As we progressed down the first 3 steps of this journey of demand generation, we discussed the importance of striking the right balance for your specific business development needs, managing data and systems and ultimately creation of compelling content. In other words there is no prescription for demand generation. It is about processes, systems and execution. Sound's a lot like manufacturing, doesn't it? Being and electrical engineer myself, this concept appeals to me. No one should be telling you that a new website and inbound program is all you need. On the flip side, outbound calling or outbound marketing efforts may not be the only solution. Careful evaluation of your historical efforts, balanced with how the market is changing and how people look for you, is the mindset you should take, especially as you evaluate your next steps. It is highly recommended to solicit input from colleagues and professionals in the industry to help you understand what strategies and tactics are available.Read More
By now, hopefully, we've all stopped writing "2015" on everything. The new year is going strong, winter's finally arrived, and we're probably all working hard to use what we learned last year. Here's what I learned - tools can make or break you in the B2B space. Tools, you say? Building a dog house? No - I'm talking about apps, programs, software, websites, and so on. After making this list at the end of 2015, I've successfully narrowed down my tool suite and am saving time and energy that I can devote to our clients.Read More
We're engineers. So, at Acadia, we love that our client base is mostly manufacturing, engineering, industrial and technical companies. For 17 years now, our primary reason for existence is and has been to generate new business leads and opportunities for those manufacturing, engineering, industrial and technical clients. Along the way, we've learned a thing or two.Read More
In our recent blogs, we’ve been working our way around the 9 steps of the Revenue Performance Management cycle. Well, here we are, at the end of the journey, steps 8 and 9: REPEAT and SCALE. Seems logical, doesn’t it? If it works, repeat it and scale it up!
Actually, you aren’t done. In order to REPEAT a success, you have to first understand and document it!
Start by speaking to your staff and clients, and regularly! Find out what is contributing to your successes, and what isn’t. Ditch whatever isn’t – don’t repeat unsuccessful tactics or strategies.Read More
Hopefully, you saw my last post on the importance of CAPTURING details about your sales prospects, i.e., contacts. So far, so good – we have a snapshot of your interactions with each contact from day one. We have CAPTURED basic contact information – but we aren’t done yet! Now comes the complicated part – keep TRACKING these interactions! It's also the fun part, as we paint a picture of a potential opportunity!Read More
Previous blogs in this series delved into identifying your persona (ideal contacts who may potentially buy from you) and using the right content (information that is important to that persona) to find them. Now that we have successfully FOUND leads (or they’ve found us) we need to CAPTURE all related interactions as they occur. This is a valuable step in Revenue Performance Management!
What do we mean by “interactions?” In our previous blog, we used the cases of Engineer Ernie (looking for technical information) and Buyer Barney (looking to save money) as your potential customers. Your content, including your blog and white paper, attracted Ernie and impressed Barney. As they interacted with your website by downloading or requesting information, they left their name, title, email address and company name. You now know who they are, how/when they came to you, and what content they looked at. Because you CAPTURED their trail of activities, you know where they are in their buying cycle and you can follow up with them with the right information!Read More