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Marketing attribution systems: a quick look at the options

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I’ve seen a lot of attribution vendors recently. If you're a regular reader here, you saw my reviews of Claritix ( last week ) and BrightFunnel ( in December). Last week caught up with Jeff Winsper of Black Ink , which I'll hopefully review before too long. Bizible also popped up recently although I don’t recall the occasion; possibly something related to their interesting survey on “pipeline marketing” and attribution methods. My rational brain knows that there’s probably no reason for this flurry of sightings beyond pure coincidence. Or not. Sometimes random is just random.

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Next-Generation Marketing Automation Systems Target Small Business

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Not quite standard but increasingly common features include social media sharing and tracking, Webinar integration, visitor identification via reverse IP lookup, and capturing campaign information from Google AdWords. The new entrants are clustered towards the small business end of the market, where they see an opportunity for simpler systems at lower prices than existing market leaders.

Data Plus MarTech: HubSpot and Demandbase Join the Race

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On the other hand, HubSpot also announced integration with LinkedIn for paid ad campaigns and said a Google AdWords integration is in beta, which are definitely move into outbound territory. There were two industry announcements this week that were unexpectedly related. It will also let you market to audiences in those channels without providing their names. No, not one bit.

VEST Report: Latest Trends in Marketing Automation, and Where's My Hoverboard?

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Google Adwords integration and advertising through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn audiences are more widely available but I don’t include them here. I just finished the latest release of the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool , a.k.a. VEST Report. Less is more, I suppose. Of course, none of this is your concern, Dear Reader. Here’s what struck me. more micro-business vendors.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Tripled AdWords average monthly conversion rates while slashing cost per lead 72% for an enterprise software vendor. social media, data analytics and adwords; and companies such as Marketo and Hubspot. B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. know which half." Look for.

The Pond Just Got More Crowded: Google, Salesforce.com and Sequoia Invest in HubSpot

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And the current frogs are all small enough that a powerful newcomer could displace them, especially if it had a natural entry point such as, oh, Google AdWords or Salesforce.com’s CRM system. Summary: HubSpot announced a $32 million investment yesterday by Sequoia Partners, Google and Salesforce.com. This could be a real game-changer in the small business marketing automation landscape.

Predictions for B2B Marketing in 2011

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Current examples: Hubspot's Web site grader for SEO, Omniture Test & Target for landing page optimization, Google AdWords for keyword and copy testing.) 3. I don't usually bother with the traditional "predictions for next year" piece at this time of year. But I happened to write one in response to a question at the Focus online community last week. So I figured I'd share it here as well. Summary: 2011 will see continued adjustment as B2B lead generators experiment with the opportunities provided by new media. 1. Marketing automation hits an inflection point, or maybe two.

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Dell To Resell Pardot Marketing Automation

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Beyond the Pardot system itself, the Dell offering includes pre-built integration with the other Dell products and with Microsoft Dynamics CRM , and fixed-price implementation packages (from free to $5,000) including training, campaign development, site search setup, CRM integration, and Google AdWords integration. Dell announced today that it has added Pardot marketing automation to its list of Dell Cloud Business Software applications. That is some pretty good company to keep. This is the same as Pardot’s direct-sold prices. Dell also offers a 30 day free trial of Pardot.

NitroMojo and Marketing Advocate Specialize in Marketing Automation for Channel Partners

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The system can also integrate with event management software and Google AdWords. As I noted in a post last year , there is a universe of specialized marketing automation systems for companies that sell through channel partners. These products address several interrelated challenges: distributing leads to partners without losing track of performance; distributing partner-customized versions of company-created content; and helping partners run their own marketing campaigns. Here are two more vendors with related offerings: NitroMojo focuses primarily on lead distribution and tracking.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Tripled AdWords average monthly conversion rates while slashing cost per lead 72% for an enterprise software vendor. social media, data analytics and adwords; and companies such as Marketo and Hubspot. B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. know which half." Look for.

Why Social Media Really Matters

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Some of this may be due to the fact that it’s much easier to buy search advertising (think Google AdWords ) than other types of online ads. Summary: marketing has shifted steadily over time from passive to active consumer engagement. Social media is the latest stage in this evolution. Marketers need to master new skills at each stage; as they do, advertising budgets will shift to take advantage of the new medium's increased effectiveness. Of all that research I mentioned last week , two pairs of facts stood out. Thus, social media present a major threat to search advertising revenues.

Marketbright's Campaign Flows Work Well for Serena Software

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Instead, Marketbright plans to add “self-optimizing” capabilities similar to Google AdWords, which will let marketers load alternative versions and have the system automatically select the better-performing option over time. Summary: Serena Software is pleased with Marketbright's Visio-style interface for complex campaigns. Serena didn’t build the complex campaigns for themselves.

True Influence's LeadPAC Offers Pay-Per-Click Email. Think About It.

