Tag Archives: Marketing Automation

BDR campaigns

Step Away from the Email Software and No-One Gets Hurt

Marketing technology is a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, and nowhere is this more evident than in the recent surge of interest in automating BDR campaigns and other sales communication. In both technology (see companies like InsideSales.com, ToutApp, and others) and application, sales enablement is a hot topic in… Read More

marketing automation buyers guide

The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?

Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. Let’s face it, most martech “guides” are written by, well, marketers, and are either sponsored by or authored by the technology vendors themselves, so the content needs to be read… Read More

Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. I sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful…. Read More

marketing automation maturity

Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? A recent industry survey by Spear Marketing Group suggests: no. As the infographic below illustrates, results from the survey suggest that, while the typical marketing automation user makes full use of some functionality, many more are failing… Read More

marketing automation maturity

Survey: Marketing Automation Users Score a “C” in Maturity

Spear Marketing Group has published an informative report detailing results of a survey designed to gauge the maturity of marketing automation deployments within the B2B community. The survey asked marketing operations managers and other B2B marketing executives to rank their current deployment of marketing automation software in 33 separate categories… Read More

marketing automation

Are Agencies the Future of Marketing Automation?

I was intrigued to read a recent post by David Raab, a leading analyst in the marketing automation space, on his blog, “Customer Experience Matrix,” in which he writes about the role that agencies play in the sale and management of marketing automation systems (bold emphasis mine): “It seems that… Read More

Ascend2 Lead Generation Strategy Research

Research Report: Lead Gen Not as Easy as Marketers Think

I just returned from a few days at Dreamforce in San Francisco, the annual circus-slash-conference hosted by CRM leader Salesforce.com, and was struck by the wave of technologies on display that centered on analytics. Highlighted by the launch of Salesforce’s own analytics cloud, the current trend in marketing technology is… Read More