Marketing Automation is of particular value when pursuing a higher volume lead generation or demand generation model.
In a recent Quora post, we answered a question about the value of marketing automation. If you generate – or seek to generate – a high volume of leads (100+s) from the web from self-directed buyers, then yes, you will value having a Marketing Automation platform.
Consider Marketing Automation as part of a broader “technology stack” – there is the “Martech Stack” and the “SalesTech Stack” – we look at these together as the “RevTech Stack”
Their are a number of leading players in marketing automation – Marketo, HubSpot, Eloqua, Pardot, SharpSpring, Act-On, Infusionsoft, Mautic and others.
Prices range from a few 100 per month to many $1,000s – a lot is based on volumes (size of lists etc), but there are also a wide range of feature sets.
It is difficult to recommend any one system. We use SharpSpring, Pardot, HubSpot and Marketo. All of these are solid systems. Consider the integration and platform ecosystem (e.g. Pardot is part of the Salesforce Cloud).
SharpSpring users now have access to a new social media and calendar features. Content Calendar: A bird’s-eye view of your social posts, email sends, and blog articles. Social Posting: Post directly to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn without leaving SharpSpring. Social Listening: Monitor social media activity with customized listening feeds. New Trigger/Filter: Create automations based on […]
Inbound Conference is underway in Boston with record attendance. We have been fortunate to work with HubSpot and Inbound Marketing strategies for 10 years and we remain committed to Inbound as core element of an effective marketing and sales strategy. Yet, we also see that Inbound is under increasing pressure as more and more firms adopt the strategy and crowd the airwaves with “attractor” content. In 2009, when we published a blog post, we could often rank on the first page of a google search results the very next day – now it is far more difficult to get results. What can we do about it?
We believe that businesses need a more enduring and well-constructed approach to capture customer value. They need a revenue architecture that delivers world-class buyer engagement. Buyer Engagement is the universal approach to delivering the right experiences and messages at the right time to the right buyers. Buyer Engagement is about building meaningful relationships with buyers – with an equitable exchange of value – that translates into predictable and sustainable revenue growth. Buyer Engagement happens across the organization and across Marketing and Sales.
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Traditional account sales is an important, but expensive approach to market. Traditional marketing programs are not account-centric and often fail to deliver the needed impact at the account level. Targeting strategic accounts requires that marketing and sales work in partnership to orchestrate effective account-based marketing and selling. Yet, customizing an approach to a specific […]
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Traditionally, marketing teams generate leads, while sales teams close deals. With the web and the shift of the customer buying process and business-to-customer interactions, the lines between marketing and sales are blurred. Companies today know that they need to adapt, but how?
Growth-focused companies often wrestle with aligning marketing and sales to maximize revenue growth. A key goal is establishing a “service level agreement” between marketing and sales teams that defines both the required quantity and the characteristics of the ‘MQL” or Marketing Qualified Lead”. But there is more to it then that. Marketing and sales teams today, must work together to orchestrate the customer experience end-to-end and generate leads, nurture opportunities in the pipeline and ultimately convert sales. And, they need to track this end-to-end so they can attribute revenue to marketing programs and campaigns and see what is working and not working.
A useful framework to manage this end-to-end process is the “Closed Loop Marketing Architecture”.
Revenue growth requires a company-wide commitment and responsibilities cut across product groups, customer success, marketing and sales teams. When developing a marketing plan, sales plan or performing due diligence for a private equity investment, acquisition or a new CEO or CRO role – consider these 12 questions to develop your revenue architecture and revenue performance potential. The 12 dimensions […]