Lead generation is the name of the game in B2B marketing. Is your B2B company attacking the sales funnel at every front?

One of the key lead nurturing tactics is email marketing, and if you’re not automating your efforts, you’re missing out on a huge lead generation opportunity. So how do you go about creating email automations? 

We’ve got you covered.

1. Choose your audience

Who are you talking to? Personalizing your emails is one of the best ways to get a lot of engagement. If you’re using your database the right way, you can send strings of automated emails to specific segments in your list. 

So what’s the point? 

The point is, if you can segment your contacts correctly according to your objective, you can garner higher levels of engagement and design higher converting campaigns. If you know your audience, you’re halfway there. 

For example, if your objective is to welcome new prospects, your audience is brand new contacts who are getting added to a database based off of some action (think newsletter sign-ups, ebook downloads, etc). But if your objective is to inform your audience of a new product or offering, your audience should be existing contacts that are already in the middle of the sales journey. 

The beauty of email automation is that you can filter these criteria by highly specific factors like job title. Always personalize! Don’t let your data go to waste.

 

2. Determine the goal of the campaign

So you’ve got your targeting down. Now what?

Figure out what the purpose of your campaign is. Is it sales? Branding? Do you want them to take action?

These factors determine the messaging you will use in the campaign.

Once you’ve created messaging that aligns with this goal, you have to determine what happens after your contact reaches your goal. If they’ve made it to the end of the series and scheduled a meeting (like was the goal of your campaign), then it’s time for a separate follow-up and a new automation.

Have a goal and design the aftermath.

 

3. Select the right triggers.

How do you get the right contacts in the right automation? Triggers!

In other words, enrollment criteria. These are the requirements that need to be met in order for a contact to enter an automation. The best triggers align with your campaign goal. For instance, it would make no sense if an existing client who downloaded your ebook got entered into a welcome series. This would confuse your contact. That’s a recipe for an unsubscribe.

Instead, sending an appropriate follow-up with middle of the funnel messaging is what makes sense. It nurtures your contact further and positions you as an authority. This builds the trust you need for your contact to go from lead to client.

 

4. Identify the flow of the campaign

Now that you’ve figured out your audience and the triggers needed to enter the automation, you have to determine the flow of the campaign. What should the journey be like?

Should they get two emails? Seven? One after the other, or spread out across a few months? What if they take one action, and not the other?

A well-formed workflow is intricate and considers all of these factors. Before you send your contacts along for the ride, make sure it’s a good one!

 

5. Build the assets

Once you’ve figured out all the structural and logical components, it’s time to build! This means designing the workflow within the CRM of your choice (MailChimp and Hubspot are popular ones), loading in the copy, the graphics, setting up tracking parameters, links, and more! Many unseen elements that go into making an email stand out, and users expect engaging interactive content. Build thoughtfully!

 

6. Always test

You’ve loaded in your contacts, triggers, and content. Are you ready to launch?

Nope!

It’s time to quality assure. That means double-checking your contact lists (any wry stragglers from different campaigns), send settings (subject line personalizations, time of send, from and reply-to emails), and of course, testing!

Always send email tests to yourself to know that what you’ve built looks good once it hits an inbox. It sounds tedious, but in reality, it’s one of the most important elements of setting up any marketing effort. What you design on the backend isn’t always what it looks like on the frontend, so always test!

 

7. Send & analyze reports

It’s time to launch! Now what?

Observe the performance of your campaign. What’s getting the most clicks? Use more of those elements in other emails. Is there a high bounce rate? Time to revisit your lists. Is there a stage of the journey that people barely make it to? Maybe it’s time to shorten the workflow. Are some emails getting killer open rates while others hardly hit the mark? Rewrite some subject lines!

Marketing is all about analysis and revision, and the wonderful thing about email automation is you can alter and edit your workflow as you go. If you get this part right, you’ll be engaging more contacts, getting more leads, and closing more clients. Email automation is a powerful tool. So use it!

