31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment
B2B Lead Generation Blog
OCTOBER 6, 2014
Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. 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? Centralize the lead qualification process.
Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing
Sales Lead Insights
JULY 22, 2011
This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services. Meryl is a professional writer and editor who specializes in online B2B lead generation and lead nurturing. Click here to learn more.
Sirius Decisions Thinks Websites Will Generate 71% of All B2B Sales Leads by 2015. I Disagree.
DECEMBER 16, 2013
The point being made by the article’s author, Jill Stanek, was that Marketo’s acquisition enables that company to extend dynamic, personalized marketing conversations from their current domain (email campaigns) all the way to the Website. By way of context, I happen to work for a B2B marketing agency that helps clients generate, nurture, and convert sales leads.
What Percentage of Marketing Leads Should Be Accepted by Sales?
OCTOBER 10, 2016
The biggest disconnect between marketing and sales is the hand-off of marketing qualified leads (MQL’s) to sales and the acceptance of those leads (SAL’s) by sales. My solution to this is having a lead definition agreed upon by marketing and sales, and the establishment of a judicial branch to evaluate leads that are not accepted and passed back to marketing or dead in the funnel. closed/won deals per 1,000 inquiries, while organizations without a formal SAL stage generate only 4.6
My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads
Modern B2B Marketing
MARCH 9, 2011
by Jon Miller The Definitive Guide to Sales Lead Qualification and Sales Development. Some of these best practices include common definitions for a qualified lead between marketing and sales; lead scoring to identify suspected quality leads; a strong lead management process to manage the handoffs; and the use of marketing automation to power the whole thing.
The Sorry State of Sales Leads Today
MARCH 16, 2011
points out the sorry state of sales leads today. Here are two take-aways: What Percentage of Marketing-Generated Leads do you Feel Fit your Sweet Spot? (i.e. Marketing is missing targets, plain and simple. When one of marketing’s campaigns hits a target, it usually hits the wrong target. Quality leads matter. How do you measure up?
A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads
AUGUST 25, 2015
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. Here’s an example of a sales email that is adapted specifically for content syndication by doing the following: 1.
The Critical Importance of Sales Lead Generation today
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Sales Lead Generation is a must. His post: Sales as we have known it is dead. This is why companies need to invest in sales lead generation today. This is why smart companies invest in sales lead generation programs including: Finely targeted accounts. Marketing automation software and CRM too. Ongoing content marketing. Lead management process. Lead Nurturing and scoring. If you want to make quote and have your business prosper, invest in sales lead generation and talk to Find New Customers.
Buying software is easy. Fixing lead generation is hard.
MAY 25, 2011
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. Remember, we need fewer and better leads for sales.).
Greatest Challenge Facing CMOs Today – Generating High-Quality Sales Leads
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
“The vast majority of CMO’s in the study indicated that generating high quality leads is their top challenge. Source: MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Benchmark Study, August 2010 of 297 CMOs. Certainly, marketing automation software helps and plays a key role. Marketing automation is needed, but it’s only a small part of the solution.
13 Tried-and-True Lead Generation Ideas (And the Numbers Behind Them)
NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Filling the top of your sales funnel with leads is tough -- especially when you're relying on traditional methods. So what if I told you that you could still reach your leads quota using methods that actually add value to your prospect's day? This utopia of lead generation is, in fact, a possibility. video plays and 3,946 leads. 3) Create a quiz. Intrigued?
Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing
B2B Lead Generation Blog
FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Tweet I was asked by a reader to provide some examples of what lead nurturing touches may look like. Lead nurturing is something that’s fairly easy to understand, but for many, it’s become a frustrating thing consistently execute for two reasons: Lack of content. No plan for consistency. I’ve found that many marketers get stuck on not having enough good and effective lead nurturing content. My advice is to start accumulating and building your lead nurturing library now. How do you build your library of relevant lead nurturing content ?
