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Marketing ROI Is a Trap! Here’s How to Avoid It

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Given our focus on Marketing Performance Management and Measurement (MPM), we have a lot of conversations with our customers and prospects about Marketing ROI.

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Making the Most Out of Your Investments in Marketing Technology

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The marketing automation software industry was a $3.3 billion market in the United States in 2017, and it is growing 30% annually claims SharpSpring in their recent Investor Presentation. Adoption of these products has passed the tipping point.

How to Use Customer Insights to Spur Growth

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After years of focusing on controlling costs, growth has moved to the top of the priority list for many companies. In a survey of 1,600 senior executives by KPMG , 96% indicated that their companies are “are in the midst of business transformation planning or execution.”

What is the Expected ROI for Your Marketing Plan? And How to Do It

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Today’s Marketing leadership is expected to be data-driven and measurement savvy. Your Marketing plan should immediately demonstrate both capabilities. In fact, calculating your Marketing plan ROI should be an integral part of your business processes.

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The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

How to Save a Year of Research for Your Account-Based Marketing

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We’ve enjoyed the privilege of being engaged with a number of our customers for nearly two decades and last year were fortunate to add new projects and new customers.

The Marketing Ops Audit: Why It Matters and How to Do It Well

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Marketing Operations (Marketing Ops) is a well-established function. Whether performed by one person in a small company or a large team in a billion-dollar business, it is present in 70% of Marketing organizations overall and in 82% of Best-in-Class (BIC) Marketing organizations.

How to Better Utilize Data and Analytics

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Yet another study, this one by PAN Communications, continues to lament the challenge Marketing organizations face for measuring success. This particular study found that “76% of marketers are lacking the confidence to measure the success of their content programs.”

Why Does Good Strategy Matter to the Bottom Line?

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Strategy is fundamental to the success and sustainability of all organizations. It is about seizing opportunities and knowing which not to pursue, all while mitigating risk.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Are You Ready to Make The Shift to A.I.? (Part Two)

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This is the second part of a two-part series. See our first section Should You Use A.I. in Your Marketing? on LinkedIn. According to BPMonline Insights , nearly 40% of companies struggle to convert data into actionable insight.

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How to Tell if Your Marketing is Optimized for Performance

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Frederick Winslow Taylor is credited with starting the Scientific Management movement. He and his associates studied how work was performed. They examined how the performance of work affected worker productivity.

Are You Really Ready to Enter a New Market?

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Ideas for new markets to serve can come from Marketing and anywhere externally or internally, e.g. best customers or a partner, a member of the C-Suite, and Sales or Customer Support departments.

Is Your Marketing Dashboard Out to Get You?

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Most likely you have some kind of Marketing dashboard. Research by experts and us all reveals that most Marketing organizations are producing and presenting some type of dashboard to their leadership team.

Tuning Up Your Marketing Metrics and Measures: What They Are and Why They Matter

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If you want to demonstrate the importance of Marketing to the rest of the organization you need to be able to quantify Marketing’s value to the business.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

The Bottom Line: Action is at the Heart of Marketing’s Productivity

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In a recent article, David Dodd wrote the innovations in Marketing “have promised to improve marketing effectiveness and efficiency, and numerous research studies purport to show that they are delivering a wide range of benefits.

Best-in-Class Marketers Prove They Create Value

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In 2000, the Advertising Research Foundation probably didn’t realize that their report about marketing’s ability, or lack thereof, to measure its value and contribution would initiate numerous studies, conferences, and products on the topic.

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Customer Conversations: Identifying Revenue Opportunities Using Customer Analytics

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“We’re not going to make our revenue target for the fiscal year,” declared our customer, a Director of Customer Insights at a global technology company. She followed with, “I was barely holding on to key resources this year, and now my budget’s taking another hit!”

Efficiency vs. Effectiveness Metrics

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In his book, The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker explained the difference between efficiency and effectiveness: “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” ” He strongly advised focusing first on effectiveness before efficiency.

Not Too Late: Last-Minute Steps towards GDPR Compliance for B2B Marketers

Speaker: Howard J. Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group, and Anne Angele, Senior Marketing Automation Specialist, Spear Marketing Group

As you likely know, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25. Surveys show that most US-based B2B marketers are still woefully unprepared, even though the regulation affects not only any company actively doing business in Europe, but anyone even communicating with European contacts in his/her marketing database. The penalties for non-compliance with GDPR can be severe – in the millions of dollars. Fortunately, there are a few basic steps that B2B marketers can and should make that will get them closer to full compliance.

Free Benchmarking–Does Your Marketing Measure Up?

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Here’s something we know after conducting the marketing performance measurement and management study since 2001: Best-in-Class marketers are relentless when it comes to continuous improvement. How do they know how they stack up? They regularly audit and benchmark. We know this can be expensive—even a small benchmarking study for marketing typically takes at least $20,000. With marketing budgets still feeling the crunch, it makes sense to be a bit more creative when it comes to benchmarking.

