Lead Nurturing: You can’t automate trust

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I recently had coffee to catch up with my friend Jill Konrath and we were talking about new opportunities, ideas for the improvement of lead nurturing and I’m currently pondering my next book. As you might guess, we both experienced lead nurturing follow-up after those visits. Marketing automation can help you manage lead follow-up and lead nurturing, but you can’t automate trust. I think a perfect way to do this is through lead nurturing.

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I was asked by a reader to provide some examples of what lead nurturing touches may look like. Lead nurturing is something that’s fairly easy to understand, but for many, it’s become a frustrating thing consistently execute for two reasons: Lack of content. I’ve found that many marketers get stuck on not having enough good and effective lead nurturing content. My advice is to start accumulating and building your lead nurturing library now.

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Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget. I thought I’d share my barest-bones lead nurturing strategy. Set up your nurturing database. Here’s some extra lead nurturing material for a deeper dive into the topic.

5 Useful Lead Nurturing Tactics to Get More Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation

Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this article, I’ll share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your lead generation funnel to get more qualified opportunities. Three Lead Generation Stages You Need to Nurture. At this stage, you’re moving them from being a lead to a sales qualified opportunity. Don’t rely on just one primary lead source.

Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll look at three lead nurture tracks you should automate to aid your email marketing efforts from a MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 presentation featuring Keith Lincoln, Vice President of Marketing, SmartBear. Lead Generation: 2 simple tactics to determine cost per lead [More from the blogs].

Lead Gen: A proposed replacement for BANT

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet According to the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report , 24% of marketers ask a timeline-to-purchase question on their lead capture forms. Q: Please select the most important fields that you need to collect from your leads on the lead generation form. I suspect marketers do so because they have heard about “BANT qualified leads” and apply these criteria to Web forms. Lead qualification in a post-BANT world.

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How One Company Increased Lead Gen by 2000 Percent - Case Study

Oracle

Using cross channel marketing and multi touch campaigns, Oracle Marketing Cloud helped ARC Document Solutions achieve astonishing results including a 2,000% increase in lead generation in the first year alone. Lead Nurturing Marketing Automation Marketing Automation Process (MAP

Manufacturers Use Evaluation Kits for Effective Lead Nurturing

Industrial Marketing Today

Lead nurturing plays an important role in industrial lead generation programs because it is rare that an industrial sale is completed on the first call or the first visit to the manufacturer’s website. Forrester, CSO Insights and Marketo reported that lead nurturing produced much better results. Here are some of the significant findings from their research studies: Reduced the number of marketing-generated leads ignored by sales to as low as 25%.

33 Questions to Ask B2B Appointment Setting and Lead Gen Vendors

Green Lead's B2B

There are so many demand gen vendors out there, and if you are a demand gen professional in sales or marketing, we've probably called you. I believe this across lead gen: the most important thing to look at is cost per opportunity not cost per lead.

How to Craft a Lead Nurture Cadence: Best Practices to Build Relationships

LeadCrunch

Sometimes your leads need a little love. Even if all signs point to qualified, most leads aren’t ready to buy Johnny on the spot. Getting them there is all about nurturing the relationship. A nurture cadence. Lead nurture can transform budding relationships into bonafide partnerships. But, successfully nurturing a relationship from early prospect to ready-to-buy client takes the right tone, content, and timing. B2B Content marketing B2B Lead Gen

3 Important Lessons for Lead Gen and Life

B2B Lead Generation

People look to me as an expert at lead generation because I wrote a book and speak about it. This is more complex than standard lead generation – we’re not trying to sell. Learn more about our experience with that here: “ Lead Generation: How using science increased teleprospecting sales handoffs 304%.”. As I continually learn new methods to improve my own lead generation, I understand the process better. And nurturing that conversation until the right time.

Thriving in the Pressure Cooker: 5 tips for optimize your time, knowledge for better lead gen

B2B Lead Generation

So it is with generating leads – yet, when the funnel needs to be fed now, we toss in more leads, turn up the pressure, and voila! My colleague Dave Green and I were essentially giving marketers the ingredients they needed to thrive in a pressure-cooker lead-gen environment: Build the foundation for lead generation programs. ( Ideal Customer Profiles: 5 steps to ensure your lead generation stays on target ). Uncover qualified leads.

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. Specifically, the question is: How much of our total demand generation budget should we spend on generating net new leads, and how much should we spend on converting the leads we have? Can a firm like this rely 100% on lead nurturing?

