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What is a Marketing-Qualified Lead? What MQL Really Means

Act-On

Just a few years ago, marketers everywhere rejoiced. Reliable marketing metrics were finally here! Definitions were set, processes were tested, sales and executives bought in across the board, and the panacea of the Lead Marketing Funnel brought peace to all.

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Why Businesses Need Marketing Qualified Leads

PureB2B

In marketing and sales, we’re always on the lookout for leads. However, not all leads are created equal. Leads that have the biggest impact on your bottom line are Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs). What is a Marketing Qualified Lead?

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.

A 10-Point SLA for Sales and Marketing

LEADership

In the case of Sales vs. Marketing, the ‘disconnect’ or dysfunctional system has worsened in many organizations. We have previously analyzed why sales people don’t follow up on the leads provided by marketing. Marketing feels: “Sales is always dropping the ball.

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Don’t Let Prospects Get Lost: Create a Customer Journey Map

Marketing Action

As marketers, it’s our job to help them get to their destination as quickly and painlessly as possible – to be their helpful tour guide. Learn essential ways to use content to attract top-of-funnel leads, with our eBook “ Attraction 101: Content Marketing.”

My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The Definitive Guide to Sales Lead Qualification and Sales Development. This is especially true in the handoff between marketing and sales. Put simply, SDRs pass the baton from marketing to sales. Faster lead response times = better conversion rates.

4 Components of Successful Demand Generation Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

Today B2B marketers have to take a leadership role in lead generation – it’s not good enough to provide names on a list, you’ve got to create a conversation and hopefully, a relationship for success. In other words, you’ve got to generate and manage demand.

Customer Lifecycle Metrics, Part 3: Nurture, Score, Repeat

Marketing Action

Now it’s time to nurture those prospects and turn them into qualified leads. In part three of this series on customer lifecycle metrics, we’ll focus on the metrics that measure how well you’re nurturing leads, building their trust, and bringing them along on the journey to buy.

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Customer Lifecycle Marketing: Reporting, Part 2

Marketing Action

This series looks at the five sequential stages in the B2B marketing lifecycle, and discusses the key metrics for each that can be used to gain key insights. Are there nurturing steps at which leads stall or drop out? Which activities are driving the lead scores up?

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What Type of B2B Leads Do You Have: IQLs, MQLs, or SQLs?

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer You''ve got leads, but are you focusing on the most promising ones? One of the most important roles for B2B marketers is lead generation. Just generate leads. Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL).

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Confessions of Former Lead Marketers on Switching to Account-Based Marketing

Terminus

When it comes to shifting from lead generation – in which marketers produce as many leads as possible before qualifying them later in the process – to account-based marketing, where an organization strategically considers and communicates with prospects, there’s a simple quote to sum it up.

Dynamic Duo: Close More Deals with Sales and Marketing Alignment

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Stacey Thornberry A joint Marketo and Reachforce research piece found that businesses are 67% better at closing deals when sales and marketing work together. He spoke about “Lead Generation: Strategies that Kill the Competition.”. Lead Scoring.

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The 3 Massive Marketing Hang-ups Account-Based Marketing Can Solve

Vidyard

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you’ve heard about account-based marketing (ABM). Historically, lead generation has been the engine that drives B2B profits. Your lead scoring system is miscalibrated. That’s a pretty good place to be as a marketer.

Marketo Data Tells Us: What Is the Top Conversion Rate by Channel?

Modern B2B Marketing

Conversion rate is one of the most important marketing metrics. It’s a metric that lead generation marketers—from practitioners all the way up to CMOs—are measured on. Let’s start at the top of the funnel and look at conversion rate by acquisition channel.

Dismantling The Brick Wall: 3 Things That Separate Sales & Marketing & Hinder Sales Effectiveness

Modern B2B Marketing

by Carol Fox There’s nothing more frustrating than struggling to put a top-notch B2B marketing effort together, only to hit a brick wall of poor sales results. Often the wall exists as a function of poor sales and marketing alignment. Sales and marketing aren’t on the same page.

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How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. According to the study results, Marketing Automation technology paired with appropriate, systemic processes can yield four to five times the number of closed deals when compared to deployed technology alone.

