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Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

The Point

Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. The post Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity appeared first on The Point.

Infer Scores Now Available in Marketo Sales Insights

Infer

We’re excited to share that Infer Scores are now integrated with Marketo Sales Insights to give more reps visibility into their best-fit prospects so they can close deals faster. How to Use Infer Scores in Marketo Sales Insights. Scroll down to Lead Scoring Settings and click Edit.

Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent.

Campaign Makeover: Simple Changes Increase Email Response by 25 Percent

The Point

I received an email recently from Kevin Payne, Senior Director of Field Marketing at customer service software provider [24]7. The number of leads was so impressive it gained the attention of Executive Staff.

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Sirius Decisions Thinks Websites Will Generate 71% of All B2B Sales Leads by 2015. I Disagree.

The Point

Sirius Decisions wrote an insightful article last week about the acquisition by Marketo of Insightera (a Web personalization platform), and included was the following projection: “By 2015, we expect to see 71 percent of b-to-b organizations’ new inquiries coming via the corporate Web site.”.

Do You Need Marketing Automation to Do Lead Nurturing? Sort Of.

The Point

A prospective client asks: “We’re just getting our demand generation programs ramped up, and I’m not sure I’m ready for marketing automation. Do I need it in order to do lead nurturing?”. Marketing automation simply takes nurturing to a whole new level.

How to Sell Marketing Automation to Your CEO (& Other Burning Questions)

The Point

Recently I was asked to contribute some thoughts to Marketo’s new ebook, “ The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.” What are the most important things to look for in a marketing automation vendor? Increase the rate and volume of qualified leads passed to field sales.

New Report Confirms Immaturity of Most Marketing Automation Deployments

The Point

In the report, “ Automation: Redefining Marketing’s Game Plan ,” Forrester details the results of their surveying 155 US-based senior marketing professionals on their use of, results from, and attitudes towards marketing automation.

Survey: Marketing Automation Users Score a “C” in Maturity

The Point

Spear Marketing Group has published an informative report detailing results of a survey designed to gauge the maturity of marketing automation deployments within the B2B community. The survey asked marketing operations managers and other B2B marketing executives to rank their current deployment of marketing automation software in 33 separate categories relating to either key software functionality or generally accepted best practice.

Industrial Email Marketing is NOT Dead

Industrial Marketing Today

One would think new marketing tactics such as social media and blogging would have killed good ol’ email marketing. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. B2B E-Mail Marketing Content Marketing Industrial Lead Generation email marketing industrial email marketing Industrial Marketing lead nurturing Marketo

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An Interview with Jon Miller, Co-Founder of Marketo

ANNUITAS

We recently had the opportunity to connect with Jon Miller, Vice President of Marketing and Co-Founder of Marketo. Jon leads strategy and execution for all aspects of Marketo’s hyper-efficient demand center (powered by Marketo’s solution, of course). In Marketo’s popular blog, Modern B2B Marketing , he explores everything from lead nurturing and social media to marketing ROI and revenue performance management (RPM).

Converting Trial & Freemium Users: Keep Selling Post-Trial

The Point

Lead nurturing programs designed to convert trial users tend to focus, as they should, on the very front end of the trial period, when it’s critical to make sure the user is fully engaged with the product being tested.

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. And that fact, I would propose, is a good sign for a maturing market. 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.

Shocking Statistics about Lost Marketing Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Seth Resler It’s 10 o’clock in the morning…do you know where your leads are? On March 6th, Brian Caroll, author of Lead Generation for the Complex Sale , shared his marketing wisdom in a webinar. You can view the entire webinar on lead nurturing here.

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ExactTarget, Marketo Announce Strategic Partnership to Integrate Marketing Technologies

Modern B2B Marketing

We’ve done that with our market-leading Revenue Performance Management platform – a highly intuitive, easy-to-use suite that enables organizations to attack head-on one of the most critical aspects of business: how to create and accelerate revenue growth.

Slidecast: Getting Leads (and More!) From Your Blog

The Point

If you’ve ever wondered how to turn a boring corporate blog into a vibrant, engaging lead generation machine, here’s your opportunity. Access my free Slidecast on “ Getting Leads (and More!) How to use links and tags to generate better search rankings and more leads …. •

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Marketing Automation, Set It and Forget It

Puzzle Marketer

This obviously allows you to match your customers with sales transactions, but more importantly for marketers it allows you the option of layering on a marketing automation system that can deliver targeted messages at the right time without continuous management by additional personnel. If you’re like many companies, you employ a marketing individual or team to collect your contacts information and execute campaigns in somewhat of a batch and blast situation.

My Secret Methods for Turning Marketing Leads into Qualified Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The Definitive Guide to Sales Lead Qualification and Sales Development. This is especially true in the handoff between marketing and sales. Put simply, SDRs pass the baton from marketing to sales. Faster lead response times = better conversion rates.

Setting Yourself Up for Marketing Automation Success

Fathom

Marketing automation. It’s a marketer’s dream. But as much of a time saver as marketing automation is, the question is do you actually need it? Before you even implement the tool, its success within your organization and how easy it is to get it up and running will hinge on the drivers which led you to believe marketing automation is worth pursuing. The reality here though is marketing automation doesn’t necessarily solve these problems and allow you to shift focus.

