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 ...

In Praise of Deadlines


By Sherry Lamoreaux “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” – Samuel Johnson Deadlines get a bad rap. They can actually spur your creativity, if you let the “concentration” part work in your favor – ...

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 ...

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 ...
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Local News Sites Present Opportunities For Local Entrepreneurs


Award-winning journalist, Robert Niles wrote an insightful story today about local journalism. I think he’s hit the nail on the head. The gist of his article is that many national news organizations have tried to penetrate local news markets but are usually unsuccessful. His theory is that unless ...

Marketing Automation Spotlight


This could be old news to some of us but I wanted to post a link to this comprehensive report on Marketing Automation done by TM Capital Corp of Atlanta, GA. The report is a high level view of the industry that was done in 2011 and is good reference. A few highlights: MAS [Marketing Automation Software] ...

7 Tips to Boost Your Site’s Conversion Rate Using Images


The other day I sent out an email distribution from one of my sites and wanted to include an image. I wondered what the effect was if I used my picture and whether it mattered if I smiled in the image or if it was better to use a picture of me speaking on a platform. I tend to look serious when speaking ...

Marketing Is The Next Big Money Sector In Technology


By 2017, a CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO. – Gartner Group For the first time in history, businesses can leverage big data for the benefit of driving marketing insights. We are at the very beginning of this wave, but this fundamental shift will create several multi-billion dollar winners. ...

What Role Should IT Play in a Marketing Automation Implementation?


This was a question asked recently on a marketing automation forum. I think it deserves a good answer because many executives think that IT is the first place to go for an initiative like this. Certainly IT should be involved. But it will take a lot more than that for a successful roll-out. I think ...

LeadsCon: Lead Generation Conference Feb 28th-29th in Las Vegas


We interviewed entrepreneur, Jay Weintraub about his upcoming conference… LeadsCon is a pioneering conference and expo dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of those operating in the online lead generation industry LeadsCon provides a unique and collaborative environment designed for networking ...
Social Media Return on Investment SM ROI

How to Measure Social Media ROI


Tyler Garns, former Director of Marketing at Infusionsoft, is in the process of posting a series of videos to introduce his new consulting practice. His entry today was a smart discussion on a proper way to measure and monetize social media. I’ve taught for years that social media should not be ...
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