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5 Ways to Effectively Generate Leads Online

Lead generation is a crucial process that boosts sales, drives revenue, and supports business growth and success for every company. In today’s fiercely competitive landscape, mastering effective lead generation has become a top priority for businesses striving to reach potential customers and gain a winning edge over their competitors. By strategically capturing and nurturing quality leads, businesses can unlock opportunities for increased revenue and expansion into new markets.

At Smartcore, we specialise in digital marketing for suppliers of food, beverage and nutraceuticals ingredients. We have the precise buyer data and cutting-edge products and packages you need to generate highly qualified leads and set your business up for long-term sustainable success.

What is Lead Generation?

Let’s begin with the fundamentals. Lead generation is the process of attracting and converting interested individuals (leads) into potential customers. It involves capturing their primary contact information by offering something of value in return. Then comes the process of nurturing these leads to generate further interest and convert them into qualified leads. These are ideal customer prospects with a higher potential for conversion due to their keen interest, active engagement, and positive brand interactions.  

Now, let’s explore two types of qualified leads: marketing qualified leads (MQLs) and sales qualified leads (SQLs). MQLs exhibit strong potential for becoming customers based on specific marketing criteria or engagement metrics, leading to targeted efforts that help successful conversions. SQLs are prospective customers who have been identified by the sales team as having a high likelihood of becoming paying customers and are ready for sales engagement. Understanding these terms is important as this knowledge can help you optimise your lead generation process.  

Undeniably, lead generation forms the cornerstone of any successful business, enabling the creation of a qualified leads pipeline and enhancing sales opportunities. 

If you’re a supplier of food, beverage or nutraceutical ingredients, Smartcore can help you can generate GDPR-compliant leads all year round through tailor-made predefined packages.

Importance of Lead Generation

An effective lead generation strategy is vital for a business to thrive. It cultivates high-quality leads who are more willing to become loyal customers and enables tracking and optimising marketing efforts. This, in turn, saves the business time and money while efficiently acquiring new potential customers and retaining their existing customer database. A major factor that comes into play here is data. By capturing valuable customer data, businesses gain insights into their audience’s preferences and behaviours, allowing for more personalised and productive marketing campaigns to achieve better returns on investment (ROI).   

Overall, a well-executed lead generation strategy not only drives increased sales and revenue but also lays the foundation for long-term success. It empowers businesses to make informed decisions, maximise marketing efforts, and stay ahead in a rapidly evolving business landscape. 

5 ways to effectively generate leads online

1. Email Newsletters: Offer a newsletter subscription option for prospects to sign up. Capture their valuable data and consistently provide them with regular updates, industry news, targeted messaging, and exclusive offers to generate leads effectively. Additionally, reach out to relevant third-party publications to collaborate on branded newsletters, get in front of the right buyers, and expand your audience reach.

2. Webinars: Host educational webinars to highlight expertise, show thought leadership within your industry, interact with potential buyers, and effectively generate leads for your business. By collecting registration information from participants when they sign up for your webinar, you can capture valuable leads for your database of potential customers. 

Here too, we can help. Our Thematic Sponsorship Packages enable ingredient suppliers to reach a live and on-demand audience and strategically nurture them through themed webinars, emails, and reports. Translating this into numbers, you can expect 250-500 GDPR-compliant leads (gold thematic package), 500-1000 registrations per webinar, and an audience reach of 27,000+ per theme. If you prefer a personalised strategy, our Custom Webinars are perfect for sharing research results and studies or promoting your topic expertise, all while generating highly qualified and GDPR-compliant leads.

3. Articles, Blog Posts and other Lead Magnets: Publish well-crafted content on your website or other platforms, including reputable third-party publications where you can tap into their existing audience and credibility. Make sure to include CTAs (call to action) that direct readers to take any desired action that requires them to supply their contact information. You can also transform valuable content into lead magnets by offering resources such as case studies, whitepapers, or exclusive industry reports in exchange for contact details. Create custom gated content landing pages that highlight the benefits of reading the content and require interested visitors to provide their details to access it. 

4. Targeted Ads: Use targeted ads to drive engagement and reach a wider audience by focusing on individuals actively seeking your products or services. Employ eye-catching display banners with promotions and messaging on relevant websites or social media platforms. Then, direct this audience to a specific landing page designed to convert them into leads. Take advantage of audience segmentation, precise targeting, and customised copy to maximise the likelihood of generating high-quality leads.

5. Social Media Campaigns: It’s important to have a strong presence on those social media platforms where your target market is active. Share content that resonates with your audience, and to ensure they see your content, use advertising options such as sponsored posts or paid promotions to boost your reach. Convert social media leads by offering incentives. This could include contest giveaways, discounts, or gated content, such as eBooks, white papers, and webinars.

Partner with us

Capturing high-quality leads that are both marketing and sales qualified can be challenging. Partner with us to uncover the true potential of your lead generation efforts. Our marketing, content, and digital teams use only the latest and greatest products (including custom content production) to help you generate and capture high-quality GDPR-compliant leads that drive sales and fuel business growth.  

With our proven strategies, cutting-edge technology, comprehensive data, and diverse marketing channels, we can assist you in navigating the competitive landscape of the food and nutraceutical ingredients industry, outshining your competitors.  

Furthermore, if you’re an exhibitor at our Fi Europe or Vitafoods Europe events, take advantage of our Event Packages to gain exclusive access to organiser-verified visitor data and event attendees before the show. 

Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and what challenges we can solve for your brand. Get in touch here



Serena Warren

16 August 2023