Trust and the Big Lie of Lead Generation
APRIL 26, 2011
B2B Lead Generation : Capturing Accurate Information on Forms. Job Title : Sales Leader Phone # : sdsd Web Site URL : dsds. provocative post called The Big Lie of Lead Generation. When asked why they put in fake information, almost 3 out of 4 cited “Avoid follow-up sales calls or marketing contacts.. What’s the marketing take-away here?
B2B Lead Generation: Outsourced gives 43% better results than In-House
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Using outside professionals to help your company implement lead generation programs gives 43% better results than hiring your own lead generation person and it costs a lot less. So many firms try to implement lead generation programs in-house, … Continue reading → Demand Generation Easy lead generation inbound marketing lead generation Lead Nurturing Leadership Management best practices Marketing marketing campaigns marketing funnel marketing sales Sales Leads sales-ready leads Simple lead generation
Optimizing Lead Distribution for Higher Conversion
B2B Lead Generation Blog
APRIL 13, 2015
Tweet The management of sales leads is critical to generating marketing ROI. Sadly, Sadly, sales leads often land on the scrap heap because marketers throw leads over the wall and then expect salespeople to catch them. I was recently asked by someone how to utilize lead distribution to gain the best results. But when you add sales territories and fairness into the mix, this is far from easy. So do you invest your hard-won leads on your top performers, or do you try to help your weaker salespeople? Leverage this.
Value Proposition: What motivates prospects to buy from you?
B2B Lead Generation Blog
JANUARY 27, 2014
It’s just another way we can look at trying to increase revenue and possibly generate more leads at the same time. Digital Marketing: How to craft a value proposition in 5 simple steps. Email Marketing: Writing powerful email copy boosts CTR 400%. Sales Leads B2B marketing Email marketing lead generation value proposition
Conclusions from study: Sales Speaks – Perceptions and Ponderings on Marketing Leads
MAY 23, 2011
According to SiriusDecisions , over the last 4 years, sales quotas increased 33%, while quota achievement dropped by 25%. Conclusion: B2B sales is a lousy job today – at least in most companies. This is why the role of demand generation in marketing is growing by leaps and bounds. Jill Konrath has a great eBook entitled How Marketing Radically Affects Sales.
Outsourced b2b Lead Generation gives 43% better results than In-House
DECEMBER 16, 2010
Click to access the Focus Roundtable on B2B Lead Generation Using outside professionals to help your company implement B2B lead generation gives 43% better results than hiring your own person. So many firms try to do b2b lead … Continue reading → Demand Generation Easy lead generation inbound marketing lead generation Lead Nurturing Leadership Management best practices Marketing marketing campaigns marketing funnel marketing sales Sales Leads sales-ready leads Simple lead generation
Do You Need Marketing Automation to Do Lead Nurturing? Sort Of.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
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.
16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 2)
B2B Lead Generation Blog
AUGUST 4, 2016
Marketers spend a lot of time and effort generating inbound leads, but they often struggle getting those leads to convert into sales opportunities and customers after they hand them off to sales. . In this post, I’ll share 16 proven ways get better sales opportunities from your lead generation and account based marketing.
The Current State of B2B demand generation
AUGUST 25, 2011
B2B Lead Generation | Study Findings by Act-On Software. I was recently invited as a guest speaker for Act-On Software for a webinar entitled “Stop Marketing in the Dark. But I just saw the results of a study by Act-On and the verdict is clear. Most companies continue to market in the dark. These are unqualified, non-nurtured leads. Lead nurturing.
How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment
B2B Lead Generation Blog
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails. Smart marketers apply some type of lead scoring to leads generated from website, SEO, and email initiatives.
How to turn a good white paper into a great lead generation piece
MARCH 8, 2011
Great content or a great lead generation tool. Do you want a trickle of leads or a flood? Since we’re just about to start a new white paper for a top marketing automation software firm, this is a timely post. We craft a great white paper, like our highly acclaimed white paper on sales lead generation How to Find New Customers , sponsored by Marketo.
Sales Lead Management Association Announces Winners of the 2011 “50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management” Election
DECEMBER 27, 2011
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.
