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2009’s 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management

Sales Lead Insights

I promised to link to the list of the top 50 most influential people in sales lead management. Tags: Sales lead management The ballots are counted. Imagine the drum roll.) And the winners are: [link]. To those of you who voted for me, my sincere thanks! If you'd like to learn more, please use my Contact Form , call me directly at 1-800-944-5553 or +1-401-294-7730, or check out the marketing consulting or speaking and training pages on my website.

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The Top People in Sales Lead Management in 2009: Friday, November 13th is Your Last Chance to Vote!

Sales Lead Insights

Don’t miss this opportunity to vote for your top five candidates to be among the fifty most influential people in sales lead management in 2009. Because the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) is closing the polls at Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 13th. Then be sure to watch for the results on November 16, 2009.

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study. Are you interested in knowing how your company’s programs and results compare to other companies’ B2B lead generation efforts? Do you know others who are responsible for B2B lead generation?

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Who are the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management?

Sales Lead Insights

Here is your chance to vote for up to five of the fifty most influential people in sales lead management. The Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) announced today that it has opened the voting to determine the 50 most influential people in the field of sales lead management for 2009. The results will be published on November 16, 2009. Tags: B2B Lead Generation

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study. Are you interested in knowing how your company’s programs and results compare to other companies’ B2B lead generation efforts? Do you know others who are responsible for B2B lead generation?

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The B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report: Useful data and advice

Sales Lead Insights

Are you looking for data to help justify a bigger budget or more resources for your B2B lead generation programs? Are you looking for advice you can use to make your B2B lead generation programs as productive as they can be? Get the 2009 B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report. It provides metrics and best practices for business-to-business lead generation. Do you know which lead generation activities your peers are now finding to be the most productive?

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B2B Lead Generation Checklist: 22 Success Tips

Sales Lead Insights

What do I like best about being a B2B lead generation consultant? The rewarding part is I get to see first-hand what works best (and what doesn’t) when it comes to generating, nurturing and identifying the qualified, sales-ready leads that salespeople, reps, resellers and distributors need. Speaking of what works best, here are 22 tips for getting better results from your B2B lead generation programs: ?

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ClickInsights: What was your "Aha" moment in 2009? - Part 2

Ambal's Amusings

I have invited our Panel of B2B Marketing Experts to reflect on 2009 and answer the following question: What was your aha moment in 2009 ? Brian Carroll's blog B2B Lead Generation Blog. Mac McIntosh's Sales Lead Insights: A B2B marketing Blog. Brian Carroll's book Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. Sales Lead Expert’s Learning Center. B2B Lead Generation Blog.

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Want To Generate More Leads? Leverage Your Prospects’ Five Senses

Sales Lead Insights

If you want your B2B lead generation campaigns to be as successful as possible, you need your lead generating messages to break through the clutter, get your prospects’ attention and provide them with compelling reasons to respond. If your product can be associated with a pleasing fragrance, consider adding that fragrance to your lead generation materials. Tags: B2B Lead Generation B2B sales leads Sales lead generation

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Planning B2B Lead Generation for 2010? Attend this Webcast on January 27th

Sales Lead Insights

Are you responsible for B2B lead generation at a large company? The webcast will be moderated by Mike Wallen , CEO of the Lead Dogs and presented by Albert Springall , Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft and B2B lead generation expert (yours truly) Mac McIntosh. Tags: B2B Lead Generation B2B sales leads Sales lead generation

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B2B Marketing Tests Webinar: How to Improve Your Results & Fight for Your Budget

Sales Lead Insights

B2B marketers responsible for lead generation. A live webinar, B2B Marketing Tests: How to Improve Results & Fight for Your Budget , presented by Anne Holland with her special guest, B2B lead generation expert Mac McIntosh. On Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 2pm Eastern (1 hour). Because getting better results from your B2B marketing and lead generation is your key to bigger budgets, more staff and maybe even a promotion and a raise!

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B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Second, businesses that try to recruit good callers for lead generation and nurturing but refer to them as telemarketers are usually unsuccessful. I recommend using more accurate words: sales lead initiation/development and business development are among the most popular terms.

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Business Software Marketers: Finally a Conference Designed Just For You!

