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Sales Lead Generation – Exactly WHAT has changed?

You’ve already heard it. You keep hearing. Chances are, you’ll still keep hearing it a couple years from now.

 

A lot has changed in marketing and sales.

 

Not only that, this change has been rapid, chaotic, and it’s tossed out everything else that was taught for the last half of the 20th century.

 

The question is though: What exactly changed? Many people are still asking this even as others are shaky from realizing they need a whole new game plan if they want to save their sales lead generation campaigns.

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Your Double Life and Your Lead Generation Campaign

The idea of having a double life sounds like the worst one you could have as part of a lead generation strategy. Yet, despite this, plenty of sales professionals engage in the behavior regardless. And ironically, nothing makes this easier than the front created by your marketing campaigns.

 

Does this mean that your campaign’s doomed to fall from the curse of bad PR? Think again. Not all double lives are the kind that paint the shadiest scenes of corporate drama. Sometimes just being anything besides a sales rep (or a sales prospect­) is enough to create a different identity that needs knowing better.

 

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Sales Lead Generation Tips – Look Back on How You’ve Grown Up

It’s becoming the rule of thumb that B2B marketers should create marketing content that talks less about your products and your company. Instead, the focus is on delivering relevant information that’s helpful to your readers.

 

It’s almost rebellious to suggest that the rest of your sales lead generation strategy should be about putting your own business on a pedestal. How much worse when it comes to highlighting how much you’ve grown as a company?

 

Here’s the thing: You don’t have to highlight just to look back yourself. Ever had moments of personal reflection, looking back (like say, on your childhood), and then coming out with a new idea? This is it, except you’re applying the ideas to your B2B marketing process.

 

"There you are Peter!"

If you’ve ever watched Hook, a story about a grown-up Peter Pan, you’ll understand what it means to look back on your childhood. You can be surprised at the amount of insight you’ll get when you pause and look back on how far your business has gone. A few examples include:

 

  • What changed – The change could’ve been bad or good but it was ultimately still change. New products had to be made or innovations were just badly warranted at a certain point in time. These changes represent the experience you’ve had in your industry and now you can share that experience to your own prospects and customers.

 

  • What was forgotten – This might sound a little bit cliché but sometimes your current marketing problems could’ve resulted from forgetting something important. Whether it was something as typical as your company vision or simply an old strategy you used to employ, sometimes looking back helps you remember old solutions that you haven’t tried in a while.

 

  • What was missed – Perhaps you noticed something back then that didn’t seem such a big deal at the time. It may have been the sign to a local business or an annual business convention that you didn’t feel was worth attending. A bit of retrospect can go a long way when you can’t get any ideas at the present but get new ideas when you put the past in a different perspective.

 

  • What you’ve taken with you – Sometimes instead of changing something, you realize that you’ve been doing something that carried on even after you’ve gone past the startup phase. The only thing you need to do know is generate more attention to it and how this something can be of great value to also your prospects.

 

You might be wondering, won’t these ideas apply to everything else outside of marketing? Yes they can! That’s all the more reason to apply them. Remembering history prevents us from repeating it. Remembering your childhood helps you grow up.

Lead Generation Tips – Timing Like TV

Content and online marketing have always been hailed as the new force that’s driving today’s B2B marketing and lead generation. This is often believed to be the result of the internet giving consumers more control on what they get, when they want to get it, and where to find it.

 

It’s like in the case of online television and real television. Nobody has to worry about missing a show anymore. You just stream online or better yet download it. You can see this happening with companies like Netflix capitalizing more on their own, original content much like in other online media industries already established by webcomics and celebrity YouTubers.

 

But while customers are all free to receive the content whenever they want, it doesn’t mean you’re also free to produce it out just as freely. The internet has not eliminated the need for a schedule in your overall lead generation strategy.

 

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Lead Generation Tips – Using Merchandising and Endorsements

No doubt you’ve already read up quite a bit on what merchandising and endorsement deals are. Still, aren’t these things a little out of place in a professionalized process like B2B lead generation? You might think that but the underlying concepts of both can be applied. Better still, you might already be applying them but just aren’t aware of it.

 

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