Generate an Unlimited Amount of Leads for Your Business- Part 1

Posted by vernonsimpson on August 26, 2013

In the coming weeks I will be focussing on how you can generate far more leads for your business.

Where do your customers come from?

Most people would probably choose advertising as an answer. Or referrals. Or direct mail campaigns. This may seem true, but it’s not really accurate.

Your customers come from leads that have been turned into sales. Each customer goes through a two-step process before they arrive with their wallets open. They have been converted from a member of a target market, to a lead, then to a customer.

So, would it not stand to reason, then, that when you advertise or send any marketing material out to your target market that you’re not really trying to generate customers? That instead, you’re trying to generate leads?

When you look at your marketing campaign from this perspective, the idea of generating leads as compared to customers seems a lot less daunting. The pressure of closing sales is no longer placed on advertisements or brochures.

From this perspective, the general purpose of your advertising and marketing efforts is then to generate leads from qualified customers. Seems easy enough, doesn’t it?

Where Are Your Leads Coming From?

If I asked you to tell me the top three ways you generate new sales leads, what would you say?

• Advertising?

• Word of mouth?

• Networking?

• …don’t know?

The first step towards increasing your leads understands how many leads you currently get on a regular basis, as well as where they come from. Otherwise, how will you know when you’re getting more phone calls or walk-in customers?

If you don’t know where your leads come from, start today.  Start asking every customer that comes through your door, “how didyou hear about us?” or “what brought you in today?” Ask every customer that calls where they found your telephone number, or email address. Then, record the information for at least an entire week.

Next week we will cover how we turn leads into customers and the importance of the conversion rates and qualified leads.

Vernon Simpson, Nydes Business Coach

Coaching Business Owners and Executives to their next level of Excellence


How to Profit from Direct Mail Part 3

Posted by vernonsimpson on July 29, 2013

Last week we covered the first two steps of your direct mail campaign; how to determine your target audience, and how to communicate to your target list and make them an offer that will entice them to act immediately.

This week we will cover the last three steps of your campaign:

  • Developing a compelling direct mail piece
  • Pick your timing
  • Follow up

Develop a compelling direct mail piece

You are in control of how your format your message. Are you sending a letter? A brochure and a letter? A postcard? The format of your direct mail piece needs to be tailored to your target list, and reflect your product or service. A younger audience may respond to a postcard, but an older audience may appreciate a formalised letter. Ensure that whatever format you choose, the piece is professionally designed, prominently includes your logo and company branding, and is professionally produced.

This piece of paper has to act as an ambassador of your company – you absolutely need it to appear impressive and professional.

Pick your timing

Some products and purchase decisions are best made at certain times of the year, or the month. If your business or service is seasonal, then there are good times and bad times to try to generate leads. Consider the best purchase windows for the people in your target marketing. When do they get paid? When do they have the money to spend on your product/service? When do they spend the most money?

Anticipate these windows, and time your direct mail campaign accordingly. If you run a lawn sprinkler installation system and summer is your peak season, run a direct mail campaign mid-way through spring, and at the beginning of summer.

Some common time windows include:

• Holiday season (November – December)

• Fridays (paydays)

• The 15th and 30th of every months (also paydays)

• Seasons (spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)

• Financial cycles (year-end, tax time)

• Sports seasons (cricket, hockey, football, rugby, etc.)

 Follow up

Comprehensive follow up to a direct mail campaign means two things:

1. Following up on your letter with a phone call or second letter

Often it takes more than a letter to get a potential customer to take action. This can be a result of the accuracy of your mailing list, your offer, the time of the year, or the quality of the marketing material (brochure). If you are certain that your mailing list is accurate and up to date, follow up the piece with a phone call, or sends another letter.

2. Recording, measuring and analysing your results.

It is essential that you evaluate each direct mail campaign based on your time and financial investment and your rate of response. How else will you be able to tell if it was a successful or effective strategy?

For each campaign, record and analyse the following information:

• Number of letters sent

• Number or responses as a percentage

• Number of sales directly resulting from the campaign

• Number of enquiries

• Total value of sales directly resulting from the campaign

Based on this information, determine if the campaign was successful (did it make you money?) or not. Consider making some changes to your list, your offer, or the piece itself, and try again.

If you want some help in putting together a great direct mail marketing strategy  and running a good  campaign  visit: or make an appointment with me  on :

Until the next time.

Vernon Simpson, Nydes Business Coach

Coaching Business Owners and Executives to their next level of Excellence



Profiting from Direct Mail Part 2

Posted by vernonsimpson on July 22, 2013

Last week I explained that direct mailing is a very versatile marketing strategy  that can help you achieve a number of business objectives from lead generation to customer retention. And to get the most out of this strategy you need to get the pin point accuracy of your mailing list right.

Now that you have a laser-sharp mailing list, you will want to do everything you can to target your message to the recipients on your list.

An effective direct mail piece:

Has a clear structure. The piece is clearly a letter – there is an engaging headline, clear message, point form list of benefits, and postscript.

Features an irresistible offer. The purchase opportunity is too good for the target audience to refuse. It includes an element of scarcity and urgency.

Focuses on customer benefits. The customer clearly understands “what’s in it for me?” The product or service is clearly positioned as something of value and a solution to a need, problem, or desire.

Is personal and conversational. The letter is personally addressed, and reads as though it was composed specifically for the recipient. It is written in conversational tone, with 100 short sentences and limited description.

Is short. The letter communicates what it needs to, and closes. It does not go on for pages in length. The messages are clear, succinct, and simple.

Is urgent. The piece gives the reader the need to act immediately.

There is a time limit or a quantity limit to the offer that requires an urgent response.

