Lead Generation: What’s Working – Tactics, Budgets and Preferences

Industrial Marketing Today

Summer is a good time to look back at what has worked for lead generation and compare yourself with your peers as you plan for the second half of the year. What were the most effective SEO tactics used for lead generation in 2012?

Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use?

Lead Generation: How 64% of marketers starve Sales of opportunity

B2B Lead Generation

Unbelievably, most are still sending only raw leads to Sales, and they aren’t making an effort to bring those leads to a place where they’re ready for Sales to bite into. 64% of marketers still send all leads that respond to marketing campaigns directly to Sales.

Optimizing the Lead: 4-step lead generation analysis

B2B Lead Generation

Including lead generation. EST – “ Planning for 2013: How to best utilize top lead gen tactics in the New Year ” – David Kirkpatrick, Senior Reporter, MECLABS, and I will review the basics of the lead generation funnel. Among other things, we’ll take a basic look at conducting a lead generation analysis, to help you optimize your lead generation process, campaigns and programs. Step #2: Review new leads.

Ideal Customer Profiles: 5 steps to ensure your lead generation stays on target

B2B Lead Generation

An ICP is the foundation of your entire lead generation program. It helps you narrow your lead generation universe and provide a standard against which you can prescreen opportunities. The result: Its lead conversion decreased by 50%. Tweet Joe is newly single.

Lead Generation: 43% say organic search drives most traffic, but only 29% say it drives most conversions

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet In the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report , we asked 1,915 marketers about traffic volume and traffic that converts. Q: Which of the following sources generates the GREATEST VOLUME of traffic coming to your site?

3 Models for Gating Lead Generation Content on Your Website

The Point

Ask a group of B2B marketers whether their Websites’ lead generation content (white papers, archived Webinars, case studies, videos, etc.) Here are 3 models to consider when making the decision on how to serve up lead generation content on your Website: The “Free for All” Model.

Manufacturers: Don’t Start a Lead Generation Campaign Without Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

Every manufacturing or industrial company that I talk to wants more leads. However, there is a serious disconnect between sales and marketing when it comes to defining a qualified lead. Recently, a manufacturing client retained me to help them improve their industrial lead generation program. In short, very poor ROI from their lead generation efforts. President – “It is not a lead unless we have a RFQ (Request for Quote).”.

How Dreamforce Boosts Lead Generation [CHART]

Modern Marketing

by Paul Teshima | Tweet this Dreamforce 2012 is just about to kick off this week, and it promises to be the biggest cloud event ever. We were surprised how strong the impact on new leads per month were at the “0″ month mark (the month when Dreamforce took place).

B2B Lead Generation: Are You Killing the Golden Goose?

ViewPoint

This is the first in a series of four blogs about B2B Lead Generation marketing and sales metrics, and proverbs. Qualified Rate includes leads, pipeline (specific action required by PointClear) and nurtures (qualified companies with no immediate pain/need or interest).

Survey Results: Improving Content Marketing is the #1 Priority for 2012 Lead Generation.

NuSpark

I recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn asking respondents what they believe should be the #1 priority in 2012 for generating leads in B2B firms. The poll also supports my message of how content marketing and lead generation go hand-in-hand.

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Lead Generation: Phone calls turn first-time webinar into million-dollar leads

B2B Lead Generation

Follow the lead of Jeremy Scully and take a high-stakes gamble: Put your reputation on the line to prove marketing’s value. As soon as the webinar was over, a standard email thanking attendees was automatically sent, and Scully commenced his lead-generation efforts.

Lead Generation: When To Use Registration Forms

Marketing Insider Group

And marketers should employ strategies to identify and capture every one of these leads that we can for our businesses. Generate Demand With Content Marketing. Joe Chernov, VP of Content Strategy has offered up a whole deck on content and demand generation. Demand Generation

B2B Lead Generation: The Best of PowerViews

ViewPoint

Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of interviewing nineteen influential B2B sales and marketing leaders to discuss their views in areas like traditional and new media strategies, current and future trends, B2B lead generation, and sales lead management.

