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31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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. Be honest.

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

The Importance of Processes in Effective Lead-to-Revenue

Great B2B Marketing

Component 3 in our recent eBook The Essential Guide to Building Your Lead-to-Revenue Machine is optimized marketing and sales processes. The post The Importance of Processes in Effective Lead-to-Revenue appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Lead-to-Revenue lead-to-revenue Revenue Sales LeadsYou […].

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.

Inbound Marketing Leads Costs Less

B2B Marketing Insider

Recently I had a conversation with a fellow marketer who challenged the notion that inbound leads costs less. They pointed to the high cost per lead of some paid search (PPC) campaigns as evidence. tried to identify the challenges of using paid search as a proof point that pull marketing is not a cheaper, more effective approach. What is Inbound Marketing?

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Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll look at three lead nurture tracks you should automate to aid your email marketing efforts from a MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 presentation featuring Keith Lincoln, Vice President of Marketing, SmartBear.

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.

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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 ?

Optimizing the Lead: A data-driven optimization process

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to share the most exciting aspect of working at MECLABS – Research Partnerships that allow us to test and optimize lead generation processes. It’s thrilling for me to observe lead generation strategy transform into revenue for our Research Partners. You’ll learn how we: Improved the quality of sales-ready leads by attaining better information about prospects and where they are in the buying process. Achieved a 375% increase in sales-ready leads and $4.9 million in additional pipeline in eight months.

The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity

The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign. And, the bottom portion of the infographic shows the leads collected become a new customer.

PowerViews with Jamie Turner: Mobile Marketing Leads the Way

ViewPoint

I''m pleased to have as my guest today Jamie Turner, CEO and Founder of The 60 Second Marketer, an organization that provides tools, tips and tutorials on the newest techniques in marketing. He is a regular guest on CNN and HLN on the subject of marketing and social media and is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker for corporations, events and trade shows around the globe.

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The Simple, 3-Step Process to Generating Leads and Revenue through Social Media Channels

Marketing Action

And second, how do you convert these visitors who do end up on your site into email leads and customers? Below, I’ve laid out a straightforward process that will generate tangible results from your social media marketing campaigns. Before you can acquire new leads, you need to get people onto your website. Leads are Better. Actionable Content. Webinars. Contests.

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. Lead scoring  gets more important. Many

Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet To be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. while ago, I created a mind map of lead generation channels for my book Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. I’ve updated it to include more content marketing and social media channels.

How to Use LinkedIn to Generate Leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Without some of us even noticing, LinkedIn developed into a useful publishing platform and lead generation tool for marketers and sales people looking to build relationships with prospects. But if you’re looking for an easy lead source, you won’t find it here. After using LinkedIn to build my own discussion groups, I’ve discovered that using LinkedIn as a lead generator can be a pretty simple process  — if you’re willing to invest a little time sharing your expertise and thought leadership. Check out the B2B Lead Gen Roundtable Group on LinkedIn.

Optimizing Lead Distribution for Higher Conversion

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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. So do you invest your hard-won leads on your top performers, or do you try to help your weaker salespeople? Many of you reading this post do not have a choice of who you distribute leads to. Test your lead distribution approach.

7 Amazingly Effective Lead Nurturing Tactics

Hubspot

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. Which lead nurturing tactics work best?

Lead Generation: A Beginner's Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way

Hubspot

This frustrating interruption is exactly why we're here to discuss inbound lead generation. What is inbound lead generation? Download our complete guide to lead generation here for even more lead gen tips. What is a Lead? lead is a person who has indicated interest in your company's product or service in some way, shape, or form. What Is Lead Generation?

Lead Gen Tactics from 4 MarketingSherpa Case Studies

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Our sister publication, MarketingSherpa, publishes three weekly newsletter case studies, and in the B2B beat in particular, those weekly articles routinely feature a story covering marketers tackling lead generation for the complex sale. For this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, I want to offer four of those case studies published over the last couple of years addressing that very topic. Case Study #1 – Local B2B Marketing: 150% boost in lead generation. Another major piece was ongoing testing and optimization on all the new online marketing channels.

