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What is a Sales Qualified Lead (SQL)?

A Sales Qualified Lead should not be confused with a Marketing Qualified Lead.

That definition involves understanding the terminology, but also (maybe just as important) the indicators within your own process that alert you to potential customers moving down the funnel.

If you know the terms (prospects, marketing qualified, sales qualified, etc.), but don’t understand how your company determines and segments the leads within your sales process—you’ll end up losing potential clients.

One of the most crucial terms to understand is the sales qualified lead (SQL).

Without a clear series of events that alerts your marketing team and then the sales reps of when a lead is ready to be fit and then closed, you will be pitching leads that aren’t ready and losing those that were ready sooner.

In short, it’s an important step.

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