Are you looking for a reliable and accurate sales leads database? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

What is a sales leads database? What are their advantages for your business? How and where to get them?

In this post, we’re going to explain what a good B2B database is and why you should consider it for your business. We’ll also provide you with a list of the main tools and platforms to obtain good databases.

What is a sales leads database?

To understand what a sales leads database is, you first need to know what sales leads are.

Sales leads are potential customers that have shown interest in your company or what you’re selling, in some way.

Sales leads are the next step of marketing leads, which means people who have signed up for a newsletter, attended a webinar, or requested more information about your service. In consequence, these prospects are already qualified and ready to buy.

With La Growth Machine, you can easily manage your lead databases

As a definition, a sales leads database is simply a collection of these leads and their contact information. You can collect as much information as needed:

  • name;
  • age;
  • company;
  • job title;
  • email;
  • phone number;
  • LinkedIn URL;

B2B leads databases are generally created by marketing people, thanks to different methods we’re going to detail a bit later in this post.

As soon as databases have been generated, your sales team will have to contact all of them. This is part of outbound sales strategies, where salespeople go and reach out to leads.

On the opposite, there are other types of sales prospecting strategies where B2B leads are pulled and attracted naturally to you. To know a bit more about this, you can visit our inbound sales post.

La Growth Machine, our automation tool, allows you to import sales leads from a CSV source, or directly from LinkedIn.

This way, you can use it like any software meant for B2B lead generation, add thousands of B2B leads, and create automated sales sequences thanks to all the data you uploaded – and/or collected by our tool.

Why are sales leads’ databases important?

If you’re working as a salesperson or as a growth marketer, you know that generating leads and improving customer management is a game changer that leads to success.

The big idea here is that the quality of these leads is crucial, as you don’t want to waste time reaching out to unqualified prospects. Therefore, having a good qualified sales leads database can help you:

  • save valuable time, by automatically qualifying and filtering the leads for you;
  • increase your sales pipeline with new leads;
  • close more deals.

As we’ve seen before, you should keep in mind that a sales leads database is simply a list of potential customers who may be interested in what you’re selling, making them the perfect prospects to contact.

Lead view on LGM

That means that the more your lead is qualified, the more your conversion rate should be high. But how to ensure your lead is qualified?

That’s what we’re going to see right now!

How do I create a sales leads database?

There are several advantages to creating your own sales leads database:

  1. It is more qualitative. As your own marketing person, you know more than anyone what a good lead represents to you. You won’t mess it up. 😉
  2. It is cheaper. You can generate sales leads in many ways, including online ads, social media efforts, newsletters, organic search, content marketing, etc… All of this done homemade will give you more qualitative results than just buying it off.
  3. It is more scalable. By doing so, you can create your very own process and link your marketing and sales services, ensuring better communication and a faster sales process.

To create your own database, here are some techniques you might want to use:

Paid Ads:

Ads are great… When used correctly!

Be it:

  • Display Ads
  • Social Ads
  • Google Ads

… whichever type you choose, ads are a great channel to generate new sales leads that your sales will be able to reach out to.

Content Marketing:

Invest in SEO!

Articles, videos, ebooks, everything related to content marketing should be -at the very least, on your to-do list!

Why? Well when you use SEO tactics and tools (using SE Ranking for example), you’re going to get more and more inbound sales leads coming in.

And the beauty of it all; these leads are already pre-qualified because in order to get to your content, they had to somewhat search for it!

LinkedIn Sales Navigator:

I just love this platform! It truly is a treasure trove for everything B2B-related.

With Sales Nav’, there’s a plethora of different strategies you can apply, but I have a favorite one, which I’m going to share with you!

Here’s a simplified version:

  • Go to the Sales Navigator search
  • Select the Account view
  • Apply the filters that match your company segmentation criteria
  • Switch to the Lead view
  • Apply additional filters if needed.

Voilà! You now have a list of leads who work for the companies you selected. These people are potentially pre-qualified and of really high quality.

If you want the full breakdown of the ABM strategy with examples, click here!

The cherry on top 🍒: You can directly import your list of leads from Sales Navigator to La Growth Machine. This way, you can import as many B2B qualified leads as you want, and create automated sequences through different sales channels, such as LinkedIn, Email, and Twitter!

What's next? Reaching out to your leads!
I want to turn my leads database into clients!

Inbound Marketing

We’ve already gone through SEO which is one of the more known inbound strategies.

However, there are many more!

Inbound basically means focusing on the leads that “came to you” (as opposed to the ones you found through cold outreach).

You might be asking: “Yeah but who are these leads coming to me? I don’t see any” 🤨

You’d be right, they’re not there… Yet! You have to spot the qualification metrics that work for YOU.

