Channel and Consultant Manager, E.ON
“Air Marketing worked with our Solutions Team from August 2018 – August 2019. They acted as our outsourced telemarketing and demand generation team who nurtured prospects and pipelined opportunities to our sales channels.
Air were able to share their expertise and accommodate a number of specific requirements. There was a heavy focus on visibility of performance via their online portal and bespoke dashboards; which were critical for transparency which they were able to deliver.
It was beneficial that the people and culture aligned with our own which allowed our in house team and the Air team to work in harmony.
Engagement with training and an enthusiasm to do well helped the transition from working our campaigns and fulfilling our brief.”
E.ON had recognised that their average sales cycle was very long, typically 1-2 years for some of their highest revenue B2B products and services.
When working towards driving sales over the line, internally, they were finding this cycle challenging and time consuming to manage.
Aware that to improve their sales conversion rate they would need to nurture their prospects through the longer sales cycle, they looked for an external partner to help. They needed a partner who could provide guidance on creating a campaign which would generate opportunities and nurture prospects through the buyer journey to assist with their ongoing sales conversions. When partnering with an external marketing and sales provider, it was essential that the outsourced team were disciplined when following their brand guidelines and recognisable tone of voice.
Their success so far has always been a result of their ability to build a strong brand image that is green, innovative and interconnected across a range of service solutions, therefore, it was key that they worked with a partner who understood this collaborative approach and could build upon this heritage.
A key driver which encouraged this company to work with marketing services was our experience of working collaboratively with sales services, a full cycle sales and acquisition partnership.
Holding strong emphasis on aligning their marketing and sales strategy, this company wanted to increase their opportunities and nurture those prospects who were coming into their sales funnel. As a result, marketing worked with sales to implement a two-prong approach.
Beginning a telemarketing campaign with Air Marketing, marketing ran a drip and nurture email campaign that would further warm the leads being called by sales. These emails were topical to the clean energy movement and addressed real pain-points, which Air had already uncovered as being relevant among the prospects being contacted.
In order to implement these campaigns, Air:
- Held in-depth discussions with the E.ON Solutions Team to establish exactly what areas of their business needed more opportunities fed into their funnel.
- Researched the current climate and gathered information on issues experienced amongst prospects who are with other providers, research supported by Air’s conversations.
- Familiarised themselves with their clients’ brand and utilised their internal hub so content creation was topical, and the HTML design was uniform to the brands universal image.
- Wrote the copy for multiple emails which were A/B tested to maximise the success of the overall campaign.
- Setup campaign automated triggers to further nurture prospects on their journey.
- Cleansed data by passing opened, clicked and bounced contacts to Air for further calling.
- Compiled detailed reporting of the outcomes of the email campaigns, so that prospects could be prioritise dependant on their engagement and learnings could be shared for replication in the future.
E.ON was so happy with the results from the aligned sales and marketing approach that they continued to use this strategy over 9 individual data sets. Air also worked with E.ON’s internal data outside of the initial campaign to help with further nurturing, which was then passed back internally to call on.
The collaborative approach from Air really helped to ensure the campaigns success. Each email sent was able to support the telemarketing campaign, with every ‘warm lead’ identified based on their engagement within the emails, the Group were able to prioritise the most qualified opportunities when calling to grow their clients’ business.
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