 

Is your B2B company looking for marketing support? At Ajax Union, our team of marketing experts specializes in all B2B lead generation tactics, such as content marketing, account-based marketing, paid search, social media management, sales funnel creation, cold email campaigns, email marketing, and beyond. Learn more about what we do here.

To discuss your company’s email automation strategy, contact us here.

To market effectively, you need to understand the differences between marketing towards businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C). The way you market towards B2B and B2C companies are completely different when it comes to how you communicate, build relationships, and the buying cycles each one goes through. 

Keep reading to learn about four key differences between B2B and B2C Marketing.

  • Building Relationships 

Building personal, long-term relationships is crucial for any B2B business. B2B organizations usually handle larger accounts dealing with contracts, subscriptions, and licenses that can span up to hundreds and thousands of dollars. This is why B2B companies must place their clients at the center of every aspect of their business. As for B2C customer relationships, they can be loyal to certain brands, but overall consumers prioritize quality and value and want to satisfy their needs at the best price available. 

  • The Buying Cycle

The time it takes to sell to a business versus a consumer is completely different. For a business to make a purchase, it has to go through multiple decision-makers and/or stakeholders. It’s important to know that the person who might understand your product or service the best, might not be the one paying for it. Therefore B2B marketing requires a personalized marketing plan specific for each stakeholder or decision-maker. B2C marketing requires a lot less catering. Consumers are driven by emotion and rarely need to confer with others before making a decision, making the buying process much faster than B2B. 

  • Messaging 

In B2B marketing, your customers’ focus is primarily on ROI, expertise, and efficiency. This means when they are making a purchase, they need to know they are making a good investment that positively impacts their ROI. When creating messaging for B2B marketing, create content that showcases your business expertise and the ROI of your product. For B2C messaging, keep it short and simple. Make the benefits of your product known and emphasize the ease of purchase to get your product into their hands. Try to make your message relatable, make your consumers feel like they can relate to your brand on a personal level.

  • Advertising 

B2B and B2C marketing not only differ in their messaging, but also in the way those messages are delivered. In B2B marketing, you need to warm up your potential customers to your product or service. Give them the information they need to understand how your product will make their lives better. For B2C advertising, consumers already know what they are looking for. It’s your job to evoke emotion to drive them to make a purchase. 

 

Is your B2B company looking for marketing support? At Ajax Union, our team of marketing experts specializes in all B2B lead generation tactics, such as content marketing, account-based marketing, paid search, social media management, sales funnel creation, cold email campaigns, email marketing, and beyond. Learn more about what we do here.

 

To discuss your company’s lead generation strategy, contact us here.

 

There’s no question that the events of 2020 drastically changed the way most companies operate, especially when it comes to their marketing. Due to the events of 2020, some important changes happened, such as more than 80% of the sales cycle going digital (Forrester). 

Digital transformation is unavoidable, no matter the industry you are in, and 2020 was the nail in the coffin. So, with all the changes last year has brought, what are the trends B2B marketers should be aware of for success in 2021? 

Account-Based Marketing

Account-Based Marketing or ABM, has been the trend for marketers for the past few years. Because of the pandemic, companies have shifted their ABM strategies to focus more on growing business with existing accounts. This strategy is successful due to the close relationship between the marketing and sales teams. Collaboration between these two departments allows better use of the company’s marketing materials. 

Video Content 

The pandemic has fiercely increased the number of online videos people watch. Video marketing is especially powerful for B2B marketing, adding a visual aspect to your consumer’s buying journey. According to a study done by Wyzowl, 91% of marketers feel video is more important for brands in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the majority of our shopping done online, consumers are looking for ways to research the products they are interested in. This has been a struggle for most companies looking for a way to provide their customers with an interactive, immersive experience. 

Unsurprisingly, YouTube and Facebook are the most widely used platforms among video marketers — used by 89% and 70%, respectively (Hubspot).

