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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!

Revenue Attribution: Tying Marketing ROI to Business Results

March 5, 2018 | Jason Kay

Revenue attribution is a modern luxury most marketers ignore. Before attribution, marketers didn’t have any way to reliably tie their efforts to business revenue. This was much due to the nature of the medium. What do I mean? Consider it impossible to accurately credit the impact of a billboard or TV ad on sales unless there’s a drastic spike.

That was then. Today’s marketers can accurately tie marketing ROI to business results. You now have the data to home in on which campaigns, channels and keywords are bringing in the most conversions. It means revenue attribution is necessary to show marketing’s value to the rest of the organization. Sadly, many marketers still have no idea what revenue attribution is nor what it can do for them.

What is Revenue attribution?

Revenue attribution is the process of crediting a conversion or sale to a specific channel or marketing action. The most basic example of this is a promotional email that directly led to a web purchase. The attribution is pretty clear: the customer received the email, clicked on the link, and purchased the item. Therefore, the revenue for this sale—and other sales like it—credit is given to this specific email campaign.

Revenue attribution is key to accurately measuring and reporting campaign performance. It gives CMOs hard numbers with which they can prove marketing ROI.

Different revenue attribution models

Marketers have many marketing channels active at the same time and customers will encounter at least two of them over the course of their purchase. So how do you measure which one gets credit for the sale?

There are different attribution models in place, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

First-touch revenue attribution. This model gives credit to the first touch point a customer encounters. It assumes that the first touch point is what makes the customer aware of your brand and is what starts them down the path to the sale. The problem with this method, it overemphasizes how important the awareness stage of the funnel is. It’s also susceptible to errors, since the true “first-touch” could have been offline.

Last-touch revenue attribution. The last-touch model credits the sale to the last recorded touch point. It’s the simplest revenue attribution model to measure by far, and is what many attribution tools default to. The problem with this method, if a customer encounters your booth at a tradeshow and then goes to your website to do the purchase, it’s the website that gets the credit for the sale. Even though the tradeshow had the most influence.

Multi-touch revenue attribution. 

This revenue attribution model keeps track of every touch point the customer encounters over the course of the buying cycle and gives credit to each. The amount of credit for each touch point varies based on whatever variant of multi-touch attribution you’re using, and it’s still potentially more accurate than the other two methods because you have a better idea of which marketing assets are influencing the overall buying decision.

The missing link in revenue attribution

Most of the methods listed above require some sort of online or digital component in order to capture the required data: website tracking, an online form, or a specific landing page. Offline touch points like print ads, tradeshows, or even word of mouth are overlooked. So how can brands find out which of these offline touch points contributed to the sale?

A proper inbound call tracking solution will do all this and more.

Modern call tracking solutions like Retreaver generate unique phone numbers that you assign to both digital and offline campaigns, and tie them into your marketing automation system. You get an accurate picture of actual campaign performance, and your agent doesn’t have to risk wasting your customer’s time asking intrusive questions.

Visit try.retreaver.com to learn more about how call tracking contributes to your marketing ROI.

Connect Instapage with Retreaver for Instant Call Results

February 16, 2018 | Jason Kay

Landing pages serve a valuable purpose within a company’s marketing strategy. These humble, single-page locations on the Internet greet any person who shows an interest in your company’s offerings.

Just one landing page isn’t enough, though. Studies have found that companies with more than 40 landing pages get 12 times more leads than those with 5 landing pages or less. Essentially, you need to create at least one unique landing page per offer.

Instapage is a powerful solution for creating multiple landing pages at scale. With it, you can easily create landing pages based off of design templates and incorporate them into your marketing campaigns.

While Instapage is fantastic at tracking which ads and emails convert via clicks and views, there is still a blind spot when it comes to phone conversations. For example, when a user visits the landing page and calls the company directly instead of clicking on the provided links or filling out the form. How would you know which emails or ads are working and which don’t?

That’s where the Retreaver integration for Instapage comes in. With it, you’ll be able to get more data on promotion-related phone calls than ever before, no matter how many different landing pages and brands you run.

