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Lead generation

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In marketing, lead generation is the initiation of consumer interest or inquiry into products
or services of a business. Leads can be created for purposes such as list building, e-newsletter
list acquisition or for sales leads. The methods for generating leads typically fall under the
umbrella of advertising, but may also include non-paid sources such as organic search engine
results or referrals from existing customers.[1]
Lead generation is the process of making contacts which may lead to a sale or other
favourable outcome. The 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 2014 study found that 78%
of respondents cited email as the most-used channel for generating leads, followed by event
marketing and finally content marketing. Social media was found to play only a minor role in
lead generation.[2]Another 2014 study 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]
Lead generation is often paired with lead management to move leads through the purchase
funnel. This combination of activities is referred to as pipeline marketing.


1 Online lead generation

o 1.1 Social media
o 1.2 Online advertising
o 1.3 Healthcare

2 See also

3 References

4 Further reading

Online lead generation

Online lead generation is an Internet marketing term that refers to the generation of
prospective consumer interest or inquiry into a business' products or services through the
Internet. Leads, also known as contacts, can be generated for a variety of purposes: list
building, e-newsletter list acquisition, building out reward programs, loyalty programs or for
other member acquisition programs.

A lead usually is the contact information and in some cases, demographic information of a
customer who is interested in a specific product or service. There are two types of leads in the
lead generation market: sales leads and marketing leads.
Sales leads are generated on the basis of demographic criteria such as FICO score, income,
age, HHI, psychographic, etc. These leads are resold to multiple advertisers. Sales leads are
typically followed up through phone calls by the sales force. Sales leads are commonly found
in the mortgage, insurance and finance leads.
Marketing leads are brand-specific leads generated for a unique advertiser offer. In direct
contrast to sales leads, marketing leads are sold only once. Because transparency is a
necessary requisite for generating marketing leads, marketing lead campaigns can be
optimized by mapping leads to their sources.

Social media
With growth of social networking websites, social media is used by organizations and
individuals to generate leads or gain business opportunities. Many companies actively
participate on social networks including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to find talent pools
or market their new products and services.[4]

Online advertising
There are three main pricing models in the online advertising market that marketers can use
to buy advertising and generate leads:

Cost per thousand (e.g. CPM Group,, also known as cost per mille
(CPM), uses pricing models that charge advertisers for impressions i.e. the number
of times people view an advertisement. Display advertising is commonly sold on a
CPM pricing model. The problem with CPM advertising is that advertisers are
charged even if the target audience does not click on (or even view) the

Cost per click advertising (e.g. AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing) overcomes this
problem by charging advertisers only when the consumer clicks on the advertisement.
However, due to increased competition, search keywords have become very
expensive. A 2007 Doubleclick Performics Search trends report shows that there were
nearly six times as many keywords with a cost per click (CPC) of more than $1 in
January 2007 than the prior year. The cost per keyword increased by 33% and the cost
per click rose by as much as 55%.

Cost per action advertising (e.g. TalkLocal, Thumbtack) addresses the risk of CPM
and CPC advertising by charging only by the lead. Like CPC, the price per lead can
be bid up by demand. Also, like CPC, there are ways in which providers can commit
fraud by manufacturing leads or blending one source of lead with another (example:
search-driven leads with co-registration leads) to generate higher profits. For such
marketers looking to pay only for specific actions, there are two options: CPL
advertising (or online lead generation) and CPA advertising (also referred to as
affiliate marketing). In CPL campaigns, advertisers pay for an interested lead i.e.

the contact information of a person interested in the advertiser's product or service.

CPL campaigns are suitable for brand marketers and direct response marketers
looking to engage consumers at multiple touchpoints by building a newsletter list,
community site, reward program or member acquisition program. In CPA campaigns,
the advertiser typically pays for a completed sale involving a credit card transaction.
Recently, there has been a rapid increase in online lead generation: banner and direct
response advertising that works off a CPL pricing model. In a pay-per-action (PPA) pricing
model, advertisers pay only for qualified leads resulting from those actions, irrespective of
the clicks or impressions that went into generating the lead. PPA advertising is playing an
active role in online lead generation.
PPA pricing models are more advertiser-friendly as they a less susceptible to fraud and bots.
With pay per click providers can commit fraud by manufacturing leads or blending one
source of lead with another (example: search-driven leads with co-registration leads) to
generate higher profits for themselves.
It also helps explain why 2007 saw a paradigm shift for the industry, [5] with spending on
performance-based pricing models exceeding that on display (IAB PWC 2007 Internet
Spending Report) for the first time.
A GP Bullhound research report stated that the online lead generation was growing at 71%
YTY more than twice as fast as the online advertising market. The rapid growth is
primarily driven by the advertiser demand for ROI focused marketing, a trend that is
expected to accelerate during a recession.
Common types of opt-in ad units include:

Co-registration advertising: The advertiser receives some or all of the standard fields
collected by a site during the site's registration process.

Full page lead generation: The advertiser's offer appears as a full page ad in an HTML
format with relevant text and graphics. The advertiser receives the standard fields and
answers to as many as twenty custom questions that s/he defines.

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. The
consumer has 'opted-in' to receive correspondence from the advertiser and is therefore
considered a qualified lead.

A common advertising metric for lead generation is cost per lead. The formula is Cost /
Leads, for example if you created 100 leads and it cost $1000, the cost per lead would be $10.

Many private healthcare organizations use online lead generation as a way to contact their
existing patients and to acquire new patients.

"The number of Cyberchondriacs has jumped to 175 million from 154 million last year,
possibly as a result of the health care reform debate. Furthermore, frequency of usage has
also increased. Fully 32% of all adults who are online say they look for health information
"often," compared to 22% last year." said Harris Interactive in a study completed and reported
in August 2010. [6]

See also

Sales lead


Shanaka Thanapathy (23 February 2014). "How lead generation services can
help your business". Retrieved 3 March 2014.


Leggatt, Helen (4 April 2014). "Content marketing earmarked for higher

investment for lead generation". Biz Report. Retrieved 12 September 2015.


Marvin, Ginny (24 March 2014). "First Touch: In 9 Of 10 Industries Search

Tops Lead Generation, Social Shortens Marketing Cycles". Marketing Land.
Retrieved 12 September 2015.


Gregg Schwartz (21 February 2014). "Are You Wasting Time with Social
Media for Lead Generation?". Retrieved 3 March 2014.


"The End of Advertising as We Know It" (PDF). IBM Global Business Services.
6 March 2009.


"Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > Cyberchondriacs on the Rise?". 4 August 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2014.

Further reading

The B2B Refinery by J. David Green & Michael C. Saylor (ISBN 0976864703)

Lead Generation for the Complex Sale by Brian J. Carroll (ISBN 0-07-145897-2)

Marketing Management by Philip Kotler (ISBN 0-13-033629-7)

Marketing for Dummies (ISBPN 5-7645-562-0)

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