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.

The Quest for Good Leads: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

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What’s a good lead rate? How much should a lead cost? The lead rate for high quality, enterprise opportunity leads has been roughly flat.) That said, for several years the elephant in the room has been inbound marketing and inbound marketing lead rates.

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What Should the Sales Close Rate Be?

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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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Scheduling an Appointment With an "Uncloseable"

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A competitor in the teleprospecting business recently published a list of B2B companies based on how easy or hard they were to work from a lead-generation standpoint. At the bottom of the list were what they called “uncloseables,” meaning these were companies that this competitor was not able to generated leads from. One of the uncloseables on their list was a company from which PointClear generated a sales-qualified lead that we turned over to a client in the middle of 2016.

‘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.

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.

How to Set Your Outsourced Lead Generation Program Up for Success (pt 3)

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In the first 2 parts of this series we discussed the role of executives and best practices for planning and preparation when outsourcing your lead generation program. In fact, you may not even see any leads in this time period.) Expect two qualified, sales-ready leads per FTE per week.

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.

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.

The Perfect Lead

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Can companies reach the holy grail of marketing—the perfect lead? Well, what is a perfect lead? Those of us at PointClear do not believe in the alphabet soup of acronyms such as BANT, ANUM and the granddaddy of all acronyms, MAN. What is wrong with these formulaic approaches to lead qualification? Requiring budget and timeframe to qualify a lead (other than those for low-priced commodity offerings) ensures that you are eliminating some of the best opportunities.

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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.

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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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'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.

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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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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When You Should (and Shouldn't) Outsource Your Marketing

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Lead generation , PPC, SEO, website design, social media, PR, content creation. Lead Generation. Wait, you can outsource lead generation? So to say that you're outsourcing lead generation as an inbound marketer is kind of like.

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