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Find Your Business Development Comfort Zone.

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The Connector – Prefers small leads groups. Leads Groups. Fred the consultant has been Tweeting, Friending, Linking in, and blogging. He’s also trying to set up a webinar and podcast series. In the past week, he’s had five one-on-one networking meetings and attended six local events. And now he wants to give workshops. Fred is dizzy from all this activity. What’s Your Market? Small.

Prospecting Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.

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Here is an example of a lead nurturing “campaign” from Brian Carroll of InTouch. Day 160: Prospect calls you: now a qualified lead! “A key aspect of lead nurturing is the ability to provide valuable education and information to your prospects up front, to become a trusted advisor.  Prospects are hard to reach.Very hard. They don’t answer the phone (Thank you, Caller ID!).

Referrals: Give Before You Get

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You’re giving her a lead. We all network for one reason: to find business.  But guess what?  That’s only one part of networking. The other part is helping your colleagues.  Networking is a two way street. Don’t sit around waiting for a referral.  Give one first. Let’s say you’ve agreed to introduce your colleague Mary to another colleague, Fred. Mary hasn’t given you an intro yet. 

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Prospecting: Do What Comes Naturally.

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Follow up is essential. .   “Leads’ Groups – These can range from large BNI-type groups with an eclectic membership to smaller, more intimate groups of like-minded professionals. . The Connector – Prefers small leads groups. Leads Groups. If you hate going to meet ‘n greet networking events, don’t do it. If you hate cold calling, don’t do it. If you hate blogging, don’t do it.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful

What’s the Best Way to Get New Business?

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Getting leads from the Internet. This is a quiz. How do the most successful professionals get new business? Spending 16+ hours a week on business development activities. Networking like crazy. Cultivating their clients. Cold calling strangers. The answer is ( 3 )  Cultivating their clients. The moral of this story: Be nice to your clients. The Sweet Smell of Success. Cultivate Your Clients!

Reach Prospects Via The Back Door, Not The Front.

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When you make friends with someone who sells for a living, that person will naturally be on the lookout for possible leads for you,” writes CJ. Harry (not his real name) is an organizational development consultant I spoke to recently. He helps CIO’s (Chief Information Officers) complete IT projects faster by training employees to work together more effectively. Harry is an expert.

A Referral is a Gift. Be Thankful.

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You don’t know where the introduction will lead. It was Christmas Day. We were at a friend’s house. The friend gave my then five-year-old son, Jay, a gift. asked Jay “Now, what do you say when someone gives you a present?” His response: “ What’s next ?”. He was supposed to say “ Thank you ,” of course. But you can forgive a five-year-old. Kids have a lot to learn. So do some adults. Update. 

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Do You Have a Brand?

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Results ) It’s ……likely to lead to $200 million in new sales (Value) over the next three years ………”. What’s the best definition of “brand?”.    Noun – A type of product manufactured by a company under a particular name.               Verb – Mark with a branding iron.              Synonyms:  Noun – mark, stamp, sort, kind, make, trademark. Verb – stigmatize, stamp, mark.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. preference, lead generation) isn't new, just more intense. its role beyond lead gen. Tom has been published on leading.

Who’s on Your “A” Team?

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The best way to do this is in small “leads” groups, mastermind groups, accountability groups, and possibly via alliances with complementary professionals in your industry. Back in the 1980’s “ A-Team ” Members Hannibal, Howlin’ Mad, B.A. Bad Attitude” Baracus, and Faceman, shot, bombed, stabbed, slugged, hacked, connived, cavorted, and charmed their way across the TV screen. And don’t worry.

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Want More Referrals from Clients? Don’t Make Them Guess.

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That’s a lead. Fred the marketing consulting is meeting with his client Tom. “ Tom, I’m looking for more clients ,” Fred says “ Do you know anyone who could use my services.”. Tom is flummoxed. Well, er, ah…., Fred, we’ve never discussed referrals before… er, ah….  I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. But I’ll let you know if I do”, Tom says. Fred made a vague request. Call Ms.

13 Ways to Get More Business

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Leads from cold calling. 3%. Little Johnny : “Mommy, where do referrals come from?’. Mom: “Well, Johnny they grow on trees. It’s a special kind of tree. It’s called a referral tree.”. Little Johnny:  “Mommy, how do you get the referrals off the tree?’. Mom: “Well, duh, junior….Obviously, Obviously, you shake the damn thing!”. Mom is right. Referrals do grow on trees. 13 is Your Lucky Number.

