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Email Productivity Tips for Marketers

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A recent article on LifeHacker talks about tips to get faster email responses. They talk about: Write shorter emails. Write fewer emails. Ask for a response. Start with a deadline. Only email one person at a time. Those are good, but I’d like to expand a bit on them and also put it in the perspective of a marketing manager. Five Email Productivity Tips for Marketing Managers. 1. See below.&#.

Reinventing Marketing at GE

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GE's Ecomagination Ad Campaign - Result of the Marketing Transformation Process. Who would have thought that General Electric (GE), one of the most admired companies in the world didn’t have a substantial marketing organization up until recently. The goal at GE was to transform marketing from a support function to an active player in driving revenue. Marketing as a Function. Principles.

When Leads Go Cold

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It seems with all the systems we have today to generate, score, and nurture leads, it all comes down to sales. The amount of time it takes for a sales person to follow up with a lead can determine whether the deal is closed or not. According to their research, the average response time, among companies that responded within 30 days, was 42 hours.

Marketing Automation Catching On Fire

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According to the recent report by Marketing Sherpa, “CMO Perspectives on B2B Marketing Automation” (offered for FREE by Marketo until March 1st), “the majority of CMOs have either implemented, are in the process of implementation

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Aberdeen Shows How to Do Email Marketing Right

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The new research report from Aberdeen Group “Email Marketing: Customers Take it Personally” has some very interesting insights. They talk about how the increase in the number of available marketing channels coupled with the resource

Marketing Automation is More Than Technology

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A new research study by Sirius Decisions , “ Calculating the Return on Marketing Automation “, sponsored by Marketo talks about the different levels of companies implementing marketing automation platforms (or MAP, as they call it). “Companies using technology alone to solve their demand creation issues may actually experience negative return where it matters most&#. The report breaks down companies into three segments: No Marketing Automation, and no processes. Marketing Automation and wither no or weak processes. Marketing Automation with average processes.

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Inbound Marketing Analytics 101

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HubSpot does it again, taking content that is not necessarily new or revolutionary and putting it in a nicely formatted eBook that makes reading it a pleasure. With “ An Introduction to Inbound Marketing Analytics “, you get an overview of what to measure and why. Especially useful for small companies and those who are just starting out with their marketing programs and need some help identifying key metrics, the eBook is packed with good advice. Inbound Marketing Analytics Overview. In the eBook you will see metrics for the following marketing tactics: Social Media. Paid Search.

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Upcoming Marketing Conferences « The Effective Marketer

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It's February already and you keep thinking “what the heck happened to January”? You're note alone. A few good events have come and gone, like the Digital Marketing Forum, MarketingSherpa's Email Marketing Summit, and the Email

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

How Viral Marketing Can Kill You

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Viral Marketing, or the spread of ideas (also called Word of Mouth Marketing) is usually thought of as a good thing. You create a video or a campaign and everyone starts talking about it. You go home happy and maybe even get a promotion. But sometimes the “viral” element more closely resembles the bad kind, the on that kicks you in the teeth and puts you out in bed for a week. Start Engaging.”

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Content Marketing eBook and Infographics

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A Content Marketing eBook. Content Marketing is all the rave, that’s part of what drove me to do some research on the history of content marketing and publish this free eBook, A Brief History of Content Marketing. I was curious to see how marketers of the past have used content marketing strategies to attract and engage customers before the Internet Age. The Rise of Marketing Infographics.

Getting the most out of conferences and events « The Effective.

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Photo by BillPellowe at Flickr. If you feel like you keep going to conferences and events but don't have time to apply what you learned when you get back to the office, you're not alone. Once you're back and the emails pile up

How Great Content Can Solve Problems

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This is the third post in a series of “ Principles of Great Content Marketing ”. The first post talked about creating simple content , and the second post discussed timely content. The Principles of Great Content Marketing series is based on three core ideas: Create simple content. Create content that is timely. Create content that solves a problem. The Problem with Content. Content abounds, and no matter what we call it (Whitepapers, eBooks, Videos, Infographics, etc.) we have been getting more and more of it every single day. Via email, via Twitter, Facebook, and word-of-mouth. The problem?

