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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.

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.

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The Key Marketing Automation Players On Your Team

ANNUITAS

You’ve vetted the vendors, selected your features, sized your database and scheduled your implementation; you are now ready to deploy your marketing automation platform, right? The Marketing User.

How We Generate An Avalanche of B2B Leads on LinkedIn™ (6 Easy Steps)

Prospectr

LinkedIn is Dead!” ” — loudly proclaim all the B2B sales professionals around the world as soon as they fail to generate B2B leads and sales on LinkedIn… The. In fact, we get 10-15 leads and 200+ new connections on LinkedIn every week.

87 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”.

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Should Marketing Automation Customers be Pre-Qualified?

Marketing Craftmanship

For decades, the ONLY way to produce any type of printed material – ranging from sales & marketing brochures, to annual reports and informational flyers – involved a multi-step, time / people-intensive, costly process requiring a copywriter, graphic designer, a typesetter and a printing press.

MindMatrix: A Unique Marketing Automation Platform for SMB

NuSpark

Learn About MindMatrix Marketing Automation; An Interview with Andrew Carlton, Director of Channel Sales at MindMatrix. T here are many marketing automation systems out there that can help firms manage and nurture leads into sales. Andy Carlton is a leading expert in digital, Saas, and marketing technologies for over the past 20 years. MindMatrix was developed with the needs of both marketing and sales in mind.

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LeadLiaison Helps Marketing Automation Users Break the Content Bottleneck

Customer Experience Matrix

You may have noticed that there are many B2B marketing automation systems available. But they do go far enough beyond standard marketing automation to justify a different label. Marketers who want to build their own content are also covered.

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New Marketing Automation Options for Small Business in the VEST Report

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m revving up for the next edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report, which will include six first-time entries. Workflows can manage both marketing campaigns and internal projects.

How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 1

Biznology

In previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley, and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they simply focused on brand awareness, reach, and filling the funnel. Now, how do these topics relate back to driving demand for LinkedIn profile makeovers?

What Qualities Should You Look for in a Marketing Automation Manager?

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Anastasia Pavlova Whether you’re a small to medium-sized business or a larger enterprise organization, marketing automation is your company’s best bet for staying competitive in this digital age. Marketo and Ascend2’s Marketing Automation Strategy Survey.

New B2B Persona Research From Salesforce and LinkedIn Study

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Getting the right content to the right people continues to be a challenge in B2B marketing. Starting in the fall of 2014, Salesforce started to analyze more than 15 million data points, spanning a four-year period, from two of the largest B2B databases: Data.com and LinkedIn. To do a detailed audience analysis to help marketers understand how they can improve marketing accuracy. I wanted to talk with Mat and bring this vital information to B2B marketers.

Understanding the Modern B2B Sales Process

SnapApp

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.

Marketing Automation Catching On Fire

The Effective Marketer

Some have even suggested that marketing automation market is floundering , but it is such a new market and offering that is innevitable to have doubts, especially with these many vendors in the space. A Marketing Automation Timeline So let’s take a look at the marketing automation companies in play today (mostly US based in this case) and when they were founded. Marketing automation is still in its infancy.

3 Ways Marketing Automation Helps Higher Ed Marketers Succeed

Modern B2B Marketing

But it’s harder to take a step back and recognize that higher education institutions face challenges similar to those of marketers in other industries. This means that marketers need to increase the effectiveness of their efforts without using more resources.

CMOs fail to go beyond brand awareness on LinkedIn

Biznology

Recent studies show 87% of B2B sales and marketing leaders are using LinkedIn and other social media platforms, but less than 1 in 5 can clearly prove and demonstrate social media ROI. Xerox CMO John Kennedy mentioned that they are using LinkedIn to share content with their followers.

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. LinkedIn: Why is it important for marketers to view marketing as a continuum? The consensus is clear.

8 Challenges and 4 Benefits of Having 2+ Marketing Automation Platforms

Marketing Converts

A surprising number of companies in B2B SaaS have two or more marketing automation platforms. In fact, I’ve personally worked with several companies which have more than a dozen marketing automation platforms, and one that’s using seventeen! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn.

Social Media Features in Marketing Automation Systems: Who Does What?

Customer Experience Matrix

Social media is arguably overhyped as a marketing trend: it gets well under 10% of marketing budgets (different surveys have figures from 3% to 8%) and results are questionable (it was rated the least effective content marketing tactic in a recent MarketingProfs study ).

Social Selling: 10 Actionable Tips From LinkedIn’s Koka Sexton

Modern Marketing

While not even three years ago, marketing and sales organizations sought actual data to support the “hunch” that social selling techniques and practices were effective, the state of the advanced sales method is, well, on fire. This assessment comes from “the source” — or LinkedIn’s Senior Manager of Social Marketing, Koka Sexton , who shared some serious scoop about the effectiveness of social selling during a webinar hosted by Demand Gen Report this week.

iCharts Applies Marketing Automation to Smart Strategy to Deliver Record Opportunities

Act-On

With iCharts, businesses can track and visualize everything from sales numbers to worker productivity to market fluctuations. Until recently, the company had grown organically with little to no marketing. What was the marketing situation like? ACT-ON: What’s the process?

The 3 P’s of B2B Lead Generation: People, Process, Platforms

NuSpark

When people ask me what I do, I usually give them my standard 15-second commercial; generate quality inbound leads and shorten sales cycles via lead generation, lead nurturing, and content marketing. Process. I just write some prose about our process.

