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Can a social media strategy boost your lead generation efforts?

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I came across a blog this weekend that reinforced my thoughts. This post, written by Christian Fea , CEO of Synertegic, Inc., started off with a this statistic that he found on compete.com: Twitter had around 3 million people visiting the site in 2008, and it grew 640% between November 2007 and November 2008. Ok, so how do we harness all of social media’s potential and use it to build a lead generation system?

Should lead generation ignore current customers?

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”We know more about our prospects (leads) than we know about our current customers” was a shocking statement I heard from a client and it stuck with me. In fact, it's the impetus for this post. When you have a complex sale, it can be easy to think of lead generation as only a process for acquiring new customers rather than a process that can also be applied to generating new or more business from current customers.

Share your marketing 'wisdom' with Sherpa readers worldwide

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I wanted to be sure to let you know that MarketingSherpa is gathering content for its seventh annual “wisdom report.” It’s a great opportunity for you to share your top 2008 story – and get back lessons learned from colleagues worldwide. Marketing Wisdom from the Field Report” will be published in January and distributed free to all MarketingSherpa readers. Here are a few suggestions for ‘wisdom’ stories: -Test campaign that worked better (or worse) than anticipated.

Email vs. Phone vs. In-Person Meeting? Four Viewpoints

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To what extent can emails be used in place of phone calls and face-to-face meetings when maintaining and developing relationships with clients and other important network contacts? Four bloggers have all agreed to post their answers to the email question simultaneously, each offering a different perspective, with all responses linked. They are: Ford Harding , student of selling professional services. Tom Kane , specialist on marketing and selling legal services.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

Generate over 60,0000 inquiries by educating people?

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Last year, I wrote a post on giving away ideas to proactively educate and attract future customers. I was surprised that it generated such a lively discussion. Michael Stelzner wrote the following comment on my post back then, “I have been giving away my trade secrets for years (against the advice of advisors). The results have been amazing. The fact is that folks look to you as a thought leader when you share your secrets.

How to Select and Optimize Outsourced Teleprospecting Redux

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If you're too busy to listen to my podcast or simply prefer to reading over listening, Sridhar Ramanathan, whom I interviewed on how to select and optimize outsourced teleprospecting partnerships, posted his the talking points on his blog. Pacifica Group: Part II: How to Select and Optimize Outsourced Teleprospecting

Podcast: A new role for sales as expert content filters

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I just had a great interview with Robin Carey, co-founder of the Customer Collective. Salespeople have become the second choice for information among buyers who'd rather just go to the Internet. This trend actually creates an opportunity for those who think and act like trusted advisors. You can listen here. In the interview, I share how I got my start and how the Internet has shifted control away from marketers and salespeople.

Fear not! Think like a savvy investor with lead generation

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This morning I was talking to a marketing leader about his 2008 strategy and he brought up some concerns he had about the economy and its potential impact on him and others. Can you blame him? In years past, marketing has been favorite target for cuts by CFOs and CEOs as they look to conserve cash and reinforce their balance sheets for tough times.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Podcast: How to Optimize Teleprospecting Vendors

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More companies than ever are using third party providers for teleprospecting and lead management operations, however there is little information on how to select, engage, and measure these vendors who will add that essential human touch.

How to use social media for lead generation

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I’ve been blogging for over five years. When I started, there wasn’t a business case on the ROI of blogging, nor was there a lot written on B2B lead generation. I started blogging because I wanted to share with everyone what I thought were useful B2B lead generation ideas, tips, and resources – material that I was already freely giving to my clients. I have to say, my expectations were pretty low.

The 20 Best CRM Blogs of 2008

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Inside CRM ranked the top CRM blogs based on their insights, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list (which includes 20 blogs) I discovered some new ones worth reading along with bloggers already follow like Jim Berkowitz, who writes the CRM Mastery Blog ; John Jantsch, Duct Tape Marketing Blog and Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba who write the Church of the Customer Blog. I feel honored to be included in such great company.

