It’s not really a chicken or egg question. Problems will generally come first before their solutions. And in industries where solutions requires a lot of tech, this is something often ignored in their lead generation strategies.
It sounds poetic. When you have a new, innovative (if not revolutionary) piece of technology, you’d want something new to market it. For example, the latest marketing stunt for an Audi hybrid has billboards made entirely of water vapor.
However, do similar tactics automatically translate into more B2B leads for your company? That might depend entirely how your new product actually jives with your new marketing concept.
Sometimes you can’t help but seek out the cheapest ways to promote your company and gain some traction as a thought leader. You put up a free blog, get a free account on some niche forum somewhere, or start attending tradeshows that don’t charge you for handing out business cards or brochures.
Eventually, some of your sales leads start to come in and it looks like your opportunities were practically free.
Fast forward. You’re now enjoying some moderate success. Your blog’s getting good online readership. Forums have become a source of marketing buzz. All of a sudden, you get a message saying that everything you’ve been using so far is no longer free. You will be now be charged to do everything that you used to do when your business was still flying off.
Is this fair?
A couple years ago, there were some who feared that the rise of online marketing and its respective technologies would bring an end to a lot of appointment setting practices. The picture being painted was that of professionals rejoicing. Meanwhile B2B telemarketers and direct mail lead generators are sadly hanging their hats in the face of their supposed empowerment. Technology, it seems, has now added a firewall to push their gradual elimination from the sales process.
In reality though, those same disheartened professionals could actually stand to gain more from these improvements. Appointment setting could actually be a whole lot easier because technology has found a way to cut out all the red tape.
There used to be a time when B2B marketers worried about the finer points of the sales process. “Did I say the right thing?” “Were these the numbers they wanted to see?” “Do these people trust me?” Today, the first thing they worry about is whether or not the numbers are high enough whether it’s the data churned out by their CRM system, the number of emails they’ve sent, or how the links they’ve peppered across the net.
What’s odd is not just how these things may have little to do with the quality of your marketing messages or whether your prospect is actually all that eager to do business with you. It’s the fact that even tech companies are trying to eliminate these scruples and take everything back to how it used to be.