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Top 10 Demand Generation Resolutions for 2014

The Point

It’s a new year, so what better time to get your demand generation strategy “in shape” for improved performance? The only way to improve the effectiveness of your marketing strategies long-term is to test, and test consistently. Clean up your database.

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

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In talking with folks on the show floor at Dreamforce, everyone from demand generation/customer acquisition leaders to sales operations to CMOS & VPs of Marketing, the marketing automation technology deployed and its sophistication is all over the map.

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In Defense of Unsolicited Email

The Point

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?

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How to Reduce Unsubscribes Using Subscription Management

The Point

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.

The 100 Year History Lesson On Marketing Operations and MarTech

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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. The Birth of Marketing Technology.

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Top 5 Benefits of Adopting Marketing Automation

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On Focus.com , 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.

Segmentation, Social Media Drive Lead Nurturing Success for iDirect

The Point

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.

Why Companies Buy Marketing Automation Software

The Point

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.

Does Marketing Automation Work With a Cold List?

The Point

On Focus.com , 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. What will marketing automation do for us that a run-of-the-mill email engine wouldn’t?

Getting the Most from Salesforce.com: A Conversation with David Taber

The Point

Salesforce.com is a dominant player in the CRM category and an integral part of many companies’ lead management, database marketing, and demand generation programs. Unfortunately, the data in most CRM systems isn’t tight enough to help marketing.

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.

Tempted to Do Away With Registration Forms? Think Again.

The Point

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?

21 Tips & Other Impressions from the Marketo User Summit

The Point

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. Enable sales reps to turn off lead nurturing for specific prospects from within the CRM system.

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. marketing automation marketing resource management marketingpilot demand generation

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.

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 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. I know Suresh Vittal includes lead management as a component of his enterprise marketing platform. Direct marketing lists?