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Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

The Point

Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. At face value, it’s hard not to conclude based on this data that many B2B marketers are struggling to even measure lead generation success, let alone achieve it.

The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity

The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign. Develop new ways to improve and scale your current campaign.

Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead generation and demand generation, although related, are at odds with each other. When many B2B marketers say demand generation, they mean lead generation, and the program will be measured on leads and the value of those leads. These terms are often used interchangeably by B2B marketers.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Get B2B Demand Gen Back on Track

The Point

Can technology solve every problem of the modern B2B marketer? Maybe not, if you believe a recent survey sponsored by TechValidate and Spear Marketing Group. Asked to name the two primary barriers to demand generation success, B2B marketers named 1) lack of budget and 2) lack of resources. Click on the infographic below to view full size.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. challenge in B2B.

5 Steps To Improve B2B Lead Generation Program Results

Digital B2B Marketing

You are easily spending thousands on lead generation media programs each month. You have carefully chosen your partners, negotiated an effective cost per lead and are diligently measuring your results. From content to process to branding, here are five steps you can take to improve the results from your publisher lead generation programs. 1. Sponsored Content.

How to Use Surveys for B2B Lead Generation

Modern B2B Marketing

Demand generation and…surveys? While lead forms are a great way to capture contact information about your prospects, they may not collect other critical information because too many fields can overwhelm potential customers. For example, let’s say you do demand gen for a tech company. It’s all in the message you send with that automated confirmation email. Remind

17 Lead Generation- Demand Generation 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

NuSpark

Happy New Year!   I know it’s that time of the year that every blogger tries to put out a holiday-themed blog; well this is mine.   As we head into mid-decade, the state of online advertising and communication continues to be constantly evolving.   As a demand generation firm, we are consistently reading about new technology, strategy, and tactics that contribute to a client’s lead generation efforts.  have an RSS reader with 150 or so blogs to stay up to speed on the ever changing world of demand and lead generation. Content Marketing.

New Raab VEST Report: B2B Marketing Automation Will Reach $1.2 Billion in 2014

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve just published the latest edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST), with updated entries on all your favorites and several new entries to boot. Yes, there’s continued growth in various aspects of social media marketing and in mobile-friendly content creation. mid-market leadership may be up for grabs. billion. But that’s old news.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. challenge in B2B.

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. B2B marketing budgets are shifting to digital and social. Lead generation is still a challenge. Forbes ).

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9 Search Marketing Tips for Effective B2B Lead Generation

LEADership

“Average B2B Buyer’s Attention Span Is 8 Seconds” – REALLY? Search Marketing Tips for Effective B2B Lead Generation. In a heated discussion at one of my client’s offices recently, the company’s senior executives were hung up on a study that said “the average B2B buyer’s attention span is only 8 seconds”. Silence. Looks exchanged around the room.

Lead Generation: It’s all about building relationships

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet “I think at its core, lead generation is really about relationships,” said Brain Carroll, Executive Director of Revenue Optimization, MECLABS. In a recent interview, Brian sat down with Steve Girshik of LeadSpace.com to talk a little shop about the fundamentals of lead generation, what’s new (and unchanged) in the world of the complex sale, and how empathy marketing is the way forward. Steve: So 10 years ago, you published Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. How is B2B market doing in your assessment? Steve: That’s crazy!

3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

B2B Lead Blog

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. And as Neil Patel, Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot have shown us, when B2B content is crafted correctly, it becomes a killer tool for attracting qualified prospects to your sales funnel. But… you just broke part of your lead gen machine. Demand Generation Checklist for Safe Blog Redesigns.

3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

B2B Lead Blog

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. And as Neil Patel, Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot have shown us, when B2B content is crafted correctly, it becomes a killer tool for attracting qualified prospects to your sales funnel. But… you just broke part of your lead gen machine. Demand Generation Checklist for Safe Blog Redesigns.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. challenge in B2B.

