Why a Seamless Transition from Offline to Online Marketing Is Important

January 3, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

There is an unfortunate lack of connectivity in many companies between their offline and online marketing efforts. Some marketers, either by lack of budget or options to connect, fail to link their offline and online marketing efforts together. In some cases marketers treat the two as separate tactics, while worst-case scenarios see other marketers using only one or the other. The reality is that consumers are relying on both when connecting with brands. In fact, according to Science Daily, more than 80% of online ads have an effect on offline sales. As such, it’s important to provide your consumers with a seamless transition between the two worlds.

Online Marketing Generates Offline Conversions

As the Science Daily data suggests, consumers interacting with online ads are contributing immensely to offline conversions. It is important to realize that offline conversions still afford consumers the chance to inspect and examine merchandise before making a purchase. This doesn’t discount the role of online marketing though.

Mobile devices account for more than half of online searches, and nearly 53% of online shoppers prefer to use smartphones when searching for products/services. Beyond that, 69% of consumers still trust local publications and 54% are more likely to purchase products advertised by traditional means. When online marketing is connected seamlessly to offline marketing, it leads to increased conversions offline.

Offline Conversions Shape Online Marketing

When consumers cross the divide from online to offline and convert, they bring with a treasure trove of data. If your offline and online marketing efforts are seamlessly connected, you get first-party data that is invaluable in shaping your marketing efforts online following offline conversions. You’ll gain insight into purchase history, demographic information, call history, and even the channel, campaign or source. If your marketing efforts are disjointed, you’ll miss out entirely on this information (at worst) or have to rely on third-party data to shape your marketing (at best).

Delivers Consistency to Consumers

When you achieve a seamless transition across offline and online marketing channels, you present your brand and messaging to consumers with consistency. Ideally, all of your marketing messaging and brand presentation should look and feel the same, from billboards, direct mailers, and radio ads to social media marketing, search ads, and mobile app engagement. When the consumer picks up the phone to call your company, they should be able to receive the same messaging from the sales or customer service rep.  With a consistent message across these platforms, you’ll not only enjoy greater success in marketing as a whole, but you’ll encourage cross-platform participation among consumers because it is easier to do.

How Can You Achieve Seamless Transitions?

There are lots of ways to offer consumers a seamless transition from offline to online and vice versa. Determine what is and isn’t working in your current marketing arsenal by testing which channels, campaigns or sources are driving traffic to you.

When phone calls are a big part of your business, start using trackable numbers. Suppose a consumer is inspired to call your business based upon an online ad, but that number isn’t tracked, then they’re likely to get the runaround in trying to find the deal they saw. Worse, they’ll feel like their time isn’t valued by your brand. With the simple inclusion of trackable phone numbers though, the transition becomes seamless as the caller is directed right to the department handling that promotion.

Curious to learn more about creating a seamless transition from offline to online for your customers?  Get in touch today.

5 Reasons phone calls are more favorable than lead forms

December 20, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

Modern digital marketers have a lot of tools at their disposal when marketing products and services to consumers. While the digital age has brought with it impressive advancements in technology that aid advertisers and marketers, sometimes the oldies truly are the goodies. Online activity is increasing among consumers. That doesn’t mean that the human connection should be left out of the equation. When it comes to comparing phone calls (old school) to lead forms (new school), it’s really no contest. Here’s 5 reasons you should be spending more on phone calls than lead forms.

Better Lead Quality

Whether a consumer picks up the phone to call or fills out a lead form, that individual has interest in your product or service. However, the value of these two leads is significantly different. Lead forms are often used by those with lower interest or who are still in the early phases of their purchasing decision. Callers, conversely, are much more interested in getting answers and making a purchase.

This isn’t speculation either. MobileMarketer.com notes that lead forms convert customers in only 2% of cases. That compares to a conversion rate between 25% and 40% for inbound phone calls. This means that phone calls are turning consumers into buyers at a rate 10 to 12 times higher than lead forms. Callers are pulling the trigger to purchase and generating more revenue.

