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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even then, however, the vast majority of B2B marketers have yet to take the plunge.

Marketing Automation Simplified [Slide Deck]

It's All About Revenue

by Eloqua | Tweet this Looking for more information about marketing automation, but afraid to ask? Calm your marketing chaos! Check out our new slide deck presentation via SlideShare  (also embedded below) for tips on how marketing automation can help your team work smarter, not harder! Marketing Automation Simplified from Eloqua.

Do You Need Marketing Automation to Do Lead Nurturing? Sort Of.

The Point

A prospective client asks: “We’re just getting our demand generation programs ramped up, and I’m not sure I’m ready for marketing automation. Do I need it in order to do lead nurturing?”. My answer: “It depends how you define “ lead nurturing ,” but technically: no, you don’t need marketing automation in order to nurture leads.

6 Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy

Marketing Action

One of marketing automation’s big wins is the ability to create a continuous process to  manage leads at scale. The key to making it work is developing an effective process to automate. Act-On’s new white paper, Best Practices for a Lead Management Strategy , outlines six steps to figuring out the best process for your organization: 1.

The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Marketing automation software tools can be very helpful in making lead nurturing and sales acceleration efforts more effective—even if the category is badly misnamed. Marketing can’t be automated.) But “segmented prospect email followup sequence design and automation,” while a more accurate label for the category, certainly isn’t as catchy.

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Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing

Sales Lead Insights

This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services. Meryl is a professional writer and editor who specializes in online B2B lead generation and lead nurturing.

How to Turn Your Blog into a Lead Generating Machine

PureB2B

In today’s digital landscape, businesses have come to rely on automation to perform a large bulk of their marketing tasks. It’s as close to automating blog posts as you can get, but be forewarned, as these typically create posts based on RSS feeds. To drive the point home further, take a look at the business gains you’ll get from blogging: How Blogging Helps Generate Leads.

Which B2B Marketing Automation Features Actually Get Used? Here's Some Data.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been writing a paper on the stages that marketers go through when deploying their marketing automation systems, the basic point being it’s important not to stop with just one feature. This is exactly what you’d expect; indeed, my paper was inspired by the lament that many companies use marketing automation as nothing more than a glorified email engine.

6 Tips for Symbiotic Sales & Marketing Lead Management

Hubspot

Planning meetings and informal discussions go a long way toward repairing the rifts between sales and marketing, but both teams need to see the impact of those conversations to really establish trust. To make sure that application goes off without a hitch, let's discuss six tips for managing the lead generation and hand-off process so that both teams can meet their SLA goals.

Global Software Provider Mikogo Uses Marketing Automation to Drive Results

Marketing Action

Rapid growth, lots of leads, and a busy sales team. It is, but it can become a problem when you don’t have the right information to qualify leads and reach out to each one in a targeted, relevant way. Too Many Leads, Not Enough Time. Generating new leads hasn’t been the problem for the marketing team at Mikogo. Results that Lead to Revenue.

Key to Marketing Automation Success: Process First, then Campaigns

The Point

In a phone call this week I was swapping war stories with a well-known sales and marketing consultant, who, like us, works with B2B companies to improve their return on marketing automation. And that fact, I would propose, is a good sign for a maturing market. It would appear that companies are now waking up to the fact that no marketing automation software can be successful without a proper strategic foundation. The bad news here is that marketing automation isn’t the magic wand that some companies apparently thought it was.

The B2B Online Marketing Playbook: A CEO’S Guide to Risks and Rewards

Marketing Action

That’s especially true when it comes to marketing technology. There are so many options out there – it seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new way to spend your marketing dollars. But sometimes, today’s hottest marketing trend can turn into tomorrow’s dud – or worse, a PR disaster. How can you find the marketing tactics that will work for your company?

Marketing Automation—Three Success Tips from John D. Rockefeller

Modern B2B Marketing

Rockefeller were a marketer today, there is no doubt that he would be finding success using marketing automation for lead scoring, lead management, lead nurturing, and so much more.  In marketing, many of us spend too much time wildcatting for leads.  We blindly participate in trade shows that probably are not the best fit for us.

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How to Sell Marketing Automation to Your CEO (& Other Burning Questions)

The Point

Recently I was asked to contribute some thoughts to Marketo’s new ebook, “ The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.” You can download a free copy of the ebook – 100 pages on everything you need to know about marketing automation – what it is, how it’s different from CRM, common features, keys to success, and more – by clicking here. Finance, ERP).

Sales Lead Management Association Announces Winners of the 2011 “50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management” Election

Fearless Competitor

Jeff Ogden, President of the B2B demand generation company  Find New Customers wishes to congratulate all the winners, and to say that we are honored to be included with so many B2B marketing experts. Obermayer, executive director of the Sales Lead Management Association, announced the results of the voting for the Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management in 2011.

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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5 Surprising Uses for Marketing Automation

It's All About Revenue

by Christina Pappas | Tweet this What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the words ‘ marketing automation ’? For me, it’s email campaigns, lead nurturing, lead scoring, lead generation and lead management. But there are so many other ways to get more out of your marketing automation investment, from smoothing out the recruiting process to pushing real-time info to sales. Let’s take a look at five less common uses for marketing automation. 1. Event Management. Onboarding New Hires.

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 3:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score? Should CMOs feel confident that these leads from marketing automation are ready for sales to close.

