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.

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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Oracle Named a Leader for 5th Consecutive Year in Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management

Modern Marketing

Digital marketers are in a constant battle between driving leads and managing their CRM systems. Gartner’s CRM Lead Management report assesses the industry’s leading Marketing Automation platforms. What is CRM Lead Management?

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.

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

The Point

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. Can a firm like this rely 100% on lead nurturing?

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing. The complicated answer is to say that the mindset towards demand generation needs to change. ©All rights reserved by Kenny Madden.

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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Differences Between Demand Generation and Lead Generation

PureB2B

Demand generation is the process of creating and/or boosting awareness of a particular company or product with the intention of increasing leads. As a B2B marketing professional or business owner, you need to know the difference between demand generation and lead generation.

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. Put this person at the center of demand generation.

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.

Lead Management: 7 Steps to the Process that Creates Revenue

Marketing Action

Editor’s note: Jay Hidalgo is – among other things – the Demand Gen Coach. In this post, he gives us dead-simple guidance for lead management, including what it actually is, and the steps you need to take to create a resilient process that leads to revenue.

Demand Generation – It’s Not That Easy

ANNUITAS

In reading many of the blogs and listening to some of the webinars and speeches that have been given about Demand Generation one would think that the path to Demand Generation is just a few simple step away. Figure 1: ANNUITAS Demand Process Architecture.

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.

What Demand Marketing Really Means

PureB2B

At the heart of all of this is demand marketing. There are numerous B2B marketing concepts that we’re all saturated with and engrossed in—from lead generation to lead nurturing to conversion acquisition and the actual sales process. However, most marketers fail to focus on the significance and impact of demand marketing. What is Demand Marketing? Driving awareness and generating interest are the key focal points of demand marketing.

4 Roles of a Demand Generation Strategy Consultant

ANNUITAS

When I explain that I’m a Demand Generation Strategy Consultant the confusion and lack of understanding is further magnified. What is Demand Generation? We do this using buyer research, technology, content, data and lead management best practices. I love my job.

4 Steps for Making Demand Generation More Social

Modern Marketing

by Rob Bois | Tweet this Pick up any sales or marketing trade pub, and you’re likely to see that 2011 was the year of social. While B2B companies have jumped on the bandwagon, demand generation marketers often struggle to find its value. Step 2: Engage Your Leads Socially.

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.

Demand Generation and Lead Management Explained

The Effective Marketer

Last week Carlos Hidalgo , CEO of the Annuitas Group , shared on the Software Advice blog a nice video explaining two basic concepts that are often used interchangeably by vendors and even analysts in the Marketing Automation space but should in fact be treated as separate concepts: Demand Generation and Lead Management. Demand Generation vs. Lead Management. According to Carlos, Demand Generation has two goals: Filling the funnel.

5 helpful hacks to go above & beyond your sales goals

Biznology

Here are five smart ways to cut through the noise, focus on what’s important, and exceed your sales goals—without raising your stress. And if you hang out on social media all day, your sales goals are toast. Qualify leads. Stop chasing bad leads.

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. inside sales reps make contact with, and engage with, new prospects; and, as a result, 2.

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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.

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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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. the company is generating the wrong type of leads.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

In fact, what was most impressive was the relative consistency of the rankings, with ead nurturing, analytics, and lead scoring at the top in both surveys, email and campaign management in the middle, and list segmentation is at the bottom.

Demand Generation – It’s Not That Easy

ANNUITAS

As we go into event season-it’s good to remember that building a Demand Generation Strategy isn’t easy. Is success on impacting pipeline and generating demand really just a few simple steps away? Figure 1: ANNUITAS Demand Process Architecture.

Demand Generation Benchmarks & Trends: Software Marketer Edition

Hubspot

The marketing formula seems simple: Attract audiences, engage prospects, convert leads, and facilitate retention. One of the biggest "wins" you can achieve is the ability to connect your disparate initiatives into a scalable, predictable demand generation engine.

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.

Carlos Hidalgo of ANNUITAS Named as One of the Top 50 Most Influential in Sales Lead Management by the Sales Lead Management Association

ANNUITAS

Press Releases Carlos Hidalgo demand process James Obermayer sales lead management association top 50 “I am honored to be named to the SLMA 50 again this year and appreciate the recognition from my peers and colleagues,” stated Hidalgo.

The New Demand Waterfall, and Other Next-Level Marketing Insights You Need to Know

Contently

To the crowd of marketers at Day 2 of the Sirius Decisions Summit in Las Vegas, it was something far more exciting: a new SiriusDecisions Demand Waterfall. The New SiriusDecisions Demand Waterfall. There was a drum roll as the thousands in the crowd hushed. Then it came.

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.

Why Chasing Hot Leads is a Bad Idea

The Point

In an ideal world, all B2B sales leads would be pre-qualified and ready to buy. Many high-tech products are first-of-breed solutions and/or of a complexity that involves multiple stake-holders and demands a more long-term, consultative selling process.

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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.

When Should You Dismiss a Sales Lead?

PureB2B

You then meet two types of sales leads: the qualified and the non-qualified. The next step is pretty simple when it comes to marketing qualified leads , you either nurture them or try to close them. But, what about unqualified leads? To be perfectly blunt, if pursuing a non-qualified lead means ending up risking more than what you can gain, then it’s probably a wise decision to walk away from that particular prospect. Signs a Lead Isn’t Worth Pursuing.

Increasing Conversion Rates – Part 2

ANNUITAS

By taking a strategic approach in developing a Demand Generation Strategy vs. a tactical approach, marketers can make a bigger impact in their results. In most organizations, these two types of leads are classified the same way, despite the fact that they require different approaches.

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

The Point

A prospective client asks: “We’re just getting our demand generation programs ramped up, and I’m not sure I’m ready for marketing automation. Do I need it in order to do lead nurturing?”.

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. Scoring on both demographic and behavioral attributes allows you to provide more meaningful and relevant data to sales. Multiple campaigns assigning lead scores.

What Percentage of Marketing Leads Should Be Accepted by Sales?

ViewPoint

The biggest disconnect between marketing and sales is the hand-off of marketing qualified leads (MQL’s) to sales and the acceptance of those leads (SAL’s) by sales. My solution to this is having a lead definition agreed upon by marketing and sales, and the establishment of a judicial branch to evaluate leads that are not accepted and passed back to marketing or dead in the funnel. B2B Marketing B2B Sales Sales Leads

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Fresh Ideas to Reignite Stalled Leads and Accelerate the Sales Funnel

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Longer selling cycles and stalled deals are impeding sales funnels everywhere. Use these three practices to convert more leads into revenue: Use Funnel-Specific Market Research. In such cases, lead nurturing and campaigns targeting more senior executives can be of value.

Marketing Automation Simplified: The Small Guide to Big Ideas [eBook]

Modern Marketing

Particularly for those organizations that are challenged with managing multiple, segmented programs — or those with a small headcount compensating to manage their workflows — it’s hard to get the moving parts of strategy and technology to sing in harmony.

Marketers Need to Adjust Their Focus

ANNUITAS

A New Year is upon us and provides the opportunity to look at the past year and see how far we have come in B2B demand generation. The market is maturing as marketing’s strategic role in the enterprise is growing as demand generation is top of mind for organizations.