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.

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Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

ViewPoint

Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. Telemarketing Outbound (qualification and lead generation). Telemarketing Sales. Sales Operations.

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Lead Management: 4 principles to follow

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I’m at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 in San Francisco on day one, live blogging the Lead Management Workshop that features a dive into larger topics including lead capture, lead qualification and lead nurture. Key principles of lead management.

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Five Myths of Lead Management

ANNUITAS

Lead management continues to be a hot topic in the world of B2B marketing as we turn the corner and head into the second half of 2010. Over the last 12 months, marketing and sales dialogue increasingly has focused on how marketers can better engage with the more empowered B2B buyer and what they need to do in order to leverage the B2B buyer relationship. In addition to the confusion, we’ve also witnessed the emergence of many falsehoods about lead management.

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No Lead Left Behind – Prioritizing Your Leads with Lead Management

Salesfusion

While too many leads certainly isn’t a bad problem to have, it can be a problem for companies nonetheless. If you feel like your marketing efforts are delivering results but your sales team thinks you aren’t providing enough quality leads, it’s time to get those leads under control with lead management. Discuss what makes a good lead. lead generation nurture marketing

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Business Leaders Concede They’re Struggling with Lead Management and Routing

LeanData

The state of lead management. . . LeanData conducted a first-of-its-kind survey, The State of Lead Management , to learn more about how businesses are managing their lead processes. Lead routing isn’t glamorous and is often ignored.

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5 Attributes of an Effective Lead Management Process

Hubspot

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. Lead Management

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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. A question: at this point, what kind of lead am I? By my own reckoning, I’m an MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead). I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing.

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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent.

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7 Lead Management Tools That Will Save You Hours

PureB2B

Leads are great, but there’s a long road between a lead and a sale. Converting prospects into revenue requires marketers everywhere to manage and nurture an on-going relationship with their leads. Turn your smartphone into the ultimate sales tool.

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To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. But the actual, final management of the prospect is square in the lap of the individual salesperson.

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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?

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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.

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7 Lead Management Tools That Will Save You Hours

PureB2B

Leads are great, but there’s a long road between a lead and a sale. Converting prospects into revenue requires marketers everywhere to manage and nurture an on-going relationship with their leads. Turn your smartphone into the ultimate sales tool.

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3 Steps to Improve Marketing and Sales Alignment

ANNUITAS

Whether you’re more like Ham or Smalls, chances are you’ve had a conversation with sales that included some miscommunication. A solid lead management framework is key to shared understanding and accountability. Poor application of what determines a sales-ready lead.

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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. Work directly with sales to determine when a lead is “sales ready”.

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How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)

Act-On

One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!?

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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.

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What Should the Sales Close Rate Be?

ViewPoint

I’ve read and heard (from a well-known industry analyst firm) that best-in-class companies close 30% of sales qualified leads while average companies close 20%. Those results factor in lead leakage of between 52% to 86% of the marketing qualified leads put into the top of the funnel. Sales isn’t qualifying down from 1000 marketing qualified leads to 14 sales qualified leads. None were actually leads.

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5 Power Players You Need On Your Lead Management Team

Marketing Action

If you could diagram the complexity of modern marketing and sales operations the intersecting lines of software, social, content, design, email and data would turn into a morass of cross hatching. Sales is no longer cold calling. Do you want the guidebook to world-class lead management?

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Lead Management: 7 Steps to the Process that Creates Revenue

Marketing Action

He’s spent over 20 years in the trenches, working hand-in-glove with with enterprise, midmarket, and smaller companies to develop and build buyer research, demand generation, database development, and lead management programs. Lead management is one of those things.

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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.

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

LeanData

Partnership Combines Lead Routing, Matching, Predictive Data Enrichment. Automated Lead Matching and Routing Brings Speed and Accuracy for ABM. Inbound lead-to-account matching is crucial for B2B marketing — especially for ABM.

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6 Essential Nurturing Workflows For Every B2B Company

Hubspot

Essentially these campaigns are a series of emails aimed at keeping you top of mind while building trust and moving your lead further along in the buyer's journey. Get the lead to contact you to inquire more about your services/product or make the purchase online.

