DRTV: Fixing the Picture
What is a lead? Aside from being the lifeblood of a direct response campaign, a lead also is the lifeblood of a business. Yet leads aren't always treated that way.
How a marketer counts and captures a lead makes all the difference in the world to a campaign's results. So the question is: Why not count and capture all the available lead volume that one can? It is surprising how many companies consistently just don't take the time to do so.
Direct response campaigns pass or fail based on the lead volume they generate, and a growing number of consumers now use the Web to gather more information on products and services they see marketed on television before they make purchase decisions.
Knowing that consumers are going to find the product or service offered in the direct television spot on the Web anyway, it is in a marketer's best interest to make this process easier—as well as to direct consumers where it wants them to go, enabling the company to count and capture consumer information, too. Instead, companies often allow consumers to search the Web, only to arrive at a homepage that's not optimized to help them easily find the product or service they just saw on TV. In the end, this lack of planning represents a lost opportunity, a lost lead and a potentially lost sale.
It's imperative for marketers not only to make products and services available whenever and however consumers want, but to be able to count and capture all available leads to optimize the campaign.
It's All About the URL
One way for marketers to accomplish this is to use a unique Web address in a DRTV commercial, directing consumers to a specific landing page or microsite. This allows the capture of data so the DRTV-generated Web lead volume can be properly attributed back to the DRTV campaign. The result is twofold: It enables the lead to be properly counted while also prequalifying it as part of the follow-up sales process.