Implement a Marketing Automation System


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Step Six of Ten Steps To Marketing Relevance

MAS are critical for generating leads, measuring productivity, and demonstrating value

In our last five installments of this series, we covered structure, content and channels. Now let’s talk technology…. specifically marketing automation systems (MAS). These new tools, including Marketo, Eloqua, Silverpop and others, are a game changer. Having implemented all three, I can tell you that they go a long way towards making Marketing a science rather than an art.

At it’s core, a MAS is an email tool. But they are much more:

  • a lead management and nurturing sysytem
  • a campaign landing page development tool
  • a CRM (i.e. utility
  • an analytics and reporting tool
  • a way to prove ROI

At my current company, we use Marketo for all these things and have effectively created a continuous pipeline from inbound lead though the sales process and beyond. Marketo provided this “marketing maturity journey” slide, which corresponds to our experience pretty well. Like many companies our size, we’ve mostly transitioned out of traditional marketing, have implemented and integrated demand generation systems, and are working daily to integrate sales and marketing efforts.

Marketing Maturity Journey

With a MAS, all stages of the funnel are measureable, and management begins to depend on those numbers — and see Marketing’s contribution. Getting to the nirvana of a continuous RPM system is going to take time while all the old dogs learn new tricks. But the journey is as important as the destination.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Lorena Harris
Consultant - Customer Experience Marketing
Lorena Harris is a top-tier MBA with 20 years of marketing and business development experience for leading B2B service providers. Her expertise is in designing customer experience Thought Leadership programs for brand building and demand generation.


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