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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.

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

ViewPoint

Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. My point is this—you need a Sales Lead Manager to pull all of the competing departments and managers together to obtain the best revenue per lead for your company. Inside Sales.

Lead Management: 4 principles to follow

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I’m at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 in San Francisco on day one, live blogging the Lead Management Workshop that features a dive into larger topics including lead capture, lead qualification and lead nurture. The main principles of the Lead Management Workshop were pulled from that book. Key principles of lead management.

Sales Lead Management Leads to the Most Efficient Media Buy

ViewPoint

Few companies get by on their good looks—although the engineering department would like to think that the pure genius and word of mouth about your product is enough to sell it. Well, I hate to break it to them, but without marketing the majority of companies will either fail or fail to reach their full potential. Sales Leads Sales & Marketing Management

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. 

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.

Better Processes & Improved Focus with Queue-Based Lead Management Platforms

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

AG Salesworks is pleased to bring you a guest post from Kevin Thornton , Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing for VanillaSoft. Here is a statistic that may give you a jolt: “only 25% of leads are legitimate and should advance to sales.” This raises some questions: Are sales and marketing in alignment on what constitutes a qualified or sales-accepted lead?

7 Lead Management Tools That Will Save You Hours

PureB2B

Leads are great, but there’s a long road between a lead and a sale. Converting prospects into revenue requires marketers everywhere to manage and nurture an on-going relationship with their leads. This usually entails the long hard task of separating legitimate prospects from duds, organizing data, and consistently tracking key leads on a regular basis.

Five Myths of Lead Management

ANNUITAS

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 managementLead Planning. Lead Routing.

5 Attributes of an Effective Lead Management Process

Hubspot

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 – we consider a lead simply a lead. Lead Management

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. Lead Management Sales Leads

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. Unfortunately the budget for the campaign got cancelled, so I emailed the rep, told her the bad news, and that I would continue to keep her company and product in mind for future needs. question: at this point, what kind of lead am I? It’s [Name] from [Company].

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.

Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent. Which begs the question: is marketing automation right for every company? However, specific factors make certain companies better candidates than others.

5 Power Players You Need On Your Lead Management Team

Marketing Action

If you could diagram the complexity of modern marketing and sales operations the intersecting lines of software, social, content, design, email and data would turn into a morass of cross hatching. Sales is no longer cold calling. Think of the sales lead process as a five-step system: Attract : Content and SEO are the magnets here. But there’s good reason for that.

Lead Management: 7 Steps to the Process that Creates Revenue

Marketing Action

He’s spent over 20 years in the trenches, working hand-in-glove with with enterprise, midmarket, and smaller companies to develop and build buyer research, demand generation, database development, and lead management programs. If sales just doubled their follow-up rate to 22%, you’d meet your numbers.”. Lead management is one of those things.

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. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!? Other technologies can show which digital systems a prospect company uses, based on code found on their site.

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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”.

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.). Quality leads matter.

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.”.

3 Steps to Improve Marketing and Sales Alignment

ANNUITAS

Whether you’re more like Ham or Smalls, chances are you’ve had a conversation with sales that included some miscommunication. solid lead management framework is key to shared understanding and accountability. MQL, SAL, SQL, OMY (OK, I made that last one up) are just some of the acronyms you may be using in conversations with sales. Smalls: Some more of what?

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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.

How to Start Your Company’s Discussion About Marketing Automation

It's All About Revenue

by Amanda Batista | Tweet this Over the weekend you may have received one or more marketing emails that weren’t of interest to you, perhaps even after you opted in to receive communication from that particular company. Maybe you set up your own company’s email campaign and weren’t so thrilled with the click through metrics and reporting your current marketing system garnered?

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.

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. Whatever the motivation, any “push back” from Inside Sales to marketing automation and automated lead nurturing/qualification is misplaced.

Why is December a Great Month for B2B Sales Prospecting?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Historically, the typical sales rep thinks that prospecting and December do not mix. And I''m not just saying this from the perspective of AG Salesworks, a B2B lead gen company that prospects year round. If you want to learn the best reporting metrics to use to benchmark your outbound sales team, download the new Outbound Index ™ ). Lead Rate. Wrong. Connect Rate.

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?

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.