Customer Conversations: Identifying & Measuring Your Marketing Campaign Goals

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In a recent conversation with a marketer from a well-known global company in the transportation industry, I was asked to provide a list of metrics that this marketer could use to satisfy her company’s leadership team.

Weaving Contextual Data into Models

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Many companies are developing opportunity scoring models which essentially assign a predetermined numerical score to specific behaviors or statuses within a database. The purpose of opportunity scoring is help sales people know which opportunities are sales ready and worthy, and therefore take priority. Often variables such as title, company, and industry, serve as the basis for the scoring model.

Customer Conversations: Requesting Your Budget

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In a recent conversation with one of our customers, a VP of Marketing at a well-known company, we discussed the challenges associated with her leadership’s request to submit the fiscal year’s budget before her team had finished the planning process.

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GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

Customer Conversations: The Value of Adding Data & Analytical Skills

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Jamie, the VP of Marketing at one of our manufacturing companies, in a recent conversation expressed excitement about securing someone from the finance group to support marketing data and analytics. “It

Four Models Every Marketer Should Master

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We know–models can be intimidating. But as the need to add analytics and science to our work continues to increase, models have become one of the primary vehicles every marketer needs to know how to develop and leverage. If you’ve already dived into the deep end on models, congratulations. On the other hand, if you’re just dipping your toe into the water, have no fear, because while there may be a bit of a current, it is time to venture forth.

Managing Marketing Content Across the Customer Life Cycle

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Considering our purpose as marketers, we should be placing customers at the center of our marketing efforts. That’s truer today than ever before, because customers have more choices, more control, more ways to connect, and more access information. No wonder marketers everywhere are scrambling to develop content and make use of the myriad of channels to reach and connect with prospects and customers. .

What Type of Customer Experience Do You Deliver?

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Customer Experience (CX) is one of the most highly discussed topics in organizations today. By definition, CX encompasses all interactions across the entire life cycle of the customer relationship. According to a recent survey by Oracle, of 1,300 senior executives in 18 countries, 97 percent believe CX is critical to their success.

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

The Five Metrics that Must be on Your Marketing Dashboard

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by Laura Patterson, VEM and Julie Schwartz, ITSMA. Marketers are always asking us, “What are the five most important metrics that should be on our marketing dashboard?” These marketers want a template; a quick and easy answer so they can move on to their next challenge.

Craft a Killer Sales Playbook

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The Sales Playbook, Defined. A sales playbook is a collection of tactics or methods that characterizes the roles and responsibilities for you (and your sales team), lays out clear objectives, identifies metrics for measurement, and provides a common framework and approach for closing sales. The playbook helps you implement a common sales methodology that leverages the processes used by high performers. The outcome?

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Five Proven Practices for Customer Experience Mapping

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Customers are the most important part of any business, and keeping them happy should be at the top of your list of priorities. If your organization is among those that have created customer experience maps, kudos to you and your team! If not, and this is an itch you want to scratch, read on for five (5) tips to help you undertake this important initiative.

Don’t Play Politics with Your Planning

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As marketers we need to take the macro-environment into consideration when we’re creating any plan. With the election looming, there is a constant barrage of headlines suggesting that the U.S. economy is faltering and that the future could be bleak.

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2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

Three Elements of Successful Change Management

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We are sitting in a meeting with the CMO and a new marketing operations director from a large, well-established company. They had called and asked for a meeting to help kick their marketing metrics and dashboard up a notch. In the last year, this marketing organization has added various capabilities, including customer relationship management, marketing automation, and marketing resource management systems.

3 Attributes to Extend Your CMO Longevity

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As 2013 winds down and we prepare to enter 2014, there are bound to be a few changes in the CMO line up. You say, that’s not news, CMO tenure is always a bit tenuous. But actually, that is less true today than ever. In SpencerStuart’s 8th Annual CMO Tenure Study, it was reported that CMO tenure is now nearly 4 years, compared to just 2 years back in 2006. While CMO tenure varies across industries, there are several attributes long- tenured CMOs share.

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Peace of Mind as a Key Dimension for Measuring Customer Experience

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All of us are customers, and as such, we all have buying experiences (good and bad) that shape our opinion of the company from which we are buying. There have been numerous discussions on how the exchange between buyers and sellers has evolved from creating products, to building customer relationships, to creating compelling customer experiences.

Tales from the Toolbox

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Are you feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store when you consider all of the available marketing technologies? Marketing technology has been evolving at a rapid pace, and with so many choices, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. These technologies are often referred to by three letter acronyms such as DAM/MAM (digital asset or marketing asset management), MOM (marketing operations management), MAP (marketing automation platforms), and MRM (marketing resource management).

Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.