Online surveys: Consumers are asked to complete a survey, including their demographic information and product and lifestyle interests. This information is used as a sales lead for advertisers, who purchase the consumer's information if provided. The consumer may 'opt-in' to receive correspondence from the advertiser and is therefore considered a qualified lead.

For each of the sources of free sales leads listed below, you will still have to put some work into creating a sales lead sheet in Excel or in your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application if you use one. After reading this article you should have no problem compiling lists of companies for you to contact and I tackle the question of identifying contacts within each company in another article.
The main reason I would suggest paying for leads is in order to obtain data that you would otherwise not be able to. A lot of database companies will try and sell you on the fact that they have specific names and e-mail addresses but these are not hard to figure out as I show in another article. Also, it is unlikely you will get a list of the perfect contacts that you will be able to call and they turn out to be the right person (another reason I encourage doing the work!).
Leads may come from various sources or activities, for example, digitally via the Internet, through personal referrals, through telephone calls either by the company or telemarketers, through advertisements, and events. A 2015 study found that 89% of respondents cited email as the most-used channel for generating leads, followed by content marketing, search engine, and finally events.[2] A study from 2014 found that direct traffic, search engines, and web referrals were the three most popular online channels for lead generation, accounting for 93% of leads.[3]
Because search engines equate high-quality content with a high-quality website, creating content with value is very important. Conduct a content audit to see how many of your assets fall into the thought leadership vs. promotional category. That means making sure that your thought leadership content has substance to it. Lots of companies are jumping on the content bandwagon, so do it right: focus on quality over quantity, and on providing useful – not promotional – information.
The most important feature of BoldLeads is that it is an area-exclusive social media advertising system. With managed ad creation and campaigns, BoldLeads targets buyers or sellers in a specific ZIP code and only works with one agent per ZIP code. Like Market Leader and Real Geeks, BoldLeads uses Facebook and Google Ads to drive warm leads to an IDX-enabled website that captures email addresses and syncs them with a CRM for lead nurturing.
The Harvard Business Review recommends dividing your cold-calling efforts into two separate tasks: prospecting leads and then blitzing the best prospects. The former should be completed before the latter so you know who your best leads are and have more time to call them multiple times. The news source notes that prospecting should be done early, but blitzing requires careful timing. Consider waiting until late in the day or early the next day to catch consumers before they become busy.
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Let’s begin by with the definition of a lead. What does a lead mean to your company? Many companies have different definitions depending on their sales cycle, but standard definition is a qualified potential buyer who shows some level of interest in purchasing your product or solution. For the leads that fill out a form, they often do so in exchange for some relevant content or a compelling offer.

3. After you listen to them tell you what their wants and problems are, offer them a solution and then a pathway to follow if they want to solve their problem. For example, you mentioned you really needed to do something about _______, if I could show you a way that would help with that, would you be open to it or are you not that serious about it right now? When they answer that they are serious, respond with, I have a video at ______, go through that to see if it is a fit or not and if it is or you have questions, call me back at _________. Note: You could also schedule how soon they plan on watching the video and follow back up with them if that is more your style.

The problem is that information abundance equals attention scarcity. This is known as attention economics. Social scientist Herbert Simon was the first person to discuss this concept when he wrote “in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.”


For every industry there are plenty of websites and other ways to get free sales leads such as awards, events and industry associations. Just by doing a few Google searches you will be surprised at what you come up with in terms of finding lists of companies and even contacts for you to prospect. My own background is in IT and have have been a fan of using Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 list and the Inc. 500 and 5000 list.
Thanks, Ray! This information is awesome to spread to my down-line! Maybe if they hear how to respond to their leads from you, they will start listening to just how important this topic is! It can be the reason that you grow your business on a continuous level or fighting every month to get just one new person into their down-line! Thanks for sharing!
The key to this strategy is to know your participants and to listen. It is dangerous to assume that silence equals agreement or understanding. You must actively ask for feedback, not from the group, but from the individuals involved. The lack of physical interaction and solitude may cause participants to become distracted. Some may feel awkward about jumping in with their own comments for fear that they may interrupt someone else who has been waiting to speak. As the call leader, it is your job to directly request feedback, structuring the call so that all voices can be heard, polling participants as needed, and challenging others to stimulate further discussion. Without visual clues, the leader must be able to sense disinterest or intimidation, and continually press forward for increased participation.
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