Lead Nurturing: How a social business strategy can help you move from selling to helping your prospects

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet At MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 , I had the privilege of sitting in on a session with Todd Wilms, Head of Social Strategy, and Adriel Sanchez, VP, Demand Generation, both of SAP , as they discussed how they use a business model called “social business” to help their teams across the globe engage local audiences. Sales leads as you know them are changing. Adriel explained once you’ve identified lead-relevant conversations, the next challenge is engagement.

Lead Nurturing 101 in 6 Simple Steps

Markempa

What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget. I thought I’d share my barest-bones lead nurturing strategy for beginners. I hope this is helpful as you implement lead nurturing for your organization.

Secrets of a Lead Nurturing Maestro

LeadCrunch

If you’re not getting the conversion rate you hoped with your nurture campaigns, listen to what Jon Powell has to say, excerpted from my podcast with Jon. The Essence of Lead Nurturing. When I think of lead nurturing… I think ‘I am trying to build a relationship… to influence a desired action.’”. Get the infographic: How to Convert More Marketing Leads into Pipeline. Three Principles of Successful Lead Nurturing.

The Smart CMO’s Guide to Perfecting the Lead Nurturing Process

Televerde

So you’ve improved your lead generation strategy, and you’re ready to see a sales increase, too. It’s just about waiting for those new leads to make it through the funnel, right? Improving lead gen is fantastic, but it’s only the first step to optimizing your sales funnel.

Lead Nurturing: 5 Useful Tactics to Get More Opportunities

Markempa

Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this post, I’m going to share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your demand generation funnel to get more sales qualified opportunities. At this stage, you’re moving them from being a lead to a sales qualified opportunity. The following mind map shows some of the channels can use in your lead generation portfolio.

Lead Gen Strategies: How to Use Content to Fuel a Sales Pipeline

Tomorrow People

How to use content to build a lead generation strategy that'll keep your sales team happy. Successful inbound marketing relies on supplying leads with the right information at the right time. Automating Lead Management sees a 10% or more increase in revenue in 6 months.”.

The Lead Gen Mistakes Marketers Are Making

Kapost

When it comes to lead generation, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your sales pipeline with these seven common lead generation mistakes. However, lead conversions suffer when tactics aren’t anchored into a bigger, long-term and purpose-driven marketing strategy. . Without accurate and diligent lead generation reporting, marketers often don’t realize their pipeline is in trouble. Getting Real About Lead Generation .

Are you using the wrong lead-gen model?

Sales Engine

So what may have started out as a simple campaign to generate leads now turns into a whole lead-nurturing process with value-added content that shepherds them through the process until they’re sales-ready. It’s time to face some hard truths about B2B sales. People don't answer their phones the way they used to—some 85 percent of phone calls go to voice mail never to be returned. People can filter through their email and decide who they're going to listen to.

10 Ways To Nurture The MQLs Received From Your Lead Gen Partner

Unbound B2B

Your lead generation partner has just handed you a list of marketing qualified leads (MQLs). But although those leads may buy from you in future, they are not quite there yet. You nurture them into lower into the funnel so that they can become paying customers in future.

Without SaaS Lead Nurturing Your Free Trial User, Conversions to Paid Users will Wither

Fathom

I mentioned there were a number of ways that companies lose touch with their free trial users, including the lack of a nurturing email campaign to guide them to the paid engagement. The two primary SaaS lead nurturing campaigns would be focusing on the user experience once they purchase the “Pro” or paid version along with focusing on those who abandoned the Free Trial. A “set-it and forget-it” approach can lead to missed revenue.

Content Marketing: 4 stages to mapping your content strategy

B2B Lead Generation

In his keynote at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013, Ninan explained the five steps to effective content marketing. While each industry will vary, research has found four key milestones most lead nurturing processes have in common. Lead Gen Summit 2014 [Call for speakers]. Content Marketing: Targeted persona strategy lifts sales leads 124% [Case study].

B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story

B2B Lead Generation

As he gave his keynote address at MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013, he revealed that he also gave a presentation for metal working manufacturers that also posed the same question : What do we talk about? MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2014 November 3-6, San Francisco. Content Marketing: Consulting firm nets 388% more leads with 4-step strategy [Case study]. Content Marketing: Targeted persona strategy lifts sales leads 124% [Case study].