6 Essential Nurturing Workflows For Every B2B Company

Hubspot

Essentially these campaigns are a series of emails aimed at keeping you top of mind while building trust and moving your lead further along in the buyer's journey. Get the lead to contact you to inquire more about your services/product or make the purchase online. For companies in the B2B space, there 6 workflows that are essential for them to be using. 1) Subscriber Workflows.

Are You Building a Company or Just Laying “Marketing Brick”?

ViewPoint

Are you building a business with your lead generation efforts that drive sales or are you spending the company’s money on tactics that have tepid responses? Are you simply concerned with the lead count versus the qualified lead count? Until then, I didn’t have a mentor so I didn’t know what to look for or how to measure lead gen campaigns.

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Define and Conquer: Tips to Improve Sales and Marketing Alignment

It's All About Revenue

by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Sam Boush, the President of Lead Lizard , a marketing automation agency based in Portland, Oregon that delivers world-class demand generation strategy, lead nurturing and lead scoring programs, lead management processes, and sales enablement programs. Brad Giles, Sr.

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7 Lead Management Tools That Will Save You Hours

PureB2B

Leads are great, but there’s a long road between a lead and a sale. Converting prospects into revenue requires marketers everywhere to manage and nurture an on-going relationship with their leads. This usually entails the long hard task of separating legitimate prospects from duds, organizing data, and consistently tracking key leads on a regular basis.

Is Marketing the new Sales?

It's All About Revenue

You probably all heard this in one way or the other: in our digital era, buyers are 2/3 through the decision process before they engage with the first sales person. Both in private and business life, Google, Amazon, blogs, social networks and mobile completely changed our buying habits - which disrupts many legacy sales and marketing mechanisms. But all that’s easy said.

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6 Tips for Symbiotic Sales & Marketing Lead Management

Hubspot

Planning meetings and informal discussions go a long way toward repairing the rifts between sales and marketing, but both teams need to see the impact of those conversations to really establish trust. To make sure that application goes off without a hitch, let's discuss six tips for managing the lead generation and hand-off process so that both teams can meet their SLA goals.

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

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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. Sales provided little or no feedback on all the leads.

An Introduction to the New Power of Social Media Lead Management

Hubspot

But as more social networks began to appear, and more people began to adopt them, they became an uncontested space for all types of companies to be present in. As a marketer, your strongest asset is your database of contacts: email and blog subscribers, leads, customers, and evangelists. Converting leads. Such is the power of social media intelligence in the sales process !

B2B: Involve Your Sales People in Social Media Marketing and CRM Now

Conversionation

In many B2B companies, especially those with a longer sales cycle (or buying cycle if you will), there is at least one division where employees meet customers and prospects without sitting behind their computers and campaign or CRM dashboards all the time: sales. Divisions such as sales, can be involved much better in social CRM and social media processes.

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Fresh Ideas to Reignite Stalled Leads and Accelerate the Sales Funnel

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Longer selling cycles and stalled deals are impeding sales funnels everywhere. Use these three practices to convert more leads into revenue: Use Funnel-Specific Market Research. In many industries, for example, executives are scrutinizing much smaller transactions, so lead generation, lead nurturing and sales enablement tactics must address this shift in buying behavior.

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.

3 Recommendations in Lead Management from Carlos Hildago

Fearless Competitor

B2B Lead Generation | 3 Recommendations in Lead Management. The three things Carlos recommends to someone getting started with  lead management include: Conduct an audit. Go though your lead management steps and determine where you are with you data, lead planning, metrics, etc. Figure out (with sales ) the definitions of each buying cycle.

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. Furthermore, that individual hasn’t downloaded that content from your Website, and may not even be familiar with your brand or even remember your company’s name from the white paper they downloaded mere days ago. references the specific content asset. 2.

One Company I Never Want to Hear from Again Ever

Fearless Competitor

You have to register for the Sales Lead Management Association , but it’s free and you vote for up to three, Either link works. I do not work for free, so please do not ask me to work for you and not pay me. never, ever wan t to hear from that company again.  It was a bad experience that is best forgotten and never heard from again. slma marketing award.

5 Ways Marketing Can Help Sales Through a Tough Month

Hubspot

A company won’t survive if it doesn’t meet its revenue goals. That’s why revenue isn’t just the sales team's problem -- it’s every department’s problem. An effective marketing team will set up the sales team for success by generating valuable leads and nurturing them until they’re ready to be passed to sales reps. Ways Marketing Can Help Sales. 1) Jump on a call.

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