5 Ways to Recognize B2B Lead Generation Failure ???and Move On

LEADership

Among all the feedback I received, some readers expressed their fear and shared common instances of B2B lead generation failure. Yes, there are many reasons your marketing and sales activities can fail and they occasionally will. Are you looking to accelerate demand generation? Warning Signs of B2B Lead Generation Failure.

The Best White Paper on B2B Demand Generation Ever Written!

Fearless Competitor

How to Find New Customers is the best white paper on BtoB demand generation ever written, and that is the truth. You can also set up a FREE 15 minute call with this marketing guru by visiting Find New Customers. More and more people are finding this blog each and every day. Thank you so much! So it is extraordinarily well written. Do it right now!

The 4 L's of a Successful Lead Generation Strategy

Hubspot

Inbound marketing is here, people. This means lead generation strategies need to be revamped across the industry to better meet the needs of target markets. The first step in this evolution is to create compelling content, and the second is to use that content to convert visitors into leads. Your Inbound Marketing Strategy Consists of Stones, Pebbles, and Sand.

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

B2B Lead Generation Blog

You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. Over the next few months, I’ll be starting a business and working on my next book, a sequel to  Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Back when I started this blog in 2003, I couldn’t find any place where people were sharing ideas related to lead generation and the complex sale. Image credit: PhotoDune.

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New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

Act-On

Lead generation, also commonly referred to as lead gen, continues to be one of B2B marketers’ top goals. It’s so important that if you distilled an average B2B marketer’s job description down to two words, they might well be “get leads”. Most marketers struggle to land enough leads, and enough quality leads. Sound good?

Why CEOs Say Yes to Marketing Automation

Marketing Action

Why all the noise about marketing automation? Ten short years ago, it was rare for a company to have a marketing automation platform in place. Since then, it’s become ever more clear that acquiring marketing automation (and applying the expertise to make it hum) is a huge competitive differentiator. Lead management. Integrate a few marketing tools.

87 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”. So we set off to uncover the most recent marketing stats. Content Marketing.

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How Does Social Media Fit Into the Lead Generation “Funnel”?

WindMill Networking

Social media must integrate with lead generation efforts. For B2B digital marketers, that’s a foregone conclusion. Our challenge now lies in answering the question: How does social media fit into each stage of lead nurture? Social media’s fit with lead generation can be challenging to grasp, at first. And be sure to review the blog posts below.

What is Social Demand Generation?

It's All About Revenue

Marketers have long been used to drawing up plans. But as social media has gone from the beta test to a part of everyday life , sticking to a detailed marketing plan has become virtually impossible. Even so, creating a social media strategy allows marketing to focus on organizational goals rather than new gimmicks and stay on message. It’s all about conversions and leads.

6 Distinguishing Traits of the New Age B2B Buyer —And 6 B2B Lead Generation Tips to Engage

LEADership

I recently saw this interesting Infographic which offers a peek into the Marketing Mind. As B2B marketers, it would be of tremendous value to us to get a similar insight into the B2B buyer’s mind. There’s only one problem here—the B2B buyer is far more complex and changing more dynamically than the B2B marketer ever can or will. Always in a Hurry.

3 Reasons Why Sales and Marketing Don’t Agree on “Lead Generation”

It's All About Revenue

Marketing says “tomato”, and sales says, “Give me more leads.” ” When it comes to lead generation , these two organizations often view the same topic from entirely different perspectives. Like some sort of twisted Pavlovian experiment with leads, we’ve conditioned them to sit at different ends of the demand generation funnel, looking at it through different lenses and taking action in different ways to achieve the same goal. when you say the words, “lead generation.” Metrics.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 4]

ViewPoint

There’s no doubt that Account-Based Marketing is on the up-and-up. What are sales and marketing leaders saying about it? Is ABM the Holy Grail for lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? Account-Based Marketing

The A-Z Guide to B2B Lead Generation

NuSpark

I thought I’d have fun with this post and attempt to explain key principles of lead generation and inbound marketing in an A-Z glossary format.  Feel free to challenge me with your own list or a replacement term for one of the letters.    Here we go: A-    Analytics.   All activity of the lead generation process needs to be measured via a robust analytics program.  Driving clicks to your websites and landing pages do not persuade visitors to become leads unless the right elements are in place to optimize conversions.  What else can G be? 

