Marketing Automation

Online marketers have a new imperative: rely less on gut instincts and more on automated processes to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time. Marketing automation tools, when used properly, can help marketers streamline resources and more effectively and efficiently manage data, content creation, digital assets, messaging, and segmentation. The opportunities are varied: from retargeting display ads and managing paid search campaigns, to optimizing email segmentation strategies, or sending out a simple tweet. Before investing time and money in automation, consider these do's, don'ts, and trends.

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Creativity and Data: Can’t We Just Be Friends?

Oct 21, 2014 - Marketing automation could be the link between creativity and our dependence on data with its ability to match creative assets to the right channel at the right time. Comments

5 Entrepreneurs Told Me Why CRM Is So Darn Complicated

shutterstock-159960029 Oct 20, 2014 - Although CRM systems can be extremely helpful in your marketing efforts, many marketers struggle to use them effectively. Comments

CRM Alone Will Not Help Your Sales Team Win

shutterstock-159960029 Oct 14, 2014 - Customer relationship management systems are meant to manage the selling process, but marketing automation systems to manage the buying process are also needed. Comments

"To Do Is to Dare," but It Doesn’t All Have to Be About Risk

risk-dial Oct 13, 2014 - Marketing fails will inevitably happen every once in a while, but if you take care to improve your data and your strategy, you can succeed more often. Comments

3 Approaches for Personalizing Content on Your Website

content-personalization Oct 10, 2014 - Now that personalizing Web content has been made easily available on one of the most popular platforms, it's safe to say it will be the next big thing in marketing automation. Comments

What Is the One Word You Need to Know to Drive Digital Marketing Success?

Photo of people covering their faces with cards picturing question marks Oct 8, 2014 - Marketers must exercise restraint when it comes to their communication with consumers, and only send relevant, appropriate emails and messages. Comments

Companies Don’t Have Relationships, People Do: The Power of Social Signals

Handshake Oct 6, 2014 - Marketers must remember that even though automation systems can be helpful, in the end it's the people in your company that form the real relationships and can close the deal. Comments

Single View of the Funnel vs. Single Funnel

Funnel Oct 6, 2014 - There's a big difference between a single view of the sales funnel, where marketing and sales work closely but separately, and a single funnel, where the two teams are blended together seamlessly. Comments

Beyond Tweets: How Social and CRM Are Joining Forces

shutterstock-159960029 Sep 30, 2014 - By combining social media marketing with CRM, you can go from just attracting attention to actually making money. How can social and CRM work together for you? Comments

"Come Back!" - The Abandoned Customer Basket

eshopping-cart Sep 26, 2014 - Marketing automation can be an effective tool in combating the problem of abandoned shopping carts. Use the technology to determine how you can increase conversion rates and drive sales. Comments

Agencies, Vendors, and the Gray Areas of Programmatic

shades-of-gray Sep 25, 2014 - If you're using the technology correctly, programmatic marketing can't be broken down into neat and tidy categories. This makes the process of pigeonholing vendors counter-productive for marketers. Comments

4 Simple Ways Smart Companies Track and Nurture Crazy-Happy Customers

Customer service Sep 18, 2014 - Marketing automation systems can help you harness the power of excited customers and turn them into brand ambassadors. Comments

Breathing New Life Into Events With Marketing Automation

automation-shutterstock-136061006 Sep 16, 2014 - While event marketing can seem tedious, building a nurture-based program around it with the use of marketing automation, can transform it into a rewarding opportunity. Comments

The Marketer Happiness Quotient: Technology Is Your Friend

happy-faces-sad Sep 9, 2014 - A study shows that marketing departments have lots of room to improve when it comes to employee engagement. Technology, and specifically marketing automation technology, can be the key to increasing your employee engagement rates. Comments

The Content Is You!

content Aug 26, 2014 - Great content is often the key to better engagement, and in turn, more conversions. What's the key to great content? Make what you produce more personal. Comments

Why MailChimp Is Killing Auto-Responders: The Rise of CRM

MailChimp Aug 25, 2014 - New features in MailChimp's services are making auto-responders things of the past. How? And what does this mean for digital marketers at small businesses? Comments

4 Ways Predictive Technology Makes Your Life Easier

advertising-words Aug 22, 2014 - Advancements in technology are giving marketers the ability to attribute revenue to specific parts of their advertising efforts. Here are four ways in which predictive technology can make a marketer's life easier. Comments

Marketing Automation Tools for Smaller Tasks

automation-shutterstock-136061006 Aug 21, 2014 - While they may not be looking for advanced solutions, small businesses can benefit from many simple, free marketing automation tools. Here's a look at several of the options available. Comments

Change Management: The Missing Link in Your Demand Generation Strategy

change11 Aug 20, 2014 - The rate of change in the digital marketing world today is so fast that keeping up doesn't just mean using new tools anymore - you must fully understand change management in order to succeed. Comments

Everything You Need to Know About Finding and Nurturing Leads

shutterstock-154962107 Aug 20, 2014 - A comprehensive look at what you need to know to find and nurture leads effectively. With the help of marketing automation systems, you can increase your lead generation significantly. Comments

Finding ROI in B2B Marketing Can Feel Like Pushing Water Uphill

uphill-roi Aug 19, 2014 - B2B marketers often have trouble finding campaign ROI because their marketing and sales departments aren't fully integrated and because their lead information isn't properly tracked. Here are some tips for getting solid ROI in a B2B environment. Comments

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