31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads?

What Percentage of Marketing Leads Should Be Accepted by Sales?

ViewPoint

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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Why Lead Nurturing Success Means Not Asking for the Sale

The Point

As a sales professional or as a marketer, if you engage with a qualified prospect and that prospect doesn’t convert immediately to an opportunity, there’s every reason to stay in touch with that individual over time.

How to Obtain Better B2B Marketing Leads Without Wasting Money

Marketing Insider Group

When it comes to obtaining qualified B2B marketing leads, many B2Bs face an all-too-common challenge: their sales and marketing teams fail to jive. Sales teams often blame marketing for providing them with “lousy” […].

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

Act-On

What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. Effectiveness vs. Difficulty for Lead Generation. In this last survey, lead quality beat out quantity by 36%.

Tips for Nurturing Marketing Leads

BOP Design

For many B2B marketing professionals, your job isn’t done once a lead is generated or captured via a website form or inbound phone call. There is no ceremonial handing off of leads to sales. After all, a lead isn’t necessarily a closed deal.

PowerViews with Matt Heinz: The Quality of Marketing Leads is Abysmal

ViewPoint

The marketing team? But for a strategy to be consistently successful, a company’s sales and marketing teams need to be operating with shared goals — which is easier said than done, says my latest guest and longtime friend, Matt Heinz, president of Heinz Marketing.

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Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

The Point

Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. Marketing automation has yet to solve the reporting issue.

5 Reasons Your Sales Reps Aren’t Getting Enough Qualified Leads

The Point

Earlier this year, I talked to a CMO at a B2B tech company whose sales counterpart was lobbying strongly for the company to adopt Account-Based Marketing (ABM) as part of their demand generation strategy. The lead funnel is obsolete. Relying too heavily on BDRs to respond to new leads.

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Marketers Lead The Business

SnapApp

The 2015 Marketo Roadshow promised one thing: bring inspiration to the marketing nation. Today, consumers receive over 3,000 marketing messages a day, take in about 50, but only really listen to 4. So how are marketers suppose to reach their ever-increasing selective audience?

A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

The Point

It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. If you hand off content syndication leads to your sales force without setting these expectations, your program may be doomed to fail.

4 Reasons Your Marketing Leads Have Been Decreasing

Reachforce

You’ve exhausted your marketing funds, your employees are worked to the bone, and still, rather than improving results, your marketing leads continue to decline. By identifying the reasons your leads are decreasing, you can reverse the […].

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Three Ways to Increase Bottom-of-Funnel Leads Using Data-Driven Marketing

Act-On

While data-driven marketing might be a new(ish) term, the principles behind the adoption of the strategy are not. Data-driven marketing takes functions of marketing that have previously not been quantifiable and provides a factual base for which marketing decisions can be made.

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Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. Topic #1 — Lead generation is king. Lead generation was a huge topic for 2014 and for good reason. Lead nurturing, that is.

Getting Started with Lead Segmentation in B2B Marketing

Reachforce

In the age of big data, marketers who have a handle on their lead data are able to segment leads into specified groups and then target each group with customized content and messaging. B2B Lead Generation Big Data Marketing Database Marketing Lead Segmentation

The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

Webbiquity

The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign.

Lead Nurturing: Unique tracks and impactful tests

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I was recently interviewed by Marketo for their Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing eBook, and I wanted to share some ideas that didn’t find their way into the guide as well as some additional thoughts on lead nurturing with you. This is the essence of lead nurturing.

6 Best Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade. Search marketing.

Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. As I mentioned at the start of this post, automation can help you manage lead nurturing, but you can’t automate trust.

What is a Marketing-Qualified Lead? What MQL Really Means

Act-On

Just a few years ago, marketers everywhere rejoiced. Reliable marketing metrics were finally here! Definitions were set, processes were tested, sales and executives bought in across the board, and the panacea of the Lead Marketing Funnel brought peace to all.

