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Enhance Lead Generation Process with Lead Scoring


As opposed to traditional marketing where the marketing reach was from the company to the customer, SEO is an inbound marketing technique that aids marketers to be found by prospects. The primary work of a search engine is to find relevant results for user-provided search terms. And, lead generation means focusing on activities that drives traffic to website.

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									                   Enhance Lead Generation Process with Lead Scoring

According to Gartner, “By converting segmentation criteria into business rules how leads are rated, or
scored, providers see an immediate boost in lead volume and lead quality.”

Lead scoring is an essential part of the lead generation process. Lead scoring helps measure sales
readiness aspects for potential prospects and assists sales and marketing automation teams across B2B
enterprises in judging their prospects’ stage in the buying lifecycle.

Using robust marketing automation applications, leads can now be automatically scored and prioritized
based on their activity, interest and intent. It helps marketing teams to differentiate between leads that are
sales ready and those that are not. Accordingly they can pass on the sales ready leads to Sales and
focus their efforts on lead nurturing for the others. Also, lead Scoring makes Sales more efficient by
helping them focus on the hottest leads first and get to them with a relevant solution in real time.

Using robust marketing automation software, lead scoring process is easy and simple to execute.

    ● It allows Sales and Marketing teams to define the parameters for a 'good' lead in advance, based
        on which it then classifies all leads.
    ● It monitors every click and keystroke, to understand where the visitors are in their buying cycle
        and which of them are exhibiting key buying indicators.
    ● It determines their identity and quality. This data when accumulated over a period of time and
        when combined with a company level view, becomes a powerful tool in qualifying leads.
    ● Uses of lead scoring tools.
    ● B2B lead scoring tools are widely used by companies as they can now directly gauge the actual
        effectiveness of what is working with their potential clients and what fails to create an impact.
    ● With the help of real time updates, sales reaction time has become faster.
    ● Automated lead scoring techniques employed by enterprises these days come with the additional
        focus on enhanced analysis of prospects.
    ● Scoring analysis helps to nurture leads effectively.

Lead scoring model should use both implicit and explicit behavior of the leads. Explicit information throws
light on the “fit” of a prospect to a product. Explicit scores are primarily based on the information about the
prospect like company size, industry segment, job title or geographic location. Implicit scores are more
realistic and are derived from monitoring the prospect’s online body language like the type of whitepaper
downloads, email activities, number of website visits, webinars, blogs, article, virtual shows etc.
By implementing the right lead scoring model and using a robust marketing automation system B2B
marketing companies can enhance the effectiveness of the lead generation process.

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