Who Says Telemarketing Can’t Drive Leads Further Down the Sales Funnel?
One of the things that experts don’t like about outbound marketing is that it’s not as sustainable as inbound marketing. The longer the campaign, the more expensive it gets. ROI is difficult to track. Then there are the numerous blocking techniques, from spam filters to TiVo to DNC lists. And to add insult to injury, inbound marketers harp about how inbound leads usually go much further through the sales funnel than most outbound leads.
Well, it’s hard to argue with them. But it’s not like their argument is hermetically-sealed. For one, it doesn’t always mean that outbound leads can’t go further down the sales funnel. In fact, outbound marketing is as important as inbound marketing.
They can, and here’s where good old lead nurturing plays a crucial role.
The Head Start
You have to remember that the telemarketer is the most proactive marketing tool in a business. On the micro level, there’s no other person in an organization that has the same level of correspondence with prospective clients. On the macro level, there’s no other form of marketing where you can instantly interact with a prospect and take note of their needs or address their concerns.
Here are the other advantages of telemarketing:
- Direct contact with clients
- Reaching large audiences
- Pulling in high value leads
- Ability to segment audiences
- Instant feedback
These are substantial advantages. In basketball, it’s like leading by 15 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. In swimming, it’s a half-body lead with one turn to go. It’s like being up four strokes in the back nine in golf. These are not insurmountable leads, but they sure ease the pressure, make you feel comfortable.
But since you’re in marketing, you cannot really feel comfortable for a long time or allow yourself to be complacent, no matter the advantages. Remember, when you’re doing outbound, you have a chip on your shoulder. You always have to outperform yourself.