New Customer Acquisition

Lead qualification: Identifying potential customers

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Lead qualification helps companies use their sales resources more efficiently and increase the conversion rate of potential customers. There are many methods to evaluate leads: Learn how methods like BANT, SPIN or CHAMP can help you.

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Why is qualifying leads important?

Lead qualification is an essential step in the marketing as well as sales process that helps companies to effectively allocate their resources and increase their revenue. Lead qualification is a process of evaluating potential customers. The goal is to find out if they fit the profile of the ideal customer and how high the potential is for them to become customers (conversion).

Before qualifying leads, it is therefore essential to first develop a buyer persona to understand your target group and establish clear criteria for lead qualification. By qualifying leads in a targeted manner, marketing and sales teams can focus their activities on the contacts most likely to become paying customers. This ultimately leads to more efficient use of resources and a higher customer acquisition success rate.

Qualifying leads

Qualifying leads correctly

To qualify leads properly, you first need to understand what makes a good lead in the first place - for you and your company. A good lead is a potential customer who fits the ideal customer profile and shows a strong interest in your offered products or services.

Lead qualification distinguishes between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs). MQLs are leads identified based on their interest and activity, while SQLs are more advanced and enter the sales funnel as potential customers with higher conversion potential.

To successfully qualify leads, you should incorporate these practices into your process:

Ask qualifying questions

Using qualifying questions is an effective way to gather valuable information from prospects. By asking targeted questions, you can better understand your leads' needs, budget, and willingness to buy. This way, an informed decision can be made about whether a lead fits the ideal customer profile and should be further qualified.

Lead Scoring

Lead scoring is a process of assigning points to leads based on certain criteria. For example, these criteria may include lead engagement, company size, or budget. Through lead scoring you evaluate the quality and potential of your leads and consequently decide how high to prioritize your sales efforts.  

Manage leads in CRM

A CRM system is an indispensable tool for effective lead management. It allows you to centrally store and organize customer data, monitor interactions, and track the sales process. By mapping the sales pipeline in your CRM system, you always know which stage a potential customer is in. This makes it easiest to provide him with the right information.

Live chat

Integrating a live chat on the company website provides a direct and real-time communication option with potential customers. Through live chat, questions can be answered, problems can be solved, and specific information can be provided. This not only encourages interaction, but also allows for a more personalized approach to your leads. Live chat therefore provides a valuable opportunity to capture the interest and needs of prospects and support the qualification process.  

Methods for lead qualification

In some industries, finding the right way to effectively qualify leads is a real challenge. Often, uncertainty leads sales teams to rely on speculation. However, this reduces sales opportunities.  

But depending on what criteria are important to a company when it comes to lead qualification, there are proven methods you can draw on. These methods provide a structured framework so you can proceed systematically. Examples of such widely used lead qualification methods include:  

BANT Method

The BANT method is based on the criteria:

  • Budget (Budget),  
  • Authority (Authority),  
  • Necessity (Need) and  
  • Time frame (Time).  

The BANT method therefore checks whether potential customers have sufficient financial resources (Budget), whether they have the authority to make decisions (Authority), whether they actually have a need (Need) and when they are ready to complete a purchase (Timeframe). By identifying these four criteria, you can assess whether customers have high or rather low conversion potential. This makes it especially easy to distinguish profitable from unprofitable customers.  

SPIN method

The SPIN method is based on the criteria:  

  • Situation,  
  • problem,  
  • implications and  
  • benefit or need.  

It helps to understand the specific challenges and needs of potential customers. By analyzing the current situation, identifying the problems, analyzing the implications and determining the needs, you can offer individual solutions that meet the customer's requirements. The SPIN method is particularly suitable for very complex products or software solutions. In fact, in order to successfully sell such products, it is also important that the product solves the customer's actual problems. If a customer implements a tool that he actually does not need, he will quickly quit.

CHAMP method

The CHAMP method is based on the following criteria  

  • Challenges
  • Authority,  
  • Finances (Money) and  
  • Priorities (Prioritization).  

The CHAMP method takes into account the specific problems (challenges), the decision-making authority (authority), the financial resources (finances), the motivation and the urgency of the problem (priorities). It is therefore a mixture of the BANT and SPIN methods, since it evaluates both the resources and the needs of the clientele.

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