The 3 P’s of B2B Lead Generation: People, Process, Platforms

NuSpark

When people ask me what I do, I usually give them my standard 15-second commercial; generate quality inbound leads and shorten sales cycles via lead generation, lead nurturing, and content marketing. Process. I just write some prose about our process.

30 Experts Discuss Marketing Automation Trends That Will Have The Biggest Impact On B2B Marketers In 2018

SnapApp

. We’ve all been on the receiving end of terrible marketing automation - poorly targeted, ill-timed, and irrelevant messaging. . While marketing automation can be powerful for growing marketing teams, it can also do more harm than good if not configured or implemented properly. .

Is Anyone Leading Lead Management?

ViewPoint

Sales Lead Management is a complicated process. Sales lead management is a tough subject to truly get your arms around. There are dozens of outside vendors who say they manage some portion of the sales lead process and more than two dozen internal departments that contribute to the process and the decision making. There may be a half-dozen outside vendors managing some aspects of lead management: Sales Lead Management and Fulfillment Firm.

New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

Act-On

Lead generation, also commonly referred to as lead gen, continues to be one of B2B marketers’ top goals. It’s so important that if you distilled an average B2B marketer’s job description down to two words, they might well be “get leads”.

What is a Marketing-Qualified Lead? What MQL Really Means

Act-On

Just a few years ago, marketers everywhere rejoiced. Reliable marketing metrics were finally here! Definitions were set, processes were tested, sales and executives bought in across the board, and the panacea of the Lead Marketing Funnel brought peace to all.

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Lead Management: Lead Status Values

Marketing Converts

Our clients (just like all other organizations in B2B SaaS) use a lead/contact status field to trigger sales to call a contact and track and measure funnel performance. Below are the lead status values we provided. When a lead achieves this status, it is again eligible to become a MQL.

Why You Should Consider Using Twitter for B2B Leads

Act-On

Every day there are new B2B opportunities waiting for you on Twitter, LinkedIn and the other social media channels. Whether you turn these moments of opportunity into high-quality leads is up to you. Many marketers recognize Twitter’s usefulness for engagement and brand awareness.

70 New (Really) Marketing Automation Stats

Marketing Action

Many of the marketing automation stats we regularly use – to make strategic decisions, craft presentations, prepare for sales calls – are getting a bit long in the tooth. Case in point: “Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% less cost.”.

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Challenges in Not Using Leads in Your CRM: Data and Process

Marketing Converts

Last week I professed my love for only using contacts and accounts in CRM (and my disdain for using leads). Here are the challenges in standardizing on contacts and accounts (and kicking the use of leads to the curb). Broadly they fit into two categories: data and process.

A Primer on Website Visitor ID and Smart Form Technology for Lead Generation

NuSpark

Long available within marketing automation, these programs complement sales and lead scoring efforts, by allowing you to capture intelligence and follow-up with firms visiting your digital destinations. Here’s an example of Loopfuse Marketing Automation.

5 Reasons Sales Teams Benefit from Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Marketing Automation Integration

Lead Liaison

We’ve talked about the 5 ways that marketing teams can benefit from Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Marketing Automation integration here. That’s where marketing automation like Lead Liaison’s Lead Management Automation™ comes in.

THE HACKIES: How a marketing automation company hacked their own marketing org

chiefmartech

You can register your vote in the contest by sharing it on social media, especially LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It can be awful easy to look at technology as an end unto itself — an answer to all your problems as a marketer, rather than a way to arrive at answers on your own.

The Key to B2B Marketing Transformation: Integrate People, Processes and Technology

LEADership

Each week, I get some very interesting questions from members of our exclusive, invitation-only B2B LinkedIn Group. Is our marketing budget and campaign planning process making the right use of customer data? Are we spending too much or too little on marketing?

How to Leverage LinkedIn for Lead Generation and Recruitment

Marketing Action

LinkedIn remains the great stalwart of professional networks, regularly attracting some 81% of today’s B2B marketers (“How B2B Marketers Use Social Now ,” Zachary Reiss-Davis , Forrester Research ). LinkedIn for Recruiting. LinkedIn for Lead Generation.

Who Should Nurture B2B Leads with Social Media?

NuSpark

B2B marketers have always been more resistant to using social media than their B2C counterparts, which is in large part a mind-set issue. However, B2B organizations are finally starting to ramp up their use of social for marketing and sales. Who Can Nurture B2B Leads?

Marketing Automation is More Than Technology

The Effective Marketer

A new research study by Sirius Decisions , “ Calculating the Return on Marketing Automation “, sponsored by Marketo talks about the different levels of companies implementing marketing automation platforms (or MAP, as they call it). The report breaks down companies into three segments: No Marketing Automation, and no processes. Marketing Automation and wither no or weak processes.

Mega-List of Features in Marketing Automation (That You Won’t Find in CRM)

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller A common question I hear from marketers is “I already have a CRM system (e.g. salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics CRM), so why do I need marketing automation ”? Many CRM systems have a module for marketing. Architecture of Marketing Automation versus CRM.

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Survey Results: Improving Content Marketing is the #1 Priority for 2012 Lead Generation.

NuSpark

I recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn asking respondents what they believe should be the #1 priority in 2012 for generating leads in B2B firms. The poll was promoted throughout LinkedIn Groups; a mix of b2b marketing and sales groups that I am a member of.

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