12 Feb 13 B2B Lead Generation Strategies For Increased Sales
B2B refers to business to business. Constant lead generation is crucial for your business. Without new sales leads, your ability to close sales will soon become limited and this could place your entire business at risk.
The key, however, is to select the strategies best suited to your business then refine and test them over a meaningful period of time to see what return on investment you can achieve. Be careful not to expect immediate results, some of these strategies take 3-6 months before they really start to deliver new leads.
With that in mind, here are 13 B2B lead generation tactics you should employ.
1. Identify which channels your B2B personas are using
It’s extremely important to identify the social media channels that your buyers are using. What’s the point of being extremely active on Youtube if your target buyer is mainly on LinkedIn and vice versa. You must be able to understand your buyer. This way you can target them in the right place.What's the point of being extremely active on YouTube if your target buyer is mainly on LinkedIn and vice versa. You must be able to understand your buyer. This way you can target them in the right place. Click To Tweet
Charleson Group’s Tips on Identifying your buyer persona;
- Give your personas a name
- Establish their Job Title/Career
- Establish their Priorities, Goals, and Values
- Establish your Marketing Message & Pitch
2. Be consistent
Being consistent when it comes to lead generation and nurturing is one of the most important strategies. Once you’re consistent with your content, you are sure to keep your audience hooked on your brand and your message. This will in turn lead to conversions, as you’re providing regular, quality content that keeps the customer informed and entertained. Think about it, it’s hard to be forgotten when you’re constantly popping up on your customer’s social media feeds.
Charleson Group’s Tips on consistency;
- Determine how often you want to post on social media
- Use a content calendar
- Schedule your posts in advance
- Decide on what you are going to be posting
3. Use call to action words in your messaging
Entice your audience by having them take action on the content you post. This will enable you to create more leads and keep your audience interested in your brand. Here are a few tips you can employ to achieve this;
- Use a strong command verb to start your CTA
- Use words that provoke emotion or enthusiasm
- Give your audience a reason why they should take the desired action
- Take Advantage of FOMO
- Don’t be afraid to get a little creative
4. Treat each social platform differently
Different social media channels have different tones of voice, content, audience expectations, etc. It would not be wise to post the same kind of content across different social media channels. Audiences have different expectations on different channels. For example, a user on LinkedIn would be looking for professional content while a user on Tiktok is looking for fun and entertaining content.
Charleson Group Tip; Understand your persona’s needs and then curate your content to fit their needs based on the social media channel.
5. Build engagement with content
Social media users love content. Without content, social media would not be as useful a marketing tool as it is today. You need to post quality and relevant content consistently on your social media for you to generate leads. Once you ensure your business is posting out engaging content, you can sit back and relax, and watch your leads increase exponentially. Don’t forget that your content needs to engage your audience. Charleson Group’s Tips on building engaging content;
- Be original
- Produce actionable content
- Publish accurate information
- Tell a story
- Make your audience think
- Use visuals
- Master your headlines
- Hook readers with your intro
6. Customer Referrals / Social Proof
This in itself is a form of advertising strategy that’s especially effective in building trust with new customers of all ages, it is important because it gives another angle on your products outside of just your word you now have people that have bought or experienced your services telling people why you are the best.
According to statistics customers who are referred to your brand are 5 times more likely to use your referral program than customers who weren’t.
Charleson’s tip build your referral network by looking for win win situations. You should look for ways that you too can help the other person as this will catalyze their commitment to referring you to others in their network . Find something that they would in turn get from this for instance you giving them a shout out and increasing their exposure within your circle or maybe having a loyalty programme in place. Be as good a giver as you are a receiver and you will see your leads grow.
7. Adopt Cross Selling And Upselling Tactics
Cross-selling refers to targeting existing customers to sell them an additional product or service. Upselling on the other hand refers to providing customers with a more expensive or upgraded version of existing products. This strategy is important in B2B in that;
- Balances growth between new and already existing customers
- It helps improve your business’s Return On Investment (ROI)
- Builds a long term value relationship
- Broadens the options customers have on services or products
- Gives you a fresh way to sell old stock and in turn, increase your revenue and conversion rates
8. Go after your competitors, unhappy customers, and keywords
This can be achieved through two major ways: For starters, go after your competitor’s unhappy customers, second, you can borrow a page from your competitors when it comes to running campaigns by doing research on which keywords they optimize and in turn use these to drive more sales-ready traffic to your site.
Charleson Tip; use tools such as SEMrush to find popular keywords in your niche.
9. Generate Backlinks From Interesting Infographics
We’ve talked about backlinks before but today we are focusing on one particular backlink source that works when it comes to leads, Infographics . They can be demanding in terms of the workload that goes into the research but when it comes to designing catchy ones tools like Canva have made it so easy that you can do it yourself without having to bring a designer on board.
Our Charleson Group Tip, however, would be to create infographics for heavy-hitting content specifically more so numbers related to popular searches people are likely to be making, this is because a big part of B2B buyers invest in research before making a deal or purchase and you want to establish yourself as the go-to for such information. These will be shared across your niche and generate traffic as well as leads in the long run.
10. Optimize Your Web Landing Pages
A landing page is a web page on your website that visitors land on first when they click on your site.
The best way to make your landing pages effective in leads generation is through a call to action. For example, if you subscribe to the Charleson newsletter you will receive all our insider educational blogs and news straight to your inbox.
11. Become A Thought Leader In Your Niche
Get recognized as that individual or business who specializes in a particular niche, with expertise and authority in that field. We can think of a number of strategies you can adopt;
- Hosting webinars
- Write an eBook
- Interview decision-makers in your niche
- Guest blogging on other websites
- Speaking at and attending events in your niche
- Setting up groups in your niche on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
12. Adopt Visual B2B Generation
If you aren’t using videos in your lead generation campaigns, you are missing out. Here are a few reasons why you should be:
- Videos can reach a lead generation percentage of up to 66%
- Mobile video consumption rises by 100 % every year (Invisia)
- 72 % of customers would rather learn about a product or service by way of video (Hubspot)
- Video is the perfect way to repurpose B2B content. What this simply means is you don’t have to rack your brain for a separate video content ideas calendar, you can simply turn some of your existing content eg blog posts into short engaging videos.
Video marketing can take many forms like;
- Live streams eg on Facebook, Instagram
- Customer testimonials
13. Website and keyword SEO
Working towards getting your website at the top of the Google search engine is one of the most effective strategies in building your B2B sales. This is because it helps drive traffic to your website and increases your inbound sales leads. How do you get your Website to rank high? Well, we have already covered most of the tips including content marketing, quality backlinks, and content. Not forgetting all of the juicy points we have shared throughout this article.
Let us know which of these tips you will be adopting as well as sharing some of the tactics that have worked for you when it comes to your business to business sales leads.
We surely do hope these tips will help you generate more leads in your B2B marketing strategy. Contact Charleson Group – the leading digital marketing agency in Kenya for any form of digital marketing services or expert advice, and we shall be happy to help.