31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads?

Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

The Point

Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. Marketing automation has yet to solve the reporting issue.

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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 Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade.

Key B2B Demand Generation Strategies for 2015

The Point

Recently I sat down with Amanda Nelson, Director of Marketing at RingLead , a leading provider of cloud-based data solutions that make it easy to analyze, remove, merge and prevent duplicates in Salesforce. In our business, demand generation and content marketing are nearly synonymous.

The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity

The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The Point

The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could.

Lead Generation: A Beginner's Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way

Hubspot

This frustrating interruption is exactly why we're here to discuss inbound lead generation. What is inbound lead generation? Download our complete guide to lead generation here for even more lead gen tips. What is a Lead?

Lead Generation: How to speak the language of your prospects

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet At Lead Gen Summit 2013, Keith Lincoln, Vice President, SmartBear Software, discussed the importance of speaking the language of your customers, and, more importantly, when to say nothing at all. “If Customer-centric Marketing: Using metaphors in your B2B strategy [More from the blogs].

Lead Generation Software

Salesfusion

Gartner Group and Forrester Research Group predict record levels in Marketing Automation (MA) spending and exponential growth in the field. The post Lead Generation Software appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion.

Inbound Marketing Leads Costs Less

Marketing Insider Group

Recently I had a conversation with a fellow marketer who challenged the notion that inbound leads costs less. They pointed to the high cost per lead of some paid search (PPC) campaigns as evidence. It’s about lining up marketing efforts more closely to the buying process.

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9 Lead Generation Mistakes Marketers Need to Stop Making

Hubspot

For many businesses, the key to making sales is to first generate leads. But leads don't grow on trees. Some marketers have trouble generating enough leads to feed their sales team. Others just have no idea where their leads are coming from.

Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet To be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. I’ve updated it to include more content marketing and social media channels.

What is Social Demand Generation?

Modern Marketing

Marketers have long been used to drawing up plans. But as social media has gone from the beta test to a part of everyday life , sticking to a detailed marketing plan has become virtually impossible. It serves as an on-ramp to social media for demand marketers.

Lead Generation: 2 tips to transform your content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Content marketing can be an effective tactic for lead generation as customers look to your brand as an authority in the marketplace delivering relevant information that is useful to their needs. B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story [More from the blogs].

5 Things You Can Do To Improve B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

B2B Lead generation is rapidly changing process for companies with the advent of MarTech. . I’ll be sharing where B2B marketers can focus and what on the “best few” things they can do to improve their b2b lead generation efforts immediately. Register for “5 Things You Can Do Immediately to Improve your B2B Lead Generation.” Get more opportunities with lead reengagement. Nurture leads more effectively.

Branding is Not Demand Generation. Stop Pretending That It Is.

The Point

Demand generation is hot. It’s the marketing movement of the moment. It’s why demand generation managers are suddenly as common as, well, marcom directors. It’s why systems consultants are reinventing themselves as “demand generation agencies.” Call it lead nurturing.

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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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

Industrial Marketing, Lead Generation and Sales: It’s Complicated

Industrial Marketing Today

Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. Content Marketing Industrial Marketing Sales Strategies Analytics Industrial sales Industrial sales strategies Measurement and tracking Remember this rom-com from 2009? Despite the critics giving it mixed reviews, it went on to gross $219.1 million worldwide. A hit movie for sure. Sometimes I feel the same way [.]. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article.

Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. Topic #1 — Lead generation is king. Lead generation was a huge topic for 2014 and for good reason.

5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

The Point

Earlier this year, I talked to a CMO at a B2B tech company whose sales counterpart was lobbying strongly for the company to adopt Account-Based Marketing (ABM) as part of their demand generation strategy. The lead funnel is obsolete. Maybe demand generation isn’t broken.

Who should own lead generation for a complex sale?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

So, who should own B2B lead generation: sales, marketing or both? Sales and marketing aren’t doing a great job of executing lead generation because they both believe it’s the others job. Companies don’t typically call what salespeople do “lead generation” or “demand generation.” Even with the increase of content marketing and inbound marketing, I find salespeople get stuck carrying the load of prospecting for their leads.

Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use?

4 Things B2B Marketers Need to Know About Using Social Media for Online Lead Generation

Reachforce

In the grand scheme of marketing, social media is an infant. Social media has proven pretty powerful in the B2C marketer’s toolbox — providing marketers with a means for engaging with the public like never before.

