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Ethical Visitor Tracking

Make Sure You Have Ethical Visitor TrackingThere will always be buzz in the analytics community about whether or not visitor tracking is ethical. With Facebook’s latest Messenger company and online privacy issues hot on the minds of many internet users, the issue of what data a company should or shouldn’t have access to will likely remain a hot news item over time.

Regardless, is there anything wrong with companies using visitor tracking to meet their potential or current clients’ needs? When is visitor tracking ethical or unethical? How can businesses ensure their visitor tracking complies with the email programs, analytics programs and marketing automation software they’re using?

When Is Visitor Tracking Ethical?

Visitor tracking is all about logging information on individual website visitors for business intelligence use. Having this information on hand allows businesses to determine which action to take that might result in a conversion from the visitor. Whether this is logging IPs, collecting emails or initiating chat with a user, getting personal information about users can be beneficial for many businesses.

So when is this type of tracking ethical? When a user willingly gives a business information such as an email address, phone number, street address or any other personal data, they’re essentially giving their permission to contact them. Knowing who that user is by logging their IP and identifying further visits to determine which marketing methods might be best is permissible.

Here’s when it gets tricky – the sharing of information with other net properties or other businesses violates privacy all the way around, can be illegal and gives individual users due cause not to trust a business or engage with them further. It’s important for businesses to disclose that they take privacy seriously, and give users a 100% fair and complete expectation of what will be done with their data.

The Appropriate Disclosure

This Lead Liaison blog entry details how unethical visitor collection practices violate user privacy and could cause problems for businesses. To avoid issues, businesses should make sure they are engaging with software and visitor tracking solutions that are ethical at their core. Many marketing automation solutions have the tracking power available to provide business intelligence without violating ethics or spam or privacy laws.

At Lead Liaison, we take privacy and ethics very seriously. We work to make sure clients can get the intelligence they need without compromising user security or the trust of current or potential clients. To find out more about how our ethical visitor tracking solutions work, contact us for a consult today!

 

When Visitor Tracking Violates the Law

Where Visitor Tracking Violates the LawMake sure you understand where visitor tracking violates the law. Utter the term “sharing data” and most IT groups cringe.   Your legal team pulls out their cease and desist demands.  Your customers collectively scream “hell no”. Your company might be subjecting themselves to being involved in a lawsuit, such as what happened to Facebook in this lawsuit. The lawsuit stated Facebook violated Right of Publicity, Right of Privacy laws and consumer protection laws in California by sharing members’ personal information with others for commercial purposes.

Now ask your sale and marketing team if they like the concept of opening up your CRM and sharing your contacts with your competitors and anyone else.  Would you knowingly do this? Is your current provide sharing data for commercial reasons similar to Facebook and also in the state of California?

If you are using a number of “Visitor Tracking” aka Visitor Identification tools, you are likely doing exactly that!  Here is how it works:

Your company invests money in a technology that helps you create relationships with individual visitors to your website usually by putting a “cookie” on an individual’s device when they fill out a form on your site (as an example).   That allows you to know that “Customer: Sarah Smith” is on your site; and you can help her find the information that she cares about in less time, customize her experience, or as a way to trigger future discussions.   In short, Customer: Sarah Smith is happy to have this personalized experience with your company.

The problem arises when Competitor “X” decides to invest in the same Visitor tracking product.   The Visitor tracking provider will sell their ability to track more visitors than their competitors.   How do they do that?   Simple: they violate Right of Publicity and Right of Privacy laws.  When a prospect that you have identified goes to Competitor “X”’s site they are searching the customer’s computer for all cookies they added regardless of the source.   Thus, they are using your data to 1.) Help them sell their software to your competitors 2.) Help your competitors identify competitive opportunities against your company.

It gets worse.   Many of these visitor tracking companies are touting their ability to provide email addresses along with the names of the people identified.  Most won’t tell you if they secured this email because a visitor opted in via one of your forms, or if they “borrowed” the data from one of your competitors.   That makes it very difficult (and often illegal) for you to contact these people through automated email methods since they have never opted-in to receive email from you.  In fact, those that HAVE opted-in may become polluted.

How do you avoid hurting your company, and helping your competition?

  1. Make sure your Visitor Identification provider is not sharing data amongst its customers
  2. Make sure the source of all email triggered communications are segmented to only people that have opted-in to receive messages from your organization
  3. Demand that your provider indemnifies you against willful data breaches and “sharing” of data with any other companies
  4. Make sure your provider understands they could be violating Right of Publicity, Right of Privacy and consumer protection laws

The bottom line is that while it may be alluring at first to go with a company that shows you the most name/email addresses in their daily reports of site visitors, there are a number of other marketing techniques that can be employed to keep your company safe and within the guidelines of the law.