12+ Tips for Trade Show Success

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Make Your Trade Shows Count. The old fashioned trade show may not be the hottest topic coming through your inbox these days but odds are that you may still be doing quite a few events and have trade shows as part of your marketing budget. So how do you make the most out of it? recent MarketingProfs article, Is Tradeshow Marketing Dead? brings 12 tips for ensuring shows deliver the leads you expect.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

Email Adoption High But Lacking Best Practices

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A Forrester Research “ How US Maketers Use Email &# Report sheds some light into the use of email by B2B and B2C companies. Author Sarah Glass states: Email is the most mature and most widely used interactive marketing tool. According to the report, adoption of email marketing is high, with 88% of  B2C companies already using email and 10% planning to use before December 2011. Online Video.

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How Everybody Wins with HubSpot's Funding « The Effective Marketer

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As everyone in the marketing industry surely knows by now, HubSpot raised $32 million in additional funding. This means that is time to update my previous charts on marketing automation funding (see below) and the funding timeline

WordPress Plugins for Marketers

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A recent question on the Marketing Over Coffee LinkedIn group about WordPress plugins generated a really great list of tools marketing professionals should consider when running a personal or company blog. To make it easier for everyone

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Making the Most of Your Webinars

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A recent report from On24, “Webcast Benchmarks and Best Practices for Lead Generation“, has some interesting numbers when it comes to how webinars are being used and their effectiveness at lead generation

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A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Demand Generation and Lead Management Explained

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Last week Carlos Hidalgo , CEO of the Annuitas Group , shared on the Software Advice blog a nice video explaining two basic concepts that are often used interchangeably by vendors and even analysts in the Marketing Automation space but should in fact be treated as separate concepts: Demand Generation and Lead Management. Demand Generation vs. Lead Management. According to Carlos, Demand Generation has two goals: Filling the funnel. Engaging with prospect throughout the funnel. How About Marketing Automation? It is the technology behind your demand / lead processes. Nice job, Carlos!

Some Good Trade Show Advice

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Despite the fact that trade show attendance is going down and there is less money in your marketing  budget for attending physical events, if you do have to go to one you’d better make it worth it. like how Vanessa Nornberg described in an Inc.com article  a few tips to make your trade show profitable: Buy a booth you can afford. Strategically organize your booth. No chairs. Eliminate distractions. No smart phones. Leave laptops at the hotel. Choose the booth staff wisely. Marketing Budget Marketing Planning Trade Shows and Events event event management show planning trade show

How An Old School Product Leveraged A New Mobile App

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It has been out for a couple months now, the new myStain app from Clorox, but only now I have seen an interesting account of the marketing campaign and results highlighted in  an article from MarketingNews (an AMA publication, requires registration). As I first started reading about the mobile app that gives tips on stain removal, I wasn’t sure who would actually want to download it. Well, it seems the app has been downloaded over 75,000 times and 50% of users have shared the app via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter, according to the MarketingNews article.

A Tough Road for Marketing Automation

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Marketing Automation is a hot topic. News about  multi-million dollar investments  in the space has sparked not only interest from marketers but a multitude of competitors crowding  an already jammed market. Is like driving down the highway only to see the traffic stopping right after you take the next curve. As the traffic is slowly moves, some cars faster than others, many drivers start wondering if they should take the next exit. What’s Ahead for Marketing Automation Vendors.

The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

The Challenges in Adoption of Marketing Technology « The Effective.

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A recent webinar hosted by Neolane, “Crack the Code – Getting C-Suite Buy-In for Your Marketing Tech Purchases” had a very interesting presentation by Suresh Vital from Forrester Research. Based on a recent report on Marketing


What Makes a Great Creative Brief? « The Effective Marketer

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A similar question was posted on Quora and elicited a number of different but very interesting responses. It just goes to show that there is still a lot of controversy when it comes to creative briefs in marketing


Apple’s Marketing Genius

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With Steve Jobs stepping down from the CEO post at Apple, is inevitable we look back at the history of such an iconic company. Marketing, at Apple, has always been a differentiating point and key to their eventual dominance of the electronics consumer market and their resurrection in the personal computer industry. Apple: History in Ads. 10 Best Ads from Steve Jobs.

