Category Archives: Lead Generation

Data Decay: Is Your B2B Database Full of Rotten Apples? [infographic]

Data decay happens naturally because of how often people change jobs or titles, companies go out of business, and mergers occur. Because of this, many organizations are working with a B2B database that is cluttered with outdated, invalid, or incomplete contacts. Dirty data impacts all areas of an organization, including marketing, lead generation, customer relationships, and finance.

The experts at ZoomInfo put together an infographic outlining data decay’s costly impact. Here are some statistics for you to pay attention to:

  • 62% of organizations rely on marketing and prospect data that’s up to 40% inaccurate
  • Up to 25% of B2B database contacts contain critical errors
  • 40% of business objectives fail due to inaccurate data
  • 1-10-100 rule: It costs $1 to verify a record as it’s entered, $10 to scrub and cleanse it later, and $100 if nothing is done

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For the Love of Marketing – A Guide to Date Night [Infographic]

Are you looking for a date this Valentine’s Day or to have the perfect night with your significant other? Need to find a special place for dinner with your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife? It’s simpler than you think. All you need to do is apply your marketing skills and you’ll end up having the best Valentine’s Day to date!

Check out the infographic below to learn more:
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10 Best Sales and Marketing Blog Posts of 2016

sales and marketing blogAlthough 2017 has officially begun, we’re not quite ready to let go of 2016. The ZoomInfo team spent the year creating some truly exceptional pieces of content and we want to share them with you.

This round up contains our most popular sales and marketing blog posts of 2016.  Continue reading for cutting edge tactics, innovative tips, and sales and marketing insights that will set your strategy on the right path for 2017. Read More

How to Enrich Your Marketing Database [Infographic]

enrich marketing databaseYou’ve probably heard people say sales is a team sport. But what about marketing? If you think about it, B2B marketers are a lot like football players (really)! Stick with us here: your goal is to win big, creating effective campaigns that generate leads. But that doesn’t always happen. Maybe your B2B data is outdated, preventing you from getting the first down. Or maybe there’s an interception, as you try – and fail – to pass leads on to sales. Either way, there’s room for significant improvement. Read More

A B2B Sales Rep’s Guide to Meeting with the C-Level

b2b salesEver try to set up a meeting with a senior-level executive? Then you know how tough it is to connect with these busy people who are never in their office, rarely answer their phones, and seldom reply to voicemail or e-mail. To add insult to injury, assistants are trained to protect the C-level from unnecessary interruptions.

Thankfully, B2B sales expert Jill Konrath has solved this problem in her book SNAP Selling: Speed Up Sales and Win More Business with Today’s Frazzled Customers.

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How to Use Social Media for B2B Lead Generation

The success of a B2B organization is often dependent on the quantity and quality of leads it has access to. As a result, sales and marketing professionals are constantly looking for new ways to improve their lead generation strategies. In fact, 68% of B2B marketers rank “generating high-quality leads” as their top priority for this year (source).

Yet, despite the exponential growth of social media in the past five years, B2B companies remain skeptical of its effectiveness as a lead generation tool. If this sounds like you, it’s time to put your reservations aside. Here’s why:

  • Of those who use the internet, 76% of Americans use social media (source)
  • In as little as six hours a week, 66% of marketers see lead generation benefits with social media (source)
  • Social media has a 100% higher lead-to-close rate than outbound marketing (source)
  • Social media lead conversion rates are 13% higher than the average lead conversion rate (source)

Lead generation through social media is quick, cost-effective, and relatively easy to implement. Want to turn your social media presence into a B2B lead generation machine? Check out our top 7 tips below.

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How to Use Social Media for B2B Sales and Marketing

b2b sales and marketingIn a 2010 blog post, ZoomInfo covered the importance of social media in the business world. At the time, LinkedIn only had 64 million users (compared to the 467 million users today), Twitter had just introduced promoted tweets, and Instagram was brand new. Yet, analysts were already predicting the vast influence social media would come to have on B2B sales and marketing.

And they were not wrong.

Fast forward six years and 93% of B2B organizations are active on social media. In fact, the average B2B company is on 6 different social media channels (source).

In today’s post, we answer the same questions we asked six years ago to see how social media has evolved.
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In an Online World, Face-to-Face Interaction is Still Key in B2B Sales

body langaugeThe accessibility of electronic devices and sales solutions has made it easier than ever to reach prospects and execute sales without any face-to-face interaction.

However, one model indicates human communication is comprised of 7% words, 38% paralinguistic (the way that the words are said), and 55% facial expression or body language. Applying this to B2B sales, in-person meetings are still one of the most effective ways to close a deal—regardless of technological advances.

Before you abandon your email and phone strategies, it’s important to note that phone calls and emails are still an essential component of most sales outreach. Here’s our take:

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Lights, Cameras, Action: How to Use Video in B2B Sales and Marketing

With the proliferation of hand-held cameras, everybody and their brother is a director. So naturally, we have migrated from text and images to video in every channel – on every device. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, put it simply, “I think video is a megatrend, almost as big as mobile.” Still not convinced it’s worthwhile? Contently claims that by 2020, 82% of all consumer internet traffic will be video.

Continue reading to learn how you can incorporate video into your B2B sales and marketing programs. Read More

5 Reasons to Cleanse Your Marketing Database

Last week, we covered the 4 Ways Data Quality Could Be Hurting Your Business. Today, we give you 5 more reasons to take the plunge and cleanse your marketing database.

1. Data decays at an alarming rate

According to a 2016 study, 69% of B2B marketers say old or outdated information is their biggest challenge to developing a database strategy (source: ZoomInfo). Read More