qualified leads and appointments that fit the Client’s LED lighting options
2. Collect marketing and sales intelligence useful in the nurturing process
• Launched a highly successful U.S.-wide appointment setting campaign for an integrated LED lighting company
• Resulted in 1 closed deal while the campaign was still ongoing
• Exceeded Client’s targets at every stage
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
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 3-month standard appointment setting campaign that also covered database profiling, email marketing, and social media marketing.
At time of preparing this case study, the 3-month 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 prospects.
With Callbox appointment setting campaigns, it’s typical for appointments and leads to start trickling in after a few weeks or a full month of activities. That’s because the first two weeks or so are spent warming prospects up and optimizing the various parts of the campaign. This is shown in the below breakdown:
• 1st 3 weeks: 10 qualified appointments and 9 completed leads
• 4th week up to today: 33 qualified appointments and 40 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 42 appointments (or 21 appointments) to customers within the first half of 2018. The Client is very pleased with the results so far that the Client has already paid for another 3-month campaign scheduled for next quarter
Healthcare Consulting Firm Poised to Expand in High-Growth Market with Callbox
By some estimates, the outsourced revenue cycle management (RCM) market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 26.5% in the next two years, making it an ideal time for mid-tier RCM consulting firms to capture opportunities for growth.
Increased requirements for convenience and transparency have created bigger challenges for hospital departments and staff involved in RCM. This, in turn, has fueled the demand for RCM-aligned solutions including consulting and advisory services.
With its nationwide footprint and a portfolio of differentiated services, the Client is well-positioned to take a significant slice of this high-growth market.
To achieve its short- and medium-term business goals, the Client has put together a robust marketing plan that included a combination of branding and sales-oriented initiatives. A key program in its marketing strategy is to leverage live conversations with hospital executives for driving awareness and interest in its end-to-end RCM solutions.
Having little internal expertise and resources for a direct marketing campaign that spans the entire United States, the Client decided to work with an outsourced lead generation agency with extensive experience in the healthcare consulting space.
Callbox’s deep domain knowledge of the Client’s target vertical and its capabilities for executing a campaign of this scope were the main reasons why the Client chose to work with Callbox.
•Planned and executed an integrated appointment setting campaign combining phone, email, and social media
• Exceeded target number of appointments by the end of the second month
• Identified additional leads which were delivered to the Client for further nurturing
RESULTS AND INVESTMENT
During the first 6 to 8 weeks of the three-month campaign, a significant portion of the activities were devoted to email marketing and social media in order to complement the initial touch points made with the target hospital executives. This leg of the campaign yielded the following results:
As a result, the majority of phone appointments set throughout the entire campaign were made during the second month. A monthly breakdown of the appointment setting results is as follows:
With a lead-to-opportunity conversion rate of 30% and a win rate of 40%, the 162 total leads handed over by the Callbox team can potentially translate into 19 new consulting customers for the Client.
THE CALLBOX SOLUTION
1. Although the Client provided the list of hospitals to be contacted, the list was first thoroughly validated and cross-checked before being used in the campaign.
2. The Client also prepared the call script which was then reviewed by the campaign team in order to refine the qualification parameters.
3. In addition to setting phone appointments with qualified prospects identified through probing questions, the Callbox team also generated
actionable leads the Client can nurture further.
1. The campaign also adopted LinkedIn as a channel to complement lead generation as well as enhance the Client’s branding efforts.
2. The team added positive contacts from calls and emails as connections.
3. All LinkedIn queries were handled by social media specialists.
Location: United Kingdom
Headquarters: United Kingdom
The Client is a group of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Data Integration experts, providing consulting and implementation solutions to numerous enterprise clients in the areas of Data Architecture, Data Modelling and ETL. They also provide consulting services relating to Reporting, Development, Modularized Solutions and Change Management.
Campaign Target Criteria
Location: USA, Europe, Middle East
Industry: Companies Using Informatica, Datastage, ODI
The Client required a software license to complete product development, Their product, being a tool developed for Informatica PowerCenter, required the Client to team up with informatica users to obtain substantial information about the facets of the product’s development and come up with best practices.
The challenge was to “gain stronger and larger presence in the global market”. In order to achieve this, the Client needed access to Informatica users to help earn credibility and to increase trials for the software.
The Callbox Solution
Callbox’s Multi-Touch, Multi-Channel Lead Generation Program was all set to drive success for the Client. At the initial campaign term and even in succeeding terms, Callbox rolled out a Customer Profiling program to make the most out of the Appointment Setting campaign.
Initial email copies were sent to email addresses via the Pipeline Lead Nurture Tool
to validate the activeness of the contacts. The said email copies contained CTAs like links to the Client’s website, query boxes and downloadable questionnaires. All actions taken by prospects and email replies were tracked in real time.
Replies and actions were monitored by the Callbox team and were set as follow-ups. in order to appropriately profile the contacts, the agent first verified information details followed by the required probing questions that focused on companies who are current Informatica Users for their code review tool and later on expanded to companies who also use ODI (Oracle Data Integrator) and IBM Data Stage code review tool.
The feedback from these users were properly noted and to in order to help the users carry out the best of the tools, the agent set for them appointments with the Client’s demo specialists to discuss with them some how to’s and DIY’s.
The initial term generated 35 appointments for web demo, the second term brought in 29 appointments and the third term rolled out 31 appointments, a total of 95 web demos.
Callbox bridged communication between the Client and its target market. The information that were dished out of the current Informatica users were substantial to the improvement of the tool and has earned them a higher credibility from their customers. On top of that, the three term-campaign that Callbox initially ran for them has allowed them to establish a larger and stronger presence in the global market.
As of the writing of this case study, the Client is still engaged with Callbox for yet another campaign term.