Lead Generation: fueling the Revenue Engine

| October 24, 2016

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The marketing funnel – the model that represents how leads become sales – has changed. It’s far more sophisticated than it once was, with more lead sources, paths through the funnel, and metrics to track it all. While marketers do much more than just manage the funnel, when it comes to its relationship with sales, the focus is generally about delivering enough qualified leads to keep the revenue engine going. Almost every organization has a lead generation process (just 11 percent in this study claimed not to have one), but excellence in lead generation is hard to come by, with just nine percent of this study’s participants reporting that their process is highly effective. The process is in the critical path to revenue, accounting for a significant chunk of budget money and marketing resource. The performance of the lead generation process is also quite often the greatest point of friction between the sales and marketing team. For most organizations, there is clearly room for improvement.

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