In addition to having a 61% lower average Cost-Per-Lead, inbound leads appear more likely to become customers.
Among a sample of 150 businesses using closed-loop marketing analytics, HubSpot analyzed the median lead-to-close rate of each business by lead source. Among those lead sources:
- Leads via SEO were more than seven times more likely to close than outbound-sourced leads (15% vs. 2%).
- Leads via inbound links (or referrals) were nearly five times more likely to become customers than outbound leads (9% vs. 2%).
Social Media, Blogs Generate Real Customers
Social media and company blogs appear to be helping companies generate leads that result in customers:
- 62% have acquired a customer via LinkedIn, up from 57% one year earlier.
- 57% have acquired a customer from their blog, the same proportion reported in last year's study.
- 52% have acquired a customer lead via Facebook, up from 48% a year earlier.
- 44% have acquired a customer via Twitter, up from 42%.
Interestingly, the frequency of blog posts appears to correlate positively with new customers acquired:
- 92% of companies that publish a blog multiple times per day have acquired a customer from their blog.
- 66% of companies that publish a blog weekly have acquired a customer from their blog.
- 43% of companies that publish a blog less than monthly have acquired a customer via blog.
Sources: Hubspot 2012 State of Marketing Report
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