Optimized for Mobile

The mobile phone has overtaken desktop searching in many nations, and in most cases this change is permanent. More searching is taking place on mobile than desktop in 10 countries around the world, including the massive economies of the United States and Japan. This matters for your brand because mobile searchers are making phone calls based upon those mobile searchers. These consumers are reaching out to companies directly to complete purchases. Google notes that 71% of mobile searchers make a call to businesses right from search engine results. The inclusion of strong CTAs and click-to-call features increases the effectiveness of mobile phone call leads too.

Enhancing Customer Service Capability

Lead forms are often mismanaged by companies, routing to the wrong individuals within the business. Trends in Personalization study states “virtually all (96%) marketers agree that personalization advances customer relationships. Eighty-eight percent say they’ve realized a measurable lift in business results from their personalization campaigns.” Integrating phone calls more deeply into your marketing campaign improves the customer service you provide to your consumers. They get answers more quickly and can gain more detailed information as well. Phone calls ensure that customers have a better experience when dealing with your brand directly.

Less Steps to Close

Lead forms haven’t changed much in the digital age. Customers fill in basic information and hit send. What type of response they get varies from one brand to the next, but it all feels rather cold. Companies aren’t utilizing the form submission leads in a timely manner. “In fact, they take 46 hours and 53 minutes to pick up the phone and respond to a lead. And the sales rep who does call, only makes 1.3 call attempts before giving up and moving on. And recent research shows it is getting better, but only slightly” states Forbes.

Data, Data, and more Data

One of the most important reasons phone calls outstrip lead forms is data. With the advent of  call recording and call tracking platforms, you now get a better overall picture of how your consumers are interacting with your brand prior to contact. Did they see a mobile ad that made them call? Was it a search results ad? Or were they hooked in by social media ads? You can use call tracking platforms to gather data that tells you which ads were viewed, when they were seen, and then adjust your marketing campaigns to continue targeting consumers through the most valuable sales funnels.

If you want more information on the value of phone calls and just how much of a difference the right call tracking software can make, feel free to reach out to us. We can help you turn a flood of incoming phone calls into the most effective leads in your marketing arsenal.

 

Why Call Intelligence is Important for Marketers

November 11, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

Hitting the phones is one of the biggest ways to drive business. 5 billion people in the world have a mobile phone – that’s two-thirds of the people on the planet – and most of them like to talk. “Customers have been found to respond better to the human touch than to some other form such as digital marketing,” explains Call Center Outsourcing Consultant Russell Meisman. “Sixty-eight percent of B2B sales were found to involve some form of human interaction such as telemarketing.” However, Meisman is quick to note that it also takes an average of 80 calls to make a breakthrough.

What if you can skew the odds in your favor just a bit more? You can use call intelligence – data gathered from previous phone calls. This data will allow you to personalize the buyer experience for repeat calls and identify more qualified leads. This strategy can improve your paid campaigns, help you attract new customers and give your teams an edge in closing deals. In other words, understanding call intelligence can help you drive revenue.

Here’s why call intelligence is important for marketers:

Call Tracking

The first opportunity that call intelligence affords marketers is analyzing effectiveness through call tracking. This technology can look at the pages your would-be customers looked at before they call you, the ads on which they clicked and the sites they visited. That information is then paired with the subject of the call and its outcome. Marketers can use this information to see exactly where their marketing efforts are driving interests.  Along with information on which ads get the most clicks and what characteristics those ads share.

Revenue Drivers

Call tracking and call intelligence can also help to identify revenue drivers. The technology is perfect for measuring how successful the campaigns are. Data will identify which campaign drove the most sales and which products or services get the most traction. If a particular product line is disproportionately responsible for phone call volume, it might be an area in which your company should further develop. A revenue driver with the opportunity for business expansion or create media to answer common questions. 

Relative Performance

National campaigns can be tracked and allocated to various branches or a small company that needs to understand their customer journey. Call tracking helps your marketing department accomplish those things. It can illustrate the source of calls so you can clearly see what made a person pick up the phone. For instance, was it the ad for which you paid $1 per click or a blog post with your contact information that went viral? You can also see whether your marketing campaigns had a direct impact. Companies may find that the bulk of their business comes from prospecting and inbound sources as opposed to cold calling.  Other companies will experience the reverse. Call intelligence helps you track relative performance. In turn, marketers can use the information to develop better, more effective campaigns – earning you more revenue in return.

