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Time and Timing in Lead Generation, Part 4: Getting Your Act Together

Imagine you’ve been tasked with selecting a supplier for a custom manufacturing project. You’ve been involved with the design from the start and, despite some lingering questions about the part’s geometry, you’re heavily invested in a good outcome so you can bring an innovative product to market quickly.

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Timing in Lead Generation Part 3: Inbound Alone is Like Having One Gear

In part two of this series we looked at outbound activities and the time it takes to create, train, and deploy a consistent outreach campaign. It’s not as easy as picking up the phone and closing a deal. It seems simple enough- but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it successfully. The world of sales and marketing – inbound (pulling prospects to you via digital strategies) and outbound (reaching out to engage new opportunities) -- is complex and as a result requires planning and patience. These two activities are interdependent. Consider how gears in synch run smoothly while gears with broken teeth grind and choke. Our two gears, inbound and outbound, need to be tooled well and working in concert. This blog takes a deeper dive into inbound.

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Time and Timing in Lead Generation, Part 2: Time Challenges

In part one of this series we looked at the time it takes to generate leads and how outbound and inbound methods complement each other in this process. But coordinating multiple marketing channels is resource-intensive to implement. If your sales and marketing teams are stretched (whose aren’t these days?), it might seem best to you, or your management team, to focus on traditional outbound marketing. But you know it’s not as easy as picking up the phone and closing a deal.

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Time and Timing in Lead Generation Part 1: You Gotta Nurture

No matter how long you’ve been in manufacturing, you’re acutely aware that timing is everything these days. You’ve invested in a facility and production lines carefully designed for flexibility and maximum output in the least amount of time. Maybe you’re thinking it would be nice to have the same kind of control when it comes to lead generation: plan the process, hit the quota. But- it doesn’t quite work like that.

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Understanding the Buyer's Journey: A Simple Guide to Lead Generation

Ah, lead generation. A constant battle and love-hate relationship. You win some and you lose some. If you’re facing challenges generating leads, the good news is that you are not alone. In fact, many companies are facing these common challenges:

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Is Your Client-Facing Team Looking in the Same Direction?

A client-facing team (CFT) includes anyone in your organization who has some level of interaction with your clients and prospects. In most organizations the team spans departments: marketing, inside sales, outsides sales, customer service, and depending on your internal structure, quoting.

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Don’t Just Search, Enable Sales with Online Databases

Business is about building relationships between companies, but at some point you won’t know who else is out there to build a relationship with. If you’re in a niche market, introducing a new product, or targeting a new customer base, it takes time to identify new prospects, let alone get in touch and have a fruitful conversation.

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Leaky pipeline? Try a different approach to fix the real problem

Most homeowners know there’s more than one way to fix a problem. Some ways are better than others, especially when you ask yourself if you’re treating the real problem or just the symptoms. If you’ve ever lived with a leaky ceiling, you get it. A well-placed bucket saves the carpet during a storm but doesn’t stop the leak next time. The real problem, replacing the roof, is a major undertaking – lots of time and money, and lots of room for unexpected discoveries. But it solves the real problem. And when the carpet stays dry in the next storm, you’ll know the disruption was worth it.

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How Interns Can Enhance Your Team

Interns can be a great addition to a team if they are leveraged in the right way.  They can bring new perspective, fill existing gaps on your team, and expand skills you didn't know you needed.  Let's talk about how to get the peak performance out of your interns. 

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Pinpoint Your Ideal Client to Build a Plan that Works

How many of you know who your ideal clients are? You might be thinking, “Of course I do! I completely understand my ideal clients.” But can you describe in clear detail exactly who these ideal clients (sometimes called buyer personas) are, what they want and need, what makes them tick? You might be surprised to learn that only 44% of B2B marketers use buyer personas. In fact, in my experience in the manufacturing and industrial space, while most companies have an idea, many have not developed a complete picture of their ideal customer.

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