Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

Customer Experience Matrix

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that predictive marketing vendors seem to have anticipated this. The past week brought three more announcements about predictive vendors expanding beyond lead scoring. In particular, its finding new market segments that clients might enter – something different from simply scoring leads that clients present to it or even from finding individual prospects that look like current customers.

The Beginner’s Guide to Lead Scoring

Zoominfo

Most marketers operate under one primary goal– to generate leads for their business. But, if you work in marketing, you know not all leads convert into paying customers. So that begs the question: How do you determine which leads are most likely to become buyers? And, how can you optimize campaigns to generate better leads? Enter: lead scoring. What is lead scoring? What are the benefits of lead scoring?

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SiriusDecisions Webinar: How to Evaluate Predictive Lead Scoring Vendors

Ignite Tech

Predictive scoring is all the rage amongst data-driven marketers, but how do you know which vendor is best? If you want to hit a home run for your B2B company, it’s time to educate yourself on what exactly predictive lead scoring is, and how you can choose the right partner to help you hit it out of the park. Infer invites you to join one of the authors of SiriusDecisions’ new Field Guide to Predictive Lead Scoring for a free educational webinar.

Why Lead Scoring is the New Opportunity Stage

Oracle

By the time a potential buyer is talking to you, she has probably done plenty of research and might even be leaning towards a particular vendor. If you can’t get honest answers, how do you know where to put a lead in the pipeline? To identify serious buyers, you need to understand a lead’s behavior. That’s where lead scoring comes in. Put another way, lead scoring is the new the opportunity stage.

LeadSpace Offers A No-Memory Approach to B2B Lead Scoring

Customer Experience Matrix

My discussion last week of Infer , Mintigo , and Lattice Engines raised the question of what other B2B data vendors might be considered Customer Data Platforms. But there’s another set of vendors that look very much like Mintigo, Infer, and Lattice Engines building detailed profiles by extracting data from Web sites, social networks, and other sources. But if you’re a marketer needing to identify and score B2B prospects, you’d still want to give them a look.

Infer Keeps It Simple: B2B Lead Scores and Nothing Else

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve nearly finished gathering information from vendors for my new study on Customer Data Platform systems and have started to look for patterns in the results. One thing that has become clear is that the CDP vendors fall into several groups of systems that are similar to each other but quite different from the rest. Features will probably converge as vendors extend their products to attract more clients. One of these categories is systems for B2B lead scoring.

Why Inflated Lead Scores are Tanking Your Marketing ROI

SnapApp

Because marketers can know so much more about their prospects, efficiently prioritizing the best leads requires a system to make sense of all of that information. Marketers use lead scoring models to sort prospect data. Lead scoring is a methodology for ranking leads in order to determine their sales readiness and likelihood to convert. What is an inflated lead score? The cost of inflated lead scores.

Rules of B2B Lead Scoring – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Industrial Marketing Today

Lead scoring has become very important in today’s B2B marketing. This has resulted in fewer direct interactions with sales reps from vendors. Lead scoring, a key component of lead nurturing and management, is an effective tool for aligning sales and marketing. In developing a lead scoring system, marketing has to make certain assumptions to classify prospects as hot or not. Lead scoring increases sales productivity and drives revenues.

Getting Started with Predictive Lead Scoring: Best Practices on Ramping up your Model

Lattice

Whether you recently invested in a predictive lead scoring solution or currently evaluating vendors, knowing how you will operationalize the

ABM Vendor Guide: Features to Look for in Target Scoring Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

My last post used data from our new Guide to ABM Vendors to describe differentiators among companies that provide external data for account based marketing. Let’s continue the series by looking at differentiators related to Target Scoring, the second sub-function related to the ABM process of identifying target accounts. As the Guide defines it: Vendors in this category use statistical techniques to select target accounts.

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PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 2 [Expert Advice]

Pointclear

We recently asked top industry experts the following question: As we enter the second half of 2015, have companies made the adjustments necessary to utilize lead scoring or is the status quo killing results? Because it has become clear that marketing automation is making it easier than ever to generate poor quality leads. Lead scoring models are: Based on assumptions. Think of it as putting humans between inbound leads and the sales executives.

Does Sales Value Lead Scoring?

Marketo

Marketing honed it’s lead scoring program. Successful companies look for opportunities to remind customers of the value they receive, whether it’s a reminder on your receipt of how much you saved at the grocery store year-to-date or a B2B vendor stopping in to review ROI with a big client. Does Sales Value Lead Scoring? Tags: B2B Marketing Sales Marketing Alignment Lead Scoring Modern B2B Marketing sales and marketing alignment

How Predictive Lead Scoring Takes The Guesswork Out Of Identifying The Leads Most Likely To Buy

Marketo

Lead Scoring & STP – Bringing Marketing Basics To the World Of Modern Marketing. So why are we talking about STP in the same discussion with lead scoring? Marketo describes lead scoring in its Definitive Guide To Lead Scoring as a methodology for ranking leads in order to determine their sales-readiness. The problem is that setting up a lead scoring system that works (i.e., Lead Scoring

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

Smashmouth Marketing

Emily is responsible for managing lead processing, lead scoring, nurture programs and reporting metrics. Mike: Emily, you’re speaking at MarketingSherpa on the topic of Lead Scoring. Although there are lots of vendors out there that do automated lead scoring, what can you share with the folks that can't afford the enterprise-level solutions? What are some simple ways to do Lead Scoring?

