Howard Sewell

5 Simple Ways to Take Your Lead Nurturing Program to the Next Level

We need to talk. You know that monthly newsletter you blast to your entire database under the guise of "lead nurturing"? And those Webinar invitations that you broadcast to every trade show lead you've generated since 2005? You can do a lot better. There was…

What Lead Filters Should I Request For My PPL Campaign?

A client asks: "I know I can filter our Pay-Per-Lead (content syndication) leads on geography and company size. What if I want to filter to specific regions or states? Can I also limit leads to certain job titles?" My response: To best answer the question,…

9 Ideas (and 1 Big Lesson) from the Marketo Social Marketing Roadshow

Last week I attended (and was a presenter at) the Seattle edition of Marketo's 2012 Social Marketing Rockstar Tour, a roving conference/seminar series being held this summer in cities nationwide. Marketo bills the event as an opportunity to hear, learn, and share advice on...

Why Chasing Hot Leads is a Bad Idea

In an ideal world, all B2B sales leads would be pre-qualified and ready to buy. And though recent studies suggest that a large chunk of the sales cycle may already be over by the time many prospects talk to a live salesperson, the reality...

Do Lead Nurturing Campaigns Always Need an Offer?

In my last post, I talked about creative campaign ideas for when you have no content to offer. Which leads to another question: do certain types of campaigns even need an offer in the first place? Take lead nurturing: is it strictly essential that...

5 Campaign Ideas for When You Have No Content

For today's B2B marketer, content is the fuel that feeds the demand generation engine. But when lead generation, lead nurturing, customer marketing and social media programs all require a constant feeding of new, compelling content, what do you do when the pace of new...

Top 10 Tips for Better Email Templates

The success of an email campaign depends on a number of variables, chief amongst them the quality of your list and the attractiveness of the offer. But one other element plays a key role even before you write one word of copy: the design...

Does Offering a Free iPad Increase Webinar Registration?

It's a measure of just how saturated the Webinar landscape has become when most every email invitation includes a drawing for a free iPad or Kindle Fire or whatever else is the "gadget du jour." We've heard it said that such incentives "can't hurt,"...

New Report Confirms Immaturity of Most Marketing Automation Deployments

A new report from Forrester Consulting, commissioned by marketing automation provider Silverpop, offers little in the way of groundbreaking insights, but does provide plenty of data confirming what most already know: that many companies are failing to realize the true potential from their investments...

How Much Copy Do I Need On My Landing Page?

An effective landing page does two things, I would argue: 1) it validates the viewer's decision to click on whatever ad it was that led him or her to the page in the first place, and 2) it closes the deal. The amount of...

How to Reduce Unsubscribes Using Subscription Management

I've written previously in this space about how to reduce unsubscribes by giving prospects and customers the option to update their contact information rather than forcing them to opt out of email entirely. A further strategy for minimizing unsubscribes is to employ subscription management, a...

How Big is Too Big? One Email Offer That’s Tough to Ignore.

As any regular reader of this space will know, I am a fierce evangelist for the "sell the offer, not the product" approach to B2B email creative. That approach rests on the assumption that by selling the value of whatever it is you're offering...

3 Ways to Make Your Corporate Blog’s Sidebar Work Harder

Want a simple way to have your corporate blog show measurable results? Take a hard look at your sidebar. Here are 3 techniques guaranteed to make an impact: 1. Promote subscriptions prominently.Capturing new subscribers is one of the most efficient ways to convert random visitors...

Webinar Invitations: Sell the Event, Not the Product

Easily the #1 mistake that tech companies make when promoting Webinars is that they forget that they're selling an event. In order for a prospect or customer to register for your event, it's critical that your email invitation convince him/her that the benefits of...

Think Your Inside Sales Team Has it Covered? Think Again.

I've made the case previously in this space how one of the easiest way to gain a quick return from any investment in marketing automation is to apply the technology towards more efficient and systematic follow-up to inbound leads. And yet, I'm finding in...

Lead Scores Too High? Maybe They Need An Expiration Date.

In the early stages of a recent client engagement, it became apparent that the schema already in place to determine and assign lead scores was, well: broken. The most glaring symptom was the absurdly high scores: hundreds of contacts had lead scores of more...

Should I Remove Offer Content from My Website During a Campaign?

A client asks: "If we're planning on using a particular white paper as part of a lead generation campaign, or even for lead nurturing, is it a good idea to remove that same content asset from our main Website? I'm concerned about people bypassing...

Key to Marketing Automation Success: Process First, then Campaigns

In a phone call this week I was swapping war stories with a well-known sales and marketing consultant, who, like us, works with B2B companies to improve their return on marketing automation. Interestingly, our experiences in the rapidly evolving marketing automation category were quite...

7 Tips for a Successful PPC Landing Page

Where do most paid search (PPC) campaigns succeed or fail? Though it's typical for marketers to invest more time and legwork in the mechanics of search (keywords, bid strategy, campaign structure), I'd argue that the majority of PPC campaigns are won or lost at...

5 Best Practices You Can Borrow From This Email Campaign

There's a lot to like about the email campaign I received (image below) recently from Infusionsoft, a maker of sales and marketing automation software for small businesses. It's not perfect by any stretch (the copy could use some improvement – more on that later)...

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