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?

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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3 Lead Management Questions Sales will Ask Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Doug Sechrist | Tweet this Most of you regular readers have hopefully broached the sales and marketing alignment discussion within your organization and are on your way to a building a lean, mean, revenue-producing machine. If so, the days of “the leads suck” conversation is in the past. Now you’re onto “the leads still suck, but please give us more” conversation. Even a great lead management process will be questioned.

Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing

Sales Lead Insights

This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services.

6 Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy

Marketing Action

One of marketing automation’s big wins is the ability to create a continuous process to manage leads at scale. Act-On’s new white paper, Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy , outlines six steps to figuring out the best process for your organization: 1.

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.

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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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent.

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.

How to Leverage Data-Driven Marketing to Generate Leads

PureB2B

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. Among marketers, whether traditional or digital, data is king. In short, data-driven marketing is not a buzzword; it’s a necessity.

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How to Use LinkedIn to Generate Leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Without some of us even noticing, LinkedIn developed into a useful publishing platform and lead generation tool for marketers and sales people looking to build relationships with prospects. But if you’re looking for an easy lead source, you won’t find it here. Here are some ways to make the most of LinkedIn for lead generation: 1. Check out the B2B Lead Gen Roundtable Group on LinkedIn. Social Media content marketing lead generation Lead Nurturin

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?”. Marketing automation simply takes nurturing to a whole new level.

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 marketingleads.” Blog BANT Lead management

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Marketing Automation Simplified [Slide Deck]

Modern Marketing

by Eloqua | Tweet this Looking for more information about marketing automation, but afraid to ask? Calm your marketing chaos! Check out our new slide deck presentation via SlideShare (also embedded below) for tips on how marketing automation can help your team work smarter, not harder!

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 3:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score?

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5 Campaign Ideas for When You Have No Content

The Point

For today’s B2B marketer, content is the fuel that feeds the demand generation engine. A well-crafted survey allows you to collect valuable profile data, learn what matters to your customers and prospects, and even identify qualified leads based on responses to key questions.

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 2:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of B2B sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score?

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How to Turn Your Blog into a Lead Generating Machine

PureB2B

In today’s digital landscape, businesses have come to rely on automation to perform a large bulk of their marketing tasks. Blogs are also widely recognized as an excellent way to generate leads, and a huge help when it comes to achieving a robust bottom line.

The B2B Online Marketing Playbook: A CEO’S Guide to Risks and Rewards

Marketing Action

That’s especially true when it comes to marketing technology. There are so many options out there – it seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new way to spend your marketing dollars. How can you find the marketing tactics that will work for your company?

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring.

How to Use LinkedIn to Generate and Qualify B2B Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

As a result, B2B marketers sometimes overlook the professional social media site’s ability to support lead generation and qualification. Part of the reason many B2B marketers overlook LinkedIn’s potential is that they don’t realize the breadth of information available.

Increasing Conversion Rates – Part 2

ANNUITAS

All modern marketers want to increase conversion rates –it’s just good marketing. By taking a strategic approach in developing a Demand Generation Strategy vs. a tactical approach, marketers can make a bigger impact in their results.

5 Simple Ways to Take Your Lead Nurturing Program to the Next Level

The Point

You know that monthly newsletter you blast to your entire database under the guise of “lead nurturing”? And those Webinar invitations that you broadcast to every trade show lead you’ve generated since 2005? We need to talk.

12 B2B Marketing/Lead Generation Assessments; Is Your Firm Optimized?

NuSpark

Sometimes it’s good to step back and assess your eMarketing and lead generation strategy and tactics. All of our initial engagements begin with a 12-step lead management assessment. After we do our assessments, we put together a detailed strategic plan designed to optimize each specific element of your marketing strategy. Conversion Tactics Marketing Strategy Tactical Services

The Modern Marketer's Field Guide: Have You Read it? You Should

Anything Goes Marketing

When it comes to B2B marketing, there are not a lot of great books out there. For the most part, the books that do exist focus on the novice marketer or focus on high level approaches. Matt Heinz has brought us probably the most practical book out there for the more advanced B2B marketer - the modern marketer. The Modern Marketer''s Field Guide is a must read for any marketer that is looking to.

