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Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

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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. First of all, in most cases the person is responsible for lead generation , lead nurturing and lead scoring. Tags: Demand Generation campaign manager jobs marketing automation marketing automation manager marketing operations requirements skills Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new.

7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail

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In complex B2B sales situations you cannot rely on product-centric communications, nor on discounts (&# this week 10% off!&# ). Marketing Automation system does not generate inquiries (or “raw leads&# ). Tags: Demand Generation content marketing failure lead nurturing lead scoring marketing automation project failure Okay, I made up the part about brewing coffee.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. Adam Needles , Director, Field Marketing and B2B Marketing Evangelist, Silverpop. David Raab , Raab Associates & author, Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. The vast majority of leads generated on a website never have a meaningful conversation with a sales rep. Demand Generation? See also her recent blog post Five B2B Marketing Surprises From 2009. predictions.

Demand Generation Blogs Continued

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In the spirit of Twitter’s Follow Friday I’d like to finally publish the remaining Demand Generation blogs that I enjoy reading. Earlier I published the Top 10 Demand Generation vendor blogs and the Top 10 Marketing Automation Blogs. B2B Marketing Zone. This is more of a meta-blog, aggregating a large number of B2B blogs, including this blog. I’ve discovered several new and interesting blogs on the B2B Marketing Zone, so highly recommended. This blog provides a strategic perspective on the demand generation process.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. B2B marketers will focus.

What is the ROI of Lead Management?

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Their best practices are useful for any demand generation practitioner, and are not tied to one particular marketing automation system. Tags: Demand Generation engage b2b lead management lead nurturing lead scoring marketo roi silverpop workbook Earlier this year I downloaded Silverpop’s lead management workbook , and I planned to write about it. Conclusion.

B2B Marketing Events 2010

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Some featured events: Silverpop B2B Marketing University. I’m speaking at the B2B Marketing University. MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit. They have high-quality presentations on both lead generation and lead management. I can highly recommend these events. Tags: Demand Generation b2b marketing marketing events Sales & Marketing 2.0

Upcoming Lead Management Events

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Genius Demand Gen Academy , series of 12 webinars, starting June 9th. Hubspot is best known for their Inbound Marketing evangelism and a software product that helps small to medium-size companies generate leads through search engine optimization and social media. Genius Demand Gen Academy. MarketingSherpa Lead Management webinar , June 10th (sponsored by Eloqua).

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Marketing Automation

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This is the first of three posts for the Silverpop B2B Marketing University , March 3rd in Washington DC. Lead Generation. Marketing is starting to see sales as a customer who demands high-quality leads. Tags: Demand Generation Social Media b2b marketing university lead generation lead intelligence lead nurturing silverpop Social Media. Conclusion.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. B2B marketers will focus.

B2B Marketing Analytics

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On Saturday I presented a session about B2B Marketing Analytics at AnalyticsCamp in Chapel Hill ( slides here ). SiriusDecisions did a lot of work here by defining the demand generation waterfall model: Inquiries > Marketing Qualified Leads > Sales Accepted Leads > Sales Qualified Leads > Won Business. Why Analytics? This is my take: Optimize marketing tactics.

9 Marketing Automation Metrics

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However, there are a couple of B2B Marketing experts who understand how to avoid inflated expectations. Just some examples: continued lead nurturing turns more inquiries into sales-ready leads ; lead scoring shows when leads are sales-ready; lead scoring gives quick feedback on the quality of various lead generation programs. The result: inflated expectations. investment-to-pipeline.

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Inbound Marketing Automation

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In my opinion any B2B company needs both Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation: the first to get in touch with new prospects, the second to move those leads through the funnel from suspects to sales-ready leads. Rank tracking is most relevant if it shows the website traffic and conversions generated by the keywords, in addition to the position in the search results.

ActiveConversion Review - SMB Lead Management

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From Web Analytics to Demand Generation. ActiveConversion generates HTML code for you, so you can include it in a page on your own website. So there is data exchange on demand, but not a full bidirectional synchronization like in most of the more expensive lead management systems. Anonymous Visitor Identification. They click on a link in an email that you sent them.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. B2B marketers will focus.

