Account-based marketing platform RollWorks, a division of NextRoll, today announced new research from B2B sellers and marketers that reveals what’s really needed when it comes to B2B revenue generation, including the importance of the lead as part of a broader fit-focused, multi-signal approach.
“We’ll believe the lead is dead when sales does,” said Jodi Cerretani, VP of marketing at RollWorks. “Despite marketing slogans from those seeking to bury the lead, the industry has yet to see a seismic shift where leads aren’t still at the core of most marketing and sales strategies. That said, as validated by our findings, focusing on form-fills alone ignores too many potential buyers.”
Redefining the Lead: Only Bad Leads Are Dead; Leads Are No Longer Synonymous with Form-Fills
Revenue teams responding to the survey unanimously believe the lead isn’t dead and never will be. 63% of sellers and 56% of marketers say the only dead leads are low quality (poor fit) and 62% of sellers say leads will never become obsolete.
Having said that, B2B sellers and marketers indicate that today’s lead-related challenges demonstrate the need for a more expansive definition of top-of-funnel. 89% of marketers and sellers say that quality leads are now harder to come by. It’s also clear that not all buyers engage equally; 83% of marketers and sellers find it difficult to engage the entire buying committee and 64% don’t expect C-suite buyers to fill out forms.
A New Top-of-Funnel: Fit Focused + the More Signals, the Merrier
While high-fit leads remain important, given the limitations of focusing on form-filling MQLs alone, revenue teams are broadening their definition of top-of-funnel and using multiple signals to create leads. Marketers and sellers have decreased their dependency on form-fills, as other signals like ad clicks and first- and third-party account information have increased in importance.
In fact, 87% of marketers are confident they can hit their marketing goals without traditional form-fills, 85% of marketers would pass a high-fit site visitor/ad clicker to sales without a traditional form-fill if they had it, and 81% of sellers would rather be sent a high-fit lead with a few site visits than a low-fit lead with a content form-fill from marketing.
Continued Cerretani: “As B2B marketers continue to grapple with resource efficiency, no business can afford to focus exclusively on form-fillers and ignore other signals that identify in-market buyers. The key to modern marketers’ success is implementing programs and plays to create and respond to as many categories of signals as possible. Instead of limiting themselves to just driving leads or MQLs that require a form fill, marketers are maximizing the at-bats of their sales organization by driving growth in multiple categories of top-of-funnel signals.”