Marketing Automation

Due to the large growth of digital marketing over the past few years, there’s no doubt that we will see marketing automation becoming an industry norm. The customer journey is overwhelmingly dynamic with the numerous touch points they have to go through, it’s important to have an attribution model that allows you to track these efforts. Over time, as a company grows, it’ll be nearly impossible to track these numbers manually, making Marketing Automations an absolute necessity. And according to a study done by SalesForce, 67% of marketing leaders already leverage marketing automation tools!

The Customer Experience 

Now with most B2B buyers stuck at home, brands have shifted their focus to creating more interactive experiences for their customers. The shift to remote work has caused nearly all brands to focus on creating content to engage their consumers digitally. Although this digital revolution was caused due to the events of the pandemic, the convenience and flexibility of the digital customer experience are here to stay, meaning if you haven’t shifted your strategy to a more customer-centric focus, you’re falling behind.

LinkedIn Marketing

LinkedIn will continue to be the #1 platform for B2B marketers to reach their audience online throughout 2021. In 2020, LinkedIn became an attractive marketing platform with over 300 million active users. Today there are 740 million members with over 55 million registered companies! The platform was built for business networking and is the place to be if you’re looking to generate B2B leads and increase your ROI. Need help getting started? Check out our LinkedIn Authority Blueprint! We’ve been helping clients for years bring their LinkedIn profiles to the next level. 

 

As a marketer, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tactics in the industry to continue to generate leads and grow your business. If you’re struggling to pivot during these times, reach out to us! We would love to hear from you. 

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If you work at a B2B (business-to-business) company, you know just how difficult it can be to find leads. What’s more difficult? The process of turning a lead into a prospect…turning a prospect into a client is even more difficult.

What does lead generation typically look like? It looks like a sales funnel! A sales funnel is when you grab a lead’s basic information such as name, company, and email address and begin personalized communication to nurture them to ultimately become a client. 

So what’s the best way to generate leads? A strong lead generation process!

Here’s a list of 5 ways B2B companies can generate leads:

  • Use Social Proof

Testimonials, case studies, Youtube clips, you name it— if you want other businesses to trust that your product and your business is valuable to them,  you’ll need to give them reasons to trust you! Erase any doubts about your product or service by showing your leads that they’re making a smart purchase decision. 

  • Create Lead Magnets

How do you grab your leads’ attention to begin with? In B2B marketing, we use something called a lead magnet. A lead magnet can be a blog post, detailed guide, case study, or how-to that addresses the day-to-day challenges of your target prospect. If your B2B company solves key issues, show them you’ve got the know-how to tackle them.

  • Host a Webinar

Webinars haven’t gone out of style. In fact, they’re one of the key ways marketers and sales professionals generate leads to this day. If your company can create and host a webinar that appeals to the needs of your target audience, you can generate higher-quality leads. A live, experiential webinar is often one of the best ways to upsell and interact with your prospects.

  • Launch a Cold-Emailing Campaign

Cold emails are the new cold calls! But as a lead generation tactic, they have far more promising aspects. Cold email campaigns allow your B2B company to bring awareness of your offering to a very large group of your target audience. If done correctly, a cold email campaign can generate several leads within one week of launch. Want to get your cold email campaign right? Here are some tips:

  • Use accurate, informative, and catchy subject lines
  • Keep your cold emails short
  • Always personalize the “To” field
  • Fulfill all opt-out requests
  • Always include a CTA

  • Always Follow Up

No matter the lead generation tactic, one of the fundamentals of turning a lead into a client is to follow up with them. For instance, one cold email might slip under the radar in your lead’s inbox. But after following up a 4th or 5th time, your lead is more likely to take a look at your email, hear your sales pitch, and gain awareness of your company and what you do. Following-up is a game of statistics; the more often you follow up, the more likely you are to increase your chances of converting a lead to a client.

Is your B2B company looking for B2B marketing support? At Ajax Union, our team of marketing experts specializes in all B2B lead generation tactics, such as content marketing, account-based marketing, paid search, social media management,  sales funnel creation,  cold email campaigns, email marketing, and beyond. Learn more about what we do here.

To discuss your company’s lead generation strategy, contact us here.