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Of course, the classic pay-per-click medium is paid search, and above all Google AdWords. It's no accident that LeadPAC resembles AdWords in both function and appearance. True Influence CEO Brian Giese said the goal with LeadPAC is to give marketers a way to create real leads quickly, using AdWords as a model. Like AdWords, LeadPAC lets clients set a target cost per name and a weekly budget for their spending. Again like AdWords, the system keeps sending promotions – in this case, emails – until the budget is reached. That's worth some excitement.

Alsa Marketing Adds Multi-Language Capabilities to Low-Cost Marketing Automation

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Also can capture results of Google Adwords campaigns and has a URL-shortener to track traffic from social media. Summary: Alsa Marketing is a late entry to small business marketing automation. They support multiple languages, which should gain them some business. Otherwise, though, it will be tough for them to compete with better-established players. It’s harder every day for a new company to enter the business-to-business marketing automation industry. This leaves unique features as the only viable strategy for a new firm.* Alsa has some other unusual features.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Tripled AdWords average monthly conversion rates while slashing cost per lead 72% for an enterprise software vendor. social media, data analytics and adwords; and companies such as Marketo and Hubspot. B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. know which half." Look for.

Youcalc: On-Demand Analytics Without Stored Data

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That is, youcalc provides analytical applications that read from an existing system, typically a Software-as-a-Service vendor like Salesforce.com or Google AdWords. Youcalc is priced at an astonishingly low $19.95 per user per month, which gives access to 130+ prebuilt applications for products including Salesforce.com, SugarCRM , Google AdWords, Google Analytics , MailChimp and 37Signals ’ BaseCamp (project management) and Highrise (contact management). The system accesses standard sources (Salesforce.com, AdWords, etc.) No free lunch here, folks.

SalesFusion Combines Online and Offline Marketing with CRM

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Beyond the usual outbound email and Web forms, the system provides: - Web analytics to support search engine optimization and Web advertising, - API-level integration with Google AdWords to support paid keyword campaigns, - IP-address lookup to identify the company and location of anonymous Web visitors (and send rule-based alerts to salespeople), - personalized URLs (PURLs) to tie in responses from offline campaigns. Summary: SalesFusion combines all channels within marketing, and merges marketing automation with CRM as well. Look, I know online marketing is important.

More on Web Traffic Rankings for Demand Generation Vendors

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Some of the vendors offered alternative measures, such as search counts from Google AdWords. Last week’s post on Web traffic rankings of demand generation vendors generated a couple of private responses from vendors, pointing out that the Alexa statistics include traffic to operational subdomains for client landing pages and user log-in. In itself, this doesn’t bother me, since it provides data on actual use of the systems. But different products work differently*, so figures for some vendors include landing page traffic while figures for other vendors do not.

Hubspot Offers Small Business Marketers a Big Bundle of Features

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The one major missing inbound marketing feature is paid search management, such as Google AdWords integration. Hubspot Marketing VP Mike Volpe said that paid search can be tracked as a source, and that clients have not requested deeper integration – apparently because they’re already happy with the AdWords interface. Summary: Hubspot offers a bundle of Web traffic generation and lead management features in one low-cost package. Small businesses willing to invest some effort should be pleased with the results. That would greatly limit the marketing automation vendors' business.

Active Conversion Offers Strong Lead Management and Leaves Out the Rest

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As an outgrowth of search engine marketing specialist FoundPages , the system naturally incorporates strong features for tracking Google AdWords campaigns, calculating return on investment, and measuring visitors’ Web activities. Summary: Active Conversion helps marketing and sales departments make the best use of leads they’ve generated outside the system. That's fewer functions than traditional demand generation, but if those are the functions you need, who cares? Registration is no longer required.) Leads can enter from channels other than email. That’s just my problem as an analyst.

Prediction: Statistical Methods Will Replace Conventional Rules for Marketing Decisions

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Certainly there is a list of hot items right now: Webinar integration, digital asset management, dedicated IP addresses for outbound email, APIs to post data from external forms, integration with Google Adwords, providing contact names from external databases when a visiting company is recognized by its IP address, pulling data from social networks to flesh out a prospect’s profile, and interacting through social media in addition to traditional channels. Summary: basic demand generation features are close to a commodity. This brings us back to features. It could destroy your company.

Pardot Offers Refined Demand Generation at a Small Business Price

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My little tour of demand generation vendors landed at Pardot just before Thanksgiving. As you’ll recall from my post on Web activity statistics , Pardot is one of the higher-ranked vendors not already in the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. So I was quite curious to see what they had to offer. What I found was intriguing. While last week’s post found that Marketbright aims at more sophisticated clients, Pardot explicitly targets small and midsize businesses (or SMBs as we fondly acronymize them [yes, that’s a word, at least according to [link] ]). Back to Pardot.

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Announcing The 2016 AdWords Industry Benchmarks Report

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AdWords has long been a critical channel for certain B2B industries. When developing a marketing team’s channel mix, it’s a given that AdWords will be an integral part. It’s a proven lead generator, but just how much does AdWords contribute to down-funnel metrics like revenue? So we decided to explore these questions in our AdWords Industry Benchmarks Report.