B2B Marketing Automation Twitter Contest

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Tags: Demand Generation marketing automation twitter

Finding Untapped Revenue in Your Marketing Database

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Sue Hay & Cari Baldwin : Supercharge Your Demand Generation with Marketing Automation. Robert Walmsley : Why Marketing Automation is a Must-Have For Every B2B VP of Sales. It’s sort-of like living on top of a goldmine, but you have to dig to get to the gold. Lead Nurturing takes a lot of effort, but it’ll pay itself back ten times over. Have Conversations.

MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit Boston

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Monday and Tuesday I’m attending the Boston MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit. Having seen many of the presentations in San Francisco, I found it useful to classify them in three main categories: Lead Generation. Silverpop Engage B2B (booth 4). Monday and Tuesday I’m attending the Boston MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit. Having seen many of the presentations in San Francisco, I found it useful to classify them in three main categories: Lead Generation. Silverpop Engage B2B (booth 4). This ensures that you get lots of real-life advice.

B2B Marketing University: What Do You Want to Learn About?

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There has been quite a bit of change in B2B marketing over the past couple of years. Continuing Education for B2B Marketers. Doctors do it, so why not B2B marketers? They are organizing a B2B Marketing University this fall, with lots of interesting topics. And just like in medicine, the vendor pays for it all: admission is free for qualified B2B marketers (too bad they don’t have a session in Hawaii). For more details, see the Silverpop B2B Marketing University website. There are lots of new trends that B2B marketers need to know about.

Are You Old Enough for Inbound Marketing?

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Great for them, but bad for customers: there’s always so much confusion about these new terms (earlier I wrote about the confusion around Demand Generation and Sales 2.0 ). The newest term on the block is “Inbound Marketing&#. I’ve already written several posts about Inbound Marketing, but I wondered if the average B2B marketing manager has any idea what it means.

Measuring Marketing ROI: Campaign Attribution and Campaign Influence

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In B2B, a prospect doesn’t convert into a customer in a single interaction as is often the case with e-Commerce. The benefits of such a solution are: Highly accurate measurement of marketing contribution to revenue generation. Should the bookings be attributed to the first campaign that generated the first lead into a deal or maybe the last campaign that touched it or maybe it should be equally distributed across all campaigns that touched a deal? Tags: Demand Generation Marketing Analytics campaign attribution campaign influence marketing roi saad hameed

How Are CRM and Marketing Automation Different?

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Last week I presented a session at Silverpop’s B2B Marketing University in Atlanta. Tags: Demand Generation Sales Force Automation b2b marketing crm marketing automation salesforce.com.In addition to Marketing Automation, there were two big topics: Social Media and CRM. will write about Social Media some other time, and focus on CRM in this post. Many attendees were confused by CRM vendors claiming to offer full marketing functionality. If that’s true, why would you still need Marketing Automation? Strong Features of CRM. Opportunity creation. Sometimes.

8 Tips to Get Started with Marketing Automation

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“Where do I start?” is the question I get asked most by attendees of the  MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit in San Francisco. MarketingSherpa B2B Summit Comes Recommended. If you’ve missed this conference, you can still  attend the B2B Marketing Summit in Boston on October 5 and 6. I’d love to hear your tips to get started with marketing automation: please let me know in the comments. Tags: Demand Generation b2b summit content marketing lead flow lead nurturing marketing automation marketing metrics marketingsherpa Set Your Goals.

Top-10 Marketing Automation Blogs

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BTW 1: Some of these blogs are more about lead generation, demand generation or inbound marketing, so maybe the title of this blog post is not ideal. Brian Carroll ’s B2B Lead Generation blog ( @brianjcarroll ). Brian is the author of the authoritative book “Lead generation for the complex sale” and has a wealth of interesting articles on his blog. Craig has lots of experience with sales operations and demand generation, and shares his and other people’s knowledge via his blog. Like no other he understands B2B lead generation.

Marketing Automation Monday

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Demand Generation. B2B Email Marketing. Would you like to meet up with fellow Marketing Automation professionals to exchange tips and best practices? Join us at Marketing Automation Monday for an informal panel discussion on using drip marketing to find more qualified leads and for networking with other like-minded marketers. These are the dates & locations: San Francisco , November 8th: info & registration ». Palo Alto , November 15th: info & registration ». The agenda is still being confirmed, but most likely we will start around 5.30pm with drinks and snacks.

Abandon Your Marketing Automation System!?

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In the early days it was used to sift through hundreds of new B2B leads per day to identify the valuable leads. My first reaction was: no way, you should not want to do without any type of marketing automation system (for simplicity sake, I use this term as synonymous to demand generation and lead management ). I’m working on an interesting project right now: moving away from a marketing automation system. The plan is to go back to using only Salesforce.com with some cheap add-on tools for email, form submission and data quality. Background. What is easy to replace?

MarketingSherpa’s Email Summit 2009

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It is focused on advanced email strategies, which is an important part of the demand generation process. Most of the case studies seem to be B2C rather than B2B. Nevertheless, there are lots of interesting advanced email topics that are just as relevant for B2B demand generation specialists. Leveraging user-generated content. Today MarketingSherpa’s Email Summit started in Miami. The focus is on list- and trigger-based emails and on landing pages, rather than on the full Lead Management Automation functionality. Email Analytics. Testing.

Why Demand Generation Requires More Than Marketing

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I had a conversation with a prospect today about their demand generation challenges. My prospective customer, who is an executive on the marketing side of the organization, wanted to know how he could get sales to appropriately respond to the leads that would be generated from a perpetual demand generation program. Here are a few suggestions. 1. Ask Them-.

Which Content, Tactics & Technologies Are Driving Demand Generation ROI?

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A recent survey by content automation company TechValidate and B2B agency Spear Marketing Group provides useful insight into the content, tactics, and technologies proving most valuable for today’s B2B marketers. More than 200 marketing VPs, directors and managers responded to the survey, which asked respondents to identify the crucial factors in driving demand generation ROI.

Getting Demand Generation Right: 5 Things You Need to Change

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During the conversation we discussed the ways that B2B marketing has changed due to the new approach buyers take to purchasing. While the way B2B buyers buy has changed significantly, many marketing and sales departments are struggling to keep up. As I have said before: B2B marketing organizations have to stop doing different things, and truly do things differently.

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? Blogs have long been the exclusive province of the PR team, but demand generation marketers are starting to realize the potential for blogs to generate leads in a big way. Improve campaign measurement. Test more. Make your blog count.

Key B2B Demand Generation Strategies for 2015

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We discussed what’s new, what’s working, and what’s on the horizon in B2B Demand Generation. What is the first B2B marketing strategy that marketers must consider for 2015? (HS) Content is everything these days. In our business, demand generation and content marketing are nearly synonymous. Good content is the fuel that feeds demand generation success.

Shiny Objects, Demand Generation and ABM

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With #FlipMyFunnel , the San Francisco event only a few weeks behind us, it seems as if Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is now the “shiny new object” that has captivated the attention of B2B marketers. Over 15-years ago when I managed demand generation for a major software company we were tasked with supporting sales for “account based selling.”

Why Demand Generation Should Be Perpetual

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This is the second year that ANNUITAS has conducted its Enterprise B2B Demand Generation Survey with the goal of gaining better insights into the approach that enterprise organizations take to demand generation. recently spoke with one marketing executive who told me they run multiple demand generation campaigns for 90 days.

The Reactive Demand Generation Strategy

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This means adhering to a clearly defined Demand Generation Strategy that is buyer-centric and all the things we need it to be to obtain our goals, and then sticking to it. To make things even more challenging, the soon-to-be-released ANNUITAS 2015 B2B Demand Generation Study reports again this year that the majority of marketers run more than 15 campaigns a year!

Infographic: Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Full-Service Demand Generation Agency

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But in the right situation, especially given the complexity of today’s modern marketing, the right agency partner can be the key to your company making the most of your demand generation investments. Check out the infographic below for tips on deciding whether a full-service demand gen agency is the right move for your organization. Agencies aren’t for everyone.

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