8 Ways to Find B2B Leads and (Almost) Unlimited Growth in 2024

By: Jack Reamer |
 January 30, 2023 |

At Salesbread we have saying :

“The harder the list is to build the easier it is to get a reply.”

What does that mean?

It means that if you spend a lot of time thinking about who truly needs your offer the most (those with a “bleeding neck problem”), and you find uncommon ways to build a prosepcting list, and help these people solve their pain points… 

You don’t have to be a master copywriter to get these people to respond.

Instead, you’ve found yourself, Gary Halbert describes, as a starving crowd.

The story goes as follows:

So your job as marketers is to find your starving crowd.

And that’s why we’re sharing eight ways to find these B2B leads that will hopefully help you push yourself to build a better list so that it’s far easier to turn these accounts and individuals into leads that are interested in what you have to offer. 

Keep this in mind as, as some of the  strategies below are quite involved, but remember the harder it is to build your list, the easier it is to get a reply.

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What is a B2B lead?

A B2B lead is a qualified prospect that has expressed interest in your offer at some level, period. 

They may have booked a sales call, they may have opted in for your newsletter, and they may have booked a sales call.  (A Sales Qualified Lead, SQL)

Maybe they even signed up for your marketing newsletter, in which case they’re a marketing qualified lead or an MQL.

But the important distinction is a lead has taken the first step towards finding out more.

More about your offer.

Whereas a prospect, a B2B prospect is just a qualified individual that’s in your market and a potential buyer for your product or services.

So this post is going to focus on finding B2B leads because let’s face it, prospects don’t put money in the bank. It’s leads  that will eventually pay money that we all value more.

Quick Caveat

If you want to find B2B leads, you’re going to have to first find prospects and then convert them into leads. 

This article will help you do just that.

The first step is using Linkedin Sales Navigator searches to find qualified prospects. 

Number 1: Use Linkedin Sales Navigator

Some B2B lead generation agencies and marketing teams only stop at Linkedin Sales Nav and don’t think outside the box when it comes to finding hot B2B leads

BUT If you aren’t using Linkedin Sales Navigator yet to find qualified leads, then you are making a mistake. 

Why do we say that?

Well, Linkedin is a treasure trove of information. Not only can you use various filters to find prospects in your target audience, but you can also use it to create personalized messages or emails. 

Have a look below at some of the filters you can use: 

You can filter prospects via:

  • Title
  • Years of experience
  • Groups
  • Posted content keywords
  • Company
  • Location
  • Industry
  • First and Last name 

You can even see if a prospect has posted something on Linkedin within the past 30 days; this is an important filter feature because it tells you if they are active on Linkedin or not.

But in order to turn these individuals into B2B leads, we recommend connecting with them and following up with ultra-personalized messages on LinkedIn.

If you have a list of prospects, check every single person out on Linkedin

Usually, their profiles share a myriad of info that you can use to write prospecting messages. 

See the example below:

If you have a look at our content markerters personal Linkedin profile, for example, there are various things that you could use to write a personalized message.

At Salesbread we believe in the CCQ method. It stands for: 

  • Commonality
  • Compliment
  • Question

If you look at my profile you could mention in a message:

“Hi Michaela, I enjoyed reading about the fastest growing fintech companies. Let’s connect here, I would like to hear more.”

Or 

“ Hi Michaela, I liked that quote about toxic work cultures too. It’s interesting how many people are leaving their current jobs (the great resignation) . They say it’s from a toxic culture at work. Would love to hear your opinion? Can we connect here?.”

Just by digging in a little deeper, you can write interesting, personalized messages that are bound to capture the attention of prospects.

Why?

Because it’s not just a “copy-paste” message that’s been sent to thousands of people. It’s a message specifically for the prospect. 

Number 2: Get leads from various B2B databases

There are tons of different databases on the web.

Some of these providers will let you download the data instantly, but the quality of the data might be an issue depending on your service provider

We love using Zoominfo. It’s the best source of B2B data available today; including advanced firmographics, corporate hierarchy, org charts, and intent signals.

Zoominfo is pretty costly. Their basic package starts at $14,995 per year. They do offer a free trial, which can help you decide whether it’s the right tool for your company.

Another database that we have found quite useful is Clutch. Especially if you are looking for certain businesses in specific industries. 

(Linkedin’s filters for industry are notoriously infamous for being inaccurate, therefore using other database providers is better when it comes to the industry filter.)

