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What should be your Bidding Strategy for lead generation?

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For a business, it is very important to generate leads and nurture them in an orderly fashion. There are multiple ways to nurture a lead. But to do that you first need to acquire the lead. So how do you generate more leads for your database? To get more leads, search engine marketing is the best way to bring the visitor on the site and ask them to fill in the form so that their contact details enters your database.

Each campaign you run on Google AdWords for search engine marketing, your marketing team will be required to create multiple campaigns and multiple ad sets where you might have 1000+ keywords. Now the big question is how do you make sure that your bidding strategy for each keyword works.

So now you must be wondering which bidding strategy to be used while running campaigns? Well, we all have been there. Depending on which networks your campaign is targeting, and whether you want to focus on getting clicks, impressions, or conversions, you can determine which strategy is best for you.

Each bid strategy is suited for different kinds of campaigns and advertising goals. For the purposes of bidding, you’ll need to consider three basic types of goals.

If you are looking for more traffic on your site, cost per click might be the best strategy.

If you want to increase brand awareness—not drive traffic to your site—focusing on impressions may be your strategy.

If you want customers to take a direct action on your site, and you’re using conversion tracking, then it may be best to focus on conversions. Cost-per-acquisition (CPA) will work nicely for your campaigns.

Well now on each campaign you may have multiple ad sets and each ad set will multiple keywords in it. How do you manage all without losing the users? Well, Google AdWords dynamic auction let you do that.

How does it work?

Dynamic or real-time bidding takes many factors into consideration when adjusting bids. Not only that, those bidding decisions are made uniquely for each auction that you enter from Google. It’s highly specific bids, made efficiently and at scale.

Keyword-wise bidding is one of the most used ways to optimize your bid, but even with that, you can’t set precise bids for the many different queries that can match to a single keyword. To get those users on your site. This especially helps advertisers to get those users where partial of their search queries matches with your keywords.

Beyond that, keyword-wise bidding for your exact match keywords can’t account for the wide array of user contexts connected with a search. Only auction-time bidding has the level of precision required to set a bid matched to a user’s actual search query and context.

How does Google’s automated bid adjustment work?

Automated bids adjust your bid at the moment of the auction for each impression based on all the factors in play. So instead of a few basic adjustments, google gives more power to advertisers by giving more control on their campaigns.

All things can be factored in at the moment of an impression so you get a bid that makes sense for you and your business goals. With Google’s automatic bidding, every time you enter the action this process runs.

So it is always better to use the automatic bidding tactics when you are running search engine marketing campaigns for lead generation or any objective you have.

How Marketing Can Reduce The Sales Cycle

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Many of the times it feels like it takes forever to close new business deals? You’re running strong campaigns, generating plenty of leads, seeing a flurry of sales activity.

But even though your sales reps are consistently following up, prospects just aren’t ready to buy. Your sales cycle used to be 1 month, but now it’s 2, or even 3 months. And the longer it gets, the harder it is to hit your goals.

Often, people don’t really know how long their sales cycle is — only describing it as “long” or “too long”. The problem is, you can’t improve what you can’t measure. A manual way to find this out is to take the last 20 or so deals and calculate the average sales cycle by determining the length of time between first contact by your sales team and close of the sale.

As a CMO, how can you solve this problem? Do your sales reps need some more training on their closing techniques?

But it would be a mistake to just assume the problem is their closing skills. Even the best closers can face lengthening sales cycles.

Well, we are in a world of Marketing and if you take a step back and try to see what’s causing this, you might realize that there are multiple ways where your company can improve their efforts.

  1. Quality of the leads that enter your sales process. Are they truly qualified?
  2. How well your leads are educated? Do your sales reps have educate them?
  3. How are you personalizing the leads experience?

That’s where the marketing automation comes into the picture.

The marketing automation cannot just help reduce the sales cycle but can make your sales team look like a superhero.

Marketing can give quality and relevant leads to sales team.

Marketing can help ensure that the leads only get to the sales team when they’re qualified and ready to buy. If you prioritize the leads who have already identified the problem and are educated about the solutions, they are looking for will help your sales team to close the deal fast. That will result in lesser time spent in the converting the lead into business. But again, to ensure shorter sales cycle you need to implement the scoring model which works for you. At Digiby, we help companies to put marketing automation in their business and bring the quality leads ahead for the sales team to close.

Marketing can educate prospects well before the sales reps pitches in

Marketing can trigger the automatic messages to your prospects in an orderly fashion so that your sales team doesn’t have to put so many efforts just to educate the leads you have. Presenting your solutions to a prospect who believe that they don’t have any problem or thinks that if they identified the problem and thinks that it is not significant so that need the solution yet; can be a sales suicide.

To shorten the sales cycle, you must bring clarity to your prospects. If they have a problem, let’s make sure they understand it, and if they don’t, let’s move on to someone who does.

The art of educating the prospects can help them identify the problem and the solution to deal with the problem. Automating the marketing can help you send behavior based content to your prospects which helps your sales reps to spend less time educating the prospect about the product and can lead to shorter sales cycle.

Marketing can personalize the prospects experience

The first thing you need to understand that there’s no single size which can fit everyone. You need to customize and personalize their experience. Create the segments of your leads depending on their requirements, behavior, location, interest, language or even the time of the message etc. and let the communication be in a fashion which personalizes their experience. Your busy sales rep cannot manually do it for every prospect so you need your marketing to take charge of this and automate the process so that the sales don’t have to do that till the time for them to close the deal comes.

The power of marketing in digital space can drastically reduce the sales cycle and speed up the cash flow in the bank. That’s a win-win scenario for you as well as your customers.