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Four Things Marketing Can Say “Yes” About in 2013

B2B Marketing Unplugged

When they come asking for a better billing system or lead-scoring platform, set up a giant committee to write the business requirements document, technical specification, RFP, and critical path. You’ve got to love January. Those plans you’ve been revising for months are finally in motion. Go ahead. It’s all going to Hell, just as you knew it would. Maybe not.

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Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

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The past week brought three more announcements about predictive vendors expanding beyond lead scoring. In particular, its finding new market segments that clients might enter – something different from simply scoring leads that clients present to it or even from finding individual prospects that look like current customers. Mintigo ’s news came today.

How to Use Predictive Lead Scoring


6 Ways to Make Your Marketing More Effective Using Predictive Scores. If you’re in B2B marketing, you’ve likely been hearing a lot about predictive lead scoring. What can you really do with predictive scoring? So, let’s look at how you can use predictive lead scoring and predictive insights to maximize your team’s results and drive more revenue: 1.

The Biggest Lead Scoring Mistake


Modern Marketers know it’s important to score leads, and lead scoring is a well-known best practice. However, not all lead scoring programs will do the job and in fact, some can actually harm your demand generation efforts if not developed correctly. Many scoring programs have set scores for each type of content with little variation.

Is Your Business Ready for Predictive Lead Scoring?


Perhaps your sales team is losing confidence in your current lead scoring method because they’re not seeing conversions, or maybe you’re launching a new product and are evaluating how to create the most effective demand generation program so your team can hit the ground running. The potential lift can be measured by comparing scores to actual conversions.

How Important is Lead Scoring?

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A lot of marketing teams still guess about when the right time is to pass a lead to sales. Without a consistent framework in place, your MQLs (marketing qualified leads) will be hit or miss, and your sales team will waste a lot of time pursuing leads that don’t convert. According to an oft-cited report by MarketingSherpa, 73 percent of all B2B leads are not sales-ready.

The Black and White of Predictive Lead Scoring


We call this the “black box” approach, which is how most predictive lead scoring solutions work. Taking predictive beyond lead prioritization Predictive is powerful only inasmuch as it’s being used. couple of those are: Lead Prioritization. Predictive Lead Generation. Prospecting & Lead Nurturing. Read The No-Nonsense Guide to Predictive Lead Scoring.

Lead Scoring Mistakes


Modern Marketers know it’s important to score leads and that lead scoring is a well known best practice. However, not all lead scoring programs will do the job and in fact, some can actually harm your demand generation efforts if not developed correctly. Many scoring programs have set scores for each type of content with little variation.

Why Your Predictive Lead Scoring Shouldn’t be a Black Box


Lead scoring and predictive analytics are really hot right now. mean, try to find me one sales rep, VP or CMO that would confidently say, “So you can show me which leads are most likely to close and we’ll increase conversions while saving marketing dollars? Think about it: put CMO John Smith from Sarah Jane’s Widgets into a piece of software and it tells you that lead is an 84.

Checking the Health of Your Lead Scoring Model [CHART]

It's All About Revenue

In Modern Marketing, the health of your lead scoring model has a big impact on your ability to score leads, and determines the effectiveness of your revenue engine as you pass those leads over to sales. This week we analyzed Eloqua customers using the new E10 Lead Scoring Engine , to measure the average Score Diversity of their lead scoring models.

PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 1 [Expert Advice]


Marketing Automation makes it easier than ever to deliver more poor-quality leads to sales. A key to this trend is lead scoring. According to SiriusDecisions’ Research Brief 1 , the problem with lead scoring at many organizations is as follows: Lead scoring models are based on assumptions or inadequate sales input. Part 1. Part 2 (coming up).

How to Get Lead Scoring Right the First Time

B2B Marketing Insider

Lead scoring is a technology and business process used by B2B companies for the purpose of automating the ranking, grouping, routing and tracking of leads that are responding to campaigns and interacting with your corporate website. Over the last few years, lead scoring has become more important for companies who are engaging in a moderate […].

PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 2 [Expert Advice]


We recently asked top industry experts the following question: As we enter the second half of 2015, have companies made the adjustments necessary to utilize lead scoring or is the status quo killing results? Because it has become clear that marketing automation is making it easier than ever to generate poor quality leads. Lead scoring models are: Based on assumptions.

Fliptop: A Customer Data Platform for Predictive Lead Scoring, Pure and Simple

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This model can score new leads and classify existing opportunities in the sales pipeline. Not surprisingly, the company’s Salesforce connector is very efficient, automatically pulling down leads, contacts, accounts, and opportunities through the Salesforce API and feeding them into the modeling system. At present, Fliptop only sends scores to other systems.

