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Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

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Avinash has great advice for that in his Signs You Are a Great Analyst blog post. Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new. According to Forrester, only 2-5% of B2B firms have invested in full-featured Marketing Automation. But that percentage is rapidly growing. Increasingly, B2B companies realize that Marketing Automation software requires skilled operators.

7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail

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For each persona you need to have relevant content: whitepapers, blog posts, case studies, webinars, and so on. Needless to say, Marketing Automation software is very popular today.

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Eloqua Experience 2010

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Eloqua has more information about this in a blog post. In Monday’s blog post I emphasized that process and best practices are they key to unlocking the full potential of Marketing Automation.

25 Great B2B Content Marketing Articles

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Most are blog posts, but I’ve also included some eBooks. While doing research for my upcoming webinar on creating content that converts , I found many great articles on B2B Content Marketing. Here are the 25 articles that I liked best. My focus is on B2B, rather than B2C. Often, some of the basics are the same, but not always. For example, the complex sale is usually unique to B2B selling, and that’s when you would map content to stages in the buying cycle.

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Great B2B Email Copywriters: Where Are You?

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Not just eBooks, blog posts and webinars, but especially email content. Lead Nurturing depends on great content. Email is still the most effective way to promote your content, but it’s hard to get noticed in today’s overflowing inbox.

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Social Media & Marketing Automation

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They provide sales updates via Salesforce Chatter, an idea I outlined in a blog post earlier this year. This week there was a discussion about Social Media and Marketing Automation in the LinkedIn Group of the Marketing Automation Association.

Hubspot Review

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Their website management system (CMS) is fairly basic, but it includes everything you need: the pages are search engine optimized from the start, it includes a blog and registration forms, and there are social media integrations.

Upcoming Lead Management Events

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This week there are a couple of interesting Lead Management events, so I thought I’d share them with you in a short blog post: Hubspot Show & Tell , new features including lead management, June 8th (tomorrow).

Lead Nurturing Checklist for Marketing Automation

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The best offers are whitepapers, webinars, ebooks, blog posts, analyst reports, or any other educational resources. After you do some digging, you’ll be surprised how much content your organization has access to: sometimes you can even point to 3rd party blog posts.

Genius Marketing Automation Blog Posts

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On the Genius blog I have some nice introductory articles, so I wanted to provide some links to those post here on the LeadSloth blog. Feel free to provide some feedback in the comments on this blog, or on the Genius.com blog. Some of you may know that I’ve been a guest blogger at Genius.com since last summer. The main topic has been Marketing Automation , with several other online marketing topics blended in.

Sales 2.0: Marketing Automation & Salesforce Chatter

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In most of my blog posts I try to give practical advice that you can use right away. Today I’m at the Sales 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. I write about Marketing Automation, so why am I at a sales conference?

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Marketing Automation

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No worries, with Social Media you can offer prospects multiple ways to stay in touch: if they’re not yet ready for your email newsletter, maybe they want to “fan&# your company on Facebook, or simply subscribe to your blog’s RSS feed.

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Demand Generation Blogs Continued

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In the spirit of Twitter’s Follow Friday I’d like to finally publish the remaining Demand Generation blogs that I enjoy reading. Earlier I published the Top 10 Demand Generation vendor blogs and the Top 10 Marketing Automation Blogs. Of course, there were many great blogs that I forgot to include, so here are the remaining ones! This is more of a meta-blog, aggregating a large number of B2B blogs, including this blog. Net-Results blog.

Top-10 Marketing Automation Blogs

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A couple of people recently asked me which blogs I’m frequently reading. Please send me your favorite blogs, because there must be lots of great Marketing Automation blogs that I haven’t found yet! BTW 1: Some of these blogs are more about lead generation, demand generation or inbound marketing, so maybe the title of this blog post is not ideal. But regardless of the terminology, these are the blogs that I enjoy most :- ).

Is Content Marketing the New PR?

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Today my article on Content Marketing was published on the Genius.com blog, and I wondered whether I could visualize how Content Marketing is different from traditional public relations and advertising.

What is the ROI of Lead Management?

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See also my post on the MarketingGenius blog for an introduction to Lead Management , and The 4 steps of Lead Management. I’ve just published a introductory post on Marketing Automation ROI on the MarketingGenius blog.

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Are You Old Enough for Inbound Marketing?

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For me personally: this blog is mainly read by innovators, so I should be safe to use Inbound Marketing as a well-known term. The tech industry is known for inventing new names for existing things, mainly to promote their own company.

Top-10 Demand Generation Vendor Blogs

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In my previous post I listed the Top-10 Demand Generation blog by marketers and consultants. Today I’ve put together a list of vendor blogs. Most of these vendors blogs really get ‘online marketing’, so they talk about best practices rather then just touting their products, and they post regularly. In alphabetical order: ActiveConversion B2B Marketing Blog. For Eloqua I’m following two blogs. Hubspot Internet Marketing Blog.

LeadSloth Marketing Automation Blog – Survey Results

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LeadSloth Marketing Automation Blog – Survey Results. About two weeks ago I posted a survey that asked the LeadSloth readers what they wanted to read about. As it goes with surveys, it took some effort to get people to fill it out. But this week it reached critical mass, so I was able to draw some interesting conclusions. The Most Requested Topics. The top 6 topics mentioned in the survey were: Metrics & ROI. Marketing Automation Best Practices. Lead Nurturing / Drip campaigns.

