Entries by LeadMethod

Industrial sales reps, it’s time to optimize your LinkedIn profile

Manufacturers reps and distributors: Here’s how to optimize your profile to engage prospects Last month, LinkedIn — the business-focused social network — reported it has 562 million users. That’s up from the 500 million figure it recorded in 2017. While the total number of LinkedIn users is interesting, what’s more relevant for today’s sales rep […]

4 Ways to Recognize and Avoid an Underperforming Channel Partner Program

Inherent in a distributor sales force model is a lack of communication and understanding between separate entities on the status of their leads and sales pipelines. Manufacturers send leads to their distributors, but rarely get feedback on what happens with those leads, the opportunities they represent, forecasted sales, or the pipeline as a whole. In […]

2018 Channel Survey Results: A Strong Need for Better Channel Engagement

We recently conducted a survey of more than 4,475 manufacturing sales and marketing professionals and the message was clear: They need more engagement and feedback from their channel partners on sales leads. Here is a key stat that we uncovered: 60% of companies do not get feedback from their channel partners on leads and opportunities. […]

Here’s What Effective Channel Engagement Looks Like

Sales managers understand that channel partner engagement is the lifeblood of successful indirect sales. The more effective your channel partner engagement program, the easier it is for your distributors to do their job of selling and servicing your products every day. Market fluctuations and rapidly changing customer needs, however, have created an increasingly challenging environment […]

6 KPIs That Every Channel-Based Business Should Track

Business leaders today rely on data in order to make calculated, smart decisions for their organizations. To stay ahead of the competition and constantly changing business environments, seasonal trends or economic indicators are no longer good enough — particularly with the technology tools available today. Data is the new currency of the digital age. Whether […]

How to Accelerate Speed to Contact and Win More Business

Imagine you want to buy a car on a Saturday. You go to dealership A and the salesperson says he’ll call you in 24 to 48 hours. Meanwhile, you go to dealership B, test drive the car you want, ink the deal, and drive home.  When the salesperson from dealership A gets around to calling […]

Distributor Dilemma: How to stop wasting time on leads

As a distributor or channel partner, you work with dozens of different manufacturers — maybe as many as 500 — who send you sales leads in various formats on a daily basis. Some of those leads arrive via email, others in spreadsheets. Your manufacturing partners might even ask you to log-in to their CRM to […]

Manufacturers: How to share more valuable leads with your channel partners

In a typical B2B or B2C environment, an internal marketing department provides leads — ideally qualified ones — to its counterpart down the hall in the sales department. It’s well known and certainly well documented that the process of sales and marketing alignment is both a challenge and a great source of opportunity. Just try […]