April 19

Ten ways to Better Manage Sales Leads

Lead Management

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Most marketers believe that generating more sales leads is the key to hitting their revenue targets.  That’s not always true.  In fact, most companies need to do a better job managing the leads they already have.

Effective lead management is the key to building a solid sales pipeline.  Why add gasoline (more leads) to a fire (poor lead management) that may only consume your budget and leave you with a pile of smoldering ashes (wasted opportunities)?

I read a good article, “10 Ways to Better Manage Sales Leads,” in Entrepreneur.com.  Greg Anderson, contributing writer, provides some helpful tips on how to optimize your lead management process.

Here’s my short summary:

  1. Create a universal lead definition
  2. Leverage your CRM to manage your process
  3. Track the source of each lead
  4. Distribute leads rapidly
  5. Use lead nurturing
  6. Pump up your sales team to follow-up on each lead promptly
  7. Refine each lead with additional info to help the sales team sell
  8. Treat leads like customers
  9. What gets measured gets done.  Measure what is important.
  10. Close-the-loop with your sales team regularly

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How to ensure every single lead is followed up on

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About the author 

Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll is the CEO and founder of markempa, helping companies to convert more customers with empathy-based marketing. He is the author of the bestseller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale and founded B2B Lead Roundtable LinkedIn Group with 20,301+ members.

  1. Bill’s right, you are handsome! You have a book coming out? I hope its fresh… most sales books recycle the same material.

  2. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

    1. Hello Warren,
      Thank you for your comment! The theme we use is a free theme now– you can download here: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/inove. I will caution you that it may require some initial work in order for it to work with the latest versions of WordPress and plugins.

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