 

Today we’re going to talk about SEO or Search Engine Optimization. If you’re in marketing, I’m assuming you know what this is, and if you don’t, you might be hiding in the depths of Google Search’s second page.

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is the process of improving the quality and quantity of your website traffic. Better website traffic means more opportunities to convert prospects into clients. A lot of elements go into SEO, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with them all to gain a better understanding of the process.

To break it down, SEO is anything done to make your website more visible and easier to find on a search engine results page (SERP), such as Google and Bing.

Incorporating SEO in your strategy can help with your brand messaging, credibility, and website traffic. If you’re struggling to develop your strategy, Ajax Union can help! Learn more about our strategy workshop here.

So how do you get started?

Research Keywords
Keyword research is the process of researching search terms that people enter into search engines and including these terms strategically into your content. This means when someone searches for a specific keyword, your site will appear higher in rankings.

Performing keyword research provides you with valuable insight into what your target audience is searching for. When you know what people are searching for, you can focus your content around those specific topics.

Make Relevant Content
As stated above, once you know what your target audience is searching for, you will then be able to create relevant content on those topics. Your target audience is searching for something that they are interested in.

Optimize the Building Blocks of Your Site
Make sure the structure of your website and URLs are simple and keyword-ridden, and that the site itself loads quickly. Metadata like page tags, header tags, image texts, and blog structure all determine your site’s SEO level.

Make Sure Your Site is Mobile-Friendly
It’s important to make sure all of your users have a positive experience when visiting your site. Today, the majority of internet browsing is done on a mobile device so making sure your site is mobile-friendly is crucial. Failing to have your site meet these standards will negatively impact your overall search engine rankings.

Post Content Regularly
Want to drive more traffic to your site? Give people searching online more reasons to visit! The more quality content your site creates, the more likely it is that your lead will go fishing for a good site match online and find you.

If you want to be visible online, you need to put your efforts into SEO. When embarking on your SEO journey, make sure you have your overall business goals laid out and use SEO to help you accomplish them. SEO is so much more than metrics, it can be the cherry on top to helping you see real success within your business.

Need help with your SEO strategy?
Learn how Ajax Union can help you craft an SEO strategy that generates leads and referrals for your business using marketing funnels, click here.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would love to discuss your marketing needs. Contact us today!

There are a million different ways you can market your business on and offline. Although that can be a good thing, it’s becoming more and more difficult to be seen and remembered by consumers. Because of this, it’s important to create a clear, concise marketing strategy for the overall success of your business. 

So, what is a marketing strategy? 

A marketing strategy is your business’s overall roadmap. Running a business without a marketing strategy is like driving with a blindfold on. 

Think of it like this: if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve got there?  

Creating a clear plan for your marketing strategy will give you direction in nearly every decision you make in your business. 

The key to a successful marketing strategy is a marketing funnel. Creating a marketing funnel will help you organize and implement your marketing strategy, allowing you to visualize your customer’s purchasing journey from start to finish. 

At Ajax Union, we use a proven 3-step process to create strategies that work.

Step 1: Strategy

Step 2: Assets

Step 3: Execution

Read this article on How Ajax Union Creates B2B Marketing Funnels That Drive Business. to understand how each step plays a vital role in the success of your marketing. 

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What is email automation?

An email automation sequence is a series of emails that are automatically sent to your prospects as they enter new stages of the marketing funnel.

Each email is designed to drive the relationship with your lead forward until they eventually become a customer. So how do you use email marketing automation technology to convert leads into customers?

Here are some tips on how to make your emails amazing:

1. Use engaging subject lines.

What’s the first thing your prospects read? Subject lines!

If you want to get your prospects’ attention, you’re going to have to make the first line they see hard to ignore. Almost half of all emails are opened on the basis of subject lines alone. Consider making your subject lines humorous or urgent. Call out to your lead directly! The possibilities are endless.

2.  Avoid spammy tactics.

It’s best not to use too many exclamation points or all caps in your subject lines or within the body text of your emails. While you want to create a sense of urgency, using all caps online can come off as pushy and gimmicky. Or worse yet: it will lead to unsubscribes or even get you flagged by your newsletter service.