Call intelligence is a valuable tool for growing your business. It clarifies which efforts are producing the biggest impact and which are earning you a poor return on investment (ROI). Get your free trial with Retreaver and help your company generate more qualified leads and better serve those people who do call in.

Are bad caller experiences costing you?

November 3, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

Are bad caller experiences costing your company money? For many businesses this just is not an option. However, it’s very common. In today’s digitally connected world, consumers form their opinions about companies from the small bits of communication they have with the company. Phone calls are one of them. Just one negative experience creates a bad first impression and a lasting poor reputation. But, there are steps you can take to minimize it. It starts with understanding what’s happening on the phone.

What’s happening on those calls?

Organizations need to have a way to manage caller experiences. When mistakes are made here, it costs companies money. You cannot spend a lot of time on the phone listening to your customer service reps. And you do not have the funds to hire someone to manage them. You don’t have to take that step, though. With the investment in tools such as call tracking, it is possible to reduce much of this unknown factor.

When you use call tracking and call routing tools, you streamline the way people communicate and you track them. It gives you an inside look at the customer journey. Without a tool like this, there is no way to know why your customer didn’t come back for a second purchase or wrote that poor review. It’s common that companies will never hear from the customers that are more likely to be loyal but have a bad experience and never return. Yet, with all tracking software, your customer experience becomes clear and easily tracked.

You can see when poor experiences are impacting your customers.

Was the representative too harsh?

Did they not communicate key information?

Did they fail to gather information that can help you avoid future instances like this?

All of this contributes not only to improving customer service but also to building your business and creating repeat, loyal customers.

What happens when you manage the caller journey?

Information is invaluable to companies. With the use of call tracking, it becomes possible to look inside the caller journey so that you can make changes going forward. Here are some ways this can directly impact your company’s profitability.

  1. You can track marketing campaigns more effectively. And, you can do this throughout all channels. You know why someone is calling, how they made the decision to call, and what marketing efforts led them to that point.
  2. You can monitor not just where they come from but also where they are going. For example, you can determine how many people call and then end up purchasing after a good customer experience. How many don’t?
  3. You can provide more personalized customer service to your clients. This can help to increase your brand awareness and help your business to scale. It is all about providing personalized attention to consumers. Providing this level of interaction helps you build a better brand image.
  4. You can train your sales agents more effectively. This includes retraining those that may be making mistakes and tapping into calls to use for training of new employees. You can use the data points from these calls to give you an idea of what your employees need from you.

These are just a handful of the ways you can enhance the caller journey with an effective call tracking system in place. Not implementing this will cost you customers and money because there is no other way to know why your customers are not purchasing. An inexpensive, highly effective tool like this boosts customer experience and gives your company the support it needs to grow and compete on a more efficient level.  To get started today, visit try.retreaver.com!

7 Ways to Improve Your Customer Success Using Call Tracking

October 27, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

Customers contact businesses in innovative ways these days: through social media, on websites and some even order products and services through texting. Whether they’re using their home phones, cell phones or through VoIP technology many people still choose to call businesses. Tracking all customer phone calls improves the way companies serve customers and can increase customer success. Here’s how and why every company should consider call tracking to improve customer success:

1. Route Calls Intelligently

Nothing can turn a merely unhappy customer into an irate one faster than getting sent to the wrong person. The same goes for a potential customer who can’t reach the department or person who can answer their questions. Call tracking can solve this problem by routing calls based on caller segmentation, pre-lead qualification or a variety of other defined factors.

2. Measure Call Length, Conversion Rates and Other Crucial Business Stats

A good call tracking system gives companies statistics on how many numbers are dialed, hold times and the length of the call. Companies determine the lifetime value of customers by tying in statistics like conversion rates.  Analyzing how the call was initiated and where the lead started.

3. Gain Critical Knowledge of the Caller’s Current Context

Key caller data is important to both sales and customer relationship management. Call tracking that links the context of the call to factors like time of day, social media activity and past customer experience.  Allowing companies to have information they need to serve callers quickly and more efficiently.

