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

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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. Certainly. Comments welcome.

The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools


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.) Recent research shows that 63% of B2B companies that are growing faster than their competitors use marketing automation. 1) Marketo. Marketing Insider Group.

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Marketing Automation, Set It and Forget It

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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. If you’re like many companies, you employ a marketing individual or team to collect your contacts information and execute campaigns in somewhat of a batch and blast situation. Marketing automation, what is it? Turn your marketing into a 24/7 sales generating machine.

The Problem with Reliance on Junior Marketing Folks

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B2B demand generation | The problem with junior marketing members. A typical young lady in marketing. He observed one of the most common mistakes made by B2B companies – a false reliance on junior marketing team members. I’ve observed the lack of marketing leadership affecting a lot of companies. It’s been confirmed by many other marketing experts too.

Buying software is easy. Fixing lead generation is hard.

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B2B Lead Generation | Buying stuff is easy – fixing problems is hard. And every Friday we do a fun B2B marketing show called Laugh and Learn – teaching a key marketing lesson using wit and humor. SaaS marketing products like Marketo , Hubspot , Eloqua and the like are very, very easy to buy. So sales will get fewer, better leads.).

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Marketo’s Greatest Blog Hits of 2011

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by Jason Miller With 2011 now in the history books I thought it would be interesting to collect Marketo’s most popular blog posts from the past year and revisit them as a Greatest Hits collection. Instead I present to you the most popular Marketo blog posts from 2011 based on views and shares. How Does Lead Response Time Impact Sales? Is Lead Generation on its Way Out?

Email Marketing Is Growing Up — Leaving “Batch and Blast” Behind

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Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a VP of Marketing about converting emails into two-way conversations. We were reviewing my proposal for email nurture streams designed to move prospects from the top to the middle of the lead funnel. While they still care about list growth, they’re also eager to turn email marketing into relevant conversations. How about you?

Reactivating Your Database – Key Steps to Getting Your Leads to Re-engage

Modern B2B Marketing

by Maria Pergolino Marketers typically spend the largest chunk of their budgets on lead generation, in order to find potential customers. These names are often fast-tracked over to sales, and then tossed back to marketing if they are not yet ready to purchase. Ultimately, this can lead to a recipient going cold. Happy Marketing! Also, it reminds me of the company.

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3 Reasons Qlikview is killing Microstrategy

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I recently met with Microstrategy and their marketing leadership expressed concerns about a new competitor, Qlikview. Microstrategy has an in-house developed CRM , (no compatibility with other applications), no marketing automation and no content marketing. Qlikview has savvy, aggressive marketing leadership. While they have new marketing leadership, not much seems to be happening there.Qlikview won the Marketo Revenue Performance Excellence Award for Global Revenue Performance Excellence. Qlikview is a modern marketing firm. What do you think?

Buying software is easy. Fixing lead generation is hard.

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B2B Lead Generation | Buying stuff is easy – fixing problems is hard. SaaS marketing products like Marketo , Hubspot , Eloqua and the like are very, very easy to buy. Unfortunately, there’s no “Wonder Herb&# in B2B lead generation and marketing either. Want to hear what it’s really like to buy marketing automation? What do you think?

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

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Finding the right marketing automation (MA) platform for your company can be a daunting task. General Lists of Marketing Automation Vendors Within my network, I’m known as an MA fan, so I often get drawn into discussions on the topic. One of the most common questions about marketing automation that I hear is, “Can you give me the names of some vendors?” Where Do I Start? Sure.

Drinking Our Own Champagne: How Marketo Uses its Event Marketing Software at Dreamforce

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jen Howard Events are a vital component of demand generation and brand reinforcement platforms and represent a huge slice of total B2B marketing spend. One of Marketo’s most significant events to attend and sponsor is Dreamforce ; every year we make an effort to get the most from this critical industry-leading conference. Visit us at Booth 817 or visit [link].

Buying software is easy. Fixing Lead Generation is hard.

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B2B Lead Generation | Buying stuff is easy – fixing problems is hard. SaaS marketing automation products like Marketo , Hubspot , Eloqua and the like are very, very easy to buy. Too many companies believe purchasing software fixes B2B lead generation. Fixing your B2B lead generation challenges is a lot like losing weight. Unfortunately, there’s no “Wonder Herb” in B2B lead generation and marketing either. Want to hear what it’s really like to buy marketing automation? So sales will get fewer, better leads.).

Why You Should Include Phone Calls in Your Email Performance Metrics

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Author: Blair Symes Email remains one of the most popular vehicles for outbound marketing. Despite the abundance of articles and blog posts proclaiming the death of email marketing (Overcrowded inboxes! Social media is killing email!), a 2013 benchmark report from MarketingSherpa found that 64% of companies planned to increase their investment in email marketing.

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., Microsoft Dynamics CRM), so why do I need marketing automation ”? Many CRM systems have a module for marketing. Given this positioning, it’s no wonder that marketers often think they may not need anything else to run their modern marketing departments.

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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 has changed significantly over the past few years, and you have to do a lot more with less. Get started.

6 Reports, Alerts & Strategies for Increasing Sales & Marketing Productivity


Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you’re in charge of leads for your company. If you’re on the marketing team, you’re likely responsible for delivering quality inbound leads to your sales team. If you’re on the sales team, you’re accountable for new business – and probably don’t care where the leads are coming from as long as they’re hot! Pretty cool!

‘More Social’: Part Two of Owning a Seat at the Revenue Table

Modern B2B Marketing

by Phil Fernandez In my previous blog post , I discussed the ongoing conversation in marketing circles about having a “seat” at the senior management table. I noted last week that by adopting RPM, marketers (together with their sales counterparts) would create a powerful new revenue engine that demonstrably is more agile, more social, more connected , and more intelligent.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: 7 Tips to Improve Sales Follow-up & Close More Leads

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B2B Lead Generation Blog About Free Resources Get FREE Updates Instantly Get A FREE Chapter from my book. FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Does the sales team either ignore your hard-won leads or complain about their quality?

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How (and Why) to Do Lead Nurturing Right


Marketing automation provider Marketo has just published The Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing , a white paper that provides real value, covering the lead nurturing process from the basic how and why through ROI measurement. Content marketing plays a key role in lead nurturing as well as a successful lead generation and social media strategy.

ClickInsights: What ROI metric should B2B marketers use in this digital marketing era?

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What types of metrics do B2B marketers need to measure a marketing campaign's success? Read these interesting blog posts on B2B marketing ROI: Kevin Joyce's Untangling B2B Marketing Campaigns ROI , Jon Miller's Improving B2B Marketing ROI: Thought Leadership With Merry Elrick , Tom Scearce's Three metrics that are more useful than Cost per Lead. Blogs.

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64 B2B Marketing Tools and Resources

Modern B2B Marketing

There is an amazing amount of great content about B2B marketing out there, ranging from trends in demand generation to best practices in lead nurturing, lead scoring, and landing page optimization to how to buy and select marketing automation systems. To help you find the good stuff, we recently put together a new site with B2B marketing tools and resources that collects a whopping 64 eBooks, whitepapers, webinars, podcasts and blog posts to help you learn all these best practices and more. Seven Lead Nurturing Tools and Resources. white paper).

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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. Among other stuff.