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Advice and Tips from Tim Peniston-Bird, Founder of Orangutan, and an expert in Lead Generation

Type in B2B lead generation and you will find around 22 million results offering a plethora of lead funnels, service providers and methodologies that all promise you a consistent and revolutionary direction to that pot of gold – so how do you work out what’s right for you?

The first question you should be asking, is Why?

Why would an organisation buy from you? Do you solve a problem or pain?

You need to identify this and then you can understand your why. Once you know why an organisation would buy from you, then you can ensure your messaging reflects this.

The next question might seem like a no-brainer but it’s amazing how many people jump in feet first when they don’t actually need to. So, do you need new leads?

Referrals from current and past clients are by far your most profitable and easiest to convert leads. On average, 70% of customers if asked will recommend you so why start a lead generation programme when you could probably generate the business you need by focusing on the customers who already enjoy working with you?


Who are you targeting?

You need to identify which are your most profitable clients and therefore focus on these – small clients will typically take up much more time per pound than a large client, if I client is too big, they may not consider using you. The size and type of organisation should be taken into account on your lead generation decision – pay per click and broadcast email will be better at getting lower value, customers whereas more tailored approaches are much more effective at enterprise complex sales.


Are you approachable?

Customers have become much more savvy at buying – they will tend to have conducted plenty of research before they even consider approaching you and will on average have watched, read and listened to 11 pieces of information about you before they will agree to a call or meeting. The more you can make this quick and easy, the more likely they are to progress – work out the most common questions they are likely to ask, then make them accessible through video, downloads or on your website. 7/10 customers will view a video during the buying cycle. The key questions tend to be – how you can solve their problem, how much you charge, how easy it is to use you, who your competitors and how you compare.

Sales teams are no longer a competitive solution!

Lead generation and qualification is a very different skill set to a Field Sales or Account Manager – you will need copywriters, data scientists and multi lingual telemarketers – it is often much more cost effective to outsource these skills than to try and get these skills in-house.

Anyone that’s ever worked in sales will know it takes an average of 18 calls to actually connect with a buyer. If you have an existing sales time, they’re not only spending a lot of time on the phone but there’s the time spent in poorly qualified meetings, creating proposals, or chasing prospects without the budget? Research shows that 50% of B2B leads tend to be poorly matched to company’s service offering What is their time worth to you? It’s important to break this down. You could be investing a fortune on making them an expert on your business, on salaries, cars, expenses and management – if you take all these costs and divide by a typical 1100 productive hour year on an £90,000 salary – then a salesperson is costing you over £200 per hour!


Marketing Automation

Marketing automation creates a multi layered approach to targeting and engaging prospects.

By providing options that they click, questionnaires they can complete and content they can review (videos, white papers, microsites and landing pages  or questionnaires) you can start to personalise the way you communicate with them – so if a customer clicks on bread vs sausage, the platform forks all their on-going communication to be based around bread – then, as they self qualify through their behaviours, move them down the pipeline for a call.

Costs and Comparisons

Telemarketing agencies will typically average £900 per appointment (3 days @ £300) and 1/9 conversion so £8100


PPC and Social advertising will typically cost around £200 per lead based on 1% click to enquiry with conversion rates around 5% – £4000 per sale


Broadcast email will typically cost £10 per lead with conversion rates around 10% £100 per sale


Marketing automation will typically have a 40% higher response / conversion than email marketing at a similar cost so around £6 per lead and 14% conversion so as little as £42 per sale.


Return on investment Marketing Automation lead generation helps you identify and focus on larger and more profitable projects meaning you will typically increase revenue per sale by at least 40%.

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