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The Credo vetting process


Results

A company can be polished and professional and still not deliver great results, so we specifically ask each network applicant about their clients and results they have driven.

We ask every applicant for:

  • Two projects for each marketing channel they offer
  • Description of the work they did and results they achieved
  • Client contact information so Credo can contact the client and ask for a recommendation
  • Analytics or other corroborating evidence of work done well

Professionalism

Quality of work delivered is extremely important to us and extremely important to you.

Our professional vetting involves the following:

  • Review of two deliverables sent to clients
  • Review of applicant's website to see professional design, clarity of writing and thinking, and more
  • Review of other profiles, such as LinkedIn and social media

Culture

Every network applicant must also pass our culture screening to make sure they're aligned with our standards.

This involves a 30 minute call covering:

  • Their professionalism on the phone
  • Promptness to the call
  • Clarity of thinking and speech in delivery
  • How their agency delivers work

Lead Generation Digital Marketing Companies

All Lead Generation Digital Marketing Companies on Credo have passed our initial three step and 28-point vetting process before joining, and are continuously vetted via client feedback. When you speak with the Lead Generation Digital Marketing Companies in our network, you can trust they're the best we can find.

If you need more leads, then you’ve come to the right place. The average company needing more leads that signs with a Credo agency achieves an average of 80% more organic traffic in a year. Combined with great paid acquisition, the sky is limit. Contact us for help connecting with the right lead generation companies for your business.

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How to hire Lead Generation companies


Hire agency with channel experience

Find agencies who have experience with the channel and your type of business

Prioritize agencies who have experience with the channel or channels you need help with. If you have multiple needs, we recommend prioritizing a full service firm who can do all channels as opposed to hiring individual agencies or contractors for each channel. This will reduce the number of providers you have to contact as well as the management overhead once they are hired.

Note - at Credo we match you with providers from our network who both fit your marketing channel needs and have experience with your type of business (SaaS, Ecommerce, etc). Where possible, we also match you with providers who have experience in your industry.


Agency discovery calls

Conduct discovery calls with all and strategy calls with a few

We recommend speaking with multiple agencies to verify that they have the experience you require and that you like speaking with them. Culture fit between you and your agency is the unspoken factor we find that determines if an engagement will be successful. We then recommend that you conduct longer strategy sessions (about an hour) with 2-4 agencies to dive deeper on your needs with their team.

Note - Credo schedules the initial discovery calls for you with agencies from our network.


Agency project proposals

Receive proposals and negotiate

Once you’ve gone deeper with 2-4 agencies, ask for proposals that you can review that include scope, timeline, cost, and terms. We recommend that you use our Agency Reviewer resource to make it easier. Some agencies may have a separate contract with terms and conditions, which is fine.

Once you receive proposals, you can negotiate back with agencies. The most common things to negotiate back on are scope and timeline. If ideal budget is above your ability to pay, see if you can reduce the scope to get the project within budget while understanding the tradeoffs.


Work with digital agency

Commit to one for a period of time

Finally, make a decision about who to work with and commit for a period of time that is long enough to know if you’re able to get results but not so long that it traps you into something that isn’t working. We recommend that you agree to at minimum a 3 month contract, and ideally a 6 month contract with a three month out.

