Scoring For Better Leads

    October 20, 2006

The biggest mistake made by marketers is to give mere inquiries to a salesperson.

When inquiries are handed off without being methodically qualified, it doesn’t take the sales department long to start viewing all marketing-generated “leads” with skepticism. For this reason, most leads sent from marketing to the sales organization are lost, ignored, or discarded.

Are you currently sending your sales team qualified leads or merely inquiries? There is a difference. An inquiry is an interested party who has requested information and needs some level of assistance. But inquiries are not leads. A lead isn’t a lead until it’s been qualified.

I was happy to participate in a Lead Scoring & Management Roundtable organized by MarketingSherpa. They posed 10 of the toughest questions B-to-B marketers often ask them about qualifying and scoring leads.

MarketingSherpa: Lead Scoring & Management Roundtable Report

Related post: Disciplined Lead Qualification Improves Sales Performance



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Brian Carroll is the CEO of InTouch Inc. InTouch is a 50-person company focused on delivering effective lead generation solutions for “the complex sale.”

Brian authors the very interesting B2B Lead Generation Blog which focuses on B2B lead generation, sales leads, and marketing for the complex sale.