3. Write personable content.

Whether you work B2B or B2C or both,  in reality: it’s all people to people. If you want to increase conversion rates in your email campaigns, make the content of these emails as human as possible. 

After all, no one likes feeling commodified. Opting for a more conversational tone over formal and dry language makes it easier to build a relationship with your lead.

4. Make the content easy to read.

Content inside of a mailbox should still be easily digestible! It’s not an opportunity to dump information haphazardly. You can make your emails scannable by ensuring the content is organized, relatively short-form, and has distinct themes or topics.

5. Know who you’re talking to.

Make sure to personalize the content you’re including in your automation campaigns for your specific buyer persona. Incorporate language that’s appropriate for their age group and reference peoples, places, and things that are a part of their world. Speak to them directly and address their pain points!

6. Target the emails.

The age of general marketing is over! Use marketing tech to ensure your leads are receiving targeted messaging aligned with where they’re at in the customer journey. Your leads are at different stages of the customer journey, so send them marketing materials accordingly.

7. Keep the email focused on the goal

What does your email intend to do? Get more traffic on your website? Sign up for a webinar? Establish rapport? 

When you have a clear goal, make sure your email is focused and not sending your audience in varying directions. This makes it easier for you to achieve the goal, and easier for your lead to take action. 

8. Always have a call to action

Unfortunately, an email being armed with persuasive and quality content isn’t always enough. Make sure your emails have a clear call to action, like “download this article” or “visit our website” or “learn more.” It’s good practice to include only one call-to-action per email.

9. Split test your emails

When writing an email automation campaign with a clear goal in mind, consider using more than one variation of an email to uncover what kinds of language and content your users find more engaging. 

This is the essence of marketing: constantly improving your content to give your leads what they want and need!

10. Draw inspiration from other great email campaigns

First time at the rodeo? Don’t fret. We were all beginners once.

But in today’s age of information, there’s an abundance of examples for you to use when you’re just starting out in your marketing approach. Search online for other excellent marketing campaigns and draw inspiration from brands and agencies whose tactics you know work. It’ll help you hone your marketing efforts and there’s no shame in that!

To learn more about how Ajax Union can help you generate leads and referrals for your business using marketing funnels, click here

In marketing, the importance of strategy cannot be understated. An excellent tool B2B companies can use to turn leads into sales is the marketing funnel. A funnel is a useful tool that can help you and your business guide your prospects through a sales process that converts them from leads to clients. 

At Ajax Union, we like to visualize our funnel in three parts:

  • TOFU or Top Of Funnel: The top of the funnel process includes building awareness and educating your leads. After sparking interest with landing pages and lead magnets, you prime and educate your prospects using a variety of assets like buyer guides, how-tos, answers to frequently asked questions, industry tips, and so forth.
  • MOFU or Middle of Funnel: Once your leads have generated enough interest, it is key to convert that interest into consideration and trust. Businesses can build trust with their leads by providing case studies, testimonials, infographics, and statistics. Showcasing this credibility is what will take them to the next step. 
  • BOFU or Bottom of Funnel: Here your prospects have garnered enough interest and trust to become clients, and it’s where you continue to keep your current clients engaged with brand personification. B2B marketers build brands with experiential elements, core values, culture, and customer success stories

How To Get Started Building Your Marketing Funnel

Before creating a successful funnel, you first have to identify your target audience. Once you understand your audience’s needs, you can begin to craft the appropriate language needed to engage them.

Once you know who your business’s target audience is, you can begin strategizing. When strategizing, it is important to consider what your business goals and priorities are. 

At Ajax Union, we perform workshops to help businesses design their strategy and marketing funnel. Here are some useful points Ajax Union can clarify for your business:

  1. Buyer Personas: who your target audience is, what they do, and what they need
  2. Brand Messaging: the messages your target audience needs at each stage of the funnel
  3. Brand Experience: the specific attributes your company wants the audience experience
  4. Unique Value Proposition: what makes you stand out from your competitors
  5. Goals: what your business would like to achieve
  6. SWOT Analysis: what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are.