 Have a look at the example below for Clutch:

For example, if you are selling a SaaS product to SEO companies, then you can easily filter out companies that offer SEO services.

Have a look at the various filters that can be used:

Once you have extracted all the data, you will then have to take this list of prospects and convert them into warm leads. 

4. Try Cold Email Outreach

In a similar way to Linkedin outreach, you could also make use of cold email. Once you have the perfect list, reach out to your prospects with a short, personalized cold email.

Remember not to send too many emails all at once. You might end up with a bad senders reputation, which means msot of your emails will end up in the spam folder.

The video’s below will help you write a great cold email that will actually get a reply.

Number 4: Search Social Media 

Social media platforms have sprouted all over the place; the best part is that millions of users make use of these platforms daily and besides this, often personal information is shared; Meaning that you can research prospects in-depth to find out if they would be a great fit for your lead generation campaign. 

(One of our clients builds their B2B lead lists by scraping companies that follow their clients. And because they know their clients, the case studies are highly relevant and they are enjoying high response rates, both with cold email and LinkedIn.)

Here are 6 of the main social media platforms that you can use to generate b2b leads:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Quora

Remember when you come up with lead generation strategies for social media, you will need to treat each platform differently. 

For example, with Instagram, you can’t post links, but in your bio, you can add a LinkTree account that can direct your followers to your website, blog or shop.

Many people have promoted their courses, books, or eCommerce stores on Linkedin, and this has generated leads for them. 

One example of a b2b company making use of Instagram is Shopify. 

They have turned their Instagram account into a blog.

“They’ve taken a blog post and broken it up using the ‘multiple image’ feature on Instagram. It gives their followers the chance to read a quick snippet of a blog post without clicking a link in their bio or leaving the Instagram experience at all.” 

If engagement is high and consistent, leads come to you. Inbound marketing is a great way to generate leads, without an aggressive approach. 

Dan Martel, who we have also interviewed in the past makes use of Instagram to sell his SaaS coaching services. He posts videos, as well as quick educational coaching reels, that engages followers to take action via buying his services. 

Number 5: Give web scraping a try.

Even if you aren’t tech-savvy, making use of web scraping can be a great way to find potential customers. It might sound complicated but the good news is that it’s not as bad as it sounds.  If you’re able to use web scraping you will have an almost unlimited source of unlimited prospects and leads. Web scraping allows you to target leads in a way that is more advanced than Sales Navigator or even ZoomInfo. 

We once used web scraping to find lawyers who are interested in podcasting for a client of ours. 

You can read the case study here: Outbound Lead Generation Case Study: Booking Meetings with Consultants and Law Firm Owners

What is it and how does it work?

Web scraping basically turns websites into spreadsheet rows. It takes all the data off a site and puts it in a format that is easy for you to read. Many people use VA’s for this, but it should be done by a robot.

Why?

Because it saves time and money. 

You want to use scraping for 2 things:

  • List building
  • Personalization

How to use web scraping for list building AKA finding B2B sales leads

The first step is to go to a directory online of people that you would like to target.

Go directly to the source of where people are updating their info, by doing this, you are guaranteed to get the freshest data. 

(Buying data doesn’t guarantee the freshest leads, because often companies share data with each other, and sometimes these lists are over a year old, this is why it’s better to scrape websites yourself.)

If you want to build a list of high-quality leads, you can scrape websites by adding in your own filters. This will ensure that your potential leads are super targeted. 

How do you do this?

You can use sites such as Yelp and Crunchbase

Here’s an example: 

Say you want to sell “Reputation management services” to hairdressers so that you can help them improve their Yelp scores so that they can get more customers. You could use scrapers to generate a list of companies.

How do you do this?

Go through Yelp in every city in your country and use it to find hair salons that have a 3-star rating.

From there, tell your scraper to extract the company names, phone numbers (contact information) and, names of stylists, and company websites to find the correct email addresses of people to whom you should reach out to.

There are very few places that you can go to find this information.

Web scraping takes time, but if you do this to understand how web scraping works, then you can get very defined about who is on your list. 

You could do the same with Crunchbase to find companies that use a specific technology. 

Crunchbase is using web scrapers to filter out websites that happen to use a given tool. 

Why is this important? 

Well, imagine you spam hundreds of potential customers with your product or service, and they have no need for you. 

