What 'Finding Dory' Can Teach Us About Improving Sales and Marketing

Dory speaks to an octopus
Image courtesy Pixar
Grab some tissues and get ready to experience a whirlpool of emotions when you see "Finding Dory" (don't worry, this post is spoiler free).

Whether you're a 10-year-old kid or an experienced marketing manager, we hope you're as excited as we are to watch Dory's unforgettable journey — that she'll probably forget.

Not only does "Finding Dory" promise to be as epic as "Finding Nemo," it also seems to contain a few pearls of sales and marketing wisdom. Pay attention (and maybe take notes), because we don't want you to forget these helpful tips.

Look For the Ones You Lose

"Finding Dory" follows Dory's journey to find her family, but with her poor memory, it seems as impossible a task as searching for customers who get lost in the blur of busy phone lines. Dory might be pretty helpless without her memory, but finding a customer who hung up due to a busy line is even harder (you can't have memories of someone you haven't talked to).

Since 72 percent of first-time callers who hang up won't call you back, it's important for your sales team to be able to call them back as soon as possible. Call tracking software should be able to notify you of missed calls so you can keep those potential leads from getting swept away in the current. A missed call notification system should capture a caller's information — whether the call goes unanswered, receives a busy signal, or occurs after hours — and alert your sales reps that they need to follow up with the caller.

Remember That Your Memory Isn't Perfect

Dory's memory is laughable until you forget something important from a sales call at work and you totally relate to her pain. No matter how great of a memory you have, the workday is full of conversations and distractions. Relying on your memory for critical sales calls is a risky move. A program that records calls would help you with those "Dory moments" when you can't remember the details of a call.

Recording incoming and outgoing calls improves employee productivity and accountability. Information gained from reviewing calls can also be used to find lost sales opportunities or to personalize training for individual employees. Targeted training will help your employees more effectively communicate with customers over the phone and improve customer satisfaction.

Don't Forget to Keep Track of Important Info

Dory needs a ton of help finding her family, and not just because she doesn't know where to go. In one of the trailers (which you can watch here) Dory is seen "sleep-swimming." Marlin and Nemo have to keep track of Dory when she's awake — just in case she forgets where she's going — and when she's asleep, so she doesn't sleep-swim into some trouble.

Keeping track of Dory at all hours is a bit like tracking online-to-offline conversions. With technology these days, it's easy to track online prospects because they practically happen in real time. But what happens when those online visitors call a phone number on your website (as they are likely to do)? Do you attribute the phone lead to your website or does it go much deeper than that?

Pay-per-click (PPC) call tracking makes it possible to track a customer's online and offline activity together, measuring how effectively certain keywords and digital ads generate calls. Tracking your customers' journeys is important for understanding how to best serve them and helps you make decisions about which digital marketing campaigns are successful.

Are you as forgetful as Dory when it comes to lead data? Let us know in the comments how you keep everything in your sales and marketing departments swimming in the right direction!

How to Keep Your Marketing (and Customer Service) Rocking With Call Tracking

Old rockers remembering the glory days
The 1970s and 1980s are known for introducing the world to unforgettable trends like bell bottoms, lava lamps, big hair, cult classic films and an excess of neon. But perhaps the greatest gifts of the ’70s and ’80s are some of the greatest rock songs of all time. 

Reminiscing about the glory days got us thinking about some of the business lessons we can learn from our favorite hits.

If you’re someone who takes a good, hard look at your business and thinks, “Hmm, we could definitely stand to improve our marketing and customer service, but how? Can someone show me the way? Can anyone gimme three steps?” You’re in luck, savvy businessperson. We’ll give you not three, but four steps on how to increase your marketing ROI and keep your customers happy. Pay attention, because you don’t want to miss a thing.

Decide What Is and What Should Never Be

When it comes to marketing, you always want to hit [the target market] with your best shot. Right? Well, there are always campaigns that produce better results than others. The problem is determining which marketing activities are performing the best, and which are just bad medicine. Luckily, there are ways to improve your overall marketing effectiveness.  

Research indicates that about 66 percent of small businesses recognize phone calls as their most beneficial form of incoming lead, so call tracking is a great way to analyze your marketing performance. Applying unique toll-free numbers (TFNs) to individual campaigns and tracking the resulting calls can give you a direct indication of how productive your various marketing campaigns are. This allows you to focus on your best campaigns, and, of course, go separate ways with your underperforming marketing activities. 

Recover Opportunities You Thought Were Already Gone 

Thump. Thump. Thump. Another one bites the dust. Do you ever notice some of your leads disappear? Whether it was just something that happened in the heat of the moment or a recurring issue, your employees are losing leads you can’t afford to lose. Where are they going? If you can’t answer that question, your customers might go crazy on you, and your company will begin free fallin’ fast.

The solution? Use the services of call evaluation professionals to screen your employees’ calls for potential lost opportunities stemming from call handling errors. Any calls deemed mishandled are flagged and reported to supervisors. From there, the supervisor can notify the appropriate employee and attempt to recapture the lost lead.
Wooaaaaah, we’re halfway there. (You knew that was coming.) 

Make Customer Service Your Pride and Joy

As a manager, it’s natural to assume your employees are performing at their best all of the time. Sadly, you know that every rose has its thorns, right? Even if you think your customer service is already stellar, it can always improve. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to improve customer service so that you can have some peace of mind.

If you have a car dealership, a highly interactive training program aimed at improving employees’ telephone skills can really enhance your customer service and even your bottom line. With the help of calls recorded by your call tracking software, professional instructors should be able to provide customized exercises to develop your employees’ selling skills and teach them to build trust with customers.

Chase Down New Leads With the Eye of the Tiger

Beat it. Just beat it — the competition, that is. Whether your business has already established itself as a leader among its competitors or your company is still learning to fly, rival companies will frequently be burnin’ for you and your customers. In order for your business to continue maximizing its success, it’s imperative that you chase down new leads and capitalize on them.

Using a program that automatically scans calls for predetermined keywords can help you determine your top marketing campaigns, pinpoint any mentions of your competition and help you acquire new leads. Taking advantage of these services will allow your company’s ROI to continue to grow.

If only all business activities were as easy as quoting classic rock songs. We can all dream on about that. Comment below to let us know how your company is takin’ care of business!