To learn more about how Ajax Union can help you generate leads and referrals for your business using marketing funnels, click here.

B2B lead generation is made up of groups of activities that are challenging to quantify. Sales and marketing are sectors of your business reliant on quantifiable information, but the ambiguous nature of lead generation is a deterrent for many marketers. In this article, we’ve broken down the top online practices for B2B lead generation.

How much is a lead worth to my business?

Is every lead really worth the same amount?

How can I drive more leads if my product is expensive?

If you’re a B2B business owner, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions more times than you can count. Fortunately for you, we have the answers! In this article, we’ll show you how to break down your user funnel to attract new customers all while providing them value along every step of the way.

 

Funnel Lead Generation Tactics:

 

Value Ladder:

A value ladder is a way to structure your sales efforts to appeal to your target audience at different phases in their purchase lifecycle. It gives you a competitive edge because it offers customers value at every tier or rung of the ladder.

As your lead ascends your value ladder, they’re offered more value, either in products or services offered, or another value-added concept. These are usually broken down into tiers, with the top tier being the most profitable end goal for your business.

Tiers:

Initial Offer

  • The initial product or service you offer that ideally cover the cost of advertising, or freebies, such as lead magnets. The goal is to qualify prospects and find people interested in your products.

 

1st Tier

  • The mid-range products and services you offer generate profit while simultaneously building trust. An e-book or other paid professional guide is a great 1st tier offering.

 

2nd Tier

  • The high-to-mid range products and services you offer generate profit. By this stage, customers have purchased from your brand and are ready to move to higher tier items. Membership and continuity programs are a perfect fit for this tier. The user gains values from continual content and profit is maximized with recurring revenue

 

Top Tier

  • The most extensive product or service offering your business provides. Although only a small percentage of customers will ever get here, they will become your brand advocates and generate considerable revenue. Use this customer to create whitepapers and testimonials to show to potential customers lower in the value ladder.

 

Lead Magnets

Lead Magnets are the freebies you give away to grow your list and get people in the door. The perfect Lead Magnet will offer value within five minutes of the offer being accepted. The goal is to qualify and capture leads, who can then be entered into an automation that guides your prospect along your sales funnel.  

 

Lead Nurturing

Taking care of your leads is akin to guiding them through a system of education, value-addition, and customer service that you have designed specifically for your business. Once you generate a lead, you have to take care of it, and guide it along its life cycle path.

A cornerstone of lead generation is lead nurturing. The process is customer-centric, anticipating what customers would want before they even know they want or need it. The process is as follows (with a few deviations depending on your product or service offering):

 

1) Identify the problem your prospect needs to address

2) Highlight a couple of ways the prospect might start to think about that problem

3) Suggest one specific way to solve that problem

4) Ultimately, demonstrate why you are the right one to help fix that problem

 

Social Relationship Building

In the B2B business sector, there’s rarely a ton of buzz surrounding your product or service. A healthy social media following is an imperative duty for nearly all businesses, however, getting too caught up in the number of followers, likes, and other measures of the sort can be misleading.

Social media as a lead generation tool is a simple and powerful way to build and nurture relationships. The key for B2B businesses is to use social media as a way to influence and add value for your prospects. Rather than shooting 100 arrows and hoping something lands amongst your target, shoot 5 arrows at a specific target with such detailed precision that there is virtually no chance of missing.

The key word is engagement. Quality most definitely trumps quantity when it comes to contemporary social media practices. Engage in groups, provide helpful and informative answers, and become a reliable resource of high-quality content tailored specifically to your industry, your client’s needs, and your brand.

Give a few of these processes a try: Lead generation takes time to become effective, so have patience and diligence.

Yes, B2B lead generation can be all-consuming: why not let us help you with the brunt of the work? Contact us to see how you can start generating leads, now! Visit www.ajaxunion.com.