Lead Scores Too High? Maybe They Need An Expiration Date.

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In the early stages of a recent client engagement, it became apparent that the schema already in place to determine and assign lead scores was, well: broken. The most glaring symptom was the absurdly high scores: hundreds of contacts had lead scores of more than 1,000, even though the supposed threshold for a sales-ready lead was a mere 100 points.

Lead Scoring Critical for Aligning Marketing and Sales

It's All About Revenue

Every marketer who has been tasked with generating leads has experienced the feeling of rejection from sales. Marketing generated leads are not only rejected, but ignored. If marketers do their jobs well, which we all want to, the sales team has a full pipeline of qualified leads to contact. Marketing generates leads that sales does not want. This is the plan.

5 Steps to Creating a Successful Lead Scoring Program

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In order to nurture your leads, it’s important to have an idea about where they are in the buyer’s journey. Lead scoring is one great way to pinpoint the location of your prospects on their road to purchase. Think of it like a GPS for your leads; it can show an absolute location, as well as a relative one. After all, the scoring model won’t work without data.

Why Lead Scoring and Personas Need To Be Connected

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead scoring and personas are popular topics in B2B marketing. Until B2B marketers begin talking about personas and lead scoring together they are missing an simple way to identify missed sales opportunities. Your lead scoring is excluding a valuable segment of your audience and you have the information you need to identify the issue!

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. Scoring every Web page visit the same. Too little negative scoring.

To Score or Not to Score: How Does Your Lead Scoring Strategy Stack Up?

It's All About Revenue

by Jody Mooney | Tweet this Given that Marketing Sherpa estimates that 79% of marketers have not yet established lead scoring, we thought it would be interesting to see how Eloqua’s modern marketers stack up against the rest of their peers. Modern marketers are ahead of the curve!   And just as important is that the data shows us that lead scoring isn’t just for the “big” guys. 

Traditional vs. Predictive Lead Scoring: Hard Math


Exclusive Bonus Content: Download Here How to Calculate a Lead Score – Without a Calculator. When pursuing new business, lead scoring is a pivotal step in creating a list of qualified leads. The difference between qualified and unqualified leads is comparable to the difference between customers and contacts.  . Is Lead Scoring Right for You?

Lead Scoring 101: How to Use Data to Calculate a Basic Lead Score


When most people start implementing inbound marketing, they're primarily worried about getting enough new leads in the funnel. But once you have a lot of leads, you need to figure out who's really interested in your product and who's just starting to look around. That's where lead scoring comes in. Types of Data You Can Use for Lead Scoring. 1) Demographic Information.

PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 3 [Expert Advice]


This is the final installment of a three-part series in response to the following question: As we enter the second half of 2015, have companies made the adjustments necessary to utilize lead scoring or is the status quo killing results? Because we care about quality leads. We generate high quality leads, align sales and marketing, and drive revenue. Why did we ask?

Why Your Team Needs a Lead Scoring Model

It's All About Revenue

What constitutes a worthwhile lead? For some, a person who downloads a piece of your company’s content or attends its events counts as a credible lead. For others, a lead is only worth pursuing once there is a foreseeable sales opportunity in the next six months. While there is an inherent subjectivity involved in qualifying a lead, however, consensus on what makes a strong lead is an absolute must for companies that want to maximise their sales revenue. lead scoring model offers both teams a common language to use when defining leads.

3 Reports Every Marketer Should Run to Measure Lead Scoring Effectiveness

It's All About Revenue

Lead scoring is a widely discussed strategic topic among marketing automation users. Oftentimes the immediate tactical nuances include lead nurturing, content marketing, and dynamic content. Lead scoring isn’t an “old fashioned trick” we used two or three years ago when automation system adoption began to grow rapidly. MQLs Converted by Lead Score.

Getting Sales and Marketing on the Same Page with Predictive Lead Scoring


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Lead Scoring: How to pick the right ingredients for high ROI

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketers use lead scoring to slice all the potential deals in their pipelines and serve the sales team what it’s hungry for — leads that are ready to buy. Each attribute and action adds to a lead’s total score. When the score hits a pre-determined threshold, the lead is served to Sales. Select ingredients for the healthiest score.

