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Introduction to Lead Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI.

How to do lead management that improves conversion

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In this post, I’m going to focus on how to do lead management that increases sales conversion. Here’s why: First, B2B lead conversion to actual revenue conversion is low. According to Forrester, top performers convert 1.54% of leads to revenue. And average performers turn less than 0.75% of leads into closed deals. Source: Forrester US and Europe B2B Marketing Tactics and Benchmarks Online Survey. Where lead management often falls short.

Lead Management: Lead Status Values

Marketing Converts

Our clients (just like all other organizations in B2B SaaS) use a lead/contact status field to trigger sales to call a contact and track and measure funnel performance. Below are the lead status values we provided. Can a lead stay in one of those stages forever?

B2B Lead Management – 6 Best Practices

Great B2B Marketing

Some companies are good at generating B2B sales leads , others are good at qualifying and closing those leads, but the top performing companies, are those that leverage B2B lead management techniques and can do both. Here are six strategies you can implement to create your own unstoppable marketing and sales machine: Follow up every inbound inquiry within 48 hours – preferably 24 hours. Set strict criteria for scoring leads.

Lead Management Methods: Point of Interest, Hybrid, and Unique

Marketing Converts

This is likely one of the most inane, boring topics in B2B marketing, so please bear with me. It’s an organization’s lead management method. What is lead management method? For example, let’s assume you have both a CRM and marketing automation.

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management 2017

Modern Marketing

One of the most strategic technology investments made by marketing and sales teams today is a marketing automation platform that is sophisticated enough for their unique needs, but flexible enough to easily integrate with their customer relationship management (CRM) system.

B2B Marketers still struggle with lead nurturing

Biznology

I thought it was widely understood by now that staying in touch with a prospect who has shown some interest in your product or service can triple, even quadruple, lead-to-sales conversion rates. The Bizo study reveals some intriguing issues for marketers today.

5 Attributes of an Effective Lead Management Process

Hubspot

Inbound marketing is a powerful strategy. When we implement it for a company here at Imagine Business Development, we will typically see a 2 to 7 times increase in lead generation in the first year and a 5 to 10 times increase in future years. Lead – we consider a lead simply a lead.

Why Marketing Converts Hates POI, Dislikes Hybrid, and Recommends The “Unique” Lead Management Approach

Marketing Converts

In my last post , I framed out the three main lead management approaches in B2B SaaS. In this post, we focus on why Marketing Converts recommends the “unique” model to the vast majority of clients. Please view this as a general list; some of these points will be more or less pronounced depending on the marketing automation platform you’re using (Marketo, Eloqua, HubSpot, Act-on, Autopilot, etc.) lead score change, status value change, or any field value change).

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

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. The post Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

Taking Stock of Your Lead Management Process: 5 Key Questions

The Point

Key to designing an effective lead nurturing program is taking stock of your current lead management process. Here are the top 5 questions to ask about your current lead management process: 1. What are the key, distinct audience groups that comprise inbound leads?

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

The Point

In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. raw inquiries convert to either MQLs (Marketing Qualified Leads) or better.

When Lead Management and Dating Align: Get Your Prospects to Swipe Right

Modern B2B Marketing

With Tinder making more than 26 million matches a day, it is time for marketing and sales departments to take a play from the online dating handbook. Think about how your marketing and sales teams are engaging digitally with prospects. Lead Management b2b Consumer

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful.

Vote for Kimmy Netterville, an inspired sales lead management leader

ViewPoint

PointClear’s Kimmy Netterville has been nominated as one of the 40 Most Inspired Leaders in Sales Lead Management. The Sales Lead Management Association announced today that nominations are now closed, and voting is open until Dec. Many of PointClear’s clients over the past 11 years have directly benefitted from Kimmy’s abilities managing B2B lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing programs.

6 Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy

Marketing Action

One of marketing automation’s big wins is the ability to create a continuous process to manage leads at scale. Act-On’s new white paper, Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy , outlines six steps to figuring out the best process for your organization: 1.

New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

Act-On

Lead generation, also commonly referred to as lead gen, continues to be one of B2B marketers’ top goals. It’s so important that if you distilled an average B2B marketer’s job description down to two words, they might well be “get leads”.

Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact.

Top 10 B2B Lead Scoring Mistakes (Part 1 of 2)

The Point

Lead scoring has quickly become an integral part of a demand generation marketer’s arsenal. Drawn from that experience, here are 10 examples of the most common scoring mistakes we see B2B companies make: 1. Multiple campaigns assigning lead scores.

A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

The Point

It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. If you hand off content syndication leads to your sales force without setting these expectations, your program may be doomed to fail.

5 Techniques For Lead Management Success That You Probably Aren’t Using

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman Lead management is the ability to capture, respond, and manage incoming leads. Unfortunately, many marketers don’t employ clearly defined lead management practices. Lead Source Information: PPC Search ad, social, offer, etc.

3 Lead Management Questions Sales will Ask Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Doug Sechrist | Tweet this Most of you regular readers have hopefully broached the sales and marketing alignment discussion within your organization and are on your way to a building a lean, mean, revenue-producing machine. If so, the days of “the leads suck” conversation is in the past. Now you’re onto “the leads still suck, but please give us more” conversation. Even a great lead management process will be questioned.

