How Much Leads Cost

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I review a lot of content on this topic and am amazed at what I find written about lead cost. For example: “The average cost per lead across all the companies surveyed is almost $200 ($198.44).Admittedly, Others stated that the range is between $35 – $100 for a B2B lead. Of course, it depends on what you are selling, but common sense tells you that B2B leads for a complex sale (that are worth a sales rep’s time) are probably going to cost more than $200.

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6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

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There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced. However, there are a lot of things good insourced operations and lead generation companies do well. While lead generation (or teleprospecting) is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts in a well-run lead generation machine. Failure to execute and coordinate all of the moving parts leads to poor results. Of course leads are the desired outcome of most marketing programs.

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The 10 most fascinating people in B2B marketing in 2016

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When he sold it to Harte Hanks in 1994, Gary went on to thrive as an executive there, and is now CEO of Aberdeen Group , supervising its transformation from industry analyst firm into a really smart marriage of data and content for lead generation.

What Percent of Leads Should Sales Close?

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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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Prospecting data accuracy

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We actually verified the accuracy by outbound phone, thanks to the call center at PointClear. . Fortunately, an opportunity arrived with a generous offer from Dan McDade of PointClear to televerify the data samples. Good news: B2B prospecting data is more accurate than you may think.

‘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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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.

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?

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

The Flavors That "Sales Ready" Leads Come In

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At one point he got so angry that he offered sales management the following choices for spending a $100,000 budget to generate leads. This offer was made because marketing was providing option #6 above (using PointClear to generate the highly qualified leads), but sales follow-up was poor.

Sales Lead Generation: Saving Money – Killing Performance

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PointClear was recently given a verbal approval for a pilot program by the SVP of Sales for a technology solutions provider. The point is, not all sales lead generation firms are created equal, just as not all houses are the same. Instead of highly qualified sales leads, our would-be client will end up with the equivalent of 8’ popcorn ceilings. What else, besides labor costs, factor in to the costs of lead generation?

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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.

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.

How to Set Your Outsourced Lead Generation Program Up for Success (pt 1)

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As an outsourced lead generation company, one of the ways we can best serve our clients is to offer insight on what they can do to maximize the results from their program. Over ten years ago I put together a comprehensive list of the top reasons outsourced lead generation programs fail.

PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 3 [Expert Advice]

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This is the final installment of a three-part series in response to 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 we care about quality leads.

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.

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

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This topic is of such importance, I reached out to fellow industry leaders and asked them to share their outlook on lead nurturing programs (and processes) and what to expect in the coming year. His lead nurturing program did precisely that. B2B Marketing B2B Sales Lead Nurturing

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.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

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B2B lead generation and lead management is a complicated process that can’t be detailed all in one book. It’s easier said than done which is why firms like mine exist, to implement proper lead generation tactics that build revenue. General B2B Marketing & Lead Generation.

How much does outsourced lead generation cost (vs. keeping it in house)?

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Tastes great, less filling—that’s not only one of the greatest campaigns ever ( AdAge says it’s 8 th on the list), it has a corollary in the sales lead generation space. By outsourcing your lead generation, qualification and nurturing activities you get better results for less cost, and I can prove my claim. Who’s going to take their eye off the lead generation ball to keep positions filled? What happens to the lead flow when someone leaves?

B2B Sales Lead Generation Pros Who Listen, Learn

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Those of us who use the phone to successfully generate sales leads have picked up an essential trade secret. How do my colleagues at PointClear and I keep from falling into this trap? Sometimes, this leads to a future appointment, often it neutralizes their attitude and allows me to continue. Instead, my sincere words “I am sorry to catch you at a bad time,” can lead to a productive conversation.

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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4 Great Reasons to Take the Sales Performance Optimization Survey Today

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Now I know that PointClear will be counted as one among the many thousands of companies contributing to overall sales knowledge trends for 2015. Interesting, because each year the results of this kind of study are valuable to me as we position ourselves for success in the lead generation space. I just finished the survey questions for CSO Insights'' 2015 Sales Performance Optimization Study.

B2B Lead Generation: Are You Killing the Golden Goose?

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This is the first in a series of four blogs about B2B Lead Generation marketing and sales metrics, and proverbs. Qualified Rate includes leads, pipeline (specific action required by PointClear) and nurtures (qualified companies with no immediate pain/need or interest).

Cadence—Multi-touch, Multi-media, Multi-cycle Marketing Multiplies Results

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The result of these touches is what we call a disposition: PointClear's term for completing contact with a decision maker or company (some programs lend themselves to dispositioning by contact and some by company). This approach yields a 5% lead rate. Our leads are equivalent to what SiriusDecisions calls a Level 4 or 5 lead—well-qualified leads. We invest about 10,000 touches to generate 50 leads. Make it your mantra (like PointClear associates do).

