Creating an Effective Top-of-the-Funnel Lead Magnet

If you want to generate a steady stream of top-of-the-funnel sales leads, you need a dependable, relevant, compelling, worth-sharing-my-contact-info-for lead magnet.

Not simply an offer that gets people to “buy now,” but a strategic content marketing device designed to pull potential customers into an engaging lead nurturing process—so they’ll remember you, know you, “buy when they’re ready,” and keep coming back.

It’s easy to see why an effective lead magnet is the direct response marketer’s best friend. But it’s something that takes considerable effort to create, get up-and-running, and optimized for winning campaign performance. The good news is a well crafted and finely tuned lead magnet can help you meet (and why not exceed?) your top- and bottom-line business goals.

In this first of a series of three posts about top-of-the-funnel lead magnets, we’ll explore the DNA of a great piece of content: what it’s made of, what it needs to come to life, and how it takes shape. Let’s start at its not-so-humble beginnings.Read more


7 Ways Your B2B Marketing Offers Can Break Through to the C-Suite

For many B2B marketers, the “Holy Grail of Marketing” is found in the C-Suite, that often-elusive place where doors are opened, decisions are made, and checks are written. It’s a place that’s hard to penetrate, with its proverbial gatekeepers and harried, over-marketed-to executives—and breaking through with an offer they can’t refuse is a feat worthy of crying, “Eureka!”

Clichés and metaphors aside, successfully reaching and eliciting response from a C-Suite audience is no simple task. Even with a solid contact list and compelling offer, how can you be sure they’ll take notice? How do you know they’ll take action on it (even if that means passing it along to someone else)? And are they even listening? They’re already bombarded with marketing messages, especially if they spendRead more


How Direct Response Marketing Can Keep Up With Customers’ Liquid Expectations

Customers compare their experiences with your brand to their experiences with Amazon, Disney, and Starbucks, even if you sell insurance, building supplies, or printing services. And you better believe these interactions are shaping their perceptions of your company—and they’re raising the bar for your direct response marketing efforts, too.

It’s Time to Widen Your Competitive Lens
Who’s setting the bar? Not your direct competitors. In fact, your competitors aren’t often who you think they are. Your competitors are also the brands that your customers engage with on a daily basis. That’s right, these include McDonald’s, Google, PetSmart, and Nike; the brands who pour billions of dollars into marketing research, product development, and advertising. And in the process, they’re redefining the customer experience and driving new consumer demands.

Accenture Interactive’s Fjord agency coined the term “liquid expectations” to describe when customer experiences seep over from one industry to an entirely different industry. For example, a customer might compare their easy-breezy coffee shop mobile ordering and checkout experience with their not-quite-as-simple online life insurance quoting and application process. They’re going to find the insurance company experience lacking. They’re going to feel dissatisfied, on some level, and think, “That should have been a whole lot easier!”

While this is clearly an apples-to-oranges comparison, it signals to insurance companies a need to prioritize the customer experience—an experience that’s getting easier everywhere else. It’s an opportunity to rise to consumers’ digital demands and improve the buyer journey, taking cues from how leading consumer brands are delighting their customers.Read more


Measuring the Success of an Omnichannel Direct Response Marketing Campaign

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Today’s multi-channel—and omnichannel—direct response marketing campaigns pack some serious punch. Reaching customers from every angle and providing multiple ways to reply, respond and convert, they also strive to deliver a seamless experience across every touch point. That’s a whole lot of moving parts!

If this sounds like the beginning of a “How will I measure this?” nightmare, pinch yourself gently and read on…we’ll break this down for you.Read more


When is it Time to Hire a Direct Response Marketing Agency?

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It’s easy for us to say (we’re just a little biased!), but hiring a direct response marketing agency might be the smartest thing you can do for your internal marketing team, customers, marketing budget and, most importantly, sales growth.

Direct response marketing campaigns are the workhorses of your growth strategy—and you depend on their performance to take your business to the next level.

But how do you know it’s the right time to partner with an agency?
See if a couple of these hit home:

  • The phrase “omnichannel marketing” scares the bajeebers out of your marketing team…and you’ve been unable to effectively expand campaigns to the digital channel, including social media.
  • You spent several weeks (and several thousand dollars) on a direct mail campaign…and response rates were dismal, or worse yet weren’t even able to be tracked and measured.
  • That absolutely fabulous, no-chance-for-failure offer you came up with? It didn’t drive ANY action.
  • You have inconsistent results across campaigns because you’re not testing to find out what works—and what doesn’t work

We’re marketers ourselves—and we come face-to-face with these challenges every day. So take it from us: there are times, like these, when the agency perspective really matters:Read more