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

ViewPoint

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.

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.

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Want Better Marketing Automation Results? Think Outside the Inbox

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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.

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.

Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. So where do you even begin in terms of an automation strategy? You can’t automate trust. Lead Generation: 2 simple tactics to determine cost per lead [More from the blogs].

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

Marketing Automation and B2B Lead Generation Services

KEO Marketing

Within the past few years, marketing automation has been taking the forefront of planning by marketing departments in companies around the world. The potential to transform the marketing process shows its ability to nurture prospects from the first contact through conversion.

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 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.

Want to Do Marketing Automation? Do These 6 Things First

Act-On

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.”.

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.

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?

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.

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

Act-On

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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. Here are a few marketing automation hacks you need to try: Tokens-. Tokens can be set for programs, campaigns, leads, etc. Snippets can be a time saver in the production process.

Understanding the Modern B2B Sales Process

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Salespeople and buyers have a new relationship with one another, and it has directly impacted the sales process. . What is a sales process? . Sales Processes: A History. So the B2B sales process often looked a bit like this: Prospecting. The Modern B2B Sales Process.

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.

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?

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).

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

Infer

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.

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.

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

Act-On

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.

How to Automate Your Client KPI Reporting Process: The 11 Step Guide

Hubspot

Most agencies see this type of manual reporting as a necessity, but, unforunately, the process is usually a negative experience for everyone involved: The account manager probably spent 4-5 hours creating the client's presentation. It's called client KPI reporting automation.

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 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.

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.

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.

Successful Sales and Marketing Alignment, Part 3: Designing the Lead Process

Marketing Action

With this post, you’ll find out how to design a successful lead process. The customer journey is rarely a linear path, but it’s important to try to map out what the ideal scenario might be and then come up with plans for any detours your lead may take on the road to conversion.

From leads to longevity: 2 ways to move leads down the sales funnel

Biznology

You know your business needs leads, and plenty of them, to drive sales. Generating leads, however, is only part of the equation. Because if you’re not able to turn those leads into sales, they aren’t doing you much good. But how do you turn those leads into sales?

12 Ways to Boost Your Website’s Lead Generation Performance

Act-On

If you’re in digital marketing, there’s probably one metric you’re more focused on than anything else: leads. Your goal might be to get more leads, or maybe better leads, or leads that convert faster, or leads that give a higher value. But any way you cut it, it’s still all about lead generation. The question is, how do you get those leads? There’s no shortage of lead generation tactics. That means turning them into a lead.

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

Successful Sales and Marketing Alignment, Part 3: Designing the Lead Process

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With this post, you’ll find out how to design a successful lead process. The customer journey is rarely a linear path, but it’s important to try to map out what the ideal scenario might be and then come up with plans for any detours your lead may take on the road to conversion. The most basic version of the lead process tracks the flow of leads from the point at which they are generated, to the point at which they are passed to sales, to the feedback loop on lead quality.