Extra, Extra: To Get More Leads, Harness the Power of the Press Release

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Generate new leads by reaching buyers directly. Once upon a time a press release was designed solely to get media attention. The goal was a (favorable) mention in print or on the air. The media were the messengers. Things have changed. You are now the messenger. With online press releases you can certainly reach the media. You may not be able to afford a PR firm. Why Publicity Matters.

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Networking Venues: Fish Where the Fish Are

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Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis/Rotary Clubs, and “leads” groups are best for service providers who sell to individuals and small businesses in a local market. Fred has just left the corporate world and is looking for consulting assignments. He wants to meet Fortune 1000 CMO’s (Chief Marketing Officers). He quickly discovers something : They don’t understand what he does. It’s just a blur.

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Networking Venues: Fish Where the Fish Are

Sales Lead Dynamics

Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis/Rotary Clubs, and “leads” groups are best for service providers who sell to individuals and small businesses in a local market. Fred has just left the corporate world and is looking for consulting assignments. He wants to meet Fortune 1000 CMO’s (Chief Marketing Officers). He quickly discovers something : They don’t understand what he does. It’s just a blur.

Hook ‘em with Ideas, Not Hype (Or Chutzpah)

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Rain Today’s e-book 10 Content Marketing Success Stories ($97) shows how service firms can generate more visibility, more leads, and more business by offering useful content. Lead Qualification. 15% increase in qualified client leads. New Leads. Buying Advertising. Bugging   Sales Prospects. Begging the media for coverage. The Three B’s no longer work so well.

It’s Not an Elevator “Pitch.” It’s a Stairway “Conversation”

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Follow their lead.”. You have a recurring dream. After months of pursuing him, you’re alone in an elevator with Mr. BIG PROSPECT. You give him your pitch. He’s blown away. When you both get off at the 50 th floor, you’ve got a deal. Closing a deal with an elevator pitch happens only in your dreams, not in the real world. Second, you’ll totally offend your prospect. Stairway – Who do you do?

Specialize. You’ll Grow Faster.

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Specialists focus on lead generation more than generalists do. Lee and Aaron theorize that their lead generation efforts stimulate referrals by creating awareness in the marketplace.  . Do you want to you want to grow nine times faster and be 50% more profitable than your competitors, and still spend less on marketing?  I thought so. This clearly differentiates them. It’s simple.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. preference, lead generation) isn't new, just more intense. its role beyond lead gen. Tom has been published on leading.

Are You Serving Your Prospects Nothing But Plain Vanilla?

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Jill Konrath emphasizes this in How to Create Strong Value Propositions that Lead to Sales.  “ … we strive to perform with excellence, while providing the most comprehensive service possible”. With such a spirit of collaboration present here, we know we can ……deliver exceptional service that is truly value-added. These are quotes from the home pages of various accounting and law firms.

Don’t Keep Your Referral Sources Guessing

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ymptoms – If the pain is lost sales, the symptom could be a drop off in leads. Guess why you may not get as many referrals as you’d like? You keep your referral sources guessing. Your referral sources (networking colleagues and current and former clients) want to help. But they can’t if they don’t know what you’re looking for. You need to educate them.  . How Not To Get a Referral. C.A.P.S

To Stay Visible: Be Understandable, Be Memorable, Be Credible

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As a service professional, you have three major challenges in cultivating prospects and referral sources. Challenge #1 – They must clearly understand what you do. Challenge #2 – They must remember you. Challenge #3 – They must trust you. Now, it’s time to execute. Be a Resource. You want to be known as an information resource. Your newsletter or blog with an invitation to subscribe. Be a Schmoozer.

Don’t Let Prospects Pick Your Brain

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Ideally, the diagnosis will lead to more business. Unpaid consulting is a service professional’s dilemma. If you don’t offer it, you may not get the business. If you do, you still may not get the business. And, worse, the prospect could “steal” your ideas. Set firm ground rules about what, if anything, you’ll give away. Otherwise, prospects will simply pick your brain. And stick to it.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. preference, lead generation) isn't new, just more intense. its role beyond lead gen. Tom has been published on leading.

RoAne’s Law of Networking: Schmooze or Lose

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You have no idea where the conversation will lead. In today’s high tech world we have many ways to communicate. We can text. We can tweet. We can blog. We can email. We can IM. And we can even yammer. But there’s one thing we can’t do electronically. We can’t schmooze. What is schmoozing? “ It’s Yiddish and it means easy -going, relaxed conversation. She was terrific. conversation. It’s not.

Nurture Your Prospects. Don’t Drown Them. ……or Starve Them.

