Let There Be QR

Let There Be QR

Much has been written about QR (Quick Response) codes, but there still has been relatively little proliferation of this technology for everyday businesses.  For now, it seems as though the most common applicaiton of QR codes is on display advertising.  So what can you do with them? What is exactly is a QR code?  First think “bar code” which are one-dimensional (1-D) representations of data in […]

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Marketing Automation Chicken or CRM Egg?

Marketing Automation Chicken or CRM Egg?

Last week Jep Castelein (@jepc) of LeadSloth posted a great blogging entry entitled “Best CRM for Marketing Automation: Salesforce.com, Microsoft, or Oracle?” and explained pragmatically what you need to think about when making the move to a Marketing Automation platform.  One of the most important questions he asked is “Should you look at Marketing Automation options first?”  There’s at least one Marketing Automation vendor out there that says it’s […]

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5 More Challenges for Sales & Marketing Alignment

5 More Challenges for Sales & Marketing Alignment

Last week, this blog listed some of the challenges that a B2B Marketing organization faces for Sales and Marketing Alignment.  Aligning those departments is not that easy so you’re not getting off the hook just yet.  This week there are five more to think about and have some comfort in knowing that your organization is not the only one that needs to go through such an […]

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8 Reasons Startups Need Marketing Automation

8 Reasons Startups Need Marketing Automation

Tech startups are generally innovators.  But whether bootstrapped or venture funded, they are burning cash and have significant milestones to meet in order to get to the next level – namely, increasing sales.  The irony of many startups, even ones that are selling disruptive technologies, is that many rely on the same old ways of marketing and sales that existed before the Internet came along, […]

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You Don’t Have to Be a Genius to Know Marketing Automation

You Don’t Have to Be a Genius to Know Marketing Automation

Here’s what The Marketing Consigliere thinks about The Essential Marketing Automation Handbook which was written by Ardath Albee (@ardath421) in conjunction with Marketing Automation platform vendor Genius.com… The other week Think Outside the Inbox, a book you can purchase, was reviewed and this next review, a free ebook downloadable here is very timely. Basically, The Marketing Consigliere recommends that you read both books, starting with Think Outside the Inbox, followed by The Essential Marketing Automation Handbook. “Think” is […]

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Pardot Execs Help You “Think Outside the Inbox”

Pardot Execs Help You “Think Outside the Inbox”

Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided at no charge by the authors Think Outside the Inbox was written by David Cummings (@david_cummings) and Adam Blitzer (@AdamBlitzer), both of Marketing Automation platform vendor Pardot. In seven easy to read and understand chapters, this book is a very satisfactory primer on what Marketing Automation is all about and The Marketing Consigliere recommends that you get a copy.  There are many […]

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Jigsaw, NetProspex Take the Lead with Leads

Jigsaw, NetProspex Take the Lead with Leads

video montage of Glengarry Glen Ross courtesy of walkingf00l   The recent acquisition of Jigsaw by Salesforce is a good sign of the times for Net-Centric Marketing.  By including Jigsaw’s 21 million B2B contacts as part of its AppExchange service offering, Saleforce makes a more seamless process out of your email marketing efforts.  By having the data needed to drive your revenue available in a convenient way, you no longer need to hunt down […]

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Tracking Phone Conversion Like a Mongoose

Tracking Phone Conversion Like a Mongoose

As a bambino, The Marketing Consigliere was enrapt with the stories of Rudyard Kipling, and he recalls the serious excitement of his endeared work, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.  But as a young man, he found other things to hold his attention, and mongooses soon joined badgers, wolverines, and dingoes as vicious little varmints not to worry about in a digital world.  Lo and behold, the mongoose has reared its pesky, furry […]

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Seeing Clearly in Saleforce’s Cloud

Seeing Clearly in Saleforce’s Cloud

In 2000, The Marketing Consigliere configured an application for a small startup’s sales group using a cool new tool called Salsforce.com.  Most sales organizations were using spreadsheets and flat databases (and a lot still are) so the idea of what was known at the time as an ASP-based offering was very unique.  The startup is long gone from this earth, but Salesforce has grown to be […]

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C4 or “4 Cs” for Marketing Automation

C4 or “4 Cs” for Marketing Automation

USS Vincennes (CG-49) Combat Information Center / CC by divemasterking2000 This is the seventh in a series of excerpts from Allinio’s white paper Net-Centric Marketing & Information Superiority. The C4 Portion: Command, Control, Communication & Computing C4 responsibilities require up-to-date equipment, robust networks, and comprehensive business rules to be followed by a Marketing executive in planning, directing, and executing in order to achieve marketing objectives. Command & Control Command […]

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