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Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

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The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate. Whether it's inbound marketing or outbound marketing there are costs associated with a lead, there are costs associated with the time and effort needed to convert that lead to an opportunity, and there are costs tied to the quality of those leads and how that impacts conversion rates. As David Greenberg, Sr. Quality Vendor.

Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches

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There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion. It got me thinking. Layer the times together and stagger them for time zone.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

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Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me. We're heading up to my sister's house today to visit with my dad, Roger Damphousse ("Pepere" as the kids call him), and eat again. Dad, here's to you.(see,

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13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club

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Pete Krainik of the CMO Club posted thirteen books that members of the CMO club have recommended. Great list : Breakthrough Marketing Plans: How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Driving Growth. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Leading Change. Marketing Champions: Practical Strategies for Improving Marketing's Power, Influence, and Business Impact.

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C-Level Prospects - Make the First Appointment By Phone

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When I was recently at the Sales 2.0 conference, I had several conversations and debates about the value of Face-to-Face meetings versus Con-calls/Web-meetings. Being that b2b introductory meetings is Green Leads ' business, we have noticed a trend over the past several years. It has become pervasive, and respected, to do business this way. 42% Face-to-Face. 58% Con-call/Web-meeting. 16% Somewhat.

Web Leads - Pounce, Pause, Nurture or Wait?

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A few weeks ago I published a product review of LeadLander. Since then we've had a great experience using it. For what it touts itself to be, it does a great job. It did raise a question though, and before I put much thought into it I decided to ask 7 of my colleagues in the b2b demand gen/sales/marketing space. Now, how aggressively do I go after them? Do I pounce immediately? What do you think?

Lead Generation Tips: Business Card Data Entry For Free | Dreamforce Special

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How many business cards do you have laying around in one of the current states? 1. On your desktop in a pile 2. Wrapped in a rubber band 3. In a ziplock bag 4. Distributed in the inside pockets of four blazers 5. In the bottom of your computer bag If you answer is more than 10 cards, then you have leads laying around that are going untapped. All they have to do is send them to us. The only catch.

Hubspot Product Review: Inbound Marketing Methodology, Not Just a Product

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About 18 months ago, Green Leads embarked on an aggressive plan to increase our inbound marketing activity. We focused first on content and blogging and then decided to dig deeper into SEO best practices. Along the way we started drinking some Orange Kool-Aid in the form of Hubspot's inbound marketing educational materials. Eventually, we jumped in headfirst and signed up. Don't start/stop. leads.

Lead Generation Tip - Take 3 Hour Lunches

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There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion. It got me thinking. Layer the times together and stagger them for time zone.

Lead Generation Tip - Take 3 Hour Lunches

Smashmouth Marketing

There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion. It got me thinking. Layer the times together and stagger them for time zone.

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Inbound Marketing and Outbound Marketing, by Tony Soprano

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Tony Soprano : "Every decision you make affects every facet of every other #?%!% thing." ok, the Tony Soprano thing was just a late addition after I read some hilarious quotes from the show on IMDB last night, and realized they had some.ahem. relevancy -- just a little fun ;) For years the world of b2b marketing has used outbound marketing as a source of lead generation. Then there was the Google.

Inbound Marketing and Outbound Marketing, by Tony Soprano

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Tony Soprano: "Every decision you make affects every facet of every other #?%!% thing.". ok, the Tony Soprano thing was just a late addition after I read some hilarious quotes from the show on IMDB last night, and realized they had some.ahem. relevancy -- just a little fun ;). For years the world of b2b marketing has used outbound marketing as a source of lead generation. Then there was the Google.

The Elves Are Making Appointments and Leads

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We hear this all the time, even from our own reps when they are having a slow week: "December is terrible for lead gen. End of year and the holidays.". True, people have other things on their minds. Some might be closing out the year, but many are willing to help those elves with their heads down making appointments.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

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Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me. We're heading up to my sister's house today to visit with my dad, Roger Damphousse ("Pepere" as the kids call him), and eat again. Dad, here's to you.(see,

Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?

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We thought it might be interesting to augment our thought leader interviews with some demand gen product reviews. We are keeping the reviews independent--actually using the products/services, and then critiquing them. I had heard about LeadLander from a competitor (surprisingly, not all competitors are enemies.that's another blog post). It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. They meet their promise. The following took place in the last 3 days. Day 1. Day 2. Day 3.

Lead Gen Call Center In The Cloud - Virtual Hybrid

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When we started Green Leads we set out to build the perfect Virtual Call Center. We accomplished it, and other than not seeing people face-to-face, the way we work is identical to a traditional call center. We can see people's dials, what CRM records they modify, listen in for training, etc. We lost two employees who wanted more of a team community. All that said, we grew 4X over three years.

