The debate around quality vs quantity penetrates every facet of sales and marketing, from social media content and posts to sales leads. The inherent problem is that often owners don’t have the patience or resources to commit to marketing programs that allow for both. So, agencies are tasked with producing “stuff” that will “get their name out there” in-front of potential customer instead of having a plan to use an omni-channel approach—hitting potential customers where they live and where they shop.
While there are some businesses that thrive on a high-quantity of leads with low conversion rates, our contention is most businesses would do better with less, but much better leads.
On this episode of OneLegUp, we look at both sides of the argument and offer up some sound advice to those seeking a balance.
Welcome to one leg up where we discuss how you can deliver the very best customer experience and how you can achieve zero marketing waste. I am Ed Davis, the chief operations, and engineer at one leg and I'm back and joined as usual by Vic Sun, our mastermind.
Vic, how are you?
Good, just like you've been very, very busy and I’m glad you're back.
Well, thank you. Thank you.
You're never away from our organization like this. We've been so busy the last couple of months that you've been gone.
Yeah, well, for those that listen on a regular basis, as Vic has alluded to, it has been about a month since I've been on the podcast. And in that time, Vic and a couple of people from our tech team explored the nuances of lead perfection in 59 integrations.
And the nice thing that's come out of that, I think, is we're going to utilize those sessions as a jumping off point for sort of a what would you call it, a subset, a sub series of our podcasts that's going to focus specifically on some of the technology offerings that we have here at OneLeg.
So that's going to be that's sort of a cool little outcome of why since I've been away. And I'd say that's also a nice transition into what we want to talk about today, which is quality versus quantity.
And there's a debate, obviously, around quality versus quantity that penetrates every facet of sales and marketing, whether that's social media and content and post all the way through to sales leads, which is which is where it rears its head the most for us and our clients.
And so, I thought it'd be good for us to have a conversation about that here and maybe discuss some of the nuances of quality versus quantity. I know you've got it in your head. You know, maybe it's a little bit of a debate because, you know, within our own organization, we haven't quite come to grips with, you know, where we're at. I think we; we typically follow fall in line with the quantity or, excuse me, the quality aspect of that argument. But as we were talking about as a group last week, you know, we do believe that there is benefit to both. It's just in how you operationalize those things.
So, I think it's safe to say Vic that by and large, most of our clients are looking for volume in most of their sales and marketing activities. Would you agree?
I do, and I think it's very evident when we when we do the process of auditing, you know what they currently have, that's really what they're all about. And that's really, to be honest with you, the cause of their issues and conversion is because once you start looking at quantity like lead generation, for example, more, then you start to look at everything else like we we've partner with Hatch a couple of times in certain projects, in marketing and even in the last debate that we've done. And overwhelmingly, I would say 100% of the people that have come to us had the same issue. They would have 18 emails as follow ups to people. And then we'd look at the numbers and we go, Well, how many like how many people? You know, how effective was your first email or your text? Your text rather for hatched and it was like 15%.You know, it's like, OK. 85% of people ignore it. Why do you even have 17 more? You know, and but again, it becomes that becomes their personality. You know what I mean it. It's it becomes who they are. Right, when you start talking about lead generation and more and more and more quantity and for you, you've always worked with big, big companies, big brands, B2B, and it's kind of moving towards that now for customer experience. What do you think has been the biggest surprise that you've had in the beginning when you've started to go and see how home improvement companies work in terms of their marketing and sales?
Well, I think just. It's a weird thing to say, but I think the ease at which leads technically can be generated within this industry, right? So, you know, you look at some of the tactics that our clients or just the industry in general employs. You know, they use lead aggregators. They use canvasing. They use, you know, sweepstakes on social media and whatnot. And all these things are designed too not necessarily look at, it’s trying to aggregate mass mass information, mass form fills and things along those lines. And I think, you know, in some instances that's really a foreign concept to me because when I think about it, from a business-to-business standpoint, which is obviously my background, you know, those sales cycles are typically measured in months, if not years, whereas in the home improvement space, you know, as we affectionately talked about during the hatch debate. Those sales cycles are essentially measured in minutes and hours. Right with the one call close and you and I have laughed about, you know, my experience with an H fat company when I had to get one of my air conditioning units replaced. And it was clear that I started asking too many questions. And the guy said a guy, the guy flat out said I don't have time to answer all of your questions, so I'm going to go on to the next lead. I was totally ready to buy, but because it wasn't going to be, you know, ticking a box and sending an invoice and scheduling the repair. Well, that was just too much work for him. And I think, you know, we've talked about this before. You know, in B2B, you certainly look at macroeconomic factors. You know, I've done a lot of work in oil and gas, and you'll look at the price of oil and that'll determine, you know, how the industry as a whole is going.