Lead Liaison Partners with CodeLaunch Event to Give Away Complimentary Visitor Tracking Package

Code Authority’s annual incubator event sets the stage for an array of unique startup business ideas.

Marketing automation company Lead Liaison, is pleased to announce its sponsorship with Frisco based tech company Code Authority Custom Software to sponsor this year’s CodeLaunch event. CodeLaunch is an annual Dallas-based ‘pitch’ competition that serves as the showpiece in an annual competition that allows select individuals to pitch their startup ideas to recognized area business leaders. The competition awards incubation resources such as investment and startup consultation to selected winners.

In addition to the grand prizes, Lead Liaison will offer six free months of complimentary visitor tracking to winners as part of a prize package totaling over $2100 in value. The addition of visitor tracking allows startup companies to focus on their target audience and potential companies with laser precision, identifying important website visitor characteristics such as business names, geographic location, IP, user behavior, people and other quantitative data that speaks to qualitative business decision making.

Jason W. Taylor, President of CodeLaunch and Code Authority spoke over the weekend on CodeLaunch and Lead Liaison’s sponsorship:

“Lead Liaison is exactly the kind of product that our CodeLaunch startups can benefit from. We are thrilled they are supporting CodeLaunch and the startup ecosystem.”

This year’s CodeLaunch Pitch Day will happen August 21st, 2014 at the NTEC Conference Center in Frisco, Texas. Code Authority will determine finalists and grand prize winners. Applications were accepted through May 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit CodeLaunch or follow @CodeAuthority. More information will be available on Lead Liaison’s corporate website at http://www.leadliaison.com.

About Lead Liaison:

Lead Liaison provides cloud-based marketing and sales automation solutions that help businesses worldwide attract, convert, and close leads. The company markets to small to mid-sized businesses and focuses on providing a user-friendly and innovative Revenue Generation Software® platform. Their software delivers powerful solutions that accelerate sales, improve efficiency and build stronger relationships with prospects, customers and partners through the use of automated processes.

About CodeLaunch:

CodeLaunch is an annual concept competition and pitch event for Embryonic Stage software technology startups produced by Code Authority Custom Software and a group of partners and sponsors interested in fostering entrepreneurism.

Press inquiries:

Amber Turrill
VP, Corporate Communications
corporate(at)leadliaison(dot)com
888.895.3237 (888 89 LEADS)

How to Keep Tabs on Your Leads

How to Keep Tabs on PeopleSo you’ve got your marketing automation software in place, but are you utilizing it to optimize lead scoring? Once a lead is qualified by marketing to hop into the sales ring, it is important for the marketing team to transfer all pertinent lead details to sales so that each lead’s score reflects their conversion readiness. Lead scoring is not all equal, and different actions by the lead call for different scores. Make use of social media marketing together with sales and marketing alignment to ensure your sales reps are as ready as can be. Learn how to keep tabs on your leads. 

Know Who’s Coming to Your Site

Identify your leads. Understand who the visitors to your site are by asking a few (not too many) questions when they take certain actions. Find a balance between requiring too much information and not enough—if you allow prospects to browse your online content and even download a white paper without filling in some identifying details, you’re letting the leads slip right out of your hands. On the other hand, prospects can tell when you’re being too nosey, asking for more information than necessary, sometimes even pushing them to click the “x” in the corner and close your page all together. There’s a balance in there somewhere, try implementing some A/B testing to find it.

To capitalize on multi-channel marketing and social media marketing, provide your lead the option for a social media login. It’s not only convenient for the user to simply click once without having to create a new password, but it also allows the opportunity to gather more information from the user via their social media profile and better tailor their experience with your brand. They’ve filled in their preferences and “likes” for the world to see on social media, why not use that information to better understand them?

Let your Leads Know you Appreciate Them

While you keep tabs on your leads make sure to offer special coupons, badges, and other rewards to your leads that take the next step or requested action in the conversion process. Giving them an incentive to provide more information (and potentially even share it with their own network) is an opportunity for your brand to reach new prospects without additional effort on your part. Freebies and other forms of recognition help to build trust and encourage more conversions. Ask your leads to share the love.