Smart SaaS PPC Tactics: Lead Nurturing vs. Direct Signups

Unbounce

But should you build a lead pipeline by targeting top-of-funnel prospects to nurture? Using SaaS PPC for Lead Nurturing. What does top-of-funnel lead nurturing for SaaS include, exactly? These can then be supported by blog content published elsewhere, and you can build the sales funnel with nurturing in mind. You could also offer a more interactive lead magnet, such as an online calculator, quiz, or survey. Lead Generation

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 1, featuring tips 1-5)

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet It’s a new year, and you’re likely kicking off marketing and lead generation programs to drive more new leads for 2015. Most new leads go nowhere. Often, it’s because Sales and Marketing have not agreed on a true lead definition and have not created a joint process for finding who’s ready to buy and building relationships with those who aren’t. It’s not about more leads; it’s about doing better with the ones you already have.

How to do Lead Nurturing Right

Webbiquity

Marketing automation provider Marketo has just published The Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing , a white paper that provides real value, covering the lead nurturing process from the basic how and why through ROI measurement. “On average, nurtured leads produce a 20 percent increase in sales opportunities versus nonnurtured leads.&# ( DemandGen Report ).

Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies

B2B Lead Generation

Lead generation, lead nurturing and determining the time for the handoff to Sales would be extremely difficult without that technology. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Case Study #1 – Marketing Automation: 200% increase in lead volume for software company after implementation. Case Study #4 – Marketing Automation: IT company boosts leads 59%, generates $1.5

Top 10 Posts on B2B Lead Gen for 2010

The Point

Blog Makeover Nets Sales Leads for Software Company. In fact, I’ve written much more in the last 12 months about social media and lead nurturing, yet many of those posts didn’t make the cut. Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular blog posts from our blog, “ The Point ” in 2010 (as measured by page views).

Lead Gen: Don’t Go for the Quick Sale

The Point

Here’s an interesting post by Mike Damphousse of Green Leads that I found through Funnelholic (thanks Craig) on how lead nurturing impacts the effectiveness of calling campaigns designed to secure qualified sales appointments. The conclusion, not surprisingly: that prospects who have been nurtured over time are much more likely (by a factor of 15 [.].

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 2, featuring tips 6-10)

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet For the new year, I’m sharing 15 ideas on how to make your lead management more effective. This post isn’t just about generating more leads; it’s about generating better and higher quality of leads. These 15 tips (across all three blog posts) will help make your lead management more effective. Define lead nurturing — and which leads you should nurture. Touch leads frequently. That won’t work for lead nurturing.

Lead Capture: How undermining value impacts conversion

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Less is not always necessarily more when it comes to a lead capture process. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll examine a recent experiment in which the MECLABS research team explored how undermining the value you offer prospects can potentially impact your conversion. Goal: To increase the total number of leads captured. Lead Nurturing: Why good call scripts are built on storytelling [More from the blogs].

3 Factors that Connect Value Prop to Prospects

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet There is one question at the heart of lead generation that your marketing efforts should clearly answer. “If We are the world’s leading [our jargon goes here] provider.”. “We In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll look at three factors you should consider when crafting value propositions that you can use to aid your lead generation efforts. Lead Generation Check list – Part 4: Clear and Universal Lead Definition [More from the blogs].

How to Audit and Beef Up Your Lead Gen Strategy Using Content

SmartBug Media

You have goals for bringing in new leads. Inbound lead generation is critical to organizations looking to build a true pipeline. Keep reading for tips and guidance on creating, assessing, and improving your strategy for lead generation marketing. Whether you’re auditing specific conversion paths, or reviewing the full scope of your lead generation strategy, understanding your personas is critical to your success. Review Lead Qualifications.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Kim Albee of Genoo Talks Social Media Lead Gen

Smashmouth Marketing

Her presentation about using LinkedIn successfully to generate leads was popular with the audience. That’s generated a good amount of traffic and leads. Mike: I still wonder about b2b Facebook Fan Pages as a medium for generating leads, but I agree with you that twitter and LinkedIn are an incredible source. If you do good follow-up or lead nurturing, then studies show that you can keep and close more leads.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Content ideas for lead nurturing and tactics to use

B2B Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Critical Success Factor #9 Effectiveness 8 Critical Success Factors for Lead Generation 2.0 How do you build your library of relevant lead nurturing content?