Why Call Tracking is an Important Tool for Agencies

April 13, 2018 | Jason Kay

You might get confused at first at how call tracking relates to marketing and advertising agencies. After all, agencies exist outside the client company and have nothing at all to do with their operations. They aren’t involved in what happens on the contact center floor. Why would you care what kind of software the client uses to manage their operations?

Call tracking is one of the most important tools an agency has at their disposal. It’s a marketing tool for agencies to track campaign success, obtain customer insights and drive strategic and tactical change.

Here’s a closer look at how call tracking accomplishes all this:

Track advertising campaign success

Phone calls are traditionally an offline channel, and as such, are historically a blind spot when it comes to metrics. Fast forward, and modern agencies are using call tracking to remove that blind spot. At a basic level, call tracking generates a series of unique phone numbers, each associated with the data you need – campaigns, demographics, and even neighborhoods (if you’re doing a direct mail campaign for example). 

These unique numbers make it easy for call centers to identify the marketing efforts resulting in calls, and more importantly, sales.

That ability to measure the impact of ads on conversions and sales means no more underestimating campaign success!

Collect customer insights

Curious what a customer thinks? Then ask them a few questions if you already have them on the phone.

The best call tracking solutions integrate with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms (i.e. HubSpot) so contact center agents immediately see the customer’s marketing history (how and when they’ve encountered the brand in the past), while being able to update the CRM with information. Knowing more about the customer makes it possible to create more targeted and more valuable experiences for your client.

Drive strategic and tactical change

With call tracking data completing the attribution picture, you are now armed with information to answer hard questions: Should you and the client shift focus to a different demographic? Do you need to change the voice or wording of the ad? Is the value being clearly presented to callers?

All these answers affect the next version of whatever marketing assets you’re using and can even change overall strategic direction. It allows you, the agency, to stay agile and adjust client marketing strategies with each new insight.

For more information on how call tracking assists marketing and advertising agencies, visit https://try.retreaver.com/

What’s in a name? Multichannel vs Omnichannel Marketing

March 13, 2018 | Jason Kay

Marketing is an industry full of buzzwords, and at first glance the terms multichannel and omnichannel marketing seem to be describing the same thing. Both involve reaching out to customers in a variety of ways, and both involve keeping those touchpoints consistently awesome. While there are similarities there are also significant differences. Marketers need to know what those differences are so that they decide which goal to shoot for.

So what is the difference between multichannel and omnichannel marketing?

Multichannel marketing involves communicating with customers across multiple platforms and channels. It increases brand presence and gives customers the ability to choose their own favored method of interaction and engagement. Which is good, because 98% of Americans switch between devices multiple times in a day. A consistent multichannel experience makes it easier for customers to reach out to the brand when they’re ready to buy.

Omnichannel marketing is multichannel marketing evolved into its purest and most ideal form: a consistent and cohesive customer experience across all channels and types of engagement. It covers every possible interaction with the customer across all channels, from pre-sales to post-sales and everything in between. Every single touch point with the customer has to be seamless and generate warm and fuzzy feelings of satisfaction.

Is omnichannel marketing worth it?

If omnichannel marketing sounds like it’s a lot of work, that’s because it is. Maintaining that level of consistency across multiple channels, platforms and teams is extremely difficult. 61% of customers can’t easily switch from one channel to another when dealing with customer service. Most companies simply don’t have the infrastructure or process required to make omnichannel work.

But the payoffs are enormous when it does work. Businesses that successfully adopt omnichannel marketing strategies achieve 91% greater year-over-year retention rates over those that don’t.

So how can you get your business to that level?

One step at a time.

Take your first step towards omnichannel marketing

We recommend focusing on one area first, then move on to others once you’ve established a standard of quality. This “pioneering area” so to speak has to have the greatest impact for the investment. For most businesses this usually means customer service.

Customer service is the thorniest part of the omnichannel marketing experience because it has the most impact on a customer’s happiness, and yet is the most difficult to get consistent. Disconnected systems and uncoordinated databases break up the flow of a support call and force customers to repeat the same information—especially if calls transfer from one agent to another.

A proper call management and tracking system helps solve these problems by:

  • Coordinating omnichannel information between marketing, sales and customer support
  • Alerting call center agents as to the nature of the call prior to actually starting the conversation
  • Scalable personalization of the call experience
  • Tracking call metrics for better marketing insights

Retreaver’s call tracking platform layers onto existing phone systems to do just this. Get started on your omnichannel marketing strategy by improving your contact center performance and provide valuable metrics to marketing, sales and customer success. Visit try.retreaver.com to learn more!