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What proven sales lead generation methods do you like best? - by Marcus
Do you like these?
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Press Releases
  • Live Seminars
  • Direct Response
  • Trade Shows
  • Cold Calling
  • Mass Mailings
  • Networking
  • Traditional Advertising (Print, Broadcast, Out-of-home)
  • Internet Advertising
  • Testimonials and Case Studies
  • Email Publications
  • Joint Ventures
  • Sphere of Influence (SOI)
  • Referrals from Prospects/Clients
- by Calvin
Wow!

Calvin said it all with that post!

I would say along with Calvin's ideas to give Salesconx a shot. We're an online marketplace for business referrals. You can sell business contacts or buy useful leads through our marketplace. Best of all, it's free to use and join.

Check it out and let me know what you think!
-Gina - by ginac84
In my experience, the best prospecting activities are those that will put me in touch with the 'right' people I can talk with and tell them what 'problems my services solves that they may have'.

Cold Calling
Networking
Giving Seminars
Trade Shows
Very targeted 'mail out campaigns'

I have to talk to people who are 'decision makers' who are willing to identify that they 'have a problem, my service can fix' and they have a 'budget' to use to resolve the problem.

Often when you do a 'marketing campaign' you really don't get 'call
in' from the real decision maker, who are responsible for a budget line to resolve the problem and are willing to take action. - by Paulette Halpern
What proven sales lead generation methods do you like best?
Marcus

In my opinion and what has worked best for me has been face to face cold calling. Some people prefer using the phone but to me I feel at a disadvantage and it is to easy for a prospect to tell you no on the phone. However, all I am trying to accomplish with a cold call is to make an appointment. I almost never try to sell my product at the cold call.

MP - by MPrince
The best method would depend on the type of business and the budget, but I find on-line pay per deal model to be flawless if you are looking for cheap but qualified B2B leads.

I thought I will share this article:

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How To Do B2B Lead Generation For FREE and Sell More Than Ever?

Like any other marketing executive who manages a company that is effected by current economy, you most probably feel a lot of pressure, as your marketing budget shrinks and need in increased sales performance is stronger than ever. Your CEO is probably all over you, keeps pointing at sales reports and trying to find an underperforming sales rep to fire.

The truth is, now you need to look for new avenues for lead generation, vehicle that can deliver better quality leads at lower cost.

What if I will tell you that you can perform your lead gen absolutely at no cost. If I say to you “Have you tried running an affiliate program?” you will probably answer “Nothing new here. We though about it a century ago, but we are a business to business operation, and majority of advertising networks are weak at B2B.”

From first glance, you are absolutely right. Take any network – Affiliate.com, CPA Empire - none of them do B2B, unless you sell very inexpensive product on-line. But what if you don't close deals on-line, what if you deal with multinational corporations and your average order is over $10,000 per customer?

There is no ad network that will run your offer for few reasons. First of all, you program is a niche offer. Moreover, since you don't close your sale on-line there is no way to track it, as there is no conversion page to place a tracking code on.

Right? Wrong!

It blew my mind when I saw what guys at IdeaMama Ad Network are doing. Fascinating!

They focus specifically on needs of companies that market business services or products to Fortune 1000 companies. All you need is to get their Elite account; basic