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Three Key Components to Accelerate Growth with Marketing Automation

According to Forrester, marketing automation spend will reach $25B by 2023. With more than half of all businesses already using marketing automation, and the other half planning to, It’s clear that marketing automation is a mainstay for the modern marketer. Particularly growth-focused marketers. 

In order to scale operations, at some point growth marketers’ need to automate some of their work. As your business grows, often so does the workload on your marketing and sales team. 

Whether it’s working to automate lead qualification, nurturing prospects, or cross-selling and up-selling into an existing customer base, marketing automation makes those processes more efficient and effective. 

But marketing automation is more than just the tools that power it, it’s about the people and strategies that govern those tools. In order to truly accelerate growth – you need all three components in your business to reach success. 

The Right Marketing Automation Toolkit

A carpenter is only as good as his (or her!) tools. And in the carpentry of marketing automation, this couldn’t be more true. Without the tools that make sense for your business case, it’s going to be difficult to get your marketing strategy off the ground, no matter how brilliant your strategy or your team really is.

Marketing automation tools can be extremely powerful, or extremely cumbersome, depending on what your goals are, and how you want to get there. One of the reasons we work exclusively with Adobe + Marketo, is for its power and ability to scale from small and medium businesses up to huge enterprises.

Marketo marketing automation allows you to efficiently streamline and automate personalized one-to-one experiences for your business use case, from email to social media to digital ads to website content experiences to SMS text messaging, the list goes on!

Getting the right capabilities setup in your marketing automation system can be difficult at first, with tools like Marketo, you have a lot of customizations to choose from depending on your business needs. Choosing a partner to help you onboard, implement and integrate successfully is key. From there, ensuring you have the support and reporting to tune up your instance will only further ensure your success. 

A solid, cohesive marketing + sales strategy

Once you have the right tools in place, or even before if you’re in the process of selecting the right platform for your business, you need a clear strategy in place for your marketing automation that aligns across marketing and sales. 

Without knowing your current state, and the direction you’re headed, you can’t prescribe the right marketing automation mix to get you where you need to go. Making sure that destination jives across both marketing and sales makes both sides of the house happy. 

Ultimately, both marketing and sales want the same things: more leads, more revenue. Agreeing on the plan and the way to get to that goal makes both of your jobs a little easier. This is another area where a trusted partner can step into help. As a third party advisor, they can look with fresh eyes at both sales and marketing operations, what’s working, what’s not, and help to nail down how the two can better work together to reach their ultimate goal of revenue growth. 

The right people to rule it all

Once you’ve got your tools and strategies in place, you need the right people to make it all work. This is where a lot of companies struggle. The marketing automation field is a hot one, and it can be difficult to find the right talent with the right skillset in your company. 

But without people to build, monitor, report on and adjust your marketing automation toolkit, your growth will be stunted. Technology without people can only get you so far. 

A partner with a proven track record in your marketing automation platform (or the ability to help you choose the right platform for your needs) is key. By working with a partner, you can scale up or scale down the support you need, whether it’s a full marketing automation team that builds and improves on your programs, just ongoing support, or a bucket of hours to focus where you need them. You can scale up or scale down the support you need when you need it, to ensure your programs stay fresh and are helping you grow. 

Overall, the key to any successful marketing growth strategy goes beyond the technology you need to make it all work. Of course you need the right technology that will give you the tools you need to achieve your plans. You also need an aligned strategy between sales and marketing. And you need the right people to manage and improve on it all. 

Leadous, an Adobe campaign and Marketo consulting partner, can help you optimize all three of these components in order to accelerate your growth. Check out our full suite of services designed to build the custom Marketo journey for your business, and let us know if you’re interested in learning more! 

Work Smarter, Not Harder, with Marketing Artificial Intelligence

It’s no secret that today’s marketers are constantly being asked to do more with less. As consumers get more and more savvy, the demands on businesses to provide increasingly personalized, tailored experiences continues to grow. 

But the hard truth is there’s only so many hours in a day. Marketers can’t be expected to create personalized experiences that will speak to the situation of every potential consumer. We need a way to work smarter, not just harder. 

That’s where Artificial Intelligence (AI) steps in. According to Marketo, Marketing  AI “advances and accelerates marketers’ ability to transform from one-size-fits-most marketing, to delivering value through deeply personalized communication at an individual level instead of volumes of interruptions that leave consumers exasperated.”

Here are three ways AI can empower marketers to better personalize your outreach, without taking up all of your waking hours. 

Bucket consumers into the correct programs

By inputting your criteria and goals, AI can bucket your broader consumer base into segments that fit their stage.

