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

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

Sales and Marketing Alignment: Is Everyone Rowing Together?

rowing-alignment Aug 13, 2014 - Sales and marketing teams need to be in alignment, like an efficient rowing team, in order to maximize revenue, streamline efficiency, and impress prospects. Comments

Why Marketing Automation Makes Sense Now

automation-shutterstock-136061006 Aug 12, 2014 - Marketing automation tools allow marketers to identify and target potential customers when they need it most, leading to higher engagement rates and ultimately, more sales. Comments

When Will LinkedIn Launch a CRM Service? Should CRM Vendors Worry?

linkedin-logo Aug 11, 2014 - Is a customer relationship management system on the horizon for LinkedIn? If so, what would it look like, and how should other CRM vendors prepare to up their game to stay in the race? Comments

Letting Your Leads Choose Their Own Adventure With Dynamic CTAs

choose-your-own-adventure-1 Aug 7, 2014 - By employing a "Choose Your Own Adventure" technique with your calls to action, consumers will be able to feel that they made the choice to continue down the sales funnel on their own, instead of being forced into it. Comments

Why Marketing Automation Is Driving a Bigger Role for the CMO

automation-shutterstock-136061006 Jul 31, 2014 - The newest technology available has led to the expansion of the scope of the chief marketing officer's role. But in some cases, the data-collection technology is outpacing the marketer's skill in knowing how to use it to make strategic business decisions. Comments

The 4 Cs of Customer Engagement: The People Want Content!

four-cs-customer-engagement Jul 29, 2014 - When your goal is to create amazing customer experiences that build engagement and earn loyalty, your data-driven content priorities should become these "four Cs": choice, customization, connect, and communicate. Comments

Microsoft and Salesforce Union: Does It Hurt Small Businesses?

small-business-crm Jul 28, 2014 - While the partnership between Microsoft and Salesforce provides options for marketers, there are other offerings available that may be better suited for small-business marketers. Comments

4 Advanced B2B Strategies for Hyper-Targeted Marketing Campaigns

Audience Targeting Jul 24, 2014 - There are many new ways to use social, mobile, and hyper-targeted marketing strategies. Consider using these channels to get email opt-ins, break into trade shows, and increase your appointment-setting rates. Comments

When It Comes to Audience Engagement, Webinars Still Reign Supreme

webinarboard Jul 22, 2014 - When webinars are treated as nurture marketing campaigns, and managed inside of a marketing automation system, they can drive audience engagement better than any other type of B2B marketing campaign. Comments

A Non-Wizard Calls Marketing Automation’s Bluff

wizard-automation Jul 17, 2014 - Although marketing automation tools help to make marketers' lives much more manageable, they do not in fact "automate" a marketer's job. There is still the need for a human touch even when it comes to marketing automation. Comments

Survey Says: Automated Emails Outperform Manual Counterparts

resultsautomation Jul 16, 2014 - A new study shows that automated email messages achieve higher open and click-through rates than their manual counterparts. With that in mind, it's time for all marketing teams to employ an automated approach. Comments

Great Marketing Technology Cannot Succeed Without Great Strategy

marketing-organization Jul 15, 2014 - Without developing the right marketing strategy for your company, even the best marketing automation technology won't help you succeed. Comments

Privacy vs. Personalization - The Creepy Side of Small Business CRM

personalization Jul 14, 2014 - There's a fine line between impressing your customers with what you remember about them and creeping them out with your extensive knowledge - here are some tips for how to stay on the right side of that line. Comments

How to Produce Content That Answers Questions and Educates Everyone

are-you-listening Jul 14, 2014 - Marketing automation tools can help brands learn to stop and listen to their customers, and then produce the appropriate, response-driven content. Comments

Is Your Organization a Winning Team?

handing-baton Jul 11, 2014 - In order to make sure your organization is running as best it can, you must make sure the marketing, sales, client services, and product development teams all work together as one. Comments

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