Part 3 of Salesforce.com’s Best Practice Series on Lead Management relates to the re-marketing to lost, old, unqualified, archived Leads to possibly stir up new business from previously unqualified “potential customers.”
Salesforce.com recommends two fields to track the status of Leads: Status, which represents the current status at this moment (Open, Contacted, Unqualified, Archived, Qualified, etc) and Disqualified/Archived Reason (No Budget, Competitor, No Decision, No Power, Lack of Vision). I think “Lack of Vision” is just a politically correct way of something you could never record in a system With the combination of these 2 fields, it allows you to separate the good leads from the bad, the old leads from the new and also report on why you are not closing these Leads.
It is suggested that every so often (once a month, once a quarter, etc), you should recontact the archived Leads with new product offerings, inquiries as to if they now have budget, etc. This is a responsibility of the marketing department, but is a valid way of generating additional revenue. Things change and this could spawn new deals.
Salesforce also recommends setting up workflow rules that say “if the Lead was archived because of no budget, recontact them automatically by workflow alert in 6 months.” This can automate the marketing emails without any user time and effort.
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The next installment from Salesforce.com’s marketing blogger team relates to automating your Lead Flow. Once you have identified what Leads really are and how they relate to your business, you need to incorporate them into your Salesforce environment and automate the distribution.
They go over 4 tools to do this:
Web-to-Lead forms allow you to add an input form on your website for potential customers to fill out with their contact information, company information, product interest, etc. Once the customer fills in this data and submits the form, the data will automatically be inputted into your Salesforce.com as a Lead for you to sell to. To see an example of this, look at the bottom of Shamrock CRM. Web-to-Lead forms are very flexible.
Lead Assignment rules
If you have a lot of Leads being entered in the system and you have multiple sales people that these Leads should be assigned to, Lead Assignment rules might be an excellent option for you. Lead Assignment rules would allow you to say that “any Lead where State = Florida, Assign to Jim.” This removes a ton of manual work that you might possibly perform already.
Another option for this is Round Robin Lead Assignment or Lead Sprinklers or Lead Assignment based on a rating structure. These require some code, but are excellent.
Lead Auto-Response rules
Lead Auto-Response rules allow you to respond to the Leads automatically with pre-defined email templates based off of that Lead’s specific details. This allows you to quickly get information to these users, so they do not sit around waiting for a response. These are essentially workflows.
An example of Lead Scoring would be the “Hot/Cold” rating system in combination of potential revenue estimates in combination with other criteria. An example can be seen here with my Lead Activity History Report.
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The Salesforce.com marketing bloggers have written a few interesting posts regarding best practices for Lead Management within Salesforce.com. They describe the definition of leads, the interrelation of Sales and Marketing when it comes to Leads, the true definition of “qualified leads” and more:\
Definition of a Sales Lead:
A Lead is a name, an email address, contact details, etc of an employee, someone you have met, someone you have talked to that MIGHT…just might…be interested in possibly doing business with you.
Leads are acquired in all different manners. You could be provided a list of email addresses from a trade show that you had a booth at. All of these emails would be “Sales Leads.” You could have received a business card from someone that you met at Wal-Mart that is interested in your business. You could have received a simple email or web inquiry from your website asking for a quote or asking for your hourly service rates.
The commonality here is that you do not know THAT much about these individuals and you are not sure HOW interested they are in your product/service/offering. You might not know if they even have budget allocated to do business with you or not. Leads are not necessarily “serious” business YET. Leads are essentially “pre-opportunities.”
Leads also allow you to separate the “junk” contact information from you Customer data that consists of truly paying customers. It allows you to quarantine bad leads from your good customers.
There can be “hot leads” and “cold leads.” Hot leads would be Leads that you have a good feeling about and would like to actively pursue.
There are different Lead Statuses. A New Lead would be a fresh Lead that has never been contacted. Contacted would of course mean someone has reached out to the Lead. Unqualified would mean the person does not have budget, is not interested, has bad references, etc. “Unqualified Leads” are bad Leads NOW, but could be re-marketable at a later time. “Qualified” leads pass your own internal qualification process to determine if they could really buy what you are selling. This qualification could be as simple as “we provided a quote, the customer responded favorably and asked more questions, they are now qualified and can be converted into an Opportunity.”
The above topics and ideas are not related strictly to Salesforce.com. Every company has Leads, whether you call them Leads or not. Let me repeat that…ALL companies have Leads in some way or another. Lead Management is a business process in the CRM realm. This is simply mapped into Salesforce.com.
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If you have ever wanted to set default values for certain fields when someone is filling out a Salesforce.com Web2Lead form on your website, you absolutely can. For example, let’s imagine that you have 5 product pages on your website and you have a contact form on each page. You could set a field called “Originating Web Form” to the value Product 1 or Product XYZ as seen below. The user filling out this form would never see this field that is filled out behind the scenes, because it is a hidden field.
This allows you to set fields in Salesforce that might trigger different types of workflow rules or could be used for specific marketing tracking. This is a great, easy way to prefill in data or track certain behavior.
The line below allows you to specify a hidden value that the user does not see. This will default a field in Salesforce.com called “Originating Web Form” with the value “Product XYZ Page.” This will let you know that the user filled in the form on this specific product page.
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I would like to show you a pretty effective Lead Activity History Report that I have been using in Salesforce.com.
This report is a typical Lead Report based off of Last Activity and Created Date. I have added a few additional components to assist in the day to day process of following up on Leads.
I have added 2 formula fields:
1) Days Since Created – a number field
2) Days Since Last Activity – a number field tracking the amount of days since the last Email sent to the Lead, Call logged with the Lead or Event scheduled with the Lead.
I filter my report by all Leads created within the last 45 days, because many Leads have a waiting period on budget, etc.
I use a combination of the Rating (Hot, Warm, Cold) field, the Status field (Contacted, Open, Qualified, Unqualified, etc), Estimated Project Value and the Days Since Activity field to generate an IMAGE formula field. This image formula field is either of a Red or a Yellow flag to say “HEY, Red Flag, this person needs to be contacted immediately, because it is either a hot deal and too many days have passed since activity or it is a warm deal of high value and too many days have passed!”
This is absolutely wonderful, because you can easy look across your list of Leads without too much analysis and realize if something needs to be done. It won’t show Unqualified Leads, so these won’t confuse you on your report.
I have also generate an “Importance” IMAGE formula field that takes into account the Lead Rating, Status and the Est. Project Value to show a stoplight. Green means GO PURSUE, Yellow means COULD BE GOOD, Red means DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME. This will tell me that even if an Activity is not needed, keep an eye on this record, because it is Good, Bad or Ugly.
*Image from dev account
What is great about this is you can put these IMAGE formula fields and “Days Since …” fields directly on your Leads dropdown lists views for easy viewing as well. See the screenshot below.
As you can see, this is a great way to operationally manage your own Leads and the Leads of your employees!
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