This Lead Generation campaign perfectly showcases how the proper TA defining and messaging can attract leads from market leaders and convert companies from Fortune 500 into your hot leads. That’s when we have the limits of 100 max connection invites per week on LinkedIn, and mass outreach isn’t an option.
You can see how establishing connections with the right prospects using specific segmentation and personalization delivers desired results in a much more efficient way than most of the market campaigns out there.
Paragon is the US facility management company, or as they call themselves – handymen for warehouses. They strive to be faster than average when it comes to facility management than others who work in facility management.
They understand that the companies they work for rely on their equipment and the safety of the place itself. Clients need everything to work correctly to have their sales going on. So we have to do our job fast and efficiently for their clients’ most significant benefit. More about them you can learn from their website.
For this campaign, Paragon wanted to attract new potential clients, huge companies with a network of warehouses across the US (10K+ headcount), and companies growing fast. It’s quite a challenge for many to attract prominent players on the market. Especially when these players are from the classic industries (Consumer Goods, Logistics and Supply Chain) where established connections and referrals still solve a lot. Our client wanted to expand his client base with companies from Fortune500, and for this, he needed the help of experts.
A classic approach to lead generation would be to connect with as many people as possible and hope that some will convert. But with LinkedIn limits, it’s not an option. Besides, this approach brings reputational risk. We had a limited market which we don’t want to burn through but rather establish long-term relationships. So we needed to act and take a new approach.
Our solution was to focus on quality outreach vs. quantity. And we were sure that it was going to work. Wondering why we were so confident? First of all, as data-based marketers, we did research and found that 90% of top decision-makers don’t respond to cold outreach.
On the other hand, our client already had some work experience with some companies, so it was a no-brainer to start leveraging it.
Our manual approach to prospecting helped a lot in this case. We went beyond LinkedIn filters (titles, headcount, location, etc.), created tiny segments, and hyper-personalized our messages to match the needs of our TA. Still, it’s easier said than done, so let’s check the elements of this campaign below.
Using the filters and keywords that identify the target audience, we were able to find thousands of prospects on LinkedIn that matched the client’s description of a perfect lead.
In addition to segmenting our TA by titles, industries, companies’ size, we also filtered out those who, in the opinion of our experienced lead generation managers, had the slightest chance of accepting us as friends. We paid attention to profiles that do not show activity on LinkedIn, which most likely do not connect with people outside their network. This would not be possible if it were not for our manual approach to selecting leads and their qualifications.
This has helped us maximize our chances of conversion, which is very important given how few “shots” we have now with the current limits.
So we had the segmented and carefully filtered TA. One more thing to do – to polish the client’s LinkedIn profile to perfection, make it All-Star. We wanted to make it look credible and trustworthy for the people who would check the client’s profile before accepting the invite to connect. We were also working on filling it in with the valuable content that would help create a leader type of persona from our client. It will help to establish authority, showcase expertise, and simply build the brand. Considering that we were targeting such a high-end audience, it was critical to building ground for our successful communication with those prospects.
And it was worth the efforts.
Before the campaign was running, the client’s profile had around 12-24 profile views per week. After interacting with the prospects from the optimized profile, we’ve got 70 visits per week. It is approximately a 290% increase (mind that not a single $ was spent on Ads, and there was no heavy focus on content that could boost the number of views. Most of these visitors are part of our client’s ICP).
And thanks to the content that we were preparing for our client’s profile and interaction with prospects’ newsfeed, the client’s LinkedIn Social Selling Index (SSI) rank was raised to 62. It’s 3x times higher than the average for the industry and 1.5x more elevated than the network (Fortune500 network for a second) average. It means that we managed to build the client’s brand and increased his chances for successful sales on LinkedIn.
Once we kicked off the campaign and had a chance to analyze the market, we realized that our target audience is quite busy. So we hypothesized that a straightforward approach would be the best to save prospects’ time.
To prove this hypothesis, we run the A/B test with our message script. We’ve created two versions of the messaging:
These scripts were personalized for a separate target audience (specific pain points, solutions, etc.). So we could let people know that we know what exactly they need.