AdWords Industry Benchmark Report Deep Dive: Software and SaaS

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Last week we released the 2016 AdWords Industry Benchmark Report. The report includes unique data about the down-funnel impact AdWords is having for companies across six different industries. AdWords’ Impact On The Funnel. First, let’s take a look at AdWords’ contribution to three key marketing metrics: leads, opportunities, and revenue. Revenue Per Lead From AdWords.

8 Best Practices for Using Google AdWords

Salesfusion

Using Google AdWords for SEM. There are several tools you can use if you’re launching a PPC campaign, although one of the best options is Google AdWords. In a nutshell, Google AdWords works by surfacing your ad when users search for certain keywords. Diving a little deeper, what exactly do you need to know to run a successful AdWords campaign? Time to Get Searching.

A CMO’s Guide to Conversion Metrics with Google Adwords

NuSpark

Google AdWords continues to expand and improve conversion tracking metrics, and without a full understanding of the data provided, your firm may not be optimized with regard to generating efficient quality leads and sales.  For B2B firms, AdWords offers a number of conversion metrics to consider in optimizing campaign performance. You can target top and bottom funnel. Top funnel.

How Google AdWords Works [Infographic]

Hubspot

And i f you''re thinking about incorporating PPC into your marketing strategy, you''re probably thinking about using Google AdWords. Using AdWords, you can advertise your business next to relevant search results and target new audiences of potential customers. But Google AdWords is more complicated than just bidding high for the top spot , which can really burn a hole in your wallet.

New Changes Coming to Google Adwords

Vertical Response

Just as the seasons are changing, Google Adwords is changing, too. This month, Google Adwords is rolling out some new and exciting changes. Check out Search Engine Land and the Adwords Blog to learn more. The post New Changes Coming to Google Adwords appeared first on VR Marketing Blog. Below is a recap to get you up to speed. Google Announces Changes to Exact Match.

Drive More Revenue With AdWords: Everything B2B Marketers Need To Know

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(Finally, a past-due update for our AdWords For Lead Gen guide -- everything you need to know about AdWords to successfully generate leads AND drive more revenue.). In the the ebook, we cover the necessary steps to effectively use AdWords for lead generation, and more importantly revenue generation, from researching keywords to optimizing based on ROI reports. CLICK TO TWEET.

Why You Should Consider Google Adwords Call-Only Campaigns

Fathom

About a year ago, Google AdWords launched a new campaign option for click-to-call capabilities: the Call-Only Campaign. Before the launch of Call-Only, AdWords offered a Call Extension option. Contact us to discuss how a Call-Only Campaign can play an integral role in your AdWords stratgey. This was a big win, especially for advertisers who didn’t have mobile-friendly sites. So,

Optimize Your AdWords Campaigns

PWB Marketing Blog

I have been working with a client to optimize their AdWords campaigns. As I was reviewing AdWords campaigns yesterday, I realized that one client had edited landing page content based on ideas I had provided. Here are a few quick tips to consider when creating a new AdWords Campaign: 1) Create good on page content that uses relevant keywords. 2) Using appropriate keywords in the URL. 3) Meta tag the page and use Alt Tags for images. 4) Create targeted ads specific to the landing page content. Need help setting up your B2B AdWords campaigns? That’s great.

Stop Wasting Money and Improve Your Google AdWords Paid Search ROI

NuSpark

That’s because many PPC firms miss a few techniques to make sure your Google AdWords programs are working as they should. With that as a backdrop, we are now going to focus on some AdWords features that your digital marketing firm may be missing. AdWords allows you to compare results between Google and partners. Search Networks. Device Management. Advanced Location Options.

Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords (PPC)

Direct Response Coach

On the surface, Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords seems like an odd comparison. Google Adwords is the cornerstone of online marketing. The post Direct Mail vs. Google Adwords (PPC) appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. To be sure, these are two very different types of marketing programs. Direct mail is traditional offline marketing. Apples to oranges, right?

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How to Upgrade Your B2B Marketing Strategy with AdWords

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Smart marketers know Google AdWords is an essential part of a strong B2B marketing strategy. AdWords offers many ways to beef up your search ads with extensions, and you should use as many as possible. The biggest downside of AdWords is the character limit. And with HubSpot's Ads Add-On , it's easy to manage both content and AdWords campaigns in one platform. Win-win!

Seven Common AdWords Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

That makes AdWords a critical component for any company seeking to dominate the first page of search results. Yet I often hear from prospective or new clients that they have used Google AdWords in the past and stopped because it “didn’t work” for their business. Here then are seven common mistakes to avoid when setting up and optimizing an AdWords campaign.

5 AdWords Hacks to Ramp Up Your Display Ads

Modern B2B Marketing

In this blog, I’ll share some effective AdWords Display tricks with you that not many people know about. But before we get into how you can create your own AdWords Display Network plan , you need to understand the key difference between AdWords Search and AdWords Display. AdWords Search Network: You’re limited to bidding on keywords with a finite amount of ad spots.