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What Is Behavioral Lead Scoring? [+ 3 Best Practices]

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Whenever you have a lot on your plate, you prioritize tasks. The same idea goes for managing leads and prospects coming through your Nutshell customer relationship management (CRM) system. With behavioral lead scoring, you can effectively manage your leads and connect with sales-ready prospects quickly and efficiently.

Before we can get into scoring leads based on behavior, what is lead scoring in the first place? Read on for a rundown on lead scoring basics.

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Lead scoring basics

Lead scoring is the process of assigning values to leads in an effort to prioritize them better. These values are based on a predetermined set of criteria and can range from letter grades to percentages.

Having this framework for ranking leads is incredibly helpful for your sales representatives because it helps them operate more efficiently, focusing efforts or high-priority leads that are more likely to close before turning to other leads.

The criteria used to score leads are based on many different factors, and every scoring model is different for each company. Primarily, though, lead scoring criteria are categorized into two types: explicit and implicit lead scoring.

Explicit lead scoring

Explicit lead scoring is based on measurable, hard data and reportable information. This includes information like:

  • Job title and company role
  • Company size
  • Industry type
  • Geographic location
  • Age
  • Gender identity

When choosing criteria to base your scoring model on, make sure you’re using information that closely matches your ideal customer persona for accurate scoring.

Implicit lead scoring

Implicit lead scoring deals with information that you infer about a prospect. You can come to these conclusions by studying a prospect’s online behavior, like:

  • Website interactions
  • Email engagement
  • Newsletter subscriptions
  • Social media activity and engagement

When developing your scoring model, make sure you’re awarding higher scores to behavior that signifies a prospect is moving further down the sales funnel.

Now, let’s dig a bit deeper into scoring leads based on behavior.

Behavior scoring

Behavioral lead scoring is all about identifying key behavioral indicators that imply that a prospect is sales-ready. This includes actions that signify a prospect is closer to converting into a customer, like viewing a specific product or service page or requesting a free pricing quote.

Why does behavior scoring matter?

Behavior scoring helps companies gain a better understanding of their ideal customers. In doing so, companies can potentially achieve higher conversion and close rates because of this prioritization of sales-ready leads.

You can’t get a full biography of every one of your leads, but you can get the next best thing by paying attention to their behaviors. Are there actions prospects take that consistently lead to successful conversions? Focus on those behaviors and use them to guide your sales and marketing strategy.

3 behavioral lead scoring best practices

Identifying behaviors isn’t as cut-and-dry as hard data in explicit scoring, but we’ve got a few behavioral lead scoring best practices up our sleeves we think you’ll benefit from.

1. Collaborate with your sales team

The best way you can ensure success for your team is to collaborate with your team. Your sales representatives are the people working with customers and engaging with leads the most, so their opinion and insights are incredibly valuable to you.

Listen to what your sales team has to say when it comes to developing the criteria for lead scoring. They’ll know what actions prospects complete that warrant a high lead score and can help you identify behaviors reflecting your ideal buyer persona.

2. Identify behaviors that lead to conversions

As we mentioned earlier, the best way to create a successful lead score ranking system is to identify key behavioral indicators. Like scoring systems, the indicators you use and how you rank them will depend on your company’s goals and customers.

You (and your sales team) know your customers best, so choose the key behavioral indicators that work for your business. Key performance indicators to consider looking for include:

  • Service and product page views
  • Opt-ins for newsletters or email lists
  • Customer interactions with your social media pages
  • Downloaded content
  • Quote and contact form submissions
  • Free trial enrollments

3. Don’t forget to reevaluate your criteria

Just like your marketing strategy, your lead scoring model should always be evolving. As trends change, so do customer ideals and behaviors. It’s a good idea to monitor key behavioral indicators to ensure they’re still performing well. If not, it could be a good idea to reevaluate your lead scoring model.

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