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Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

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The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate.

13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club

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Pete Krainik of the CMO Club posted thirteen books that members of the CMO club have recommended. Great list : Breakthrough Marketing Plans: How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Driving Growth. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Leading Change.

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Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches

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There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

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Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me.

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Lead Gen Call Center In The Cloud - Virtual Hybrid

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When we started Green Leads we set out to build the perfect Virtual Call Center. We accomplished it, and other than not seeing people face-to-face, the way we work is identical to a traditional call center. We can see people's dials, what CRM records they modify, listen in for training, etc.

The Elves Are Making Appointments and Leads

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We hear this all the time, even from our own reps when they are having a slow week: "December is terrible for lead gen. End of year and the holidays.". True, people have other things on their minds.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Richard Fouts of Gartner talks Social Media and Communications

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In the fourth of a series of Thought Leader interviews for MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 , we talk to Richard Fouts, research director at Gartner, Inc.,

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Richard Fouts of Gartner talks Social Media and Communications

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In the fourth of a series of Thought Leader interviews for MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 , we talk to Richard Fouts, research director at Gartner, Inc.,

Lead Gen Strategies: Sales People Should Be Selling, NOT Prospecting

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This past week a prospect commented that she wanted to explore a third-party lead gen program because their sales reps were spending too much time prospecting and not selling. She said that if they had enough leads they would be SELLING and CLOSING -- not having to do lead gen.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit: Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

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This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

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This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct.

Appointment Setting: Did I Succumb to a Scam?

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In the collection of appointment setting techniques I've seen before, I've never seen the one that I fell victim to this week. Interestingly, if Green Leads did this for our clients we would soon be one a B2B Appointment Setting Vendor that had a tainted reputation.

Hubspot Product Review: Inbound Marketing Methodology, Not Just a Product

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About 18 months ago, Green Leads embarked on an aggressive plan to increase our inbound marketing activity. We focused first on content and blogging and then decided to dig deeper into SEO best practices.

Lead Generation Tips: Business Card Data Entry For Free | Dreamforce Special

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How many business cards do you have laying around in one of the current states? On your desktop in a pile 2. Wrapped in a rubber band 3. In a ziplock bag 4. Distributed in the inside pockets of four blazers 5.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man who first said, "Sales 2.0"

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The biggest change has come in 2009. When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 LLC and Green Leads are competitors and yet we hit it off in just 5 minutes.

Sales 2.0 Conference - Nigel Edelshain, the Man Who First Said "Sales 2.0"

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The biggest change has come in 2009. When I first met Nigel Edelshain at the Sales 2.0 Conference back in SFO a couple years ago, I was totally impressed with the fact that his company, Sales 2.0 LLC and Green Leads are competitors and yet we hit it off in just 5 minutes.

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Appointment Setting Experts Pull A Columbo "Just one more thing."

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While recently updating our training materials for new hires, I was digesting all the valuable info from our friends at The Bridge Group on inside sales benchmarking and inside sales training.

B2B Demand Gen Letter to Google: Real Time Search

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If someone has already written about this, forgive me. But twice in the past few weeks the discussion of real time search came up and how it might touch b2b demand gen.

Introductory Appointments: Your Goal is Meeting Number Two

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Which of the following is a good sales outcome for introductory appointments? Proposal : The prospect let you pitch him for 30 minutes, told you to send a proposal and CC his director, who handles these types of projects.

Home Pages: Treat Them As The Ultimate Landing Page

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Whenever I get a new lead from a prospective company, I always check its web site to see if it looks like a good fit. A good deal of the time I'm unimpressed with what I see. The home pages are cluttered, not structured for a quick read, and no actions are suggested.

CMO Cub Summit Tweets

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I'm at the CMO Club Summit for a couple days and the room is sharing the event with twitter hashtag #cmoclub. You can find a stream of the tweets on twitter search.

Voicemail Debate - To Leave One or Not - POLL

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This past week on Focus.com , there was an active discussion regarding if we Should or Should Not leave a voicemail when tele prospecting. The opinions are varied, but for those of us in the business, I thought we should put some stats behind the argument. Hence, time for a LinkedIn Poll.

Lead Generation Tip - Don't Use a Voicemail Script

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I know my colleagues in the sales consulting industry are going to fill this page with comments telling me why their Lead Gen Tip of the day would be to craft the perfect voicemail script. My response is -- Don't Bother.

Lead Generation Tip - Don't Use A Voicemail Script

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I know my colleagues in the sales consulting industry are going to fill this page with comments telling me why their Lead Gen Tip of the day would be to craft the perfect voicemail script. My response is -- Don't Bother.

Voicemail Debate - To Leave One or Not - POLL

Smashmouth Marketing

This past week on Focus.com , there was an active discussion regarding if we Should or Should Not leave a voicemail when tele prospecting. The opinions are varied, but for those of us in the business, I thought we should put some stats behind the argument. Hence, time for a LinkedIn Poll.

Lead Generation Tip - Take 3 Hour Lunches

Smashmouth Marketing

There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion.

Lead Generation Tip - Take 3 Hour Lunches

Smashmouth Marketing

There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion.

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CMO Cub Summit Tweets

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jkrohrs : CMO SMS survey: If you had 10% more budget in 2009, where would you spend: 10% search, 20% social, 50% demand gen, 20% headcount #cmoclub. I'm at the CMO Club Summit for a couple days and the room is sharing the event with twitter hashtag #cmoclub.

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Inbound Marketing, The Uber List for Outbound Marketers

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Even though I preach my own brand of outbound marketing Kool-Aid, for the past six months or so I've been drinking some of the inbound marketing variety (the orange kind from Hubspot ).

Inbound Marketing, The Über List for Outbound Marketers

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Even though I preach my own brand of outbound marketing Kool-Aid, for the past six months or so I've been drinking some of the inbound marketing variety (the orange kind from Hubspot ).

Inbound Marketing, The Über List for Outbound Marketers

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Even though I preach my own brand of outbound marketing Kool-Aid, for the past six months or so I've been drinking some of the inbound marketing variety (the orange kind from Hubspot ).

Sales 2.0 Conference - Top 20 Tweets

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Ok, so of the top 20 posts, I've got a few myself. Well, I did do a big part of the tweeting, and darn it -- I think it was good stuff. nedelsha : RT @annekeseley : All Sales 2.0 conference presenters on Customer Engagement are using inside sales to connect with customers #sales20.

Lead Generation Tips - Make your Social Media Presence Known

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A while back, I read an article by Chris Brogan that discussed 19 chores we could each do daily to help us maintain an online presence. I was already doing a majority of the list, but then it got me thinking.

Lead Generation Tip - Make your Social Media Presence Known

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A while back, I read an article by Chris Brogan that discussed 19 chores we could each do daily to help us maintain an online presence. I was already doing a majority of the list, but then it got me thinking.

Lead Generation Tip - Make Your Social Media Presence Known

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A while back, I read an article by Chris Brogan that discussed 19 chores we could each do daily to help us maintain an online presence. I was already doing a majority of the list, but then it got me thinking.

Outbound Marketing Hits Hubspot and Fast Company

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Smash mouth Marketing has two guest post blog articles this week, writing about Outbound Marketing, Inbound Marketing and Tony Soprano.

Outbound Marketing Hits Hubspot and Fast Company

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Smash mouth Marketing has two guest post blog articles this week, writing about Outbound Marketing, Inbound Marketing and Tony Soprano.