I honestly don't think that home improvement companies at the local level, the neighborhood level. I mean, tell me differently. I don't know that they look at the macroeconomic factors that are impacting their business. They might look at the local community factors, but they're not looking at, you know, where's my supply? Where are the materials? You know, what's going on with inflation and all these things? And I think I think some owners are getting a big dose of why they do need to be considering that because that doesn't impact their lead generation activities, which gets us into, you know, really, do you want a volume of leads? Because then it's just a numbers game or do you want to, as we're starting to see with some of our clients? Yeah, I don't I don't care if I get 100 leads this week. I just need five really solid leads and I can work those. And I think just for the definition, you know, even for us, we our lead is more of an appointment. Sure. And I think that's where it gets confusing for some of the clients who when we start speaking to them and we say, well, we don't need more leads. Once we do the audit and we figure that out and we say, well, you want these appointments demos and they still think, well, can I still get the 200 plus leads this month? Is that what you're giving? And the answer is no, because if you look at the appointments and demos, you're only you're only converting on five to 10% of those in those low and ten channels. And so, we're saying, well, our goal is to get you 20%. But it's still a lower number than 200, right? Right. And that's a big disconnect. It's not a surprise that a lot of companies don't have time or don't want to talk about those things because they're just not used to it. Right. In the space it's about well, how many? How many people submitted the form, you know, and they get caught up in that, you know, and because they've been used to that and they know a specific number of conversions, you know, get 100 forms today, I'll convert on anywhere between ten to 30% of those. And then the other ones, my call center will just keep hounding them. And if I've got text or email right. Whereas it’s really just applying in a different fashion with quality where you go and say, well, out of 100, you know, I've really only demoing or I'm really only seeing 20 people. And when you start talking about, well, let's go and do this program, you get 25. It gets very scary for them because 25 is less than 100. Right, right. And I think that's the main crutch of many companies, which we end up saying, well, we're not we're not for you because you're, you know.
Most companies in home improvement, I would say, especially the ones that are fairly successful. It's been around for a while. They know how to lead gen. Most companies know how to generate a lead. Like you said, it's easy to do that. What is troubling to me is to our organization is when we come in and they start coming up with, hey, I still have a lot of leads but I want more. And then you start seeing their conversion and it's like going down on this downward spiral and they don't address that. They still think lead generation is the answer. Yeah, they're addicted to lead, addicted to collecting names and numbers. And it's, you know, it's funny in macro and microeconomic factors. We've talked to a couple of companies in just the last few weeks where they can't hire call center people and then they can't, you know, they can't seem to overcome that right now. And they still want to be able to hound people and process release for their call center when they can't have, they can't even grow their own call center because of the issues right now of hiring. Right? And so again, I think it's really an interesting, very debatable topic. And one thing I was going to ask you is for the B2B that seems to be kind of like a really great strategy right now, even for DTC companies or B2C companies that they've started to realize, well, if I'm ever going to compete and there's a lot of competition in my backyard or for this particular service, you know, I need to be able to go and nurture the lead. I need to go and provide good content, nudges him in the right direction, and I'm going to put context into this with home improvement, roofing, jobs, kitchen bathrooms. You're talking about the price of sometimes as expensive as a good, as a good luxury vehicle that can be anywhere between $70 to $150,000 or, you know, full on remodeling. Absolutely.
Yeah. For a full-on remodel, for solar and for roofing, you know you're looking at $20 to $40,000, for example, depending on the type of material, but you're not talking about a small little purchase here. So, what is in your opinion? Why is it that with, you know, just like buying cars, for example, you're averaging $50 $60,000, for example? People are thinking about that for a few months or going to restrict you're going to different places. And that is now starting to evolve, especially with the Tesla Model of selling things where, you know, you kind of order things and the brand. And that's all the information's upfront being front loaded. What do you think in your opinion in home improvement? Why have they not caught up to that?
