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Introduction to Lead Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. However, companies continue to spend untold dollars on lead generation efforts ultimately doomed to fail. 79% have not established lead scoring.

No Lead Left Behind – Prioritizing Your Leads with Lead Management

Salesfusion

While too many leads certainly isn’t a bad problem to have, it can be a problem for companies nonetheless. If you feel like your marketing efforts are delivering results but your sales team thinks you aren’t providing enough quality leads, it’s time to get those leads under control with lead management. Lead management was introduced to ensure nothing leaked out of the marketing funnel by providing the framework for tracking potential customers from the point the lead is generated to when it’s converted to a win.

B2B Lead Management – 6 Best Practices

Great B2B Marketing

Some companies are good at generating B2B sales leads , others are good at qualifying and closing those leads, but the top performing companies, are those that leverage B2B lead management techniques and can do both.  Here are six strategies you can implement to create your own unstoppable marketing and sales machine: Follow up every inbound inquiry within 48 hours – preferably 24 hours.  Leads have a short shelf and the person who was enthusiastic about your offer yesterday, may not remember who you are tomorrow. 

4 Key Steps to Developing an Effective Lead Management Process

Salesfusion

The post 4 Key Steps to Developing an Effective Lead Management Process appeared first on Salesfusion. Email Marketing Marketing Automation B2B Marketing Lead Management

Five Myths of Lead Management

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Lead management continues to be a hot topic in the world of B2B marketing as we turn the corner and head into the second half of 2010.  Over the last 12 months, marketing and sales dialogue increasingly has focused on how marketers can better engage with the more empowered B2B buyer and what they need to do in order to leverage the B2B buyer relationship. As a leader in lead management process development, our firm has seen a lot of confusion in the market about what constitutes lead management.  Metrics.

5 Attributes of an Effective Lead Management Process

Hubspot

Inbound marketing is a powerful strategy. When we implement it for a company here at Imagine Business Development, we will typically see a 2 to 7 times increase in lead generation in the first year and a 5 to 10 times increase in future years. 2013 study identified generating high quality leads as the number one challenge for B2B marketers. Lead Management

B2B Marketers still struggle with lead nurturing

Biznology

I thought it was widely understood by now that staying in touch with a prospect who has shown some interest in your product or service can triple, even quadruple, lead-to-sales conversion rates.  But a new study from Bizo and Oracle Marketing Cloud suggests that business marketers are still struggling to get the most value from lead nurturing programs. This is a mistake. 

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. The post 5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox appeared first on The Point.

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?

Taking Stock of Your Lead Management Process: 5 Key Questions

The Point

Key to designing an effective lead nurturing program is taking stock of your current lead management process. Note: it’s critically important that representatives from your sales organization have a seat at the table for this initial discovery process – not just management, but the people “in the trenches” who qualify, respond to, and follow up with sales leads.

Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. That, ultimately, is what lead nurturing is designed to do – move leads towards opportunity and close. The results were dramatic.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

The Point

In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. That latter group becomes fodder for ongoing nurturing, in the hope that further education and brand awareness will ultimately result in conversion to qualified leads. There is a better way.

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3 Lead Management Questions Sales will Ask Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Doug Sechrist | Tweet this Most of you regular readers have hopefully broached the sales and marketing alignment discussion within your organization and are on your way to a building a lean, mean, revenue-producing machine. If so, the days of “the leads suck” conversation is in the past. Now you’re onto “the leads still suck, but please give us more” conversation. healthy lead management process transcends sales and marketing, resulting in a unified view from inquiry through opportunity to revenue. used to get 100 leads a week, now I only get 15.

Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful. question: at this point, what kind of lead am I? By my own reckoning, I’m an MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead).

5 Techniques For Lead Management Success That You Probably Aren’t Using

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman Lead management is the ability to capture, respond, and manage incoming leads. When spending so much time and money on creating the perfect campaign, you want to make sure you have numerous best practices in place to manage your leads throughout the entire lifecycle. Work directly with sales to determine when a lead is “sales ready”.

Oracle Eloqua Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management

It's All About Revenue

by Eloqua | Tweet this The 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management has been published and Oracle Eloqua is in the Leaders quadrant for the second consecutive year.  As the centerpiece of the Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Eloqua is adding leading marketing automation and lead management capabilities to Oracle’s Customer Experience (CX) solution. 