4. Personalize Customer Support

Call tracking makes tracking the customer journey even easier. Dynamic phone numbers across web pages can tag and track the user throughout their journey.  Providing personalized support, by routing calls based on multiple factors such as ad campaigns, troubleshooting or customer feedback after purchase.

5. Create Dynamic Phone Numbers to Track ROI

Dynamic phone numbers can do more than just customize support. They can also track those same metrics and attribute them back to each user and original click.  Allowing companies to have the ability to test ad efficiency ROI. Other variables of call initiation can be identified by linking individual numbers to social media campaigns, billboards, etc.

6. Optimize Social Media Ads and Marketing

According to Google, almost half (47%) of people who search for a brand using a mobile device will keep searching if they don’t see a phone number in an ad. Google found in an independent study that 70% of customers use “click to call” in ad campaigns to reach companies. Call tracking that includes dynamic phone numbers suited to target demographics by content, channel, ad set, language or anything else optimizes marketing and customer success.

7. Automatically Resolve Customer Service Issues

Companies can also keep customers happy by integrating call tracking technology with social media management tools. By creating dynamic numbers for specific customer issues, those calls can be immediately routed to an existing resource qualified to deal specifically with the issue for quick resolutions. The resulting stats can then be used for further training, product or service development.

Talking to a real live person will never go out of style.

Try Retreaver call tracking solution today to improve customer success across every business channel, one call at a time.

 

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Adrian Swiscoe. How to Make Phone Conversations with Customers Better.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adrianswinscoe/2017/03/03/how-to-make-phone-conversations-with-customers-better/#4325fafe68cd
Forbes. Seven Important Features to Look For In Marketing Software.
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4 Times Your Customers Prefer to Call You

October 19, 2017 | Stan Pavlovsky

When do your customers call you? Think back over the course of the last few weeks and ask yourself this question. How much time have you spent on the phone? And, of those calls, how many led to a direct benefit to your company? When it comes to providing good customer service, it’s always essential to provide your customers with a way to speak to you no matter why they call. But, it is also important for you to recognize when those calls may not be what you need to spend your time on.

Why Are Your Customers Calling You?

With the help of call tracking and call routing, you can get on the phone to handle the most important calls while allowing your team to handle situations where they may not directly need your attention.

First, let’s discuss why they call. There are four times when customers call – in these situations email, text messages, and even chatbots will not work. They want and need a real person to talk to. These are instances in which your clients need to reach out to you.

#1: Your customer has an emotional investment they need handled

This is when you want to be on the phone. It is always important for companies to create this type of emotional connection with their clients. It means they are invested in you. They want to succeed with you. Customers have emotional dedication to your company and they will come to you to meet all of their needs. Your customers call you in these times because they have concerns, needs, opinions, or other emotional-driven factors that are causing them to need to connect with you right away.

#2: Your customer has a financial investment

Money matters to most people, especially when it is an investment or an important transaction. Today, you will find that people view the phone call as the time when they need fast answers, and they need real information. They can log into their account, but when they want clarity and confirmation they are going to pick up the phone. And, again, when a customer calls you, for this reason, you need to react and be able to answer them. If you fail to meet this need when it is so important to them, your customers will turn to someone else to solve their problem.  61% of consumers find it extremely/very important to be able to call a business during the purchase phase of their decision-making.

#3: There’s some type of complex situation that needs immediate attention

Sometimes, it is just easier to talk about something than to write it down. It’s complex, challenging and it’s worrying them – and these are key reasons why your customer is going to call you to get information rather than send a message through your website. It is also important to have well-trained customer service to help not only answer their questions but also to provide a simplistic answer to the concern.

#4: Your customer wants to complain

It’s true. Customers can be noisy about their situation when they have a bad experience. They want to complain. They want to tell you how much you’ve disappointed them. It does not always need to be something that you’ve caused to occur. If they are unhappy, they need you to know about it. Sometimes, this is the ideal time to turn things around, too. This is when you can finally fix their problem and build a better relationship.

Sure, email and chatbots can help to speed up the process of providing information to customers. Yet, they cannot replace true customer service over the phone. When you realize that you still need to provide an avenue for these types of situations, you’ll see the value of adding call tracking and call routing services that make it easier for you to meet their needs. To get started visit try.retreaver.com!

