After all the search criteria were discussed and approved by both parties, we took the Manufacturing industry and divided it into subcategories such as Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, Construction, Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, Automotive, Industrial automation, and others.
The second step was to meticulously process each of the subcategories to make sure every company fits our ideal client profile. We started with the most global category - Industrial Engineering, by checking each company for the availability of plants/factories with huge machine production in the United Kingdom. The main source for such information was the company's website, LinkedIn profile's info and Google search.
Once we felt certain that the company meets our requirements (location, company size, production facility availability, etc), we began to search for people in this company who could be responsible for energy management. At this stage, we also faced a challenge. While exploring the decision-maker accounts, we found that many of them do not use LinkedIn on a daily basis. That is why we decided to look for 2-3 more representatives from the same company who seemed more active on LinkedIn.
Our next step was designing a well-thought-out, challenge-based outreach strategy to trigger a discussion with our potential clients. On LinkedIn, we personalized our introductory messages one by one using all available information about the company and person, leaving this "human" touch to start more meaningful conversations. For email campaigns, we compiled a highly-customized sequence of emails focused on discovering the pain points of our potential clients and sharing our experience and results within the manufacturing industry.
Our team also thought of a strong follow-up strategy that allowed us to constantly nurture our target audience with relevant content and thereby continue getting new responses.
Since the requirements for companies and prospects were pretty high, a thorough qualification process took place right before scheduling an appointment. Our specialists used a set of questions that we sent after getting a positive response to qualify the lead and ensure that the call scheduled will be productive.