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.

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 The lead funnel is obsolete.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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Beware the Siren Call of Pre-Qualified Leads

The Point

There is a growing trend in the content syndication space, and among Cost Per Lead (CPL) programs in general, for media vendors to offer B2B clients the option of pre-qualified leads. Question: is this a smart choice for marketers?

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Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. The post Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign.

Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. the company is generating the wrong type of leads.

How to do lead management that improves conversion

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In this post, I’m going to focus on how to do lead management that increases sales conversion. Here’s why: First, B2B lead conversion to actual revenue conversion is low. According to Forrester, top performers convert 1.54% of leads to revenue. And average performers turn less than 0.75% of leads into closed deals. Source: Forrester US and Europe B2B Marketing Tactics and Benchmarks Online Survey. Where lead management often falls short.

Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful.

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

Qualified vs. Unqualified Leads

Salesfusion

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12 Ways to Boost Your Website’s Lead Generation Performance

Act-On

If you’re in digital marketing, there’s probably one metric you’re more focused on than anything else: leads. Your goal might be to get more leads, or maybe better leads, or leads that convert faster, or leads that give a higher value. But any way you cut it, it’s still all about lead generation. The question is, how do you get those leads? There’s no shortage of lead generation tactics. Your website is the hub of your marketing.

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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How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Depending on which statistics you read, the common thread in the past few years has been that content marketing effectiveness has been declining. To me, that is what content marketing can become for some organizations. Illustration by Hea Poh Lin.

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.

Introduction to Lead Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI.

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”.

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.

Lead Generation Marketing

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 Marketing appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The voluminous nature of marketing and sales content is making it harder for organizations to get through to customers and potential customers today. To the point whereby content marketers now have to deal with something sales have dealt with for decades. New Dilemmas For Marketers.

Lead Generation: Balancing lead quality and lead quantity

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Lead generation is somewhat like a tightrope act. Generate too many leads, and the rope between Sales and Marketing breaks. If you don’t generate enough leads that turn into sales, your ROI plummets.

Lead Qualification: Rethinking BANT in the Modern B2B Sales Cycle

Act-On

In today’s complex B2B sales cycle, it’s important that an organization’s sales and marketing teams create a clearly defined and agreed upon, definition of a qualified lead. In the past, most organizations have followed the BANT model of qualifying leads.

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What Percent of Leads Should Sales Close?

ViewPoint

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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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%.

Why Lead Nurture Matters for Marketing

Salesfusion

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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?

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.

Lead Nurturing’s Biggest Challenges

B2B Marketing Insider

Lead nurturing is a vital part of B2B marketing because it‘s a key strategy in driving prospective customers towards a purchase decision. The post Lead Nurturing’s Biggest Challenges appeared first on PureB2B.

The Biggest Lead Scoring Mistake

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Modern Marketers know it’s important to score leads, and lead scoring is a well-known best practice. However, not all lead scoring programs will do the job and in fact, some can actually harm your demand generation efforts if not developed correctly.

Why Technology Marketers are Leading the Way in Lead Generation

Reachforce

Technology marketers are ultimately in the business of solving customer problems using technology. A recent survey on B2B content marketing technology found that technology marketers were standouts in lead generation.

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.

Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Create a marketing funnel .

5 Reasons to Gate Lead Nurturing Content

The Point

A client asks: “I notice that you’re recommending we gate our offer content behind landing pages as part of the lead nurturing campaign. It’s why click-to-lead conversion rates are never 100%, no matter how good your landing page.

Why B2B Marketers Should Be Building Their Website Around Their Lead Generation Strategy

Tomorrow People

Lead GenerationIt's time to put your website to work for the business!

Marketing Automation is Lead Management

Salesfusion

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Lead Generation Best Practices

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 Best Practices appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion.

Social Lead Validation – The Missing Ingredient From Most Inbound LinkedIn Marketing Programs

B2B Marketing Insider

All sales leads are not equal. I know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing and lead generation programs.

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.

No Lead Left Behind – Prioritizing Your Leads with Lead Management

Salesfusion

While too many leads certainly isn’t a bad problem to have, it can be a problem for companies nonetheless. If you feel like your marketing efforts are delivering results but your sales team thinks you aren’t providing enough quality leads, it’s time to get those leads under control with lead management. Discuss what makes a good lead. After you have a better understanding, set up the scoring parameters so that each lead is filtered accordingly.

Social lead validation—the missing ingredient from most inbound LinkedIn marketing programs

Biznology

All sales leads are not equal. I know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing, and lead generation programs.