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Lead Nurturing for Software Trials

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They signed up. What now? This week someone asked me about lead nurturing for people who signed up for a 30-day product trial (for a SaaS/Cloud software product). This was in response to an article on trial conversion optimization that I wrote over a year ago. Tip 1: Start Sending Email Now. Are you sending follow-up emails to your trial registrants yet? If not, start doing so today. Conclusion.

Eloqua Experience 2010

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This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun. Here is a preview: Eloqua 10 Campaign Builder (click to enlarge). They are raving about Eloqua 10. Overall.

Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

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Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new. According to Forrester, only  2-5% of B2B firms have invested in full-featured Marketing Automation. But that percentage is rapidly growing. Increasingly, B2B companies realize that Marketing Automation software requires skilled operators. But – if you decide to hire a Marketing Automation manager – what should you look for, and where do you find them? New technology requires people with a new set of skills, nothing new about that. But that’s for web analysts.

25 Great B2B Content Marketing Articles

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While doing research for my upcoming webinar on creating content that converts , I found many great articles on B2B Content Marketing. Here are the 25 articles that I liked best. Most are blog posts, but I’ve also included some eBooks. My focus is on B2B, rather than B2C. Often, some of the basics are the same, but not always. For example, the complex sale is usually unique to B2B selling, and that’s when you would map content to stages in the buying cycle. So here are the articles: Overview Articles. Joe Pulizzi, What is Content Marketing? Personas. Content Planning. Content Reuse.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail

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Needless to say, Marketing Automation software is very popular today. It can be used for email campaigns, drip marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, landing page management and for brewing coffee. It is often positioned as something that will solve all your marketing problems for a couple of thousand dollars per month. Okay, I made up the part about brewing coffee. Unclear Prospect Profile(s).

7 Reasons Why Oracle's Market2Lead Acquisition Makes a Lot of Sense

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Oracle has just acquired Market2Lead , one of the early Marketing Automation vendors. There has been a lot of talk in the industry about possible consolidation, such as vendors going out of business, becoming irrelevant or being acquired. This is the first transaction involving a major software vendor, so it deserves some notice. Everybody expected Salesforce.com to make a first move, but Oracle surprised us here :- ). People asked my opinion on this acquisition. Overall, I think this is great news, for 7 reasons: 1. Market2Lead Probably Got A Good Deal. The result: not enough new customers.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. The response was overwhelming: see below for all 18 (!) predictions. There are lots of interesting opinions, from practical to visionary, with consensus on some topics, and differences on others. and Web 3.0

Guest Post: Best Practices in Marketing Automation

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By: Lisa J. Cramer, President & Co-Founder, LeadLife Solutions. There are certainly a lot of capabilities within marketing automation. As such there are a variety of best practices to be followed in order to maximize the use of these systems. Below are some of the best practices we have found within our customer base that helped drive success with marketing automation. Is the lead dead?

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Sales 2.0: Marketing Automation & Salesforce Chatter

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Today I’m at the Sales 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. write about Marketing Automation, so why am I at a sales conference? I’m here because I believe Sales & Marketing should be on the same team. Marketing Automation can help both Marketing and Sales, but it requires intense collaboration: that’s what Sales 2.0 is all about. Chatter and Marketing Automation.

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Hubspot Review

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UPDATED REVIEW: My earlier review of HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing software was more than 1 year old and the software has evolved a lot: time for an update! I see two clearly distinct target groups for HubSpot: Small business owners. Marketing departments at mid-size companies. Both groups will use HubSpot to generate more inbound leads, but they have vastly different requirements. Conclusion.

Learn Holistic Lead Nurturing

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Would you like to learn how Lead Nurturing can turn more of your leads into revenue? On a single afternoon in New York City, Silverpop brings together several expert speakers to discuss Holistic Lead Nurturing strategies. The agenda covers B2B marketing trends, marketing infrastructure, nurturing dialogs, campaign development and implementation advice. Cost: FREE for qualified marketers.

5 Questions That Will Double Your Email Response Rates

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Great lead nurturing content starts with great email copy. So I’ve created 5 questions to ask yourself when writing email copy. If you use these questions to optimize your emails, you’ll see a spectacular increase in response rates. Want to see more? Register for Tuesday’s webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/579411539.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Plugging the Leak in the Middle of the Sales & Marketing Funnel

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I’ve recorded an introductory video on lead nurturing and how it can turn more raw leads into qualified leads. Effective lead nurturing will prevent prospects from falling out of the funnel before they are ready to talk to a sales person. If you’d like to attend the webinar, please register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/594743683.

MA Monday San Francisco and Other Cities

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The next Marketing Automation Monday will be in San Francisco on March 21st. It is organized by Daniel Kuperman and hosted by Brighttalk (501 Folsom Street). It’s going to be the 3rd meetup in San Francisco, and we expect about two dozen Marketing Automation users, who will discuss integration with CRM and several other topics. Register for Marketing Automation Monday in San Francisco, March 21 @ 6pm. In addition to the topics, there is lots of opportunity to exchange best practices and to connect with like-minded Marketing Automation enthusiasts. Why should the Bay Area have all the fun?

Drip Campaigns: Tips From Marketing Automation Monday

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Almost 30 people showed up for the first two Marketing Automation Monday meetups in San Francisco and Palo Alto. The topics for these meetings was drip campaigns and lead nurturing. Lots of good ideas and best practices were exchanged, and I wanted to give you a quick summary in this blog post. Database Segmentation. Segmentation came up several times. You need to tailor your drip campaigns to different audiences. Often, this is based on product, company size, industry or sales channel (direct, partner, affiliate). Some companies were actively capturing more information on prospects (e.g.

