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10 Ways to Optimize Your Lead Conversion Rate

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80% of marketing leads are lost or discarded, according to  a MarketingSherpa presentation delivered at B2b Marketing Summit 2009. Tweet The ultimate goal of B2B marketing and lead generation is to help the sales team sell. Marketers spend a lot of time and effort creating inbound leads but struggle getting those leads to convert into customers after they hand them off to sales. Does this sound like you or someone you know? I’m going to share 10 levers you can use to improve your lead conversion right now: 1. Shorten Shorten your follow-up time and do it personally. Use your manners.

How ECI Telecom Discovered the Surefire Sign that Sales and Marketing Are Aligned

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In late 2009, ECI implemented a new marketing automation program.  To use it effectively, Levy and her team convened with sales leaders representing teams from the Philippines to the United Kingdom. Tweet If you’re among the roughly half of B2B companies that have strong alignment between your sales and marketing teams, then congratulations! Looked great on paper. But she was mistaken.

Cold calling and the Complex Sale: observations you can learn from (thanks to my daughter)

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I was somewhat shocked to find out that my 14-year-old daughter had searched YouTube recently for any mention of her dear old dad. She stumbled across a video that included a recent mention of my book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Isn’t it just amazing how easy it is in today’s world for our children to get the goods on their parents? But, excuse me, I’m digressing. With it.

Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009

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Read Forecasting Clouds' Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009 Forecasting Clouds ranked the top 20 CRM blogs based on their content, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list of blogs, I discovered some new ones worth reading along with a number of bloggers I already follow. Here's a partial list of the CRM blogs on their list: PGreenblog and CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg. Beagle Consulting Blog – Denis Pombriant. Brent’s Social CRM Blog - Brent Leary. Think Customers: the 1 to 1. Jeremy Nedelka. Carfi. Blog - Michael Maoz.

Annoucing a new family member

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I seldom write personal posts but I'm making an exception to share my joy. Lydia Faith Carroll was born on 7/8/09. She is 7lbs 6oz and 19 inches long. Mindy and Lydia are doing great! Lydia getting some rest : ). Our first family photo with Lydia. happy family of five! feel very grateful and blessed

Webinar Replay: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

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Use these timestamps to jump to key points fast. 8:20 – Jen compares B2B Benchmark Report responses between 2009, 2010 and 2011. Tweet Warning: If you watch only the first few minutes of this webinar, you might get discouraged about the state of marketing today. But their other responses point to what’s causing this. What does this mean? View Slides on Slideshare. Both are interdependent.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 2: Sales and Marketing – One Team

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I’ve started an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist.’ Each post in the series addresses a step that will help to make your lead generation campaigns work like a well-oiled machine. In the first installment , I discussed tackling your organization’s mindset. Your touches should be conversations not just campaigns. Your “marketing” approach should be more consultative. The post received a lot of great comments. Ardath Ablee was fascinated by one and wrote about it in her blog. think you’ll find “How to Use Existing Content in B2B Demand Generation Programs” helpful.

5 tips to build more relevant and engaging lead nurturing emails

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A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage, or unsubscribe after cite "lack of relevance" as a key factor. This is hugely important because most marketers rely on email as their main lead nurturing tactic. As B2B marketers, we should have it drilled into our brains that relevance must be an essential part of our lead nurturing touches. But be honest: How well are you really connecting with your audience? encourage you to look beyond your unsubscribes and find a true measure.   It’s a common phenomenon. Tip 2. Tip 3.

Podcast: Why sellers don’t have the right tools to help buyers buy

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A recent lead generation poll showed that converting leads to pipeline revenue (accelerating sales) was the biggest challenge for marketers. What are we doing as sellers that keeps us from closing sales? It’s a tough question, and it’s one that gets a lot of feathers ruffled. However, this is one question that Sharon Drew Morgen isn’t afraid to tackle. spoke with Morgen recently to ask her about her take on the question and her new book Dirty Little Secrets: why buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell and what you can do about it. Basically: How do we convert leads to sales?

Webinar on Effective Lead Management: How to Convert Marketing Leads into Sales Pipeline

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Research shows that about 80% of leads marketers generate end up getting lost, ignored or discarded. So, instead of continually struggling to find new leads for Sales, marketers should begin focusing on developing effective lead management processes for converting more leads into sales pipeline. In fact, in a recent lead generation poll I conducted through my LinkedIn group, I found that converting leads to pipeline revenue was the biggest challenge for marketers. The key is to look back at your past marketing activities to find the gold that’s been lost in the Sales and Marketing pipelines.

Take the Poll: Which aspect of the B2B lead generation process frustrates you the most?

