15 Keys to Search Engine Marketing and SEO Success (Part 2)
6. They'd consider paying your agency's fee in order to get access to your service.
7. The advertiser prefers to outsource search engine marketing services rather than handle it internally.
8. They have internal resources that can add pixels to pages, share analytics data, implement SEO recommendations and other odd jobs that may become necessary.
9. They are continuing an existing campaign rather than starting from scratch.
10. They have an agency now doing the work (proof of existing campaign and preference for outsourcing) but are dissatisfied and anxious (conveniently) to change right away.
11. They are in a vertical which has more KW inventory than their current budget (in other words, room to grow).
12. They're interested in spending money to gain greater share of voice.
13. Would be willing to scale their campaign.
14. Likes you and your agency's approach to servicing search marketing.
15. Are willing to change their current agency's responsibilities - if that agency is currently doing all their other work, they are willing to carve out some portion for you.
An advertiser that fits the above criteria would be a highly qualified prospect. Like any sale that requires finding very qualified prospects, the seller needs to be prepared to do a lot of prospecting for a long period of time. Most of the best prospects you find will not pass all 15 points, especially the part about being ready to change immediately. All of these obstacles can be extremely discouraging, and can make anyone wonder "Why should I bother?" Well, the sale that comes from search engine marketing is fantastic if you like a challenging, consultative, well-paying sale. It's a sale that requires a high level of understanding of search marketing, necessarily high enough to impress the customer.
Since this sale has a direct impact on the revenue of the advertiser's business, there is a lot riding on the outcome and so the sale usually involves meeting with company leaders - often the owner/s or the Head of Marketing. The career of a search marketing professional involves developing relationships with top marketing and management people at some of the biggest brands and B2B marketers - not a bad circle to keep company with!
About the Author:
Steve Bookbinder is Co-founder and CEO of Digital Media Training, a training partner to some of the most successful sales organizations around the world. DMT delivers training which treats sales as a competitive sport and changes behavior needed to help sellers consistently win. DMT is a leader in M-learning training reinforcement with a proven track record of improving sales through training. Steve has delivered more than 500 keynote speeches at national sales meetings, conducted more than 3,000 training workshops and trained, coached and managed more than 35,000 sellers and managers from leading companies around the world for more than 20 years.
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Molly DePasquale is the Manager of Operations and Sales Training Strategist for DMTraining. She manages the day-to-day business and training operations while helping research and develop new training programs as well as refreshing signature programs to reflect the newest sales trends, technology, and best practices. Molly utilizes her wide-range of skills to create sales and marketing assets focused on delivering value to DMT’s clients. Molly has a passion for learning and leveraging new knowledge and experiences. Outside of DMTraining, Molly is a hard core Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoys staying active by running and golfing, and unwinds by reading and playing the piano.