Marketing automation has gained considerable traction over the last few years and for good reason. It’s a powerful solution to help businesses grow by streamlining, automating and monitoring all marketing efforts. The most important aspect to always remember is a customer-first mindset. Your customer’s needs and wants are the focus point, not what you want them to buy or do. Continue reading
Before we go on to talk about what Marketing Automation is, let’s just clear up what Marketing Automation is not.
- It’s not a great way to produce mass generated generic messages to your whole contact list
- It’s not a system that allows you to press one button and it does everything for you
- It’s not a quick way to reduce your headcount in the marketing department
Automation, in this context does not mean ‘no work’ or ‘no input needed’. Continue reading
When it comes to sales, the competition is high in every industry, but in today’s digital world the competition is only getting tougher. Website visits to review product or service recommendations and a company’s reputation are all completed digitally before a customer decides to buy or visit your store if the purchase is not online. So you need to have the attention of those customers before they even start their buying process and then work out how to turn those visitors into leads, and leads into new customers.
Successfully delivering appropriate messages will help you to inform customers and then lead them step-by-step through their buying cycle; this is where marketing automation becomes extremely valuable. Marketing automation enables you to set up a workflow of highly personalised marketing messages designed to convert website visitors into leads, and then your new leads into paying customers. Continue reading
Are you concerned you’re not achieving the best online results for your business?
Are you overwhelmed with the seemingly limitless choice of digital marketing options?
Then let’s simplify how to achieve the best digital marketing mix which will take your online results to the next level.
The following best practice digital marketing methods will generate growth by building on four key areas of focus:
- insightful market research
- effective customer acquisition
- value added communications
- lasting brand loyalty.
Marketing Automation encompasses or affects almost all areas of Digital Marketing. With such a large task set and so much required of any platform trying to live up to the name it’s not surprising that Marketing Automation for small and medium businesses hasn’t been a realistic option until recently. SMEs are often forced to make do with pay-walled and watered down versions of popular Software As A Service (SAAS) offerings. Fortunately there are no pay walls blocking SharpSpring features or lengthy contracts hurting cash flow. SharpSpring has been designed and developed specifically for SMEs and Agencies, as such it provides maximum power for realistically affordable cost. Continue reading
Improving Your Data Driven Marketing Requires Better Data Management
All marketing should be data driven, especially Digital Marketing. When everything can be measured, tracked and attributed there is no reason anything should be done on ‘gut-feel’ alone. Marketing Automation is fundamentally a data-driven initiative. Greater accuracy and clarity relies on better data management and manipulation. Once your Marketing Automation is up and running you’ll have all the data you could ever need and you should put it to good use. Measure the reaction to your actions, analyse what the data tells you and improve for next time. Continue reading