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit: Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

Smashmouth Marketing

Emily is responsible for managing lead processing, lead scoring, nurture programs, and reporting metrics. Mike: Emily, you're speaking at MarketingSherpa on the topic of Lead Scoring. Although there are lots of vendors out there that do automated lead scoring, what can you share with the folks that can't afford the enterprise-level solutions? What are some simple ways to do Lead Scoring?

Vendor Selection: Writing a Good Requirements Document

Customer Experience Matrix

Specifically, they can do two things: improve the selection process itself and look beyond features to assess the vendors. This post will focus on the selection process and the next will talk about judging vendors. These should be packaged into a formal requirements document so you have them all in one place, easily organized and available to share with vendors. But don’t think you’re writing the document for vendors.

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What is Lead Qualification?

Ignite Tech

Lead qualification is the process that marketing and sales teams use to screen prospects before sending them to sales reps for further action. In theory, qualified leads are the prospects who are most likely to become customers and who best fit the company’s ideal buyer profile. The goal is to maximize sales efficiency by ensuring that salespeople only devote time to leads they can win. Lead qualification as it’s traditionally done is error-prone and haphazard.

Microsoft Buys Marketing Automation Vendor MarketingPilot: Start of Something Big?

Customer Experience Matrix

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of marketing management system vendor MarketingPilot , which will become part of its Dynamics CRM group. It only recently added standard B2B marketing automation features including a customer-level marketing database, outbound email, landing pages, lead scoring, Web behavior tracking, reporting, and Salesforce.com integration. B2B marketing automation vendors will need to rearchitect their systems on the more sophisticated platform.

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What Marketers Should Know About Big Data – and How to Put it to Use

Oracle

Some freeform responses to the survey included, “adding more data to the pile to analyze will only lead to less insight, not more”, “not sure what big data means ”, and “ we have tons of data and sometimes it’s difficult to analyze”. It’s easy to dismiss ‘big data’ as the latest marketing ploy from tech vendors. How can we reduce lead fatigue? Targeting & Segmentation analytics big data data Lattice Engines Lead Scoring marketing marketing analytics targeting

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: How I Built My Scores (part 1)

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: The first of three posts describing my new scoring system for B2B marketing automation vendors. I’ve finally had time to work up the vendor scores based on the 150+ RFP questions I distributed back in September. I have never liked those charts because so many buyers consider only the handful of anointed “leaders”, even though one of the less popular vendors might actually be a better fit. Vendor strength will be scored on a separate dimension.

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Lots of Vendors Can Help You Find Leads on the Web

Customer Experience Matrix

Few people would suggest you learn salesmanship from the play Glengarry Glen Ross ,* but its central message rings true: good leads are the lifeblood of a sales organization.** Some vendors only rank leads while others build multiple models for different purposes. • Use of the client''s internal data for model scoring, and whether this extends to sources beyond CRM. Whether the vendor sells prospect lists or only enhance names provided by the client.

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ShoreTel Infuses Predictive for More Efficient Demand Gen

Ignite Tech

This large telephony and unified communications provider has no shortage of leads, and recognizes that having more people to call isn’t necessarily better. Their job is to fully qualify leads as opportunity-ready MQLs (and we go beyond typical industry standards for qualification) before passing them onto the partner and sales teams. We first segment our leads by explicit action (like “contact sales” requests or white paper downloads) which are prioritized by intent.

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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The Truth About Intent Data

LeadCrunch

Ideally, you are using this intent data, among other things, as an input to your lead scoring model. . Cost per click multiplied by the small percentage of people who fill out your lead form and multiplied again by the small number of people who convert into a customer. The Truth Intent Vendors Don’t Want to Talk About. In theory, intent data can potentially reveal depth of interest, helping you with lead scoring.

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Leveraging AI for Sales & Marketing – Beyond the Hype

Ignite Tech

Buyers of AI-powered tools aren’t always familiar with the underlying technology, nor do they know which vendors can deliver on promises of accurate and useful predictions. Companies use this technology to predict which leads will become customers based on traits or behavior that indicates their likelihood to buy, then make decisions on how best to pursue those opportunities. Scoring leads based on behavior and fit to prioritize sales efforts.

