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B2B Marketing Automation & Lead Nurturing Emails: 20 Must-Know Stats

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When you’ve finally found that great lead -- or leads -- through your inbound marketing efforts, the relationship with that potential customer is just beginning. 

In fact, interactions between your company and that fresh lead should span every step of the buyer’s journey and their trip down the sales funnel. It'll require regular engagement and providing appropriate information at the right time, along with awesome sales follow-up emails and other outreach. 

In other words, you’ll have to do a little inbound lead nurturing.

Lead-Nurturing Emails and B2B Marketing Automation

Guiding a lead along does take time and effort -- two things that may be in short supply at your busy company. 

That’s where B2B marketing automation can come in and take that lead from an interested shopper to a committed buyer. The benefit of marketing automation is that it takes pressure off you while continuing to engage your leads through:

  • Lead-nurturing emails (also called workflows)
  • Social media posts
  • Other targeted content 

For example, lead-nurturing email workflows can send out follow-up email sequences at predesignated times. This way your salespeople don't have to drop everything when a new lead comes in -- your marketing automation tools take care of it for them.

Manufacturing, healthcare technology, and other B2B industries have a long buying cycle -- lead nurturing is especially essential here. As you'll see below, B2Bs tend to lag in adopting modern marketing practices, so you have an awesome chance to blow by your out-of-touch peers.

Lead nurturing and marketing automation are crucial to the B2B sales process and can have big impacts on your company’s bottom line.

Lead-Nurturing & Marketing Automation Stats That Prove Their Impact

And now, the digital marketing stats you've been waiting for!

  1. 8 in 10 marketing automation users see an increase in leads and 77% see an increase in conversions (Source: Oracle)

  2. 55% of marketers were using automation for email marketing in 2022, compared to 40% in 2021 (Source: Ascend2 and Research Partners

  3. About 68% of all businesses use automation in some form. (Source: HubSpot)

  4. Of those who use automation, 23% are automating delivery of content marketing. (Source: HubSpot)

  5. Among B2B marketers, 58% plan to adopt automation technology. (Source: Emailmonday)

  6. Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost (Source: Adobe)

  7. Users of marketing automation software see a 451% increase in qualified leads (Source: Oracle)

  8. A study by Ascend2 revealed that 53% of respondents, spread across all industries, confess that the majority of their leads require long sales cycles.

  9. Approximately 96% of visitors that come to your website aren't ready to buy (Source: Adobe)

  10. The customer buying journey is hard -- 77% of B2B buyers said their most recent purchase was highly complex or difficult. (Source: Gartner)

  11. 56% of marketers find targeted content to be the most essential element of a successful lead nurturing strategy (Source: Ascend2)

  12. Moosend says 36% of marketers use marketing automation to shave off time from -- or totally eliminate -- their repetitive tasks.

  13. Email automation campaigns are among the top three strategies email marketers use to improve job performance. (Source: HubSpot)

  14. Of companies that are seeing significant obstacles in implementing marketing automation software, about one-third report a lack of internal expertise or know-how (Source: ZHAW School of Management and Law)

  15. Those who use marketing automation strategies say time is the biggest barrier to using them. Those who don’t automate say budget is the biggest barrier. (Source: Responsify)

  16. Top-performing sellers say they receive better leads from Marketing -- 94% of them call the leads they receive through marketing efforts either “excellent” or “good.” (Source: LinkedIn)

  17. Email marketing has a 4400% ROI on average (Source: OptinMonster). Who said email was dead?

  18. Automated marketing emails generate 320% more revenue than standard marketing emails. (Resource: Campaign Monitor)

  19. Even qualified leads need nurturing! One survey reported that 40-70%+ of qualified leads still aren’t ready to buy. (Source: Databox)

  20. Among B2B organizations, 15% don't include outreach in their sales and marketing processes to keep leads warm (Source: Gartner Research). Creating helpful, relevant content for all steps of the buyer's journey can soothe the concerns of leads and shorten their time-to-purchase.

The Evolution of B2B Sales Strategy

These are just a few of the 100s of other statistics out there. Efforts to maximize lead follow-up and workflow marketing automation will continue to evolve. Companies will have new best practices to report from their successes. 

Want to be one of these success stories? Start by learning from the blueprints of other success stories. Check out our case studies to learn how to utilize the above tactics to promote consistent growth for your company:

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(Editor's note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and was recently updated with new stats and insights.)