Don’t Worry, You’ll Grow Into It

Don’t Worry, You’ll Grow Into It
This was something we all heard from our moms when we were kids.  Whether you were inheriting something from an older sibling or cousin, our just trying to get a jump on next year by buying at the end of a season, this was always a common approach for stretching the family clothing budget.  However, as a strategy for purchasing a Marketing Automation package, it’s not such a good idea.  Over-buying a complex system with bunches of features you will never u...

Marketo CEO Steve Lucas: ‘We’re the Best in Marketing Automation’

Marketo CEO Steve Lucas: ‘We’re the Best in Marketing Automation’
BEST - It's one of those marketing words.   One of those hyperbolic marketing words that I am constantly editing out of marketing copy.  It makes a great headline, but when the goal of marketing is to educate and build trust, it just doesn't work.  Mr. Lucas is using it specifically to compare Marketo's marketing automation platform to Pardot and Eloqua.  However, for most of us, none of those solutions will ever be the BEST based on the budget, staff and

Startups and SMBs: Use Marketing Automation to Give Brand Content Wings

Your marketing success begins and ends with content. No marketing automation platform—no matter how wonderful—can overcome the limitations of a weak marketing program. Yet, once your marketing ducks are in a row, marketing automation (MA) has a proven ability to increase your sales pipeline (by at least 10 percent) and revenues by up to 40 percent. A study by Ascend2 and Marketo found that a whopping 91 percent of the 25 percent most successful MA users

Revolutionize Your 2017 Marketing Campaigns With Marketing Automation

If you’ve been considering marketing automation technology because of its potential to make your marketing efforts more productive, your thinking is right on—that is, in keeping with what marketers who have implemented the technology are experiencing. In fact, according to a MarketingProfs guide to marketing automation (MA) success, MA can substantially ramp up the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. Automating your marketing work eliminates mundan

The platform is just the first step to #marketingautomation for the SMB

The platform is just the first step to #marketingautomation for the SMB
The article below from martechtoday sounds like it was written by someone who sells a #marketingautomation platform. They tell you that you can get inexpensive solutions that are easy-to-use, require little or no technical expertise, and limited effort to keep campaigns running. They also talk about how easy it is to create emails, landing pages, and nurture campaigns. What the author only brushes on is the need for content that drives all of these program...

Without Marketing Automation, Are You Really Ready for 2017?

Marketing campaigns—to be successful and help brands reach their goals—require a lot of repetitive tasks. Just consider the messaging that must be sent through various channels to connect with your multiple buyer personas, and how those messages need to be followed-up, responses logged, data analyzed ... the list goes on. Thankfully, marketing automation solutions have emerged that spare marketers the tedium and minutiae involved in both getting the word o

Marketing Automation: Custom-Create Content for Your Unique Audience

Handcrafted content is not going away; it’s just being optimized through marketing automation. You’ll still need talented writers to create the best possible content for your brand messaging. What these authors won’t need to do is continually re-purpose the same content for various channels and other uses. With marketing automation, you can leverage content to provide better output to your audience. Marketing automation (MA) allows you to easily structu...

New Marketing Technology News Site for Industry Professionals Announced

MarTech Today is a new industry publication, and companion mobile app, dedicated to marketing technology (martech) news. It covers a variety of trending topics in the martech space, including advertising technology, data management platforms, CRM and marketing automation technology. The MarTech Today website, announced in mid-October, is a product of Third Door Media, the leading digital marketing publisher.  It is aimed at CMTs, CMOs, CIOs, CTOs and ma