News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Christopher Hosford / BtoB / September 16, 2013
Marketers are well along in their adoption of lead-generation practices, according to a new study by BtoB. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they are at least moderate participants in some form of lead generation, while 47% are “very” or “fully” involved.
However, the study, “2013 Lead Generation: Optimum Techniques for Managing Lead Generation Campaigns,” also found that not all lead-gen practices are working as smoothly as they could be. Fifty-five percent of b2b marketers responding said the effectiveness of their lead-gen efforts was just average. And the means
Craig Webb / REMODELING / September 13, 2013
Much has changed in the past five years, Sam Imhof says. His seven imperatives can help assure you’ll be around for another five.
Sam Imhof’s quarter-century of experience in the remodeling business is leading him to one major conclusion about what it will take for contractors to achieve future success: Make life easier for clients.
That view is driven largely by seven major changes that Imhof has seen in the business since 2008, the consultant told officials from Louisiana-Pacific (LP) and contractors last month at a Remodeling Segment Summit hosted by LP. And those changes,
Sandra Zoratti / BtoB / September 6, 2013
Excellence in marketing is continually being reshaped and redefined. New approaches, seismic changes and extreme levels of transparency are just a few of the factors creating an ever-changing landscape for marketing. What is possible and what is required is continually evolving.
In my recent post, I talked about the need for Agility, Authenticity and Passion, along with the “four C’s” which describe the pillars of great marketing today. Let’s take a look at some examples of great marketers and great companies who are putting these pillars into practice.
Scott Gruher / Sales Benchmark Index / September 3, 2013
The goal of prospecting – gain access to a high quality potential buyer
A lot has changed in sales over the past 50 years. One thing hasn’t. Referrals continue to be the highest quality leads. However, most sales organizations are awful at generating referrals. I will explain why.
3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Enough Quality Referrals
- Accountability – your team can ask for them. The customer will tell you he’s done it, but you never know for sure.
- Not Effective – no process exists. When sales people have to invent their own method each time, they ignore it.
Dave Evans / ClickZ / August 28, 2013
As a universal motivator and measure of success, an increase in sales with all other things remaining equal is hard to beat. And if there is a basic model that describes the fundamental challenge facing marketers in building sales, it’s the purchase funnel. From awareness to consideration to purchase, nearly any customer journey can be mapped onto this classic model.
Start with awareness – the “entry” to the purchase funnel – and the methods for driving awareness. Advertising is certainly key, as are visibility (think “location, location, location”),Read More