The Best BD Activities for Higher Conversion Rates

The Best BD Activities for Higher Conversion Rates

The Use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in BD

Hello, Rob Brown here from the BD Academy, giving you BD Bullets number seven. It’s a short, sharp and actionable point to help you generate more business for your professional firm.

I’m looking at a blog today from, and the title of the blog is Top Ten Marketing KPIs that everyone should measure. This is a site for general salespeople but let’s see what we can take from this.

Remember that KPIs are key performance indicator. If you’re going to win business for your firm, if you’re going to generate new clients, then what activities, what tasks do you need to be doing?

What do you need to be measuring for you to generate new leads? You can have KPIs for what you’ve done. They are historical. Amount of business won. Number of calls made.

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Activities that Best Convert Leads Into Sales

You can also have future KPIs for what you want to do. For what activities you’ll focus on. This blog featured this pretty funky table. I’m going to describe it to you. Here it is.

It’s from a company called Marketo, and it says, “This is a graph that shows the average conversion rates for various marketing channels.”

The table showed different ways of sales prospecting and the relative conversion rates from lead to opportunity and then conversion from there.

The conversion rate from activities like email is relatively low. That doesn’t mean it’s not effective. Just that you need to be more targeted and strategic with it to make it work.

Inbound marketing, that’s you going out there and putting content of thought leadership, writing blogs, putting on updates, sharing great content, collating great content, that’s a pretty high conversion rate compared to events or paid marketing, webinars and just nurturing leads generally.

The High Conversion Rate of Referrals

The table says referral have a 10.99% conversion rate. That’s how good those opportunities are. You’re more likely to convert a lead that comes to you through referrals.

What’s it say at the bottom? This is the big takeaway here. It says, “Did you notice that the two highest converting channels were the ones based on trust?”

We’ve got inbound marketing, building up your reputation over time, and we’ve got referrals which is advocacy for you and your brand.

They said, “Take it as a hint to optimise your marketing activities accordingly, and prefer a long term commitment to short term gains.”

Everyone would love to send an email out and get a response straightaway with somebody that says, “Hey, this is exactly what I need. I need your accountant services. I need you to represent my firm legally.” But does that really happen?

What I’m saying to you on this BD Bullet is, look at those activities that generate trust and likability. They are the ones more likely to generate a good lead for you, and hopefully a new client.

Happy business developing!


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About Podcast Host & Author, Rob Brown

Rob Brown is the founder and CEO of the successful BD ACADEMY, which creates armies of confident, effective work winners in large accounting firms. He is also host of the popular Accounting Influencers podcast, featuring interviews with top accounting leaders and global influencers about what makes good firms great and good accountants world class.

According to LinkedIn, Rob is the world's most recommended networking expert. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (published by the world's largest business publishers, Wiley), a featured TEDx speaker and is a popular keynote speaker and MC at conferences and business events worldwide.