Includes a Postscript. The offer or urgency is repeated after the signature at the bottom of the letter. Like a headline, everyone will read the P.S.

The Five-Step Direct Mail Campaign

1. Determine Your Target Audience

As  we discussed previously , you will want to ensure that you have the most accurate, targeted list possible for your direct mail campaign.

Be clear about the purpose for your direct mail campaign –this will help you decide if you want to send your letters to your entire target market, a segment of that market, existing customers, or potentially a referring business’s customers. Then you can determine how you craft your offer, how you structure your letter,  and when you choose to send it.

2. Choose what you want to say

What is the message you want to communicate to your target list? What can you offer them that will entice them to act immediately?

Create a specific offer for each direct mail campaign to ensure each time you communicate with your target list you have something new to say. Tailor this offer to each mailing list.

Decide what product or service benefits will be most compelling to your target audience, and include those benefits prominently in your letter.

Next week we will cover the last three steps for your effective direct mailing campaign.

Until the next time.

Vernon Simpson, Nydes Business Coach

Coaching Business Owners and Executives to their next level of Excellence.


How to Profit from Direct Mail

Posted by vernonsimpson on July 19, 2013

In the next coming weeks I will be talking about developing and running an effective direct mail campaign to boost turnover and profits. You see, if you really want to make dramatic improvements in sales you cannot simple rely on having great presence on line. You need to have a range of strategic marketing weapons to make the most of your target market. And direct mail is one of the most powerful marketing weapons you can have.

You are running a direct-mail campaign every time you mail an existing or potential customer a letter and ask them to respond or take action.

Direct mail is a marketing strategy that can help you achieve a number of business objectives. From lead generation to customer retention, direct mail campaigns are a highly versatile and relatively cost-effective choice for business promotion.

What you probably don’t realise is the direct mail is one of the most targeted marketing strategies you can implement, and one of the easiest to track, measure and analyse results.

It is also one of the most personal. Instead of an advertisement, flyer, newspaper insert or catalogue, you are sending each customer a personalised letter that is tailored to their unique needs and desires.

Getting the most out of your direct mail campaign is easy. With a laser-sharp mailing list and irresistible offer, your direct mail campaign can easily flood your business with qualified leads.

Let’s get started!

A List of Ideal Customers

Unless you spend time carefully crafting a mailing list of ideal customers, you may as well pack and up go home. The success of a direct mail campaign largely rests on the pinpoint accuracy of your mailing list.

The only people you want on your list are your potential “ideal customers.” The people who are most likely to buy from you – often and in large volumes – and who are a delight to deal with. They are the type of people who will account for 80% of your revenue, and just 20% of your total customer base.

You have a number of options when you are creating your mailing list:

Existing customer database. This is a list of all of the people who have previously purchased from you. It is important to gather their full contact information at the time of sale so you will be able to get contact them again.

Existing Leads database

This is a list of all of the leads that have come through your door, but have not purchased from you. This may include those who responded to your last direct mail campaign, but have not yet become customers.

Outsourced list. This is a list that has been purchased from a market research firm, the government, or the post office. These lists are pulled based on demographic information – age, sex, location, income, family structure, etc.

Putting the mailing list together

Once you have determined the source(s) for your mailing list, you will have to spend some time assembling it and preparing it for your mailing.

1. Make sure all contacts are up to date. Phone  old contacts to confirm their mailing address. An out-of-date list will cost you money in printing and postage.

2. Ensure all contacts are accurate to the list criteria. Take a read through your list to make sure there are no contacts that shouldn’t be on the list.

3. Use a database management program to manage your mailing. This will allow you to keep a master list, and create custom lists for each mailing. Remember to save the file name as something that describes the mailing so you can easily find it.

Next week we will talk about writing effective direct mail pieces, and the first two steps of the Five Step Direct Mail Campaign. In the meantime if you want some help in putting your campaign together visit:

Until the next time.


Vernon Simpson, Nydes Business Coach

Coaching Business Owners and Executives to their next level of Excellence

Introduction to On-line and Digital Marketing

Posted by vernonsimpson on June 25, 2013

Online marketing or digital marketing  is ever evolving and needs frequent maintenance to stay effective. When you have a good set of resources, like those provided in this material, it’s important to keep it handy and reuse the concepts and strategies to increase success and fine tune methods.

We will break down everything you need to know about on-line marketing and how it specifically applies to your small business. We’ll walk through how to get on-line, build your on line presence and use that presence to maximize your database and profits. We’ll work through digital marketing  strategies utilizing Facebook, SEO, PPC, Twitter, affiliates and more.

This program offers a wide variety of information for you to mix and match so you can put together the best small business marketing plan for your online debut. The section format is designed to help you work smoothly through different tools and concepts, but still utilize the information as individual pieces.

The six sections I work on are:

  • Section One: Intro to Small Business Marketing Online
  • Section Two: Building Your Online Presence
  • Section Three: Basic Online Marketing Tools
  • Section Four: The Next Level of Online Marketing
  • Section Five: Publicize & Advertise Your Online Presence
  • Section Six: Tips & Tricks for Ultimate Success

You can see how these sections help you find the information you want in a quick reference style. This allows you to have a well-rounded approach to your online marketing experience.

I offer much more than your everyday approach to online marketing. We customize it to helping small business owners, like you, transition from offline only marketing to a joint marketing venture including online marketing avenues as well.

Next week we will start to take a deeper look at each section. We will break down the components offered about what on-line marketing is all about. I the meant time have a look at the guided tour on this website

Vernon Simpson, Nydes Business Coach

Coaching Business owners and Executives to their next level of Excellence