Lead Scoring’s Worst Enemy: “Stuff Marketing”

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Lead scoring is a marketing science in the purest sense – it makes calculated predictions based on consistent demographic and firmographic data paired with objectively tracked behaviors. This mix is why content marketing often effectively supports lead scoring, as both share the same units of measurement – namely, conversions. Demand Generation Trending

Jim Herbold, Infer’s CRO: How Predictive Lead Scoring Technology Works in B2B Marketing

Crimson Marketing

In the past, determinations about the quality of sales leads were made rather arduously—often with sales reps going through lead lists manually in search of hunch-based indicators of conversion propensity. These days, with monthly lead flow for some companies in the thousands or tens of thousands, those old-school methods no longer cut it. Marketing Technology Podcasts

6 Ideas to Expand Your Lead Scoring Model Beyond the Basics

It's All About Revenue

Lead scoring is the backbone of many B2B marketing organizations, as they focus on better quality leads instead of just generating more leads. But like many things in marketing, even lead scoring is not a set it and forget activity. Customer Scoring To increase customer lifetime value, you need to seize opportunities for up selling and cross-selling.

When Lead Scoring Will Fail

Anything Goes Marketing

Having worked with B2B marketers for many years, it's typically a no-brainer when someone asks me "should we implement lead scoring?". Lead scoring, which is the process of automating the qualification of leads that you generate, is a key stepping stone to get marketers to the next level. data management lead management lead qualificationHaving said that, your company may not be fully ready for it and there are some steps to start moving in.

Traditional vs. Predictive Lead Scoring: What's the Difference?


What separates a qualified lead from an unqualified one? Once we establish that framework, we can then help our sales teams make the most of their time by providing them with the means to prioritize leads. That's where lead scoring comes in. Wondering if leading scoring makes sense for your business? Is Lead Scoring Right for You?

How Predictive Lead Scoring Takes The Guesswork Out Of Identifying The Leads Most Likely To Buy

Modern B2B Marketing

Lead Scoring & STP – Bringing Marketing Basics To the World Of Modern Marketing. So why are we talking about STP in the same discussion with lead scoring?  Marketo describes lead scoring in its Definitive Guide To Lead Scoring as a methodology for ranking leads in order to determine their sales-readiness. Lead Scoring

6 Lead Scoring Lessons for Better Lead Conversion

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Lead scoring has changed the game for sales and marketing professionals over the past several years, and we’re starting to see much more widespread adoption of the practice and the marketing automation technology that makes it possible. In short, lead scoring and marketing automation gives marketing a quick-read thermometer they’ve never had before. Lead Scoring

Optimize the Sales Funnel with Lead Scoring

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I‘ve been in sales for 20 years, and I can say for certain that new sales leads are vital to a company’s continued existence. However, once marketing gets those leads flowing, it soon becomes apparent that there’s more to success than just pure volume. Leads are not all created equally – some are likely to purchase much sooner than others. What Is Lead Scoring?

Traditional and Predictive Lead Scoring: a Match Made in Data Heaven

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Jessica Cross By its very nature, lead scoring should be predictive – a potential customer’s score should predict whether that person is going to buy from you. But that kind of correlation hardly scratches the surface of what predictive lead scoring can do. And when combined with traditional lead scoring, the two strategies are a match made in data heaven.

Buzzwords in Marketing Automation: Lead Scoring – The Fast Way to Convert Leads

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In order for marketing automation to be successful, you need to understand the quality of your leads. Leads are evaluated based on their readiness to buy, with cold leads requiring a lot of nurturing and hot leads ready to take their credit cards out and buy. Lead scoring is an effective way to identify hot leads, so that you can send them over to your sales team.

Boost Lead Scoring With Interactive Content [Infographic]


Lead scoring is a crucial part of a modern marketing program. Lead scoring helps us determine when leads are ready to be passed on to sales – but setting up an effective program can be difficult. Indeed, 32% of marketers say their lead scoring programs are ineffective (Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing Survey ). More flexible, personalized scoring.

How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Smart marketers apply some type of lead scoring to leads generated from website, SEO, and email initiatives. recommend ranking trade show leads using the point-system outlined below – the higher the ranking, the hotter the lead. 1. If the trade show closely aligns with one of your solution offerings, then the quality of these kinds of leads will be better.

3 Best Practices for Creating a Lead-Scoring Matrix

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They’re funny-looking acronyms that are fun to say and music to the ears of sales and marketing teams who focus on moving leads through the funnel – top, middle, bottom – and clinching the sale. Encouraging your leads to take this journey is hugely dependent on knowing where they are in their buying process. The lead-scoring matrix, that is.). What is Lead Scoring?