Make sure healthy expectations are set and your agency fully understands your objectives. The best results are created when you have alignment with your agency around your business goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Credo cost?
Clients hiring through Credo pay us nothing. We are compensated by the pros within the network once they have passed our 28-point vetting process.
Who's in Credo's network?
Credo's network includes digital marketing agencies and consultants who are experts at what they do and who they do it for. We're digital marketing experts ourselves and started Credo in 2013 to help great businesses do a better job hiring and executing on marketing strategies. We've helped thousands of businesses since then, so let us put our expertise to work for you.
How does Credo determine who the right pro is for my project?
With seven years in business and over $125,000,000 in projects coming through our systems, we know how to make the right matches for your needs. We base matches off your marketing channel needs, your industry, your business model, your budget, and more. Every match is hand-selected by our team of experts.
What is the difference between Credo and Upwork?
Credo is a fundamentally different type of company. Instead of listing anyone in the world who wants to offer marketing services, Credo has a vetted network of pros who we work with closely to make sure they deliver industry-best results for their clients.
Do I still have to interview firms within Credo?
Yes. After we match you with two pros from our network, you schedule interview calls with them. We believe fundamentally that you should know and trust the person doing your work. Ultimately, the decision on who to hire is yours.
How is Credo involved after I sign a project?
No. Once you decide on the firm to hire, you sign contracts with them directly and pay them directly for their work. Credo is not involved, though we would appreciate honest reviews on your firm's Credo profile once you've worked with them for a while!
So, what does Credo cost?
Credo is free to clients looking to hire a marketing firm. We do offer a few paid consulting options about your marketing or hiring strategy which can be found here.
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If you are in the B2B space, you know the importance of having consistent leads come in.

At the end of the day, leads are the bread and butter of the business. We need customers and we need leads to survive.

Many B2B marketers spend a lot of time testing new channels and hoping things work. The truth is that lead generation requires a lot of testing, and you need to be creative when it comes to testing different campaigns.

Always double down on what works and move onto the next test quickly.

When it comes to lead generation, you want to also ensure that you maximize the cost for the best results.

Let’s say you send 1,000 visits to your landing page at a cost of $5 per visit. If your form converts at 1% you’ll get 10 leads at a cost per lead of $500. If, on the other hand, your form converted at 5%, you’d receive 50 leads for a much lower price point.

That’s one-third of the cost per leads without spending an extra dime.

Now it boils down to: what campaigns to run? In this article, we’ll cover different ideas that you can start testing right away!

What actually works when it comes to B2B lead generation?

There are a lot of options out there for B2B lead generation. Hubspot’s study of the best B2B lead sources, we’d conclude that SEO is the best lead generation channel, however that is just one channel.

Take a look at the graph below provided by Hubspot’s study of the different channels.

Here are some key takeaways from the study:

  • B2B companies are getting 14% of their leads from SEO but only allocating 12% of their budget to that source.
  • B2B companies are allocating 8% of their budget to PPC but only getting 6% of their leads from that source.
  • B2C companies are getting 15% of their leads from SEO but only allocating 13% of their budget to that source.

Another report provided by Chief Marketer’s data on the same question, we’d conclude that email marketing is the most effective channel for B2B lead generation. Regardless of which source you use, we can somewhat conclude that content is king and content is a huge B2B driver for lead generation.

Take a look at their graph below:

Email Marketing

Since email marketing appeared on most studies and reports, we’ll start with going over this one.

One of the biggest trends in email marketing at the moment, that has generated great results for many B2B businesses, is automated drip emails. This includes welcome emails, drip campaigns, free drip courses, weekly newsletter content updates, and personalized follow up emails.

The truth is that email marketing can be very complicated, but at the same time it could be easy to start off with.

You can literally start off with a simple opt-in for a weekly newsletter and welcome email, but it can get as advanced as automating everything with a more complex email marketing software like Autopilot.

To make it easy, marketing automation tools are effectively hybrid email marketing tools that connect with your CRM to enable you to automatically send highly targeted emails to leads that are personalized specifically to them. The goal of this is to eventually nurture the lead well enough that you can convert them into a paying customer of yours.

SEO

Is SEO dead for B2B? Nope, not even close!

It’s a long term strategy where you don’t see results right away, but investing time and effort in it will bring you results in the long run.

SEO goes hand in hand with content marketing which we will go over later in this article, but it’s always one of the first things that I get in place for every business that I start.

We have many guides on how you can maximize the SEO results that you can check out in our resource section.

Whether you’re trying to reach customers, businesses, or just trying to get strangers to read your articles, the same basic principles apply:

  • Discover what people are searching for by doing keyword research in your niche.
  • Write super in-depth content based on your findings.
  • Get shares and rank on Google

However, because of how marketing works in the B2B world, you can expect a few particularities in B2B SEO that you wouldn’t necessarily count on in other spaces.