Marketing Events You Can’t Miss

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It seems Marketo has a nicer way of presenting Marketing Conferences. I did a post back in February listing upcoming marketing events but I have to agree a nice graphic is so much better! Check out below. Trade Shows and Events b2b marketing conferences infographic marketing events marketo trade show

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Marketing Charts and Trends « The Effective Marketer

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With an impressive collection of charts, HubSpot released The Marketing Data Box. Get it for free either in PDF or PPT format. There are 65 charts on 54 data slides showing: The benefits and consequences of social media to US Adults

The Science of Email Marketing « The Effective Marketer

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I just attended “The Science of Email Marketing” online webinar, hosted by HubSpot and presented by social media scientist Dan Zarrella. Slides should be available for download soon here. Key takeaways: Businesses are consumers (the

What Are Your Brand Touchpoints?

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A nice post by Nick Westergaard  on the “ 12 Most Underutilized Brand Touchpoints “ talks about the stuff many people relegate to second plan when thinking about their company’s brand. You have your logo, your tagline, your website… but how about product packaging,  brochures, and holiday cards? Yup, holiday cards deserve some branding love too. It’s all about how you present yourself and your company to customers and prospects in every single touchpoint. So what are the 12 touchpoints? They are: Packaging. Invoices. Packing Slips. User guides. Vehicles. Employees.

Effective Content is Clear and Direct

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A recent post by David Meerman Scott touched on a big pet peeve of mine… creating content that is easy to understand. Big organizations suffer from this problem more than others, but it also permeates small and medium businesses. Gobbledygook is spread everywhere, from press releases to website content, to the latest whitepaper or eBook. think that in larger organizations it probably starts with someone trying to sound smarter than the rest, showing off his or her extensive vocabulary of arcane terms. Or a combination of both. Oh, boy. Big mistake. What do you want the reader to know?

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Content Marketing Starts With Your Brand

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Branding used to be a high-level exercise bigger companies went through as part of their strategic marketing processes. You get an agency, brainstorm cute pictures, logos, and tag lines, come up with the visual guidelines, and move on. Every now and then you refer back to those branding guidelines that tell you the correct position for your logo and the approved color scheme. Fast forward to today. You’re not doing passive marketing anymore, you’re actively seeking out, enticing, educating, and engaging your audience. You are creating content. Where is your brand now? It Starts With the Brand.

Are You Spending Enough on Online Marketing?

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Although the level of marketing spend doesn’t usually correlate to marketing effectiveness, it is useful to know how others in your industry or other companies of similar size are spending their money on marketing. Forrester Research has recently released a study, “ Benchmark Your Interactive Marketing Maturity “, that aims to give you some metrics to figure out whether you are putting your money on the right marketing tactics. Five Benchmarks. Size of interactive marketing teams : unless you have people dedicated to interactive marketing, not much will get accomplished.

It’s All About the Landing Page

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Surprising results from eConsultancy’s recent survey on the use of QR Codes  showed that: 64% of consumers don’t know what QR Codes are. Of the consumers that know what QR codes are, only 11% have used them. Of those that have used QR codes, 20% think they don’t really offer any advantages and don’t expect to use them in future. Yikes! The survey goes on to point out that marketers have to be innovative and think outside the box when it comes to using QR Codes: “Don’t rely on QR codes alone. How Good is Your Landing Page? It’s typical, really.

Why Timely Content Always Wins

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This is the second post in a series of “ Principles of Great Content Marketing ”. The first post talked about creating simple content. So just to recap, there are three key principles for creating great content: Is it simple? Is it timely? Will it solve a problem? Simple content was explained earlier and is a sure way to create engaging and direct content. But, even simple great content can’t win you over unless it is timely. If you don’t need it, you won’t look at it. It’s that simple. What is Timely Content? There are three different perspectives to consider: Content that is a hot topic.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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