The dreaded lead generation cold call. A recent study revealed that 48 per cent of B2B sales reps fear making them. Even though sales forces are supposedly made up of outgoing extroverts who are happiest when approaching new prospects, the truth is, we’re all human. And none of us like the awkwardness that can result whenRead More
360topline™ / perspectives on B2B sales lead generation.
360topline™ / perspectives on B2B sales lead generation.
360topline™ / perspectives
on B2B sales lead generation.
Filling out an online form is about as exciting as watching paint dry, yet they’re a standard lead generation tactic for many B2B businesses. In essence their success depends on the willingness of people to spend time filling in blanks in order to receive something they perceive as valuable, whether that’s an article, a whiteRead More
Who doesn’t love getting invited to an event? If that event is tied to one’s career, with a timely topic and interesting speakers, there’s an added incentive to attend. Events are powerful for B2B lead generation. For businesses, hosting events is a great way to increase brand awareness, reach out to potential clients and generateRead More
Lead generation is the process of converting, and to some extent nurturing, business leads. The question of whether to hire an outside lead generation firm is one that confronts many businesses who might otherwise consider doing this in-house. Nurtured leads produce a 20% increase in sales opportunities and businesses who nurture leads make 50% moreRead More
Once you’ve got a reliable B2B sales pipeline, your focus shifts from getting those leads to identifying, nurturing, and closing them in order to make sales. But not all sales leads are created equal. You shouldn’t spend the same amount of time on every one that comes across your doorstep. Many companies have great website traffic, visitorRead More
Social media is a driving force in many facets of our daily lives and for B2B marketers social media platforms are now the number one content marketing tactic – ahead of blogs, articles, e-newsletters, videos, podcasts, white papers and case studies. In other words, if you’re not on it, you’re not in it. Yet someRead More
We know a thing, or hundreds, about successful LinkedIn lead generation campaigns. Why hundreds? We shipped 720 free coffee mugs to IT professionals across Canada who engaged with our LinkedIn campaign for Toshiba, as part of a larger LinkedIn sales lead generation campaign. Now what do free coffee mugs have to do with successful B2BRead More
Do you know whether your marketing is working? Whether it’s improving, or it needs assistance? Without a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) it’s impossible to gauge the effectiveness of your marketing efforts and determine whether you might need some lead generation assistance to boost B2B sales. KPIs exist in every industry, but some areRead More
No doubt you’ve heard about inbound marketing and outbound marketing. They’re often viewed as choices that a marketer makes when deciding how to generate B2B sales leads. Instead of thinking about this as a choice, it’s better to view them as complementary forces. Combining inbound and outbound forces can create a more cohesive – andRead More
The typical customer lifecycle goes something like this: Target, Acquire, Support, and Retain. If a company can continue to offer the same level of product or service – or improve upon it – there should be no problem retaining them as a long-term customer, right? If only it were so simple. 360 Leads can helpRead More
With every new platform come new ways to reach out to potential customers, and B2B company marketers have a wide selection of tactics to choose from when planning a strategy. Simply put, these tactics fall into two main categories – inbound and outbound lead generation tactics – though the two are often combined in anRead More
The majority of B2B content to generate leads is gated, meaning to get access to information, users must submit some of their personal details. But is this the best approach? Consider that once you’ve put the final touches on a white paper or a case study and you’re ready to unleash it on the world,Read More
There are warm B2B sales leads, hot sales leads and those that are just simply not really B2B sales leads at all. So, how do you know the difference between what’s hot and what’s not? “There are three main things to consider when determining the quality of an initial sales lead”, says Christine Britsas, RegionalRead More
In a B2B lead generation campaign, low-tech tactics can offer serious upgrades to high-tech solutions – especially when it comes to results. Recently, Leigh-Ann Clarke, VP and General Manager of 360 Leads and our sister company, Clever Samurai covered this high-tech/low-tech topic in an article for Direct Marketing Magazine. Specifically, how a e-mail lead generationRead More
B2B Lead generation is a massive industry, with countless verticals capturing qualified leads that can be sold to companies looking to acquire new customers. But according to The Black Report, only 17.3 per cent of companies actually reach their lead generation targets. There are different lead generation verticals geared to different industries, but the mostRead More
Sales lead generation has always been an inherently human activity but with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) applications, companies are going to be rewiring their B2B lead generation tactics. Here are two key ways AI can assist marketers in capturing sales leads. Personalization Big data is being captured in unprecedented ways and in massiveRead More
Telemarketing. Some might classify it as the underbelly of B2B sales and marketing, filled with companies using offshore low-cost, high-volume call centres and reciting poorly developed scripts trying to sell something that somebody doesn’t really want. This lead generation stereotype has created a fear in many marketers of using the telephone as a sales andRead More
What is the appeal of social media for brands? Engaging potential sales leads? Starting conversations? Building communities? Not quite. Till recently, social media attracted marketers in large part because it was a totally free form of lead generation. Of course, that’s changed. Now, if you want your brand messaging to get eyeballs and interactions, you’veRead More
In The Black Report™, a recent global study by 360 Leads, senior executives and sales leaders responded to survey questions regarding their sales lead generation success. The results suggested that the foremost reason sales lead generation efforts miss their targets was their CEO not fostering success. 58.1% of respondents felt they were allocated insufficient resourcesRead More
To be effective in meeting annual sales targets, a salesperson often needs to focus on countless miscellaneous tasks to ensure a consistently full pipeline. There is a lot of legwork involved in generating leads that a sales person must do to generate leads for a company, but has nothing to do with closing actual sales.Read More