Lead generation is one of the trickiest parts of sales. No matter how good a salesperson is at closing deals, generating new sales leads can still be a huge challenge. That's why most salespeople end up avoiding lead generation altogether, making excuses to procrastinate for as long as they can.

But ignoring lead generation isn't the answer. In fact, you need a strong strategy for generating new sales leads if you want to crush your sales goals and build a successful career as a salesperson. There's just no way around it.

There are four powerful keys to generating more sales leads than you have ever had before. Implement them now, and your lead generation strategy will immediately yield more opportunities for you to sell to qualified customers.

1. Create an organized strategy

The key word here is "organized." Far too many salespeople lack an organized strategy for generating new leads. Instead of randomly sending out prospecting emails and making sales phone calls at sporadic intervals, plan out a systematic, consistent strategy for lead generation.

The result of your efforts will be a sales prospecting campaign that you can easily repeat with every qualified prospect who comes your way. The best prospecting campaigns enable you to reach out to a prospect at least 15 times, from start to finish. Be sure to type up or draw out the specific ways you intend to contact prospects as you search for new leads. Then, stick to the plan. Stay organized and never skip your strategy for any reason.

2. Don't separate lead generation from delivery

When you think of the delivery of your product or service, do you see it as part of your lead generation process? Chances are, you don't. In sales, most people view delivery and lead generation at two completely separate tasks. This is one of the biggest lead generation mistakes that salespeople make.

In reality, lead generation and delivery couldn't be more interconnected. To dramatically increase your sales leads, start using delivery as an opportunity for lead generation. As you deliver your product or service, you can easily ask for referrals from customers. This is one of the best ways to leverage existing clients to help you generate new sales leads.

3. Always use multiple prospecting approaches

When you're outlining your new sales prospecting campaign, keep this top of mind. You should never rely solely on just one prospecting approach when you're looking to generate leads.

There are dozens of ways to reach out to every prospect--from sales emails and phone calls to hand-written letters, mailed packages, networking events, social platforms, and more. Choose at least three different approaches to use with each prospect. When you use multiple prospecting approaches, you more than double your chances of getting through to prospects and setting more sales meetings.

4. Set realistic goals for new leads

Unrealistic lead generation goals can be the kiss of death for even the most well-intentioned salespeople. While it's good to set high standards for yourself, setting your goals too high can result in feeling overwhelmed--and giving up. That's why it's much better to set realistic daily and weekly goals that you know you can reach.

Commit to several small goals per week for generating new leads. Pick a realistic number of leads that doesn't challenge you too much, but still represents a significant increase in your current lead generation. Focus on reaching those attainable numbers week after week, and your sales pipeline will fill up--fast.

Published on: Jan 24, 2017
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