Engaging Champions on the Move: How to Drive More Responses from Job Change Leads

Discover the secrets to effectively engaging with key decision-makers amidst job changes. Our proven strategies empower you to seize opportunities presented by personnel transitions, ensuring your outreach resonates and drives meaningful responses.
Shankar Ganapathy
Co-Founder, BuyerAssist.io
May 2, 2024
3 min

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In today's dynamic business landscape, leveraging job change leads, especially those from your champions, can set the stage for meaningful engagements and potentially lucrative deals. However, the full potential of these opportunities is often not realized, largely due to a lack of understanding and a one-size-fits-all approach in outreach strategies. Drawing insights from both industry knowledge and the specific challenges identified, this blog post outlines strategies to more effectively engage champion job change leads.

Understanding the Value of Champion Job Change Leads

Champion job change leads are a gold mine that sellers often overlook. When a point of contact (POC) or a key influencer in a deal moves to a new company, they carry with them the knowledge of your solutions and a positive disposition towards your brand. This familiarity can significantly lower barriers to entry in a new organization. However, many sellers fail to differentiate between these leads and standard cold outreach prospects, missing out on leveraging built goodwill and existing relationships.

Crafting Contextually Relevant Outreach

A common pitfall in reaching out to job change leads is the failure to reference previous engagements effectively. This lack of personalized touch can diminish the perceived value of your outreach, reducing its impact. Approaching a former champion without acknowledging past collaborations or successes makes your outreach indistinguishable from any other cold email, failing to capitalize on the established relationship.

Strategy:

  • Integrate CRM Insights: To tailor your outreach effectively, integrate CRM data that highlights previous interactions, enabling sellers to craft messages that resonate on a personal level.
  • Personalize Your Approach: Customize email copy to reflect the lead's past role and your shared history, while also acknowledging their new position and the potential new set of challenges they're facing.

Tailored Engagement Tactics

Not all leads should be approached with the same strategy. Higher-level executives, such as VPs or C-suite professionals, typically expect a different level of engagement. Pushing these high-caliber leads directly to sales development representatives (SDRs) for cold outreach may not be as effective as a more personalized, executive-level prelude.

Strategy:

  • Executive Pre-engagement: Before the SDR follow-up, have an executive from your team reach out to congratulate the lead on their new role. This not only warms up the lead for subsequent engagement but also sets a precedent for the level of communication they can expect.
  • Empower SDRs with Context: When SDRs do engage, ensure they're armed with all necessary insights and context to make a meaningful connection. SDR engagement should never feel like a cold call but a continuation of a valued relationship.

Centralize Your Engagement Strategy for Consistency and Impact

By automating the routing of leads to the right sequences on Outreach or Salesloft, every team member knows precisely the action plan for every job change lead, ensuring a synchronized and professional approach that capitalizes on your investment in lead generation.

Executing a Centralized Strategy:

  • Empower Your Team: Make sure your sales team understands the importance of maintaining relationships with champions, even when they change jobs.
  • Leverage Data Effectively: Use data from previous interactions to create personalized outreach sequences that speak directly to your champion’s past experiences and present opportunities.
  • Define a Clear Engagement Hierarchy: Set up a protocol for engaging high-value leads, preferably involving C-level or other executives before handing off to SDRs.
  • Standardize sequences in Sales Engagement Platforms: Implement a system to automate lead routing, ensuring a seamless transition and consistent follow-up for champion job change leads.

Conclusion

Driving more responses from outreach to champion job change leads requires a nuanced understanding of the value these leads bring and a tailored approach to engagement. By appreciating the unique opportunities these leads present, crafting contextually relevant outreach, and varying the engagement strategy based on the lead's executive level, your sales team can significantly improve their outreach ROI.

Incorporating these strategies can transform how your team approaches champion job change leads, turning potential missed opportunities into fruitful engagements and, ultimately, closed deals. Remember, the goal isn't just to reach out—you're aiming to reconnect, re-engage, and reignite a mutually beneficial relationship that aligns with their current journey and objectives.

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