The Skinny on Lead Nurturing - 11 Experts Weigh In (part 2 of 2)

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The marketing word of the year is Nurture. Nurturing is one of the most effective, yet underutilized, activities in the sales and marketing process. Of the few companies that do try to incorporate nurturing programs—well, let’s just say they could use some help. Voice nurturing!

6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

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There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results. NURTURE: Are you getting maximum return on marketing programs?

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Six great blogs for B2B Marketers

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Howard is a seasoned lead generation pro, and a terrific writer. B2B Lead Roundtable Blog, by Brian Carroll, with additional contributors. Brian made an important point in his recent post Stop Cold Calling and Start Lead Nurturing.

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Embarking on a sales lead generation project: What could go wrong?

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a prospect asked me, following our discussion about PointClear’s lead generation, qualification and nurturing services. We had just finished talking about the importance of marketing and sales coming together to mutually define a lead prior to starting a lead generation program. I went on to explain that if the program was delegated to a marketer who didn’t have experience in lead management it wouldn’t work. “What could derail this project?”

Dear CEO: Find out how well your team is nurturing its B2B sales leads

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Standard B2B lead-generation programs produce an average 5% lead rate while advanced lead-generation programs (which include lead nurturing) produce an average 15% lead rate—three times higher. When you and your team are focused exclusively on “lead” outcomes, immediate costs are misleading and long-term costs increase dramatically. That is why you frequently hear sales say: “the leads suck.”. In it I state: “How much should a lead cost?

What Percent of Leads Should Sales Close?

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There are many factors that impact the percent of leads that should be closed by sales. This blog will take you through five factors that impact lead close rate and a calculation you can use to determine the minimum close rates your product or solution requires. The five main factors in lead close rate are: Market definition. Lead definition. Lead cost. Process for following up on leads. Lead nurturing. per so-called lead. Lead Rate.

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‘The Truth about Leads’ Is Just That

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My 15 months of hell taught me otherwise, and that’s why I was curious when Dan McDade sent me a copy of The Truth about Leads. McDade Is an entrepreneur whose company, PointClear , helps businesses improve their prospecting and lead nurturing.

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Vote for Kimmy Netterville, an inspired sales lead management leader

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PointClear’s Kimmy Netterville has been nominated as one of the 40 Most Inspired Leaders in Sales Lead Management. The Sales Lead Management Association announced today that nominations are now closed, and voting is open until Dec. Many of PointClear’s clients over the past 11 years have directly benefitted from Kimmy’s abilities managing B2B lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing programs.

Persistence Pays—How 42 Lead Qualification Touchpoints Won a $1 Billion Deal

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PointClear is known for its perseverance. While some sales people stop after placing one or two calls (if they don’t get the prospect on the phone or don’t get a call back, they deem the lead no good) our sales support associates keep trying. We know that in the lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing business, it takes multiple tries, across multiple cycles, to fully work a lead. Here’s What PointClear Persistence Looks Like.

A Good Laugh from a New Sales Lead Management Cartoon Series

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There’s now a virtual destination for a good sales and marketing laugh in the form of the Sales Lead Management Association’s new cartoon series. At your desk and can’t make that physical change in latitude to get a change in attitude?

Who We Serve. Why it Matters.

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I’m often asked what kind of companies PointClear serves. What they have in common are complex sales processes, and the need for outbound account-based marketing services that generate high-quality leads for sales. But there’s a long answer too: PointClear provides lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing for a variety of companies.

Use This Tool to Calculate Lead to Revenue

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Accurate lead/revenue projections are a powerful tool that all B2B organizations need to manage sales and marketing. Problem is, most lead to revenue calculators out there are overly simplistic. A useful lead to revenue calculator includes all critically important metrics—including the impact of lead qualification and lead nurturing—on bottom line results. And an excellent tool provides you with insight into the value of inbound vs. outbound leads.

Why would a company ever outsource anything?

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That’s essentially what PointClear clients do when they engage us for outsourced lead generation. Hiring our team of lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing professionals fills Finkelstein’s bill—and it could be just the ticket for you. And, as Finkelstein says, “change the game on competitors, operating in bold, unexpected ways that are simply better” by outsouring your marketing and B2B sales lead generation.

The 11th Question to Ask Before Buying a Marketing Automation Solution

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As I read the article, it occurred to me that I would add an eleventh critical question: Do you have best-practice lead generation and lead nurturing processes in place before you implement a marketing automation solution?

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Good Reads for B2B Marketing - Respect Your Competition

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The Marketing Sphere represents recent good reads from our digital circles about B2B marketing selected by PointClear colleagues. According to BtoB Magazine , lead nurturing and customer acquisition are tied at 29%, leading the list of most important uses for B2B email marketing.

