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?

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” […].

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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.

Inbound Marketing Leads Costs Less

Marketing Insider Group

Recently I had a conversation with a fellow marketer who challenged the notion that inbound leads costs less. They pointed to the high cost per lead of some paid search (PPC) campaigns as evidence. It’s about lining up marketing efforts more closely to the buying process.

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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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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?

Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing

Sales Lead Insights

This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services.

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.

Industrial Marketing, Lead Generation and Sales: It’s Complicated

Industrial Marketing Today

Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. Content Marketing Industrial Marketing Sales Strategies Analytics Industrial sales Industrial sales strategies Measurement and tracking Remember this rom-com from 2009? Despite the critics giving it mixed reviews, it went on to gross $219.1 million worldwide. A hit movie for sure. Sometimes I feel the same way [.]. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The Point

The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could.

You Need to Understand These 6 Things About What B2B Buyers Want

Act-On

That seems to be the underlying premise of marketing right now. It leverages one of the all-time great marketing principles: relevancy. It’s why account-based marketing is so hot. So we keep marketing at them.

Shocking Statistics about Lost Marketing Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Seth Resler It’s 10 o’clock in the morning…do you know where your leads are? On March 6th, Brian Caroll, author of Lead Generation for the Complex Sale , shared his marketing wisdom in a webinar. You can view the entire webinar on lead nurturing here.

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.

12 Secrets of the Human Brain to Use in Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Knowing how the human mind processes information and images—and putting that knowledge to use—can help you become a more engaging and effective marketer. Here’s a look at some fascinating facts about the human mind, from a marketing perspective.

12 B2B Marketing/Lead Generation Assessments; Is Your Firm Optimized?

NuSpark

Sometimes it’s good to step back and assess your eMarketing and lead generation strategy and tactics. All of our initial engagements begin with a 12-step lead management assessment. After we do our assessments, we put together a detailed strategic plan designed to optimize each specific element of your marketing strategy. Conversion Tactics Marketing Strategy Tactical Services

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%.

Marketing Leads: Quality Vs. Quantity

Marketing Insider Group

We discussed the great lead quality vs. lead quantity debate. And when quality is required, you need to be able to deliver leads that convert. The debate often goes like this: Sales wants more leads. So marketing sends more. Sales says they want better leads.

How to Separate the Good Marketing Leads From the Bad

Hubspot

Unqualified leads don't mean any harm, but the truth is, they can be a drain on internal resources and can muck up your marketing data and campaigns. In a more-is-always-better world of lead generation, it may seem counter-intuitive to try to weed out email subscribers.

A B2B Marketing-Lead Generation Fable: “The Lead That Jack Sold”

NuSpark

The fable below shows a typical flow of how a b2b lead can become a sale through a solid marketing process and lead management strategy. Have a little fun… The Lead That Jack Sold. This is the lead that Jack sold. This is the CRM that gave the lead that Jack sold. This is the high lead score that … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy Uncategorized

Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know

The Point

To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader. For a particularly egregious example, see the email below from Azalead , a software platform for Account-Based Marketing (ABM).

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Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

The Point

Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. The post Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity appeared first on The Point.

4 Stages of a Thought Leadership Maturity Model

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Here is a great piece on the maturity of a company’s Thought Leadership program by ITSMA. Last year I was asked by ITSMA to collaborate on this piece with them. They also tapped into companies like Deloitte, E&Y, IBM, Coginzant, SAP and more.

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Making the Case for Account-Based Marketing: Doing the Math

ANNUITAS

Many of our clients have been very interested in Account-Based Marketing, and understanding the implications of adjusting their strategies to focus more on targeted accounts rather a demand strategy focused on volume. Say that it takes 100 leads to generate 10 MQLs.

3 Reasons Why Your Webinars Suck

Act-On

Webinars are one of the best, most cost-effective tools a marketer can exercise. Successful webinars are a great way to generate leads; build trust, respect, and brand awareness; and to collaborate with other organizations and thought leaders.

The 3 Most Popular Methods of Segmentation for B2B

Reachforce

Customer segmentation is powerful, because it allows the marketer to draw an accurate picture of their customers, group them according to similarities, and devise pinpointed messages to specific segments of their customer base.

My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The Definitive Guide to Sales Lead Qualification and Sales Development. This is especially true in the handoff between marketing and sales. Put simply, SDRs pass the baton from marketing to sales. Faster lead response times = better conversion rates.

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

Going from Good to Great Marketing: Leading and Managing Change

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman We have seen a huge transformation in marketing over the past 10-12 years. At the same time, marketers are constrained by tight budgets and are being asked to interact with buyers across a huge array of channels. Build new, repeatable processes around lead nurturing.

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

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].

An Accident of Timing: The Case for Always On Marketing

The Point

But then inbound marketing happened. And the pundits said: no, no, the buyer is in control, he or she will decide when to respond, and B2B marketing is about being in the right place at the right time. Cue the advent of search marketing and Google AdWords.).

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.

9 Steps to Digital Marketing Greatness [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

The post 9 Steps to Digital Marketing Greatness [Infographic] appeared first on Puzzle Marketer. Content Marketing Email Marketing Lead Generation Mobile Marketing Online Advertising Paid Search Search Engine Optimization Social Media

4 Key Takeaways from the 2015 SiriusDecisions Summit

The Point

More than 2,300 marketers, including this writer, gathered in Nashville this past week for SiriusDecisions’annual confab on all things marketing. For the last five years or so, inbound marketing and demand generation have been virtually synonymous.

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

Digital B2B Marketing

B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. We are scoring leads high if they consume a lot of content and we are optimizing our program to increase lead scores and content consumption. Let’s get right to the point.

How Marketing Technology Helps Scale Global Marketing Organizations (with David Rowe, Rimini Street CMO)

Crimson Marketing

Enterprise level marketing professionals understand the increasingly vital role of technology in marketing, but often lack the experience and peer support to optimize technology use for growth in their organizations.

When It Comes to Your Marketing Leads, Quality and Quantity Count

B2B Marketing Traction

Blog entry excerpted from the Marketing chapter written by Jennifer Beever in The Book on Business from A to Z. B2B marketers need to track lead quality as well as lead quantity. Marketing is a numbers game, right? It is important to track the quality of your leads.

7 Tips to Boost Your Email Nurturing Results Immediately

B2B Lead Generation Blog

This is important because marketers rely on email as the top lead-nurturing tactic and according to Econsultancy, it’s the best channel for ROI. The goal of this post is to give you seven tips to boost your email nurturing and marketing results immediately. It’s funny when we put on our marketing and sales hats or walk into our offices how we can talk and write differently. As I’ve written before, the best marketing feels like helping (because it is.).

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What Can Marketing Do for You?

Salesfusion

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

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Top Tips for Increasing Marketing Automation ROI

Reachforce

Marketing automation involves using software to streamline and automate marketing processes. When performed manually, these processes take more time than they need to, and marketing automation considerably speeds things up.