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Sales Lead Generation: 7 Reasons Why Your Sales Lead Strategy is Broken

Everybody’s looking for sales leads. And for sales. Hey, they’re out there: there are people that need your products and services and want to do business with you. Here’s how to generate leads and get more sales with a better sales lead generation system. But first, let’s take a look at why your lead generation system is broken. This is the first of three articles on Lead Generation by Jeffrey Dobkin.

Here’s why you’re not getting customers.

Sales Lead Generation Tip 1.

You’re searching for sales leads in the wrong places.

You’re looking high and low, and these folks are left and right.

Sales Lead Generation Tip 2.

Prospects don’t know you.

Although you’ve been in an office right down the block for years, ate lunch at the same restaurant, shopped at the same grocery store — they’ve never heard of you, your business.

Sales Lead Generation Tip 3.

They don’t trust you.

Why should they: no one likes to do business with a stranger.

Sales Lead Generation Tip 4.

Your older direct mail package – it sucked.

Remember the direct mail package you sent customers and prospects about your products? That didn’t work, did it? Then you proclaimed “I tried direct mail and it doesn’t work,” declaring all direct mail doesn’t work.

Say, when was that – a few months ago… a year ago? Couple of years ago? Can I tell you, you made customers the wrong offer. Like offering candy to a college co-ed — they aren’t taking anything from strangers and you aroused only suspicions. Or did that just happen to me… er… a friend of mine?

Sales Lead Generation Tip 5.

The old ways no longer work.

Remember how you got most of your customers? Yea, well… that doesn’t work anymore, either, does it. Welcome to the recessionary times of 2013. Would you like to remain seated in the back of the bus with the other older folks who won’t change their ways, or get with the new times and move up?

Sales Lead Generation Tip 6.

This is the end of the era of product isolation.

Before, you could offer customers a product that no one else had, or had access to. If people wanted it, they called you.

They were the good old days weren’t they? Times change: everyone sells everything. Banks sell financial services. Financial service people sell insurance. Even if your competitors don’t have what your customers are looking for, they’ll go out and get it for them. Or they can find it on the Internet… in about 30 seconds.

Sales Lead Generation Tip 7.

Why should new clients do business with you?

What makes you so great – besides your nice office location, comfy office furniture and that great looking secretary. I mean, what makes you so great in THEIR eyes. Why should they leave the comfort and security of their current vendor, and move everything to you?
OK, armed your reasons? Now prove them to a complete stranger. Over the phone. In 30 seconds. How good are those reasons now? Because that’s what you’re faced with in today’s fast-paced, give-it-to-me-right-now- lead generation environment. Don’t know?? OK, we’ll spell it out for you: in the next two installments in this series learn 15 new ways to generate phone calls.

This has been the first in a three part article series on lead generation. In the second and third articles in this series, you’ll learn 15 new ways to fix your lead generation campaign. Kick up your response and learn how to get way more calls in the next two parts of this series.

For then next installment, How To Generate Sales Leads: 7 Ways to Get Sales Leads, Click Here.

For the third part, 8 More Ways to Generate Sales Leads, Click Here.

Jeffrey Dobkin is the senior writer at the direct marketing firm of The Danielle Adams Publishing Company. He has written 5 books of How-To tips and techniques in direct marketing. Jeff can be reached at 610-642-1000, or visit Call Jeffrey and ask for a FREE Copy of his “75-Point Checklist for your direct mail.” Or email him at Thanks.