Social selling is more than just a buzzword – it’s a strategy that your sales team can use to increase productivity and generate more qualified leads. In fact, when sales people utilize social media, they can educate and interact with their prospects at different stages of the buying process.
Account based marketing (ABM) is the focus of aligning sales and marketing efforts on the accounts most likely to generate revenue or meet other strategic goals. The process is an approach to qualifying and targeting leads before you market to them.
Use these 3 steps to build an account based marketing strategy:
Generate More of the Right Leads
One of the biggest challenges B2B marketers face is lead generation. Without leads, a company wouldn’t exist. Leads eventually turn to sales, resulting in boosted revenue and growth. Additionally, you need to make sure you’re targeting the right people and generating quality leads. So, where do you start?
An effective sales process is the key to increasing revenue and growing your company. But what makes the sales process effective?
Lying deep within the thousands of contact records in your CRM and marketing automation are treasure troves of data on the people who interact with your brand, and more importantly those who buy. This data can help you generate more leads, shorten the sales cycle, and increase revenue.
In order to run successful campaigns, you need to make sure you’re not making non-data driven (“guessing”) decisions. If you’re making data-driven decisions, it’s important that your data is complete and accurate.
Lead generation content is quality, targeted content, such as blog posts, emails, whitepapers, eBooks, videos, case studies, and infographics, used to do what else? Generate leads! According to the B2B Content Marketing 2014 Benchmark Report, 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing and 74% of marketers cited lead generation as their goal for content marketing. But in order to generate leads, your content needs to be seen. So how are organizations promoting their B2B lead generation content effectively? Check out the different ways below.
8 Ways to Promote Your B2B Lead Generation Content:
Sales and marketing campaigns and tactics are often implemented based around the most popular statistics. The statistics below emphasize the importance of sales and marketing alignment, identifying your buyer personas, segmenting your contacts, personalizing your messaging, lead nurturing programs, and having deeper insights available on leads in order to hold educated conversations.
Here are the top 15 B2B sales, marketing, and lead generation statistics you should pay attention to:
Grow Your Marketing Database
Marketing databases decay rapidly because of how often people change jobs or titles, companies go out of business, or mergers occur. In fact, up to 25% of most B2B database contacts contain critical errors and 62% of organizations rely on marketing and prospect data that’s up to 40% inaccurate (source: Data Decay: Is Your Database Full of Rotten Apples? [infographic]).
As a marketer, it’s your job to generate leads and continue to grow your marketing database. If you don’t already have a strategy in place, here are some you can implement.