“Innovation is not something that just suddenly pops out of our heads, ready to serve and bringing in sales leads. Rather, innovation is a process that requires space, time, money, and effort towards gambles that might lead us nowhere.”
Sometimes, in our desire to run a tight ship, the way we handle our daily lead generation activities may actually stifle our innovative energies. Innovation is not something that just suddenly pops out of our heads, ready to serve and bringing in sales leads. Rather, innovation is a process that requires space, time, money, and effort towards gambles that might lead us nowhere. Yes, that is a risk, but better take on risks instead of getting stagnant in our growth. Now that is a state no one wants to reach. In order to be effective in generating qualified sales leads, you really need to make an investment.
In a business, it is important to exercise some level of control. But if your control of things start to affect the research and development process of your firm, then something is really wrong. For example, cutting back on spending for telemarketing surveys might help you save a couple of hundred dollars, but it can affect your appointment setting campaign, due to your people not having the precise information they need to get in touch with business prospects. What you need to do is to provide some slack to encourage your team to think differently, while at the same time try reducing the impact of a bad business move.
Innovation should be nurtured, made to grow naturally. Forcing it to fit the constraints of budget and management will only stunt it. If you really want to reach an innovative solution to your lead generation process, you should be willing to invest into its growth.