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10 Myths About Lead Quality: Busted

Hubspot

Your leads are the driver of your business. To grow and to gain customers you need to have quality leads that are actively engaged in your organization’s offerings—leads that are a fit for organizations strategy. Myth 1: Any lead is a Good Lead. Lead Conversion

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 Management

How to Use Analytics to Get a Promotion: 10 Metrics That'll Help Your Cause

Hubspot

If you can tell a story to your boss using data -- your value in leads or revenue generated for the company -- then you'll make a much more compelling case for why you deserve a promotion. 1) Track Lead Sources. Once a marketer creates a piece of content, their work isn't done.

B2B Marketing Automation: Crawl, Walk, Run, Win

Sales Lead Insights

The bad news is that when it comes it comes to implementing marketing automation for generating, nurturing and qualifying leads, many B2B marketers are daunted by the perceived complexity. Now, with a firm foundation, you can start your marketing automation.

What is a Lead? What is a Prospect?

Reachforce

As marketing rapidly evolves with marketing automation and predictive lead scoring , metrics and definitions evolve. Lead and Prospect are two words we hear a lot in marketing and sales roles but very rarely meaning the same thing.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014: A Look Back at Act-On’s Most Popular Content

Marketing Action

87 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats. The popularity of this post prompted us to release a Fast Facts data sheet with all the latest marketing automation statistics compiled for your reference. Most marketers believe subject lines should be short and benefit-focused.

9 Strategies for Improving Lead Quality From B2B PPC Campaigns

Hubspot

You’ve poured thousands of dollars into your Pay-Per-Click (PPC) search campaigns and have managed to generate a substantial number of leads. You’re rocking your conversion rates and your cost per lead is great. Next, isolate poor quality leads.

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CRM Series: 3 Ways CRM Integration Creates Alignment and Drives Sales

Modern B2B Marketing

He is the CEO and chief marketing evangelist at LeadMD. The company helps businesses generate and manage leads better through marketing automation processes and technologies. Integration is really kind of a dirty word in marketing – it scares a lot of execs to even say it.

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Digital Marketing Glossary, Part 2

Marketing Action

In the first installment of this series, I commented that I’d gotten “lead gen” and “demand gen” mixed up. Seems I am not alone, so before we leap off into the next group of definitions, a few more words are in order about “demand generation vs. lead generation.”.

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How Do I Prepare for Marketing Automation?

Marketing Action

We’re in the early days of marketing automation. In fact, I believe that marketing automation (MA) adoption is today where social media adoption was in 2004. VentureBeat reported just last year that only about 3% of non-tech companies have adopted marketing automation.

NuGrowth Update: Delivering Sales and Marketing as a Service is Easier – and More Profitable – with Marketing Automation

Marketing Action

NuGrowth Solutions is an innovative agency specializing in business development, customer relationship management, and digital marketing. Their focus is on helping B2B companies build world-class sales and marketing organizations using proven, scalable processes for acquiring new clients.

How to Incorporate Webinar Promotion into Your Multi-channel Marketing Mix

distribion

Leading organizations are discovering how effective it is to run webinars as part of their marketing strategy for increased brand awareness and lead generation. Once they do register, your next task is to get your leads to show up when the webinar begins.

Marketers are from Mars, Sales reps are from…

Sales Intelligence View

Kelly works with prospective and current customers to “paint a picture” of where they can go with marketing automation and revenue performance management. I have been involved with corporate marketers and sales reps for more than 25 years. Guest Post written by: Kelly J.

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The Recession is Here - Time to Become an Eco-Marketer

Anything Goes Marketing

When I say that you should become an eco-marketer, I don't mean that you should add some corny green recycle image to your website (who would do that?) It's here where I came across the term eco-marketer and I wanted to build on the excellent analysis that they have already provided.

Can predictive bring sales and marketing together?

Infer

Barb Mosher Zinck’s interview with Infer’s VP of Product Marketing, Sean Zinsmeister, originally appeared on Diginomica. Knowing which prospects and customers to focus time and effort on is critical for marketing and sales success. How does predictive scoring help?

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