The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Marketing automation software tools can be very helpful in making lead nurturing and sales acceleration efforts more effective—even if the category is badly misnamed. Marketing can’t be automated.) 1) Marketo. Best suited (like Marketo) for large enterprises.

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Going from Good to Great Marketing: Leading and Managing Change

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman We have seen a huge transformation in marketing over the past 10-12 years. At the same time, marketers are constrained by tight budgets and are being asked to interact with buyers across a huge array of channels. Build new, repeatable processes around lead nurturing.

Getting Started Guide for Marketing Automation

The Effective Marketer

With all the (deserved) hype surrounding marketing automation, is no wonder that many companies, startups especially, are adding the technology as a key component to their marketing activities. Problem is, sometimes the rush to get the software installed and running ends up trampling the creation of processes, content planning, and other key ingredients that are necessary for a successful marketing automation implementation. Getting Started with Marketing Automation.

Lead Nurturing: Unique tracks and impactful tests

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I was recently interviewed by Marketo for their Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing eBook, and I wanted to share some ideas that didn’t find their way into the guide as well as some additional thoughts on lead nurturing with you. This is the essence of lead nurturing.

The 2014 Digital Marketing Ecosystem

Puzzle Marketer

For maybe the first time in history, there is a surplus of technology and strategy to help advance both sales and marketing of a business, while at the same time a lack of resources and understanding to utilize it to its fullest capacity. Does the Marketing Automation tool provide any insight?

Top Findings from the Marketo Email Marketing Benchmark

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The Marketo Email Marketing Benchmark tracks what’s working – and what’s not – for today’s email marketers and top performers. Top performers use more email marketing tactics and get higher ROI.

The Missing Link Between Media and Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s apparent that there’s a missing vital component in the quest to modernize marketing. We are not connecting that media investment, the prospects generated, nor their data, with our marketing systems and processes.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Email Conversion Rates: Key Takeaways from the Marketo Jumpstart Tour

Sales Intelligence View

InsideView was a proud diamond sponsor of Marketo’s JumpStart Tour this summer, which concluded last week in Silicon Valley. Guest speakers included the following: Jon Miller, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Marketo. Michael Berger , Director, Product Marketing, Marketo.

Brightfunnel Gives B2B Marketers Self-Service Revenue Attribution

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketing without revenue attribution is like playing golf without keeping score: it might be fun but you can’t tell whether you’re doing a good job. But while keeping score in golf is simple, figuring out the impact of marketing programs is quite tough.

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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. According to their website, Impact Branding & Design is a “Creative team of inbound marketing professionals that develop and execute highly effective online marketing campaigns.” ” The Inbound Marketing Process infographic can be found on their original blog post here.

Dialogue Marketing: A Conversation with Maria Pergolino

The Point

Late last year at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco I was fortunate enough to chat with Maria Pergolino , Marketing Director at Marketo (and renowned all-around Content Marketing Queen.) ideas for weaving social media into lead generation and lead nurturing programs.

Why Successful B2B Lead Generation Forms Are Like Blackjack Winners

The Forward Observer

In the high stakes game of B2B lead generation forms, are you tempted to ask for too much information? Using lead generation forms is similar to playing blackjack. Of course, you can’t convert leads unless the website visitor fills out a form. b2b marketing lead generation

B2B Lead Generation without Lead Nurturing is Doomed to Fail

Industrial Marketing Today

Here’s the shocking reality of B2B lead generation – 79% of marketing leads never convert into sales opportunities. Source: Marketing Sherpa/ KnowledgeStorm). B2B marketing and lead generation experts point to a lack of lead nurturing as the primary cause of this poor performance. Why is lead nurturing important? So, less than 10% of all leads are actually followed up.”. What is lead nurturing? How do you nurture leads?

The 4-1-1 Rule for Lead Nurturing

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller The 4-1-1 rule for Twitter was popularized by Tippingpoint Labs and Joe Pulizzi, founder of Junta42 and the Content Marketing Institute. We’ve been trying to follow it at Marketo for our Twitter updates as well as our Facebook updates , and so far results are positive.

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Marketo’s Greatest Blog Hits of 2011

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller With 2011 now in the history books I thought it would be interesting to collect Marketo’s most popular blog posts from the past year and revisit them as a Greatest Hits collection. Instead I present to you the most popular Marketo blog posts from 2011 based on views and shares.

Connecting the Dots: Marketing Big Data

Reachforce

Earlier this week we dreamed of having all of the information we need at our fingertips for making the most educated, data driven decisions possible for who and how we go to market. shameless promotion ahead – if you are looking for a starting place to begin segmenting your leads database, this is a really good place to start. We asked for as much help as possible here, explaining along the way the value of marketing having this information for more targeted programs going forward.

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. That was the experience for iDirect , a leading provider of satellite IP communications based in Herndon, Virginia.

Marketo’s Ebook: A Lesson In Content Marketing

The Point

When marketing automation vendor Marketo released their “Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing” last week (see earlier post) they knew pretty quickly they had a hit on their hands. Think about it: that’s 1,000 sales leads (and make no mistake, that’s what they [.]. Within 6 hours, 1,000 people had registered and downloaded the guide.