Does Marketing Automation Help You “Love” Customers?

Does Marketing Automation Help You “Love” Customers?

Well, for those of you who never got a St. Valentine’s Day card this month, neither did we! So print out the one above and consider you our sweetheart and close you eyes and pretend we’re hugging you! Today’s topic is an interesting one, although it should be about maintaining your editorial calendar because we’re obviously two weeks late on this one! But we digress…. […]

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Eating Our Words About Hubspot

Eating Our Words About Hubspot

Earlier this month, we made a a brief comment regarding Hubspot‘s standing in the world of Marketing Automation.  Undoubtedly they are the thought leader in “Inbound Marketing,” but we said that they were not playing at the same level as some of the leading Marketing Automation platforms such as Pardot or Marketo.   Well, the fantastic listeners at Hubspot caught wind of our blog, and none other than the effervescent Laura Fitton (@pistachio) […]

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Marketing Automation – Not as Simple as It Looks

Marketing Automation – Not as Simple as It Looks

Salesforce put a video on Marketing Automation on YouTube last week and it’s become a little hit in the circles we run in. But while it gives a good 50,000 foot over view, it does not give justice to the hard work that goes into preparing to implement and Marketing Automation platform, which Allinio can facilitate.  And here’s another one from Act-On Software… Now forgive us for weaving an […]

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“B2B Marketers Missing the Mark on Demand Gen”

“B2B Marketers Missing the Mark on Demand Gen”

As a member of the American Marketing Association, we look foward to the publications they provide to their membership, especially Marketing News.  The August  issue’s “Buzz Bit” feature briefly had some very interesting statistics that we would like to present to you in verbatim… “B-to-B Marketers Missing the Mark on Demand Gen” 80% of B-to-B Marketers and salespeople consider their demand-generation campaigns ineffective, according to a July survey from Corporate […]

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Raab Repeats Right-On Reporting

Raab Repeats Right-On Reporting

Last week there was an interesting observation made about Marketing Automation platform providers. In his well-reknowned blog, David Raab (@draab) commented that after all these years, the consolidation of Marketing Automation providers suprisingly hasn’t slowed the growth of the second tier of players in the space and there is more fragmentation. David’s first line in the blog is “I’ve gotten used to thinking of the B2B marketing automation […]

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Obamacare Isn’t The Real News – Pardot Is!

Obamacare Isn’t The Real News – Pardot Is!

Creative Commons by Kjetil Ree. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?   …..meh. Arizona SB 1070?  ……(yawn) Ann Curry leaving the Today Show?   Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing? …..please. There was real news this week…  Pardot, a leading provider of marketing automation for small and mid-sized businesses, announced a groundbreaking relationship with Dell.  In this absolutely brilliant alliance, Dell Cloud Business Applications will be able to provide thousands of businesses Pardot’s easy to use Marketing […]

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Marketing Automation Professionals of the World, Unite!

Marketing Automation Professionals of the World, Unite!

Know anyone else pulling their hair out over their Marketing Automation platform?  Are your pupils dialating and your heart stopping  over the thought of the mountain of content that you have to create?    Well, here on the East Coast we’re trying to do something about it… Now there are several of other national organizations that are fantastic professional development resources for the Marketing Automation […]

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Holiday Carol: Here We Come A-Nurturing

Holiday Carol: Here We Come A-Nurturing

Creative Commons by Accidental Hedonist Once again, we are posting holiday carols for the tech/marketing/social crowd. With such hits as Carol of the Marketing Metrics, Get Yourself Marketing Automation, The Twelve Days of Foursquare,  O Little Town of Twitterville, Talking In A Mobile Wonderland, S-E-O, S-E-O, S-E-O!, and Eloqua Fideles, we are continuing this tradition into its third year with some lyrics that will hopefully put a smile on your weary […]

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Marketo’s Spark Should Light a Fire for SMBs

Marketo’s Spark Should Light a Fire for SMBs

Yesterday Marketo announced a new service offering for the SMB market called Spark.   Spark will allow SMB users to create and launch email campaigns, hold webinars, and even monitor and participate in social media conversations.  Additionally, it gives a real time window into campaigns and allows measurement of each segment of an SMB’s marketing mix efforts within each campaign. Marketo’s announcement of a SMB app is a […]

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The Marketing Automation Universe’s Center – Part IV

The Marketing Automation Universe’s Center – Part IV

This is a the last installment of the activity at DemandCon in San Francisco this week. Ardath Albee (@ardath421) kept the post-lunch crowd awake with a lively talk about storytelling.  The conversations that you have with customers should involve storytelling.  A customer has questions at each stage of the buying process, and in each of your answers you should include a portion of the story you are trying […]

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