When it comes to leads, is the best approach quantity or quality? Trick question; the answer is both.
Your marketing team is supplying you with a constant stream of leads. However, it is up to you as a sales professional to determine whether or not these leads will be a good fit. This is because only 25% of marketing generated leads are high enough quality to convert into a sale. Digging deeper into each lead to determine if it’s worth pursuing takes a little more time and effort for sales, but will ultimately make the difference in whether or not you close the deal.
So, how do you do that? A simple ‘temperature check’ to feel out if a lead is cold, warm or hot will do the trick. But first, let’s define cold, warm and hot leads so you understand the difference.
What Are Cold Leads?
These are individuals who haven’t shown interest in your product or service and don’t have buyer’s intent. Most of these leads come through via some form of cold outreach and often don’t have prior knowledge of your company.
On the flip side, a cold lead may start off as someone who was interested at some point, but has since dropped off and is no longer engaging.
What Are Warm Leads?
These are individuals who have shown interest in your product/service. However, they don’t have a solid timeframe of when they’d like to purchase. Many of these leads come through your website, either downloading a piece of gated content or subscribing to your newsletter.
What Are Hot Leads?
To determine if a lead is hot, you must first qualify them. Hubspot has an excellent resource on how to qualify leads, step by step. But essentially, what this means:
Once you’ve gone through the above checklist and found that all of those apply — you have a hot lead!
Now let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Where Can You Find Hot Leads?
In an ideal world, someone that checks every box on the above list will seek you out, credit card in hand, wanting to buy. However, it is rarely that easy. The good news is that hot leads are already right under your nose.
Don’t write off your warm or even cold leads. They have the potential to become hot leads and there are a few ways you can help move them further down the funnel, closer to buying.
How to Make a Warm Lead Hot
How to Warm Up a Cold Lead
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