Marketing Automation Questions – Answered at Last

Most marketing automation research totally irritates me because it isn’t specific about what the product is or who the buyers are.  Call me picky but I’d like to see data for a small company that has signed up for an email marketing package separated in some way from the report of a mega company signing on …

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Regulations -CASL- July 2014

If you are selling, doing lead or demand generation to any company or individual employee located in Canada – you need to pay attention to CASL coming into effect on July 1, 2014 because my friends, this could be very ugly. 1- Make no mistake that this legislation applies only to messages sent to consumers …

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Expectations – A Painful Wake-Up in a Tough Market

Managing a potential customers expectations is only important if you want to make more than a single sale. Buyers beware. The company that promises more than you have a reasonable right to expect might not be looking at anything more than this month’s revenue. The biggest problem with managing expectations with integrity is that it …

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Boost Your Sales Ratios

I’ve had to cold call through too many recessions not to recognize that while it might be irreplaceable, it’s terribly inefficient. I resent how it wastes my precious time and I suspect that anyone who shares at least part of the responsibility to generate their own leads knows exactly how I feel. I’m calling into …

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Lead Generation – A 2012 Report from the Bridge Group

I love reports on B2B lead generation and particulary those from the Bridge Group who manage to look at lead generation from both the marketing side and the sales side – and that seems to be rare lately. I’ve been away and didn’t get through all my emails yesterday, which means that usually I do …

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2014 B2B Lead Generation Trends from MarketingProfs

According to a recently released Infographic from MarketingProfs, Inside Sales, immediately followed by; Executive Events, Telemarketing and Tradeshows are the four most effective ways to generate B2B Sales Leads. In spite of the buzz around inbound and social, the old tricks are not old hat. According to MarketingProfs ..“figuring out the most effective methods for …

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Website Leads and Your Inside Sales Team

How quickly do your inside sales team follow up on web leads?  I’ll bet that the answer is “Not fast enough”.  According to the B2B Buyer Behavior Report, from Software Advice your chance of qualifying a lead is 29% better if you call within 5 seconds rather than lounging around for 5 minutes before making …

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The Definitive Guide to Lead Generation

I think you need to be living under a rock not to be familiar with Marketo and so I expect a great number of people will be delighted to hear that they have just released their Definitive Guide to Lead Generation. I haven’t read the entire report yet. At a hefty 160 pages that might …

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Sales Prospecting and Quality Leads

If there was ever a good reason for marketing and sales to drop the walls and find new and better ways to work together, the priority the market has placed on generating high quality leads would be it. In some companies it’s possible that sales is completely out the lead generation (better known in sales circles …

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Go Away – I’ve Never Heard of You

Cold call – definition for this post  -“I’ve never heard of you or your company.  I have no idea what you do, why I should value it or why I should listen to you now or talk to you later” Now, that’s cold. I’ve made thousands of calls just like that and they used to …

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