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ALSO CALLED: IT Lead Generation, IT Leads Generation, Sales Lead Generation, Sales Leads
DEFINITION: A lead, in a marketing context, is a potential sales contact: an individual or organization that expresses an interest in your goods or services. Leads are typically obtained through the referral of an existing customer, or through a direct response to advertising/publicity. A company's marketing department is typically responsible for lead generation. Pursuing and closing leads normally falls to the  … 
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Sales Intelligence: Best-in-Class Strategies
sponsored by Salesforce - Data.com
WHITE PAPER: This survey-based research examines how sales organizations leverage customer data to improve sales effectiveness.
Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Aug 2013

Salesforce - Data.com

ROI Case Study: Boost Sales, Manage Customer Data
sponsored by Salesforce - Data.com
CASE STUDY: The Bottom Line: Nucleus Research looked at the solution costs, revenue gains and productivity improvements to quantify the return on Tableau's investment in its deployment of Salesforce Data.com. Download the case study for all the details.
Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | Published: 28 Feb 2014

Salesforce - Data.com

ROI Case Study: Kelly Services Drives Marketing Success
sponsored by Salesforce - Data.com
CASE STUDY: In 2011 Kelly Services launched a direct marketing campaign to drive more face-to-face meetings with prospective customers in specific business segments, and Data.com delivered.  Read the Nucleus Research white paper, "ROI Case Study: Salesforce Data.com & Kelly Services", and learn the details of the significant results that were realized.
Posted: 18 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Salesforce - Data.com

Analyst Report: The Evolving Sales Pipeline
sponsored by Salesforce - Data.com
WHITE PAPER: CSO Insights, a sales and marketing effectiveness research firm, partnered with Salesforce Data.com to research common challenges and best practices related to improving the quality of sales pipeline. Download to learn more about the results from CSO Insights research.
Posted: 17 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Salesforce - Data.com

5 Ways to Improve Sales Performance
sponsored by Salesforce - Data.com
EBOOK: This eBook from Data.com and LinkedIn Sales Solutions - "5 Ways to Improve Outbound Sales Performance" - includes great methods to gain higher quality sales leads, using an approach designed to help you go from being a seller to a trusted advisor.
Posted: 17 Apr 2014 | Published: 17 Apr 2014

Salesforce - Data.com

Social Media for Lead Generation
sponsored by Act On
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper shows you how to use social media to support your lead generation efforts, and serves as a blueprint for marketers who want to know the specific steps required to create lead gen campaigns that are promoted via social media.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 | Published: 16 Apr 2014

Act On

Best Practices For Setting Up a Lead Nurturing Program
sponsored by Act On
WHITE PAPER: In this report, Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing and his fellow thought leaders demystify lead nurturing, offering best practices that you can follow when developing your own winning program.
Posted: 11 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Act On

Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy
sponsored by Act On
WHITE PAPER: Comprehensive lead management strategies have been developed to maximize lead value and bring order and efficiency to the top of the marketing funnel. When well-executed, lead management strategies can produce significant savings, reduce time spent in the funnel, and bring sales and marketing into closer concert.
Posted: 11 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Act On

6 Best Practices for Creating a Content Marketing Strategy
sponsored by Act On
WHITE PAPER: A content marketing strategy doesn't create itself. It's the result of clear intention, careful planning, and focused execution. These six best practices can help you develop and deploy effective strategies for content marketing across all channels and buying cycles.
Posted: 08 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Act On

Tips for Sales Success: A Step-by-Step Guide
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Selling your product or service isn't always easy, no matter how great it may be. Sales reps need the right knowledge, skillset, and attitude to make a sale -- does your team make the cut?
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 06 Mar 2014

Salesforce

The Four Pillars of End-to-End Sales
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: Many people think of used car salesmen or cold calling when it comes to sales -- but the modern sales rep knows it's more than transaction-based. Smart selling today is all about relationships, and in the age of the empowered customer, sales and clients must work together to receive mutual benefits.
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Salesforce

How to Rock Your Qualify Prospects Sales Goals
sponsored by Salesforce
WHITE PAPER: "That old way of qualifying is over," says Jeffrey Gitomer, best-selling author of The Sales Bible and The Little Red Book of Selling. So how exactly do you qualify in the age of the empowered customer, without feeling like a used car salesman?
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 06 Mar 2014

Salesforce

Unlock the 6 Secrets to Social Success
sponsored by Jive Software
WHITE PAPER: Uncover the top six secrets to social success and receive help implementing and/or adjusting your framework for the addition of social. Also view in-depth key actions you should take and questions you must answer to ensure your social strategy is a beneficial one.
Posted: 25 Jul 2013 | Published: 25 Jul 2013