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Brian Carroll in Lead Nurturing: Ripening the Right Bananas points out. Below is one of Brian’s lead nurturing scenarios. The lead, in this case, came from a web inquiry. Day 160: Prospect calls you: now a qualified lead! Your prospects are like plants. Give them the proper attention and they’ll grow (into clients). Determining the right amount of attention is tricky.

Use P.O.T.S. to Connect with More Prospects

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In a Rain Today survey of 700 companies, respondents ranked the phone as the most effective lead generation tool. It’s to qualify the lead. traditional approach to lead qualification is B.A.N.T. New technology has given us a myriad of ways to reach prospects: social media, email, text messages, and instant messaging, to name a few. It’s called the telephone. doubt it. Qualify.

Don’t Baffle your Prospects with “Corporate-speak.”

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Leading Provider – What authority gave your company this designation? What did he just say? Let’s touch base to arrange a little face time so we can appear fully engaged. Let’s be proactive, synergistic and leverage this thing. Net-net:  It’s a win-win. Got it? . This monologue is not real. It is a humorous radio ad created by TDH Advertising for The Private Bank. To hear the ad, click here.

Don’t Turn Your Elevator “Speech” into a Commercial

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You respond “ My firm is the leading provider of best-of-breed, next-generation, cutting-edge, enterprise-class, end-to-end solutions. ” Her reaction is immediate… and predictable. You’re at a networking meeting. A woman asks you what you do. She will either: (a) slip into a boredom-induced coma or (b) have a sudden and uncontrollable urge to run to the bathroom. Either way, you lose.

New Member of B2B Marketing Zone

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I am pleased to announce that the Sales Lead Dynamics Blog is now part of the B2B Marketing Zone.  The “Zone” is a site that aggregates b2b blogs and also publishes a daily email digest of blogs.  I find the site and the digest very useful. In fact, I get many of my blog ideas from the “Zone.” I urge you to check out the site regularly and subscribe to the digest. It took only 62 years.

Sharpen Your Message: Offer Proof, Not Platitudes

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Jill Konrath takes this a step further in an article How to Create Strong Value Propositions that Lead to Sales.  If possible, she recommends, use statistics: “You need to be explicit. I frequently hear consultants describe their results with phrases such as “accelerating growth,” “improving financial results,” “enhancing employee communications” and “building effective organizations.” .

What Will You Say When He (or She) Pops THE BIG QUESTION?

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results ) It’s really interesting stuff that will likely to lead to $200 million in new sales (value ) over the next three years if they implement our recommended changes.”. In romance, The Big Question is “Will you marry me?” The answer is straightforward. It’s “yes or no”. In networking, the Big Question is “ What do you do? ” The answer is anything but straightforward.

Hate Cold Calling? You May Not Have a Choice.

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Mike Schultz, publisher of Rain Today, and an expert on professional services marketing, argues in an article Cold Calling Works: You Just Do It Wrong that cold calling is one of the most effective lead generation tactics available. I wrote last week about the alternatives to cold calling: Email, Online Events, Social Media. But guess what:  you may not have a choice. The Only Game in Town.

“Make Cold Calls? I’d Rather See a Periodontist.”

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Different Ways to Drive Leads , about Ted, a cold-call phobic financial consultant. Prepping for a cold call. If you need a shot of Novocain before you make a cold call, take heart. There is an alternative. . Kendra Lee, author of Selling Against the Goal , writes in “ Hate Cold Calling? Ted planned a detailed cold calling campaign. But then, guess what, he got cold feet. Ted Email.

Referrals: Ask (Correctly) and Ye Shall Receive

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She prefers “ introduction.”.  It is impossible to tell where an introduction can lead: to new business, to a new idea or maybe to more introductions. ymptoms – If the pain is lost sales, the symptom could be a drop off in leads. It’s a safe bet that you won’t get many (or maybe any) referrals, if you don’t ask for them. But you also have to ask in the right way. You Gotta Believe.

Eat Your Peas. Keep on Blogging.

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Feed the beast.”. ‘A solid blog will lead to speaking events. I’ve been invited to more than 30 speaking events specifically because they found me on the blog.  No kidding. Five of those were international speaking events.”. “A good blog will lead to blog guest posts  on other sites and other free public relations efforts.”. For many of us blogging is like eating peas.

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

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For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive lead nurturing strategy is much more than that. Currently we have a bunch of leads sitting in that “contacted” stage.

In Industrial Lead Generation, a Lead is a Lead, Right?

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Every discussion I’ve had with manufacturers and industrial companies starts with “we need more leads” or ends with “we need results.” I understand and accept the fact that the main goal of industrial marketing is to generate leads. have no issues with that but do these companies know what a qualified lead is? by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.