Why Getting New Leads Is The Most Important Part Of Marketing

What area of your business are you putting all of your focus on? If you said “getting more new customers”, then you are half-way there. A better answer would be “getting more new leads to put into my marketing process”. There’s a strong difference between the two, but we’re going to focus on getting prospects and leads into the marketing process.

The hardest part about marketing is that it’s tough to get a lead. To get about at least 100 offline leads per month, you would have to run a full page ad in a magazine or run a display ad for a long time. Accompany this by the fact that you’re probably not a master copywriter, and you could have a problem on your hands.

If you have the money, I would say invest about $10,000 to hire a master copywriter to write your ads and direct mail pieces. These copywriters are skilled in the area of understanding your niche, what it is that your prospects are looking for- and then creating a pitch that seems like the ultimate solution to their problem.

But if you don’t want to hire a copywriter, you can do it yourself. The first place to start is with a swipe file. A “swipe file” is simply a collection of winning ads and sales letters that you can look over whenever you need copywriting ideas. If I were you, I would start here and hand write all of the sales letters in your swipe file.

This will give you a good indication of what the copywriter was thinking, and their impressions will more than likely be your impressions, and you can use this frame of mind when developing your ads and sales letters.

Once you’ve written your first ad and direct mail sales letter, it’s time to put them into action. Run it in your newspaper, yellow pages, internet, or even a magazine to see how well the marketing piece is doing for you. Don’t promote yourself or your services – stay focused on the main issue that your prospects are facing in their lives right now.

Once you’ve discovered what it is that your prospects are desperate for, culminate your efforts into leading them to a phone number to call or a website where they can enter their contact details.

You want to run your ad all over the place (especially if it’s working) so that you can get a large pool of prospects and customers. You should be excited about this, because a large pool of prospects are the group of people who will spend money with you when they’re ready to make a purchasing decision.

You see a constant stream of new prospects will keep your business alive and thriving – and I’m sure this is what you’re looking for. Nothing happens until you get a lead – so remember that. If you want to see your business thrive and is alive and kicking, generate a lead first, and then follow up on them for more information.

Good luck with making your lead generation efforts work for you.

Different Types of Direct Marketing Lists

Direct marketing delivers your marketing message directly to a group consumers or businesses on a personalized level (such as a telephone call or via a personal email message). It’s a form of marketing that provides the recipient with a direct call to action. The following are the three main types of direct marketing.

Mailing Lists
Direct mail is one of the most common forms of direct marketing and an essential part of an integrated marketing campaign. Companies promote their products and services with a provocative mailer. Direct mail campaigns provide your prospects with a tangible piece of mail to read at their leisure. Direct mail campaigns are extremely effective and when they are personalized and customized to a specific target audience can have great response rates.

Telemarketing Lists
Telemarketing is the process of calling prospects on the phone to promote your products or services. This can be done using your own sales staff or by subcontracting out to a call center. Telemarketing is vital in creating brand recognition, building customer relationships, nurturing leads and of course, closing sales.

Even with its bad reputation, telemarketing still plays an important part of any direct marketing campaign. Telemarketing is personal and interactive, and capable of providing an immediate response. As effective as telemarketing is, you need to be sensitive to your prospects’ willingness to receiving unsolicited phone calls.

Telemarketing campaigns work best when the telemarketing lists are highly targeted, with accurate data that matches your current customer’s profiles.

Email Lists
Email marketing is an effective way of reaching out to new prospects or following up with existing customers. Email marketing is extremely versatile, and you can easily customize your marketing messages to various market segments, or for prospects in different stages of the sales funnel.

Email marketing can be used to nurture customer relationships, provide company and product information, drive website traffic and to promote direct sales. The emails can be as elaborate or as simple as needed.

Most people check their emails on a daily basis, making email a very effective marketing method for your business. However, email marketing should be used responsibly, and it is extremely important to have your customers’ consent before sending emails.

The most successful direct marketing campaign will use a mix of marketing methods. Repetition is very important in any type of marketing efforts. The more you can get yourself out in front of prospects, the greater the chance of being remembered. Try a direct mail campaign with a telemarketing follow-up or an email blast in conjunction with a direct mail campaign. A Multi-Channel campaign also allows your prospects multiple ways to communicate back to you.

Regardless of the method, the key aspect in any direct marketing campaign is the ability to target the marketing message to a specific audience. With properly defined target market, you can deliver your message directly to those who have a greater probability of purchasing from your business. This allows businesses of all sizes focus their marketing budget and resources where they’re most likely to get results.

It’s very important, before starting any direct marketing campaign, that you understand the different regulations governing each method of communication. The responsibility is yours to make sure you are compliant. Legitimate list brokers and managers should be able to confirm that the lists they are providing comply to the various rules and regulations. If you are uncertain, do not hesitate to ask.

Viral Marketing Millionaires

“Free Word of Mouth” – The four words that everyone loves to hear uttered and see written. Four words that say, “There’s always room for more” and “let me share this with you, you matter to me!” Four words that have caused “Facebook” to now boast 350,000,000 users, and causes Microsoft to invest $240,000,000.00 into “Facebook” and cause “Facebook’s” value to be set at $15 billion! Four words that caused Twitter to be a household word in 9 months!

Can you say to the people you know, “it’s free; fun and can make you money”? Someone said similar words to you about “Facebook”; MySpace and Twitter. Will you tell everyone that you come into contact with, that something is free, fun, can save them money and make money for them and for you too?

Ok! For the sake of illustration, let’s say, you were the 1,000th person that joined “Facebook” and that “Facebook” was putting $1.00 into a daily pool for each of the 350,000,000 daily users; and that because you are the 1,000th person of 350,000,000 users; you will get.0042% of the $1.00 that is paid to the 349,999,000 that signed up for “Facebook” after you. So, let’s see $1.00 x 349,999,000 user = $349,999,000 x.0042 = $1,469,995.80 that you would receive per month if “Facebook” made a daily pool of money to be paid back to the user. By, “word of mouth”. Well “Facebook” does not!!!

Listen up, there are two Companies that are just staring out; both are “free” to join; fun; is moved by “word of mouth” and allow the users to be eligible to earn a percentage of the daily revenue generated by the Companies.