The biggest difference between B2B SEO and B2C SEO is that with B2B SEO is aimed with a goal to convince companies to buy, whereas B2C is mainly to inform.

That means that a B2B company will need to have pages optimized for:

  • Answering “How To” type of questions.
  • Include topics like “how to scale marketing teams”
  • Answering a wide range of questions for managers (“email marketing best practices,” “best email marketing software,” “HubSpot vs ActiveCampaign,” etc.)

B2B buyers that are looking to buy right now aren’t likely to convert on their first visit, B2B SEO tends to be more about establishing the brand in the searcher’s memory than getting them to make a purchase.

That means B2B SEO isn’t just about making sure your website shows up when people search for your product category. It’s about giving the potential lead a reason to notice your company and either opt-in your email list or come back later for the sale.

Content Marketing

Moving on to the bread and butter of lead generation that goes hand to hand with SEO and Email Marketing.

This is content marketing and it’s super important when it comes to building your brand.

Effective B2B content marketing isn’t a matter of writing a simple 500-word blog post a few times a week or generating simple food guides. If that’s all content marketing is to you, you’re better off investing that time into some other marketing channel.

Unlike most marketing content, building an audience isn’t about selling your product or services. It’s about giving people something that they value.

B2B content marketing goes beyond just a blog post. This includes white papers, case studies, downloadable e-books, and many more.

If you are just starting off with content marketing, you can start with simple blog posts. Blog posts are an essential aspect of any content strategy. They drive awareness of your brand, give search engines more opportunities to display your site and they establish your business as competent and knowledgable. This connects back to SEO that we discussed above.

The key here is to have content upgrades in place such as in-depth white papers, drip courses, testimonials and more. Content upgrades can lead readers to any type of gated or premium content.

Another way to move people down your B2B content marketing funnel is by offering a free tool or widget. Interactive tools allow you to personalize the experience for your audience and differentiate your brand from the competition.

Your goal should be to capture the lead’s contact information and nurture them with endless high-quality content to convert them.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that B2B content marketing only gives a good ROI when your strategy focuses on:

  • Creating and giving away high quality content and not produce junk.
  • Producing content that is highly relevant to the problems your audience is facing and avoiding topics that provide no value.
  • Generating backlinks or having influencers in your industry share your content. You can try running ads on them.

Try to do more than just write guides or inform. If you look around, you’ll find that great content marketing goes beyond the company and the products it sells. It focuses on creating highly engaging that involves a lot of brand building and storytelling. Readers usually relate to stories and experiences, so having a good story strategy is a great approach.

Webinars

This is one of the most underused channels in B2B lead generation. B2B webinars allow companies an opportunity to target and educate a specific audience on the benefits and advantages of their services and offerings.

B2B webinars are effective, multi-purpose marketing tools that can deliver valued thought leadership content, generate quality leads and further engage prospects already in the sales cycle.

It’s a great way to boost more leads for the top of the funnel or use it as a way to nurture them down the funnel.

The goal of a webinar is to show all the benefits of your service, then push for the sale at the end of the webinar.

Webinars are especially appealing to new leads in the top of the funnel. The difficult part is just getting people to opt in for your webinar, but once they’re in, things can be a gold mine.

And even if they don’t ultimately attend your webinar, the information they provide when registering demonstrates the interest that enables you to nurture more relevant content and content in the long run.

With webinars you can expect the audience to ask specific questions about your company and products during the Q&A session, this is also a great time for a short live demo about your capability, which can be so much more powerful than a datasheet or simple ad.

Getting your ideal audience to opt-in could be difficult, but this could be done through paid ads and custom landing pages.

PPC (Paid Ads)

When it comes to B2B lead generation, we cannot miss out on paid ads. Paid acquisition works and it’ll always work in the long run. The only problem with paid ads is that you’re always pouring money into the ads to keep things going.

