How to Use Quizzes to Ramp Up Your Lead Database



Author: Josh Haynam

How do you capture the attention of a demand generation marketer? Tell them you have a new way of generating quality leads!

Many of you have seen those fun quizzes that pop up on your social media feed. They are visual, fun to take, and can be a great lead generation tool. So where do you start? It’s easier than you may think!

This blog will help you learn more about this lead generation strategy and how you can create engaging quizzes:

Step One: Create a Captivating Quiz

Most of us have taken a personality quiz at some point in time, but how exactly do they work? I’m going to lift the curtain on this mystery by breaking down the elements of a quiz and showing exactly how a great one is built.

1. Pick the Right Topic

Every good quiz has to start somewhere, so your first objective is to come up with an idea for one. For most companies, the answer is pretty clear, like “Which snack are you?” for a vending machine company. For others, the topic is not as obvious. Put yourself in the shoes of your customers decide what topic your quiz should revolve around.

When picking your topic, don’t try to target the world as a whole because that’s too big of an audience for you to cater to. Instead, tailor your quiz to a specific audience and personalize it. Select a specific demographic you want to attract and your chances of success will be higher, even if the group isn’t large.

2. Create an Alluring Title

Choosing the right title is paramount, so choose wisely. The title of your quiz is your first interaction with your audience. It has to make a good impression if you want them to take your quiz. Fortunately, there are some tried-and-true title templates that encourage clicks and perform well consistently:

  • “Actually”: “How much do you actually know about marketing?” The “actually” title is really just a knowledge test, but once you incorporate the word “actually” or “really,” it becomes a challenge. And nobody likes backing down from a challenge.
  • “Which (blank) are you?”: “Which influential entrepreneur are you?” These quizzes are based off of the traditional Myers-Briggs personality quiz; just replace the personality types with the appropriate results for your quiz topic. For example, you could create a quiz for your upcoming conference titled “Which Type of Speaker are You?” and use it to build interest in submitting speaking proposals for your conference.
  • Celebrity Comparison: “Which celebrity do you have more things in common with?” This template is incredibly similar to the personality quiz. You can easily switch out the results in the quiz to be more relevant to your business. You could compare them with some key influencers in your industry instead.

3. Craft Your Questions

Think of the questions you ask in a quiz as a conversation that you’re having with your audience. This is where your quiz shines. Unlike other forms of content, a quiz is the only medium that allows you build a personal rapport with your audience. Think of someone who would really enjoy your quiz and write it as if it was specifically for that person. This will help you develop a more comfortable and personal tone of writing. It’ll be more genuine.

There are a couple ways of building that conversation:

  • Express Your Personality: If you want to get the most out of your quiz, create a connection by injecting your personality into it; be it your own or one you created.
  • Follow the Pub Rule: Ask questions as if you were hanging out with some friends in a pub. This rule comes from the Irish Post, a UK newspaper that reached Irish people living in London with a quiz that had questions styled similar to a conversation.
  • Get Personal: Encourage your audience to open up to you. Let them tell you about themselves through their answers to your quiz questions.

4. Design Results Worth Sharing

The results section of your quiz is the perfect opportunity to get shared, promote products, and drive clicks to your website. Here are some ways to maximize your chances of success:

  • Be Positive, but Don’t Lie: We relish in the thought of things that make us look good on social media. Make the results of your quizzes as positive as possible to get the most out of people sharing them. But while we want to be positive, we don’t want to lie through our teeth either. Base your positivity on real facts. For example, if you tell someone that they’re like a truck, saying they’re fast and trendy wouldn’t be the greatest fit. Instead, frame it around the fact that they’re strong and reliable.
  • Prepare to be Shared: Make sure your quiz results and quiz title complement one another when shared, and that they engage other people to participate as well. For example, the results of the above example would say something like this: “I’m a truck, strong and reliable! Which vehicle are you?”

Step Two: Determine Your Use Cases

Now that you’ve created your quiz, it’s time to use it to acquire leads and build your database. Let’s look at four different examples.

1. Drive Traffic and Leads from Events

Our first example comes from Steinberg Architects, a service company for architectural design. They used a quiz at their event and paired it with a contest for a pair of headphones. Their quiz “What kind of thinker are you?” was set up on iPads at the event and acted as a way of drawing in passersby and then collecting lead information. It was a huge success and ended up netting them over 300 new contacts to their database. They followed up with each lead in a personalized way based on their “Thinker Type.”

Steinberg Architects

So how do you create a quiz like this? Structure your quiz about the event itself. For example “Which talk do you want to see next?” or “Which speaker are you?” for a conference or seminar. Put on your thinking cap and decide what the event attendees would be interested in learning or what is going on at the event that you could apply to your quiz. The more contextually relevant the quiz, the better.

2. Generate New Leads from Social Media

If the quiz below looks familiar, that’s because it looks almost exactly like the ones floating around Facebook—only this one has a subtle difference. Instead of just being pure entertainment, this quiz doubles as a lead magnet to bring in new contacts that can be followed up with based on their personality. This quiz was shared on Facebook and Twitter and brought in 211 leads.

Social Media 1

Social Media 2

So how do you create a quiz like this? Identify a popular quiz in your niche, then recreate that quiz and adapt it to your company, whether it be around the products or services you offer or the industry you’re in. Finally, add the cherry on top–a lead capture form that’s relevant to the quiz. This is incredibly simple, yet super effective.

