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The Ultimate Guide to Scoring Sales Leads

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How to Grade Your Leads

Automatically Score and Grade Your Leads

This is an easy way to boost the efficiency and Effectiveness of your marketing.

For most B2B marketers, they are over worked and ill staffed. However, in spite of limited resources, by scoring and grading your leads, you can help marketers do more with a limited resources leading to increased sales, hence allowing the marketing department allocate time and resources to other areas of interest. This article analyses how this works.

Grading Your Lead

When inbound leads are graded, it ensures that customers are matched with the ideal sales rep. This ensures efficiency of the entire process. With automated solutions for marketing, leads can be graded automatically based on the following factors.

Department
What is the relationship between the lead and the department of the product? There is no point selling a product from marketing to someone in IT.

Title
Your lead should be in a position to influence the decision making process. There would be no need discussing with an intern.

Size Of Company
For those who are focused on SMB market or on enterprises, make sure that your focus is on the market with the right size.

Revenue
For results, focus market should be companies that meet your ideal size and revenue as stipulated in the requirements.

Location
If leads are prioritized based on demographics, leads can be scored based on their location.

Industry
It is important to ensure that leads are in industries that are the target of your product and services as this would generate interest.

Scoring Your Leads

Even with an optimal grading system, leads can still look identical so the question arises, how do you score your leads? When leads are scored based on their buying tendencies, this can help access their interest more objectively. This enables you prioritize them with ease and go for leads with the highest potential. Here are some pointers based on how leads should be prioritized.

Page Views
When a lead views the pricing page, it is an indication that that lead is ready for purchasing.

Site Search
From the search of your leads on your site, you can know of their priorities and interests.

Downloads
The current stage of a buying cycle can be determined through the specific downloads of a lead.

Email Opens
A slight indicator of a buying interest from a lead can be an email.

Email Clicks
Click through of emails can serve as a good interest indicator from a lead.

Searches
Through their searches, you can ascertain their priorities.

Landing Pages
Topics that are of priority to your leads can be determined through the landing pages that they visit.

Webinars
The main interest of leads can be determined through the webinars that they attend.

• Link Clicks: The point a lead is in a buying cycle can be determined through the links the lead clicks.
• Videos: Through the videos viewed by leads, the interest and buying stage of the lead can be ascertained.

Make Informed Decisions

Based on the data collected from the findings above, sales reps can make informed decisions with respect to how to deal with a lead. For leads who have reached a certain score, they can be assigned a sales rep, for those who are not ready to make purchase, they can be nurtured while sales reps are alerted with respect to any change in signal from potential clients.

Assign
Once leads reach a certain score, they should be automatically assigned to a sales representative. Leads can be assigned based on territories as this allows for a timely distribution of leads as soon as leads are sales ready.

Alert
By setting up real time sales, the entire team can remain in the loop. By this, sales reps can prioritize their time, concentrating their efforts on what matters the most.

Nurture
For leads that have not attained a score to be contacted by a sales person, they can be assigned to a nurturing campaign. This aims to slowly feed the lead with information based on a time table or an observed behavior till they are ready to make purchase.

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Brandon Gaille is one of the top marketing and business growth experts in the nation. Every month over 200,000 people visit his small business marketing blog, BrandonGaille.com. Brandon has founded 5 multi-million dollar companies over the past two decades. He is currently is the CEO of ByReputation, which is an internet marketing firm specializing in social media, SEO, and content marketing.