How Arketi Client Cortera Generated a Firestorm of Leads

Go big or go home

Cortera, a provider of comprehensive business-to-business payment and purchase behavior insights, had one goal in mind when they engaged Arketi: they wanted to generate several hundred new sales leads each month.

To achieve this, the company’s CMO tasked Arketi with developing a “full-throttle” integrated marketing plan that would help him sell into an entirely new target market. And Arketi was up for the challenge.

To get started, Arketi and Cortera brainstormed a plan of attack, which included public relations, paid search, and email marketing, and created a production schedule to coordinate each component. Arketi and Cortera considered messages and tactics that would educate, entice and engage prospects to help Cortera succeed – and reach its lead generation goal.

With high expectations, Cortera and Arketi kicked off an all-out public relations blitz and worked with Cortera’s internal team to begin search marketing and aggressive email campaigns.

Putting the pieces together

Entering a new market meant that Cortera needed to educate an unfamiliar audience on 1) who Cortera is and 2) how the company could help its prospects increase their revenue.

Public relations activities were specifically designed to do just that. Arketi targeted key publications, securing guest blog posts, contributed articles, editorial calendar opportunities and executive interviews that would educate sales and marketing professionals about Cortera’s solutions, which take customer prospecting out of the Stone Age and into the 21st century.

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Arketi also launched a pay-per-click campaign to complement a multi-touch email campaign that Cortera was heading up. The paid campaign was designed to not only support Cortera’s various promotional offers, but also to help Cortera gain brand awareness against its larger and well-known competitors.

With a limited search budget of $5,000 a month – compared to competitors spending four times as much – Arketi ran a highly targeted paid search campaign that focused specifically on users looking for Cortera’s exact offering. Tightly themed ad groups were created that directed users to very specific, relevant landing pages – which kept quality scores high and click-through rates high and consistent.

A third prong of Cortera’s integrated marketing plan was an aggressive email marketing strategy. The email campaigns offered everything from free trials and beta testing opportunities to content downloads, including an eBook and a light-hearted infographic. Arketi designed all of Cortera’s email templates and landing pages based on industry standards and best practices, while incorporating Cortera’s branding and penchant for eye-catching images and bold colors.

Ring of fire

With an aggressive integrated marketing program firing on all cylinders, Cortera exceeded its lead generation goals.

As a result of the PR outreach, Arketi secured 27 media placements consisting of thought leadership pieces and company-focused articles, reaching an audience of 1,589,655 in key publications such as DM News, Credit Today as well as recurring blog posts on and DM Confidential.

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During the three-month campaign, Cortera earned 76 conversions at a rate of $92 per conversion. The click-through rate averaged a consistent 1.01% and cost-per-click remained low at an average $2.32.  

Cortera and Arketi’s plan of attack proved just how much can be accomplished by planning and executing the right activities at the right time. Cortera educated its prospects while going head-to-head with more established competitors to achieve lead generation success.

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