Entries by John Stone

Have Something to Say, and Say it Well

Original Post July 21, 2009 Image source: Seraph Science Use Persuasive Communications to enhance your selling and marketing communications.  Persuasive Communications helps you deliver your message and deliver it in a logical and persuasive way. It is a buyer-centric approach to communicating. From my earlier work at PA Consulting and continuing today, I use what […]

The 10-Stage Integrated Marketing and Sales Process

  Structured or Unstructured? Some businesses need a highly structured sales process that dictates specific activities sales reps need to execute.  These might include things like a discover call, a demo, a pricing meeting, proposal, signature meeting, etc. Often a structured process is needed for more junior sales reps and where the volume of sales […]

Revenue Growth Architecture

Accelerated, predictable and sustainable revenue growth requires alignment around an architecture for marketing and sales and a commitment from the senior team. Coordination for buyer engagement across the full-funnel is vital.  A realistic evaluation of capabilities and alignment on revenue strategies is the first step in building a revenue organization to capture customer value and […]

Lorman Education: Using Digital and Social Media to Acquire and Expand Client Relationships

Join us at our upcoming Lorman Education Services live webinar Using Digital and Social Media to Acquire and Expand Client Relationships on May 7 at 1 pm ET. This educational webinar is tailored for financial advisors and professionals who would like to navigate the role of social media and digital marketing to grow your professional practice.

Selecting Marketing Automation and CRM Solutions

  Consider Revenue Architecture When Selecting Your Tech Stack Face it, buyers don’t care whether they are interacting with your marketing or your sales organization, they follow their buying process – often in an unstructured and unpredictable way. They self-sell on the web,  research with influencers and engage 1:1 with sales people.   An effective buyer experience across […]

Do I Really Need Marketing Automation?

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 Social Now Available

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 […]