Here are just a few areas where Retreaver brings value:

More Accurate A/B Testing

A/B testing is one of the best tools a marketer has for increasing landing page conversions. In fact, using correct targeting and testing methods can increase conversion rates by up to 300 percent.

But that’s assuming all of your conversions are based on trackable clicks and visits. Phone conversions are either ignored, overlooked, or invalid because it’s impossible to tell which landing page triggered the call.

Not with Retreaver.

Retreaver attributes page variants with each call. This capability makes your testing results more accurate and thus makes future design decisions more reliable.

Increase Customer Intelligence

Don’t waste the customer’s time asking for information you should already know. Retreaver’s Whisper functionality prompts you with who the customer is and why they’re calling, using a voice overlay that only your agent can hear. You can create a personalized call experience in minutes.

After the call, use the data to establish which messaging better connects triggers more responses. Learn more about which customers are responding to your ads and emails and why they’re interested in your offers.

Manage Multiple Client Accounts

Agencies often track conversions across multiple landing pages. The more campaigns the agency is managing, the more time-consuming and confusing it is.

Instapage gives you the tools to more easily address this challenge, but what happens if the agency is also fielding the inbound calls that these campaigns generate?

Retreaver makes this process more manageable by having one account with the ability to manage multiple companies. Keep all campaigns compartmentalized and distinct, so that there is no risk of your team crossing wires.

Connect with Retreaver today and discover a smoother way to manage your landing page leads!

HubSpot tips that blend online/offline marketing efforts

February 7, 2018 | Jason Kay

Any dedicated HubSpot user will tell you that it’s a great tool for managing all sorts of marketing and sales related tasks, from inbound marketing to social media to SEO — all tied together with a powerful CRM. And with over 31,000 users in over 90 countries, it’s pretty safe to say that what HubSpot does, it does well.

There are, however, certain things it doesn’t do. And most of these limitations have to do with HubSpot’s challenges in tracking offline activities. After all, how can one expect a digital marketing solution to track how many people see a TV ad? How can HubSpot tell if the same Bob calling your help desk is the same Bob you emailed a week ago? It’s simply not possible.

Right?

Wrong.

HubSpot integrates with best-in-class service providers with solutions that can track and measure what out-of-the-box HubSpot cannot. Here are three offline examples where Hubspot partners shine:

Event attendance and interactions

Hosting a live event is a great way to engage new prospects and connect with existing customers, but coordinating event leads with HubSpot is a major time sink. It’s difficult to research names pre-event, as most of the time you’re picking names from one list and searching them in HubSpot to see if they show up. Updating the list with new names is only marginally faster, as they have to be manually imported into the HubSpot CRM.

This is precisely why the Eventbrite-HubSpot integration is so valuable. With it, marketers can sync Eventbrite registrations with existing HubSpot contacts and, if necessary, automatically create new contacts on the fly. You’ll be able to see how these contacts engaged with you before and after the event.

This automated contact management process makes it easier to track your event’s success. How many conversions did the event generate? What’s the ROI for this single event, and how does it compare to the overall ROI of your marketing program?

The integration gives you access to all this information and more.

Direct mail and traditional advertisements

While HubSpot is unmatched at tracking the performance of digital content assets, print and offline assets are a whole different story. After all, how can HubSpot reasonably measure how many people read your direct mail or how many drivers read your billboard?

Savvy marketers will accomplish this through judicious use of tracking URLs and landing pages. You can have either multiple tracking URLs that take you to a single common landing page. Or you can generate multiple landing pages, each unique to the direct mail asset you sent out. HubSpot accounts for both scenarios and gives you insight into which asset performs the best.

Inbound phone calls

Despite the breadth of features HubSpot offers, inbound phone calls have been a consistent blind spot when assessing marketing performance. Yes, contact agents can gather information and put it in the HubSpot CRM. However, doing so manually prolongs call time and the unnecessary questions turn off prospects. As a result, agents aren’t always able to collect enough information about who calls a hotline and why.  

