By and large, marketers have mastered acquiring high-quality leads, but they strike out when it comes to nurturing them. Despite having the ability to contact 92 percent of leads, Forbes’ research shows that brands touch base with only a quarter of them.
When they do reach out, often it’s too slowly. Forbes reports that 71 percent of generated leads spoil because companies don’t react soon enough. Tweet this!
This is where lead nurturing can play a vital role, enabling us to continue to educate, inform, and build a solid relationship with those leads to push them closer toward the bottom of the funnel and transform them into a much more qualified sale that’s way easier to close. And delivering more sales-ready leads is important in the process of integrating sales and marketing and driving ROI!
Lead nurturing stats and what they mean to marketers
From top of the funnel to the bottom, here are a handful of lead nurturing stats and what they mean to marketers:
1. Automation drives leads
What it means: Marketing automation is a must. Not only does automation deliver the right content at the right time, it’s a foolproof way to ensure that every prospect gets nurtured.
2. Leads not prepared to buy
What it means: In general, sales departments perform best in the short game. The stats above indicate that marketers don’t deliver the leads sales are best at closing. Lend them a helping hand.
Score your leads and send the closest to conversion to sales. For the rest, nurture them to the point where they need a salesperson. Establishing your business as a trusted resource and maintaining an open dialogue is the best way to do this.
3. Sales cycles are lengthening
What it means: Shrinking budgets and more decision-makers from more departments are at least partially responsible for the numbers above.
Though the former may be something for the sales team to tackle, overcoming the latter requires understanding the needs of each person in the decision-making process and providing content that answers those needs.
Customers rarely move along a path to purchase that marketers dictate. Tracking customers and finding where they abandon that path shows which content works, which falls short and how to adjust accordingly.
4. Different content for different stages
What it means: Meet the demand by diversifying your content. Identify the types of information your customers need at each point in the marketing funnel. Then determine the best platform for addressing your customers’ needs, whether it’s a blog post, webinar, white paper, newsletter or video.
5. Jumpstart stalled prospects
What it means: Customers may not realize they have an issue or how serious it really is. Identify your prospects pain points, show how your product provides great ROI and differentiate yourself from the competition.
Lead nurturing is one of the most important functions of sales and marketing, and yet it somehow often gets overlooked. It’s a good idea to always be checking to make sure that your lead nurturing programs are in place and that they are working, so that no leads get lost.