Database Marketing: Five Important Things to Know

Webbiquity

A form of direct marketing , database marketing uses business and consumer databases to generate targeted recipient lists. What distinguishes database from direct marketing is the awareness to the analysis of data. Database Marketing Types.

New York’s happiest B2B database marketer

Biznology

Speaking at a BMA conference in New York recently, I posed a question to the audience: “Are any of you happy with your marketing data?” Now, normally, I find business marketers complaining endlessly about their data. Please meet New York’s happiest database marketer.

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Two Database Marketing Principles to Increase Email Marketing ROI

Webbiquity

Here are two strategies for optimizing the investment made in building a house list for email marketing efforts. However, this database segment outreach ought not be random – but regimented. Email Marketing Daniel Faggella email marketing

Can Old Database Marketers Learn Digital Tricks?

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Database marketing and digital marketing are more different than it seems. Yesterday’s post touched briefly on what I see as a fundamental transition between database marketing and digital marketing, and in particular on the changes that marketers and their supporting vendors must make to navigate the change successfully. Digital marketers have no such illusions about the completeness of the data they could ever hope to assemble.

10 Questions: Do You Need Marketing Automation?

The Point

A couple of weeks ago our firm prepared a detailed ROI analysis for a client helping them substantiate to their management the investment in a marketing automation platform. Inevitably, much of the business case for a marketing automation solution comes down to intangibles.

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.

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5 Trends that Will Define the Future of Marketing Automation

Marketo

The evolution of marketing automation has had a profound influence on marketers and buyers alike. From the days of spray-and-pray email marketing and complicated database marketing, the technology and expertise of marketers have truly elevated marketing automation as a practice.

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. Clean up that database. Marketing automation runs on data. Some is behavioral data, for sure, but the starting point is the data in your existing database.

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?

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Why It’s Time to Start Leveraging Database Marketing for PPC

Directive Agency

As marketers, there are a million and two initiatives we run at once, and it can get difficult to keep track of what is working and what the data is telling us. Enter database marketing. What is Database Marketing? Internal Databases vs. External Databases.

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Top 5 Benefits of Adopting Marketing Automation

The Point

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.

Unica and Alterian Lead Database Marketers to the Digital Promised Land

Customer Experience Matrix

Here are some quick thoughts on two items: Unica ’s acquisition of paid search bid management system MakeMeTop (now mercifully renamed Unica Search) and Alterian ’s recently-released and excellent annual marketing survey. The connection is that these both support my feeling that many members of the old-line database marketing community have failed to adapt to the new world of digital marketing.

5 Types of Marketing Automation for Businesses to Consider

PureB2B

Marketing has been around for a very long time. When we look at marketing technology, we can see that it’s enabled various channels such as print media, radio, and television for marketers to reach their audiences. Fast forward to now, these channels have become common contributors to many, many marketing strategies. Since the early 90’s the internet has evolved into the most flexible marketing channel we’ve ever seen. Email Marketing Software.

Data Decay & B2B Database Marketing [Infographic]

Zoominfo

Because of this, many organizations are working with a B2B database that is cluttered with outdated, invalid, or incomplete contacts. Dirty data impacts all areas of an organization, including marketing, lead generation, customer relationships, and finance.

Entiera Offers Consumer Marketing Automation Software as a Service

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

Customer Experience Matrix

It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems. Having a powerful database just makes them even more important. -

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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Report From New York: How Agencies are Using Marketing Automation

Marketing Action

marketing User Conference in New York City for the first time. marketing Partners breakout, which focused on our agency partners. We all learned a few things about how agencies are using marketing automation. Direct Marketing > Digital Database Marketing.

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Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be a Webinar Invitation

The Point

Most marketing automation systems make it relatively easy to control email frequency and to establish priorities when multiple campaigns get scheduled in too small a window.

How Good Content can Help Improve Database Health

The Point

Most commonly, companies looking to clean up CRM data turn to database providers like ZoomInfo, Data.com , and InsideView to append and replace outdated contact information.

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.

How to Make Your Data Squeaky Clean

Modern Marketing

No question it’s a valuable part of your marketing, but sometimes it can feel like a big mess. Develop, apply and share naming conventions with everyone who adds data to your CRM, marketing automation system, spreadsheets and any other systems you use.

Do Lead Nurturing Campaigns Always Need an Offer?

The Point

As further context, the 4-1-1 Rule that Jon references is a principle intended for Twitter and credited to Tipping Point Labs and Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute. Jon wrote the book on lead nurturing ( literally ) but, personally, I have concerns about extending Twitter rules into the realm of email marketing. I expect any marketing email to have a tangible offer of immediate value, not just a link that the company deems I might find of interest.

New White Paper: Top 10 Tips for Lead Nurturing Success

The Point

Recently invested in marketing automation software? Inside, you’ll discover the secrets to success and core lead management principles that can increase response rates, convert more leads to opportunities, and accelerate the ROI from marketing automation software.

5 Ways to Segment Your Lead Nurturing Campaign

The Point

Most marketing automation platforms make it a simple task to “clone” emails and landing pages, and create variations on the fly. Verticals are often the first place marketers look when segmenting a lead nurturing program, but sometimes that priority is misguided.

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. First, the company invested in Marketo , a leading marketing automation platform that integrated well with the company’s CRM system, Salesforce.com.

Which Metrics Do Most Marketers Rely On? [CHART]

Modern Marketing

by Jennifer Horton | Tweet this Measurement is often a main reason that many clients cite for investing in marketing automation. These folks are in hot demand and are transforming marketing’s reputation from “making things look pretty” to “results-driven decision making”.

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What Percentage of Your Data is Fake? [CHART]

Modern Marketing

And, if you have a job like mine, you probably have tools and techniques to identify and, where possible, clean these entries so that your database quality and marketing ability is improved. Having bogus data in your database is not great, but it is unavoidable.

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10 Marketing Nightmares

Modern Marketing

Those working in B2B marketing have their own special blend of anxieties and fears. Things like typos in big campaigns, mis-fired tweets and screwed up presentations are enough to scare even the most competent marketer. Some marketers are given access to the company Twitter handle.

Can Sales Grow Your Marketing Database? [Chart]

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Marketers never stop worrying about growing the size of their contact database. A marketer can produce fantastic pieces of content and run amazing events to grow their database, and yet completely miss an obvious avenue to grow their reach.

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[Cartoon] Ellber & Email Marketing

Modern Marketing

Once Ellber wakes up, we’ll take a look at how his efforts pay off for the sales team but, while he catches his zzzz’s, check out how ‘Amazing eZPutty’ helps you get more from your email marketing!

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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?

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.

B2B Marketers Are Buying Customer Data Platforms. Here's Why.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m currently drafting a paper on use of Customer Data Platforms by B2B SaaS marketers. That’s not surprising, since retailers have always been among the data-driven marketers. But there's another reason B2B marketers have been uncharacteristically slow adopters when it comes to CDPs.

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Lists and the Rest of the Story

ViewPoint

Testing is extremely important if you use marketing automation. Read this blog (published by CMO by Adobe) for more information about calibrating and validating marketing automation. Database MarketingThere is no such thing as a good list. I am sure that my opinion about lists makes purveyors of lists unhappy, but it is the truth. For the most part, lists suck.

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“Sirius” About Marketing Operations

Modern Marketing

When research firm SiriusDecisions held its first summit six years ago, the term marketing operations was a barely formed thought in the b2b world. “It Jonathan Block, of SiriusDecisions, says marketing operations is a fast-growing role. by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this.

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