How can a M&A Advisor increase deal flow

M&A Advisory Digital Strategy Roadmap – Get INBOUND Dealflow

13th April 2023

So few companies, too many advisors! M&A is becoming increasingly competitive; brutal pitches, painfully long deal cycles and LPs who only get paid when the deal has been done. Within this article, I’ll discuss how M&A advisors can increase deal flow.

  • Increase Pipeline Opportunities
  • Improve Lead Conversion Rates
  • Increase Marketing ROI
  • Build a Better M&A Brand
Unless you’ve got an incredible team of superhero closers that hit targets quarter after quarter; succeeding in the M&A market is incredibly difficult.
Top tier advisories take up a lot of the marketing noise, with big budgets, fancy videos, slick online and offline events and impressive PR. If you’re in the M&A sector you know who they are. But what can your company do to improve competitiveness, increase deal flow and build your brand as a small-mid sized M&A advisory?

Before I get into what you can do to increase M&A deal flow. Having delivered strategic marketing and delivery for a top European M&A advisory delivering a 300% increase in lead generation, increasing deal flow and bringing in key marketing techniques which I will share with you now.

Build your presence with SEO

Marketers talk a lot about SEO, because it does work, Every employee name, successful tombstone and partner has a ‘digital cache’ within search engines. The more pages that link to different topics within the M&A niche that you specialise in gives you a competitive edge. You should own page one of Google and other search engines for your specific area of focus.

Team Pages – Book Meeting Embeds

If you have a wide number of expert partners within your organisation covering a range of industries like Semiconductors, Autotech, Medtech or Biotech, then create individual pages that relate back to why they’re unique and how they deliver for the client.

These team pages should include specific deals they’ve worked on, education, personal interests, social links and a 500-word synopsis of why they should choose them over the competition.

Everyone on your team including the analysts should get a page. Those in dealmaking roles should have meeting embeds.

Build M&A Report Landing Pages

For many M&A advisories, sector reports are essential to success. They showcase sector expertise, build trust among analysts, senior executives and founders and are essential for your top of funnel lead generation.

Hundreds of hours are spent researching, analysing and writing M&A reports every year. Once published they sit gathering dust on your website or hidden away on a blog post, with one or two social media posts that you’ve released.

Creating targeted, highly shareable, SEO-able landing pages help increase the awareness and reach of your market reports and your ROI per report.

M&A Tombstone Success Pages

How proud were you when you got your first deal? Popping open the champagne when you successfully get a tombstone in the M&A industry is incredibly rewarding even after your tenth. You know the deal happened, the team knows the deal happened but apart from that one press release that went out about two years ago… no one knows!

Think about all the time that went into it, the endless due diligence and legal to-ing and fro-ing. Creating a page that celebrates how you helped the customer, why they chose you the partner and what impact it has had on their business.

Use all this knowledge, learning and experience as clout when a lead is on your website.

M&A Guest Posting + Public Relations

Getting to know journalists and editors is a very important part of running an M&A business. Getting into the WSJ, The FT or Business Insider can dramatically boost your profile within your sector. Avoid being dull and have a strong hook to bring them to the table.

Conversational Marketing

Pushing your prospective leads through carefully crafted chat flows can speed up your sales cycles by up to 50% allowing your team to deliver better initial consultations through higher quality lead qualification.

Pushing a visitor from a cold-lead to a warm-lead within a couple of minutes using some marketing automation and internal lead vetting methodologies, all with the aim of getting meetings booked with the sector principal that they need to talk to without the need to talk to the lead themselves.

Write Long-form M&A Content

Certain members of your team will be industry sector experts. They know their individual sectors, they’re also likely to be multi-lingual from some of the finest universities in the world, so why not harness their expertise?

Investing in your content will increase your visibility on social media platforms, build your presence on search engines, create an engaged audience and drive sector-specific traffic to your website.

Regular Email Updates & Segmentation

Providing your newsletter is inbox-worthy is essential when it comes to email. Creating a narrative and sharing the successes will turn the tide when pitching for business.

Regular Email Updates

Take stock of everything that is going on at the firm deals, appointments, webinars and reports. People want to see progress, they want to know who you’re doing business with, where you’re getting PR and how you making your mark on the industry,

Sector Segmentation

Whether your focus is semiconductors, AI or Martech, segmentation brings highly targeted content to the specific niche that you focus on. Build credibility of your given sectors and put a human element with the sector expert framing the content.

Successful segmentation can deliver accelerated growth and ultimately make your business a market leader in your core sectors. Focus on one or two sectors that will deliver ROI as this can be a time-intensive exercise.

Planned Drip Campaigns

Drip campaigns are pre-planned emails helping to guide users through a journey. Within M&A they can help move a lead across the funnel. Sharing how the M&A process works, successful M&A transactions, team information and anything else you think might add value to convince them that you’re the partner for them.

Target M&A Specific PPC Keywords

When starting out, think about where your customers are. Within M&A, this is usually; LinkedIn and Google Search. These are channels where you have to be present on, whether you’re targeting keywords on Google or are running retargeting campaigns on LinkedIn.

These are tools that can scale your business, but it is essential to build the basics before paying for ads to improve conversion rates and ensure KPIs are being met.

How Long Before You See Results?

These are tools that can scale your business, but it is essential to build the basics before paying for ads to improve conversion rates and ensure KPIs are being met.

Building the solid foundations of a marketing-sales revenue framework takes time. Realising ROI within M&A takes around two-six months to see significant pipeline improvements.

When starting marketing implementations within M&A it is essential to measure the following core KPIs:

  • Revenue In-Pipeline
  • Meetings Booked
  • Engagement Letters Signed

If you’re an ambitious M&A advisory with the drive and ambition to close more deals. Get in touch here.

Alex Lawford The DIfference Group

Alex Lawford

With a strategic entrepreneurial mindset, I collaborate with founders to take their businesses from pre-revenue to £5m+. Unlock your difference across strategy, marketing and revenue operations. I look forward to collaborating.