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Customer Case Studies: More Effective, Loss Costly

Stories that Sell

In a 2011 survey by TechValidate , 126 B2B marketing and sales professionals weighed in on their challenges and strategies for content marketing. Question : Rate the effectiveness of the following types of content for lead generation. Response : 73% of respondents rated case studies as extremely or very effective in their lead generation efforts. Conclusion.

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.

Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. knew this was big, but I didn’t know how to use it until around 2010 when I found a couple of people who were successfully using LinkedIn to generate leads, but they were focused on internet marketers and solo-preneurs. Related resources: How to Use LinkedIn to Generate Leads.

4 B2B Marketing Strategies for Lead Generation

KoMarketing Associates

Driving qualified leads is a pain point for many B2B marketers, as the pressure to generate these leads is increasing. Increasing overall site traffic is good; generating leads from this traffic is great. Below I’ve outlined a few B2B marketing strategies to increase lead generation. For example, a few of my clients use CTAs (like the below) on the bottom of blog posts to drive leads. This not only brings in more traffic but also highly r-e-l-e-v-a-n-t traffic, thus increasing the likelihood of leads.

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. its role beyond lead gen.

Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15%  of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. challenge. Create a marketing funnel .

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads? Lead generation is an iterative process that requires consistent closed-loop feedback. Centralize the lead qualification process. Be honest. Be flexible.

5 Things You Can Do To Improve B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

B2B Lead generation is rapidly changing process for companies with the advent of MarTech. . Join me Thursday, July 28 at 10 am PST for an exclusive webinar. I’ll be sharing where B2B marketers can focus and what on the “best few” things they can do to improve their b2b lead generation efforts immediately. Register for “5 Things You Can Do Immediately to Improve your B2B Lead Generation.” Get more opportunities with lead reengagement. Build a lead scoring approach for qualifying that works.

6 Best Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade. The B2B Lead Generation List. 1. Publisher Lead Generation Programs.

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. its role beyond lead gen.

How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Putting customers first in lead generation. Complexity found in things like Marketing-qualified leads (MQLs), Sales-qualified leads (SQLs), opportunities, lead engagement scores and other KPIs are helpful to see trends and measure what we deem important to us, but something is often missing. That missing piece is customer empathy. You might also like.

Lead Generation: The power of copy

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll take a look at how a one small tweak to the copy on a lead generation page increased conversion and what we can learn from the results. Objective: To increase leads from quote requests. Primary Research Question: Which form messaging will result in the most leads? Tweet Words matter. Words inspire.

Lead Generation: 2 simple tips to determine cost per lead

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Getting to the heart of lead cost is not easy. In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, I wanted to explore cost per lead by sharing a few tips and insights from the panel of industry experts that spoke on the subject at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013. Clearly define what a lead is for your organization. Does each lead cost only a penny?

20 Handy B2B Lead Generation Resources

B2B Marketing Insider

The Internet is chock-full of B2B lead generation resources crafted by marketing experts, business owners, and other specialists. quick Google search can bring you to several tips, infographics, case studies and presentations that can help you improve your current B2B lead generation campaigns. Content Marketing

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Lead Generation: How to speak the language of your prospects

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet At Lead Gen Summit 2013, Keith Lincoln, Vice President, SmartBear Software, discussed the importance of speaking the language of your customers, and, more importantly, when to say nothing at all. “If you’re ever tired of hearing from us,” the email read, “you can opt out.”. Keith explained that they already captured the lead, and the lead was using a free trial version of the software.

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. its role beyond lead gen.

Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. Topic #1 — Lead generation is king. Lead generation was a huge topic for 2014 and for good reason. Every lead nurturing campaign, every lead conversion, every sale depends on first generating a lead.

How to Create the Perfect Lead Generation Form [Infographic]

Webbiquity

While these activities serve a number of purposes—establishing thought leadership, expanding brand awareness, improving customer retention— lead generation remains the top goal. To maximize the odds that will happen, you need to build the perfect lead generation form. Well…okay, creating the “perfect” lead gen form may be a tall order.

9 Lead Generation Mistakes Marketers Need to Stop Making

Hubspot

For many businesses, the key to making sales is to first generate leads. Leads are valuable because they're the people who have indicated organic interest in your content and your business by giving you their information in some way, whether it's by filling out a form to download an ebook, completing an online survey, or something else. But leads don't grow on trees.

Lead Generation: How using science increased teleprospecting sales handoffs 304%

B2B Lead Generation Blog

There’s something I wish I would have known when I wrote my best-seller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. So, I wanted to see if this heuristic could be applied to lead generation through teleprospecting. Here’s the problem we were solving for: What messaging creates increased lead conversion and maximizes return on energy? Uncover a sales-ready lead.

Looking for Surprises in the 2015 B2B Lead Generation Trend Report

Webbiquity

This year’s B2B Lead Generation Report from Holger Schulze of the B2B Technology Marketing Group on LinkedIn was recently published, detailing key trends, best practices, and challenges for B2B marketing professionals. Lack of resources such as staff, funding and time remains the biggest obstacle to successful B2B lead generation.

Time to abandon spray-and-pray lead generation

Biznology

A couple of years ago, a client told me he was having some lead quality problems. The company had contracted with a major IT publisher for a webcast that guaranteed 150 leads. But the leads weren’t panning out; the quality was terrible and salespeople were pointing the finger at marketing. B2B publishing houses have long relied upon their subscriber lists for the generation.