European Markie Awards Finalists Announced

Oracle

Basware Oyj – Under the mantra of “ no lead left behind ” Basware initiated a program in 2012 to implement a robust lead and opportunity management regime, defining an integrated process, establishing agreed quality metrics, qualification criteria, and process adherence reporting. Best European Lead Scoring Programme. DocuSign – To increase conversion , DocuSign implemented account-based scoring with Eloqua. Best European Lead Nurturing Programme.

Marketo Conference: Is Predictive Modeling The Future of Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

As usual for me, I spent much of conference prowling the exhibit hall checking out old and new vendors. By far the most notable presence was predictive modeling vendors – Leadspace , Mintigo , Lattice Engines , Infer , Fliptop , SalesPredict , 6Sense , Everstring plus maybe some others I’m forgetting. It also prompted many interesting discussions with them vendors themselves, who, not surprisingly, are an especially analytical and thoughtful group.

Optimizing the Lead: 4-step lead generation analysis

B2B Lead Generation

Including lead generation. EST – “ Planning for 2013: How to best utilize top lead gen tactics in the New Year ” – David Kirkpatrick, Senior Reporter, MECLABS, and I will review the basics of the lead generation funnel. Among other things, we’ll take a basic look at conducting a lead generation analysis, to help you optimize your lead generation process, campaigns and programs. Step #2: Review new leads.

4 Ways Lead Scoring Can Reinforce Your Marketing Strategy and Grow Your Revenue [Ebook]

Marketo

Author: Tanya Chu If you didn’t have much time to delve into your lead scoring this year, it’s not too late to make the business case to do so in 2017! How you structure (and restructure) your lead scoring can give you insights into how your marketing strategy is performing. Even if you already have a lead scoring system in place, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate it as your organization and its needs change. Lead Scoring Ultimately Drives Revenue.

Druva Chooses Infer to Predict Highest Potential Prospects

Ignite Tech

The company chose Infer Predictive Scoring to take the guesswork out of the equation and better predict its highest converting leads. In a recent conversation Melissa Davies — who is in the process of implementing Infer Predictive Scoring at Druva — shared her adoption tips learned from building successful predictive programs over the years, why she chose Infer, and her goals for predictive at Druva. You’ve worked with several predictive vendors over the years.

Everstring Offers Fast, Flexible, Account-based Predictive Models for B2B Sales and Marketing

Customer Experience Matrix

Today, at least a dozen vendors are offering predictive models for B2B lead scoring, sales intelligence, and customer success management. Many of the original scoring vendors specialized in a single application. This lets the vendor charge more to each client and blocks out potential competitors. The late start has let it adopt a broader scope from the beginning, offering both lead scoring and new prospect identification.

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Infer Introduces New Connector for Microsoft Dynamics 365 to Help Amplify Sales Effectiveness

Ignite Tech

a leading predictive sales and marketing platform that helps companies win more customers, further expanded its open ecosystem today with a new connector for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. With this integration, Infer now supports all of the major customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation (MA) platforms, and offers more connectors than any vendor in its industry. CRM Lead Scoring News & Announcements Press Releases

Marketing Automation Vendors Added Webinars, Social Media, and Dynamic Content in 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

Last week's post took a horse race approach to data from our newly available B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST): who’s ahead, who’s behind, and who is coming on strong. The VEST survey, covering nearly 200 items per vendor, answers that question in glorious detail. I group vendors into three categories depending on their primary customers. The micro vendors have a little more room for improvement. What else were vendors working on last year?

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Marketing Vendor Selection: Trends You'll Need to Support

Customer Experience Matrix

Many marketing automation vendors have added mobile interfaces for the marketers and salespeople who work with them. Third party developers will probably pioneer these capabilities, so look for marketing automation vendors who are good at integrating with outsiders and, eventually, have the money to acquire their technology. But marketing automation vendors haven’t built many special features to make video easier to use.

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4-step lead generation analysis to optimize sales conversion

Markempa

But, in reality, any marketing process can be optimized from demand generation, account-based marketing and, lead generation. Among other things, we’ll take a basic look at conducting a lead generation analysis, to help you optimize your lead generation process, campaigns and programs. Break down your pipeline by marketing tactic used, and determine: Total marketing qualified lead volume – How many leads does each channel/tactic generate?

6Sense Finds B2B Prospects Using Web Site Activities

Customer Experience Matrix

I mentioned 6Sense briefly in a recent post about vendors who help companies find prospects on the Web. and key activities (Web site visits, topics researched) and scores at both company and individual levels. If 6Sense exposed model scores but no other data, it would qualify as a CDP by the thinnest margin possible. The advantage of Web site activity is it finds companies early in the buying cycle, when they are most open to considering new vendors.

The Risks of Blending Customer Signals from Disparate Sources

Ignite Tech

When it comes to business-to-business customer analytics, there’s a wide range of signals to choose from – a company’s business model, technology vendors, relevant job postings, public filings, social presence, website activities, marketing engagement, third-party intent data, and other attributes. These signals could include a lead’s website visits, form completes, email clicks, and maybe even free trial application usage data. Originally Posted on Data Informed.