That’s what Retreaver’s Integration for HubSpot is built to solve. Retreaver gives HubSpot users the ability to generate unique telephone numbers and tie them to HubSpot campaigns. The unique phone numbers can also be used on ads, and even individual keywords. Marketers can determine which sources are driving conversions and helps you prioritize where you should be spending your marketing dollars.

Customers benefit from the service as well. The integration synchronizes your calls with HubSpot so that you can instantly know who you are talking to and can easily update new data on the fly. Your sales team doesn’t miss a beat, purchase paths are shortened, and marketing gets the info it needs.

Learn more about how Retreaver makes caller insight happen by clicking here!

Introducing the New Retreaver Integration for HubSpot! What It Means for Your Business

February 1, 2018 | Jason Kay

Retreaver has recently announced an exciting new integration for HubSpot, a leading CRM platform used by 37,000 customers in 90 countries around the world for one sole purpose: learn more about their customer journey. With the rising importance of phone calls (contrary to belief – see article), businesses need a reliable call tracking and data collection service. The new Retreaver Integration for HubSpot is an exciting evolution for this realm. So what does it deliver for the customers and users on HubSpot?

Track Calls Regardless of Source

Setting up fresh campaigns with Retreaver Integration for HubSpot is easy. It enables marketers to track all calls to a specific number regardless of the original source. New campaigns are configured and named within the platform. The phone number of the agent that should answer each call is added and tracking numbers are assigned. That individual number, and source, are now ready to use in marketing content. Unlimited data tags and attributes are also tracked, including landing page URLs. In this way, marketers can track calls from Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, and other marketing content. Retreaver makes it easier than ever to track inbound calls and accurately attribute call-based conversions to each individual marketing source right through to your HubSpot contacts.

Capture Unlimited Caller Data

There is no end in sight to the variety and amount of caller data that marketers can capture with each individual call tracked with the Retreaver Integration for HubSpot. With the new Retreaver Calls Form (or map to an existing form) map a wealth of information in a variety of ways. Each new caller is added as a new contact, their data subsequently collected and analyzed. Data such as last call date, call start time, last visited URL, email, phone number, and caller number will be collected. Giving data driven marketers the ability to better understand the path to purchase for each individual caller.

Shorten the Path to Purchase

Lead forms work in some industries, but phone calls are increasingly valuable to both consumers and businesses alike. With HubSpot and Retreaver integration, users can give consumers the option to skip filling out a lead form and make a direct connection with technology such as click-to-call features. HubSpot allows users to setup personalized interactions for each user, triggering the perfect follow-up step automatically to help lead rates skyrocket. The Retreaver integration provides phone-based interactions which are now part of this same system and easily tracked within HubSpot. Allowing marketers to shorten the path to purchase for each and every consumer interacting with marketing content.

Manage Multiple Portals at Once

When the Retreaver integration for HubSpot is set up, the accounts work together and collect data on phone calls. Whether you have one or multiple portals, you will be able to manage all of them seamlessly through one interface. As a result, users can manage multiple companies, from direct clients and brands to sub-divisions.

HubSpot and Retreaver are a natural combination in the digital age. Phone calls have long been a blind spot for many companies. Now that information can be seamlessly and instantaneously routed to agents to close the gap between digital marketing content and phone-based conversions. Agents can react in real-time, workflow will improve, and actions can be automated to trigger instantly.

Learn more at: try.retreaver.com/solutions/hubspot and take advantage of our special launch package until April 15, 2018: try.retreaver.com/solutions/hubspot/launchpackage 

Is Customer Experience the Ultimate Brand Differentiator?

January 26, 2018 | Jason Kay

Customer Experience seems to be the latest marketing buzzword that supposedly makes or breaks a modern brand. But is customer experience as big of a differentiator as people say? Or is it just one more passing trend in a series of marketing fads? Let’s examine it in more detail.

What is Customer Experience?

Customer experience is often confused with customer

service, which focuses on solving customer needs and providing assistance—usually through phone, digital, or on-site support channels. Customer service is definitely a significant part of the customer experience, but it’s not the whole story.

Any interaction the customer encounters or experiences over the course of their relationship with your brand falls under customer experience. This includes everything from their experience with the product they buy to the marketing that lead them to you and everything in between.