Well, I think a lot of it is going to be previous behavior, right? It's habit. We're not. We're not used to it. And I think the other bit, the other sort of big driving factor of it is. Behavior, not just on the home improvement the owner or the company is under change or the threat of change. So, the consumer behavior? Right. It was the last vehicle I bought. Never step foot inside the showroom until I was ready to actually go and purchased the vehicle. And I was actually, and it was at that time that I did the test drive, but I did to your point, I did all my research. I was communicating with the salesperson over text and over email about what I was looking for. Do you, have it? Can you get it in this color? Can you do that? And that is that is just a complete you've got 100 years of experience of how people buy things. And in the pandemic and in the last half a decade have radically changed how we look at it. Think about this, you know, if you go to the standpoint of Amazon has conditioned us to everybody used to do mail order stuff that's not new. You know, Sears built their business on mail order, everything under the Sun. What Amazon did was change the dynamic between, well, yes, I can order something. And instead of having to wait four, five, six weeks before I get it. Well, in some instances, I can get it the same day now from Amazon, like legitimate stuff that you would have waited weeks for. Right? So now that I think that's the other bit, did the home improvement industry has to really come to understand. And it factors into the quantity versus quality conversation. Well, now as a consumer, I'm willing to engage you in this sort of rapid-fire motion I'm compressing the sales timeline, at least what I'm comfortable with, right? Home improvement owners have always wanted quicker sales cycle than maybe the homeowner is going to want to do, but we're coming around to that. But what you have to give to me is I need better quality information. I need a better-quality experience. I don't necessarily need you. And we're seeing a lot of our clients. Really come to grips with this. I don't necessarily need you to come into my home now. And do your presentation, don't need it? Why can't we do this? Right.
Yeah, and it’s because there's this crutch of, well, look in order for you to automate all these things that provide it. You know, I was I remember last year there was a company that said, well, we tried that. It's a window company. So OK, we have that where people could put in their sizes and stuff like that. Never work, people. And then you look at their website, it really looks like it was built in 1996, you know, and they're marketing material and none of none of the information helped with the brand or the image of the company. But the technology was there and then, and they couldn't marry that to them. It's just like, well, what else do you want? You know, you could put it in your measurements. It pops at a price. Why can't people just buy? Well, it's the same thing as anything else people want to see. You know, the content, the creative. It has to be emotional. It has to meet the value and the price, you know, kind of these questions. And to a lot of companies, I think one of the biggest thing is how do you address quality? And this is the biggest thing that we're getting challenged with with those people say quantity, quality, quantity is. And even for myself, it's like, OK, well, if we can't get the right creative in the content, you kind of dispel that by having some of the quantity and hopefully somewhere within the numbers, right? Of images or videos that you have, you'll get one, which is this numbers game theory. But how do you address the quality side if you really don't invest in quality content and creative, like how do you? Well. You'll appreciate this, and then you might sort of suck it up a little bit. I think owners are going to be forced to address it, right? We can only say so much. But I think what's going to bear out over the course of the next 18 months or so is the changes to Google and how they rank web sites and businesses. It is skewing far more towards that quality argument than it is the quantity, right? Google is starting to care less and less about how many keywords you have in your in your meta tags. You know how many pay per click ads you have, how many, how many pieces, how much volume of content that you're actually putting out. What they're more concerned about is. Is your content actually addressing what people are actually searching for? And then when they come to you do, they have a quality experience in terms of interaction with you? And so, to your point about some of these homeowner home owner or, excuse me, home improvement company owners who have websites from, you know, 15 years ago that essentially says, this is my company. Here's a picture of a window or a door or a roof. Here's my phone number 15 times on the website, just in case you didn't know where to call. As you know, I'm fond of saying the market is going to either the market is going to do its job and you are not going to be in business. You're just not you're not going to be able to compete. Google is going to drive traffic is going to drive sales to your competitors or to others who do it better and you're going to sit there and you're going to wake up two years from now and you're going to go but what the hell happened. In the pandemic, I had this fantastic business, and now the economy has come back around, and I have no business. It's because you weren't paying attention, you weren't paying attention to what your customers want. You weren't paying attention to what Big Tech is driving the world into and and the world left you behind. So it's not really about what Ed or OneLeg or Vic is going to tell customers. I mean, we can say all of those things. I think some of them don't necessarily believe us, right, because they're sort of old school and they've had their businesses for 15, 20, 25 years. And that's a big, bitter pill to swallow. But it is. It's reality. And you know that I've talked about this, and we've been in potential client meetings where you're looking at their business near like. I hate to say it, but you don't deserve our help. Because you're making bad business decisions, you're making bad marketing decisions, you're making bad sales decisions, you don't deserve a hope.