My Leads Went Where??! – Lead Generation Horror Story #1

Reachforce

In the day to day challenge of lead generation, numbers matters. And when lead flow slows to a trickle, this sets off an understandable panic in the marketing corner. The average close rate on hand-raisers from inbound lead forms was around 50%.

B2B Lead Generation: Getting on the same page

Sales Lead Insights

A lead is a lead. I always recommend to my sale lead consulting clients that they create a gloss ary of terms related to their B2B lead generation progra m s. Lead: A broad term used to describe everything from lists to inquiries to tradeshow leads to sales ready opportunities. Sales Accepted Lead: A Marketing Qualified Lead that has been accepted by sales. Do you have terms and definitions to add to a BtoB sales lead glossary?

The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

We’re proud to acknowledge these 50 women from 41 different organizations as the top #Nifty50 women of technology on Twitter for 2012. Active across social networks, Cindy leads Microsoft’s small- to midsized-business sales and marketing efforts as Vice President U.S.

The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

We’re proud to acknowledge these 50 women from 41 different organizations as the top #Nifty50 women of technology on Twitter for 2012. Active across social networks, Cindy leads Microsoft’s small- to midsized-business sales and marketing efforts as Vice President U.S.

79 Remarkable Social Media Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2012

Webbiquity

Not only do leads generated through social and content marketing cost half as much as traditional outbound-generated leads (see below), they also close at higher rate (again, see below). And social media isn’t just about lead generation of course.

Why Lead Generation is Irrelevant

ANNUITAS

According to a 2011 study by MarketingSherpa , 74% of B2B marketers stated that their biggest challenge was generating high quality leads. The next biggest challenge was a distant second: 49% cited “generating a high volume of leads”. One of the reasons that generating high quality leads continues to present itself as the top challenge (it took #1 honors in 2010 as well) is that marketers are focusing on the wrong thing – lead generation.

10 of the Best B2B Internet Marketing Infographics of 2012

KoMarketing Associates

As 2012 winds down, here are 10 of our favorite internet marketing infographics related to the B2B sector. Selling Through Social Media to Close More Leads. The B2B Lead Generation Manifesto. Selling Through Social Media to Close More Leads.

New Infographic: B2B Lead Generation & Content Marketing Trends

NuSpark

The infographic summarizes key data from a variety of research reports covering B2B and technology lead generation, media strategy, and content marketing trends, from initial solution research to lead nurturing. Presenting my first infographic.

Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead generation and demand generation, although related, are at odds with each other. When many B2B marketers say demand generation, they mean lead generation, and the program will be measured on leads and the value of those leads.

Study: B2B Marketers Turn to Content Marketing for Lead Generation

KoMarketing Associates

According to the results of a recent study from Holger Shulze, B2B marketers worldwide are turning to content marketing to improve their marketing campaigns, including boosting lead generation efforts, brand awareness, and customer loyalty.

18 Ways to Promote Your White Paper for Lead Generation

NuSpark

A quality white paper can one of the most important content marketing vehicles to generate leads within your internet marketing plan. Generate new leads. Nurture existing leads. This is an ideal method to generate back links and create buzz about your paper.

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Is Lead Generation Slipping Away From Marketing?

ViewPoint

James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. ” But in a recent post on the Sales Lead Management Group on LinkedIn, Kevin McArdle, the regional sales manager for Eloqua (Chicago), advocated that sales departments should take over lead gen and he makes the following points: Sales departments are responsible for revenue.

The Top 25 Posts of 2012

Modern Marketing

Some argue that 2012 was the year of the story in business. 3 Reasons Why Sales and Marketing Don’t Agree on “Lead Generation” The problem is deeper than we thought. We broke down some of the top reasons why sales and marketing can’t seem to agree on what lead generation means.