B2B Marketing Testing to Optimize Lead Generation Results

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Discovering and knowing what really works and what doesn’t for lead generation is essential for every marketer. The best way to discover this is through the process of testing. Personally, I’ve met only a handful of B2B marketers who are consistently testing their offers to optimize them and generate leads more effectively. I think this is due to two things: the first is time (because marketers want to get their campaigns out there), and the second is knowledge of testing methods.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

Why Writing Blogs for SEO Will Inevitably Fail

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Should you write a blog exclusively for search engine visibility? Business blogs can offer little-known companies name recognition, and the chance to boost traffic and generate leads well beyond what they'd get if they were simply offering a list of goods and services for sale on their website. Now it's pretty common advice to hear: launch a blog because the content will attract links and improve your search engine rank.

Lead nurturing putting the human touch into action with video and email

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I had a great time doing my webinar on putting the human touch into lead generation sponsored by Citrix Online and we had almost 1600 people register. In my presentation I emphasized how lead nurturing is about timing, consistency and relevance. Today (which happens to be my 38th birthday) I got this email with a personal video from Gary Anderson, CEO of NetBriefings.

Webinar on Putting the Human Touch into Lead Generation

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There are numerous tactics for generating leads these days - everything from the traditional email or phone call to the explosively popular social media craze. However, the real challenge is not necessarily in generating leads, but more in truly connecting with them. It doesn't matter how many leads you generate if they aren't willing to listen to what you have to say next. You need to develop and then engage in memorable and relevant conversations with prospects.

Lead generation No Nos: When is a “free download� no longer free?

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What do you wish companies would stop doing when you download a free white paper? I bet I already know. I had a conversation recently with my business development executive who has become highly suspicious of "free" white paper downloads. There are some sites that he refuses to download from because not only was the prior information unhelpful, but he knows he will receive a call from a telemarketer - even after he's made it clear he's not interested.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

The 2008 Top of the Funnel List

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Craig Rosenberg recently created a list of the most influential people in B2B Demand Generation, and I'm honored to have been included. Many know Craig through his blog, Funnelholic , or through his company Tippit. Funnelholic is a very insightful and original B2B marketing blog written for those marketers who live and work at the top of the B2B funnel.

Taking my five-step lead management ‘playbook’ on the road

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Why do so many companies struggle with the lead generation process? Simple. Even the very best lead generation program cannot compensate for poor teamwork and collaboration. You can actually achieve major ROI gains by optimizing a just few key aspects of your lead management process. I just finished up the MarketingSherpa Demand Generation Summit in Boston where I was given the opportunity to present my ‘Playbook for Effective Lead Management.'

5 Lead Nurturing Time Factors to Fine Tune Your Messages

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The lack of a strong lead nurturing discipline can cost your organization substantial unrealized revenue. Without lead nurturing in place to capture and cultivate early-stage leads, your marketing funnel misses out on valuable opportunities. The true value of lead nurturing comes from the technique of staying in touch with prospects while providing them with the relevant information as they move through the evaluation and buying process. But, how do you get that delicate balance just right?

A five-step playbook that will optimize lead generation programs

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Companies that adopt closed-loop lead management processes report higher return on marketing investment (ROMI) than those that do not, making this a key investment for B2B marketers. The challenge that many organizations face is that their lead management process is a black hole. I'll address this proverbial black hole between your company's sales and marketing efforts during a MarketingExperiments' Web Clinic on Wednesday, September 24 at 4 p.m.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Coming on September 22: Email vs. Phone vs. In-Person Meeting? Four Viewpoints

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To what extent can you substitute emails for telephone calls and face-to-face meetings when maintaining and developing relationships with clients and other key market contacts? The answer to this frequently-asked-question affects how you spend your precious business development time and money. Getting it right will improve your sales effectiveness. No wonder it's so frequently asked. But what is the answer? On September 22, four bloggers will post their answers simultaneously.

Building a Marketing Funnel and More Lead Management Tips

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I was recently interviewed for an article on lead management by Chris Koch who works for ITSMA , the Information Technology Services Marketing Association. In the article titled, " Building a Marketing Funnel and Other Lead Management Tips ," I give the following five tips on how you can make your B2B lead management more effective, which are: Create a marketing funnel. Create a universal definition of a lead. Use the phone. Ask about goals—don't sell.

