Sales skills are unarguably learned, but a little natural ability from an out-going personality helps. Sales lead management however is another topic. It crosses many department boundaries (not just sales and marketing). It is detailed, rule based and leadership driven. Everyone can do their job to manage the lead and the whole thing can cave-in if the salesperson looks at the name and tosses it in the can and never follows up because (take your pick):
2. No email address.
3. Not a corporate address (must be a student).
How does that saying go? "When you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another." The one thing I can tell you is, properly managing sales leads reaps huge rewards. Improperly managing sales leads, even a little bit, cuts the marketing return by the high double digits.
So, I recommend: Create a set of rules for managing sales leads; have all stakeholders present. Set goals. Meet regularly. Measure follow-up. Measure ROI. Buy more of what creates a qualified lead, less of what doesn't. Repeat.
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