Know your lead generation numbers

Knowing your business numbers requires that you measure everything you do. This is particularly true of your marketing spend. For example if you have business cards, a leaflet or flyer, a website, and a brochure all generating leads wouldn’t it be important to know which source generates the most leads? Maybe you are planning a campaign and want to place an ad in your local paper with your telephone number for prospects to call you.

There is a simple and effective way to track which source generates the most leads and how effective your campaign is – and it won’t cost you a fortune. It’s called tracking numbers.

Tracking numbers are special telephone numbers that can be set to divert to a number of your choice (i.e. your switchboard, direct line, mobile or call answering service) and will give you a detailed analysis of which number your lead has come from and what is working in terms of your marketing spend. For example if you have 5 tracking numbers, you can put a different one on each of your lead sources (i.e. business card, flyer, website, brochure and ad).

Then if 100 quality calls are coming in each month, 60 of which are from your website but only 5 of which are from your flyer then you know where your money should be invested for the most benefit. We will be using Tracking numbers will probably be the best small investment you can make in your business.




Noel Guilford, Principal at Guilford Accounting
Noel Guilford is the principal of Guilford Accounting a small business accountancy practice specialising in advising owner-managed businesses on current accounting, finance, and tax matters. You can reach him via email at or by phone at 01244 660866. He is the author of the 'Figure it out - an entrepreneurs guide to understanding your business numbers' which you can obtain by visiting​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ His latest book, How to Build a Successful Business' will be published in 2018.

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