In order for a lead generation campaign to be successful, you have to be precise in identifying certain things. First, you have to identify what product or services you want to market and who needs them the most. Let's face it, no matter how good, noble, or well-intended your product or service may be, not everyone needs it. Not everyone has a computer, requires an accountant, needs janitorial services, and others like that. So, anyone walking upright on two legs doesn't qualify as a good criteria. It's a start, but you need to narrow it down in order to be more accurate or precise. Your goal here is to be like a sniper's rifle and you have to pick your targets carefully, putting emphasis on that one well-placed shot. You can't afford to be like a shotgun with a “spray-and-pray” approach – many have tried, none have succeeded. The only thing you'll succeed at is annoying all those people you're going to be calling once your list is done.
It all boils down to one thing. Common sense.
Narrow down your choices like target area, age, annual revenue, who the decision-maker is or whether it's going to be used as business leads for B2B campaigns. Without those critical data, the leads you're going to be generating won't be worth diddly-squat. Once you've gotten down all the details, you've already accomplished half the job required. The next course of action will be generating the leads itself. You have two choices at this point. You could choose to do it yourself, which quite frankly, is not recommended especially if you don't have the resources or tools needed. There are a couple of websites offering free services for this particular task, but there is no assurance that the database these enterprises have could be considered “fresh.” The better alternative to this is to hire a lead generation company that offers lead generation services. Of course there is a small fee involved here since these companies have a specialized software called “dataminers” which they maintain in-house and was developed by their own set of programmers. As far as the leads generated by these companies go, they're up-to-date as they employ their own people whose job mainly is to 'cleanse' their database by actually calling the people in the database every so often to verify if all recorded data are still accurate.
Finally, the list is already in your hands. What now? Again, two choices. You could do it yourself or your team of callers. If you're confident in your team or your own communication skills then you're good to go. But just because you speak the same language as the person you're calling doesn't mean you'll be effective at it. Two chances that you'll succeed if you do it on your own: slim and none. The only thing you'll be succeeding in is putting a good list to waste. The better alternative here is to employ the services of a B2B call center. This is the better choice at this point since the telemarketers who work for these companies are trained and paid to do just one thing: professionally telemarket with emphasis on quality. With a good B2B call center, you are assured that your list will be put to good use since they already have a system in place designed to maximize and effectively manage your list. Besides, with the calling part out of the way, you could focus on more important aspects of your business like business development and such.
A truckload of articles online will tell you this and that about telemarketing and lead generation. They'll give you all these mumbo-jumbo of terms which quite frankly is irrelevant and makes absolutely no sense. All this article can do for now is show you the door. It's entirely up to you to actually open it and show yourself in.

Author's Bio: 

Belinda Summers works as a professional consultant. She helps businesses increase their revenue by lead generation and appointment setting services through telemarketing.To know more about this visit: http://www.callboxinc.com/.