This is why you need to invest in paid ads while putting an effort in content marketing, SEO, social media, webinars etc.

Paid ads is a system that offers B2B companies the ability to capture leads fast and efficiently.

I mean think about it, people are already searching for your service and it’s appearing on top of Google without having to do SEO.

The beauty of it is, they’re looking for you instead of you standing around a trade-show booth for ten hours at a time asking people what their biggest business challenges are and hoping their needs match up with what you offer.

That’s what makes such a powerful form of inbound marketing. You can use it to convert users, capture leads into your webinar, give them a free ebook, the sky is the limit when it comes to paid ads.

But unlike all the other channels, paid ads can be very dangerous if you step into it without a strategy in place. You can go broke instantly.

I’ll share with you some of the best tips for generating leads using paid ads in B2B.

The first step in building your strategy is to segment your campaigns and understand your buyer persona. Segmenting your campaigns allows you to focus your efforts, resulting in better quality leads and increased conversion rates. This can be as simple as the following:

  • What are they searching for?
  • What features are they looking for?
  • Target Industries
  • Geographical Locations
  • Keywords that they are typing in.
  • What custom landing page would you need?

Keywords are the life blood of every paid search campaign, no matter the nature of the business. Identify the most focused and relevant keywords for your segmented campaigns.

Landing pages are an often-overlooked component of a successful B2B advertising campaign, but they are necessary for campaign conversion optimization.

The copy and offering within the landing page is super important and it must match what the buyer is searching for.

The type of landing page that converts the best for B2B with paid ads are webinars, free demos, free e-book/white papers and a few others.

At this point, your business has already paid for the click, so create your landing page with a specific objective in mind, and make that objective the sole focus of the page.

If this is too much grunt work, consider using an outsourced agency to help with this.

LinkedIn is the top social media platform for B2B marketers, so it’s a viable channel to pursue when it comes to paid ads.

Next up would be Google Adwords. Paid ad lead generation campaigns focus on a wide range of paid advertising platforms the most popular being Google AdWords and Bing. Most B2B marketers see most success on Linkedin ads and Google Adwords.

The general rule of thumb for Adwords conversion rate is 2.70%, and Display conversion is averaged at 0.89%. But the rates vary depending on your industry. It’s important to know your industry benchmarks. A good starting point is to ask the PPC vendor of their average conversion ratio across the board. This lets you evaluate your campaign results better.

Social Media

Ok, you might think that because you’re in the B2B space that you don’t need to be in social media. Social media is more than just Facebook and Twitter. Linkedin is considered social media as well.

Quantity over quality seems to be the trend when it comes to B2B social media lead generation. This makes it an ideal channel for top-of-the-funnel awareness. We’ve been seeing more and more Twitter lead generation ads on Twitter where you can opt-in to download a free e-book or white paper.

Drive more awareness for the top of the funnel through social media to start. More customer data can be gathered later in the campaign as leads are qualified with more product-specific offers. In the beginning, the email address-only approach guarantees a wider initial lead base.

A good example of a social media use case is Digital Marketer. Digital Marketer doesn’t sell on social media directly, however, it gives something valuable away for free.

Instead of selling anything, Digital Marketer simply hooks leads through their free guides and in-depth blog posts, which makes users feel they should return the favor during a later engagement.

Conclusion

These are just some of the channels that you can start using right now to run lead generation campaigns for your B2B business. The most important takeaway is to always know your buyer personas.

In B2B, your audience could be different people in different departments. Often, you don’t have an audience, but micro-audiences with varying interests and pain points. Nurture well and always follow up.

The rule of thumb is to get only the most basic customer data at the initial stage while building brand awareness, as you work the lead down the pipeline, ask for a little more data and start segmenting.

Regularly posting content improves your SEO, authority, brand awareness, industry stickiness, and, generally, your web presence. Don’t forget to add a good paid strategy to drive more leads to the top of the funnel.

Apply these time-tested techniques and share your results with us!

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