Lead Qualification: Webinar marketing strategy boosts conversion 500%

B2B Lead Generation Blog

There really was no strategy,” Shelby Britton, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Adobe, explained. Watch this brief video from a MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 session to hear Shelby and Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content, MECLABS, discuss how the team assembled a webinar strategy to better serve prospects as well as be more useful for lead scoring.

How IntraLinks Used Social Media to Generate Twice as Many Sales-ready Leads as Any Other Channel

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In this high-tech world, social media has revealed itself to be a lead generation goldmine. Twice as many sales-ready leads as any other lead generation channel. In February, Johnson enlisted the help of a B2B social media lead generation agency, to develop a lead generation campaign on LinkedIn. Enlist the marketing division. Setting direction. Industry.

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.” Relevance is critical lead nurturing.

A B2B Marketing-Lead Generation Fable: “The Lead That Jack Sold”

NuSpark

The fable below shows a typical flow of how a b2b lead can become a sale through a solid marketing process and lead management strategy. Have a little fun… The Lead That Jack Sold. This is the lead that Jack sold. This is the CRM that gave the lead that Jack sold. This is the high lead score that … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy UncategorizedIf you remember the fable, The House That Jack Built , then you’ll enjoy the below.

Key to Marketing Automation Success: Process First, then Campaigns

The Point

In a phone call this week I was swapping war stories with a well-known sales and marketing consultant, who, like us, works with B2B companies to improve their return on marketing automation. And that fact, I would propose, is a good sign for a maturing market. It would appear that companies are now waking up to the fact that no marketing automation software can be successful without a proper strategic foundation. The bad news here is that marketing automation isn’t the magic wand that some companies apparently thought it was. emphasis mine).

My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

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.

6 Tips for Understanding the B2B Business Decision-Making Process.

B2Bbloggers

content marketing communications strategy that recognizes this as every business buyer’s position can make the difference between an engaged prospect or an unsubscribe, a loyal customer or a lost sale. The marketer’s goal is to get buyers into and moving through the purchase funnel of awareness, interest, evaluation, acquisition, and loyalty. The buyer isn’t spending their own money.

B2B Lead-Gen: Top tactics for a crisis-proof strategy

B2B Lead Generation Blog

They were a test of the schools evacuation plan — a calm, orderly process to follow should an emergency strike. ? Most lead-generation marketers are not in crisis, but many could use an orderly process to help combat challenges. Try new channels, track existing processes, and answer to everyone from the sales team to executives. Email marketing. asks Doyle.

How to Get More Leads from Your B2B Blog

Marketing Action

If you’re in B2B and you’ve got a company blog, you’ve probably got it for the leads. And you always want more leads from your blog. Better leads. Blogs actually come in as one of the best lead generation tactics going for B2B marketers. While blogs don’t make first place for lead generation, they are a key part of a lead generation marketing mix.

The Link Between Lead Nurturing and Buyer Experience Marketing

Tony Zambito

The new buyer experience economy has resulted in shifting the economic value of many sales and marketing tactics over the past couple of years.    One approach whose value is on the rise is that of Lead Nurturing.  The approach taken towards lead nurturing could make a huge difference.  Image by kardboard604 via Flickr.   Why? 

13 Tried-and-True Lead Generation Ideas (And the Numbers Behind Them)

Hubspot

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. The results: 268 leads.

The Lead Gen Mistakes Marketers Are Making

Kapost

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. . It’s t ime to buckle down and get real about the lead generation mistakes you may be making. .

12 Secrets of the Human Brain to Use in Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Knowing how the human mind processes information and images—and putting that knowledge to use—can help you become a more engaging and effective marketer. Here’s a look at some fascinating facts about the human mind, from a marketing perspective.

Lead nurturing via email series and content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Lead nurturing involves a number of activities and channels such as “under the hood” tracking and scoring of prospects behavior and engagement with your campaigns as well as follow-up telephone at times whenever that tactic fits into an overall lead nurturing program. Lead Nurturing: Pilot campaign increases conversion 32.6% Background on the campaign.

Content Marketing: 4 stages to mapping your content strategy

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Effective content marketing starts with listening to customers to truly understand them, and then identifying the personas of your audience, according to Ninan Chacko, CEO, PR Newswire. In his keynote at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013, Ninan explained the five steps to effective content marketing. How to discipline content marketing to influence decisions.