Personal review: Aprimo Lead Management

Fearless Competitor

Does Aprimo Lead Management Measure Up? At the Aprimo Marketing Summit , I had a chance to take a close look at the Aprimo Lead Management offering. I was able to grill them with questions that trip up many vendors. With my experience in B2B lead generation and marketing automation, I felt confident I could give them challenging questions. found a very strong and graphical offering for lead management. But you sure better sketch it out on a white board BEFORE you try to create it in Aprimo Lead Management.).

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6 Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy

Marketing Action

One of marketing automation’s big wins is the ability to create a continuous process to  manage leads at scale. Act-On’s new white paper, Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy , outlines six steps to figuring out the best process for your organization: 1. Have a plan for how leads are qualified and routed. Create buyer personas for leads.

Top 10 B2B Lead Scoring Mistakes (Part 1 of 2)

The Point

Lead scoring has quickly become an integral part of a demand generation marketer’s arsenal. well-planned, well-designed, and optimized lead scoring schema can be a key contributor to sales productivity, sales engagement, and the rate at which inbound leads convert to Sales Qualified Leads, opportunities, and deals. Multiple campaigns assigning lead scores.

Manufacturers Need Lead Management to Close the RFQ Gap

Industrial Marketing Today

Talking to manufacturers and industrial companies on a daily basis has convinced me that when they say they need help with their lead generation, they really want more RFQ (Request For Quote) opportunities. Generating new leads, qualifying and nurturing them until they turn into a RFQ is too much work for them. For a real-life example of this lead generation disconnect, read my post, Manufacturers: Don’t Start a Lead Generation Campaign without Sales. See my article, “Inbound Marketing Must Set the Table for Industrial Sales.”.

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A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

The Point

It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. If you hand off content syndication leads to your sales force without setting these expectations, your program may be doomed to fail. The post A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads appeared first on The Point. references the specific content asset. 2.

Lead Gen: A proposed replacement for BANT

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet According to the MarketingSherpa   2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report , 24% of marketers ask a timeline-to-purchase question on their lead capture forms. Q: Please select the most important fields that you need to collect from your leads on the lead generation form. Lead qualification in a post-BANT world. Another 17% ask budget-related questions.

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Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

The Point

Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. Or are companies rushing to implement marketing automation without a full understanding or strategy for how to put that technology to best use? Is this a technology problem relating to ease of use?

5 Reasons to Gate Lead Nurturing Content

The Point

A client asks: “I notice that you’re recommending we gate our offer content behind landing pages as part of the lead nurturing campaign. It’s why click-to-lead conversion rates are never 100%, no matter how good your landing page. If you score clicks as “responses,” you risk over-inflating the value of leads who may only have passing interest in your content. Here’s why: 1.

Why is Inside Sales So Scared of Lead Nurturing?

The Point

Recent studies tell us while the adoption of marketing automation technology continues to gain momentum, fewer than 20 percent of marketing executives say that they are fully integrating the technology into their current sales and marketing initiatives. Time and time again, we see marketing automation improve the productivity, efficiency, and job satisfaction of Inside Sales.

10 Tips for Driving Lead Nurturing Success (Infographic)

The Point

When B2B companies invest in marketing automation technology, “lead nurturing” is often one of the key business objectives that spurs those organizations to take the plunge. It’s important to recognize that the simple act of investing in marketing automation doesn’t create an effective lead nurturing strategy any more than buying CRM software accelerates the sales cycle.

10 Ways to Optimize Your Lead Conversion Rate

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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. As I talk to marketers about their lead generation results, I often hear statements like, “We’re generating lots of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.” Remember, people buy from people.

2011 Lead Management Optimization Study

Fearless Competitor

B2B Demand Generation | CSO Insights new study on Lead Management is released. – 2011 Lead Management Optimization Study. To give you a small taste, here are some findings: Sales is generating more than half of their own leads Jim Dickie, CSO Insights. Lead conversion rates continue to deteriorate. ouch!). What do you think?

