Generating leads: It’s integral to the practice of inbound marketing, and it’s driven largely by an exchange of content and information between a company and its prospects. How many times have you handed over your name and email address to get 15 percent off a purchase from your favorite retailer, to register for a webinar, download an interesting case study, or access a series of free bikini body workouts (or is that just me)? On the flip side, how many times have you been deterred from filling out a form because it wasn’t worth it to give all your information for what they were going to provide in return?
Posted by Christina Simms
Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 01:30 PM
Posted by Jeffrey Willis
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 09:49 AM
MQL (em kyoo el) noun Also known as a Marketing Qualified Lead. A prospect that has indicated a level of interest in your organization via a set of actions and is deemed to become a likely future customer after additional nurturing.
SQL (es kyoo el) noun Also known as a Sales Qualified Lead. A prospect that has demonstrated high levels of interest in your organization via a set of actions and is deemed highly likely to convert into a customer. These are prospects that are ready to speak to sales.
If only defining the process was just that easy.
While the cold-to-close process should be a seamless transition, the fact is many companies have either not spent the time to define the prospect stages or have discrepancies in their definitions based on which department you are asking.
Posted by Jeffrey Willis
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 01:12 PM
The hard work is done. You have a healthy database filled with possibilities. All of your inbound marketing efforts are paying off as you see new contacts flowing in on a regular basis. Marketing is ready to nurture and educate. Sales is ready to engage and win the contract.
But suddenly, you feel like you have a bazillion contacts to wade through to decide those next steps. When does a contact become a qualified lead and sales ready?
By putting into process a simple scoring matrix that takes into account both prospect characteristics and actions, you can game valuable insights that will help you remove all the mystery from your prospecting. Suddenly those bazillion leads become a manageable number that you can seamlessly track from cold to close.
Posted by Anne Marsden
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM
Posted by Candice Rose
Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 08:55 AM
For marketers looking to improve the ROI on their website, SEO content is key. “Wait a minute,” you might be saying to yourself, “I heard SEO was dead!” Nope. It’s still very much alive and well. In fact, a BrightEdge study found that organic search still drives 51% of all visitors to B2B and B2C websites, outweighing all other non-organic search channels, including paid search (10%) and social (5%). Not only are search engines driving more traffic, but they are sending the most valuable visitors to your website.
It’s true that tools like social media are becoming a bigger part of the picture, but organic search still yields the most motivated audience. Clearly, an SEO-optimized website should be a priority, but times have changed. SEO has evolved substantially in the past 5 years and even many seasoned SEO practitioners have found themselves uncertain about what to do next. So, how do we optimize for SEO in 2015?
Posted by Suzanne Moore
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:40 AM
In part 1 of our series about solutions for CMO Pain Points, we look at the power of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to get Marketing and Sales working more productively on leads.
Leads. How to get them, qualify them, and close them. Lead generation is what keeps marketers up at night. To add to the stress, marketing and sales are often not on the same page or speaking the same language. For example, what is the definition of a lead? Without an agreement, it can mean different things to different people.
Posted by Reade Milner
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 01:08 PM
From time to time, I run across one very peculiar situation when reviewing client cases. It goes something like this:
I'm doing all the right things - but where are all my sales?
This is a typical inbound marketing client who is anxiously monitoring their leads that will be ready to close. They soon discover that there may be fresh new leads every week, but become frustrated when those leads aren’t translating into sales. This is common for those who have recently begun an inbound marketing plan. The excitement quickly gives way to frustration, due to the bulk of leads being nowhere near ready to buy, now or ever.
Posted by Sydney Graham
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 05:01 PM
Posted by Carol Casey
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 09:49 AM
Posted by Reade Milner
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:17 AM
Lead generation in inbound marketing takes patience. It’s about crafting killer content and performing a meticulous process of distribution actions that is repeated faithfully each week. In other words, it’s not about the outcome. It’s about the process. We found a great example of this concept in a story actor Will Smith shares about his childhood.