Most brands struggle with customer experience simply because the scope is so vast. It’s difficult to keep an individuals experience personalized and consistent over so many channels and touchpoints. One customer might be turned off by something as simple as being put on hold for too long. Another might be overjoyed at how easy it is to shop in your digital store.

Brands must rise to the challenge and aim for consistent omni-channel customer experiences. Not just because it’s good for your customer (and it is), but because it’s going to be the differentiating factor in choosing your brand.

How big of a difference does customer experience make?

Multiple studies and surveys agree that customer experience is going to be the primary factor in a customer’s decision-making process, even more than price and product. This shift may happen as soon as 2020, according to a study conducted by Walker.

Businesses that provide better customer experience are more likely to be selected over their competitors, and they’re more likely to earn more per customer. The same Walker study found that 62% of buyers would pay more for improved customer experience, and it stands to reason that they would be more loyal as well.

Many businesses already see the change coming and are taking action. According to Forrester, 72% of the businesses they surveyed say that improving customer experience is their top priority. So how can you improve your own brand’s customer experience? Start with the most mission-critical area: customer service.

How do I improve my brand’s customer experience?

You could theoretically improve any part of your business and have it affect customer experience; but if you want the most bang for your buck, you should prioritize customer service and support. 60% of consumers have higher expectations for customer service now than they did a year ago, and yet 42% of customer service agents still struggle with resolving customer issues thanks to disconnected systems, archaic user interfaces, and multiple applications. Poorly-implemented contact center infrastructure ruins the brand experience and lowers employee morale.

Using call tracking improves contact center success

  • Capture caller intent and deliver it to the agents before they answer the call
  • Gather and use caller data to build more complete profiles for more personalized experiences
  • Use call outcomes to drive automatic follow-ups and re-marketing efforts
  • Route callers intelligently to minimize the time they spend on hold

Retreaver’s call tracking software layers on top of your existing agent tools to enable you to immediately improve your contact center’s success. Visit try.retreaver.com to discover even more benefits!

The Customer Data You Track on Your Website is Trackable on Phone Calls Too

January 16, 2018 | Jason Kay

Metrics are an important facet of any marketing and ad campaign. With data metrics in hand you see the actions customers take when they visit your website. See which links they click, and even go back through the customer journey to see which ad campaigns drew them to your website in the first place. For all of these different data points you now integrate the same tracking information into your analytics for the phone calls your business receives. Not only will you enjoy greater insight on how your marketing efforts drive phone calls, but you’ll have improved cross-channel visibility that finally bridges the gap between offline and online marketing.

The Phone is Easier, Depending on Your Industry

For many businesses, it is simply easier for customers to pick up the phone and call for service rather than clicking through an endless stream of pages on your website. When a family is locked out of their car at the mall, they don’t have time to browse a website and fill out lead forms. They want to do a quick Google search, find relevant locksmiths nearby, and call for service. Tracking phone calls used to be difficult for businesses, but that difficulty is no longer an issue.

Discover the Most Effective Sources, Channels, and Verticals

Phone call tracking is far more diverse than most marketers might realize. Using unique business numbers for various ad campaigns or even pages on your site, you can see how your various marketing sources, channels, and verticals are performing. For example, varying final extensions (the last four numbers) can be altered and assigned to different marketing campaigns. This will help you see which ones are generating the most outreach on the phone.

For example, different numbers can be used for direct mailers, social media ads, email marketing, and your homepage. When customers call those various numbers, they’re directed to the same place: your sales team. However, since they used different numbers you’ll be able to see which verticals and sources generated what type of business.

Go Next Level with Multi-Channel Insight

As you zoom out your view from the micro to the macro, phone call analytics tie together your broader marketing strategy with multi-channel insight. Understanding the customer journey from start to finish, online to offline, is key to improving your marketing as a whole. Without phone call tracking, you lose sight of your customer’s journey from time to time. How is that possible?