5 Reasons to Gate Lead Nurturing Content

The Point

A client asks: “I notice that you’re recommending we gate our offer content behind landing pages as part of the lead nurturing campaign. It’s why click-to-lead conversion rates are never 100%, no matter how good your landing page.

Oracle Eloqua Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management

Modern Marketing

by Eloqua | Tweet this The 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management has been published and Oracle Eloqua is in the Leaders quadrant for the second consecutive year. Click here to download the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management.

How to align sales and marketing with a lead management process

Leadfeeder

Despite good intentions there are still many loopholes in lead management that undercut sales performance. That’s why having a solid lead management process in place can save lead generation programs from the chopping block. I was lucky enough to catch up with a few sales and marketing leaders recently from companies like LeadGenius, Socedo and Metadata, to learn more about how their teams develop a sales pipeline with lead management best practices.

Manufacturers Need Lead Management to Close the RFQ Gap

Industrial Marketing Today

Talking to manufacturers and industrial companies on a daily basis has convinced me that when they say they need help with their lead generation, they really want more RFQ (Request For Quote) opportunities. Generating new leads, qualifying and nurturing them until they turn into a RFQ is too much work for them. For a real-life example of this lead generation disconnect, read my post, Manufacturers: Don’t Start a Lead Generation Campaign without Sales.

Why is Inside Sales So Scared of Lead Nurturing?

The Point

Recent studies tell us while the adoption of marketing automation technology continues to gain momentum, fewer than 20 percent of marketing executives say that they are fully integrating the technology into their current sales and marketing initiatives.

How Campaign Creators Built a Lead Management Process to Close More Sales with Fewer Leads

Leadfeeder

We had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Pereira, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Technologist of Campaign Creators to share their 3-phase approach to lead management that has helped their clients shorten sales cycles and win more customers. You’ll want to turn the volume up Key Takeaways: Organizations should understand what the touch points and channels are for converting a lead into a customer. It’s not like leads are just falling out of the sky for them.

Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

The Point

Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. The post Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity appeared first on The Point.

How to Use Surveys for B2B Lead Generation

Modern B2B Marketing

While lead forms are a great way to capture contact information about your prospects, they may not collect other critical information because too many fields can overwhelm potential customers. Innovative B2B marketers are using surveys as the perfect complement to lead forms.

10 Tips for Driving Lead Nurturing Success (Infographic)

The Point

When B2B companies invest in marketing automation technology, “lead nurturing” is often one of the key business objectives that spurs those organizations to take the plunge. Here are some tips for driving lead nurturing success.

Leadspace and LeanData Partner to Drive ABM with Unparalleled Combination of Predictive Analytics and Lead Management

LeanData

Unique Combination of Technologies Will Increase Conversion Rates for B2B Marketers. Partnership Combines Lead Routing, Matching, Predictive Data Enrichment. Automated Lead Matching and Routing Brings Speed and Accuracy for ABM.

How to Improve Lead Routing for More Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you recently looked at your lead routing and assignment process? If not, you could be leaking revenue and marketing ROI. LeadData’s new report, The State of Lead Management , based on a survey of 527 B2B sellers and marketers found an average 25.5 % of marketing-generated leads get assigned to the wrong account owner. Over 25% of marketing-generated leads get assigned to the wrong person. Lead scoring and grading.

More Evidence That Waiting Even 5 Seconds to Contact a New Sales Lead Can Be Disastrous

The Point

In my experience, most of the mental energy and strategic thinking around the practice of lead nurturing and lead management is usually applied to the goal of accelerating prospects through the sales process – from MQL to SQL, from SQL to Opportunity, and so on.

Lead Gen: A proposed replacement for BANT

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet According to the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report , 24% of marketers ask a timeline-to-purchase question on their lead capture forms. Q: Please select the most important fields that you need to collect from your leads on the lead generation form.

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Influencers: the key to content marketing

Biznology

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a B2B digital marketing forum hosted by The Conference Board and led by Mike Moran and Tim Peter. The lively discussion covered a lot of ground, reflecting the needs of marketing executives striving to do digital well.

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How Much Of My Demand Generation Budget Should I Be Spending On Lead Nurturing?

The Point

It’s that time of year again, and marketers’ thoughts turn to budgeting for the next 12 months. One of the most frequent questions we’re hearing from clients during this planning season pertains to the balance between pure lead generation on the one hand, and lead nurturing on the other.

B2B Lead Generation Strategies for 2018 Plus 5 Strategies to Kick to the Curb

Modern B2B Marketing

With a new year fast approaching, now is the time to re-evaluate what lead gen strategies are worth keeping and which outdated habits should be kicked to the curb fast. Do: Take a Second (and Third) Look at Mobile Marketing. Do: Up Your Content Marketing Game.

6 Ways Marketers Fall Short When Targeting B2B buyers

Act-On

With so much on the line, marketers still underestimate 6 things when targeting B2B buyers. B2B Marketing Demand & Lead Generation Lead Generation Lead Management Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring