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Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketing automation technology has become an indispensable tool in the complex sale marketer’s arsenal. Lead generation, lead nurturing and determining the time for the handoff to Sales would be extremely difficult without that technology. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Case Study #1 – Marketing Automation: 200% increase in lead volume for software company after implementation. Integration with the new CRM system.

Tips For Getting More Out of Marketing Automation

It's All About Revenue

The Friday Five —a collection of five curated articles from around the Internet — topic this go round: Marketing Automation. TIPS FOR GETTING MORE OUT OF MARKETING AUTOMATION. Here’s a few simple tips to help those in the latter category find marketing automation success. Read the full story on Chief Marketer. Marketing Automation

Common Concerns With Marketing Automation: Where Do You Rank?

It's All About Revenue

Jennifer merges theoretical planning with hands-on experience as a marketing automation expert focusing on lead scoring, closed loop reporting and advanced segmentation. Follow You might have seen the most recent survey by the B2B Technology Marketing Community , which highlighted usage of marketing automation. Many marketers are doing it.

Marketing Automation Integration: Ensuring Critical Connections

CMO Essentials

In the past, companies dictated their marketing messaging, but today, the customer defines the actions and messages that marketing should execute. This means that marketing can’t rest on its laurels at lead nurturing alone, but instead, must continue on to a more comprehensive concept like  customer nurturing. Benefits of automation and integration.

Marketing Automation User Satisfaction: Clearly, There's Room for Improvement (and maybe a little vodka)

Customer Experience Matrix

Last week’s post on marketing automation and its discontents prompted several questions about whether the level of dissatisfaction is any higher with marketing automation than other systems. According to the G2 figures, marketing automation users are in fact more enthusiastic about their choices than almost anyone else. But I doubt it.

Future of Marketing Automation: Grow or Die

Customer Experience Matrix

But this time I was able to answer right away because I’ve just finished a white paper on the future of B2B marketing automation, sponsored by Leadformix and available here for free download. The question answered by the paper is “What will marketing automation vendors do next?” To summarize the argument: marketing automation vendors must grow or die.

70 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”. So we set off to uncover the most recent marketing stats. Content Marketing.

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87 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”. So we set off to uncover the most recent marketing stats. Content Marketing.

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Sales and Marketing: The technology behind CRM

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Customer relationship management (CRM) is defined a number of different ways. At the same time, the real engine driving CRM and keeping prospects moving through the sales funnel is technology. The first technology that comes to mind is CRM software, such as Salesforce.com or Microsoft Dynamics. However, CRM technology potentially includes multiple pieces including email software and marketing automation (MA) solutions. Marketing, Sales (and IT) alignment. The role of marketing automation.

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Marketing Automation 101

Modern B2B Marketing

Marketing automation technology can help. If you’re new to our blog, read on; if you’ve been around a while, consider checking out one of our more advanced posts such as The ROI of Marketing Automation. Marketing Automation Enables Modern Business Processes. Marketing automation helps you achieve success in 4 key ways: 1. Create a plan.

Mega-List of Features in Marketing Automation (That You Won’t Find in CRM)

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller A common question I hear from marketers is “I already have a CRM system (e.g. salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM), so why do I need marketing automation ”? Many CRM systems have a module for marketing. Architecture of Marketing Automation versus CRM. Marketing Automation. Marketing Automation.

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Without SaaS Lead Nurturing Your Free Trial User, Conversions to Paid Users will Wither

Fathom

mentioned there were a number of ways that companies lose touch with their free trial users, including the lack of a nurturing email campaign to guide them to the paid engagement. The two primary SaaS lead nurturing campaigns would be focusing on the user experience once they purchase the “Pro” or paid version along with focusing on those who abandoned the Free Trial. This demonstrates how you can try to recapture that user by deciding to extend the free trial or continuing SaaS lead nurturing a few months down the road – hoping they are just delaying making a decision.

Microsoft Buys Marketing Automation Vendor MarketingPilot: Start of Something Big?

Customer Experience Matrix

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of marketing management system vendor MarketingPilot , which will become part of its Dynamics CRM group. MarketingPilot is best described as integrated marketing management for mid-tier companies. B2B marketing automation systems are built for lead nurturing and provide a foundation adequate for that purpose.

Marketing Automation, Set It and Forget It

Puzzle Marketer

Whether you’re a B2B or B2C company, it’s advantageous to manage your customers and prospects in one of the many customer relationship management (CRM) systems. This obviously allows you to match your customers with sales transactions, but more importantly for marketers it allows you the option of layering on a marketing automation system that can deliver targeted messages at the right time without continuous management by additional personnel. Marketing automation, what is it? Turn your marketing into a 24/7 sales generating machine.

Lead Nurture Drip Email Campaigns 201: 4 Tools to Implement Campaigns

Hinge Marketing

Now that we’ve covered the basics of lead nurture drip email campaigns , it’s time to discuss the four tools professional services firms need to have in place in order to implement them. For the purposes of our discussion, let’s assume you have a lead generating website and have a healthy flow of leads to nurture, including their email addresses.

How Should I Structure My Marketing Automation Team?

Modern B2B Marketing

In fact, football teams are a lot like marketing automation teams – you need talented players, of course, but you also need dedicated roles, internal coordination, and sound strategy. The Basic Structure of a Marketing Automation Team. Cloning programs and templates allow small teams to accomplish marketing automation on par with much larger companies.

How Should I Structure My Marketing Automation Team?

Modern B2B Marketing

In fact, football teams are a lot like marketing automation teams – you need talented players, of course, but you also need dedicated roles, internal coordination, and sound strategy. The Basic Structure of a Marketing Automation Team. Cloning programs and templates allows small teams to accomplish marketing automation on par with much larger companies.

Thinking About Adopting Marketing Automation? Here’s a Quick Start Guide

Marketing Action

Chances are, if you’re considering adopting marketing automation, you’re a very busy person. And the reason you need to is probably because it’s gotten difficult to keep up with the increasing demands on your marketing team. It’s a simple roadmap that will help you prepare your organization get ready to adopt, implement, and turbocharge your marketing solutions. 1.

Beyond Marketing Automation: Building a Complete Marketing Infrastructure

Customer Experience Matrix

This started as a post about Empathy Logic , a company that merges data from marketing automation, CRM, Web tracking, order processing, social monitoring, and other systems; lets marketers segment and select from this more complete set of data; and sends the resulting lists back to message delivery systems such as email and Web sites. This is by far the broadest list.

What is the Difference Between Email Marketing and Marketing Automation?

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman What is the difference between email marketing and marketing automation? We all know how powerful and important email marketing is to your marketing toolbox, but implementing marketing automation can dramatically increase the effectiveness of the email marketing strategy you already have in place. Feature Comparison.

Expert Interview: How to Get Started with Marketing Automation

Synecore

Chris Horton , Digital Strategist at Synecore , was a recent guest on the TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series to share his insight on inbound marketing. Chris joined Buckner to discuss marketing automation and social media engagement. Chris Horton: I think when we started, marketing automation was focused on automating emails and email marketing.

LeadLife Bundles Services with Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

LeadLife released a completely rebuild version of its marketing automation system last month. But LeadLife – like many other marketing automation vendors – found its clients tend to design campaigns as flow charts. Probably more important, LeadLife has also bundled marketing services with its software. This involves a careful balance between complexity and power.

Is My Company Ready for Marketing Automation?

Hubspot

Don’t sign that marketing automation contract …yet. If you’re a CEO, you may have heard about inbound marketing or marketing automation from your marketing team. marketing automation tool is a big monthly cost and you already do email marketing. Would marketing automation solve these problems? Meetings.

Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

LeadSloth

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. 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? The situation with Marketing Automation reminds me most of Web Analytics.

What is Hubspot? Marketing Automation Software Series

B2B Lead Blog

Today’s guest post introduces to marketing automation with @HubSpot, courtesy of Jeffrey Russo. . Hubspot marketing automation software was born from the recognition that buyers are growing tired of annoying, irrelevant, and interruptive marketing, and are getting better and better at tuning those messages out. Converting those people into leads.

70 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”. So we set off to uncover the most recent marketing stats. Content Marketing.

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Revenue Performance Management to Marketing Automation: What Facebook was to MySpace?

It's All About Revenue

Lauren Carlson , of Software Advice , is one of the rising stars in the constellation of CRM, marketing automation and, now, Revenue Performance Management industries. You came out of seemingly nowhere to become one of the most listened-to voices in CRM, marketing automation, and now Revenue Performance Management. have to credit most of my success to the amazing network of experts in the CRM and marketing automation space. Also, there is something to be said for being a young person in a young industry like marketing automation.

Why Interactive Video Powerfully Fuels Personalized Marketing Automation (And How to Get Started)

SnapApp

Imagine this: you decide to launch a new nurture campaign. It’s 90 days before you can move leads into a more specific, personalized branch of messaging. You want to learn information about your prospects and their interests so you can send the most relevant, customized content, but you also feel like you’re falling behind, frazzled by a slow lead turnover.

The Three Pillars of Predictive Marketing

SalesPredict

Predictive marketing is all about data. By extracting information from your internal sales data, combining it with external third-party data and signals from the web, and applying predictive analytics and machine learning, you can identify patterns, gain valuable insights, and predict future outcomes and trends with extreme accuracy. Marketing Automation System.

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Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

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. Integration of Social Media, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation. The need for new analytical skills. Sales & marketing alignment. Chris Frank , Director of Marketing, TreeHouse Interactive.