Maintain Sales and Marketing Alignment

Use lead scoring to bridge marketing and sales teams. Your marketing team can utilize all of this information—preferences from social media logins, incentives/badges leads have earned, how each visitor interacts with the site—to score each lead, input this information to the CRM, and provide a detailed summary of each lead’s buying readiness. Many features in marketing automation software make it easy to transition a lead from marketing to sales, and even drastically improve conversion because of the transfer of knowledge per lead and the ability to personalize each touchpoint.

Make the Most of Lead Scoring

Finally, be sure to use certain parameters when implementing your lead scoring system. When using the incentive method, let your leads know there’s a deadline or an expiration date on their “points.” Often, you’ll see this will push them to take an action sooner or make a decision about something they were previously on the fence about. Use your marketing automation software to help you keep track of lead scoring as well as the amount of time the lead has been in your system to avoid inflating the lead’s score. This will help authenticate each lead’s score and provide more accurate transferral of information.

Want More Out of Your Visitor Tracking Software?

Go Beyond Visitor Tracking

Visitor tracking is an amazing technology that exposes the 98% of website visitors that don’t submit a form. What most businesses don’t know is that they can get more from their visitor tracking software. Instead of tracking just pages viewed, Lead Liaison builds a complete digital profile of your prospects, partners and customers. Sales will have better intelligence/insight and marketing will have more ways to segment and target their audience. That’s not all – while we’re building a prospect’s digital DNA we provide key sales tools like a hot lead dashboard and help sales and marketing work better together through sophisticated nurturing. We’ll also automatically score and grade your prospects to help qualify leads. When your leads are hot, we’ll alert your sales team with text messages and/or email alerts. Want more out of your visitor tracking software?

We’ll cut to the chase and not write some fancy article here, instead, here’s a bullet list of additional value Lead Liaison can offer:

More Sales Intelligence by:

  • tracking all web form submissions (and build them in Lead Liaison with a visual designer)
  • tracking document downloads
  • tracking landing page visits (and build them in Lead Liaison with a visual designer)
  • tracking video watches/plays/conversions
  • tracking social media clicks
  • tracking email click-throughs and all engagement
  • tracking one-to-one emails sent by sales reps

More Sales Awareness by:

  • turning a traditional “flat” database into a prioritized database with a hot lead dashboard
  • qualifying all visitors based on their online activity
  • identifying ideal buyers by grading them
  • sending real-time alerts via text and/or email when key buy signals occur

More Marketing tools to Help you Grow by:

  • Nurturing customers, prospects and partners
  • Attracting more visitors to your site through social media and landing pages
  • Converting more prospects to identified people
  • Measuring return on marketing campaigns
  • Distributing leads using multiple methods (round robin, direct, by performance)
  • Creating surveys and rich looking email campaigns
  • Segmenting your database using any demographic or behavioral criteria

You’ve got to learn more!

Five Reasons why it is Necessary to Follow Leads with Website Visitor Tracking

Five Reasons why it is Necessary to Follow Leads with Website Visitor TrackingToday’s consumers are exceptionally fickle because they know they have an endless supply of online options. If they don’t find the answers they are searching for on one website, they will quickly jump to the next. In fact, most companies that don’t use website visitor tracking software will lose 95% of the visitors who have went on their site before they have the opportunity to really connect with them.

Website visitor tracking remedies this problem.

Modern businesses need to utilize a marketing automation strategy that includes website visitor tracking software to retain every potential lead. It is the fastest and most effective way to capture and convert more leads into customers.

Five reasons why it is necessary to follow leads with website visitor tracking

1. Captures Every Lead on Their Site

Website visitor tracking software automatically stores the IP address of every person who comes in contact with your website. It tells which link they followed to get to your site and which pages they landed on while they were on your site.

2. Determine Their Stage in the Buying Process

Marketing automation strategists are able to use website visitor tracking to monitor the online activity of each lead. This gives them powerful insight into where the lead is at in their buying process. Certain triggers, like visiting a company’s contact page can be strong indicators that a lead is approaching the end of their buying process.

3. Faster Responses to Interested Buyers

One great advantage to website visitor tracking is its ability to immediately notify the sales department if there is an interested buyer. If a potential lead’s characteristics and online behavior is similar to the profile of an existing client, the marketing automation software will immediately send a notification by text or email to the appropriate sales professional. This technology also makes it easier to quickly answer lead’s questions and concerns as they occur.

4. Analyze and Identify Behavioral Patterns

Behavioral patterns will become apparent as the website visitor tracking software evaluates more and more leads. It will be easier to identify buying triggers if you consistently follow and analyze the paths of recently converted leads.