And I think it's the core issue there is really, you know, people are willing to invest in leads in. And I remember after the debate there is this very spirited owner? Or maybe he was I think he was actually a VP. Yeah, rather than the owner. And he's writing the emails and emails, long ones. And I was trying to just, you know, respond back and just be like, OK, well, this is a nice little way to go. And kind of, you know, have a have a nice, passionate discourse via email. We were like pen pals for a little bit there. And then I said, well, I can't convince you because you're clearly about this issue here, but these are some things to consider. And in the end, he wrote me a long email, and that was the last time because I didn't feel like I should just want anymore. It was kind of like my going to convince you of anything. But he asked, well, do you work on performance, which is really code for? Can you help me generate leads and when you generate them I’ll pay you when you generate them? And that wasn't the issue, right? The issue still eluded, you know, this person in their organization that the reason you're experiencing this is because you do have leads, but you can't convert. And when you look at their website, I went through and submitted a test in their system, you know, so to speak, and you didn't get an email or a text that was worth anything that you know, there was no videos about the product or service or the company. You couldn't find them on social media to make it engaging enough for me and say, this is really interesting. And so I think the true debate here is if you could prove, you know, with quality content and creative and investing in that rate and investing in the images and the videos, you know, will people still with you, the data go and say, Yeah, I'll do that because in my in my experience as well as you know, many people, information data doesn't seem to be the behavioral impetus for them to go and say, this is the thing like people go to. Like, I've said this before because example people go to Panda Express and they love Panda Express, and they see that there's like 1000 calories of this orange chicken, you know, and people like delicious, give me two servings of that, and it doesn't stop them, even though they're it's right there staring them in the face, the calorie count. It's bad for you. Information and data does not move people's behavior, and I do, even though, like begrudgingly, I don't like what you just said. It is true the market is going to kill off those companies because, like you said from last year, there's all these new startups that have popped up and said, Hey, the pandemic has caused me to make a shift, and I have a new model of business and this is how it is and some of them are younger owners and more forward-thinking ones in the tech industry is moving toward a clementine, you know, consumers towards a specific behavioral model. And I believe that home improvement, despite it dodging that bullet for a really long time. Now with the pandemic and half the population not wanting the traditional way of spending nine hours of three companies coming into their home and measuring this, you know. That's changed the dynamic. And so now your decision is it since, I can't go back to 2019, you know, lead generation and enjoy those, those metrics? Do I start investing in my content, my creative, my brand, or I just wait it out, do the exact same thing and just hope you know. You’re the last one standing. Yeah. And there's a lot of private equity now buying a lot of companies because they're trying to streamline the way that the customer experience is under one brand because they believe, like, you know, private equity and these hedge fund guys, they're very smart. They know they can consolidate this, provide a better experience, slap on better technology. And there you go, right? You've got like another Uber displacing the taxi industry. And I think that's going to happen with home improvement. Now with home improvement I think the one thing that is going to happen, as a future, you know, as a futurist type is thinking there's going to be companies who are still local, you know, who kind of served as a state or maybe several cities within a state that if they start their branding efforts now the content, the creative knows. No Uber will displace them because people do like the sense of here's a community and that company's well trusted and they're in the state or they service might, you know, they've been around for a while. But I do believe that it's coming. There is going to be this reckoning where new companies, startups, tech companies start to eat up into the space, will start displacing even the biggest companies who've been around for 2030 years.