We’ve got more replies and interested leads with the straightforward script, so we continued with this approach. Even more, one of the leads shot us the offer straight in LinkedIn’s inbox. How cool is that?
Still, there was a challenge we had to overcome. You see, when you meet a person in a coffee shop, let’s say, and you know that you want to work with them in the future, you don’t come over saying, “Hi, buy my service.” You start conversations, asking, “Hi, how are you.” In case you do say – “Buy from me” right away – please, stop:)
So we knew that we wanted to talk business at the beginning of the conversations, but we didn’t want to sound weird, “salesy,” and spammy. No one likes that.
That’s why we worked on combining a straightforward approach with valuable conversations to build a rapport.
Since we started the campaign, we’ve seen an increase in numbers week by week.
The conversations we were starting engaged the prospects right from the first messages, which means what we were saying and how we were saying was exciting and appealing for our TA.
You can see how many responses we’ve received to each message at the start of this campaign :
We see that prospects were engaged in conversations on all the script levels, responding to our questions and sharing information with us. And when they talk – they buy.
We also managed to talk to the prospects from large companies and even made them the majority of our audience. It’s not easy to cut through the noise when it comes to the people from such corporations. We’re sure you know that. They receive more messages, more emails, just more of everything. It’s their habit to ignore, delete, close without reading or checking what they received.
Our approach that combines automation and personalization brought these types of leads to our client AND made them the most engaged and interested audience means that the process was correct.
We started exploring different marketing options at some point, and we didn’t know exactly where to go. It was a difficult task to attract new clients as we were aiming for large companies as our clients. So we decided that maybe we can do the lead generation to get these clients.
We looked at three or four other marketing agencies, and they all had some sort of automation. But we wanted to work with someone who would still have the human element when it comes to the human interaction on LinkedIn and reaching out to leads.
We also wanted someone with a clear plan. Others didn’t research the industry, trends, and available options, so we couldn’t have a deep conversation with them. You did.
The only thing that made me doubt was the fact that your service was more expensive than others. However, we had already interviewed the other people and seen the quality of their work and the quality you can provide. So I knew that what you were offering was better than what I’ve seen before from others. All options had the automation in place, but you cared enough to look at the industry and present the specific goals for our lead generation campaign. It was definitely a big plus.
Most of the other services offer automation, but you also help build an industry leader persona for your client.
That definitely takes away a barrier of entry when we start sending messages to people on LinkedIn. Because being that industry leader type of persona, it’s how we can make sure that prospects know that we perform an excellent job. I also like that you’re always open to my suggestions and that there are different people with different roles involved when we have the meetings. Everyone’s pitching in their ideas, and we construct a master idea in the end.
I think I feel like I have a team that I can count on. Whenever I talk to you over the meeting, you are almost an extension of my business. I appreciate your approach and think that you all really care about the campaign’s progress as if we were the same company.
Right now, our approach works. But I’m fully confident that when the marketplace changes or the industry takes a turn, you are open to changing our approach to accommodate the market conditions. It’s a huge plus. That’s why I feel comfortable working with you and going further with this campaign.
Yes, definitely. For three main reasons. First of all – the team. I’m thrilled with everyone on the team and the way everyone provides their expertise. And honestly, for our success, I feel like I shouldn’t need any other reason [laughing]. Because when people care, listen to the feedback, do research, and just provide a result – that’s all that matters. The fact that you are willing to go above and beyond means that we can adjust to whatever comes in the future. And it’s essential.
Yes. To me, we must keep and nourish the relationship. With your approach and how you work, our campaign can be even more successful in the years to come.
This campaign is an excellent example of how combining high-quality content with the proper TA defining and message approach can bring high-ticket connections from the most significant world companies like Fortune 500 and generate 19 leads within the 1st month of the campaign.
For the 1st month of the campaign, we achieved a 52% reply rate, connecting the client with 100 qualified prospects (yes, 100 prospects from Fortune 500 companies within the very first month!).
Our prospects are credible professionals who receive dozens of invites daily – this rate is a huge success.
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