Well, some customers might initiate a search online and find one of your search ads. Clicking that link, they’re directed to your site and click through the pages doing some research. If they put off the purchasing decision for a few days though, you lose them in the mish-mash. That same customer could be reminded of your brand through social media days later and find your phone number through a Facebook page. When that customer calls from that posted number, their journey to contact has traversed a variety of channels.

Phone call tracking allows you to stay on top of their travels by gaining insight to each individual data point so you know what brought each customer in. Down the road you’ll be able to use that information to better harmonize all of your marketing efforts.

Review, Optimize, Repeat

Finally, use phone call recording to analyze the speed and quality of the service or support your customers receive when they call in. You’ll be able to look through those analytics to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. You can then put that information into action by refining each marketing channel for improved performance in the future.

Phone calls provide an essential link between online and offline actions of your consumer. Integrate phone call analytics into your marketing data and you’ll be able to build a bridge from the online world to the offline world. Get started today

 

Why a Seamless Transition from Offline to Online Marketing Is Important

January 3, 2018 | Jason Kay

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 | Jason Kay

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.

 

The phone hasn’t died, it’s the missing link in personalization

December 15, 2017 | Jason Kay

The most popular trend at the moment in marketing is personalization. This tactic enhances the customer experience by delivering relevant content when it is most desired by consumers. It can also help close the gaps that exist in your marketing scheme. For digital marketers in the 21st century, the biggest problem many face is connecting the dots between offline interactions and online conversions.

Arguably the biggest channel overlooked by businesses in various industries is the telephone. Whether landline or mobile, businesses have overlooked calls from customers in favor of online purchases, lead forms, and other solely digital interactions. However, ignoring the phone can result in lackluster personalization that actually hampers your digital marketing efforts. Rather than continuing to ignore the phone, learn to embrace it as a part of your personalization efforts for target consumers.

Consumers are Still Calling

It’s hard to imagine why businesses have abandoned the telephone in modern marketing. BIA/Kelsey reported by 2019 consumers would place 162 billion calls to business from smartphones. Mobile advertising has taken off, and the vast majority of consumers are now interacting with brands through a mobile device. While smartphones are often first thought of as Internet-enabled devices, they are still at their core devices used to make a direct connection. Think with Google states that “70% of mobile searchers have used click to call to connect with a business directly from the search engine results page.

Closing the Offline-Online Gap

Click-to-call technology is the key to helping businesses close the gap between the offline behaviors of customers and their online conversions. Forrester reports, “ads that prompt customers to initiate a phone call see higher engagement“, making calls more valuable than clicks. An individual that places a call or uses the click-to-call feature is in the mood to purchase, and “those who initiate an inbound call spend an average of 28% more.” Phone calls help connect that online or offline behavior with an action. Miles of distance or pages of web content can’t keep your sales team separated from a customers that opts to call with questions, to set an appointment, or complete a purchase.

Enhance Personalization with Data

Phone calls are critical to modern digital marketing because, like other online behavior, phone calls deliver a treasure trove of data. Marketers rely on analytics to make data-driven decisions to current marketing campaigns and to learn how to optimize future rollouts. Phone calls deliver a variety of useful analytics that can help you target your customers better in the future. Examples include:

  • Geographic data: Where are the majority of your calls originating from? Are these consumers delivering higher conversion rates?
  • Timing of calls: Is there a particular time of day that your ads generate more calls compared to other blocks of time?
  • Duration of calls: How much time do you really need on the phone to convert customers?
  • Conversion data: Which channel, campaign and/or ad drove the consumer to call?
  • Customer journey: At which stage of the journey did the consumer call?
  • Caller History: How many times have they called you before and was it a good call?
  • Capitalize with Expert Call Tracking Software

The phone is far from a dead medium. Businesses ranging from insurance firms to travel agents, hospitality companies, and even retail rely on phone calls to drive conversions and generate revenue. Our call tracking capabilities can help you analyze the data in each call so you better understand how your ads are resonating with consumers, what is making them pick up the phone to call, and how you can tweak your campaigns to continue driving more calls in the future. This might be the digital age, but the telephone still has a vital role to play in marketing. Discover how the missing link can help your business by contacting us today or creating your free account here!