Sales Lead Insights

You’ll learn cutting-edge strategies for improving everything from your online marketing to your lead generation efforts from top industry experts (including yours truly). The latest tools and features in Google Analytics to help optimize your website lead pipeline. The agenda shows my session, A Lead-Driven Approach to Increasing Business Software Sales, is scheduled for Monday, September 14th at 10:00 am.

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Truth #4—The Truth about Sales Leads

ViewPoint

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Big Hand Theory, Jack Welch and Hiring for Sales Lead Generation

ViewPoint

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B2B Sales Leads from Data Services - Smashmouth Review

Smashmouth Marketing

When we're selling our outbound marketing demand gen solutions, we get asked all the time, where can I find inexpensive b2b sales leads ? So below is a collection of data sources we've used in our lead generation work. Jigsaw - is a leading provider of business information and data services that uniquely leverages user-generated content contributed by its global business-to-business community of 900,000 members.

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B2B Marketing Strategies for Small Companies: An Interview with Dianna Huff

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Smart marketers will sit down and plan out strategy based on a stated objective, whether it’s to increase sales, bring in more leads, better nurture the leads they have, lower their costs (i.e.,

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Your B2B Lead Generation Budget: Start by Cutting It Into Thirds

Sales Lead Insights

Here is a simple and effective way to allocate your business-to-business lead generation budget. Use the first third of your B2B lead generation budget for Internet marketing. Start with: Search engine optimization (SEO) so your web pages will be found when prospects are using the leading search engines to find companies, products or services like yours. Use the second third of your B2B lead generation budget for direct marketing.

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Judicial Branch Needed to Keep Sales Lead Management Honest

ViewPoint

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On Lead Qualification: Turning Web Inquiries into Viable Sales Leads

B2B Lead Generation

A common lead generation practice using B2B inbound marketing includes offering whitepapers, demos, trial software, or other content assets in exchange for registration information. The problem is that many marketers immediately turn these form registrations (aka web inquiries) over to the sales team as "leads." " I’ve already written about why lead quality should be emphasized over quantity. Lead scoring works best if you have 200+ inquiries per month.

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Why Sales Lead Generation Has Such a Bad Name!

ViewPoint

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MarketingSherpa Seeks Case Study speakers for 2009 B2B Demand Generation Summits

B2B Lead Generation

If you have a great B2B story to tell, think about sharing it with other B2B marketers at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Demand Generation Summit 2009. Experienced B2B marketers who want to present will need to submit speech proposals by May 21, 2009. Note: Beginner 101, sales pitches or speeches that have been presented elsewhere will NOT be accepted

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Industrial Marketers: Is this News Good or Bad?

Sales Lead Insights

According to a recent survey of engineering, technical, manufacturing and industrial professionals: Although the majority expects their companies’ spending to remain flat or down, more than a third (36%) said they expect spending during the second half of 2009 will increase compared to the first half of year. I believe it is good news that more than a third of companies in the industrial sector are expected to increase spending during this second half of 2009.

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B2B Copywriting: Interview with Miller McMillan

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Miller, it seems to me that copywriting plays a big role in B2B lead generation. We can talk all day about features and still not capture and cultivate leads. What must a good copywriter do to avoid the mistakes you see others making regarding copy for lead generation?

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A List of B2B Lead Qualification Criteria by Category

Sales Lead Insights

I was thinking about all the lead qualification criteria I’ve seen used in B2B lead generation programs and started listing them by category. What criteria do you use to determine that leads are qualified as being ready for sales follow up? A List of B2B Lead Qualification Criteria by Category. Here’s what I came up with so far: Firmographics (Industry, company size, location). Demographics (Contact’s title, job function).

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Web Inquiry Management: Interview with Mike Wallen

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest is Mike Wallen , CEO of The Lead Dogs , a B2B lead development company that provides sales lead generation, telemarketing and telesales services. At The Lead Dogs, we define a web inquiry as a completed form on a website or landing page. Tags: B2B Lead Generation

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An Interview With Mike Damphousse About B-to-B Appointment Setting

Sales Lead Insights

Today’s guest is Michael Damphousse , CEO/CMO of Green Leads, LLC , a firm that specializes in using the phone to get qualified appointments for its clients’ salespeople on a pay-per-performance basis. Mike is an experienced marketer, having served as CMO of two software companies before starting Green Leads. Mike, I’m hearing a lot of buzz about appointment setting as an approach to B-to-B lead generation. Is the lead with the right title?