Inbound Marketing Automation

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I brought up this question in my previous blog post , and Maria Pergolino had some very good comments on which tools to use and how to integrate them for ROI reporting. Dharmesh Shah of Hubspot defines inbound marketing to include search, social media and blogs.

Review of FormAssembly Form Builder

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On this blog I primarily write about integrated Lead Management systems , rather than small tools. However, in a previous post I wrote about a project in which I’m replacing a full-blown Marketing Automation system with tools that add on to Salesforce.com.

Interview about Marketing Automation on the Genius blog

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Parker Trewin at Genius just posted an interview with me on the Genius blog. It gives some background on the name ‘LeadSloth’ and my plans for the future. We also discuss some trends in the Marketing Automation space.

Why I’ve Joined Marketo

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Most readers of this blog will know that I’m passionate about Marketing Automation and Lead Management. On this blog I write about this, trying to generate discussion, share ideas, and – in the process – learn a lot myself. As LeadSloth I did a lot of blogging, but my consulting practice paid the bills. I will still be blogging at LeadSloth.com and I will continue to help organize Marketing Automation Mondays.

MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit

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Just like last year, I will be a blogging partner for MarketingSherpa's B2B Marketing Summit. San Francisco: October 4-5 / Boston: October 25-26. Again, they have created a great program for B2B Marketers, covering both lead generation and lead nurturing strategies. What is nice about this summit is that most speakers are marketing practitioners, not vendors. Also, MarketingSherpa team members like Brian Carroll and Sergio Balegno are known for their excellent presentations.

What Lead Nurturing Content to Send When?

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The webinar will only cover this briefly, so therefore I’m giving some more details this blog post. It can come in various formats: (blog) articles, whitepapers, webinars, videos, podcasts, and so on.

Social Media for B2B Lead Generation

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I decided to limit myself to Blogging, LinkedIn and Twitter. I could only use 1,000 words, and in my opinion Blogging, LinkedIn and Twitter are the powerhouses of social media for B2B lead generation. Just some excerpts from the post: “Always include a clear call to action at the bottom of older blog posts (…) this call to action does magic for lead generation&#.

What Should LeadSloth Write About?

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I’ve been writing this blog for a while now, but I’ve never explicitly asked for your input. The topics have been diverse, and I’d like to focus a little more on what you would like to read about. So please tell me about your preferences! Can you please fill out this questionnaire? If you have any questions, please let me know (jep on leadsloth dot com). Loading… Tags: Uncategorized LeadSloth survey

Measure Your ROI on Social Media Leads

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Disclosure: I am a guest blogger on the MarketingGenius blog. On Tuesday Genius.com announced the Genius URL Shortener (GURL), which makes it easier to measure the results of social media campaigns. At first I thought: “what’s new about that?&# , and Marketo wrote a post on an alternative way to create tracking links. But when I read Ardath Albee’s post about the Genius URL Shortener I really got it: GURLs are cool! Lead Source Measurement Needs Improvement.

Marketing Automation Introduction

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Many posts on this blog are fairly in-depth, so it was fun to write an introduction to Marketing Automation on the Genius.com blog. Anyhow, I hope you find the articles on the Genius.com blog interesting, even though you may already be a Marketing Automation expert :- ). For easy digestion, I split up the marketing automation process in four steps: Getting more visitors to your website. Get more visitors to register. Lead nurturing and scoring.

SEO Optimization - 3 Steps to Success

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Consider creating “link bait&# : popular topic formats are “top 10 rules for…&# or a list of blogs or Twitter accounts that cover your space. If you have a blog, put it on the company domain ( [link] ) and ask other bloggers to add your blog to their blogroll (and do the same for them). In the last years I’ve done a lot of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) projects. What keeps surprising me is that most people think it’s some kind of black art.

Inbound Marketing & Marketing Automation

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blogging, creation of high-quality content, and website conversion optimization. The Marketing Automation industry is evolving continuously. Many digital marketers are using marketing automation tools to automate lead nurturing. But if you want to expand your business, you also need to continuously add new leads to your database. Traditional lead sources are tradeshows or lead programs with magazines.

Freelance Marketing Automation Consultant

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Around that time I will also pick up blogging and Twittering again. This week I’m finishing up my day job as Sr Marketing Manager at Backbase, and will be available full-time for Marketing Automation Consulting. If you have Marketing Automation challenges, I’d love to hear from you ( or toll-free 1-888-4A-SLOTH).

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment.

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5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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How do you use your blog analytics ? There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

Blog ROI: 4 Tactics to Capture Greater Results

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The majority of B2B companies are blogging. We know our brands need blogs, but to capture greater results, we need something more than just a wordy post. Brands That Do Blogging Well … and Why. Achieving maximum blog ROI starts with engaging content. Blog registrations.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

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I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. For the record: I wrote 440 posts on the Blogger-based WebMarketCentral blog between 2005 and 2010, and have now published 560 posts here on Webbiquity.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. It’s highly likely that most of your blog traffic will come, not from visitors wandering over from the main corporate site, but through search. On our blog , we use the Indeed Smart PopUp for WordPress.)

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI.

Top B2B Marketing Blogs: Key Ingredients

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What makes up the perfect B2B marketing blog? First let’s establish that there are marketing blogs—and then there are B2B marketing blogs. B2B Marketing Guest Blogs

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How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post, How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. Congratulations on deciding to start a blog!