Sirius Decisions Thinks Websites Will Generate 71% of All B2B Sales Leads by 2015. I Disagree.

The Point

Sirius Decisions wrote an insightful article last week about the acquisition by Marketo of Insightera (a Web personalization platform), and included was the following projection: “By 2015, we expect to see 71 percent of b-to-b organizations’ new inquiries coming via the corporate Web site.”.

MobileIron Harnesses End-User Demand to Drive Mobile IT Sales Leads

The Point

If end users want your product, but their IT department makes the purchase decision, can you leverage that demand to drive IT sales leads? That was the question contemplated by the marketing team at MobileIron , a leading provider of mobile device management technology.

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Case Study: Segmentation, New Creative Boosts Lead Conversion Rates by 75%

The Point

Sungard AS runs a highly successful demand generation program, an integrated mix of both online and offline campaigns, to generate a consistent flow of leads to the company’s sales force. Design, build and launch a nurture campaign targeted to “Mid Stage” leads.

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. Marketo sends first follow-up email.

How to Optimize Google AdWords with Offline Conversion Tracking and Marketo

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Jon Miller Google AdWords is one of the most important marketing channels for almost every company, and the ability to measure and optimize for conversions is one of its most powerful capabilities. Marketo Integration. Nurture leads before passing them to sales.

Do You Need Marketing Automation to Do Lead Nurturing? Sort Of.

The Point

Do I need it in order to do lead nurturing?”. My answer: “It depends how you define “ lead nurturing ,” but technically: no, you don’t need marketing automation in order to nurture leads.

Are You Lost In A B2B Sales Lead Paradox?

Modern B2B Marketing

They’ve filled the funnel with sales leads. The sales department followed through on the leads provided but somehow your close-ratios are dropping. Your Lead Scoring Is Off The Mark. Nowhere is this more evident than in your lead scoring system.

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How Does Lead Response Time Impact Sales?

Modern B2B Marketing

by Carol Fox Allowing time to elapse before sales responds to leads is unfortunately all too common – and costly. Oldroyd at MIT , in conjunction with InsideSales.com, showed that waiting even an hour to contact and qualify sales leads can drastically reduce your chances of success.

Panning For Gold: Capturing the Sales Leads You Really Want

Modern B2B Marketing

Marketers need to be able to quickly sift through incoming leads, identify those ready for sales, and have a plan in place to nurture the rest. Also, marketers need to evaluate which techniques are producing the highest quality sales leads so they will know where to continue panning.

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Sales, Big Data, Partnerships & Integration: A Conversation with Henry Schuck of DiscoverOrg and Mark Godley of HG Data

DiscoverOrg

It’s an amazing time to be a consumer of sales data. That is why DiscoverOrg is beating the pack and has emerged as a best-of-class sales intelligence platform. In conjunction with the DiscoverOrg/HG Data partnership announcement, we sat down with DiscoverOrg co-founder and CEO, Henry Schuck, and HG Data’s Chief Revenue Officer, Mark Godley, to get their perspectives on the role of data and SaaS tools on both the trends and future direction for sales and marketing.

B2B Lead Generation without Lead Nurturing is Doomed to Fail

Industrial Marketing Today

Here’s the shocking reality of B2B lead generation – 79% of marketing leads never convert into sales opportunities. B2B marketing and lead generation experts point to a lack of lead nurturing as the primary cause of this poor performance. Why is lead nurturing important? It is a fact of life that the bulk of your site visitors and/or conversions from landing pages are not ready to buy now. So, less than 10% of all leads are actually followed up.”.

How to Optimize Your Website’s Resource Library for Lead Generation

The Point

A well-designed resource library can be a key factor in converting Website visitors to measurable, actionable sales leads. Conversely, a poorly designed resource library is where old white papers go to die.

The 9 Parameters of a Lead Lifecycle

Modern B2B Marketing

by Rajiv Kapoor Lead lifecycle refers to how we manage the life of a lead (or contact or prospect depending on your terminology) from the moment it shows up in the system to deal close. 2) Reporting on conversion rates through each stage so movement from stage to stage can be optimized.

