Looking to enhance sales lead performance? Put process before technology.

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When it comes time to exploring how you can increase lead generation ROI, that is, produce better leads more cost effectively, move "technology" to the bottom your to-do list. Technology is great at automating best practices, but you have to have them in place first. So start by engineering your processes to focus on lead quality not quantity. Then, and only then, it's time to check out your automation options.

How SMBs can get more leads through marketing automation

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Marketing automation offers numerous advantages, such as saving time as well as helping you with improving your conversion rate and overall sales. What is marketing automation and why is it important? How to get started with marketing automation for email marketing.

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5 Ways to Reactivate Lost Leads Using Marketing Automation

Modern Marketing

When a lead expires, what do you do? Most companies move on to the next lead, forgetting about these leads entirely. After a few years have passed, this once insignificant pile of expired leads can look more like a mountain of missed opportunity.

Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

The Point

It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. Launching lead scoring too soon.

Lead Generation: Streamlining the process for quality over quantity

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet For her first week on the job, Debbie Pryer, Program Manager, Siemens Healthcare, arrived ready to accept an intimidating challenge: Bring Marketing and Sales together for one common cause – generating quality leads. Challenge your process.

Want Better Marketing Automation Results? Think Outside the Inbox

Act-On

When most of us think of marketing automation, we think of email. Automated emails, also called “drip emails,” “drip campaigns,” or “auto-responders,” are the backbone of marketing automation. Marketing automation works, and it works extremely well.

Take Marketing Automation Further and Automate Lead Distribution

Modern Marketing

We’re providing an array of marketing and sales tools and leveraging channel marketing automation to deliver the content and resources our direct sales teams and channel partners need to engage and nurture prospects through the sales cycle. Marketing Automation Marketing Cloud

Marketing Automation Hacks

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Marketing Automation Platforms (MAPs) are often referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of technology. Modern marketers use MAPs to help streamline processes, reduce errors during production and there are a million and one hacks to make the most of this technology.

5 Smart Ways to Automate Your Marketing

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He increased RME’s monthly lead flow by 49% and cut the cost-per-lead by 68%. Marketing automation. Many companies start with a marketing automation pilot program. Writing a massive 40-page marketing automation plan is great, but sometimes it’s better to jump in and fail fast. Which processes would most benefit from automation? In some ways, the hardest part of marketing automation is to keep things simple. Need to do more with less?

The Rise of the Marketing Technologist Part 3: People, Process, Content and then Technology

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There is no doubt that the role of the B2B marketer has changed and this change has been led by the change in the buying process and the access to information that is at the finger tips of todays B2B buyer. Step Two: Process.

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign.

Top Tips for Increasing Marketing Automation ROI

Reachforce

Marketing automation involves using software to streamline and automate marketing processes. When performed manually, these processes take more time than they need to, and marketing automation considerably speeds things up.

6 Success Factors for Adopting Marketing Automation

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Are you getting ready to implement marketing automation? Marketing automation is not rocket science, but it does take strategy, planning, and preparation to make it work well and meet your company’s expectations. Six readiness factors for implementing marketing automation. #1:

4 Easy Tactics for Infusing AI and Predictive Analytics Into Sales Processes

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Rather than relying on human intuition to inform their processes, these early adopters are leading the arms race for data by reinventing how their businesses operate based on intelligence that’s generated by AI and other related data science techniques.

Don't Fix Your Marketing Process

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketers need people, processes and technology that allow them to react quickly to new opportunities. So far, his main points have been that the role of B2B marketing has expanded to cover the entire buying cycle from initial lead generation through closed deals and that new technology must be accompanied by changes in people, process and content to have an impact. HOW can marketers adjust their staffing and processes, given the practical constraints of time and budget?

Successful Sales and Marketing Alignment, Part 5: The Lead Handoff Process

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Part three outlined the steps to designing a successful lead process. Part four described what defines a qualified lead. Now we’ll talk about the lead handoff to sales, and take a look at the reporting and feedback loops you should put into place. Once a qualified lead has been identified, the next step is to create a lead handoff process where marketing hands the qualified lead to sales so that sales can follow up on it.

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. The post Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

Feeding Sales Is a Process, Not a Project.

Sales Engine

When it’s all over, you ship the booth and collateral boxes home and collect the leads for sales. The world has changed, and the internet is now crushing a sales rep’s ability to generate their own leads. The process won’t be the same with the next prospect.

Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. the company is generating the wrong type of leads.

Avoid these 10 Marketing Automation Rookie Mistakes

Modern Marketing

If your company is considering marketing automation or you have recently implemented it, you are not alone. According to The State of the Marketing Technology Industry , only 3% of businesses surveyed use one of the four most common marketing automation systems. Lead Scoring.

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. 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.