Marketing Automation: What it is and How to Know if Your Firm Needs it

Hinge Marketing

What is marketing automation, and what can it do for your firm? You are able to measure results of each step of your lead generation and lead nurturing process as well as ROI of your marketing programs and campaigns. Marketing automation has been there all along. Pass qualified leads over to CRM system for business development follow up.

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Marketing Automation Solution for Your Agency

Marketing Action

What does it take to find the right marketing automation solution for your agency? good platform helps marketing agencies be more effective. When choosing your marketing automation partner, it’s essential to figure out the capabilities that are important to your agency – as well as to the diverse needs of your clients. Marketing Automation Basics.

Why Interactive Video Powerfully Fuels Personalized Marketing Automation (And How to Get Started)

SnapApp

Imagine this: you decide to launch a new nurture campaign. It’s 90 days before you can move leads into a more specific, personalized branch of messaging. You want to learn information about your prospects and their interests so you can send the most relevant, customized content, but you also feel like you’re falling behind, frazzled by a slow lead turnover. . There is!

How to Spark a Romance Between Sales and Marketing

It's All About Revenue

The same heartbreak often occurs among sales and marketing teams. This Valentine’s Day we have a few tips and tricks to help your sales and marketing departments to fall in love.  It should be so easy.  We just have to make them see the light on a few very common points…. For sales and marketing this often means agreeing exactly on what qualifies as a “lead.”. Lead scoring can help bring them together on lead follow up. Sending over hot leads to sales and seeing success on those marketing-generated leads makes everyone happy.

Customer Lifecycle Metrics, Part 3: Nurture, Score, Repeat

Marketing Action

This is part three in a series of five blog posts that examines the metrics you should measure throughout the five stages of the customer lifecycle: attract , capture , nurture, convert, and expand. . Depending on the business you’re in, the lead nurturing road can be a long one. And the secret weapon is marketing automation. Nurture Metrics.

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Nurturing Leads With Webinars: Awareness is Just the Beginning

Marketing Action

However, as buyers change their habits, there is an opportunity for marketers to play a bigger role. Marketers’ primary goal is straightforward: to identify new prospects and progress them from one stage of the buying process to the next, ultimately moving them to the purchase stage. But how do you guide a lead from the first inquiry to a lifetime of customer loyalty? Purchase.

All About Lead Nurturing (Really Customer Nurturing) [#B2Bchat Recap]

B2Bbloggers

The chat zoned in on hot questions that dealt with the various lead nurturing strategies that would work, the kinds of content that would have the most impact and success, the significance of lead scoring, the tools that can be used, etc. What strategies work for lead nurturing, what doesn’t, and what could be improved upon? Random messaging does not work.

Help! I Need a Marketing Automation Vendor with Social Media Savvy

WindMill Networking

Finding the right marketing automation (MA) platform for your company can be a daunting task. This means that picking the right automation vendor is a lot harder than choosing a flavor of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. And there’s a lot more riding on the decision, because your tool must support the unique mix of communications channels and analytics your company needs.

Does Marketing Automation Increase Your ROI on CRM?

Modern B2B Marketing

Why do I care about Marketing Automation ? In many cases Marketing Automation adds another layer of value on top of your CRM system. common issue in organizations is that there is no process for managing leads other than saving them to the CRM system. This lead management process is one of the key responsibilities of Marketing Automation.

20 Marketing Automation Terms Marketers Should Know

Hubspot

This is an excerpt from our new free ebook, The Ultimate Inbound Marketing Glossary. If you are curious about marketing automation, you need to be familiar with the key terms related to this concept. Here are 20 essential marketing automation terms you should know. 1. Behavior-Based Marketing Automation. Cross-Channel Analytics. Internal Sale.

My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The Definitive Guide to Sales Lead Qualification and Sales Development. Some of these best practices include common definitions for a qualified lead between marketing and sales; lead scoring to identify suspected quality leads; a strong lead management process to manage the handoffs; and the use of marketing automation to power the whole thing.

Review: Six Small Business CMS and Web Marketing Systems

Webbiquity

Should you look at something beyond a CMS—a web marketing system (WMS), that provides additional functions like customer relationship management (CRM) and email? For businesses looking beyond “free&# tools, here are six CMS and WMS options that can help you get more sales and marketing productivity out of your website, while being easy on your web content contributors. It offers a solid set of features including site search, multiple permission levels for different types of contributors, a form-builder, and  built-in analytics. Web Marketing Platforms.

Don’t Believe ALL the Hype: Where Inbound Marketing Falls Short

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller Inbound marketing is a highly effective strategy for companies seeking to reach and connect with prospective buyers, but in isolation it will fail for most companies. Two of the most critical limitations are: It’s hard to target specific audiences with inbound marketing. Inbound marketing doesn’t drive people to action. How does marketing automation fit in? .