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Are You Sabotaging the Magic of Marketing Automation?
It’s only natural for marketers involved in business-to-business lead generation to be attracted to the lure of marketing automation. It’s easy to be mesmerized by software, such as Act-On, HubSpot, Marketo and Eloqua, that tracks how Web visitors find your website, the pages they look at, the path they take from one page to the next, where they spend the most time, and what content they download. All of this creates a myriad of data points that marketing can use to optimize the website, attract more traffic, and provide more of the content that Web visitors love. It doesn’t stop there. The software captures leads and sends emails to Web visitors based on the content they download. And it collects all the juicy tidbits marketers love to know about the leads and clients in a database.
It’s January—Do You Know What’s in Your Sales Funnel?
Your goals for new customer acquisition in 2014 are set. You want to get off to a running start and achieve them. Your first stop should be to check out what's in your sales funnel. Find the Facts in the Funnel A sales funnel report should enable you to answer the following questions: How many untapped leads are stalled in the funnel—not ready to buy or not yet qualified? How many qualified customer acquisition opportunities are ready to emerge in the next month? What's the potential value of these emerging opportunities? What's our average conversion rate? Are there any areas in the funnel where leads tend to get stuck and not convert to the next stage? For example, are lead conversion rates from leads to demonstrations meeting your objectives? How long is your sales cycle? Based on history, is your sales funnel growing or shrinking? The answers to these questions…

A Cheat Sheet for Amazing B2B Marketing Automation

Written by Jeff Kalter Friday, 13 December 2013 09:12
A Cheat Sheet for Amazing B2B Marketing Automation
Marketing automation software captivates us with its promise to personalize communication between our business and our prospects. By keeping an eye on the content a prospect engages in, it’s able to serve up the right messages to them at the right time, practically putting lead generation and nurturing programs on autopilot. Marketing automation also empowers marketers to dig into data, understand what’s working and what’s not, and quickly adjust the dials of the marketing automation machine to optimize results. Given this, it’s no wonder marketing automation solutions are selling like chilled lemonade at a mid-summer marathon. The Raab Report reports that revenues for B2B marketing automation systems will grow 50% to reach $750 million in 2013.
What Dating Can Teach You About Sales Lead Qualification
Sales lead qualification in the B2B world is like dating—you learn more about each other over time, deepening your relationship and, when all goes well, you progress seamlessly from introduction to marriage or first-time lead to closed sale. To be successful, you need to know when to commit more resources to the relationship and when to pull back and provide more space. The Introduction If Sally is introduced to Mark at a party, she might be happy to engage in a little small talk, but a marriage proposal would send her running. Or vice versa. Too much too soon can kill a relationship….in both business and love.
How to Fix Your Sales Pipeline Leak to Avoid Sales Leads Generation Losses
Every day, marketing people across the globe are working industriously to acquire leads. Perhaps they offer a white paper on their website which generates sales leads. The leads flow into your marketing pipeline, your marketing department scores them, and then directs those with the highest scores to your sales people, expecting them to transform into revenue.
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