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New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

Act-On

Lead generation, also commonly referred to as lead gen, continues to be one of B2B marketers’ top goals. It’s so important that if you distilled an average B2B marketer’s job description down to two words, they might well be “get leads”.

Lead Generation via Influencers and Experts in 4 Steps

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Proactively building relationships with influencers and industry experts and is a powerful way to generate leads and positive word of mouth (WOM). Most of us know this as influencer marketing , aka influence development.

Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. Then came a couple of decades of marketing positions – mostly in the technology industry. You also want to get a clear understanding of what’s meant by “lead generation”.

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

The Anatomy of a Lead-Generating Website

Hubspot

There are plenty of ways to increase the number of people visiting your site, but unless you convert these visitors into leads, you won't be able to ultimately get new customers. That's why it's so important to design your website with lead generation top-of-mind.

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 3:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score?

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Lead Generation Software

Salesfusion

Gartner Group and Forrester Research Group predict record levels in Marketing Automation (MA) spending and exponential growth in the field. The post Lead Generation Software appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion.

B2B Marketers still struggle with lead nurturing

Biznology

I thought it was widely understood by now that staying in touch with a prospect who has shown some interest in your product or service can triple, even quadruple, lead-to-sales conversion rates. The Bizo study reveals some intriguing issues for marketers today.

BANT May Not Work in Qualifying Leads for Industrial Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

Sales people have been using BANT (Budget, Authority, Needs, and Timing/Timeframe) criteria to qualify leads and prospects for a long time ever since IBM first coined that acronym. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.].

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Lead Generation: 2 tips to transform your content marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Content marketing can be an effective tactic for lead generation as customers look to your brand as an authority in the marketplace delivering relevant information that is useful to their needs. B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story [More from the blogs].

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 2:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of B2B sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score?

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Lead Generation: How to speak the language of your prospects

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet At Lead Gen Summit 2013, Keith Lincoln, Vice President, SmartBear Software, discussed the importance of speaking the language of your customers, and, more importantly, when to say nothing at all. “If Customer-centric Marketing: Using metaphors in your B2B strategy [More from the blogs].

4 Ways Online Lead Generation is Superior to Offline Lead Generation

Reachforce

Depending on what industry you’re in, most or all of your marketing efforts may still be of the offline variety. A number of businesses especially local ones, still use brochures, flyers, and mail-outs to do their marketing. Lead Nurturing marketing lead

7 Amazingly Effective Lead Nurturing Tactics

Hubspot

As companies adopt inbound marketing as a way to generate more leads, the importance of having an effective lead nurturing strategy becomes very clear. Implementing an effective lead nurturing strategy can have a huge impact on the results of your inbound marketing strategy.

5 Ways to Target Specific Markets Using Social Media for Lead Generation

Reachforce

Social media is critical for lead generation. Big Data Marketing lead data

4 Things B2B Marketers Need to Know About Using Social Media for Online Lead Generation

Reachforce

In the grand scheme of marketing, social media is an infant. Social media has proven pretty powerful in the B2C marketer’s toolbox — providing marketers with a means for engaging with the public like never before.

Lead Generation: A Beginner's Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way

Hubspot

This frustrating interruption is exactly why we're here to discuss inbound lead generation. What is inbound lead generation? Download our complete guide to lead generation here for even more lead gen tips. What is a Lead? What Is Lead Generation?

3 Ways to Improve Lead Quality through Better Data Management

Reachforce

When the focus of your job is online lead generation, you want any tool that can improve lead quality. Digital Marketing marketing lead

Why Successful B2B Lead Generation Forms Are Like Blackjack Winners

The Forward Observer

In the high stakes game of B2B lead generation forms, are you tempted to ask for too much information? Using lead generation forms is similar to playing blackjack. Of course, you can’t convert leads unless the website visitor fills out a form. b2b marketing lead generation

9 Lead Generation Mistakes Marketers Need to Stop Making

Hubspot

For many businesses, the key to making sales is to first generate leads. But leads don't grow on trees. Some marketers have trouble generating enough leads to feed their sales team. Others just have no idea where their leads are coming from.