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If you're hoping for sporting goods businesses to magically appear on your doorstep, you could be in for a long wait. You have to take the initiative in identifying high value sporting goods businesses.
Attributes of Good Sales Leads
Not sure what to look for in a great lead list vendor? We recommend: accuracy, updating and speed.
Best of breed list providers like Experian Business Services have created large sporting goods business databases to give their clients the most up-to-date leads in the industry.
When choosing a sporting goods business list vendor, conversion ability counts. The more accurate and targeted your lead list is, the higher your conversion rate will be. However, you'll also want to consider how long it takes the vendor to fulfill list requests. In today's business climate, even small delays can bring sales and marketing processes to a standstill.
Mailing List Return on Investment
Think lead lists are cost-prohibitive? Think again! Although there is an added expense associated with lead lists, the overhead cost of maintaining an in-house lead generation program exceeds the amount of cash you'll spend to acquire a reliable list. If you factor in the cost of maintaining constantly updated sporting goods business contacts, it's not difficult to see why lead lists are an attractive alternative to internal processes.
Collaborative Uses for Mailing Lists
If you limit the use of sporting goods business lead lists to direct mail and cold calling, you're limited your lead lists' effectiveness. A quality lead list can serve as a collaborative resource for sales, marketing and other business divisions. For example, after you have acquired a lead list that has been differentiated geographically, your marketing division could test a handful of marketing concepts in each area. If the marketing division's efforts are coordinated with the sales division, you could then determine which marketing concepts have the highest conversion rates in each area before launching a full-scale, one-size-fits-all campaign.
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