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Lead Nurturing Explained: 3 Tips to Increase Qualified Leads

335549836 97ee1f1307 m " Lead Nurturing " sometimes goes by other names: marketing automation, drip marketing, auto-responders, etc. Simply put, lead nurturing is a system that allows you to send an automated series of emails to an early stage lead in order to pre-qualify them before handing them over to your sales team. 

As a marketer, you definitely want to capture as much lead information for as many people on your site as you can, but not everyone is ready to talk to sales. Follow these three steps to create a lead nurturing campaign that will help send early-stage leads further down the funnel and give your sales team more qualified leads.

Step 1: Define What Makes Someone Sales-Ready

Getting leads is awesome - but not all leads are at the point where they can be considered sales-ready. Depending on who's research you read, only 5% - 25% of the traffic on your site is actually ready to do businesses with you at that moment, the rest are doing research.

Before you set the goal of your lead nurturing campaign , you should decide what actions make a lead sales-ready. For example, if someone downloads a white paper, they could just be doing research an may not be ready to speak with a sales rep - send them to lead nurturing campaign. If that person comes back and requests a demo, that's a much better indication that they are ready to buy - send them to a rep. 

Step 2: Create Relevant Introductory and Late-Stage Offers

Now that you've decided what makes a person sales-ready, you can create offers directed recommend looking at all of the offers on your website as either introductory offers or late-stage offers.
An introductory offer is something that will is widely applicable and has a high lead conversion rate, but probably doesn't imply that someone is sales-ready. 

A late-stage offer is something that will probably generate less interest, but indicates that someone is farther down the sales funnel and is ready to talk to sales. 

In our case, our inbound marketing kit is an outstanding early stage offer; it has great value for our visitors, it has a killer visit-to-lead conversion rate, and it indicates that a prospect is interested in what we have to offer. This is a great tool to convert early-stage leads but not a strong sales-readiness indicator. 

Step 3: Use Lead Nurturing Emails with  Strong Call-to-Actions to Separate Early-Stage Leads from Sales-Ready Leads

Using a lead nurturing campaign, we can send a series of automated emails to leads who have downloaded our inbound marketing kit . Each of these emails will contain useful, related content that our leads can use and also calls to action that drive them to our later stage offers like requesting a demo, or starting a free trial. 

Now, when an inbound marketing kit lead reconverts on a late-stage offer, like requesting a demo, we can send them to a sales team member knowing that they will be ready to speak with one.

Using lead nurturing effectively will allow your organization to spend more time with a smaller group of leads who have a significantly higher chance of converting to customers.

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