Lead generation, the marketing process of stimulating and capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing a sales pipeline, allows companies to nurture targets until they're ready to buy. Lead generation can be useful for any type or size of business, and for both B2C and B2B spaces.
Sales lead generation usually falls to sales, and marketing led generation is mostly dealt with by marketing. Before a lead can get to sales, marketing lead must become a qualified marketing lead, and then onto a sales qualified lead. A sales qualified lead usually gets to the sales team directly and quickly.