Marketing Automation

Eloqua, Pardot and Marketo Competitors and Alternatives

Marketing automation is a growing business. More and more companies are realizing that a marketing automation platform allows them to do more with the resources that they have. Marketing automation platforms help with things like email marketing, landing page design, lead management and social media strategy. Different types of analytics and reporting also enhance what marketers are able to do for their company with these types of modern resources.

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Do You Need Dedicated Local and Mobile Marketing Automation Software?

As you probably know by now, marketing automation is an important tool for marketers.  As in, it’s a you-need-it-if-you-don’t-have-it important tool.  Because it’s so crucial, new components have emerged to enhance inbound marketing.  We’re talking, of course, about local and mobile marketing automation software.  These marketing automation tools make multi-channel marketing easier, and content marketing less time-consuming.

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Customer Data Platform – The Latest Marketing Software You’ll Want to Use

A Customer Data Platform, also referred to as a CDP, is the latest up-and-coming software for data-driven marketing.  Raab Associates notes that “CDPs can solve marketers’ biggest data problem: building a unified customer view.”  This has been one of the bigger problem facing marketers in recent years, as a 2016 LiveRamp study shows.  The study found that 90% of marketers believe building an omnichannel view of consumers is important, but only 17% can actually make it happen.  Fixing this disparity is exactly what CDP vendors set out to solve.

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10 Up and Coming Marketing Automation Tools

Marketing automation is an important concept in today’s business world. These types of software tools help companies to market more effectively, and make marketing tasks less labor-intensive. They add business intelligence to one of the most important areas of business — advertising and customer outreach.

Michael Shearer10 Up and Coming Marketing Automation Tools
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How to Select the Best Marketing Automation Software for B2B Marketers

While there’s a bit of overlap between what B2C marketers do and what B2B marketers do, there are a lot of activities which are done quite a bit differently. For instance, the buying cycle is generally much longer in B2B marketing. Customers typically have to jump through many more hoops to get approval to buy, and you can lose a customer for factors completely outside your control — such as when a new person takes over procurement and already has an established relationship with one of your competitors.

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Comparing Marketo vs. Pardot for Marketing Automation

Marketing automation does important things for companies. It helps to increase the efficiency of marketing, and makes things flow more smoothly. It eliminates redundancy in repetitive marketing tasks. These types of software solutions promote better big-picture campaigns, and more agile management of elements like lead generation, digital outreach and multichannel advertising.

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Marketo vs Eloqua vs Hubspot

As many vendor experts would point out, marketing automation is more than just “guided email”. It’s a complex, supportive system of lifecycle marketing assistance. Marketing automation brings together things like keyword handling, lead generation and email marketing customization with other components that help shepherd customers toward conversion, and bring more power to internal sales and management teams.

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Where to Find Lead Scoring and Lead Nurturing Software

Lead management is a system of pursuing, gathering, managing and verifying leads in order to filter them through a company’s sales funnel and transform them into paying customers. It is one of the most crucial activities an enterprise must undertake in order to help the business succeed. Without leads, there are no sales. Without sales, there is no revenue. Organizations that rely on lead generation can benefit from using software to sort and evaluate leads before they enter the sales process.

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An Intro to Social Media Management Platforms

Social networking is an excellent and effective way to generate new leads for your business while also gaining new traffic. By using the right management tools to keep a presence on major platforms like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter, you’ll be able to compete with everyone else doing the same thing–these days, a presence on social networks is a must. After all, the benefits are hard to ignore: Each account grants businesses the chance to reach millions in a matter of minutes.

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What Does the Marketing Automation Landscape Look Like?

Customers come to your business through multitude of channels. Tracking individual behaviors and engagement on each of these channels poses an enormous challenge, which is why the majority of companies are turning to marketing automation software to collect, interpret and respond to consumer data in a way that encourages consistent movement through the sales funnel.

Michael ShearerWhat Does the Marketing Automation Landscape Look Like?
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Should I Use Email Marketing or Marketing Automation Software?

Almost every business uses email marketing to build and maintain relationships with prospects and customers. If you’re already using email marketing to reach out to a targeted audience and sustain a connection with the people who are most likely to buy your products or services, it may be time to take it to the next level. Marketing automation software tracks visitor activity throughout your domain so that you can encourage prospects to continue down your sales funnel.

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Marketing Automation ROI

Marketing Automation Software (MAS) seems like it should be a slam-dunk for companies: You build a campaign, automatically send it out, track responses, and reap rewards.  “Companies that use marketing automation source more pipeline from marketing, have more productive sales reps, and experience better revenue attainment (Marketing Pilgrim, 2013)”.

So why have 49% of companies stated they were “unsure” about whether their investment in marketing automation was worth it (Venturebeat, 2014), even though 75% of companies using marketing automation see ROI within 12 months, 44% within 6 months?  What about MAS makes it so difficult to perceive a positive return on investment?  What can the software do to enhance your business?

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Before You Implement Marketing Automation

Marketing automation can have many great benefits for both small and large businesses. However, there is also a lot that can go wrong if you don’t take the proper steps to make sure your transition to marketing automation is as smooth as possible. Below are some things you should make sure to do first before you implement marketing automation.

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The Benefits of Marketing Automation

Marketing automation is an amazing technology that keeps getting better. You can trust me on that – I’ve deployed nearly two dozen marketing automation installs over the past 4 years, as well as having worked directly within a marketing automation company. Now I run marketing automation and operations here at SelectHub. Using marketing automation software helps sales and marketing teams function more effectively and there are a number of ways this happens. 

Michael ShearerThe Benefits of Marketing Automation
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