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Top 10 Demand Generation Resolutions for 2014

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It’s a new year, so what better time to get your demand generation strategy “in shape” for improved performance? If you don’t have that capability in place, look at marketing automation platforms like Marketo or reporting solutions like Full Circle CRM that can give you the data you’re looking for. 2. Clean up your database. Improve campaign measurement.

Dreamforce 2012 Database Marketing News – “Ferrari in the Garage”

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With the big announcement of the Marketing Cloud at Dreamforce last week, and the statement that by 2015 the CMO will spend more on technology than the CTO, the vision being offered to those of us in sales and marketing technology and operations is that everyone has B2B database marketing and marketing automation perfected. Database Marketing

In Defense of Unsolicited Email

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Over at marketing automation firm Marketo , CEO Phil Fernandez just wrote a full-throated rant against the evils of unsolicited email and purchased email lists used indiscriminately: “How does anyone think that these are sensible emails to send to the CEO of a fast-growing public company? Full disclaimer: my firm, Spear Marketing Group , is a leading Marketo partner.).

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How to Reduce Unsubscribes Using Subscription Management

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Subscription management turns the act of unsubscribing from a simple Yes/No question to one of: “Which types of communication would you like to receive from us?” It prevents situations in which you may lose forever the ability to market to an individual because he/she happened to dislike one particular email. Maybe what they really mean is “I’m not interested in this topic.”.

The 100 Year History Lesson On Marketing Operations and MarTech


And this was the beginning of the accountable marketing mindset. In the 1920’s the careful attention to costs measurement of marketing effectiveness began. This mindset is alive and well today and we call it pipeline marketing. Let’s take a look at how far we’ve come in order to get a grip on where we are today with pipeline marketing. The Birth of Marketing Technology.

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Top 5 Benefits of Adopting Marketing Automation

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On , Craig Rosenberg asks: “What are the top benefits of adopting marketing automation?” My response: Based on our firm’s experience , the most common benefits of marketing automation are these: 1. Regardless of how good your inside sales team is, putting in place automated lead response via marketing automation ensures that every inbound lead receives a prompt, systematic, personalized response, and that none fall through the cracks. Increased demand generation ROI due to improved conversion of leads to sales opportunities.

Segmentation, Social Media Drive Lead Nurturing Success for iDirect

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When marketers embark on a formal lead nurturing strategy, opportunities for process improvement can arise in unexpected ways. All this presents real challenges for both demand generation and lead management. First, the company invested in Marketo , a leading marketing automation platform that integrated well with the company’s CRM system,

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?

Does Marketing Automation Work With a Cold List?

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On , Holly asks: “Does marketing automation work if I only have a cold list of records? My response: It’s true that most marketing automation implementations involve either customers or existing prospects – people with whom the company has had prior contact – but there’s no reason why you couldn’t use the same technology against a cold list. Case in point – we’re currently developing an integrated demand generation campaign for a client targeting a select group of contacts at key accounts. How effective would using this cold list be?&#.

Getting the Most from A Conversation with David Taber

The Point is a dominant player in the CRM category and an integral part of many companies’ lead management, database marketing, and demand generation programs. DT: Well, the biggest misconception about Salesforce is that it’s something Sales reps like and Marketing folks don’t. So the issue isn’t misuse…it’s under-use.

Entiera Offers Consumer Marketing Automation Software as a Service

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Summary: Entiera is a sophisticated consumer marketing automation system, offered as a service and at a lower price than conventional competitors. Entiera Insight is a marketing automation system primarily for companies that sell to consumers. I’m highlighting this because most of my recent posts have been about B2B marketing automation (demand generation) systems, and the two types of systems are quite different. This is unusual among consumer marketing automation vendors. Back to Entiera.

Tempted to Do Away With Registration Forms? Think Again.

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A client asks: “Now that we have our marketing automation system in place, is it really necessary to use registration forms in our lead nurturing (follow-up) campaigns? My response: I strongly believe offering direct links to resources without landing pages is a bad idea, especially because you can easily present pre-populated landing pages that demand very little of the reader.

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?

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

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Summary: consolidation isn't new among marketing software vendors. As I wrote in my June 30 post on consolidation among marketing automation vendors , I expect the number of competitors to shrink fairly quickly as new buyers concentrate their purchases among a handful of leading vendors. This is a natural result of a maturing market, as technology-oriented pioneers are replaced by buyers less likely to research their options in depth. Will weaker marketing automation vendors merge with each other to establish a larger market presence?

MarketingPilot Offers Integrated Marketing Management for Mid-Size Companies

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MarketingPilot started as an operations management tool for mid-size direct marketers, with features for project management, list and media buying, source code tracking, expense capture, and vendor management. Since then it has expanded steadily to encompass the full range of marketing resource management and then gone ahead to add marketing database management and campaign execution. But it doesn’t really matter, because MarketingPilot is now positioned as an integrated marketing management product. But they’re all promised fairly soon.

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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Home Forrester Research « I was recently briefed by | Main | Going Corporate » August 26, 2008 Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market [Posted by Laura Ramos ] In a recent survey of over 2100 IT professionals who buy or recommend telecom and networking solutions, we found buyers turn to peers and colleagues first, followed by vendor, industry trade, or professional Web sites, to inform their purchase decisions. B2B marketers looking for ways to turn their Web sites into demand generation tools have some new solutions to consider.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions. There are four primary buckets of technology solutions aimed at solving the “how do I make lead generation activities more effective?” This market has a lot of growth ahead of it! We can broaden our available market."