The goal of any business owner is to grow a profitable business. In order to do this efficiently, you need to build systems.

It’s not a collection of systems you need to build, but systems that work together. One such system is a Lead Generation System. While Lead Generation has been around for years, there are new approaches using the tools of the internet to automatically bring in pre-qualified prospects. While it is critical for every business to have a Lead Generation System, the magic comes from how you use it in conjunction with your other strategies and systems.

Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of thinking they have a Lead Generation System when, in fact, what they really have is just a way to collect names and emails. They heard that the “money is in the list” so they build a system where they collect names and emails then wonder why nobody is buying from them.

If your Lead Generation System is producing traffic but not sales, it may not have anything to do with your Lead Generation System. It simply may have to do with a number of other processes that feed into it and off of it, which can cause the entire system to fail.

An effective Lead Generation System will do several things:

• Pre-qualify your prospects
• Cultivate a relationship
• Obtain relevant data
• Follow Up and Keep In Touch

Just as important as having a Lead Generation System is how you use that system. A Lead Generation System should:

1. Be completely permission based. Just because you meet someone at a networking event does not give you permission to add them to your Lead Generation System. They need to opt in to it.

2. Capture names, emails and even mailing addresses. If you’re wondering why nobody is opting in to your Lead Generation System, you will want to encourage them by giving something that adds value for your prospect and establishes your credibility as an expert in your field. This might include an ebook, audio, or even a coupon for a product or service.

3. Ask your prospect what they need most. If you don’t have a way to ask your prospect what their biggest need is, or their biggest frustration or struggle, then you will end up creating a big list with no idea how to serve them.

When many of my prospects (who are now clients) went through my Lead Generation System, they often wrote in to thank me for not only asking them their biggest struggle and frustration about growing their business but also for providing a helpful tip or solution through my blog, Ezine, and/or video training. Can you see how one part of the system (asking them their biggest struggle) fed into other strategies (blogs, Ezine, and video training)?

With each and every marketing strategy, you should consider how a Lead Generation System fits into your sales flow and other strategies. Making your Lead Generation System operate more effective simply may have to do with a number of other marketing tactics that feed into it and off of it.

Author's Bio: 

Lisa Mininni is the best-selling author of Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change and President of Excellerate Associates, home of the sought-after Entrepreneurial Edge System, which shows business owners how to automatically bring in pre-qualified prospects and turn them into invested clients 98% of the time. For her brand new eBook, Get More Clients Now! 3 Steps to More Clients, More Money, and A Business You Love, visit