3. Gather Information about Your Website Visitors

Quiz analytics can reveal extremely useful data about your web visitors. By understanding the type of people that visit your site and what they’re interested in, you can create future content geared more towards your audience. You can also track how many leads you’ve generated through your quizzes.

A good example of this comes from Cloud Sherpas. They use their quiz to not only help their customers learn something important (how well they know ServiceNow), but also to generate new sales leads.


So how do you create a quiz like this? There are certain aspects of every business that are complicated, but incredibly important to understand. For marketers, these things might be marketing automation and CRMs; for photographers, these things might be aperture and exposure. Whatever it is, there’s a built-in level of interest for any quiz that tests these particular subjects and offers insightful information in the results section.

4. Showcase Thought Leadership

There’s always newsworthy stuff happening in your industry and the quiz is the perfect medium to share it (and drive some new leads while you’re at it). A perfect example of this comes from Firmex, an enterprise software company using quizzes to create super engaging content around trends in the industry and world at large. They add a lead capture form at the end of each quiz to build up their list of prospects. This method has been incredibly effective for them, driving thousands of new signups.

History Quiz

So how do you create a quiz like this? Stay on top of what’s going on in your industry. If you see something newsworthy or a trend emerging, create a quiz to test people on how much they know about it, then craft an opt-in form on the quiz that is relevant to your company and the topic to make it worthwhile. You’ll be seen as a thought leader and your lead database will grow.

Now It’s Your Turn

Quizzes are a powerful tool when harnessed correctly and used to drive quality leads that turn into actual revenue. We’ve looked at exactly how to formulate a quiz like that and examined four concrete examples of how to implement those quizzes for your brand. Now it’s your turn to get started.

What are your thoughts on this concept? Will you be integrating quizzes into your lead generation strategy? Or do you have a success story? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section below.


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6 Quick Tips to Improve Lead Database Quality



Author: Ed King

Let’s face it—your lead database is dirty and full of holes. It contains duplicate records, incomplete addresses, and limited segmentation. This poor data makes it difficult to create targeted campaigns and engage your users, which ultimately limits what you can achieve with your marketing automation tool. Many marketers think the only way to make their database better is to invest in getting it cleaned by a data vendor. While getting your data enriched and validated by a data vendor is always a good thing, you can make significant and rapid improvements to your data and keep it clean with inexpensive data automation solutions.

Here are 6 tips to improve your data by investing just a few hours of your time with data automation technology which can automate the laborious tasks of data cleansing and enrichment:

1. De-duplicate records

Marketers often hesitate to automate de-duplication (the process of removing duplicate leads) and prefer to eyeball duplicates and merge records manually due to fear of eliminating the wrong records. However, if the manual merge process applies a consistent logic–and it should–then that process can be automated. If the merge logic involves many arbitrary “judgment calls”, the result over a large database won’t be any better than automating a consistent logic. The shear effort required to perform manual de-duplication often results in the task never being done at all.

2. Fix bad emails

Emails often fail to send because of typos, like john.doe@company,con. You can revive dead leads by fixing malformed email addresses in an automated way.

Pop quiz!

Question: Is this a valid email address:

Answer: If you have to even put the time into researching whether “.com.ot” is a valid email domain, you need automation. Don’t waste your valuable time on tasks that can be automated.

3. Normalize geographical data

Without complete and normalized geographical data, it is difficult to run regional campaigns, plan field-marketing events, and route leads. For example, trying to build a geographically segmented leads list is difficult when you have to search for every possible variation and typos for often-misspelled state names like Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Mississippi. At a minimum, normalize state/province and country data. Instead of “Massachusetts”, “MA”, “Mass”, and endless other typos, standardize on a single value like “Massachusetts”.

4. Infer missing geographical data

Some data fields have known relationships among them, so having one piece of data allows you to infer missing data. Instead of struggling with incomplete address data, have the system automatically fill in the blanks so that you can leverage these known relationships. For example:

  • If ZIP code = 94065, then infer city = Redwood City and state = California
  • If country code = 353, then infer country = Ireland

5. Normalize company names

Another common problem with lead database is non-standardized company names. Leads from the same company can have names like “Toyota USA Inc.,” “Toyota Motor Sales USA,” and “Toyota Motors” Normalizing all company names in your leads database is difficult. Instead, focus your efforts on just customer and target account lists. Cleaning up these critical records will provide greater clarity on your pipeline report and marketing metrics overall.

6. Segment using job title data

A well-segmented lead database is the foundation for personalized engagement and targeted campaigns. This includes segmentation by job function, job level, company size, industry, and location. Data services can enrich generic data, but to be effective, segmentation needs to reflect how you sell and whom you sell to. For one marketer, knowing a lead is in IT is good enough, but for another marketer, she needs to know if the lead is in networking, security, or engineering,

One widely available source of segmentation data is job title. By mapping job title keywords, you can create segmentations based on job function and job level. For example:

  • “Accounts Payable” indicates job function = Finance
  • “CFO” and “Managing Director” indicates job level = Executive

And that’s it. Six quick things you can do now to improve the quality of your leads database without spending a fortune. All you need is a few hours with a data automation tool and reference data such as state and country lists and job keyword mappings.

Do you have any quick and efficient methods to add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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