Personalize your content

AI can help to tailor the content themes and messaging to each individual, so the right message is being received at the right time on the buyer journey.

Maximize your data

By gathering, and learning from, your audience data, AI will continue to improve on personalized experiences. This means you’re continuing to optimize your marketing processes without all the manual work. 

As customer expectations continue to grow, marketers need a way to work smarter. AI takes the manual work out of campaign optimization to make sure you’re exceeding customer expectations by providing the right message in the right channel at the right time. 

So you can focus on providing insights and tracking campaign success, instead of the manual program tweaking that takes up much of the marketing automation strategist’s time. 

If you’re looking for more guidance on implementing Marketo AI in your marketing automation strategy, drop us a line! We can help make your Marketo campaigns work smarter for you. 

 

 

Rounding out the year (and the decade!) at Leadous

With only a few more weeks left in 2019, we’re taking stock of our whirlwind of a year as a preferred Adobe and Marketo Partner. 

In the last year we’ve grown bigger, and taken on more epic projects than we ever could’ve dreamed of just a few short years ago. We’re so grateful, especially during this holiday season to be working with the industry’s best and brightest. 

So in case you missed any of it, here’s just a few of our highlights from the last few months at Leadous.

Achieving Marketo Engage Specialization Partner

Our biggest honor to date was receiving the Marketo Engage Specialization from Adobe’s leadership team, an achievement given to the few who have reached the highest level of Marketo expertise. 

Marketo Acceleration Certification Partner

Leadous was also awarded the rare Marketo Acceleration Certification in our commitment to provide everything you need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences for your end customers. These combined accomplishments position the team to be among the top Marketo experts in the world.    

Solidifying our Commitment to Customer Success

Specializations and certifications are not just great for our virtual trophy case, they also help us to better serve you, our customers. By highlighting our best-in-class Marketo solution practice, we’re better positioned to get you a direct line to the latest education, best practices and updates coming out of Adobe/Marketo. And you can always trust you’re in the hands of 100% certified experts architecting, configuring and managing Marketo Engage to drive results for your business.

Leveling up our Team of Experts

On that note, we’ve celebrated more Marketo certifications among our team of consultants this year than any other! With numerous MSAs, MCEs, and MCSAs added to our certs roll call, our team is leveling up to be able to provide you the best Adobe/Marketo experience you can find. 

Taking That Expertise on the Road

From donning our 80s best at the 2019 Business Excellence Gala, to talking all things #smarketing on the Twin Cities Startup Week Panel to the Adobe Conference and beyond, we’ve taken our special brand of Leadous expertise on the road to share best practices, and hear directly from you about what you’re prioritizing in your digital marketing.

It’s been a fabulous year, and decade, for Leadous. Thank you to our entire team of experts for sharing your time and talents with us, and to our customers for trusting us to transform your digital strategies, we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Is Lead Generation as a Service Right for Your Organization?

Are you considering outsourcing a portion of your marketing automation operations? You’re not alone.

According to a study conducted by Marketo & Ascend2, 75% of successful marketing automation software users outsource a portion of their marketing automation strategy.

And it’s no surprise why. In today’s market, it’s difficult to find and retain top marketing talent. It takes serious skill to manage marketing automation operations, and not every organization has the time and budget to recruit and train for those skills.

That’s where Lead Generation as a Service (LG-AAS) comes in.

LG-AAS changes the way marketers look at the world. At Leadous, we partner with Marketo to bring best in class automation into organization’s hands, so you can see results from your lead generation strategy without the headache.

Our LG-AAS process takes a crawl, walk, run mentality. We give organizations the ability to fill all of the gaps, test, refine and plan for an expanded use of Marketo and its powerful features to drive digital demand generation.

What type of organizations see value from LG-AAS?

We work with organizations from B2B to B2C to maximize their marketing automation systems and drive results without the hassle of managing operations day in and day out.

  • Are you finding it difficult to recruit the right team in your budget to manage marketing automation operations?
  • Would you like to focus more of your time and efforts on results instead of processes?
  • Do you need to get tools setup quickly so you can start seeing results?
  • Are your revenue goals closely tied to your marketing demand generation?
  • Are you having difficulty scaling up your marketing operations to meet sales goals?
  • Do you often work with agencies or other vendors and have experience managing them?
  • Do you want to implement marketing automation, but need to take a methodical approach?

If you’re nodding to one of these scenarios, LG-AAS is for you! The key to success in marketing automation is driving results. So if your organization isn’t in a spot to drive those on your own quite yet, LG-AAS could be a fit.