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. The direct outcome of lead generation is new contacts available for sales or marketing.

5 Lead Generation Myths: Busted

B2B Lead Blog

Lead generation is about knowing what to do and what not to do. As is the case with many business endeavors, myths tend to take root around what works and what doesn’t work with lead generation. B2B Marketing Ideas Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring Marketing Tips marketing marketing insight

Why Technology Marketers are Leading the Way in Lead Generation

B2B Lead Blog

recent survey on B2B content marketing technology found that technology marketers were standouts in lead generation. B2B Lead Generation Lead Nurturing marketing marketing programs Technology marketers are ultimately in the business of solving customer problems using technology. It makes sense, […].

Lead Generation: Balancing lead quality and lead quantity

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Lead generation is somewhat like a tightrope act. Generate too many leads, and the rope between Sales and Marketing breaks. If you don’t generate enough leads that turn into sales, your ROI plummets. This interaction was a great opportunity to capitalize on generating prospects interested in Siemens products. But something went wrong.

How to Leverage SEO for B2B Lead Generation

Modern B2B Marketing

While SEO and lead generation are primary drivers of new leads for most B2B organizations, these teams typically only collaborate when new content needs an SEO review (if that). Lead generation strategies are evolving to meet new expectations, but the one element still missing from most play books may be the one that could make the most dramatic improvement: SEO.

The Biggest Missed Opportunity in B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Yet this is exactly how most B2B marketers approach lead generation today! You don’t care about the number of leads your sales team has. Instead you care about the number of marketing sourced leads. In many enterprise B2B organizations, only 25% to 30% of leads are attributed to marketing, and many will say those numbers are high.

Lead Generation: Content among the most difficult tactics, but also quite effective

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet To determine the most used lead gen tactics, and map that to their effectiveness and difficulty, we asked the following questions in the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report …. Q. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use? Q. Lead Generation: B2B content generates $700,000 in leads via email.

Is Content Marketing Still Effective for Online Lead Generation?

B2B Lead Blog

For the past few years, the buzzword in online lead generation was content marketing. B2B Lead Generation B2B Marketing Ideas Marketing and Sales Funnel Marketing Tips content marketingMarketers have blogged about, wrote articles about, developed whitepapers on, and created videos on how to use optimized content to create an inbound marketing engine.

Tactics for Optimal Lead Generation: How to Earn the Trust of B2B Clients

B2B Lead Blog

You already know that successful online lead generation often starts with bringing potential customers to a targeted, carefully designed landing page. B2B Lead Generation Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring marketing marketing insight And why wouldn’t people fill in the form to get your case study video or download a white paper?

Lead Qualification: The Secret Sauce of B2B Lead Generation Marketing

Biznology

The Number One rule in B2B marketing:  Never, ever, pass an unqualified lead to your sales force.  Because they’ll hate you in the morning…  But seriously, if the role of B2B marketing is to provide leverage to sales, then burdening a sales rep with a prospect who is not a realistic potential buyer is no help.  Enter the concept known as lead qualification.

Lead Generation: 5 tips to generate leads faster on LinkedIn

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Wouldn’t it be great if you could just collect hot leads by spending a few minutes a day on LinkedIn? member of our B2B Lead Generation Roundtable LinkedIn Group was likely dreaming about this when he asked the group for a way to generate leads through LinkedIn that “doesn’t require a lot of time, engagement and endless keyword searches.”. Guess what?

Lead Generation: How to establish a connection offline

B2B Lead Generation Blog

MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2014 Call for Speakers. Lead Generation: Does your teleprospecting deliver value to prospects? 2013 Year in Review: Top 6 focus areas for B2B marketers this year [More from the blogs]. Lead Generation direct mail lead generation Lead Nurturing multichannel campaign multichannel marketing It worked.

Getting Started with Video for Lead Generation

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Margot Mazur Lead generation is a huge part of a well rounded B2B marketing strategy. Done right, it can be an important and valuable lead generation tool, building trust with your audience and expanding your marketing strategy. . Here are four steps to set up your videos for lead generation : 1. Prepare Add a Lead Generation Form.

Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use? To help you improve your own lead generation efforts, here are some insights and tips from our audience….

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. You’ve got a database full of leads who filled out their basic contact information, but what about the details beyond their job title and function? What

The #1 Reason CEOs Should Care About Lead Generation

ViewPoint

I often say that CEO’s don’t care about leads, they only care about revenue. Unfortunately, unless you, as the CEO of your company, start caring about leads you are going to lose revenue and miss your number. What this means for you is that enterprise sales leads are more important than ever before, and your lead generation strategies must align with your target audience’s needs.

The 7 Attributes of Highly Effective Lead Generation

Sales Engine

It used to be that darkening the skies with sales reps, albeit expensive, was the best way to grow a B2B company—more feet on the street equaled more opportunities. That continues to be the missing element for most B2B companies that are unsatisfied with their content marketing efforts to date, so let’s get back to real business problem you’re trying to solve. Not really. It can.

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Lead Generation: 2 tips to transform your content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Content marketing can be an effective tactic for lead generation as customers look to your brand as an authority in the marketplace delivering relevant information that is useful to their needs. B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story [More from the blogs]. Content Marketing: Consulting firm nets 388% more leads with 4-step strategy [Case study]. Tip #1.