4 Lead Nurturing Tips to Save Time and Money

January 13, 2021
Contributor: Evgeni Pavlov

Lead nurturing doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. Follow these four tips to nurture sales leads more effectively, and save time and money.

B2B sales and marketing all too often neglect lead management: 15% of B2B organizations don’t include outreach in their marketing and sales process to keep leads warm, according to a Gartner survey (available to Gartner clients). Providing concise, relevant content along the buyer journey can ease purchase jitters and shorten time spent in the sales funnel, according to another Gartner survey on technology buying dynamics (full survey available to Gartner clients).

What is lead management?

An effective lead management process tracks and nurtures leads to develop and strengthen customer relationships and build mutual trust at every stage of the buyers’ purchase journey and sales cycle or funnel.

Efficient lead nurturing guides buyers through the sales process to their purchase decision. Sales closed from nurtured leads tend to have a higher purchase value compared to those closed from non-nurtured leads. I’ve worked with many different types of software companies, all trying to maximize lead generation and close as many leads as quickly as possible. I wanted to share the top four pieces of lead nurturing advice I’ve gathered through that work, to help you more effectively engage and nurture your own prospects throughout their purchase journey.


4 Tips to Build Successful Lead Nurture Tracks

Tip #1: Meet regularly with your sales and marketing teams.

Use meetings to detail and build out ideal buyer personas, lead scoring metrics, and set clear lead nurture track goals. 

Tip #2: Craft content and messaging that follows your buyer’s journey.

Content and messaging should follow your buyer's journey through your sales funnel. Build triggers for certain customer actions — such as calls to action within content or website forms — to guide marketing outreach and support sales conversations based on those interactions. 

Tip #3: Personalize nurture outreach.

Personalize outreach to increase response rates. Include the contact's or company name in the email subject line or include additional content resources based on past engagement. Treat every lead as a unique sale and prospect opportunity, and remember that not every lead sees the same challenges, needs, or falls within the same stage of the funnel.

Tip #4: Stay on top of buyer actions and feedback.

Use buyer actions and feedback to measure outreach effectiveness and ensure you're meeting prospects’ needs. Regularly review lead nurture track performance data and take note of stages that receive greater engagement or unsubscribe rates. Adjust your lead nurture tracks and messaging accordingly, as often as necessary to maximize results.

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Generate more high-quality leads with less budget.
Businesses that excel at lead nurturing can generate more sales-ready leads at a lower cost. Refer to our Lead Management Guide for help on how to craft a clear and measurable strategy to nurture leads, and save teams time and money while converting those leads into valuable, lifetime customers.
Learn how to adjust messaging and outreach strategies to current buyer needs with “How to Personalize B2B Marketing Through Evolving Business Cycles.”

Evgeni Pavlov

Evgeni Pavlov is a Senior Business Development Executive for Gartner Digital Markets. He specializes in helping software vendors successfully optimize, develop, and grow their digital marketing efforts across all channels. In his free time, Evgeni loves traveling and being a crazy foodie and cooking enthusiast. Connect with Evgeni on LinkedIn.

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