With the example above, imagine if you tried to sell your “reputation management services to hair salons that have 5-star reviews?  

What are the chances of them using your services? Not much…Why pay for a reputation-building service, if you already have great ratings?

This is why specific targeting during the list-building process is imperative. You don’t want to come across as a spammer during your marketing campaigns

By using filters during web scraping, you can build an ultra-targeted list but also to add personalization when it comes to your cold email outreach. Play with filters to narrow down your audience. 

Which web scraping tools should you use?

At Salesbread we like to use Phantom Buster and Dataminor.io.

Phantom buster can be used to extract data off Linkedin, as well as many other platforms: 

There are various pricing packages available, so you can choose which will suit you best:

Once you have scraped all the information you need of either individuals or businesses, you can enrich that list with email addresses so that you can find them on LinkedIn for outreach.

(You could even use Uplead to find mobile numbers in case you wanted to try cold calling.)

Number 5: Make use of Content Marketing 

Stats show that Content marketing produces 3x as many leads as traditional marketing methods, but it’s also important to note that content marketing takes time.

Thanks to the Google Algorithm, getting your website on the first page of Google isn’t as easy as it seems. Consistency is key when it comes to generating informative, educational and helpful content that is SEO optimized. 

If you have a digital marketing strategy that is filled with intent keywords, you can attract the right leads to your website. Clients who are looking to work with a company just like yours. 

Think about it… 

What’s the first thing you do if you are looking for a company to work with, or a service? 

You Google it… 

And very few companies out there appear on the first page of Google, and even fewer customers search beyond that first page. 

This is why content marketing is important because, with time, you can get that coveted spot on Google’s first page… So instead of searching for leads, leads come to you. 

Niel Patel, the Godfather of content marketing puts it simply: 

93% of B2B marketers use content marketing. (Source: CMI) The vast majority of B2B marketers have embraced content marketing over traditional advertising. That might be because it’s much easier to communicate with a new audience by creating and giving away quality content, rather than just asking them to buy your product. It may also be caused by the typically longer sales cycles in B2B. Great content builds trust over time and keeps prospects close to you. And trust comes before the sale. Without trust, consumers won’t buy from you.” 

So if you want b2b leads to come to you, a content marketing strategy is important to have in place. 

Salesbread can be used as an example. We started our aggressive content marketing last year February 2021 and within 9 months we had from a few views a day to thousands of views a day. 

This in turn leads to more clients booking calls with us. 

Number 6: If you are looking for start-ups…

If you are looking for b2b leads in the startup space, Crunchbase is also a great place to look. 

Crunchbase allows you to do an unlimited number of exports. Crunchbase is the best place to go for finding B2B leads and I recommend using it if you’re going after startups. You will notice that this tool also has great filtering options. 

Number 7: Search the platforms below for SaaS and software company B2B leads

If your sales team is looking for SaaS and software companies, you can make use of platforms such as Capterra and G2.

Capterra for example offers 800+ software categories to browse, as well as 50 000 products. From CRM tools to Yoga Studio management software companies, Capterra has a massive database. 

Here’s a quick example:

We once had a client who helped mobile apps speed up their loading times. So we used an app pairing G2to search reviews of software users that complained about slow loading apps.

And we extracted over 300 apps with negative reviews mentioning their slow loading speeds. You can imagine that it was really easy to start a conversation with these with companies because their customers were complaining about a pain point that we could help them solve. 

You can either use Capterra to look for the b2b leads that match your ICP, based on their products categorization, or you can discover people who use products compatible with your own (which may make them ideal prospects as well).

Number 8: If you are looking for B2B leads in the marketing space…

Check out GrowthHackers. It is known for people who publish their content on the site. So if you are looking for prospects or experts in a given field, you can find some posts that they have written. 

With this, you can then add them to an email list and write a personalized email, instead of using a boring old template. Use their article as a reference to start a conversation, this will allow you to get your foot in the door and start a conversation. 

In the example below you can see the article that has been posted, as well as read the comments from readers. 

Think outside the box

Finding b2b leads in 2023 doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to stick to the same old platforms. 

If cold calling isn’t your thing, try email marketing, or content marketing. Make use of search engines, and different avenues to find b2b leads.

Why?

Because we all want unlimited growth for 2023 and more leads in our sales funnel And you can do this by getting out of your comfort zone and using different ways to find leads. 

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