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Lead Generation for the Complex Sale: Boost the Quality and Quantity of Leads to Increase Your ROI Hardcover – June 7, 2006
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With the complex sale emerging as the norm in todays business-to-business environment, its more challenging than ever to keep a consistent stream of qualified leads in your sales pipeline. Youve probably lost critical hours by relying on outdated methods or spinning your wheels looking for new tactics to push the sales needle forward.
Lead Generation for the Complex Sale arms you with a sophisticated multimodal approach to generating highly profitable leads. Brian Carroll, CEO of InTouch Incorporated and expert in lead generation solutions, reveals key strategies that you can implement immediately to win new customers, accelerate growth, and improve your sales performance.
You'll start by defining your ideal leads and targeting your ideal customer. Then, you'll construct your lead generation plan, a crucial step to staying ahead of your competition long-term. To help you put your plan into action, Carroll guides you step by step to:
- Align sales and marketing efforts to optimize the number of leads
- Use multiple lead generation vehicles, including e-mail, referrals, public relations, speaking events, webinars, and more
- Create value for the prospective customer throughout the buying process
- Manage a large group of leads without feeling overwhelmed
- Identify and prioritize your best prospects
- Increase the percentage of leads who become profitable customers
- Avoid lulls in the sales cycle
- How to increases the percentage of leads who become profitable customers
- Know how to identify and prioritize your best prospects
- Ready yourself for what's next new and promising tactics
With Lead Generation for the Complex Sale you'll learn how to target prospects early in the buying process and make the most efficient use of sales productivity and marketing resources. Plus, youll pursue and capture future opportunities for viable leads.
In a business environment where your competition is growing and your budget is inevitably shrinking, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale gives you the power to drive a fast, optimal return on your investment and keep a steady stream of new customers coming your way.
From the Back Cover
KEEP LEADS FLOWING THROUGH YOUR SALES PIPELINE!
“Leads are the lifeblood of selling. This book is the lifeblood of lead generation.”-Jeffrey J. Fox, bestselling author of Secrets of Great Rainmakers
“If you can't generate a solid flow of good leads, your sales force-and your company-will fail. In this book you'll find practical and useful tools for building your sales and marketing efforts into a powerful system to generate high-quality leads.”-Neil Rackham, author of SPIN Selling
“Read this book and take the complexities out of your lead gen activities!”-Anthony Parinello, author, .Getting to VITO, the Very Important Top Officer
“Carroll provides many ideas and lists to help companies improve, manage, and measure their lead generation performance. He does an excellent job of describing the use of the major contact tools for lead generation and nurturing.”-Philip Kotler, Ph.D., S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University
Master the Three Key Elements to Generating Leads
- Closed-loop feedback-Produces information from the sales force that can be converted to actionable tactics
- An integrated database-Crucial for an accurate picture of return on marketing investment
- Open dialogue-Good lead generation identifies, initiates, and nurtures relationships with the right people
More About the Author
Executive Director of Applied Research
Brian Carroll is Executive Director of Applied Research at MECLABS and founder of InTouch, part of the MECLABS Group. Author of the bestseller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale (McGraw-Hill), Brian is a leading expert in lead generation and he's profiled and regularly quoted in numerous publications.
Brian also speaks to 20,000 people a year on improving sales effectiveness and lead generation strategies. He's been profiled and regularly quoted in numerous publications such as BtoB Magazine, Selling Power, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Target Marketing, Inc. magazine, Marketing News, DM News, MarketingProfs, MarketingSherpa, Software CEO and CMO Magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is all too familiar. Marketing points the finger at sales. Sales blames marketing. And in the process, the problem continues to escalate. So what happens? Executive management gets involved. And they either start scrutinizing every marketing dollar -- or worse yet, cut the marketing budget. No one wins.
As Brian Carroll points out, the only way to break this destructive cycle is to take a more holistic approach to lead generation. An approach that starts with mutually defining (by both sales, marketing and other stakeholders) what makes a lead "sales-ready." Only then can a company develop and execute a truly effective, multi-modal approach to lead generation. And only then can a company start seeing exponentially better results without a commensurate increase in effort, complexity or budget.
I've been in both sides of the fence: sales and marketing. The problem with many books on this topic is that they tend to be out of touch with the full nature of the problem. They're either written by a marketer with little street-level sales experience, or a salesperson with a poor understanding of the marketing function. Or even worse, an academic who's never been out there -- taking a beating and feeling the pressure every day.
Not so with Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Brian Carroll takes a balanced approach to a pressing problem. He breaks it down into actionable steps any B2B organization with a complex sale can profit from.
It's full of real-world, practical information that works. And it's written by a guy who eats his own medicine every day.
Buy this book. Better yet, read it and apply the ideas. The results will surprise you.
Build an ideal customer profile
Talk to your best customers
Build your personal prospecting engine
Develop a lead generation calendar
Act like a good financial manager
Define your goals for lead generation
Develop a lead nurturing plan
Develop and maintain your own database
What Carroll provides in this book is a comprehensive, cohesive, and cost-effective program to initiate and then sustain lead generation for the complex sale.Read more ›
I'll highlight three of Brian's contributions which I most appreciated:
* Universal lead definition - bring sales and marketing leaders together to agree on criteria for a "sales ready" lead then hold both accountable for execution.
* Multi-modal - build a portfolio of different approaches (e.g. email, web, phone calls, PR, events, direct mail, referrals, etc.) so you have a steady stream of actionable leads.
* Lead nurturing - engage prospects with relevant, timely, and enticing information from the first point of contact to contract. It's about conversations not campaigns.
If you take these three concepts (and more) that Brian talks about, you'll have a lead generation machine in place that will produce far better results from your sales and marketing efforts.
President, Pacifica Group
The author lays out a process for creating an in-house lead generation system. The book shares business metrics, skills such as profiling and evaluating prospects, and creating truly relevant drip-nurturing campaigns that position yourself with the client. Salespeople can be dramatically helped by reading this book and taking the initiative to implement these process--as opposed to complaining why marketing or management is not already doing this for them.
I have reccomended this book countless times to others and will continue to do so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lead Generation for the complex sale is alright. It contains some solid information, that should be common sense to any business, however the majority of their advice is dated,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chloe
I recommend this book to anyone engaged in a complex sales process, anyone starting a call center, and anyone looking for nuts and bolts actionable plans and materials for selling... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Roland Frasier
I found this book so repetitive that much felt like filler. It also glosses over the entire topic. I was expecting a detailed explanation of the lead generation process, from... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Maria
As a former marketing consultant and current Internet marketing manager who does a lot of web site work, I can definitely say that Brian Carroll has written a masterpiece. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Mark Harmon
This book is a valuable read if you have teams of people working in marketing and sales. Not so much for the entrepreneur who does her own marketing and sales, but it gives me... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by MBS
Wholesale Distributors are the logical channel to market for thousands of knowledge-based products. If you assist your customers in the application, design or set-up of the... Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Frank E. Hurtte
It's fairly good book, though personally I liked more:
Managing Sales Leads: Turning Cold Prospects into Hot Customers by James Obermayer (Hardcover - Jan 5, 2007)... Read more
I couldn't get into this book. This would probably be a good book for a management team or some over quantified bean counter but for the average producer it gets in the way of just... Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Dunzo
This book does a great job of covering an important topic that few companies in the business to business space get. Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by Jeffrey Ogden