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Sales Lead Management Association Announces Winners of the 2011 “50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management” Election

Fearless Competitor

Jeff Ogden, President of the B2B demand generation company  Find New Customers wishes to congratulate all the winners, and to say that we are honored to be included with so many B2B marketing experts. Obermayer, executive director of the Sales Lead Management Association, announced the results of the voting for the Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management in 2011.

More Evidence That Waiting Even 5 Seconds to Contact a New Sales Lead Can Be Disastrous

The Point

In my experience, most of the mental energy and strategic thinking around the practice of lead nurturing and lead management is usually applied to the goal of accelerating prospects through the sales process – from MQL to SQL, from SQL to Opportunity, and so on. Apparently it’s no more complicated than reaching leads almost immediately upon their expressing interest.

The top 50 in sales lead management: Who do you pick to be on the 2012 list?

Sales Lead Insights

Don't miss your last opportunity to vote for your top three candidates to be among the "50 most influential people in sales lead management" in 2012. The Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) is closing the polls at Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 30th! B2B marketing News Sales lead managementSincerely, M.H. Mac) McIntosh.

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 2:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of B2B sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score? Should CMOs feel confident that these leads from marketing automation are ready for sales to close?

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Do You Need Marketing Automation to Do Lead Nurturing? Sort Of.

The Point

A prospective client asks: “We’re just getting our demand generation programs ramped up, and I’m not sure I’m ready for marketing automation. Do I need it in order to do lead nurturing?”. My answer: “It depends how you define “ lead nurturing ,” but technically: no, you don’t need marketing automation in order to nurture leads. Certainly. Comments welcome.

Top 10 B2B Lead Scoring Mistakes (Part 2 of 2)

The Point

When a client says “We set up lead scoring but sales doesn’t pay any attention,” it’s a sure sign that something is amiss – and more likely the problem doesn’t rest with sales. Here’s Part 2 of our discussion of the most common B2B lead scoring mistakes. Examples of leads that fall into this category include students and competitors.

Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers named one of “50 Most Influential List in Sales Lead Management for 2011?

Fearless Competitor

Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers  is named one of  50 Most Influential List in Sales Lead Management for 2011. “ This prestigious award demonstrates that so many respect our deep knowledge of B2B demand generation and lead management and we are honored to be in such prestigious company.” Instead, just prove them wrong with your success.

Strike Gold: How to Find Leads with External Intent Data

Modern B2B Marketing

At the bottom line, the movie is all about a salesman’s ability to close and the endless battle for a quality set of leads. And while perhaps exaggerated in its delivery, these two core messages ring true for marketing and sales teams alike. The ever foreboding challenge is finding and closing the ‘Glengarry’ leads, the ones that will guarantee conversions and revenue. nterest.

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?

Differences Between Demand Generation and Lead Generation

PureB2B

“Demand generation is the process of creating and/or boosting awareness of a particular company or product with the intention of increasing leads. Lead generation is the process of collecting actual leads directly from consumers or client prospects and using those leads to boost revenue.”. This covers both inbound and outbound marketing. Lead Generation.

How Much Of My Demand Generation Budget Should I Be Spending On Lead Nurturing?

The Point

It’s that time of year again, and marketers’ thoughts turn to budgeting for the next 12 months. One of the most frequent questions we’re hearing from clients during this planning season pertains to the balance between pure lead generation on the one hand, and lead nurturing on the other. Can a firm like this rely 100% on lead nurturing? In short: no.

How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)

Act-On

One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. How this works: if a company uses a marketing automation platform, say Act-On, then they will have Act-On tracking code in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) code on their website. Have an open door policy.

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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even then, however, the vast majority of B2B marketers have yet to take the plunge.

Why Chasing Hot Leads is a Bad Idea

The Point

In an ideal world, all B2B sales leads would be pre-qualified and ready to buy. And though recent studies suggest that a large chunk of the sales cycle may already be over by the time many prospects talk to a live salesperson, the reality is that inbound sales leads will always occupy a wide spectrum of sales readiness: tire-kickers, hot leads, and everyone in between.

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Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part I

B2B Lead Generation Blog

SiriusDecisions made a brilliant contribution to B2B marketing several years ago when they created their Demand Waterfall. It seems like everyone I talk to who works in the technology industry, which is an early adopter of marketing innovations, uses the Demand Waterfall framework. The concept is useful for any B2B industry with complex sales. Tweet.