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B2B Marketing Summit: Learn what’s really working best in today’s difficult business environment

Sales Lead Insights

Join me, your B2B marketing peers and other marketing experts at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009. Proven tactics for lead generation, scoring, nurturing and closed-loop measurement. Marketing to drive leads and sales from Fortune 500 companies. Practical advice on B2B search, podcasting, registration form tests, email, lead generation & nurturing and telemarketing.

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B2B Sales Leads from Data Services - Smashmouth Review

Smashmouth Marketing

When we're selling our outbound marketing demand gen solutions, we get asked all the time, where can I find inexpensive b2b sales leads ? So below is a collection of data sources we've used in our lead generation work. Jigsaw - is a leading provider of business information and data services that uniquely leverages user-generated content contributed by its global business-to-business community of 900,000 members.

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Be my guest at my all-new webinar on A/B and multivariate testing *specifically for B2B marketers*.

Sales Lead Insights

In our webinar, you’ll get: Case Studies of A/B tests run by B2B marketers to improve lead generation. Tags: B2B Lead Generation B2B marketing webinar I’m presenting this Webinar with my co-host Anne Holland. You probably already know Anne. She founded MarketingSherpa. Now she’s publishing a new resource site called WhichTestWon.com. How to convince your boss (or the CEO) to let you run tests. What to test (and what not to bother testing).

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Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales. So I’ve also been searching for evidence of leads and sales from social marketing everywhere I can.

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 - How will you reach the best prospects?

Sales Lead Insights

After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them. To download the complete guide as a PDF, visit B2B Marketing-for-Leads Guide. Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 - How will you reach the best prospects? Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts.

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How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

Sales Lead Insights

If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available.

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Dreamforce 2009: Using Lead Nurturing and Scoring to Deliver More and Higher-Quality Sales Leads

Marketo

Last Wednesday I attended the Dreamforce session Using Lead Nurturing and Scoring to Deliver More and Higher-Quality Sales Leads. In this session, they discussed how to use lead scoring to identify and prioritize sales-ready leads. They also discussed how to use lead nurturing to establish a relationship with prospects that are not sales ready. Often, we see presentations like this broken into two sessions- lead nurturing and lead scoring.

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Top 80 B2B Marketing Posts for 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

This technique was also used to generate the Hot Trends in B2B Marketing for 2009. Top 80 Posts - December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2009. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy - WebMarketCentral , March 24, 2009. PR Meets Marketing , February 16, 2009. Twitter Analytics: Five Practical, Lesser Known Free Tools for B2B Professionals - B2B Marketing Savvy , August 31, 2009. 42+ Social Media Marketing Tools - Junta 42 , June 2, 2009.

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Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

Sales Lead Insights

A recent press release from SiriusDecisions states that based on the company’s business-to-business benchmarks: Roughly 44 percent said their marketing spend for 2009 will be reduced; The hardest hit marketing budget categories are advertising (down 17 percent) and events (down 12 percent); 25 percent said marketing spending will remain about the same as in 2008. Has your company shifted its marketing spending from lead generation to lead development?

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Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

Sales Lead Insights

A recent press release from SiriusDecisions states that based on the company’s business-to-business benchmarks: Roughly 44 percent said their marketing spend for 2009 will be reduced; The hardest hit marketing budget categories are advertising (down 17 percent) and events (down 12 percent); 25 percent said marketing spending will remain about the same as in 2008. Has your company shifted its marketing spending from lead generation to lead development?

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How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

Sales Lead Insights

If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available.

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 – How will you reach the best prospects?

Sales Lead Insights

After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them. To download the complete guide as a PDF, visit B2B Marketing-for-Leads Guide. Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 – How will you reach the best prospects? Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts.

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 – Who are your best prospects?

Sales Lead Insights

Step 9: Target the best companies and contacts with your lead-generation efforts. a particular industry, such as residential or commercial construction, banking, distribution or the retail clothing business), weaving the industry’s concerns and buzzwords into your marketing-for-leads materials. To download the complete guide as a PDF, visit B2B Marketing-for-Leads Guide. Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 – Who are your best prospects?