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Alex Kantrowitz / Ad Age / August 13, 2014
You’d be forgiven for thinking “marketing automation” is an odd if not contradictory term. Until recently, those two words were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath. The goal of marketing is to increase awareness for products and services, a mission often carried out via labor-intensive creative work. Meanwhile, automation is defined as making things happen with as little human intervention as possible.
But the shift to online media opened the door for automation to trickle into the world of
In the digital realm, marketers can see not only what messagingRead More
Accenture / August 5, 2013
With better trust and alignment, marketing and IT can create a digital marketing strategy that improves customer experiences across channels.
Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) must work more closely than ever to reach and engage today’s digital customer.1
Technology underpins and helps to shape the entire customer experience. But often, the marketing and IT organizations responsible for designing customer experiences aren’t in synch. Without a unified approach to using data insights, technology and creative strategy to orchestrate customerRead More
Lisa Nirell / Fast Company / August 1, 2013
In my previous post, I outlined the biggest barriers that keep marketing leaders in the C-suite shark tank, and prevent them from building their boardroom gravitas. How can you overcome these barriers quickly and effectively? Here’s what my best clients do:
1. Parse your CEO-influencing strategy into smaller steps. The purpose of communicating a compelling message in the CEO’s language is to generate interest; interest generates a meeting; meetings create trusting relationships; and relationships drive conceptual agreement. You need a conceptual agreement to define objectives,Read More
Mathew Sweezey / ClickZ / July 30, 2013
I’ve heard the term “buyer’s journey” more than ever over the past year and a half. Marketers have been talking about understanding the buyer’s journey for some time now, but I haven’t seen any hard data to define what exactly this term means. I decided to research the buyer’s journey concept to better understand how to leverage it in modern marketing. To understand the buyer’s journey concept, I surveyed 400 B2B buyers and compiled their answers to create the first definitive guide to the modern buyer’s journey.
Why I Surveyed BuyersRead More
Robert Rose / Content Marketing Institute / July 28, 2013
Forrester Research recently conducted a joint study with the Business Marketing Association (BMA) that we at CMI were greatly interested in reading: B2B CMOs Must Evolve Or Move On.
Indeed, the role of the B2B CMO is undergoing fundamental change, and I, for one, wholeheartedly agree with the report’s conclusions — particularly the one that states, “those marketers who better demonstrate a direct connection between marketing activity and business results earn a more prominent seat at the leadership table.”
However, I find the “swagger” conveyed in the survey results toRead More