Jive Software

Create a Referral Program to Grow Your IT Business
sponsored by ConnectWise
WHITE PAPER: The primary mode of growth for most technology provider businesses is by good, old word of mouth.  Yet, many businesses have not established an official referral program to capture as many referrals as possible.  Check out this guide to find the proven best strategies for creating the perfect referral program for your business.
Posted: 16 Jul 2013 | Published: 16 Jul 2013

ConnectWise

The Future of Lead Management: A Step-by-Step Guide
sponsored by LeadLife Solutions
WHITE PAPER: In this insightful resource, explore how to adapt your marketing and sales processes in order to meet the needs of the modern buyer and learn the three most important changes you need to make to increase marketing and sales effectiveness.
Posted: 11 Jul 2013 | Published: 11 Jul 2013

LeadLife Solutions

A Quicker, Simpler Path to Lead Management ROI
sponsored by LeadLife Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Sales organizations are looking to improve lead management, but it's not always easy with constrained budgets, time, and resources. Check out this helpful resource to explore how to design a realistic path to improved lead management so that you can start seeing ROI immediately.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2010

LeadLife Solutions

11 Steps to Successful Lead Nuturing
sponsored by LeadLife Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Access this insightful resource to discover the 11 steps to a successful lead nurturing program, so that you can maximize sales opportunities and build better customer relationships.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | Published: 10 Jul 2013

LeadLife Solutions

7 Steps to Improve Your Conversion Rates Now: The Do’s and Don’ts of Lead Nurturing & Lead Management
sponsored by LeadLife Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Discover best practices to identify your most likely buyers as well as the automated tools you need to accelerate projects throughout the entire buying cycle. Also, learn the seven steps you can take to improve lead progression rates and avoid stalling late in the sales cycle.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | Published: 10 Jul 2013

LeadLife Solutions

Are You Ready for Marketing Automation?
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: Marketing automation offers many benefits to an organization, but it also requires a certain degree of readiness. Take a look at this checklist to determine if your company is ready to use marketing automation by evaluating your marketing initiatives in 10 key areas.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | Published: 27 Jun 2013

Marketo

Using Marketing Automation to Increase Your ROI on CRM
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: Many CRM systems lack an effective way to manage leads - that's where marketing automation comes in. In this resource, explore the benefits of a marketing automation tool, and learn how implementing marketing automation can increase your ROI on your CRM system.
Posted: 27 Jun 2013 | Published: 27 Jun 2013

Marketo

Innovative Strategies for Improving Web Conversions
sponsored by Demandbase
EGUIDE: This E-guide will explain the costs and new tactics for marrying your business's marketing and sales goals without sacrificing either's needs. Learn more about salvaging conversisions and data quality now.
Posted: 11 Nov 2011 | Published: 11 Nov 2011

Demandbase

Increase Visitor Engagement While Reducing Form Abandonment
sponsored by Demandbase
CASE STUDY: Forms are essential to marketing for gathering valuable customer information but sometimes it can be an obstacle course to get to the form which deters customers or the form is an obstacle because the website wasn't intriguing enough to desire more information. Read this white paper to gain insight on how Hexaware marketing overcame these issues.
Posted: 11 Nov 2011 | Published: 11 Nov 2011

Demandbase

The Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: The goal of this guide is to arm B2B marketers with the ultimate resource for lead nurturing, whether you’re just starting to think about lead nurturing in your business or are looking for ways to enhance and optimize your existing programs. Read this definitive guide to learn more.
Posted: 12 Nov 2010 | Published: 12 Nov 2010

Marketo

eBook: Building a Business Case for Social CRM and Customer Communities
sponsored by Sirius Computer Solutions
EBOOK: Learn how to build a business case for social media outlets affecting customer relations and customer communities including Facebook and Twitter, as well as what social media means for CRM, best practices for managing online customer communities, and expert advice on implementing social media programs successfully.
Posted: 16 Jun 2010 | Published: 16 Jun 2010

Sirius Computer Solutions

Three Key Steps to B2B Marketing Optimization
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: In B2B marketing, small changes can mean big differences to the success of marketing programs.  But just because you met the plan goals does not mean the program was as successful as it could have been. The secret to getting the most out of your campaigns is to optimize continually - pre-click, post-click, and post-conversion.
Posted: 28 Apr 2010 | Published: 28 Apr 2010

Marketo
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LEAD GENERATION DEFINITION (continued): …  company's sales department. For example, a vendor will display their wares at an industry trade show, hoping to attract the attention of qualified buyers attending the exhibit. Each inquiry for more vendor information would be a "lead," which might subsequently be developed into a sale.A company's lead generation efforts and its approach to dealing with leads can significantly impact its success in the marketplace. To that end, most organizations try to establish effective practices involving:lead generators: any marketing-related activity intended to publicize the availability of a … 
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