5. Build a Comprehensive Lead Profile

Website visitor tracking makes it easier to develop a complete lead profile that covers all behavioral and demographic characteristics since it physical follows each lead throughout their buying process. This information will make it easier to connect and convert more leads.

Website visitor tracking software will capture every lead on a site, determine what stage they are at in their buying process, make it easier to quickly respond to interested buyers, identify behavioral patterns and help build a comprehensive lead profile. That is why it is so necessary to follow leads with website visitor tracking.

Why Should You Care about Real Time Visitor Tracking?

real time visitor trackingReal time visitor tracking on your website lets you know how people are using your site as it’s happening. This hasn’t always been the case with the web’s most accessible tracking tools. Back in the good old days of internet advertising – i.e., about four or five years ago – Google Analytics didn’t offer a real time tracking option.  If you wanted to see how visitors were using your site, you’d need to check in hours or even a full day after the traffic happened.

Analytics competitors like Woopra changed the way the game works. Google was faced with other companies out there doing robust tracking with real time visitor tracking, which necessitated some differences in the way their platform works. Over the years, Google’s interface has changed so that website hits are now reflected more accurately in real time – but is this really all the info you need?

Real Time Visitor Tracking Isn’t Enough

Because of Google’s TOS, you’re not going to be able to pull out IP addresses from Analytics. Rewiring your Analytics account via any kind of API changes to show you this information will only get you banned for life from Google. If you want to get a more specific idea of who’s visiting your site via real time visitor tracking, you’re going to need to rely on something other than Google Analytics.

Doing real time visitor tracking isn’t just about seeing what recurring IPs are flipping through your website. You can also:

Record user data. Watching how users are interacting with your website while it’s happening gives you a clear picture of what’s eye catching and what’s not. You can use heat maps to assess this data over the long-term, but there’s nothing like seeing how an individual user from a recognizable IP is viewing your data. Today’s marketing automation software typically includes real time visitor tracking resources that allow you to watch visitors using your website live.

Look for Patterns. Google doesn’t allow you to identify particular users, but most marketing automation software does. Once you know a user or group of users is coming from a certain IP/company, it’s worth it to consider marketing to those folks based specifically on how they’re interacting with your website. Real time visitor tracking allows you to do this kind of monitoring for patterns in user behavior.

Get a Holistic Perspective. Because Analytics doesn’t allow you to see individual users, a holistic perspective isn’t as possible. You should be able to figure out how individual users are responding to your website, your email marketing and all other forms of marketing – not just one marketing channel at a time.

Why Marketing Automation Works

When you’re able to drill down to a very specific level of detail with real time visitor tracking, you’re able to get a clearer picture of how your marketing efforts affect the end user. Lead Liaison has a set of marketing tools that will not only allow you to do real time visitor tracking, but will give you a full picture of how one marketing channel affects the other.

Visit Lead Liaison for more information on real time visitor tracking today!

Email Marketing and Website Traffic Information: The Big Picture

Email Marketing and Website Traffic InformationEmail marketing is an integral part of your overall marketing strategy, and the website traffic information you can glean from email reporting gives you an idea as to your email campaign’s effectiveness. However, when your email marketing platform doesn’t integrate with your other campaigns – like Adwords, Analytics, social media or your overall website visits – you may be missing data that can give you a better strategy.

Email Marketing and Website Traffic Information

A good email marketing campaign will undoubtedly bring some traffic to your website. If your current email marketing efforts don’t incorporate a linking strategy that sends visitors back to special pages on your website, it may be time to consider a change. Good linking practices can help you get your email reader even further down your sales funnel – and that’s the point of your email marketing in general.

Once you’re getting visitors back to your website via your email marketing campaigns – or if you’re getting visitors already – it’s time to take a look at how website traffic information from your email marketing efforts reflects on your overall marketing visits. Oh wait – you’re having a difficult time doing that with your current website traffic information tracking? Like many other businesses, you may not have an accurate idea of how your email marketing efforts, your Adwords or other PPC efforts or your general marketing strategy affect your campaigns on the whole.

Marketing Automation: A Holistic Perspective

The history of your email marketing may be unclear when you look at it through tools like Google Analytics. Folks who sign up for your email list may end up exploring certain areas of your website more than users who came through other methods. You may also find that the same specific email users are clicking on your email links again and again. When it comes to website traffic information, Google Analytics and other web tracking suites aren’t going to give you the kind of specific information about your visitors that you’ll get from marketing automation services. A good marketing automation dashboard will show you not just numbers – as in, xx amount of visitors have clicked over to your website from a certain email campaign – you’ll be able to see who these clicks are, assess their specific path through your website and more.

