The Ideal Marketing Automation Cycle

An Ideal Marketing Automation Cycle


Mastering marketing automation is not an easy task but is probably one of the most valuable things you can do for your business. There are many elements and, like most technical subjects, there is “overwhelm” – too many ideas and too many products to evaluate. But if you take things ...

Marketo and Infor Join Forces


Big Marketing Automation News Infor and Marketo have agreed to tie together their core products and jointly sell them to businesses looking for sales and marketing software. The goal is to compete better with software giants like Oracle and Salesforce that have spent billions over the past few years ...

Latest Marketing Automation News


CrowdReviews.com Announces Rankings for Best Marketing Automation Software CrowdReviews.com, has announced the rankings of the best marketing automation solutions based on user experiences. The rankings are produced by the CrowdReviews.com transparent algorithm with a focus placed on customer reviews ...

Brandizi Video Depicts Marketing Automation at its Best


I like it when I find a good descriptions of what marketing automation should do.  There are so many variations.  I ran across Brandizi recently and I have a good first impression.  Their video explains what marketing automation should do very well. I also appreciate their transparent and divergent ...

Will Marketing Automation Catch on in 2015?


Mike Templeman, CEO of Foxtail Marketing wrote: “Digital marketers don’t usually utilize their marketing software to the fullest. In fact, ‘They’re spending all of this money on software that can perform like a Ferrari, and they’re driving it like a 1985 Yugo.’ But my hope is ...

Marketing Automation Times Interviews Matt Filios, Net-Results.com


Marketing Automation Times did a nice interview of Matt Filios, the CEO of Net-Results.com. Net-Results.com is one of our favorite marketing automation companies. Hope you enjoy the interview… Matt Filios from Net-ResultsOur guest for this episode of the Marketing Automation Podcast is Matt ...

What Else Is It Called?


Marketing Automation and the ideas around it are often confused by industry jargon that is created for a variety of reasons.  In some cases jargon is created to better communicate a new idea.  In most cases it is used to “differentiate”.  But the truth is that it often confuses newcomers.  ...

Marketers as Smart Consumers


The Age of the Salesperson When I sold cookware as an in-home salesperson, I was proud of our products and I was proud of what I did.  Our product was expensive but I knew that my customers would use that product for the rest of their lives (I met my wife that way and she still does).  We called our ...

Content Marketing Isn’t New, It’s Just Easier


Years ago, me and my wife decided to move from Chicago, where we both grew up, to California.  We were married for about 6 years and our two boys were 2 and 5 years old respectively.  We wanted to do it right and we were concerned about upsetting the apple cart with our two boys.  We wanted to make ...

Marketing Automation Mag – Jan – 2013


Infusionsoft rakes in $54M to automate marketing for small businesses – GigaOM GigaOMInfusionsoft rakes in $54M to automate marketing for small businessesGigaOMMarketing automation SaaS vendors remain hot properties. Oracle bought Eloqua for $871 million, Hubspot nabbed a $35 million mezzanine ...

Infusionsoft Gets $54M Venture Investment From Goldman Sachs


Infusionsoft, the Chandler-based small-business marketing software company, has received a $54 million venture capital investment from a group led by Goldman Sachs… Goldman Sachs was joined by Arthur Ventures in the round. The companies follow Mohr Davidow Ventures and Signal Peak, which invested ...

Marketing Automation Checklist


This checklist is put out by Marketo and is meant for customers using their platform. But if you skip the technical details, I think it has application in many marketing automation efforts. It’s a good checklist and I wanted to share it with you here: Marketing Automation Checklists from ...

The Future of So Many Things


Mary Meeker is an American venture capitalist and former Wall Street securities analyst primarily associated with the Internet. She is a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Yesterday, she revealed some slides that are fantastic if you are interested ...

Consultant Profile – Neo Marketing


I had the pleasure of a conversation with Anand Thaker of Neo Marketing.  Anand’s background is in the energy space. His first interest of development eventually turned to marketing – from web site development and email then search and then being able to automate those efforts and integrate ...

Video Book Summary – The Ultimate Guide to Google Adwords by Perry Marshall and Brian Todd


Before I start I have to disclose that I’m a big fan of Perry Marshall’s and of Bryan Todd’s. I’ve followed their teachings for years and recently attended their consulting accelerator seminar which was held in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. I am an affiliate and sometimes I make ...

