In the last ten years, it’s has been widely accepted that business buyers don’t want to talk to a sales rep until the situation is ripe for the deal to close. One of the main reasons could be that marketers have seized control for more and more of the lead funnel.  However, previously leads were generated and handed over to the sales by which the job was considered fulfilled.  Today, the sales leads are taken care of by executives wherein they are sustained, instructed, scored, contributed, appended, and qualified before we would dare hand it off to sales.

During the last week of June 2019, a report released by Demand Gen, “2019 B2B Buyers Survey Report,” had a few remarkable findings to reveal:

“Buyers are accelerating the time to engage with sales reps so they can make decisions as quickly – or as slowly – as desired.”

For instance, 43% of the officials analyzed in the report stated that they talked to and involved with reps in the first month, compared to only 33% just 12 months earlier.

Based on the inputs provided by the survey, a broader trend seems imminent, and it could have significant implications on the sales lead for b2b. Here is a list of things that buyers are ready to engage earlier in the process:

Lead Scoring:

Does your lead scoring program thoroughly recognize prospects showing indications of buyer intention? Are visits to high-value pages appropriately tracked? Is the third-party intent data appropriately integrated?  A lead scoring program that is perfectly tuned will assist the motivated buyers in receiving the proper attention. Therefore, it is easy to generate sales lead for b2b with ease.

Sales Alerts:

Does the lead management process alert reps?  If sales are intimated to virtually any sign of interest on the part of a prospect (say, an email click), those alerts quickly become worthless and duly ignored. Reconsider the prevailing system to guarantee that there’s a hierarchy of signals – from emails to assigned tasks – that properly align with different types of prospect behavior.

Gated & Secondary Offers:

Truly exclusive offers are gated to ensure that only qualified buyers can redeem them. Buyers access gated offers through a verification process in which they must provide personal information to redeem the offer. Even in a nurture stream where you already know who the individual is – provides a valuable opportunity to drive additional engagement by serving up what I call “secondary offers.”

Conversational Marketing:

Conversational marketing is a feedback-oriented approach to marketing used by companies to drive engagement, develop customer loyalty, grow the customer base, and, ultimately, grow revenue. The potential for integrating chatbots into the demand generation process will help throw light on Web visitors, and other prospects engage with sales. Going forward, we are likely to see chatbots on thankyou pages, to tap on the more highly motivated candidates, and to connect with them asap.

Related Resources:

How to Generate Sales Qualified Leads?

How to Generate Sales Leads in Your Small Business

What is Lead Generation Marketing and Why is it Important?

Lead Generation Services Drive More Potential Leads for Your Business

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