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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.

Sales Alignment: Put Theory Into Practice

Marketing Action

Theory: Develop a strategy across the entire sales and marketing funnel. Firstly, make sure representatives from both marketing and sales are present. Theory: Produce content across the sales and marketing cycle. “Sales alignment” began as an interesting concept.

Learn How to Maximize Lead Generation

Reachforce

And if you’re extra lucky, she agrees to an interview drawn from her new book “Maximizing Lead Generation.”. What are the biggest challenges for marketer to generate the number of leads they need currently? What are the best performing lead sources currently? (eg

A B2B Marketing-Lead Generation Fable: “The Lead That Jack Sold”

NuSpark

The fable below shows a typical flow of how a b2b lead can become a sale through a solid marketing process and lead management strategy. Have a little fun… The Lead That Jack Sold. This is the lead that Jack sold. This is the CRM that gave the lead that Jack sold. This is the high lead score that … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy Uncategorized

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. Imagine Spending $208,350 on Marketing Leads That Are Trashed Immediately.

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Global Software Provider Mikogo Uses Marketing Automation to Drive Results

Marketing Action

Rapid growth, lots of leads, and a busy sales team. It is, but it can become a problem when you don’t have the right information to qualify leads and reach out to each one in a targeted, relevant way. Too Many Leads, Not Enough Time. Results that Lead to Revenue.

Converting Trial & Freemium Users: Keep Selling Post-Trial

The Point

Lead nurturing programs designed to convert trial users tend to focus, as they should, on the very front end of the trial period, when it’s critical to make sure the user is fully engaged with the product being tested.

Engagement and Eloqua Experience

Avitage

As B2B marketers, we have to be careful not to get too caught up in mechanics and focused just on “hard” outcomes we can measure and report. Here is the question for the Engagement topic: Engagement: What most reduces your effectiveness engaging customers to generate leads?

How Effective is Your Lead Generation? Key Insights from Lenskold Group’s 2012 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman The Lenskold Group and The Pedowitz Group recently released their 2012 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study. The study draws on 373 B2B marketers to discuss the practice of lead generation , marketing automation, ROI, and how they are all interrelated.

Do Lead Nurturing Campaigns Always Need an Offer?

The Point

Which leads to another question: do certain types of campaigns even need an offer in the first place? Take lead nurturing : is it strictly essential that every lead nurturing touch include a specific, gated, call to action? As further context, the 4-1-1 Rule that Jon references is a principle intended for Twitter and credited to Tipping Point Labs and Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute.

How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails.

Is lead generation killing marketing?

Chris Koch

This was the gist of a very controversial assertion made by a senior marketer from a very well known B2B technology company during dinner at our ITSMA Marketing Leadership Forum (download highlights from the ITSMA Marketing Leadership Forum) when he said: “An overemphasis on leads is damaging our relationship with sales.”. How could emphasizing leads not improve the relationship? The overall success of marketing is defined by increases in those two things.

Lead Nurturing Basics: How to Nurture the B2B Buyer’s Journey in 5 Steps

Marketing Action

This shift in buying behavior is transforming B2B marketing. Nurtured leads make purchases that are 47% larger than those of non-nurtured leads , according to the Annuitas Group. Here’s a quick look at the basics of lead nurturing from Olivia W., Taking the Leads.

The Marketing Skills Gap is Very Real

Modern Marketing

by Christina Pappas | Tweet this Marketing might be in my blood. My father was a marketer before me, back in the 80’s and 90’s on the cusp of the personal computer and the birth of the Internet. But fast-forward 10, 15 years and those same marketers we’re now trying to figure out SEO strategy, adopting marketing automation to track buyer behavior and deliver timely content, and parsing social media for lead generation opportunities.

Demand Generation Strategies & Lead Management Processes First

ViewPoint

Lack of clarity and erroneous assumptions about demand generation, lead management and marketing automation are effectively addressed in two recent Software Advice whiteboard videos by Carlos Hidalgo, CEO, Annuitas Group , and Executive Director, Marketing Automation Institute.