Bloomberg: Oracle Considering ExactTarget Acquisition


Could ExactTarget be a takeover target for Oracle? That’s the gist of a news analysis piece published on Bloomberg a few days ago. From the article: With this month’s purchases of an online-shopping analysis firm and a provider of marketing management products, ExactTarget has a more complete package ...

Marketing Automation… for Salespeople and Small Business Owners


How to Automate The Marketing Tasks You Need to Do Each Day to Succeed! Release Date: February 1, 2013 Get a Free Chapter of My Upcoming Book - Marketing Automation For Salespeople & Small Business Owners ...
Best Buy

How Can Best Buy Thrive in The New Digital World?


 The Writing is on the Wall. My wife is planning a family trip with her sisters and parents, back to Poland where they grew up (her family immigrated to America when she was twelve years old). So last night we went to the Best Buy in Chino Hills, CA (near where we live) to look for a European electrical ...

Video Book Summary – Revenue Disruption by Phil Fernandez


I looked forward to reading this book because it was written by Phil Fernandez, who is the President of Marketo. Marketo is, in my opinion one of the hallmarks of marketing automation today. I like companies that eat their own dog food / practice what they preach. Phil was the President of Epiphany software ...

Multivariate Testing 101


A Scientific Method Of Optimizing Design I just read an article about Multivariate testing that I think does the best job I’ve ever seen in explaining the idea in laymen’s terms. Written by Paras Chopra, who is behind the Visual Website Optimizer. We’ve just added his site to The ...

Pardot Releases Interesting Content Marketing Infographic


Pardot released a fun infographic today, called the Content Marketing Mix, depicting the types of content appropriate for various stages of prospect awareness and purchasing. I always like infographics like this just for how they help to itemize and visualize sometimes obscure tactics and strategies. The ...

Video Book Summary – Marketing Automation by Jeff LeSueur


This is a video book summary about “Marketing Automation, Practical Steps to More Effective Direct Marketing” by Jeff LeSueur.   Transcript of Video Book Summary – Marketing Automation, Practical Steps to More Effective Direct Marketing by Jeff LeSueur This book, written by Jeff ...

Small Businesses to Double Adoption of Marketing Automation


36 Percent of US SMBs Are Planning to Use Marketing Automation; More Than Double of Current Adoption SAN JOSE, Calif., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A detailed study conducted by Techaisle shows that marketing automation is now among the top ten relevant technology areas of investment for an SMB ...

Eloqua Raises US$92M in IPO


I want to congratulate and give props to Eloqua, a marketing automation leader that caters to enterprise (generally b2b) customers. Bloomberg reported today that they raised $92 million dollars in an IPO and got listed on the Nasdaq stock market. I don’t list Eloqua on my Marketing Automation Small ...

Domain Names and Newsletters


I just went through a report of recent domain name sales from Sedo and Afternic. The one that stands out to me as a real bargain purchase is HairStylists.com which was bought for only $4k. That is a deal IMHO. Another thing interesting about this report is that it gives you a perspective of the out-of-the-US ...

Gartner Hype Cycle for CRM Sales, 2012


Sales Turns to the Cloud for Quick Relief Louis Columbus is a marketing, product management, sales and industry analyst and serves as Microsoft Enterprise Systems Senior Analyst & Marketing Manager at Cincom. He teaches MBA courses and has taught at California State University, Fullerton: University ...

The Software Spectrum – Webinar Tools


Webinar, Screensharing, and Teleconferencing Tools – The Software Spectrum There are companies that invent, companies that dominate, and companies that innovate. These first movers are usually rewarded with high margins, bigger-spending customers, and low competition… for a while. The business ...

Marketo’s Social Marketing Rockstar Tour


I attended Marketo’s Social Marketing RockStar Tour today in Costa Mesa, California. It was headed up by an enthusiastic Sanjay Dholakia and his team. There were about 100+ attendees, participants, and customers there. There were several excellent panels and presentations given. Here are are few ...

Hubspot Exec Spins Out Youspot


The company is planning to offer digital marketing services to small businesses. Things are proceeding rather swiftly for YouSpot, one of the newest digital marketing startups in town. Earlier this month, executives at HubSpot, a Cambridge firm that helps mid-sized companies market through search and ...

Lead Nurturing vs Drip Email Marketing Campaigns


Not Getting Any? Check Your Drip. Marketing. A guy walks into a bar. He spots his quarry. Comes groovin’ up slowly. He pulls out his best line and in a dark brown voice says to her (or him, whatever you’re into)… “Come here often”? Pause… In real life what he says ...
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