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10 Questions: Do You Need Marketing Automation?

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A couple of weeks ago our firm prepared a detailed ROI analysis for a client helping them substantiate to their management the investment in a marketing automation platform. For other companies, the decision of whether or not to take the plunge into marketing automation is less of a slam-dunk. How do you know where marketing automation will help? months?

B2B Social Media Strategy: 5 Steps to Gaining Executive Buy-in.

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The job is often handed to the PR pros, online marketing executives, customer service managers, or anyone who recognized the power of social media early on. One great example of a social roadmap is the Altimeter Group’s Social CRM: The New Rules of Relationship Management. B2Bbloggers.com is an online magazine for B2B marketers. Technology Naughty Vs. Nice In 2010 2.

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Can Old Database Marketers Learn Digital Tricks?

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Summary: Database marketing and digital marketing are more different than it seems. Yesterday’s post touched briefly on what I see as a fundamental transition between database marketing and digital marketing, and in particular on the changes that marketers and their supporting vendors must make to navigate the change successfully. What’s less obvious is that the skills and attitudes that have served database marketers well for the past twenty or more years – an entire career for many – don’t transfer to the digital world.

Why Companies Buy Marketing Automation Software

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Recently, Lauren Carlson of research site Software Advice wrote a very perceptive and timely piece entitled “ Tailwinds for Marketing Automation Software ” about the broader market trends that, in her view, are driving the increased adoption of marketing automation technology. Marketing automation helps eliminate marketing waste. The reason?

21 Tips & Other Impressions from the Marketo User Summit

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Earlier this week, Marketo , the marketing automation company, held its second ever user conference in San Francisco. As a Marketo agency partner, I attended along with colleagues from Spear Marketing Group to greet clients, talk shop, and hear how other companies – including Marketo themselves – are putting technology to use in the service of improved lead management. Based on first-hand impressions, however, it’s not how the vast majority of clients are employing (or even thinking of) marketing automation. It’s all heady stuff. Think you have enough content?