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B2B Digital Marketer
B2B Digital Marketer
Maximizing Lead Value

The role of CPCL in marketing.


Welcome to another episode where today we delve into the critical world of Cost Per Closed Lead (CPCL) and how you can drive your CPCL down while maximizing lead value. As the lifeblood of any B2B marketing strategy, leads represent potential revenue; but not all leads are created equal. In this episode, we will uncover the secrets to not just generating more leads, but enhancing the quality and profitability of each one. 

From sophisticated lead nurturing tactics to refining your sales funnel, we will explore how top marketers and sales teams bridge the gap between quantity and quality. We will provide you with actionable insights and proven strategies to help you measure, analyze, and ultimately lower your CPCL. Join us as we reveal how to make each lead count by maximizing its value – transforming your marketing efforts into a high-octane engine of growth. Whether you’re a seasoned marketer or just starting, prepare to rethink the way you approach lead valuation and conversion.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The significance of CPCL in assessing your financial health.
  • How to align various departments towards a common metric.
  • Ways to overcome the challenges of attribution and data utilization.
  • Strategies for optimizing advertising and event participation.
  • Joe’s understanding of CPCL from his sales and advertising experiences.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Timestamps to Key Moments
  3. Key Tips and Takeaways
  4. Pros and Cons
  5. Memorable Quotes
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. How to Maximize Lead Value by Optimizing CPCL Strategies
  8. Conclusion
  9. Episode Links and Resources

Timestamps to Key Moments

  • 00:59 – Limitations of Google Analytics for SEO keyword data and trade show leads
  • 05:52 – The importance of cost per closed lead (CPCL) in driving business success
  • 09:02 – Cost analysis reveals department with promising lead opportunity
  • 13:58 – The importance of attribution in sales and marketing
  • 19:27 – Importance of starting at the basics
  • 24:16 – Opportunities for growth and efficiency in product production and market expansion
  • 27:47 – Reverse engineering financial goals and advertising success for startups
  • 31:15 – Importance of prioritizing appointments over sandwiches
  • 34:31 – Limitations of Google Analytics for SEO keyword data and trade show leads

Key Tips and Takeaways

  • Begin by understanding and implementing CPCL in your organization. It might be new, but it’s crucial.
  • Streamline communication and processes between marketing and sales for better lead handling.
  • Always focus on the metrics that impact your bottom line. Inflated metrics such as impressions or clicks do not always translate to revenue.
  • Make use of programmatic advertising to reach a targeted audience effectively and efficiently.

Pros and Cons


  • Focusing on CPCL encourages efficiency and drives revenue.


  • Understanding and implementing CPCL can be complex and may require a shift in company culture.

Memorable Quotes

  1. “The only metric I care about is one that’s directly tied to the balance in the bank account.”
  2. “If it’s affecting that bank balance, that’s the metric that I care about.”
  3. “It’s really difficult to chase down CPCL. It requires new business processes.”
  4. “The truth can be ugly, but it can also take you from a $30 million company to a half billion dollar company if you’re willing to be open-minded.”
  5. “How much it costs doesn’t matter if it’s the click that’s going to convert.”
  6. “If you don’t measure it, you cannot manage it.”
  7. “There are smarter ways to think about stuff if you’re geeky enough.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cost per closed lead (CPCL)?

CPCL measures the expense of acquiring a lead that has successfully been converted into a customer, directly impacting the balance in the bank account.

How can businesses effectively increase their impression share?

By targeting keywords that result in high-value conversions and optimizing ad exposure up to the point of diminishing returns, usually around 75-80% impression share.

How crucial is attribution in marketing?

It is vital as it allows businesses to understand which specific actions or touchpoints lead to a conversion, enabling better allocation of marketing resources.

How to Maximize Lead Value by Optimizing CPCL Strategies

  1. Conduct Market Analysis and Define Target Audience

    Understand and segment your target audience for effective lead targeting.

  2. Set Clear Objectives for Lead Value Maximization

    Establish measurable goals for lead generation aligned with business growth strategies.

  3. Implement Robust Lead Tracking and Measurement Systems

    Use CRM and analytics to track leads and connect data to cost per closed lead (CPCL).

  4. Refine Your Lead Generation Tactics

    Optimize lead generation methods for quality and efficiency, employing A/B testing for best outcomes.

  5. Develop a Comprehensive Lead Scoring Model

    Create and adjust scoring criteria for leads based on engagement and profitability indicators.

  6. Nurture Leads with Tailored Content and Communications

    Utilize personalized outreach and segmented content to advance leads through the sales funnel.

  7. Optimize the Sales Funnel for Conversion Efficiency

    Identify and rectify sales funnel inefficiencies to reduce lead loss and improve conversion.

  8. Train Sales and Marketing Teams on CPCL Focus

    Educate teams on CPCL’s importance and encourage collaborative efforts for qualified lead handoff.

  9. Leverage Customer Feedback and Testimonials

    Utilize customer insights and testimonials to enhance trust and conversion potential.

  10. Review and Adjust Strategies Regularly

    Continuously audit and adapt strategies in response to market trends for optimal lead value maintenance.

By implementing these strategies, businesses can optimize lead generation and management, thereby reducing the cost per closed lead (CPCL) and enhancing overall profitability. Regular review and adaptation of these tactics in response to market changes are crucial for sustaining long-term growth and success.


As businesses strive for growth, Joe Khoei reminds us to focus on metrics that have a real impact on our bottom line. He advocates for a gradual and strategic approach to adopting the CPCL metric and leveraging it for decision-making. It’s time to rethink our strategies, align departments, and measure success in terms that resonate with financial outcomes.

Episode Links and Resources

Joe’s LinkedIn:

SalesX website:

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