What’s a Lead?
Ian Lurie Dec 15 2006
Here’s a good question: What’s a ‘lead’? If you sell stuff online, it’s easy to measure conversion by sales. If you don’t, though, it can get murky. How do you know if each visit is worth what you spent to get it?
Since my click calculator got publicity yesterday, I’ve had a few folks ask me that. In internet marketing, I think a lead means that a visitor has interacted with you to the point where they’ll return, remember you and/or get in touch some other way.
Here are my ideas. A visitor might become a lead if they:
- Complete an information request form
- Download an article or whitepaper
- View more than nn pages of your site
- Return to your site within nn days
- View a specific video
- Sign up for a newsletter
- Order a free widget
What have I missed? Anyone else out there have ideas for measurable actions we could consider a lead?
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint.He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More