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5 Simple Ways to Take Your Lead Nurturing Program to the Next Level

The Point

You know that monthly newsletter you blast to your entire database under the guise of “lead nurturing”? And those Webinar invitations that you broadcast to every trade show lead you’ve generated since 2005? There was a time when lead nurturing was synonymous with simply staying in front of prospects. We need to talk. You can do a lot better. Campaigns based on behavior.

Inbound Leads: To Pre-qualify, or Not To Pre-qualify? 15 Expert Views, Part 2:

ViewPoint

Is it necessary to pre-qualify inbound leads? Over the course of this three part series, you’ll hear from 15 leading voices in the world of B2B sales, marketing and lead generation, as they share their insight in response to the following questions: Are companies wise to invest money and time to pre-qualify inbound leads from marketing automation systems that have been assigned a “perfect” lead score? Should CMOs feel confident that these leads from marketing automation are ready for sales to close?

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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.

3 Ways to Use Lead Scoring Within Your Marketing Automation Programs

Customer Experience Matrix

I wrote last week about the difficulty of linking marketing leads to sales results. One reason the topic was on my mind is I’m also thinking a lot these days about lead scoring. The practical use of lead scoring is to decide which leads to pass from marketing automation to sales, or, even more pragmatically, to predict which leads will be accepted by sales.* But the ultimate goal is to identify the leads most likely to generate revenue. Still, it's sometimes convenient to use score ranges as stage definitions.

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.

Lead Nurturing Basics: How to Nurture the B2B Buyer’s Journey in 5 Steps

Marketing Action

This shift in buying behavior is transforming B2B marketing. These days, many B2B marketers are getting superior results by using short- and long-term nurturing programs: Forrester Research found that companies excelling at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads , at a 33% lower cost. Here’s a quick look at the basics of lead nurturing from Olivia W.,

5 Ways to Immediately Boost Account Based Marketing (ABM)

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What are the five ways you can immediately improve your account based marketing (ABM) and selling? recently did an interview on CRMRadio.today with Jim Obermayer founder of Sales Lead Management Association and Funnel Media Group. Jim:   Hi, we’ve got Brian Carroll on today, and we’re going to talk about five ways to improve account based marketing and selling. Break].

Converting Trial & Freemium Users: Keep Selling Post-Trial

The Point

Lead nurturing programs designed to convert trial users tend to focus, as they should, on the very front end of the trial period, when it’s critical to make sure the user is fully engaged with the product being tested. However, with a marketing automation system in place, those same companies can still integrate telemarketing based on specific demographic or behavioral criteria.

Do Lead Nurturing Campaigns Always Need an Offer?

The Point

Which leads to another question: do certain types of campaigns even need an offer in the first place? Take lead nurturing : is it strictly essential that every lead nurturing touch include a specific, gated, call to action? As further context, the 4-1-1 Rule that Jon references is a principle intended for Twitter and credited to Tipping Point Labs and Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute. Jon wrote the book on lead nurturing ( literally ) but, personally, I have concerns about extending Twitter rules into the realm of email marketing.

The Modern Marketer's Field Guide: Have You Read it? You Should

Anything Goes Marketing

When it comes to B2B marketing, there are not a lot of great books out there. For the most part, the books that do exist focus on the novice marketer or focus on high level approaches. Matt Heinz has brought us probably the most practical book out there for the more advanced B2B marketer - the modern marketer. The Modern Marketer''s Field Guide is a must read for any marketer that is looking to.

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The Marketing Skills Gap is Very Real

It's All About Revenue

by Christina Pappas | Tweet this Marketing might be in my blood. My father was a marketer before me, back in the 80’s and 90’s on the cusp of the personal computer and the birth of the Internet. But fast-forward 10, 15 years and those same marketers we’re now trying to figure out SEO strategy, adopting marketing automation to track buyer behavior and deliver timely content, and parsing social media for lead generation opportunities. There’s a lesson here: The marketing skills gap is very real. Marketing isn’t a young person’s game.

Sales Alignment: Put Theory Into Practice

Marketing Action

Theory: Develop a strategy across the entire sales and marketing funnel. Firstly, make sure representatives from both marketing and sales are present. Theory: Produce content across the sales and marketing cycle. Theory: Have a well-defined process for lead management and internal team management. “Sales alignment” began as an interesting concept.

The 10 most fascinating people in B2B Marketing in 2015

Biznology

With a tip of the hat to Barbara Walters , I’d like to introduce ten fascinating people who have brought new ideas and admirable energy to the B2B marketing world this year. This round-up represents only a small sample of the fresh thinking that drives the upward march of B2B “modern marketing.” It’s an eclectic list, culled from contacts I happened to make in 2015. That’s inspiring.

How Effective is Your Lead Generation? Key Insights from Lenskold Group’s 2012 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman The Lenskold Group and The Pedowitz Group recently released their 2012 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study. The study draws on 373 B2B marketers to discuss the practice of lead generation , marketing automation, ROI, and how they are all interrelated. And metrics are a key part of marketing automation.

10 Ways to Optimize Your Lead Conversion Rate

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet The ultimate goal of B2B marketing and lead generation is to help the sales team sell. Marketers spend a lot of time and effort creating inbound leads but struggle getting those leads to convert into customers after they hand them off to sales. As I talk to marketers about their lead generation results, I often hear statements like, “We’re generating lots of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.” Serve them. 3.