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Marketo’s Greatest Blog Hits of 2011

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller With 2011 now in the history books I thought it would be interesting to collect Marketo’s most popular blog posts from the past year and revisit them as a Greatest Hits collection. Instead I present to you the most popular Marketo blog posts from 2011 based on views and shares.

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Is Your Web-based Content Driving Away Sales Leads

ViewPoint

Today's guest blogger, Reg Nordman, is the Managing Partner for Rocket Builders , a Vancouver based sales and marketing consultancy for high growth companies. Previously he has worked in direct and channel sales for major firms such as Unisys and Commodore. source: Marketo ).

5 Ways Sales Will Continue To Evolve

Modern B2B Marketing

by Bill Binch B2B companies don’t have the same luxury that businesses had in former years, when sales controlled consumer behavior. Now the digital marketplace has put the buyer in the driver’s seat and some sales forces behind the eight ball to keep up with consumer habits. Sales 2.0

21 Tips & Other Impressions from the Marketo User Summit

The Point

Earlier this week, Marketo , the marketing automation company, held its second ever user conference in San Francisco. As a Marketo agency partner, I attended along with colleagues from Spear Marketing Group to greet clients, talk shop, and hear how other companies – including Marketo themselves – are putting technology to use in the service of improved lead management. Enable sales reps to turn off lead nurturing for specific prospects from within the CRM system.

Defining the Perfect Sales Lead – 4 Tips to Getting it Right

Modern B2B Marketing

Today’s B2B marketing success revolves around the new spirit of collaboration between marketing and sales, and nowhere is this more important than the point where the sales cycle begins – defining the perfect sales lead. by Andrew Spoeth.

Sales Lead Management: Thought Leadership with Aaron Ross

Modern B2B Marketing

I've long been a fan of his blog Build a Sales Machine and I learn something new every time we interact. Getting into lead generation was an accident. I had more ego than understanding about lead generation and professional selling. After that experience, I decided I needed to learn how to build and manage a killer sales organization. Where better to learn that than doing sales at salesforce.com? Your blog is called "Build A Sales Machine".

Love Every Lead – 4 Ways Marketing Automation Benefits the Sales Cycle

Modern B2B Marketing

It’s very clear that marketers can now generate, score and nurture leads to a level that was not possible just a few years ago. Lead scoring and nurturing tools ensure that a company can manage the top of the funnel through to marketing qualified leads (MQL).

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Are You Optimizing the Top and Bottom of the Sales Funnel?

Modern B2B Marketing

by Maria Pergolino In today’s B2B marketplace, revenue cycle management is all about the sales funnel. But if yours is less than streamlined, you may be leaking more leads than you convert. To start the process, marketing needs to generate the best- qualified sales lead.

Book Club: Conversations that Win the Complex Sale

Modern B2B Marketing

by Carol Fox We recently reviewed Conversations that Win the Complex Sale , a book aimed at helping sales people rethink their messaging, as part of our B2B Sales and Marketing Book Club. Have you read Conversations that Win the Complex Sale ?

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Three Truths Behind Sales and Marketing Alignment

Modern B2B Marketing

by Bill Binch To create the best lead generation process, you’ve got to keep sales and marketing on the same page. There is a continuing challenge for marketing to fill the sales lead coffers. Collaborative lead scoring is the basis for effective qualification.

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3 Actions for Marketers to Take During the Dog Days of Summer

Modern B2B Marketing

But even if the phone’s not ringing, clients are out of town, and nothing much seems to be happening, there are still several important things that marketers can do right now—even during the “slow” time of year—to help boost their sales results.

5 Essential Books to Understand B2B Sales 2.0

Modern B2B Marketing

by Katie Byrnes To effectively build relationships with prospects, sales teams need to learn to leverage evolving sales strategies. Without utilizing social networking, content marketing and other strategies, sales teams are likely leaving money on the table. Sales 2.0.

