lead generation in the new gen

61% of B2B marketers name lead generation as one of their biggest challenges. So, we decided to put together a list of steps that can help simplify the process and make it more efficient.

Contradicting the popular perception, lead generation isn’t only confined to cold-calling or sending out a bunch of emails. In the new age, it’s a more complicated process that involves effective strategies to be employed.

A lead is any prospective customer that has shown interest in the products and services offered by the company. Leads remain equally crucial for the marketing and sales team of a business. Lead generation helps in advancing new leads and generating the right leads. Thus, we can categorize the kind of leads into two:

 

  • Marketing Qualified Leads

MQL’s are prospective leads that have expressed some interest but haven’t made the purchase yet. There is a lack of data to determine their level of interest. The marketing team, who engages and nurtures them, handles these leads. Based on the new information collected by the marketing team and once the lead is identified as ready to make the purchase, it is forwarded to the sales team.

  • Sales Qualified Leads

The leads are now identified as SQLs. After a thorough analysis by the sales and marketing team, these leads are ready for the ‘direct sales push’. Thus, a thorough analysis helps make decisions on leads and how they are supposed to be approached.

 

Channels of Lead Generation

 

There are primarily 2 channels of lead generation – Outbound and Inbound marketing. Outbound marketing is disruptive and demands customer’s attention by disrupting their workflow. And inbound marketing is subtle and earns the attention of the customers.

Some channels of lead generation, both inbound and outbound may include:

  • Email marketing
  • Telemarketing
  • Social Media marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation & Content marketing
  • Digital events
  • Display advertising
  • Referrals, amongst others

Before the Internet explosion, most lead generation happened through outbound marketing techniques. TV Commercials, magazine advertisements, and mailer lists were prevalent. However, with easy and abundantly available information, consumers selectively pay attention to content thrown at them.

Consumers are overexposed to advertisements and promotional material. Their attention span has shrunk. It is important to capture their attention through other strategies. Any business in the modern age looking to generate effective leads is required to be constantly experimenting and executing new strategies and find themselves the best fit.

 

Some important aspects to be considered while formulating an effective lead generation strategy

 

  1. Visible contact information and a contact form

While attracting leads, if contact information isn’t placed prominently, there’s a risk of losing traffic since they might miss contacting you.

  1. Opt-In Forms

Many visitors don’t leave their contact information behind. Thus, with actionable information that can be of use to potential customers like a free trial will help. They leave behind their contact information for the company to convert them into potential buyers.

  1. Landing pages

It is a very crucial aspect of lead generation strategy since it is here that most conversions happen. An attractive landing page with a clear message leads to the potential customers into taking an action. Thus, generating leads.

  1. Email marketing

Put efforts into creating a marketing campaign through emails that capture the consumer’s interests.

  1. Blogs

A blog is essential in lead generation. The content posted attracts precisely those that are directly interested. It builds their trust in your authority over the field. This makes it easier to convert leads into customers.

  1. Referrals

Word of mouth marketing continues to be the most powerful strategy in lead generation. There might have a very effective lead generation strategy. However, the trust and interest that is built through existing customers are invaluable. Thus, customer satisfaction remains the topmost priority.

  1. Chatbots

Chatbots are automated. So they can prove useful in data collection and direct customers to relevant sections. Rather than surfing through the site, customers are directly led to the most relevant sections for them. Thus, it will help you improve the conversion rates.

Chatbots can further make recommendations to the users and help them navigate better through your site and services available.

 

Making the most out of your sales funnel

Lead generation thus continues to remain crucial in expanding businesses. In addition to the above-suggested strategies, influencer marketing and lead generation tools can also prove useful.

While lead gen through digital channels has become the norm, telemarketing hasn’t lost its charm either. While online and email marketing makes more sense in today’s day, telemarketing still stands as a precursor to them.

Related article: Is telemarketing still a relevant source of lead generation?

In addition to its ability to deliver sales numbers, telemarketing boosts the lead generation process by allowing marketers to gather useful consumer data.

One of the most important benefits of maintaining telemarketing as a strong lead generation channel is that it is human. Unlike most digital channels, your message to each customer can be customized to their needs, while building foundations for a long-term relationship. Isn’t that all that Lead Generation is inherently about?

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