How Can Call Tracking Help My Business?
By Jacob Brain
You send email blasts, mail postcards once a year, promote your website, and spend hours figuring out if you can really get a lead from social. After all of that, you get some website inquiries and a bunch of calls to your business.
The question is, what activity led to that call?
Knowing the answer to that is essential to prioritizing marketing initiatives and budgeting efficiently.
Let’s say John Smith wants to buy a commercial printer for his business, so he goes online to find one and sees this ad:
Then (due to compelling copy), he picks up his phone and calls the number on the ad and ends up purchasing the printer.
The ad never got clicked, so Kevin’s Printing Co. doesn’t know that the ads produced a sale for them. They may even decide to stop using paid search ads and switch strategies completely.
Now, the sales guy could ask how John heard about Kevin’s Printing Co. which is great, but is that enough? In this case, John would likely say that he did a Google search. That narrows it down a bit, but was it from organic? Paid? The Snack Pack?
This is a reality that marketers had to deal with for many years, but that is no longer the case with call tracking technologies. Through one of the many different call tracking systems that we will explore later, marketers are now able to see what channels and campaigns led to those calls.
How Does Call Tracking Work?
Call tracking can implement several different technologies, but will generally either use static call tracking or dynamic call tracking.
Static Call Tracking
At its simplest form, the purpose of call tracking is just to understand what campaigns led to customers calling your office. This can be accomplished through static number call tracking. A different number is assigned to different campaigns (e.g. one to your mailer, one on your website, and one a billboard you bought) so that when you get calls, you are able to tell where they are coming from. This technique is limited, however. You have limited numbers available, can’t track keyword details if associated with a PPC campaign, and relies on last-click attribution which ignores the other touch points you had with customers.
Dynamic Call Tracking
You are able to get far more data with this model and can make better decisions based off that data.
Software-Specific Call Tracking
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