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Optimize Lead Generation With Lead Scoring

In today’s competitive environment, optimizing Sales’ resources by giving them qualified leads is key to B2B marketing success.

  • Prospective buyer traffic into digital marketing platforms has exploded.
  • Many freemium/low-cost digital marketing platforms lack lead scoring and nurturing functionality.
  • As a result, the volume of unqualified leads being delivered to outbound sellers has increased dramatically.
  • This has reduced sales productivity, frustrated prospective buyers, and raised the costs of lead generation.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Lead scoring is a must-have capability for high-tech marketers.
  • Without lead scoring, marketers will see increased costs of lead generation and decreased SQL-to-opportunity conversion rates.
  • Lead scoring increases sales productivity and shortens sales cycles.

Impact and Result

  • Align Marketing, Sales, and Inside Sales on your ideal customer profile.
  • Re-evaluate the assets and activities that compose your current lead generation engine.
  • Develop a documented methodology to ignore, nurture, or contact right away the leads in your marketing pipeline.
  • Deliver more qualified leads to sellers, raising sales productivity and marketing/lead-gen ROI.

Optimize Lead Generation With Lead Scoring

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should optimize lead generation with lead scoring, review SoftwareReviews Advisory’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Drive aligned vision for lead scoring

Outline your plan, form your team, and plan marketing tech stack support.

2. Build and test your lead scoring model

Set lead flow thresholds, define your ideal customer profile and lead generation engine components, and weight, score, test, and refine them.

3. Apply your model to marketing apps and go live with better qualified leads

Apply your lead scoring model to your lead management app, test it, validate the results with sellers, apply advanced methods, and refine.


Onsite Workshop: Optimize Lead Generation With Lead Scoring

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Module 1: Drive Aligned Vision for Lead Scoring

The Purpose

  • Drive an aligned vision for lead scoring.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Attain an aligned vision for lead scoring.
  • Identify the steering committee and project team and clarify their roles and responsibilities.
  • Provide your team with an understanding of how leads score through the marketing funnel.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Outline a vision for lead scoring.

1.2

Identify steering committee and project team members.

  • Steering committee and project team make-up
1.3

Assess your tech stack for lead scoring and seek advice from Info-Tech analysts to modernize where needed.

  • Direction on tech stack to support lead generation
1.4

Align on marketing pipeline terminology.

  • Marketing pipeline definitions alignment

Module 2: Buyer Journey and Lead Generation Engine Mapping

The Purpose

  • Define the buyer journey and map the lead generation engine.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Align the vision for your target buyer and their buying journey.
  • Identify the assets and activities that need to compose your lead generation engine.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Establish a buyer persona.

  • Buyer persona
2.2

Map your buyer journey.

  • Buyer journey map
2.3

Document the activities and assets of your lead generation engine.

  • Lead gen engine assets and activities documented

Module 3: Build and Test Your Lead Scoring Model

The Purpose

  • Build and test your lead scoring model.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gain team alignment on how leads score and, most importantly, what constitutes a sales-accepted lead.
  • Develop a scoring model from which future iterations can be tested.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Understand the Lead Scoring Grid and set your thresholds.

  • Lead scoring thresholds
3.2

Identify your ideal customer profile, attributes, and subattribute weightings – run tests.

  • Ideal customer profile, weightings, and tested scores
  • Test profile scoring

Module 4: Align on Engagement Attributes

The Purpose

  • Align on engagement attributes.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Develop a scoring model from which future iterations can be tested.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Weight the attributes of your lead generation engagement model and run tests.

4.2

Apply weightings to activities and assets.

  • Engagement attributes and weightings tested and complete
4.3

Test engagement and profile scenarios together and make any adjustments to weightings or thresholds.

  • Final lead scoring model

Module 5: Apply Model to Your Tech Platform

The Purpose

  • Apply the model to your tech platform.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Deliver better qualified leads to Sales.

Activities

Outputs

5.1

Apply model to your marketing management/campaign management software and test the quality of sales-accepted leads in the hands of sellers.

  • Model applied to software
5.2

Measure overall lead flow and conversion rates through your marketing pipeline.

  • Better qualified leads in the hands of sellers
5.3

Apply lead nurturing and other advanced methods.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Drive an aligned vision for lead scoring
  • Call #1 - Collaborate on vision for lead scoring and the overall project.
  • Call #2 - Identify the steering committee and the rest of the team.
  • Call #3 - Discuss app/tech stack support for lead scoring. Understand key marketing pipeline terminology and the buyer journey.
  • Call #4 - Discuss your ICP, apply weightings, and run test scenarios.

Guided Implementation #2 - Build and test your lead scoring model
  • Call #1 - Discuss and record lead generation engine components.
  • Call #2 - Understand the Lead Scoring Grid and set thresholds for your model.
  • Call #3 - Identify your ICP, apply weightings to attributes, and run tests.

Guided Implementation #3 - Apply your model to marketing apps and go-live with better qualified leads
  • Call #1 - Weight the attributes of engagement activities and run tests. Review the application of the scoring model on lead management software.
  • Call #2 - Test quality of sales-accepted leads in the hands of sellers. Measure lead flow and conversion rates through your marketing pipeline.
  • Call #3 - Review progress and discuss nurturing and other advanced topics.

Author(s)

Jeff Golterman

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