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The Data Behind an Effective Sales Process [infographic]

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An effective sales process is the key to increasing revenue and growing your company. But what makes the sales process effective?

  • Lead response time: You’re 7x more likely to have a meaningful conversation within the first hour of responding to a lead
  • Lead nurturing: Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at a 33% lower cost per lead (CPL), however 65% of companies still haven’t established lead nurturing programs
  • The best sales people: The best sales reps are 205% better at qualifying leads and are able to reach decision makers faster
  • Sales and marketing alignment: Companies where sales and marketing are aligned achieve 25% more revenue
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    6 Types of Email Addresses to Remove From Your CRM

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    healthy-databaseWhen was the last time you cleansed and scrubbed your database? If it’s been a while or you don’t actually know, you could be in trouble. The health of your database is not something to ignore. By emailing unengaged, unverified contacts, you’re putting your organization’s Sender Score at risk, which could lead to your IP address being blacklisted.

    Check out the types of email addresses you should remove from your CRM immediately:

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    5 Deadly Marketing Data Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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    ZoomInfo and Webmarketing123 recently held a webinar, “5 Deadly Marketing Data Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them).”

    Check out the webinar and learn how to:

    • Deliver accurate reporting with a foolproof data hygiene system
    • Drive more leads with progressive profiling and smart data segmentation
    • Finally tie marketing performance to revenue

    You can view the webinar slides below or listen to the recording here.

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    Get Leads With the Right Sales Pitch

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    Salespeople are in a tough spot. They have to inform leads about their products and services, how they will benefit from them, and get them to sign the check. They only get a few minutes to hit each of these points. No matter what you’re selling, your sales pitch can make or break a deal. Here are a few tips to get the conversation started on the right foot:

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    Going Beyond the Business Card

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    Marketers and sales people have depended on business cards for too long! You collect piles of contacts from trade shows, conferences, and other business events, which you have to manually input into a CRM. You keep the cards in heaping piles in case you need to refer back to them, but would you even be able to find the one you’re looking for?

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    Target Leads like a Great White Shark

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    Great white sharks are probably the most recognizable underwater predators because they’ve honed their skills over thousands of years. They’ve spent that time growing and evolving to get better at targeting their food sources. We’re going to teach you how you can target prospects like a great white shark.

    Companies need revenue to survive, which means that sales and marketing teams need to excel at targeting the right prospects to feed the bottom line with monetary “food”. Sales and marketing departments need to hone their skills and evolve their selling techniques to avoid sleeping with the fishes!

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    Improve Your Email Campaigns by Removing Zombies from Your Marketing Database [infographic]

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    Marketers are always looking for ways to improve their email campaigns and generate quality leads. But if you’re emailing unengaged leads, known as email zombies, you could actually be hurting your deliverability rates and Sender Score.

    An email zombie is defined as a lead that engaged with your organization at some point by opening your marketing emails, but hasn’t for a period of time. Sending messages to an email zombie puts your organization’s IP address at risk of being blacklisted, preventing you from deploying any emails at all.

    According to Return Path’s Global Email Deliverability Benchmark Report, only 81% of permission-based emails sent globally make it into email recipients’ inboxes. Additionally, one out of every five emails lands either in a spam or junk folder (7%) or go missing, which usually means these messages are blocked by ISP-level filtering (12%). This means that nearly 20% of emails are undelivered, hurting the deliverability of your email campaigns.

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    The Importance of B2B Lead Nurturing

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    What is Lead Nurturing?

    Most leads aren’t sales-ready when you first contact them. Lead nurturing is a process through which you can maintain a relationship with those leads, track them, and develop them into sales-ready leads rather than letting them go cold.

    Why Nurture Leads?

    73 % of sales leads are not sales-ready when they enter the top of the funnel but 65% of B2B marketers have not established lead nurturing campaigns. This leaves a lot of room for those leads to go cold over time. These leads aren’t ready to purchase just yet. But don’t forget that there’s a huge opportunity to create a relationship with potential future customers. Remember, they became a lead for a reason and saw inherent value in something you offered. Creating and nurturing long lasting relationships with these leads can help establish trust and loyalty for your organization. Additionally, you can ensure that these contacts are clean and up-to-date by engaging with them as part of a B2B nurture campaign.

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