Archive for lead generation

How Often Should I Follow Up with Leads?

As marketing and sales folks, we are always on the look out for the latest and greatest ways to attract more leads. Lead generation is important, but the money to be made from generating leads is in the follow up. Most small business owners and sales people would be better off fixing their follow up […]

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How to Automate Your Follow Up

In the last post I mentioned that capturing leads and following up is the blocking and tackling of marketing. The last post covered capturing leads, so lets talk about following up. We tend to focus on ways to generate new leads (networking, advertising, etc.), but without proper follow up, those activities are a waste of time […]

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Components of a Lead Capture System

In the last post I shared some ideas for creating a compelling lead magnet and the role the lead magnet plays in your overall marketing system. One of the main roles the lead magnet plays is to attract people looking for a specific type of solution and to get them into your marketing hourglass. Doing […]

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Improve Your Marketing – Create a Better Offer

In the last post I shared some general ideas for scoring quick marketing wins in 2014. In the next series of posts  I’d like to offer some specific things you can do to your marketing more effective so you can win more customers and increase your sales in the coming year. Create a Compelling Lead […]

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Start 2014 With a Marketing Win

It’s the start of a new year – how big is your checklist of marketing tasks to accomplish this year? It’s easy to create a long list of things you would like to do. The problem is, once we create our list we often become overwhelmed and paralyzed. Or we get so wrapped up in […]

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Lead Generation – Recycling Cold Leads

Lead generation is a key component of every small business marketing system. It can also be one of your most expensive marketing activities. Re-engaging your cold leads can be an effective way to stretch your lead generation budget. We’ve all had contacts who we thought were “hot leads” or at least interested in our products […]

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How Marketing Automation Saves You Time and Money

Most small businesses have a limited marketing staff. In fact, many small businesses don’t have a marketing person, they have a marketing role, which is filled by someone (often the owner) who also wears several different hats in the business. Because of this, time is a precious resource. This means the marketing role needs to […]

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How to Get More Business From Fewer Leads

Most small business owners and salespeople that I work with are pretty good at closing the deal once they get in front of the right people. What they struggle with is getting in front of enough of the “right people”. In marketingspeak, we refer to the process of attracting the right people as lead generation. […]

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Inbound Marketing Makes Cold Calling Easier

Cold calling is hard work and very few people like to do it. One reason people don’t like it  is that it is hard to get the conversation started – both with the gate keeper and the prospect. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of calling up a stranger and immediately asking for something […]

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Characteristics of Effective Lead Magnets

Creating effective lead magnets, offers that attract leads and get them to submit their contact information, are a staple of modern marketing. Lead magnets go by many names – bait pieces, opt-ins, sign up forms, subscriptions, free trials, etc. No matter what you call them, there are certain fundamentals that will help you increase your […]

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