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How to Start Your Company’s Discussion About Marketing Automation

Modern Marketing

by Amanda Batista | Tweet this Over the weekend you may have received one or more marketing emails that weren’t of interest to you, perhaps even after you opted in to receive communication from that particular company. Optimize spend on marketing programs and sales head count.

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Webinar on Effective Lead Management: How to Convert Marketing Leads into Sales Pipeline

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Research shows that about 80% of leads marketers generate end up getting lost, ignored or discarded. So, instead of continually struggling to find new leads for Sales, marketers should begin focusing on developing effective lead management processes for converting more leads into sales pipeline. The key is to look back at your past marketing activities to find the gold that’s been lost in the Sales and Marketing pipelines.

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Are You Building a Company or Just Laying “Marketing Brick”?

ViewPoint

Are you building a business with your lead generation efforts that drive sales or are you spending the company’s money on tactics that have tepid responses? Are you simply concerned with the lead count versus the qualified lead count? There’s a quote by Charles M.

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Sales Red Flags and How to Deal with Them

PureB2B

So your marketing strategy has paid off big time, and now you’ve got a bunch of qualified leads. It’s time to send them along the sales funnel. However, there are red flags in the sales process you need to look out for before attempting to close a lead. If unnoticed, they might lead you to squander your time and resources on leads that simply aren’t going to convert. Sales agents are eager to get to yes. Your Contact Leaves the Company.

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Define and Conquer: Tips to Improve Sales and Marketing Alignment

Modern Marketing

The following is the first of a two-part series on strategies to bridge the gap between sales and marketing. At its best, the relationship between sales and marketing is like a fresh romance. Sales still tells marketing it appreciates all the hard work and revenue contribution.

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BANT Criteria in a Buyer-Centric World? No More

ANNUITAS

Everyone in sales and marketing knows what BANT stands for – Budget, Authority, Need and Timeframe. This concept was first introduced by IBM in the early 2000s and was the gold-standard for qualifying sales and marketing “leads.” Blog BANT Lead management

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16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 2)

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Marketers spend a lot of time and effort generating inbound leads, but they often struggle getting those leads to convert into sales opportunities and customers after they hand them off to sales. . Touch longer-term leads frequently and relevantly. .

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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.

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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.

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6 Steps to Implementing an Effective Lead Management Process

Hubspot

Pam is a marketing communications/social media manager and freelance blogger who loves Boston, photography, charity events, sushi, wine, and the Red Sox. Lead management bridges the gap between marketing and sales. Step 1: Identify and Understand Your Leads.

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An Introduction to the New Power of Social Media Lead Management

Hubspot

But as more social networks began to appear, and more people began to adopt them, they became an uncontested space for all types of companies to be present in. As a marketer, your strongest asset is your database of contacts: email and blog subscribers, leads, customers, and evangelists.

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5 Ways Marketing Can Help Sales Through a Tough Month

Hubspot

A company won’t survive if it doesn’t meet its revenue goals. That’s why revenue isn’t just the sales team's problem -- it’s every department’s problem. When the going gets rough, Marketing should have Sales’ back. 5 Ways Marketing Can Help Sales.

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6 Tips for Symbiotic Sales & Marketing Lead Management

Hubspot

Planning meetings and informal discussions go a long way toward repairing the rifts between sales and marketing, but both teams need to see the impact of those conversations to really establish trust. Tip # 1: Focus on Both Lead Quality and Quantity.

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Is Marketing the new Sales?

Modern Marketing

You probably all heard this in one way or the other: in our digital era, buyers are 2/3 through the decision process before they engage with the first sales person. Looks like there’s an elephant in the room: now dominating the funnel, is marketing the new sales (system)?

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50 Statistics About B2B Sales and Marketing (Mis)Alignment

Type A Communications

But if there’s one, at least in the business world, it’s how to fix the chasm between sales and marketing so companies quit bleeding leads (qualified or not) and customers. Well, actually it’s a change management problem, rather than just a sales and marketing alignment problem.

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16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 1)

B2B Lead Generation Blog

When I’ve talked with marketers about their b2b lead generation results, I’ve heard statements like, “We’re generating a ton of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.”.

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