Parallels: Social Manufacturing & Outsourcing Manufacturing Lead Generation

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The comment made me think about our outsourced B2B lead generation services and the way we have successfully partnered with manufacturing, technology and start-up companies to cover their markets, develop their prospects and deliver highly qualified sales opportunities to their field sales teams.

What's it take to generate leads that fuel your forecast?

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What is a lead? While all of these scenarios have potential, none could be called a lead. Sales won’t spend the time it takes to cull through 100 so-called leads for 3 to 4 good ones. Which means those “leads” land in a black hole, and the money spent to generate them is wasted. Leads aren’t leads unless: They’re qualified. It could well be that a qualified lead fits your definition of a lead, but often the time isn’t right.

Listen more, talk less … and drive more revenue

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If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you know that we have a rigorous hiring process—I maintain that the quality of our people is key to our ability to deliver high quality leads that sales will follow up on. Read this post , written by Jim Hall, a PointClear associate, to learn how he applies these listening skills every day. 6 skills required for active listening. You’d think that the secret to having quality conversations would be being a good talker.

Does Your Sales Team Know How to Follow-Up on a Lead?

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Nurture leads until they’re ready to turn over to sales is the sixth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. In the last blog in this series we discussed lead nurturing , and how an advanced lead generation program that includes nurturing can triple your sales.

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An Allbound Marketing Approach Closes Your Revenue Gaps

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In the previous blog in the series we discussed the importance of creating a universal lead definition and why that process cannot be delegated to marketing and/or sales. But inbound alone can’t generate enough leads to drive the revenue you need.

Improve Sales Lead Generation via Marketing Analytics Part 2: Two Examples

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In the first article on marketing analytics , I discussed the best-practice processes involved in the review, assessment and continuous enhancement of sales lead generation programs to achieve improved results. 22% of more than 20,000 raw leads converted to qualified leads.

Get 3X B2B Marketing ROI by Nurturing Leads

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Lead nurture can triple the return on most marketing campaigns. By nurturing leads until they’re ready to turn over to sales, an organization can eliminate wasted marketing spend and increase sales results. Successful lead generation—inbound and outbound—requires nurturing. Generally speaking, nurturing programs increase the lead rate significantly: Standard B2B lead-generation programs produce an average 5% lead rate.

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Lead Generation Lies That are Wreaking Havoc with Your Sales

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Last August I wrote a blog for Top Sales World titled “Lead Generation Hogwash: The Top 7 Lies.”. I detailed 7 lies to be aware of to avoid a lead generation disaster (read the blog for the specifics): Any list will do. Automated systems accurately score (prioritize) leads. More leads are better than fewer leads. A form completion is a lead. Leads suck. James Obermayer | Sales Lead Management Association.

What is Value Selling and How to Generate Leads in Companies that Buy Value

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Value selling is PointClear's bread and butter. I practice it every day in my role as lead salesperson for the company. (We I spend a lot of time on the phone talking to prospects about the value of informed conversation; the value of an automated cadence with built-in analytics capabilities; and the value of agile lead management processes that let marketing apply learnings to do an even better job of providing the leads sales needs.

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The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

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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. General B2B Marketing & Lead Generation.

Improve Sales Lead Generation via Marketing Analytics Part 1: Four Steps

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When it comes to improving sales lead generation results, using marketing technology without analytics expertise and business acumen results in a numbers glut devoid of action items. They also optimize sales lead quality, lead rates, lead velocity and resource productivity.

Beyond Financials: VC & IPO Due Diligence on Sales & Marketing Metrics

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Because PointClear provides outsourced prospect development services —lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing—to clients in the technology and SaaS sectors, I was particularly interested in Lauren’s findings on sales and marketing expenses as a percentage of revenue for three publicly-held cloud application companies: Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors and NetSuite. Telesales lead generation supports both field and inside sales.

Four Things to Consider Before You Buy Marketing Automation

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To have a successful marketing automation implementation start with this question and this question alone: “What does our lead management process look like and how can we automate it?” If you don’t have a solid lead management process in place than a marketing automation platform (MAP) will only automate a broken process. So before you go lining up demos consider these four stages for lead management process development. Lead Management Process Marketing Automation

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Sales Pipeline Radio Episode 162: Q & A with Dan McDade @dandade

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” “…the technology solutions make it easier to get more bad leads faster to sales than ever before. “ The unsung hero – lead nurturing. But a lot of times what I say is that the current solutions out there, the technology solutions make it easier to get more bad leads faster to sales than ever before. And what happens is that fewer and fewer of those leads are actually followed up by sales.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions. Most recently, Marketo just announced their lead management solution. Customer-centricity is essential to lead management maturity.