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Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned by Outsourced B2B Sales Lead Generation

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The provider, in these cases, is forced to go to war with their day-to-day contact or do what they say and hope for the best. Based on my experience over the past almost 30-years it seems that everyone has been burned by outsourced lead generation. Often multiple times. And, at lot of times executives will say “I tried it and it didn’t work.” Many will acknowledge that the failure(s) were partially their fault.

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Dear CEO: The Era of Accountability Starts in 2017

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One of the reasons that we are in the pickle we are in is because, in my opinion, CEO’s are not doing the best job they can leading their companies. (Photo Courtesy of Kenny Madden). This cartoon was sent to me in response to a blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago.

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Looking to enhance sales lead performance? Put process before technology.

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Technology is great at automating best practices, but you have to have them in place first. When it comes time to exploring how you can increase lead generation ROI, that is, produce better leads more cost effectively, move "technology" to the bottom your to-do list. So start by engineering your processes to focus on lead quality not quantity. Then implement the workflow that encourages both sales and marketing to be acccountable for their role in revenue generation.

B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #1: Should you leave a Voicemail?

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One of the best responses to this question that I have seen is from a somewhat dated (2015) article in Eyes On Sales in which the author asks: “How many callbacks do you get if you DON'T leave a voicemail?”. Should you leave a voicemail?

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid

5 (doable) ways to drive revenue growth now

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Are sales and marketing aligned on what they’re telling the market, and the best ways to reach out, or are efforts mismatched? Looking for a simple and seemingly magical solution to a complicated problem of growing revenue? You’ve come to the wrong place. But, if you’re seeking real answers to this age-old question, we have something for you. PointClear has proven methods for driving sales—and they’re discussed in detail in a white paper available for download now.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 4]

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What really accelerates this is getting out from behind your desk and hitting the road to meet with your best prospects. There’s no doubt that Account-Based Marketing is on the up-and-up. What are sales and marketing leaders saying about it?

4 Tips to Power Up Prospecting in 2015: #1 Believe it Works!

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The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development became a #1 Amazon Best-Seller and spent a full year as the Top-Rated book in its category. Earlier this year I sat in on the 2015 Virtual Sales Kickoff hosted by my friend S. Anthony Iannarino (along with Jeb Blount).

The Skinny on Lead Nurturing - 11 Experts Weigh In (part 1 of 2)

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I feel so strongly that nurturing needs to be a focus, I asked a panel of 11 experts to weigh in on the best lead nurturing programs (and processes) and what to expect in the coming year. The best programs vary up the messaging, but using multiple channels (not only email!)

Secrets to Successful B2B Webinars

This best practice guide covers a variety of elements surrounding successful webinar strategy and execution

The Whole Truth - Why CEOs Need to Know What Makes Sales and Marketing Click

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Put a best-practice process in place and make sure reps continuously follow it—and prevent your given-up-on leads from making their way to your competition. Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the final of a multi-part blog series.

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Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 5]

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I consider SiriusDecisions to be the gold standard when it comes to best practices in B2B marketing and sales processes. So it’s with great pleasure that I conclude this series on ABM with feedback from SiriusDecisions.

Insights on Outbound Conference in Atlanta

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Anthony Iannarino explained The New Buying Cycle: Identify a better future state, build consensus around needs that will move the prospect to a better future state, eliminate price as an element of the evaluation, getting agreement to take the steps necessary to get to the best possible future state. On April 13, 2017, I attended the #OutBound conference in Atlanta, GA. Remarkably, despite the road destruction in downtown Atlanta, everyone got there on time – about 400 attendees.

Your Marketing Team Isn't As Good As They Think - Just Ask Sales

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Yes, it was one of Casey Stengel’s best thoughts. “If we''re going to win the pennant, we''ve got to start thinking we''re not as good as we think we are.” Casey Stengel*.

The sales rep said, “I never got a lead yet that turned into a sale.”

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I learned some important lessons: When giving a speech and you get a tough question, sometimes it’s best to let someone else handle it. I was the marketing manager of a medical device company and we were near the end of the day’s sales meeting.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Does Your Sales Team Know How to Follow-Up on a Lead?

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Today we will discuss why it’s vital for marketing to develop a training guide for sales so all are on the same page as far as understanding what constitutes a lead in your organization, and what’s the best way to follow up on one. Develop a lead hand-off process and follow-up best practices.

How to Leave Voicemails that Generate Results

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Best case you get a call back that turns into an angry prospect because of your approach. Have you ever scheduled a meal for you, your significant other and close friends? Did it take more than one or two phone calls, emails and texts to settle on a date, time and venue? Of course! Multi-touch, multi-media and multi-cycle processes multiply results. Done right, you can expect that 20 – 40% of the leads you generate to be the result of a call back or email reply.

The #1 Reason CEOs Should Care About Lead Generation

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Even the best sales rep has a hard time following up with cold leads, so an understanding of what works and what doesn’t is essential to perfecting the overall company’s lead generation. I often say that CEO’s don’t care about leads, they only care about revenue.

Marketing Automation is Not Marketing Strategy

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Marketing automation doesn’t identify your best target audiences. Marketing automation doesn’t identify your best target audiences. We are republishing this blog by Ruth Stevens (originally run January 29, 2014) because she hits the nail on the head about marketing automation.