7 Amazingly Effective Lead Nurturing Tactics
MARCH 15, 2016
As companies adopt inbound marketing as a way to generate more leads, the importance of having an effective lead nurturing strategy becomes very clear. In most cases only a relatively small percentage of your inbound leads will be ready to make an immediate purchase, leaving upwards of 90% of your inbound leads on the table. So you are probably wondering….
Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment
B2B Lead Generation Blog
JANUARY 15, 2012
Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring. Now I’m going to share nine tactics that will drive those lead scores – and your ROI – even higher: Do thorough research.
Harness it in YOUR business – the power of B2B demand generation
JUNE 11, 2011
B2B Demand Generation | Many need our free B2B lead generation content. Need to learn B2B lead nurturing? Download our totally free and no registration needed cheat sheet, 7 Keys to Successful Lead Nurturing. I was speaking with a good friend at a content marketing company in Boston. They don’t even have marketing automation software.
What do B2B salespeople think of their company’s lead generation?
MARCH 31, 2011
B2B Lead Generation : Looking for better results. Here’s a summary: What percentage of your marketing-generated leads fit your sweet spot? If you’re company scores leads, how accurate is the scoring? B2B lead generation is in terrible shape today. What are you doing to dramatically improve your B2B lead generation?
“If you just do , your lead generation challenges will be over”
MARCH 22, 2011
Just buy our (crap) and your lead generation problems are over! Everyone seems to have the answer to the lack of quality sales leads problem. Use our marketing automation software. They all promise that, if you will only do X, all the lead generation quality issues your salespeople are griping about will be over. Quality leads matter.
Find New Customers: What the heck’s a Sales Lead anyway?
FEBRUARY 3, 2011
What’s a Sales Lead? If you are like most salespeople, your response is “The sales leads that Marketing gives me are crap. And most likely, you’re exactly right. suggest, … Continue reading → Business relationships Buyer Personas Buying Process Demand Generation Fearless Competitor inbound marketing lead generation Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring Leadership Lessons Management best practices Marketing Marketing Automation Sales-Marketing AlignmentThey are crap.
7 Keys to Successful Lead Scoring
APRIL 5, 2011
Find New Customers to release the second in a series of great content regarding B2B lead generation. Sales Lead Generation using engaging, bite-sized content. Keys to Successful Lead Nurturing. Keys to Successful Lead Scoring. Follow Jeff on Twitter or download the free white paper on B2B lead generation. Quality sales leads matter.
Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 3:
AUGUST 26, 2014
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 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.
Doctor, Heal Thyself! Why companies are unable to diagnose their own demand generation challenges
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
B2B Demand Generation | Why Outside Experts are Needed. Companies lack the ability to diagnose their own B2B lead generation shortcomings and challenges. From a post by Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group – talking about a new client: You can read the full post at Segmentation, Social Media Drive Lead Nurturing Success. That is clear.
The Lead Generation Assessment | Our most popular service
APRIL 18, 2011
B2B Lead Generation | The Lead Generation Assessment service. The Lead Generation Assessment service is far and away our most popular service. Here’s why: Carlos Hilgado of The Annuitus Group wrote this about setting up a lead. Go though your lead management steps and determine where you are with you data, lead planning, metrics, etc.
Find New Customers | Great content on B2B demand generation and always FREE
JUNE 28, 2011
B2B Lead Generation | Free content at Find New Customers. The elevation principle says that great content combined with other people and without marketing messages will help your business rapidly grow. The Elevation Principle: Great Content + Other People – Marketing Messages equals Success. free Education section on B2B demand generation. What do you think?
Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 2:
AUGUST 19, 2014
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?
The Lead Gen Mistakes Marketers Are Making
MAY 3, 2016
When it comes to lead generation, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your sales pipeline with these seven common lead generation mistakes. However, lead conversions suffer when tactics aren’t anchored into a bigger, long-term and purpose-driven marketing strategy. . Getting Real About Lead Generation . Who should follow up, when?