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Desperate and Fearful: Need Pipeline – Want Sales Lead Generation

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Last week I published a blog that provided five ways to avoid getting burned by outsourced B2B sales lead generation, qualification and nurturing. So, they settle for a cheap solution—which is how mediocre sales lead generation firms survive. The need for sales pressures the CMO to deliver leads fast. Trouble is, that CMO is also under budget pressures, so corners are cut in the pursuit of needed sales leads. CEOs need to care about lead outcomes.

Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned by Outsourced B2B Sales Lead Generation

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Based on my experience over the past almost 30-years it seems that everyone has been burned by outsourced lead generation. The main reason for these failures is that there is a LOT of mediocrity in the lead generation industry, which is why some say outbound is supposedly “dead.” We’re not a lead gen or appointment setting firm, but rather a revenue focused extension (not a replacement) of your sales team. Lead Generation

Why Cost per Lead is a Bad Way to Measure Your Return on Lead Generation Efforts

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While cost-per-lead measurement has been the de facto favorite for evaluating marketing programs, we are seeing radical and positive shifts in how marketing is evaluating qualified leads. Correctly emphasize the ROI value of qualified leads over their cost. Cost-Per-Lead.

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To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

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“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure

Is Your Lead Generation Strategy Broken?

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A broken lead generation strategy could mean trouble for your sales and marketing team, but not just because of the fundamental misalignment between the two departments. Have marketing and sales decided on a shared definition for a qualified sales lead?

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.

B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #4: How Much Should Leads Cost?

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How much should a lead cost? If you want more information on understanding how much you should be paying for a lead, check out our How Much Should a Lead Cost whitepaper. per lead. From one vendor alone they bought 6,000 leads.

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PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 1 [Expert Advice]

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Marketing Automation makes it easier than ever to deliver more poor-quality leads to sales. A key to this trend is lead scoring. The lead scoring team has neglected to establish a baseline or make ongoing adjustments based on feedback and results.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. its role beyond lead gen.

Insights on Outbound Conference in Atlanta

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He is a trust builder focused on leading transformational conversations, those that create and sustain relationships of value. On April 13, 2017, I attended the #OutBound conference in Atlanta, GA. Remarkably, despite the road destruction in downtown Atlanta, everyone got there on time – about 400 attendees. The event was held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead and Cirrus Insight did a great job as a sponsor. The coffee was hot and the lunch was great. Thank you.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Leads - Part 1

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There will be a ton of ink (and cyber ink) dedicated to lead nurturing this year. Most of it will be about using marketing automation to nurture leads. Lead Nurturing In and of itself, marketing automation is not a bad thing.

The Skinny on Lead Nurturing - 11 Experts Weigh In (part 1 of 2)

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I feel so strongly that nurturing needs to be a focus, I asked a panel of 11 experts to weigh in on the best lead nurturing programs (and processes) and what to expect in the coming year. Lead Reengagement. These leads had not engaged with the organization for at least 90 days.

The #1 Reason CEOs Should Care About Lead Generation

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I often say that CEO’s don’t care about leads, they only care about revenue. Unfortunately, unless you, as the CEO of your company, start caring about leads you are going to lose revenue and miss your number.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful

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

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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? Lead scoring models are: Based on assumptions.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 1]

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Is ABM the Holy Grail to lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? As with other technologies, automating a bad process just leads to more bad results.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 4]

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Is ABM the Holy Grail for lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? There’s no doubt that Account-Based Marketing is on the up-and-up.

How Much Do Your Leads Cost?

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Understand the price you are paying for your leads and then optimize. Document the cost per lead is the fourth of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. Does this lead meet your industry, organization size and additional criteria required?

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8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust

The sales rep said, “I never got a lead yet that turned into a sale.”

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As I closed my part of the program by projecting an ROI (number of raw inquiries, qualified leads, and projected sales) from our new lead generation program, I innocently asked if there were any questions. I call ‘em as soon as I get ‘em, and I get sales all the time from their leads.

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How to Establish a Meaningful Lead Definition

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Walk out of your office and ask the first three marketers and the first three sales executives you encounter one question: What constitutes a lead? With technology it is now possible to get more poor quality leads to sales faster than ever before. Watch this brief video to learn how to establish a lead definition. Knowing the difference lets us engage the “real” leads in a meaningful and far more efficient manner. Marketing & Sales Alignment Sales Leads

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B2B ABM: Seven Sales & Marketing Tips for 2017 - Tip #1: Should you leave a Voicemail?

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For insight on how many leads you'll need to achieve your revenue goals, click this link or on the image below. Should you leave a voicemail?

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Leads - Part 2

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In part 1 of this series we discussed the troubling statistic that 70 – 94% of leads generated by marketing are ignored by sales. A “pipeline” disposition is a prospect that is just one or two touches away from being converted to a sales-ready lead. Lead Generation Lead Nurturing

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 5]

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Is ABM the Holy Grail for lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? Here's the thing: Account-Based Marketing is not really about lead generation at all.

Sales Lead Management Leads to a Lower Cost of Sales

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“Cost of sales is determined by a lot of things,” Jake said, “But lead management isn’t one of them.” First, I got Jake to agree that sales lead follow-up was low in his direct sales force, and that if follow-up increased, so would the closing ratio. Lead Management

What Percentage of Marketing Leads Should Be Accepted by Sales?

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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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Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 2]

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Is ABM the Holy Grail for lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before? Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for lead generation or a black box solution?”

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. its role beyond lead gen.

Is Account-Based Marketing the Holy Grail for Lead Generation Nirvana? [PowerOpinions Part 3]

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Is ABM the Holy Grail to lead generation or just another black box solution destined to cost a lot of money, distract marketing and end up getting more bad leads to sales faster than ever before?

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.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Leads - Part 3

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There is valuable data in non-lead outcomes that, if properly nurtured, can increase marketing returns substantially. Most recently, in part 2 of this series , we discussed pipeline dispositions*—prospects that are just one or two touches away from being converted to sales-ready leads.

The Why, What & How of a Lead-to-Revenue Assessment, Part 2 - The How

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In part one , I provided insight into the why and what of a lead-to-revenue assessment. These include: Lead and demand generation: How are we attracting and engaging the target audience in building a consistent flow of prospective buyers?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

distribution and lead nurturing, to more effectively communicate with prospective buyers at each stage of funnel. To get a more granular view of how B2B marketing professionals are adapting to these trends and pressures, we asked 25 leading influencers. its role beyond lead gen.

Bubble in the Funnel

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We generate, qualify and nurture leads using Account-Based Marketing processes. Simply put, the root cause of the problem in 2015 was that reps were forced to find their own leads—or had poor-quality “leads” dumped on them—most of which they ignored.

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

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Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. My point is this—you need a Sales Lead Manager to pull all of the competing departments and managers together to obtain the best revenue per lead for your company.

"Marketing is too important to be left to marketers."

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And this leads to even greater distortion in the marketplace because competition then becomes based on image rather than substance, on choices rather than differentiation. This saying always amuses me.

Why Measuring Success on Cost Per Lead is a Huge Mistake

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In the search for the holy grail of marketing KPIs, we want ones that correctly emphasize ROI over lead cost, tie lead generation to overall revenue and profits, identify the most successful marketing initiatives and deliver insights that can be leveraged to run future high-return activity. Cost-per-lead is not the correct metric for measuring marketing initiative success for the following reasons: It incorrectly incents volume over quality.

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