4 Value Selling Tools to Move Leads Down the Funnel

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: David Svigel Buyer behavior has changed; contact with your prospects occurs later in the sales cycle, and your leads come armed with more information than ever before about your products and services. Get Conversions to the Middle of the Funnel. Lead Management b2b

How to Drive More Revenue From Your Remote Salespeople

Modern B2B Marketing

by Bill Binch As the economy improves, more companies will start to add to their B2B sales forces. Many companies will be expanding into and testing new markets by adding remote sales people. Many remote sales people prefer a wireless or bluetooth option with their phone.

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

ViewPoint

Nurture leads until they’re ready to turn over to sales is the sixth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. This post is part of a series about the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results. Gain sales acceptance.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 1]

ViewPoint

According to a report by SiriusDecisions, 2015 State of Account-Based Marketing (ABM), more than 60 percent of companies plan to invest in technology for ABM to better align sales and marketing over the next twelve months. ABM aligns marketing and sales.

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.

10 Worst Things to Do With a Qualified Sales Lead

Modern B2B Marketing

Marketers spend a lot of time (and money) delivering leads to sales teams. Of course, one big mistake – or even a series of little ones – can be the end of a potential sale. Constant phone calling is a sure-fire way to get a qualified leads running for the hills.

Sales Operations Instant Lead Routing Technology Advances

Reachforce

A new tool, ReachForce SmartForms, is giving sales operations lead routing teams major speed and productivity gains. This jump in speed helps SmartForms customers open more new orders,” said Mary Firme, Chief Lead Accelerator for ReachForce.

Sales Lead Management Best Practices: Thought Leadership with Barry Trailer

Modern B2B Marketing

Barry is co-founder of CSO Insights , an analyst firm that benchmarks the challenges faced by today's sales and marketing organizations, tracking the trends in the usage of people, process, technology and knowledge to improve sales effectiveness. Barry is also a member of the Marketo Board of Advisors. Barry is also presenting his latest research about marketing and sales alignment at an exclusive webinar titled Using Marketing's Insights to Close More Deals Faster.

Field Events Are Just as Important as Conferences: Here are 4 Reasons Why

Modern B2B Marketing

They are what we at Marketo call ‘the big rocks’ When a company sponsors and/or exhibits at a larger show, they are doing so with the dual goals of brand visibility and acquiring high quality sales leads.

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5 Ways Top Sales Reps Can Use Marketing Automation to Close More Deals

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Chris Gillespie Marketing automation software is a huge blessing for sales teams, but unfortunately, it’s usually a tool that few salespeople leverage. The bottom line though is that marketing automation is sales’ best friend but also probably its most misunderstood ally.

32 B2B Marketers to Add to Your Google Plus Circles

KoMarketing Associates

As such, for B2B marketers specifically, activity on Google Plus could potentially have significant effects on lead acquisition and brand trust. Ed Hadley (Neolane) – Senior Marketing Manager @Neolane; Conversational Marketing Evangelist.

Sales Operations Instant Lead Routing Technology Advances

Reachforce

A new tool, ReachForce SmartForms, is giving sales operations lead routing teams major speed and productivity gains. Getting inbound leads qualified and routed to the correct sales person can be a time consuming and productivity-reducing exercise – and slow response can contribute to lost opportunities. This jump in speed helps SmartForms customers open more new orders,” said Mary Firme, Chief Lead Accelerator for ReachForce.

Live From The Marketing Nation Summit Sessions: ABM, Content Marketing, Women In Tech and More

Modern B2B Marketing

One of the most popular sessions came from Joe Chernov, Vice President of Marketing for InsightSquared and a former marketing exec of both Eloqua and Hubspot, who made his stage debut for Marketo this year with a session called Growing Beyond Inbound with Account-Based Marketing.

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Predictive Analytics: The Next Piece of the Social Puzzle

Modern B2B Marketing

As a result, companies like Wildfire and applications like Marketo Social Marketing emerged, providing services to help grow visibility of a brand through increased numbers in a brand’s followers, likes, etc. For marketers, this means a reduced likelihood of a conversion or sale.

10 Marketing Terms You Need To Know – Pt. 1

EMagine B2B Blog

It organizes and automates the insight-focused capabilities from your CRM, lead management system, web analytics platform, and other campaign systems to create a smooth streamline across all channels. Many companies like Salesforce and Marketo offer software programs for B2B marketers.