When executed correctly, your inbound marketing strategy should start generating plenty of new leads to your sales funnel. But how do you approach those leads to ensure maximum conversion?
You need to discern between who's ready to buy and who still needs a little more information. That's where lead scoring comes in. Using our free lead-scoring worksheet, you can get more granular about who should jump to the front of your calling queue and who is:
a) a bad fit and should be filtered out of your pipeline
b) a good fit but needs more time and nurturing.
Your leads can be assigned a numerical score based on a number of factors, such as professional information (are they a decision maker?) and the content they've interacted with on your website.
Lead scoring will help your sales and marketing teams send out timely and appropriate communication to high-priority leads while engaging those that are less likely to buy right now and encouraging them to continue along the buyer's journey.
Lead scoring methodology is unique to each business and streamlines your nurturing and conversion process. A poor lead scoring model, however, may cause confusion for your teams and clients, complicating hand-offs and pre-empting decision-level sales conversations before your leads are ready to become customers.
Basic lead scoring models can leave a number of gaps; that's why we created an advanced lead scoring model that gives you the insights you need to have a more impactful prospecting system.
As HubSpot partner, we use and advocate for the lead-scoring tools provided within the platform —— they work! But to support our customers further and personalise their experience, we've evolved the lead scoring process to ensure that it's consistent and result-yielding for each client. It's important to note that the principles of the HubSpot lead scoring model can also be applied when using other CRMs.
HubSpot assigns an overall score to each lead using a point system based on Positive and Negative Criteria. This helps to qualify each contact, company and deal that is entered into the CRM. The target audience you've outlined determines what the Positive and Negative Criteria are.
Realistically, basic HubSpot lead scores should be taken with a pinch of salt. While useful, they don't provide the in-depth insights you need on your prospect —— do they have the authority to make a purchasing decision; are they even a good fit?
Sure, you may have a better idea about who's in your pipeline, but you may also get overwhelmed with leads who look fantastic on paper but aren't genuinely valuable to your business. This will create a backlog of leads for your sales reps to manage and leave your team spending time on low-quality interactions.
You may be familiar with Fit and Engagement Scores —— these are implemented in HubSpot using custom properties that mirror your ideal customer and engagement criteria. By combining a Fit Score and an Engagement score, you'll be able to manage leads in your sales pipeline more contextual manner. What does this mean?
A Fit Score will tell you how well the prospect aligns with your ideal buyer persona criteria. Here, we take several attributes into account, such as:
The Fit Score does not change once it has been set.
The Engagement Score helps you understand the frequency with which a prospect engages with your business. Do they read marketing emails? Are they filling out forms and downloading content?
Unlike Fit Score, Engagement Score can be dynamic and change based on how often the lead interacts with your business.
These scores will help you understand whether a lead is a good fit and how ready they are to take things to the next level. Your sales team can then decide to prioritise and ramp up communication with the prospects who are well warmed up and primed for a sales conversation because they've interacted with your educational content, opened your emails and spent a fair amount of time on your website.
Fit and Engagement scores will also help your marketing team ideate more effectively when it comes to engaging and segmenting leads appropriate in order to target them with campaigns and messages that move them along the sales pipeline.
For example, low Fit and Engagement Scores are symptomatic of ineffective channels or content. Knowing this, your marketing team can generate new content to attract better-fit contacts.
Once you've defined your lead scoring criteria, you can automate workflows that assign these scores to contacts in your database, ensuring everyone has a rating that sales teams can use to prospect. It's also incredibly useful for reporting on your campaigns and optimising your efforts.
If you're ready to make your sales pipeline more productive, we've got a free lead scoring worksheet that will have you apply a more advanced approach to lead scoring. We help you separate the wheat from the chaff in a few simple steps and provide you with a grading matrix that will help you apply more discernment when approaching prospects or looking for ways to generate better-quality leads.
Lead generation and conversion are a science, and with the right tools, you can concentrate your efforts more effectively and get better results from your CRM. Get started today.
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