Posts Tagged: lead nurturing

Why You Need a Content Marketing Sales Funnel

Make your approach to content marketing — and sales — more effective with this important tool.

According to the Content Marketing Institute, around 58% of B2B marketers use content marketing to generate leads and convert them into paying customers — i.e., they have confidence in the idea of a content marketing sales funnel. However, the Content Marketing Institute also reports that only 43% of successful B2B marketers document their content strategy… Read more »

Making Lost Leads Found Again

Most lost leads aren't lost; they're just forgotten. Here's how to capitalize on these non-starters.

Many marketers are great at generating leads, but they also excel at losing them. Let’s face it: Lost leads are a huge blind spot in many marketing programs. So what exactly is a “lost lead” or a “dead lead?” Basically, a lost lead is a lead that did not convert into a sale and that… Read more »

Why B2B Marketers Should Focus on Inbound Calls

Do you really want leads that convert? Try something a little old fashioned: the telephone.

In the brave new world of B2B digital marketing, the idea of focusing on inbound calls may seem antiquated. Not only do phone calls seem to make use of outdated technology (the phone sounds so twentieth century), but the idea of maintaining a call center to receive inbound calls seems like a relic of the… Read more »

How to Calculate a B2B Marketing Budget

Stop basing your marketing budget on guesswork. Start using goals and analysis.

If you came here looking for a rule-of-thumb recommendation for setting a B2B marketing budget based on revenue, that’s easy — you should budget between two to seven percent of your previous years’ sales. Feels a little arbitrary, right? That’s because it is. Alternatively, you could base your figure on what others are allocating for their B2B marketing budgets…. Read more »

B2B Marketing Automation Basics

So what exactly is marketing automation and why is it a game changer for B2Bs? Let's find out.

Last year, we wrote about the importance of lead nurturing for industrials. As a premise, it makes perfect sense. The industrial buying cycle takes time — often months — and it can be extremely effective to touch base with customers at key moments in the lengthy buying cycle, helping them complete their customer journey by… Read more »

Web Metrics to Align Industrial Sales and Marketing

For your website to generate quality leads, marketing and sales must be on the same page.

About ten years ago, we (Industrial Strength Marketing) launched a website for a company that manufactures tube sheets used in balance-of-plant heat exchangers. At the time, we didn’t realize that the company’s URL was just one keystroke away from that of a popular adult-entertainment website. (No, we’re not going to say which one.) Within days,… Read more »

Why B2Bs Should Love LinkedIn Lead Generation

LinkedIn's Lead Accelerator and display network promise big gains for B2B lead generation.

If you are a B2B company or work in B2B marketing, you know how important a focus on lead generation is to any marketing plan. Other industries have the luxury of emphasizing “vanity metrics” such as how many fans they have or if their website traffic went up, but all B2Bs know that if those… Read more »

6 Uses for Marketing Automation Forms

A few tips for capturing customer data and keeping them engaged.

By unlocking the potential of forms, you can gather customer intelligence and truly harness the power of marketing automation, enabling you to keep multiple customers engaged at the same time without lifting a finger. The more engaged your customers are, the more likely they are to view your company in a favorable light and do business… Read more »