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How To Deal With Inbound Leads And Avoid Mistakes

Updated: Nov 1

One of the best present sales professionals may receive is inbound leads, which immediately indicate their interest in your product.

However, there are a few significant obstacles that prevent salespeople from fully utilizing these chances.

First off, you can't tell if a website visitor or phone call from a potential customer is legitimate.

Or if you are mishandling these really competent clients once they get in touch with you...

Additionally, these kinds of questions are becoming increasingly crucial for business survival.

For this reason, I'll show you how to turn these web leads into devoted customers and how to avoid the many traps.

Inbound Leads in the Digital Age: A Quick Introduction

It should not come as a surprise that a significant portion of your inbound leads will originate from internet consumers, unless you have been hiding under a rock.

However, there are a few statistics I'd like to share with you since they provide light on how to handle this buyer.

Consumers trust the internet more than their friends, family, and particularly you, the salesman, according to a survey.

People study products online for 75% of the time they spend shopping.

Once a lead expresses interest online, it typically takes six to eight contacts to convert that lead.

What conclusions are we to draw from all of this information?

These figures indicates that as a salesperson must use the internet to build rapport with their inbound leads. This consumer requires aggressive follow-up due of their mistrust and is also simpler to lose.

Let's now talk about each specific mistake you might be making with inbound leads based on this information.

Top 10 Critical Mistakes To Avoid With Inbound Leads

(And How To Turn Things Around)

By this point, I've really driven home the notion that a modern sales professional must prioritise internet enquiries.

1. You Snooze, You Lose

Do you recall your thoughts or activities from 47 hours ago?

This is the typical time it takes for a business to reply to a lead. You can see why it's important to respond to potential customers quickly.

Speed is key in the sales game.

There are numerous programmes and settings that can alert you when a visitor comes to your website.

Utilize them and get in touch straight now. night or day. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

It is crucial to your closing ratio.

2. No Follow-up Procedure, No Close

Keep in mind that it typically takes six to eight contacts with an interested party before they convert. The typical internet business only pursues a potential customer twice...

Unluckily, not only do many businesses fail to follow up sufficiently, but they also never create a process for it in the first place!

A varied and original follow-up plan would be effective. It would therefore be able to cut through the background noise that your customer is subjected to 24/7.

Additionally, by seeing where you are along the process as you follow a technique, you may understand where you are with this lead.

3. Assumptions Lead Nowhere

Thirdly, do refrain from making assumptions about the client. You are losing money by treating these inbound leads as they are cold leads.

Find out what your client already knows rather than assuming they know nothing.

4. Why So Secretive?

Not being completely open and honest with your consumers is one of the most outmoded and worst sales techniques.

Hiding the cost, terms, or other details will only make customers turn away from you. Approaching the problem head-on is the best course of action.


In fact, anticipate their questions, mention the price yourself, or increase value with images and video.

After all, if you sell a worthwhile product, you have nothing to conceal.

5. You Forgot to SELL!

Given how serious of a mistake this is, We find it unbelievable that we even need to discuss it.

What did you do when an incoming lead with curiosity and queries arrived? You didn't guide them through the sale's steps adequately.

No matter how knowledgeable this customer appears to be, you still need to show them the features and advantages of your offering.


When it comes to parting with their hard-earned money, people become anxious. As a salesperson, it is your responsibility to reassure them and persuade them that you are offering something worthwhile.

6. Decision-Maker Dilemma

It's possible that the individual making the decision to buy your product is not the one who contacts you. Making such an assumption will result in a lot of time being spent and disappointment.

There should be more than one layer of decision-makers present if you are going to make any assumptions at all. Compared to the other, it is safer.

However, the busy businessman will decide which watch to buy. Respectfully enquire as to whether there are any additional people who need to review your idea.

If you don't, dealing with someone who can't pull the trigger will take a lot of work. The rest of the sales process is useless without a close.

7. One Channel = Minimal Chances

By connecting with these eligible clients solely in one method, you are also mistreating them.

It is a grave error to not pursue these leads through all available channels of communication.

Every person like to be contacted in a particular way. You won't get somewhere if you send 10 emails to a guy who only texts. You have to hit them hard everywhere before you discover what works.

8. Quitters Never Win

There is NEVER a reason to give up on a lead — unless they die.

The ideal sales game strategy includes the following:

  • Persistence

  • Consistency

  • additionally, a range of contact methods.

As you are already aware, those who give up have absolutely no chance of succeeding.


9. Wrong Product, Right Lead

When that possible buyer does appear in front of you, keep this in mind.

Online customers frequently search for products they won't ultimately purchase.

Assuming the lead is asking about the appropriate product for them is therefore a critical error.

As a salesperson, it is your responsibility to present options and pose qualifying enquiries.

10. Not doing Inbound Lead Research

There is no excuse for this final major error salespeople make with regard to inbound leads.

Why don't you look up everyone who shops at your store when there are more smartphones than people on the planet?

With just five minutes of web enquiry, you can learn more about:

  • Who makes the decisions

  • what needs they might have

  • Ways to seal the deal


To succeed in sales and grow your bottom line, consistency is essential.

May avoiding these errors serve as the springboard for additional closes up to then.

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