That said, when have I ever left you hanging? Here are examples to give you some inspiration:

  • When a lead visits the pricing page.
  • When a lead visits more than 3-4 pages on your website.
  • When a lead signs up for a trial.
  • When a lead signs up for a trial but doesn’t use it.
  • When a lead starts using your product.
  • When a lead doesn’t convert at the end of their trial.
  • When a lead performs an action related to your product.

Can I buy a sales leads database?

Sometimes, you won’t have the time or resources to create your own database. There are some platforms that will help you to generate a list of sales leads very quickly.

Here are the benefits of buying leads databases:

  1. It is quicker. If you are in a rush and want to get results quickly, buying leads databases are pretty useful as you can instantly get hundreds or thousands of qualified leads directly and start activating your sales channels.
  2. It is easier to control your budget. You can choose the number of leads you need, but also the data you want to get. It’s a good way to save some money to focus only on the data you need for your database.
  3. It is safe*. If you’re choosing a serious platform, you won’t have any trouble with GDPR, and if you have any questions or issues, their support will always be there to make sure you’ll manage to deal with it.

In any case, whether your leads database has been created or bought, you can import it from any source to La Growth Machine to start turning those leads into clients, within a few clicks.

Import leads from any source

What about leads who've shown interest on LinkedIn?
Well, LGM allows you to import those as well!
Click here to learn how!

7 best B2B platforms to generate sales leads

Now that you understand the different ways that exist to generate a sales leads database, we’re to share with you the most trustable platforms to buy B2B leads in 2022:

  1. LinkedIn Sales Navigator
  2. Fundz
  3. Adapt
  4. Uplead
  5. Zoominfo
  6. DiscoverOrg
  7. Cognism Prospector
Using LinkedIn Sales Navigator in addition to cold calling | Poseidon

Tool 1: LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Sales Navigator is one of the best platforms to generate sales leads, especially in the B2B field.

It is top-notch quality, as LinkedIn is the first and largest professional social media – with nearly 1 billion users worldwide.

Salespeople have been using LinkedIn for many years with great success, but Sales Navigator takes it to a whole new level.

With this plan, you can generate as many leads as you want with a very accurate filter, and create databases pretty easily.

The price is about 79$ per month.

Fundz, LLC | LinkedIn

Tool 2: Fundz

Introducing Fundz – a custom-built platform that gives users an edge over their competition by providing real-time updates on businesses’ trigger events, such as funding or acquisitions.

This unique layout also includes access to key executive contacts, so you can be the first one to connect with target companies.

You can export as many CSV exports as you want.

It’s definitely an interesting solution to explore.

The price is about 29$ per month.

Adapt Reviews 2022: Details, Pricing, & Features | G2

Tool 3: Adapt

What I like the most about Adapt is how it easily integrates with LinkedIn to grab the lead’s email address.

Plus, the Chrome extension provides quick and easy access to this information, which is very convenient for salespeople.

Additionally, the pricing model is perfect for individuals and small businesses who are working with a limited budget, as it is based on the number of views and resources you want to download!

Uplead | Growth Gorilla

Tool 4: Uplead

Uplead is an up-and-coming competitor to ZoomInfo.

Although it has a smaller database and fewer data points than its competitors, it offers accurate data and attractive pricing.

Its plans are flexible and do not require a contract or annual engagement, making Uplead ideal for small businesses or companies new to sales intelligence, that aim to create a list of leads quickly.

The price is about 99$ per month.

ZoomInfo Launches New Account-Based Marketing Platform, MarketingOS

Tool 5: Zoominfo

With over 100 million contacts in its database, ZoomInfo has established itself as a leading provider of B2B sales leads.

Its easy-to-use platform and comprehensive features make it an ideal choice for businesses looking to prospect at scale.

The platform keeps updating with new contacts every day and their support is pretty efficient.

The price is about 79$ per month.

DiscoverOrg - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding

Tool 6: DiscoverOrg

DiscoverOrg is a data company that provides sales intelligence and account information. The company has always been known in the industry for its accurate data collection on both contacts and accounts.

Today, DiscoverOrg continues to set itself apart with its expansive data coverage and organizational charting capabilities.

Although subscriptions are not cheap, it’s a good alternative to LinkedIn as instead of helping individuals build relationships, DiscoverOrg does the same thing but for b2b sales leads only —and it does so especially well with enterprise-level accounts.

The price is pretty high ($25K per year) but the service is very qualitative for a big business unit with high volumes.

Your No. 1 Choice in Premium Sales Intelligence | Cognism

Tool 7: Cognism Prospector

Cognism’s global database has more than 350 million business profiles.

It also allows you to access Europe’s largest B2B contact dataset, which is more difficult to get because of GDPR.

Combined with the updated company, people, and event data, Prospector is a tool that helps you contact the right person at the right time.

While higher priced than many alternatives, the support, technology, and updated trigger event date consistently deliver strong ratings. Definitely a good tool to try for buying leads.

The price of the solution is 750$ per month.