8 Steps to Guarantee Marketing Automation Success

Modern Marketing

EmailMonday gathered an impressive list of statistics about marketing automation usage and its relevance for businesses in 2016 and beyond. • Approximately 11 times more B2B organizations are now using marketing automation compared to those in 2011 (SiriusDecisions).

How to do lead management that improves conversion

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In this post, I’m going to focus on how to do lead management that increases sales conversion. Here’s why: First, B2B lead conversion to actual revenue conversion is low. According to Forrester, top performers convert 1.54% of leads to revenue. And average performers turn less than 0.75% of leads into closed deals. Have you thought about the experience you want to create for your potential customer so as to optimize your lead management approach?

Introduction to Lead Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI.

Want to Do Marketing Automation? Do These 6 Things First

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Do they include launching a marketing automation program? But be aware you’ve got a lot of work to do before you buy marketing automation software, much less schedule your first campaign. You see, if you want marketing automation to work, you’ll need to set up a few things first. Marketing automation runs on data. That process is called the “buyer’s journey.” Or watch our video, “ Marketing Automation for the New Buyer’s Journey in 15 Minutes.”.

Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

Customer Experience Matrix

The past week brought three more announcements about predictive vendors expanding beyond lead scoring. Needless to say, it’s a great way for Radius to show off its highly automated model building and the extent of its data.

4 Steps to Get Started with Marketing Automation

Act-On

But when it comes to marketing automation – if you know what to plan for and what to expect, it doesn’t have to be so painful. What is it you want marketing automation to achieve for you? To get more leads. So they know what that lead cares about, and what to say.

Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketing automation technology has become an indispensable tool in the complex sale marketer’s arsenal. Lead generation, lead nurturing and determining the time for the handoff to Sales would be extremely difficult without that technology. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Lincoln said the automation solution was even integrated with SmartBear’s webinar platform.

Marketing Hacks: 10 New Ways to Use Your Marketing Automation Platform

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While this may come as a surprise to the hordes of demand generation groupies using marketing automation, the truth is that 87% of companies spend more time in other functions of marketing than demand gen. Brand marketing supports every stage of the lead lifecycle.

These 6 Marketing Automation Statistics Show Where Marketers Really Are

Modern Marketing

Marketing automation is a core technology that all marketers, especially B2B marketers need to implement to connect with prospects and generate the right leads for their sales team. It’s marketing automation that makes that happen. Marketing Automation

Which (If Any) Marketing Automation Platform Is Right for You?

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Automation is moving into all aspects of our personal and working lives, from our appliances to our communications, to, yes, our cars. In recent years, automation has had a big impact on another endeavor ‒ marketing. Here it is, 2017, and we don’t get around in flying cars.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks. Taken together, these provide a clearer picture than usual of the state of marketing automation.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

The Point

In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. raw inquiries convert to either MQLs (Marketing Qualified Leads) or better.

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35 Marketing Automation Stats to Make You Look Smart

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Especially, it seems, our marketing automation statistics. Here are 35 marketing automation stats to know and love and share and cite. Is marketing automation just a flash-in-the-pan kind of trend? People from the United States, India, and Australia are doing the most searches for the term “marketing automation.” Who uses marketing automation? According to Ascend2’s 2016 Marketing Automation Trends survey, 71% of companies use marketing automation.

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SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

Customer Experience Matrix

In this case, the main technical differentiator is extreme automation: SalesPredict imports customer data, builds models, scores current records, and deploys the results with virtually no human intervention.

The 6 Step Inbound Marketing Process [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

I wanted to share this fantastic and easy to understand infographic I came across outlining the Inbound Marketing Process. ” The Inbound Marketing Process infographic can be found on their original blog post here. I’ve outlined their 6 step process in the infographic below. Step 5: Convert leads to sales Leverage marketing automation tools to identify your high value leads and route them to your sales force.

Marketing Automation for the New Buyer’s Journey

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And they’re taking control of their own buying experience: 78% start the buying process with a web search, and 50% research through peer reviews, blogs, and news sites before engaging directly with companies themselves. Enter marketing automation.

Continuum and Process vs. Event, Project or Campaign Thinking

Avitage

It’s past time to shift your thinking about your approach to marketing activities as an event, project or campaign, to continuum and process thinking. We discussed the buyer persona and buyer journey work they do to prepare for lead generation initiatives, especially email campaigns.

Why is Inside Sales So Scared of Lead Nurturing?

The Point

Recent studies tell us while the adoption of marketing automation technology continues to gain momentum, fewer than 20 percent of marketing executives say that they are fully integrating the technology into their current sales and marketing initiatives.

Marketo Conference: Is Predictive Modeling The Future of Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

I actually found this concern a bit overwrought – there are other segments, most obviously B2B marketing automation itself, that support many dozens of similar vendors. This contrasts sharply with marketing automation, where many companies still buy the first system they consider and few conduct an extensive pre-purchase trial. The data argument makes some sense to me, although I think marketing automation itself should also connect with those external sources.