Lead Gen Strategies: Sales People Should Be Selling, NOT Prospecting

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This past week a prospect commented that she wanted to explore a third-party lead gen program because their sales reps were spending too much time prospecting and not selling. She said that if they had enough leads they would be SELLING and CLOSING -- not having to do lead gen. How many sales reps are caught in the prospecting grind and not closing? Sounded like a LinkedIn Poll to me. Wrong.

B2B Demand Gen Letter to Google: Real Time Search

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If someone has already written about this, forgive me. But twice in the past few weeks the discussion of real time search came up and how it might touch b2b demand gen. Today, unless someone is searching in multiple places -- Google, Twitter Search, Facebook Search and others -- they will never find the trending topics that people are talking about. Personally, I'll love it.

Home Pages: Treat Them As The Ultimate Landing Page

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Whenever I get a new lead from a prospective company, I always check its web site to see if it looks like a good fit. good deal of the time I'm unimpressed with what I see. The home pages are cluttered, not structured for a quick read, and no actions are suggested. Isn't a home page the ultimate landing page? We all put a great deal of effort into landing pages. Here are two great examples.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Interview with David Thompson of Genius.com

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With he upcoming Sales 2.0 conference in Chicago September 10th, it's time again to provide a few pre-show interviews. David Thompson, CEO of Genius.com was one of the early leaders of the Sales 2.0 movement and recently co-authored Sales 2.0 For Dummies. Mike: David, what is the hot topic of the upcoming conference? Will Social Media dominate the discussions again? Each day there are 1.9

Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

Smashmouth Marketing

The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate. Whether it's inbound marketing or outbound marketing there are costs associated with a lead, there are costs associated with the time and effort needed to convert that lead to an opportunity, and there are costs tied to the quality of those leads and how that impacts conversion rates. As David Greenberg, Sr.

C-Level Prospects - Make the First Appointment By Phone

Smashmouth Marketing

When I was recently at the Sales 2.0 conference, I had several conversations and debate about the value of Face-to-Face meetings versus Con-calls/Web-meetings. Being that b2b introductory meetings is Green Leads ' business, we have noticed a trend over the past several years. It has become pervasive, and respected, to do business this way. Take the opportunity and make the best of it. sales

Green Living - Eco Community Planning

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I have my notebook of ideas for when Linda and I build our green home. It's a few years off, I'm sure, but it's full of sketches, articles, diagrams and some day, this wish book will be our home. just added the article Eco Principles for Community Living from Treehugger.

Green Living - Eco Community Planning

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I have my notebook of ideas for when Linda and I build our green home. It's a few years off, I'm sure, but it's full of sketches, articles, diagrams and some day, this wish book will be our home. just added the article Eco Principles for Community Living from Treehugger.

MarketingProfs Digital Mixer: Top 20 Tweets #mpdm

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MarketingProfs Digital Mixer kicked off yesterday with some great speakers. unfortunately was not able to attend, but thanks to our buddy's at Hubspot , I was able to watch the live video stream--and thanks to twitter, I was able to capture tons of great data. Here are my top 20: MattTGrant : Recap of Sesh on Webinars and Lead Gen at. mpdm if you missed it - enjoy - - [link]. MikeBarzacchini : "Viral video (and social media) is. like ROI: both can only be determined after the fact.". jaybaer : RT @jaygleaton : Assume. the top of the page. andrewspoeth : @britopian mentioned. mpdm [Yaaay!].

CMO Club Demand Gen Roundtable

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The following podcast was created by Pete Krainik of The CMO CLUB :Insights from CMOs Roundtable: Demand Generation in a Social Networking World. Social media is definitely impacting branding, service and support, but no CMO can ignore it's impact on demand gen. We discuss these issues and trends and suggest a few things CMOs should be thinking about today that can impact them in the near future. On the panel were myself, Jon Miller, CMO at Marketo and Paul Dunay Global head of Marketing for Services at Avaya.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Live Twitter Stream #sales20

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I'm at the Sales 2.0 Conference in Chicago. Below is the twitter stream coming from the attendees. Looking forward to meeting all the folks that participated in the Sales 2.0 Thought Leader Interviews. inside sales b2b sales

B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 - Reflections

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So reflect on 2009. I recently was asked to participate in Ambal Balakrishnan's ( @ambal ) ebook, to be published at year'd end and then available from her blog, Connect the Docs. She asked a bunch of B2B marketing experts for their predictions for 2010. For the full text, you'll have to check back with Ambal, and I'll promote it as well. Do your bonuses share quota? Cost per lead? Too bad.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Richard Fouts of Gartner talks Social Media and Communications

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In the fourth of a series of Thought Leader interviews for MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 , we talk to Richard Fouts, research director at Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory company. Fouts presented yesterday in Boston. Mike: You're presenting on the use of social media in communications. I'm assuming you are talking Marcom?)