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Lead Generation: A Watched Pot Never Boils

ViewPoint

This is the third in a series of four blogs about lead generation, marketing and sales metrics, and proverbs. Based on over 60,000 completed company dispositions per year (annualized for 2012). Leads and expected metrics are defined in carefully created client program plans and lead rates are impacted (particularly in 2010) by the mix and quality of inbound dispositions.

B2B Industrial Marketing Trends: Recap of the GlobalSpec 2012 Report

KoMarketing Associates

As Q3 draws to a close, B2B marketers are already thinking ahead to 2013, strategizing about what’s worked thus far in 2012—and what hasn’t.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

NuSpark

B2B lead generation and lead management is a complicated process that can’t be detailed all in one book. It’s easier said than done which is why firms like mine exist, to implement proper lead generation tactics that build revenue. Lead Nurturing.

The Cost-Per-Lead Fallacy in Measuring B2B Lead Generation Investments (Pt 1 of 3)

ViewPoint

As much as marketing and sales best practices—not to mention just plain common sense—dictate that cost-per-lead not play a prominent role in managing and measuring B2B lead generation investments, the metric continues to prevail.

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Email Summit: What’s the best lead generation tactic? All of them

B2B Lead Generation

He explains there’s a lot of ways to acquire leads, but there’s no determining which ones work best without testing. And then nurture that dialog with a potential customer on an ongoing basis…If you’re doing these three things effectively, you’re doing lead generation well.”. Top Takeaways for Small Business from Email Summit 2012. Email Summit 2012: Meeting email marketing challenges. Lead Generation Lead Nurturing Marketing Strategy

All Your B2B Lead Generation Questions Answered

Reachforce

Nearly 7,000 people are already registered for one of the largest marketing events ever – and we’re excited to be a leading sponsor, panel speaker and virtual booth host. There is still time to register for free and see all the fantastic presentations , visit the virtual trade show booths and participate in expert chats with ReachForce lead data experts and find out about customer implementations. How to Build Precision Lead Lists.

Lead Generation or Demand Generation? It’s All Just Content Marketing!

Marketing Insider Group

Last week, Eric Wittlake (@ wittlake ) wrote a great post called Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation where he argued that these two marketing activities were working against each other due to the different outcomes each is trying to achieve. Demand Generation

Is Your Website Working for Lead Generation and Inbound Marketing?

NuSpark

Are you generating leads from your website? If you have a soft-sell “contact us” page, then driving immediate leads is harder. Landing pages and microsites are designed to generate leads. It needs to attract leads into your funnel.

Bulls, Bears, Bernanke and BtoB Lead Generation

ViewPoint

We all wish we could predict the future, and for more than ten years PointClear has compared lead rates to the GDP in hopes of finding a way to predict future lead rates and, maybe, the GDP. It would be cool if we could do both, but as you will see it appears that lead rates are the result of GDP, not the other way around. Here are the results for Q1, 2001 through Q2, 2012: The numbers say the following to me: Leads trend in the direction of GDP.

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Lead Generation: Content among the most difficult tactics, but also quite effective

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet To determine the most used lead gen tactics, and map that to their effectiveness and difficulty, we asked the following questions in the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report …. Lead Generation: B2B content generates $700,000 in leads via email.

Are Your Lead Generation Tactics Targeting The Wrong Buyer? 4 Steps You Can Take.

Tony Zambito

Lead generation today is becoming the art and science of targeting. Nearly 30% expressed dissatisfaction with lead conversion to sales. If you are off-target with the buyer – you will be off-target on your lead generation tactics.

Are You Planning for Lead Generation for 2013?

ViewPoint

James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. “Of Is your lead generation plan based on the forecast by product? Lead Generation Based on Forecast? For every lead generation tactic, you should have the cost divided by the inquiries or the qualified leads. Closed Lead Cost? Delivering Leads at the Rep Level?

Improve Sales Lead Generation via Marketing Analytics Part 3: Seven Findings

ViewPoint

In this three-part series, the first article on marketing analytics looked at predictive targeting best practices, and the second article cited two sales lead generation programs to show how these processes actually drive improved results.