On Friday, May 25, 2018, a new law governing the collection and protection of personal data went into effect in the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) created a uniform set of laws regulating the protection of personal data by companies doing business in the EU. It replaced the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive with enhanced requirements on those companies that collect personal data and stiffer penalties for those companies that fail to comply.
Every organization has a sales funnel. From startup to IPO, you have a way of selling to potential and current customers. Are you hitting all your goals? Is your budget generating the right number of leads? The process for converting a lead into a customer is a mystery to most organizations. As we mentioned before, we took years in developing our strategy to accurately reflect how people think. We love the brain and people and decision-making. Modeling our process from the research done by scholars James O. Prochaska and Carlo Di Clemente, we designed not only a process for how prospects buy but an analysis to evaluate your current marketing tactics, guide you in creating the right content, resource your sales team and create a unique process that best suits your needs.
Answering the question, “what stage are your prospects in?” will radically change how you sell and market.
What’s the last item you purchased? Go to your Amazon orders and look. For me, it was a pair of gym socks. Who says you need to start back in the gym at the beginning of the new year? Better now than never. Maybe you ordered a business book, kitchen supplies or whatever you didn’t want to leave your house for. Regardless of the product, we all made conscience decisions along the way. Now, what about for your business? Think about the last service you paid for. Did you just invest in Zendesk, upgrade your Slack account or hire an agency to redesign your website? Same thing. You went through a process before making that purchase.
FitzMartin has been working with Occupational Health Dynamics (OHD) since 2015. A leader in the occ health industry, OHD provides law, fire, industrial and occ health industries with fit testing devices. OHD had a large database of contacts that no one was actively following up on, generated from trade shows, referrals and marketing over the years. As we got OHD up and running in HubSpot, we didn’t want to upload the entire database without knowing if these contacts were still valid, or in simpler terms, marketing to a dead list. So our challenge was to find a way to validate and confirm the list.