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Which aspect of the B2B lead generation process frustrates you the most? Getting a volume of names. Figuring out which names are valuable. Passing leads to sales. Converting leads to pipeline revenue. Closing the loop on every lead. Take the poll here

B2B Marketing Zone launched

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A new B2B marketing community that I am participating in was just launched. The B2B Marketing Zone is a marketing community site that was launched as collaborative effort between Tom Pick and Tony Karrer. The community features content from other B2B marketing bloggers I enjoy such as Ardath Albee ( Marketing Interactions ), Paul Dunay ( Buzz Marketing for Technology ) and Jon Miller ( Modern B2B Marketing ) as well many others. If you’re looking for insights from other experts in B2B marketing I recommend you check it out

Inbound lead nurturing presentation

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I had a great time with being a professor at the inbound marketing university. Here's my presentation deck on inbound lead nurturing (CV201) via #IMU for those who missed it. #8 IMU: Inbound Lead Nurturing (CV201) View more OpenOffice presentations from Hubspot Marketing. You can check out all the other classes or register at: [link

On Lead Nurturing - thinking beyond the send

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The challenge today is not in generating leads, but truly connecting with them. That's why lead nurturing matters. This is why I found this post by my friend Ardath Albee titled, " Strategy Beyond the Send " helpful. Ardath's post gives some useful ideas on how we can better connect by thinking, "like your prospects do when they set out to solve a problem. One step leads to another.and another." I agree. Define that problem from your customer's perspective. Review your options for content that addresses these concerns.

Learn how to create content that improves your lead gen conversions

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B2B marketing efforts heavily rely on content as a lead generation incentive. To be effective in the lead gen cycle, this content has to be something your prospects yearn to read or view. You’ll want to create content that will actually help your sales team have a valid reason to follow-up. Marketers looking for ways to create this relevant content will get practical training during MarketingShepa’s B2B Webinar Training coming up January 29 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST). I’ll join a panel of experts including Sherpa’s Research Director, Stefan Tornquist, and Senior Reporter, Sean Donahue.

Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

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Our first benchmark guide was published in 2009, which analyzed the use of social media in 2008. Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried. How about you?”.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Podcast: Tradeshow and Event Marketing with Ruth Stevens

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Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

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Our first benchmark guide was published in 2009, which analyzed the use of social media in 2008. Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried. How about you?”.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Website Landing Pages impact Lead Generation results

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: On building targeted lists for B2B Lead Generation Programs

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Sales and Marketing as a Team: Five Tips to Improve Performance

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Webcast: Closed-Loop Lead Generation & Management

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Social Media Pundits Disconnect from B2B Marketing

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: E-mail and the phone have high response rates, DMA report finds

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Budget Wars: Sales & Finance vs Marketing

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: New Book on Corporate Blogging

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Will Writing a Business Book Generate Sales Leads?

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: The Lead Generation Advantage for Small Businesses

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Marketing Spend Shifting to Below-the-line

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: The halo effect and lead generation

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Winning the Complex Sales Cycle with Thought leading Content

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: New Cartoon Series Depicts "Sales Lead Hell"

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Two new reports on marketing and lead generation

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Word-of-mouth marketing gets BtoB people buzzing

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: RSS Your Press Room for better search engine visibility

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: How to leverage word of mouth for more leads

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Lead Generation via Industry Experts

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Creative lead generation blunder?

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Lead Generation Check list – Part 4: Clear and Universal Lead Definition

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This is the fourth installment in an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist.’ With each post, I’m addressing a step that in my experience helps improve lead generation efforts. For the first post, I focused changing your mindset to focus on conversations not campaigns. In Step Two, I discussed how to align sales and marketing as one team. In Step Three, I discussed how to develop and intensify your Ideal Customer Profile - which is all too necessary when determining how to reach your target market. Inquiries are not leads. Believe me, nothing fancy is required.

What IS and ISN’T Lead Nurturing

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While chatting with a client recently, she told me that she had just met with her third new boss this year to explain the company’s new lead nurturing process. The problem was that her boss felt their current integrated marketing campaigns qualified as lead nurturing. We discussed the challenges of communicating what IS and ISN’T lead nurturing. A lot of marketers say they are “nurturing” their prospects when in reality all they are doing is sending out nice brochures or marketing copy focused on product releases or company announcements. Look up the definition of “nurture.”

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 1: The Mindset: Conversations, not campaigns

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Building an effective lead generation program is kind of like baking a cake. There are certain ingredients that are absolutely necessary. You can tweak the recipe a little here and there adding your own special touches as long as you include the main components. Over the next few months, I want to offer you a ‘recipe’ for building an effective lead gen program. It’s an eight-step checklist. Any one of the eight steps is as important as the others. Fold all eight ingredients into your plan, and you’ll be on your way to getting the kind of results you really want.

On Lead generation: Insist on lead quality over quantity

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Under increased pressure to help drive revenue in this challenging market, many of us are tempted throw as many leads as we can to our sales team. I'm still my the cost-per-lead focus only approach to lead generation. We can tell ourselves that more leads is better because it lowers the cost-per-lead. Don’t be one of those lulled by this false sense of security. If you really want to make a difference in your company’s sales, dig deeper. Couple this definition with elements from the ideal customer profile and you have the beginnings of a meaningful lead definition. Dig deeper.

5 steps for using LinkedIn as lead generation tool

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Like many of you, I’m using LinkedIn to connect with work friends and colleagues. But I’ve been intrigued by how LinkedIn has quietly developed into a useful lead generation tool for marketers and sales people to build relationships with potential customers. I’ve discovered that it’s a pretty simple process if you’re willing to invest the time to freely share your expertise and thought leadership with others. Here are 5 ways you can generate leads via LinkedIn: Step #1 - Create a polished and personally branded profile on LinkedIn. Step #3 - Post relevant content on groups.