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Richard Fouts of Gartner talks Social Media and Communications

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In the fourth of a series of Thought Leader interviews for MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 , we talk to Richard Fouts, research director at Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory company. Fouts presented yesterday in Boston. Mike: You're presenting on the use of social media in communications. I'm assuming you are talking Marcom?)

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit: Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

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This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct. 5 and 6, so if you are there, please introduce yourself. If not, you can follow the live tweets here.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

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This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct. 5 and 6, so if you are there please introduce yourself. If not, you can follow the live tweets here.

Appointment Setting: Did I Succumb to a Scam?

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In the collection of appointment setting techniques I've seen before, I've never seen the one that I fell victim to this week. Interestingly, if Green Leads did this for our clients we would soon be one a B2B Appointment Setting Vendor that had a tainted reputation. The scam : I got an unsolicited calendar invite in my inbox with a bridge number, date and time. figured, what's one more?

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man who first said, "Sales 2.0"

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The biggest change has come in 2009. When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 LLC and Green Leads are competitors and yet we hit it off in just 5 minutes. No presumptions--just Sales 2.0 goodness. look forward to hearing what he has to say next week. can have for them.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man Who First Said "Sales 2.0"

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The biggest change has come in 2009. I’ve noticed a lot more conversation with actual sales organizations about the impact Sales 2.0 When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 LLC and Green Leads are competitors and yet we hit it off in just 5 minutes. goodness. Nigel: Yes.

Appointment Setting Experts Pull A Columbo "Just one more thing."

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While recently updating our training materials for new hires, I was digesting all the valuable info from our friends at The Bridge Group on inside sales benchmarking and inside sales training. One particular article captured my attention because it stated some basic principles that many sales professionals sometimes fail to heed. The article, Sellers & Marketers: Have Them at Hello!

Introductory Appointments: Your Goal is Meeting Number Two

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Which of the following is a good sales outcome for introductory appointments? Proposal : The prospect let you pitch him for 30 minutes, told you to send a proposal and CC his director, who handles these types of projects. know a ton of salespeople that would put the first outcome in the success category. You got a pipeline opportunity, right? proposal? WRONG! She shared her real issues with you.

Voicemail Debate - To Leave One or Not - POLL

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This past week on Focus.com , there was an active discussion regarding if we Should or Should Not leave a voicemail when tele prospecting. The opinions are varied, but for those of us in the business, I thought we should put some stats behind the argument. Hence, time for a LinkedIn Poll. I've setup a non-targeted poll, below, and I've also paid for a random C/VP targeted poll. Results Thu.

Lead Generation Tip - Don't Use a Voicemail Script

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I know my colleagues in the sales consulting industry are going to fill this page with comments telling me why their Lead Gen Tip of the day would be to craft the perfect voicemail script. My response is -- Don't Bother. It's interesting that the geeks listen more than others: What do you think? Leave one or Don't

Lead Generation Tip - Don't Use A Voicemail Script

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I know my colleagues in the sales consulting industry are going to fill this page with comments telling me why their Lead Gen Tip of the day would be to craft the perfect voicemail script. My response is -- Don't Bother. It's interesting that the geeks listen more than others: What do you think? Leave one or Don't?

Voicemail Debate - To Leave One or Not - POLL

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This past week on Focus.com , there was an active discussion regarding if we Should or Should Not leave a voicemail when tele prospecting. The opinions are varied, but for those of us in the business, I thought we should put some stats behind the argument. Hence, time for a LinkedIn Poll. I've setup a non-targeted poll, below, and I've also paid for a random C/VP targeted poll. Results Thu.

CMO Cub Summit Tweets

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I'm at the CMO Club Summit for a couple days and the room is sharing the event with twitter hashtag #cmoclub. You can find a stream of the tweets on twitter search. I'll be writing a more detailed article later, but I wanted to share some tweets of value from the day thus far: jkrohrs : Actionable idea #6 for CMOs in down economy: "Outsource." More done with same $. List building. Trigger events.

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CMO Cub Summit Tweets

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jkrohrs : CMO SMS survey: If you had 10% more budget in 2009, where would you spend: 10% search, 20% social, 50% demand gen, 20% headcount #cmoclub. I'm at the CMO Club Summit for a couple days and the room is sharing the event with twitter hashtag #cmoclub. You can find a stream of the tweets on twitter search. More done with same $. List building. Trigger events. Creative. cmoclub.

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