The healthiest sales funnel has a diverse mix of leads, not all of which are sales ready. Targeting a mix of leads across all three stages of the sales funnel is a productive way of maintaining a healthy flow of leads that mature into sales ready leads. Here's a look at the three stages of the sales funnel and some of the marketing plans that can keep your sales funnel healthy.
All B2B marketers have a dual objective when it comes to lead generation. They want to fill the top of funnel (TOFU) to build the sales pipeline. A healthy sales pipeline produces viable sales opportunities over the long term. But, marketers also have pressure to produce leads that are sales ready now. These leads move to the bottom of the funnel (BOFU) quickly.
Event marketing has evolved quite a bit during the past 10 years. Today’s marketing budget must be utilized in the most cost efficient ways to do effective lead generation and to deliver real ROI when you exhibit at an industry conference. I would like to share some conference marketing elements that can produce successful lead generation strategies for your next event.
What content are you producing in the current quarter that will fill your sales pipeline for 2012? Consider getting back to basics. What are the top 10 questions your customers ask? Just check with your customer service department and they’ll tell you.
Too many marketing professionals underestimate or misunderstand the power of LinkedIn for branding and lead generation. Your LinkedIn Company Page is a powerful social destination to display your products and services, communicate positioning message and promotional offers, as well as allow visitors to meet your employees.
I recently co-hosted a webinar with Dale Underwood, CEO of EchoQuote and Tony Gonzales, Sales Director at Federal Appliance, a successful user of this lead generation technique. Below is the entire webinar recording. If you are a Marketing or Sales executive responsible for lead generation in a B2B selling environment, this webinar will be worthwhile.
We now live in the age of transparency. Visitors to your website can remain anonymous across all their visits until they are ready to identify themselves to your sales team. The risk you take is that you can keep visitors engaged enough to bring them back to your website and eventually convert them to a sales lead. That's a big risk...
Many B2B marketers fail to offer website visitors and social media encounters compelling reasons to engage. The biggest mistake in online B2B marketing is limiting CTAs to “contact us.” So often a website visitor is conducting research. They are simply not ready to “contact you.” But, if you offer a B2B website visitor something compelling that aligns with their stage in the buying process, they will often accept your offer. Traditionally, a popular B2B CTA has been a white paper download. This can be very effective, but it’s so common that it must be compelling. White paper CTAs with an image and a benefit statement usually perform best. E-books can perform even better than white papers.