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4 Cold Calling Mistakes That Will Waste Your Sales Leads

Purchasing a list of targeted sales leads is a great way to identify potential customers for your business, but what is the next step after you have already purchased that list? If your list includes verified phone numbers, a common response is to have your sales representatives begin cold calling that list. Cold calling can be a very effective way to utilize your sales leads. However, the practice of cold calling is often bogged down by outdated techniques that, more often than not, turn off prospects rather than engaging their interest. If you want your sales leads to live up to their full potential, make sure your sales staff doesn’t commit any of these cold calling faux pas.

Relevancy: The Key to Lead Generation Marketing Success

In the direct mail marketing world, we have a common saying: “Junk mail is just mail delivered to the wrong person.” Now I know it sounds a little gimmicky, but there is actually truth in this saying, not just for direct mail but for all types of lead generation marketing. Junk mail ceases to be “junk” when the recipient actually needs or wants what that mail piece offers. At that point, it transitions into something useful, even welcome, especially if it solves a problem. The term “junk mail” refers, not to all promotional mailings, but to promotional mailings that were not relevant to the recipient.

Trick or Treat: Tips for the Halloween Marketing Season

Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes that ghoulish holiday where jack-o-lanterns gleam from porches and people disguise themselves in elaborate costumes for one night. That’s right, Halloween is almost here, and if your business hasn’t at least considered adding a Halloween marketing campaign to your agenda, then you’re missing out! Halloween is expected to drive over $7 billion in retail sales in 2012, so make sure you capitalize on this holiday before it’s too late!

6 B2B Marketing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

B2B marketing can be a tricky proposition; while it comes with its unique challenges, it can also bring in huge rewards if done correctly. Part of this process is learning from your mistakes. Luckily, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Check out these 6 B2B marketing mistakes and how to avoid them for your next campaign!

5-Step Guide to Writing an Effective Call-to-Action

So you’ve decided to embark on a direct marketing campaign? You’ve already got your marketing list, developed a great offer, and designed an eye-catching creative – but wait! You still need one thing: A strong, convincing call-to-action! Having an effective call-to-action is crucial in any direct marketing campaign, because prospective customers need a little guidance when it comes to taking action. Luckily, it’s not rocket science; follow these 5 steps and you’ll be writing effective calls-to-action like a pro in no time!

Targeted Marketing: Why Exclusion Is a Good Thing

Here at US Data Corporation, we are big fans of targeted marketing; it’s the only practical way to plan a marketing campaign, especially in today’s economy. No business can afford to target everyone, and let’s be honest: The less you target, the less relevant your marketing becomes to the people who see it. This is why we strongly recommend that every business spend some time defining their target market before embarking on a marketing campaign: It will both save you money, and render your marketing more effective. However, many businesses shy away from targeted marketing, because they don’t want to “exclude anyone”. While this mindset may seem to make sense on the surface, it can actually hold your marketing efforts back in a substantial way. Here’s why.

5 Strategies for Planning Your Next Direct Marketing Campaign

Effective and memorable direct marketing campaigns do not simply materialize based on luck; they require lots of hard work, planning, and strategizing. Don’t jump into your next direct marketing campaign with blinders on. Follow these 5 strategies to ensure your next campaign’s success!

Response Lists Vs. Compiled Lists: Which Is Right For Your Business?

The world of mailing lists can be a complicated one, especially as a first-time list buyer, and it can be difficult to know which kind of list is right for your business. In an effort to demystify the process, let’s break down a couple of data buzzwords you’ll often hear: response lists and compiled lists. Understanding these types of data and their uses could be your first step towards marketing success.

Targeted Marketing: Focus on Less to Sell More

Many businesses are initially wary of targeted marketing. This is because the idea of marketing to less people in order sell more sounds counterintuitive. Trust us – it’s not. Here’s why your business cannot afford to overlook targeted marketing.

Sales Leads: A Lifeline for your Business

With our recent economic crisis at hand, it is no secret that many American businesses have been struggling to stay afloat...