B2B Lead Generation: How to Attract, Nurture, and Convert Targeted Leads Through Content Marketing

Spiralytics

Content Marketing is not just a hype anymore, it’s an important aspect of marketing and business operations, most specifically for B2B organizations. Content Marketing B2B marketing Lead Generation

Why Successful B2B Lead Generation Forms Are Like Blackjack Winners

The Forward Observer

In the high stakes game of B2B lead generation forms, are you tempted to ask for too much information? Using lead generation forms is similar to playing blackjack. Of course, you can’t convert leads unless the website visitor fills out a form.

How to Generate Leads From the Most Popular Pages on Your Website

Hubspot

Otherwise, you're leaving potentially massive lead and sales numbers on the table. And once you've found that out, what are the best ways to optimize those pages for leads -- and which tools can help? But to figure it out for sure, you'll need to turn to your marketing software.

Lead Qualification: Stop generating leads and start generating revenue

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet B2B marketers, stop focusing on generating leads. By sending them only qualified leads. Most leads aren’t qualified. Leads are only qualified when they fit your universal lead definition (ULD). The only way to qualify leads is to call them.

What Comes After Lead Generation?

Digital B2B Marketing

Two weeks ago, I wrote Five Reasons Lead Generation is on its Last Legs , exploring the reasons why today’s common lead generation tactics are beginning to fail. However, the requirement that marketing deliver leads will not change. Inbound Marketing.

13 Tried-and-True Lead Generation Ideas (And the Numbers Behind Them)

Hubspot

Filling the top of your sales funnel with leads is tough -- especially when you're relying on traditional methods. So what if I told you that you could still reach your leads quota using methods that actually add value to your prospect's day? video plays and 3,946 leads.

PowerViews with Matt Heinz: The Quality of Marketing Leads is Abysmal

ViewPoint

The marketing team? But for a strategy to be consistently successful, a company’s sales and marketing teams need to be operating with shared goals — which is easier said than done, says my latest guest and longtime friend, Matt Heinz, president of Heinz Marketing.

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How to Leverage Content on Social Media for Effective Lead Generation

Oktopost

As a B2B marketer, your leads are your life net – you need them for survival. Because of this, you constantly need to find ways to leverage existing resources for effective lead generation. billion users worldwide (and … Social Media Marketing Lead GenerationIf your search has led you to social media, then you’re in the right place. With an estimated 2.34

The Demand Generation Stats Every CMO Needs To Know

Crimson Marketing

HubSpot and Qualtrics recently conducted a survey of 900 management-level marketers in North America and Europe to determine how successful companies have been at demand generation for their respective brands. 45% generate 500 marketing qualified leads (MQLs) or less per month .

The Difference Between Demand Generation and Marketing

Prospectr

Marketing terms get tossed around like nothing these days: “Full stack marketer” “Marketing evangelist” “Growth hacker” Do they have any substantive difference? Or do marketing pros make these terms up to inflate their egos?

5 Ways to Target Specific Markets Using Social Media for Lead Generation

Reachforce

Social media is critical for lead generation. Big Data Marketing lead data

You Need to Understand These 6 Things About What B2B Buyers Want

Act-On

That seems to be the underlying premise of marketing right now. It leverages one of the all-time great marketing principles: relevancy. It’s why account-based marketing is so hot. Reliable data , organized in a useful way, can make a huge difference in the revenue you generate.

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The Rules of Lead Generation Defined – Book Review

Anything Goes Marketing

For years I’ve been helping B2B marketers execute on their marketing strategies and at times I felt like I was working from scraps of information here and there that I have learned over the years. The issue was that there really wasn’t a guide for B2B marketers. We now have one: The New Rules of Lead Generation: Proven Strategies to Maximize Marketing ROI by David T.

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

Act-On

What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. Effectiveness vs. Difficulty for Lead Generation. In this last survey, lead quality beat out quantity by 36%.

The Critical Ingredients Of Effective Demand Generation

Marketing Insider Group

Demand Generation is one of the most critical components of B2B Marketing. And yet, demand generation skills are rare in B2B Marketers. Marketing must be more than trade shows, logo colors and full-page ads. Marketing must drive sales for the business.