Yeah, I don't know about that because history says that's not how the world works, right? There's always consolidation. You will go through these periods where you know you have a handful of players; people sort of figure it out. And there's this explosion of a number of companies, but then those companies start to eat each other. Right. You're seeing it right now in oil and gas. You're starting to see it a little bit in home development companies. But historically, you've seen it in things like airlines and railroads and stuff like that, right? Car companies. Think about this in reality. You know, if you if you went back to the 1920s, the 1930s. You literally in the United States had something like 75, 85 different car companies.
Right? And some of them were literally they built 15 cars in Indianapolis. You don't have that anymore. Right? You effectively have what four. You've got you've got Chrysler, you've got Ford, you've got Chevrolet, you've got Toyota, you've got Hondas five. You've got five major global brands. Now they all have some brands. But I think to your point, I think that's probably where home improvement is going. And again, from that standpoint, it is a numbers game, right? Those companies are eating up these little bitty providers because essentially what they see coming down the pike is there's this world where I'm going to be able to service a bigger audience. So, it's the reverse, right? I'm going to be able to service a bigger audience by having a solidified brand. And I'm going to be able to ensure a quality experience because just like you would see in like a Chick-Fil-A or any other franchise about business, I'm going to dictate and make sure the experience is the same no matter where you're engaging me from. And I think in some cases, in some instances, that's going to be a really good thing for the market. But like I said, I, you know, it's one of my rare sorts of Republican free market. Sort of bits about me. Yeah, I absolutely believe in markets, in markets doing what markets are designed to do. And if you have poorly structured businesses, you've not kept up with technology, you've not kept up with your customers and what they're looking for and how they want to engage you. Yeah, I don't I don't feel bad when you go away. I feel bad for the people, for sure, but I don't feel bad for the brand.
And I think there's also the back end of this, which is, you know, sales traditionally in home improvement, it's here's the Leeds marketing team usually handles that lead generation and it's passed through the call center. The call center now has works with sales managers or within their call center managed management. And then the leads are issued to salespeople and the salespeople perform demo right where the presentation pitch, however you want to call it. And in this reliance on this model, where really, you're trying to get and this is another issue right, scaling a sales team is finding salespeople and, you know, talented ones about to be able to
go and do the sales presentations and one-call closed in every single one. Despite the channel, this is this violent, vicious cycle that's causing a lot of companies from the front end to the back end. You're going to stick with the lead generation to quantity model. In their mind it's like, Well, I just need to produce more and more leads and give is if one salesperson has to run ten leads and I've got ten now, I've got to have 100 appointments a week. And if I don't get 100 appointments a week, then I can't feed my salespeople and I can't get you to 20 sales this week that I'm going to be doing.
But as you, as you and I have talked about that to me is like a junkie, right, you and I have had this conversation that is you know. And I don't, I of course, understand the gravity of that statement of comparing it to a drug dealer sort of junkie scenario. But in my mind, that's essentially what it is. Right? Your lead aggregators, some of these unscrupulous marketing companies are essentially what they sell these homeowner home improvement companies on is. Oh, yeah, OK. Yeah. I know you used to get two deals out of ten leads, but oh yeah, blah blah blah blah blah. Don't worry, we can give you 15 leads now and you'll still get your two deals. And so, the numbers just continue to grow and you're constantly chasing more and more numbers to essentially get the same result. And the only people who are winning in this, you know, it's not something you probably could do a whole other show on this. It's those marketing companies, those lead aggregator companies. They're the ones who win in the quantity debate. They don't win in the quality of debate. Right. Because, well, I can charge you ten bucks. It's ten bucks, you know. Who cares?
Yeah. The true test of this really different for our audience who loves to listen, this is you want to figure out just how much you're on the lead generation side as opposed to the conversion is just do this. Like the lead generation is traditional, right? You just produce the names and numbers, and you must have a call center agent confirm and said the appointment. Now, if you test it for just two weeks where you go and do a program where the same questions are being done through a landing page or through a chat or through a text without any conversation, Ilike Ai you know, we've done this through our bots, for example. And if you don't have that then just to put it on a landing page where your form is kind of a dynamic one where it asks those questions. I will bet, you know, $100 versus you, $10 that you will get the same conversion, if not better, because really this reliance on that and then you'll figure out like, maybe I don't need more leads. Maybe I'm just stuck in this cycle, right? Because we've met people like that. We said, look, get don't worry about the call center person. We're scheduling appointments. We're not producing leads for you. We're producing appointments. But then they go, well, I have to have somebody call and talk to them. What are you going to talk to them? And then nothing about that was about quality. It was. This is about this feeling of control, correct? Which I think maybe that's the whole thing about quantity is because you can control.