Dead is Dead! (At Least in Sales and Marketing)

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The main point of the article is that the best writers read their audience, and the times, to write content that resonates with that audience—meaning that the content is not necessarily proven, it’s simply what the audience wants to hear. Have you noticed how many things are dead these days?

How Much Do Your Leads Cost?

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The next blog in this series introduces the Judicial Branch—the best way to eliminate finger pointing between marketing and sales, and keep leads from being ignored by the field. Understand the price you are paying for your leads and then optimize.

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Follow the Money: The Primary Responsibility for CMOs

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If we can help marketing managers learn how to ‘follow the money,’ most will do it because we normally do those things that are in our own best interest.

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Seven Ideas to Increase Sales (Reading time: Five minutes or Less)

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Here are some best practices involved with increasing sales: Lead generation, lead qualification, lead nurturing: For every dollar you have closed, you have left two dollars on the table. There isn't a senior executive at any company across the globe that doesn't want more sales. The trouble is, not every company truly understands what it takes to generate that additional revenue.

Changing the Sales Conversation [PowerViews LIVE Highlights]

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Credited as the visionary and leading authority of the consultative sales movement, Linda is also a best-selling author of 10 books, including the recently released Changing the Sales Conversation.

PowerViews with Joanne Black: No Such Thing As “Warm Calling”

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The best part? She says that it is always best to have a conversation with a possible referral, explain what you’re about, why you want to be the referral, and how we can help both that person and the prospect you’re being referred to.

Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part Three of Three)

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The handoff of prospects from marketing to sales is clunky at best (if it truly exists at all). The Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today Are: Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies? In late August I asked industry experts that same question and asked them to substantiate their response.

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3 Steps for Effective Sales Lead Follow Up (none are the Hail Mary)

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Kizer stated after the game: “Say, that Hail Mary is the best play we’ve got.”. The best known examples are Staubach to Person in 1975 and Flutie to Phelan in 1984. Use best practice processes in lead follow-up and sales execution and substantially increase your revenue and commissions.

Three “Lies” That Plague B2B Businesses Today (Part Two of Three)

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The world’s most effective sellers get into selected, targeted accounts before there is an initiative, drive demand, build credibility, and are in the position to help the customer determine where they might be headed and how to best get there.”. Cold calling is dead. 57 – 90% of the buying process is complete before a sales rep needs to get involved. Marketing and sales are aligned. Do you agree these are lies?

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Are Your Sales Suffering Because You've Picked The Worst Times To Contact Prospects?

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Research has shown that the best time to contact a prospect is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. The best weekday to call is Thursday, followed by Tuesday then Wednesday.

4 Revenue Sources Most ROI Calculators Miss (Part 2 of 2)

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Some of the other assumptions are estimates from SiriusDecisions Demand Waterfall metrics on the “Average Company” vs. their best-in-class averages.

How to Set Your Outsourced Lead Generation Program Up for Success (pt 3)

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In the first 2 parts of this series we discussed the role of executives and best practices for planning and preparation when outsourcing your lead generation program. The best example of this is an appointment setting company that charges by the appointment.

4 Tips to Power up Prospecting in 2015: #2 Commit to It!

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The last point Mike addresses in this section is one of the most frequently asked questions he’s received over the years: What’s the best time of day to prospect? Yes is the best time of day to prospect.”

How to Set Your Outsourced Lead Generation Program Up for Success (pt 2)

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Too often I see managers who are excruciatingly detailed when it comes to checking references and reaching an agreement, but then they go dark, showing up here and there doing the bare minimum to help develop the best program possible.

True Marketing Operations: It’s time.

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My best right hand man in a large sales organization was the sales operations manager. I had 110 salespeople working for me worldwide, a company president who was hyper (to say the least), and board of directors who were almost as wired as the president.

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Gold Calling vs. Cold Calling

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In my experience, I've seen that the average sales force closes nearly 20 percent of sales-accepted leads while best-in-class organizations close closer to 30 percent. I've written many blog posts on the fact that cold calling isn't dead. In fact, doing the right amount of research, adding a personalized touch to your outreach attempts, and a lot of persistency will help you get in the door for more prospects than you might think.

How the CEO Can Enhance Sales, Marketing, and the Executive Branch

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In the epiphany stage they want education and unique perspectives; in the awareness stage they want product information and subject matter experts (SMEs); and in the interest stage they want benchmarks and best practices.". Someone once told me that CEOs don’t care about leads.

4 Tips to Power Up Prospecting in 2015: #4 Use the Telephone!

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The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development became a #1 Amazon Best-Seller and spent a full year as the Top-Rated book in its category.

B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #6: Nurturing Triples Marketing’s Return

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In the epiphany stage they want education and unique perspectives; in the awareness stage they want product information and subject matter experts (SMEs); and in the interest stage they want benchmarks and best practices. Lead nurturing triples marketing's ROI, but only if done properly. I propose that nurturing is the most underutilized marketing activity at a marketer’s disposal.

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4 Tips to Power Up Prospecting in 2015: #3 Sharpen Your Story!

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The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development became a #1 Amazon Best-Seller and spent a full year as the Top-Rated book in its category.