Buying software is easy. Fixing lead generation is hard.

Fearless Competitor

B2B Lead Generation | Buying stuff is easy – fixing problems is hard. And every Friday we do a fun B2B marketing show called Laugh and Learn – teaching a key marketing lesson using wit and humor. SaaS marketing products like Marketo , Hubspot , Eloqua and the like are very, very easy to buy. Welcome to all our new  followers on Linkedin.

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Why Video Is Crucial to Your Marketing Automation Strategy

Modern B2B Marketing

Leads who watch videos as part of their journey to close cost an average of 20% less. With the intense focus on guiding buyers through the purchase process with valuable content and targeted nurture streams, as well as the development of video-based technology, marketing with video is a whole new ball game. How Video Creates Stronger Demand Gen Programs. And you’re not alone.

70 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”. So we set off to uncover the most recent marketing stats. Content Marketing.

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How to Create Content Maps That Actually Work in Sales Lead Generation

Fearless Competitor

How to Create Content Maps That Actually Work in B2B Demand Generation. Content is critical in B2B sales lead generation. Our CEO (of a revenue marketing company) and my boss (at the time) wrote out a content map. Another former employee told me that company knows marketing automation, but not marketing. Movement is critical!).

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 5]

ViewPoint

I consider SiriusDecisions to be the gold standard when it comes to best practices in B2B marketing and sales processes. Is ABM the Holy Grail for lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? It’s also more than just lead generation.

Marketing Automation, Set It and Forget It

Puzzle Marketer

Whether you’re a B2B or B2C company, it’s advantageous to manage your customers and prospects in one of the many customer relationship management (CRM) systems. This obviously allows you to match your customers with sales transactions, but more importantly for marketers it allows you the option of layering on a marketing automation system that can deliver targeted messages at the right time without continuous management by additional personnel. Marketing automation, what is it? Turn your marketing into a 24/7 sales generating machine.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. According to the study results, Marketing Automation technology paired with appropriate, systemic processes can yield four to five times the number of closed deals when compared to deployed technology alone. It’s not about generating more leads; it’s about identifying the right leads.

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Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

Webbiquity

What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Create the Content Your Buyers Crave.

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Data Talks! 2 Proven Lead Generation Tactics to Jump on Now

Modern B2B Marketing

Finding quality prospects is one of a marketer’s biggest challenges—how do you find leads that will convert into sales? In fact, 61% of B2B marketers cite generating high-quality leads as their No. challenge. (I bet that even you consumer marketers out there experience this challenge, so stick with me, as I’m sure you’ll find value here, too).

The Lead Generation-Inbound Marketing- Funnel Optimization Toolkit

NuSpark

And a fax machine.   If you were in marketing, you had media kits and circulations statements.  Then Compuserve and Prodigy …  You also had Thomas Register and mailing lists to find leads…. Nowadays there are hundreds and hundreds of online tools and platforms that assist us in generating, converting, and nurturing leads into sales.  Leads are now email addresses, conversation is written dialog and content, and the phone is saved until later in the sales process.  So let’s review the tools needed to manage an inbound marketing and conversion optimization campaign.

32 Resolutions to Prepare for Your 2012 B2B Lead Generation Program

NuSpark

Thought I’d give it a shot as well, running through a master list of “resolutions” as preparation for improving your inbound marketing and lead generation strategies for 2012 and beyond.  Consider these as the stepping stones for optimal business growth by aligning marketing & sales, and developing a content strategy designed to generate leads and nurture them into sales. Process: Set your lead generation campaign goals. How many qualified leads. Cost-per-lead. Inquiry-to-lead conversion rate.