Rainmakers and Lead Generation

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In professional services organizations the people who bring in the big revenue clients are often called rainmakers. They're the one's that make it all happen and become almost mythical in the process. In today's challenging business climate, we could all use more rainmakers. I like what Ford Harding, author of Rain Making, Attract New Clients No Matter What Your Field, 2nd Edition and President of Harding & Company had to say about rainmakers.

Podcast: Interview on lead generation with Dave Stein

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I was was recently interviewed by Dave Stein, CEO and Founder of ES Research Group , and author of How Winners Sell (a great book by the way). During the interview we talk about the following topics: What works to get sales and marketing alignment. How the marketing funnel impacts the sales funnel. Reengaging and optimizing past sales leads. Teleprospecting and nurturing tactics. Listen to podcast now. Also, Check out Dave Stein's Blog for Sales Leaders.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

What causes webinar attendees to bail?

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Webinars and webcasts are a key tactic in lead generation toolkit. The challenge with webinars is that if you don't do a super job, attendees will bail on you and they may never register one of your events again. That's why I found this chart What Causes Webinar Attendees to Bail? by MarketingSherpa useful. According to their research here are the top reasons attendees say they bail on a webinar. Content was not as advertised. Presenter(s) read directly from the slides.

Execution is the key to go-to-market success

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The biggest obstacle to go-to-market success (and lead generation ROI for that matter) is the lack of good execution. The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council's latest study, “ Driving the Bottom Line from the Front Line ,” assessed the go-to-market processes and capabilities of global companies.

Optimizing webforms to generate more leads through your website

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After a talk on lead management, I spoke with several marketers from a company where one said, “We don't need to qualify our leads because our web forms do the qualifying for us. then we send them to our sales team.”. Here's the problem with that model. long and detailed web forms often cause people to lie or simply leave altogether. So what should you do instead? Start by creating a lead generation form that balances your need for information and potential buyers need for not being hassled.

BtoB 2008 Lead Generation Guide

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B2B Marketers are increasingly emphasizing lead generation and as a result, BtoB Magazine just published their inaugural BtoB 2008 Lead Generation Guide today. I highly recommend you check it out. It has a lot of studies, expert columns, market statistics and vendor lists that are worthwhile. Also, I wrote a guest column on Putting the human touch back into lead generation for the guide

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

The Human Touch of Lead Nurturing/Marketing Automation

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I participated in a webcast and podcast combo on the adding the human touch to marketing automation as part of the Marketing Mastery Series sponsored by Eloqua , MarketingExperiments and ON24. You can watch the webinar recording here. Because the webinar was a brief 20 minutes, we held all audience questions for a podcast interview right after. Steve Gershik VP of Marketing Innovation for Eloqua and the Innovative Marketer Blog interviewed me for his podcast on the subject of lead generation.

Web Analytics for B2B Lead Generation

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In the complex sale, the length of the buying cycle makes the connection between on-the-web activity and the off-line decision to purchase much more difficult to trace. So the challenge is connecting our website data (analytics), with marketing data (inquiries and leads) with the sales process and revenue (closing the loop). I came across Manoj Jasra post, " B2B Web Analytics: Deeper Dive - Web Analytics World " and thought it was relevant to share.

ITSMA: Elevating Demand in a Crowded World

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Generating demand has become a top priority for most companies in today's slower environment. The most successful programs are much more targeted than in past years and favor quality over quantity. You're invited to join me at ITSMA's (IT Services Marketing Association) upcoming Marketing Leadership Forum May 6-7, 2008 in La Jolla, CA. I'll be giving a keynote on “The Playbook for Effective Lead Management” and I'm looking forward to meeting the other speakers.

Let's stop doing random acts of lead generation

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I don't know about you but I seldom meet a B2B marketer who has time to think. And it seems that the pressure keeps building as more of us seek to do more with less. That said, it's vital for us to think before we execute. It's not about doing more campaign activity… it's about doing the right things repeatedly better. The simple act of a sales and marketing team finding time to think and collaborate together is vital to developing a solid lead generation program.

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How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.