Microsoft Partner Fills Forecast with PointClear Sales Leads

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Chairs are Dead—and Other B2B Marketing Hogwash

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Inbound drives organic engagement and attracts leads, while outbound helps you target specific prospects more accurately. These approaches work well in both B2B and consumer marketing, covering the entire length of the lead funnel and the customer journey, respectively.”. I invite you to subscribe to the PointClear blog so you never miss a post. In 2015, I wrote this blog for Sales & Marketing Magazine: Dead is Dead (in Sales & Marketing).

5 Steps to Account-based Marketing Success

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You need full visibility into how many touches it takes to generate a lead, your lead rate, and your cost per lead at every stage in the funnel. You need to measure which leads are rejected and why. And you need to know at what rate your leads progress. Assembled with input from ABM thought leaders, and via first-hand account-based marketing experiences with PointClear clients, this is your go-to source. ABM drives bigger, better deals.

5 (doable) ways to drive revenue growth now

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PointClear has proven methods for driving sales—and they’re discussed in detail in a white paper available for download now. Give them the leads that let them apply their expertise to seal the deal. Marketing’s accountable for delivering sales qualified leads (or should be) and Sales must be accountable for following up on those leads. Looking for a simple and seemingly magical solution to a complicated problem of growing revenue? You’ve come to the wrong place.

Leads are Hard 

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Readers circled the advertisers they were interested in and mailed back (or faxed back) the card to the publisher which then provided their advertisers with the appropriate leads. Not surprisingly, the “leads” advertisers would get from the magazines were a mixed bag. While the move to digital makes it faster to generate leads, it doesn’t make the leads better. I recently wrote a blog called How Much Does a Lead Cost. Leads are hard

The 10 most fascinating people in B2B Marketing in 2015

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Jim Obermayer, founder of the Sales Lead Management Association. I’ve known Jim for years as a consultant and author specializing in lead management—a generally under-appreciated subject that Jim uniquely understood to be a critical success factor in business selling.

We're entering the era of accountability in sales and marketing

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The status quo--where marketing complains about sales not following up on their leads and sales says the leads are no good--is not the place to be. The situation in many organizations today is characterized by: A low number of leads (just 42% on average) accepted and worked by sales. An unrealistic number of leads expected to be sourced by sales (50%). Consistently poor sales execution due to a lack of qualified leads.

Good Reads for B2B Marketing - 6 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2013

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The Marketing Sphere represents recent good reads from our digital circles about B2B marketing selected by PointClear colleagues. Online content in the sales and marketing industries is dynamic and constantly changing.

Good Reads for B2B Sales - Buyer's Need Early-Stage Sales Involvement

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Sales Sphere features relevant blog articles from PointClear''s online B2B sales circles. When it comes to your sales team are you giving them the opportunity to “make it happen” and then leading by example?

Good Reads for B2B Marketing - Protect Your Online Reputation

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The Marketing Sphere represents recent good reads from our digital circles about B2B marketing selected by PointClear colleagues. Lead Generation Poses Biggest Challenge for B2Bs. Online content in the sales and marketing industries is dynamic and constantly changing.

What Do You Sell, Who Do You Sell It To and Why Everyone Has to Have The Same Answer

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How to define a lead and gain agreement is the first of 7 Truths about Sales and Marketing that CEOs need to know. Today you’ll learn why lead definition is important and why you, as the CEO, need to be involved in building your own universal lead definition: Shortly after I started PointClear I worked with a company that blew through $100 million because marketing was selling to one audience and sales was selling to another. Define what a lead is.

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Why would a company ever outsource anything?

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That’s essentially what PointClear clients do when they engage us for outsourced lead generation. Hiring our team of lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing professionals fills Finkelstein’s bill—and it could be just the ticket for you. And, as Finkelstein says, “change the game on competitors, operating in bold, unexpected ways that are simply better” by outsouring your marketing and B2B sales lead generation.

Embarking on a sales lead generation project: What could go wrong?

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a prospect asked me, following our discussion about PointClear’s lead generation, qualification and nurturing services. We had just finished talking about the importance of marketing and sales coming together to mutually define a lead prior to starting a lead generation program. I went on to explain that if the program was delegated to a marketer who didn’t have experience in lead management it wouldn’t work. “What could derail this project?”

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.

Good Reads for B2B Marketing - Advantages of LinkedIn in B2B Marketing

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The Marketing Sphere represents recent good reads from our digital circles about B2B marketing selected by PointClear colleagues. Online content in the sales and marketing industries is dynamic and constantly changing.