7 Steps to Finding Untapped Revenue in Your Marketing Database

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This Tuesday (June 22nd) I’m presenting a webinar on the 7 steps to finding untapped revenue in your marketing database. Do you have many leads in your database who have never been followed up on? If yes, you have a lot of untapped revenue in your database. Attend this webinar to learn how to generate additional revenue from your existing leads.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Social CRM, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation

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Today I’m a panelist at the Silverpop Client Summit and we’re talking about Social CRM, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation, moderated by Adam Needles. That’s a wide variety of topics, but I believe there is a clear relationship between them: Both CRM and Marketing Automation are changing because of Social Media and Inbound Marketing. Social CRM.

Lead Nurturing Checklist for Marketing Automation

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If you want to make a start with Lead Nurturing, what are the right questions to ask? And what are the decisions that you need to make? In this post I present a short checklist of questions to ask before you get started with lead nurturing: Do you want to nurture new leads, existing leads or both? How do you to segment your audience? Which content is available for nurturing? Segmentation. Content.

Is Content Marketing the New PR?

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Today my  article on Content Marketing was published on the Genius.com blog, and I wondered whether I could visualize how Content Marketing is different from traditional public relations and advertising. came up with two low-fi sketches. I’m interested to hear your opinion on these visualizations. The OLD Situation. This is blasted out to a mass audience. The NEW Situation. Black and White.

What is the ROI of Lead Management?

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Earlier this year I downloaded Silverpop’s lead management workbook , and I planned to write about it. Unfortunately, not enough time… Last week I received a copy of Marketo’s Lead Nurturing workbook. Similar books, but each with their unique approach and lots of smart advice. Both books show how you can increase sales by nurturing all leads, from inquiry to opportunity.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

What Lead Nurturing Content to Send When?

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On Thursday I’m presenting a webinar with Treehouse Interactive , called “Lead Nurturing 101″ One of the registrants sent me the following question: How much of this webinar will be about content, i.e. exactly what to say in each subsequent email in a series designed to move someone from prospect stage to buying stage? The webinar will only cover this briefly, so therefore I’m giving some more details this blog post. By the way, you can still register for the webinar. What Is Lead Nurturing Content? Mapping Content to Buying Stages. Content for Nurturing Emails.

Process Turns Marketing Automation Into Revenue

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Today I read a blog post about 7 trends that speed up the adoption of marketing automation. It mentions the importance of valuable content, the increasingly longer sales cycles and the “consumerized&# B2B sales processes. These are all important trends, and many people will wonder: how do I get started? Unfortunately, there is more to it than just technology. Process First. That was hard.

Best CRM for Marketing Automation: Salesforce.com, Microsoft or Oracle?

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Forrester recently released a vendor evaluation for midmarket CRM vendors. If you look at Marketing Automation systems, the best supported CRM system is Salesforce.com. However, Forrester states that Microsoft Dynamics CRM may actually be a better CRM product. That brings up a range of questions: What does CRM integration mean? What if you’re choosing a CRM system today? Register now ».

Social Media & Marketing Automation

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This week there was a discussion about Social Media and Marketing Automation in the LinkedIn Group of the Marketing Automation Association. Around the same time I got an email announcing Marketo’s Chatter for Sales Insight , integrating sales notifications in the Facebook-like interface of Salesforce.com Chatter. asked myself: Does Marketing Automation Get Social? How useful is this?

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.

Finding Untapped Revenue in Your Marketing Database

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It’s sort-of like living on top of a goldmine, but you have to dig to get to the gold. Lead Nurturing takes a lot of effort, but it’ll pay itself back ten times over. With a solid nurturing strategy you’ll find new sales opportunities from leads who you thought were not interested. But how do you create a solid lead nurturing plan? Know All About Your Audience. Have Conversations.

Assessing The Value of Your Lead Database

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This Wednesday I’m presenting a webinar called “Search and Rescue&# for your lead database , hosted by Loopfuse. It presents a 7-step process to generate revenue from existing leads, who were previously assumed “lost&#. Part of this process is assessing the value of your existing leads. Unfortunately, there is no exact answer for this. See the video below for more details.

Upcoming Lead Management Events

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This week there are a couple of interesting Lead Management events, so I thought I’d share them with you in a short blog post: Hubspot Show & Tell , new features including lead management, June 8th (tomorrow). Genius Demand Gen Academy , series of 12 webinars, starting June 9th. MarketingSherpa Lead Management webinar , June 10th (sponsored by Eloqua). Hubspot Show & Tell.

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Marketing Automation

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This is the first of three posts for the Silverpop B2B Marketing University , March 3rd in Washington DC. will be speaking about Marketing Automation features, the marketing technology ecosystem, and the impact of Social Media. Social Media. When talking about Social Media, most people immediately think of Twitter or Facebook. Lead Generation. Lead Nurturing. Lead Intelligence. Customer Support.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

B2B Marketing Events 2010

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Some featured events: Silverpop B2B Marketing University. I’m speaking at the B2B Marketing University. Although it’s organized by Silverpop, it’s primarily a thought leadership event: no product demos, customer cases, or other company promotions. Sales & Marketing 2.0 Conference. Even though the name makes you think otherwise, the Sales 2.0 conference this fall! Final Words.