This isn’t just a fancy tool you’ll use to watch a certain visitor – its intelligence data, the kind that can change your email marketing strategy to give your users a better experience. Better experiences become greater sales and can even shorten your overall funnel or the efforts you put into doing your marketing.

When it comes to website traffic information, Lead Liaison’s suite of tools competes with other major marketing automation tools at only a portion of the price. Learn more by visiting leadliaison.com.

How to Grow Your Business Faster with Website Visitor Tracking

How to Grow Your Business Faster with Website Visitor TrackingThanks to the global reach of the internet, online competition is fierce. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, there are countless companies across the world trying to secure the same leads as you. Businesses today must take advantage of new technology, like website visitor tracking, to ensure they are not missing out on any potential opportunities.

Faster Lead Generation

Many industry leaders have already discovered how they can use website visitor tracking and marketing automation software to grow their businesses faster. It is a simple and effective method for automatically capturing every lead that comes in contact with your website. It is estimated that 95% of the visitors on your site will end up leaving your site unnoticed, if you don’t use some form of website visitor tracking software.

Lead Profiling and Scoring

Bringing in more leads will most likely help to grow your business faster, but these results will be significantly amplified if marketers and sales professionals have a better understanding of each leads’ wants and needs. Website visitor tracking monitors a lead’s online behavior and then analyzes their unique buying process. When this program is accompanied with online registries, it can also provide valuable insight into a lead’s demographic characteristics. This will create a comprehensive lead profile.

Marketers can compare each new lead’s profile with existing clientele to determine their likelihood of conversion. This is referred to as lead scoring or ranking. Leads that demonstrate a significant potential for conversion can be passed immediately on to the sales department while those who are still undecided can remain in the marketing automation engine for further lead nurturing.

Lead Nurturing and Conversion

The lead profile that is generated by website visitor tracking software should provide a clear picture of what the lead is interested in and the questions they have about their buying decision. This will make it easier to grow your business by creating helpful and personalized lead nurturing content designed to answer every lead’s questions and concerns.

Generate, Profile, Score, Nurture, & Convert

Website visitor tracking allows you to grow your business faster by ensuring that no lead is missed, that every lead is profiled and ranked, and that content is customized to give leads the answers they need. It is the most effective marketing method for lead generation and the easiest way to gain greater insight into what it will take to convert a lead into a customer.

On Website Visitor Identification: Does Conversion Code Cut It?

On Website Visitor Identification: Does Conversion Code Cut It?One of the primary ways you can understand who’s visiting your website is by having website visitor identification in place. You already know that Google Analytics and Google Adwords give you tracking and conversion codes that help you determine how visitors are using your site – but is that really all there is to it?

Defining Your Conversions

Some businesses are using what they think is conversion tracking without ever really defining their conversions. A web visit alone shouldn’t be a conversion – a conversion involves a user taking a specific action on your site – not just visiting.

Because this is the case, you’ll need to have specific milestones set up for what qualifies as a conversion. A lead form fill-out is a great example. Since converting typically requires leaving personal information – such as an email address or a phone number – the client enters your sales funnel upon taking this action.

Many businesses set up multiple conversion opportunities on their sites so they have the best chance of getting the customer’s information. Once you have this info, you can contact the client again and again to make a sale. A conversion doesn’t necessarily have to be the sale of your product, although a sale is one type of conversion.

Tracking conversions doesn’t necessarily mean you’re using website visitor identification to find out where those visitors are coming from. This makes marketing automation even more important in your lead generation efforts.

Website Visitor Identification: Why Do It?

When you know specifically what company your visitors are from and can assign a name and background info to a conversion, you have valuable information at your fingertips. For instance, if someone comes back and converts again and again, you can improve customer relations by reaching out to that visitor personally to discuss a long-term relationship.

Website visitor identification also helps point out leads that aren’t converting in the way you’d like. When you have a potential client’s info and can see they’re returning again and again but not converting, you can contact the lead to encourage conversion or even a sale. Many leads need that personal touch in order to become a client, and website visitor identification can help you make the sale.

The right marketing automation system will include website visitor identification. You don’t just want to know that someone visited your site – you need to know who, why they visited, how they got there and other identifiable information such as geographic location, source company, and contact information. The more you know about your leads via website visitor identification, the more you can prime leads in the most effective way to generate a sale.

Lead Liaison offers in-depth website visitor identification for all your site’s content, including in-depth analysis of thank you pages and conversion points. Find out more by visiting us today!