CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies show that lead generation is rapidly becoming the dominant vehicle for marketers looking to engage decision makers at small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). Business.com recently surveyed over 500 of its lead generation advertisers to gather insights on how marketers are best using lead generation today and what products and services they'd like to see in the future. The Business.com 2013 Lead Generation Insights report provides quantitative and qualitative views into the data and options companies want when purchasing leads, methodologies companies employ to maximize ROI from purchased leads, and the practices and processes they've installed for lead nurturing.
"The first report in our Small Business Pulse series provides extraordinary insights into one of the most vibrant areas of marketing today, lead generation," says Steve Gottlieb, General Manager of lead generation at Business.com.
Key elements of the report include:
-- Content marketing has quickly emerged as an essential lead generation channel. Over 50% of companies are interested in white paper leads and nearly 40% are interested in hosted webinars that feature their company or product. -- 60% of respondents are very interested in lead scoring, whereby individual leads are assigned a score reflecting the likelihood of their business receiving a response. -- Almost two thirds of respondents (64.6%) expressed strong interest in hot transfer leads. -- Despite these expressed interests, more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) do not currently use a third-party tool or service for lead nurturing, scoring, data appending or appointment setting.
Download the full report and findings here: http://www.business.com/pulse/.
Business.com Media, Inc. helps over 20 million buyers from small to medium-size businesses each year to discover, compare, and purchase the products and services they need. These buyers come to Business.com to cut through the clutter of online search results and avoid having to sort out the huge number of individual vendor sites. The Small Business Pulse is produced monthly providing timely data and analysis for SMB leaders on how to engage this lucrative market.
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