Should you allow prospects to enter a personal email address when they fill out lead gen forms? B2B marketers seem divided on the question. In a recent LinkedIn poll, almost half of the respondents (46%) indicated they’d rather force prospects to enter business emails on forms, even if it resulted… Read More
Category Archives: Marketing Automation
Should I Use a Separate Domain for Marketing Emails?
A client asks: “We’ve been told that we should use a separate and unique domain for email that’s different from our main Web domain. Is this something you’d recommend?” The most common business case for using a separate email domain is that doing so can help protect a company’s main… Read More
Why Is Marketing Automation Maturity Still Woeful?
Almost 5 years ago, our agency conducted a survey to determine whether B2B companies were getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation. The conclusion: most B2B companies were failing to follow even the most basic lead management best practices, even in areas that one would assume were a… Read More
Hosted Landing Pages vs. Embedded Forms
A client asks: “Should we be hosting our campaign landing pages in Marketo? We’ve always hosted them on our main site and simply embedded Marketo forms. Is there a big advantage to hosting them separately?” This question comes up all the time in client work, and not just with Marketo… Read More
Email Bots: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Stop Them
Congratulations: your last email campaign generated a really high click-through rate. Or did it? It’s an issue that B2B marketers are experiencing with increasing frequency: open rates and click-through rates that don’t quite match up, typically in the form of an abnormally high “click to open” (CTO) rate. The culprit?… Read More
3 Key Reasons Not to Give Up on Lead Scoring
Lead scoring – as a fundamental part of a company’s lead management strategy – has officially fallen out of fashion. I say this based, anecdotally, on the number of B2B marketers I talk to who either 1) don’t use lead scoring at all, or 2) have a lead scoring system… Read More
Tips for Increasing SDR Engagement Rates
Some years ago, our firm conducted a lead management audit for a technology client who was struggling to convert raw, inbound inquiries into sales qualified leads. During the audit, it became quickly apparent that one of the major issues was at the very front end of the lead qualification process…. Read More