It's very easy to control quantity, spend more, put more pressure, bigger money and media buy do more. Do more emails, do more texts, do more calls, do more follow ups. The quality is tougher because you need actual experts. You know. Creatives, artists, people.
You need patients. Yeah.
Patients. Yeah, because you, you, you figure things out. You do surveys, you try to figure out, whereas the quantity you don't need to. It's really the lazier, right? You basically go, I'm going to just dump as many of these emails, texts, calls on the market, right? And that person, the user the buyer can bear until they say, stop calling me, put me on a DNC or whatever. And some companies are doing this, which, you know, they consent based marketing. You know, I know a couple of companies who kind of do that, but I think what happens is they don't really focus a lot on, but you get the consent, you get the here's the consent of me, but then whatever you give them is still the same. It's the crappy right. It's still not. The roll out is really engaging. It's a nice video, It a brand vide. This is a nice product imagery and those sorts of things. So, I think, you know, this is something that really, I think in the next 18 months, you know, how do you how do you convince, how do you persuade? How do you how do you inspire owners to go and say you've been investing in lead generation? You should invest in the conversion and it's with content and it's creative. And I think for our next thing, I was just thinking about how do you beat the attribution, that vicious cycle of attribution? Because, you know, the other challenges, if you're going to go and argue for quality, how do you attribute that? Can't put that neatly into a field into an Excel spreadsheet? No.
Well, you are potentially again. But it's a lot more work, right? And so, it's a lot more investment in your time. It's a lot more investment on your activities. It's a lot more investment of your business into. Thoughtfully thinking through what exactly your you're doing, rather than as we've talked about here today. Email blast, text blast advertising like I'm just going to blast everything I've got, I've got a shotgun, I'm going to shoot every which direction and what we're talking about here is, you know, if you have the patience for if you have the stomach for it, if you have the temerity for it. Being methodical, thoughtful and constantly testing, constantly honing in, constantly refining, constantly evolving what it is that you're saying, how you're targeting and how you're engaging your customers in the long run. That's a business that will outlive you, the owner like that. That's a that's a bankable business that can be generational.
Yeah, I agree, and you know that the thing that I've started to learn, as well we get challenged with these, with these things that people are not used to, you know, attribution to sales, the vicious sales cycle and their current model of actually generating revenue. It really means, you know, and I learned this actually from one of the home improvement seminars that I went through in sales and somebody said, Well, you know, the best ideas are usually the ones that get the most objections to it. You know, that's the best. Those are usually the best ideas. You know, you can measure it with the with the amount of objections and and kind of the rejection that you get from the very beginning because it's such a strong concept, it's such a good idea.
And you know, I was watching I was telling you about this. We were watching Mad Men. I finally finished it; you know. And in the end, the ending was like, if you have not seen Mad Men the ending was kind of like.
Spoiler alert, spoiler alert.
Spoiler alert you. It's an Amazon. But you know, this whole this ad campaign about I want to buy the world a coke and I'm not from that generation, but I've heard of it, and I've known that song. You know what I mean? And it was like, literally like, how could you attribute that? How could you even? But that is one of like, that's like Hall of Fame. You know, that put Coke in the map in other places in the world, and people hummed that song from here to places in the world. It maybe didn't even have coke, you know. And to me, that was just like, that's what humans are. You know even with the Amazon model they hit on the emotional side; you just didn't know about it. You know, Netflix does the same thing. You know, the big companies like Amazon, Apple, right, Google, Tesla, they get you on these on the personalization and the creative and the content that really drives home that all you really have to do at that point is just make a decision or what color you want. You know, that's really what it is. And I think for home improvement, you know, that's this is the part right there, at least for the home improvements, you know, customers we have. That's going to be a big challenge.
I think a lot of other industries are starting to catch on much quicker than home improvement. But I'd really like to see home improvement catch up, you know, just as I agree.
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