Our Thoughts on Google’s Report: The Role of Click to Call In the Path to Purchase

October 6, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

Source: The Role of Click to Call In the Path to Purchase

The importance of providing consumers an easy way to call your business remains crucial in the age of mobile search. While marketing feels like it’s moving away from phone call call-to-actions, often this is due to a perception that attributing conversions to the calls is hard. In “The Role of Click to Call In the Path to Purchase” Google shows with data why calls are still an important part of your marketing mix, and with call tracking, companies are able to:

  • analyze which marketing campaigns drove the highest calls which resulted in sales
  • understand the online to offline customer journey and when the purchase was made
  • view stats on your highest and lowest performing salespeople and understand which keywords are closing transactions

In the Google / Ipsus-Reid survey of 3,000 mobile searchers who recently made purchases, the role that click to call played in their purchase process was analyzed, with insights delivered such as:

  • 70% of mobile searchers have used click to call to connect with a business directly from the search engine results page
  • 47% of mobile searchers say that if a business does not have a phone number associated with their search results, they will be more likely to explore other brands
  • 61% of mobile searchers state that click to call is most important in the purchase phase of the shopping process

Need more information about why calls are as important as ever? Read the full article here. Need more insight into how call tracking helps you align phone calls to your multi-channel marketing efforts and tracking? Get in touch here.

Budget Season: Why Marketers Need to Make Room For Call Tracking in Their Budget

October 3, 2017 | Marija Sekularac

When customers approach your business online, you can capture their information easily. You can even use analytics to hone your marketing campaign based on the data you gather. But what do you do with customers who call your business? They’re probably even further along in the conversion process than visitors to your website, but their information — including their needs and how they found you — seem to be out of reach.

The answer is call tracking.

What Is Call Tracking?

With call tracking, each of your marketing campaigns is assigned a different phone number. You can assign numbers to both online and offline campaigns. Your customers call those separate numbers, which all forward to your main business number so they don’t require separate staff for answering.

Call tracking lets you compare the phone traffic that comes in on each dedicated line to determine how your marketing strategies stack up against each other. You can also gather actionable information on individual calls, aggregating the data to help determine the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns.

Benefits of Call Tracking for Your Business

Call tracking is vital to marketing campaigns. It’s not difficult to add to your marketing strategies, and it can even help improve customer experience. Take a look at some of the top benefits of call tracking:

Monitor Your Current Marketing Campaigns

Through call tracking, you can monitor the success of your ads and marketing. A/B testing is easy to check and quantify, since you can measure factors including time of calls, length of calls, location of calls, volume of calls and that all-important metric, conversion rate.

Keep an Eye on Your SEO and Keywords

Yes, you can monitor keywords even from phone calls. More than ever, your customers are calling from mobile devices and starting from landing pages, Google call extensions, and other trackable starting points. Call tracking can capture and tally this data.

Evaluation of your Sales and Marketing Teams

You know those recordings that say “This call may be recorded for quality assurance”? That call recording can be part of a call tracking program that provides you the data you need to understand how your individual employees are performing. You can also use the data to tweak the questions that your sales teams are asking, since you’ll know what approaches are closing sales. In addition, this data is invaluable when designing training programs for new sales and marketing employees.

Improved Customer Experience

Use your call tracking to route calls to the appropriate agent or department quickly. As part of this, call tracking can populate the appropriate data to the sales or customer service agent, speeding up the process of helping your customer. Your employees are then empowered to provide personalized customer service aimed precisely at meeting the customer’s needs. As a result, you end up with a happy customer.

Evaluation of Advertising and Marketing Channels

Where are you running ads? Are you spreading your ad budget across online venues, social media, newspaper, radio and even local TV? By using call tracking, you can track which channels are producing conversions and which are lagging behind. That data helps you allocate your marketing budget wisely, so you put effort and dollars in the most productive places.

Call tracking is a valuable tool that can help you optimize your marketing efforts. Best of all, it doesn’t affect what you’re already doing; it just provides the marketing analytics you need to increase conversions and sales.  To get started visit try.retreaver.com