Let us lead you to better lead generation. Contact Leadous today to learn more about our LG-AAS offering.

Transforming Consumer Engagement using Marketo (and Leadous!)

Today’s consumer is marketing savvy with high expectations for the brands they choose to engage with. Your business has a limited amount of time to make a good impression, and much of that impression relies solely on marketing.

Most of the research houses estimate that between 60% and 90% of the buyer’s journey is now completely digitally self-guided.

Marketing automation is really the one, efficient way to transform that digital journey and keep customers engaged with your brand. In this post, we’ll talk to Marketo’s consumer marketing solution, and how Leadous can help your business find, engage and retain consumers by implementing a smart, holistic marketing automation strategy.  

Find your people

Any good marketing campaign starts with a targeted list. You need to know who you’re marketing to, where they’re finding your brand, and how they want to interact with you. Once you can figure out where they are (and where they’re coming from) you can incorporate targeted messaging in Marketo to deliver meaningful experiences.

Omnichannel engagement with personalization

Marketo allows you to follow your customer from your website, to social media, through emails, on to content, the list goes on! If it’s a marketing channel, Marketo can track it. By connecting the dots between your various marketing campaigns, you’re able to make sure you’re providing a consistent, cohesive digital experience that your consumers will enjoy and not be annoyed by.

Create brand advocates to increase the lifetime value of the customer

Once your opportunities convert, the journey doesn’t have to stop! Continue the conversation with customer nurture programs to make sure your consumers are becoming loyal brand advocates (and hopefully being inspired to buy more products or services from you as a result!).

Track revenue driving metrics

Data is what keeps the marketing automation machine humming along. With a unified view of the customer, and the marketing activities driving consumer engagement, you’re able to also report on what’s actually working to drive acquisitions, and what the lifetime customer value really is, so you’re able to improve on results as you go.

Looking for more tips on improving consumer engagement and providing a holistic digital experience for your buyers? We’d love to help lead you to better, smarter, consumer engagement campaigns. Contact us today!

Your Next Easy Win with Marketo? Just Add Social.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy button to press that will instantly bring your organization more leads. However, there is a lead generation strategy with the kind of “just-add-water” simplicity that will make your marketing more effective… Just add social!

Social media is an easy win for any business today, especially those using Marketo. Whether you’re a B2C, B2B or even B2E shop, social is a foolproof way to improve lead generation effectiveness.

More than 2 billion people in the world are active social media users. If you’re not tapping into that audience, you’re missing out! Taking advantage of social is extending the conversation you’re already having with your subscribers into other arenas to reinforce your brand messaging.

So as Marketo users, how do you segment and tap into the billions of social users to drive actual revenue? Here’s a few tips and tricks from our social team!

1) Add your social channels to your Marketo instance & take advantage of Marketo reporting

The golden rule of marketing automation is measure EVERYTHING. Social is no exception. If you don’t have the data to look at to tell you where you are and what’s working, how can you determine what to do next? Luckily, Marketo easily integrates social metrics into your marketing reports. Make sure you’ve got yours linked up and are taking a look at the data so you’re locked in on just the activities that drive ROI.

2) (Re)target your social (both paid and organic)

In order to be successful in any marketing campaign, you need to know who your target audience is. Make sure you’re mapping out your target personas (and the social media platforms they use the most) so you can tailor messaging directly to their needs. And don’t forget about Audience Hub – which connects customer behavioral data to social ad platforms for more personalized messaging.

You can also retarget your social engagers with email to extend and reinforce your marketing messages across platforms for an omnichannel approach. Make sure you’re promoting your web and email content through social to get those audience members into your Marketo nurture campaigns and converting into leads.

3) Make it shareable

With social, you’re not only trying to reach and influence your followers, you’re trying to reach the coveted followers of followers. Make sure your content is shareable – try to balance out how much you are promoting your own brand with educational, fun, or other interesting content that’s irresistibly shareable. And don’t forget to add the built-in Marketo social media sharing buttons to all your content and campaigns, it’s another “just add water” easy win!

4) The “Just Add Water” mentality (AKA don’t be afraid to recycle content)

Social is a continuation of the conversations you’re having with your audience on other platforms. Don’t be afraid to recycle and repurpose bite sized graphics, quotes and other nuggets of content from your current library to extend the life of the content, and not add undue stress on your marketing teams. Keep it simple (and keep measuring) then retool from there.

Social media is an easy win for Marketo users to improve effectiveness of their marketing efforts. Are you using social with Marketo? We’d love to help you check off this easy win.  Contact us  today with your questions!