Best Practices

Marvel Marketing Minute – Let’s KonMari Your Marketing Automation Instance

Marvel Marketing Minute – Let’s KonMari Your Marketing Automation Instance

Our superheroes battle a number of villains, but clutter is one of the biggest. After all, cluttered marketing automation instances aren’t nearly as efficient or as accurate.

Clutter can sneak in a number of ways. Maybe you inherited a messy instance. Maybe your database has grown by leaps and bounds and you can’t keep up with it all. Maybe your company doesn’t have a policy in place to keep your instance clean and you don’t know where to begin to fix it.

Whatever the reason, let’s harness the power of one of Netflix’s favorite personalities—tidying expert Marie Kondo—to clean it out!

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Marketing Automation, Marvel Marketing Minute
Marvel Marketing Minute – For the Love of Superheroes, Add Some Excitement to Your Content!

Marvel Marketing Minute – For the Love of Superheroes, Add Some Excitement to Your Content!

Let’s take a quick trip back in time to 1986…

Remember Ben Stein’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? He was, quite possibly, the most boring teacher to ever exist on the planet. His students stared blankly into space, tried to fight off naps, and even drooled on their desks. 

Here in 2019, there’s plenty of digital content that evokes the same responses. But unlike high school students, prospects and customers aren’t forced to listen to you until the bell rings. Unless you grab attention right out of the gate, people are going to click the “Back” button faster than Ben Stein can say, “Anyone? Anyone?”

So how do you inject some much-needed excitement into your content—without being cheesy and over-the-top? 

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Content, Marvel Marketing Minute
Nope, Print Marketing Collateral Isn’t Extinct – Take Advantage of Its Distinct Benefits

Nope, Print Marketing Collateral Isn’t Extinct – Take Advantage of Its Distinct Benefits

Back in 2000, the average American spent 9.4 hours online each week. Now, that number has ballooned to 23.6 hours per week. A whopping 84% of people access the internet from their smartphone, and 62% of people believe that the internet is an important tool for maintaining social relationships.

But if you think this digital revolution has made print marketing collateral go the way of the Dodo Bird, think again.

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Brand Awareness, Content, Lead Generation
Systems in Control Part 2 – Sync The Right Way

Systems in Control Part 2 – Sync The Right Way

How long should salespeople wait for marketing-qualified leads to appear in their queues?  How long should marketers wait for CRM updates to reflect in Marketo? The answer varies from business to business, but most of them seek to bring this number to as close to zero as possible. Of course, the practical delay time may lie somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes.

The first blog post in my “Systems in Control” series listed some simple ways to keep your Marketo instance running with minimal or no delays. As the next installment in this series, today’s post explains the different Marketo best practices for synchronizing to CRMs. 

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Posted by Phil Leichtle in Best Practices, Marketing Automation
Marvel Marketing Minute – Creating the Best Subject Line Split-Tests

Marvel Marketing Minute – Creating the Best Subject Line Split-Tests

Is there anything more groan-worthy than trying to come up with perfect subject line? This is your one chance to make the perfect first impression, but you only have a limited number of characters to work with and there are a million other emails competing for attention in your subscriber’s inbox. Without a great subject line, your emails will never get opened—and if they never get opened, they’ll never get clicks.

The best way to tackle all of this subject line stress? Split-testing. To create split-tests that generate actionable results, follow these 3 tips:

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Marvel Marketing Minute, Optimization
Marvel Marketing Minute – Travel Tips for Jetsetting Marketers

Marvel Marketing Minute – Travel Tips for Jetsetting Marketers

As a marketer, business travel is inevitable. It’s important to build relationships in our profession, and there is
no better way than meeting in person, even with the popularity of video conferencing. I’ve had several
opportunities to travel domestically and internationally throughout my career as a marketer, and here are a few
tips I’ve learned along the way:

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Posted by Jenelle Madrid in Additional Resources, Best Practices, Marvel Marketing Minute
4 Giant Threats to Your Content Marketing Efforts That You’re Probably Overlooking

4 Giant Threats to Your Content Marketing Efforts That You’re Probably Overlooking

Back in 1996, Bill Gates was the first to declare that “Content is King.” Since then, the quote has been used ad nauseam by marketers both online and off, but saturation aside, this statement is completely correct. Like Gates said, “One of the exciting things about the Internet is that anyone with a PC and a modem can publish whatever content they can create.” And guess what? No company is too small to participate.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though. There are a few things that can have the same effect on your content marketing efforts that Godzilla had on Tokyo—but many organizations overlook them. To avoid total destruction, be on the lookout for these 4 threats:

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Content
Marvel Marketing Minute – Using Program Influence to Answer Your Biggest Marketing Questions

Marvel Marketing Minute – Using Program Influence to Answer Your Biggest Marketing Questions

In a previous post, I talked about setting up and making your Marketo Program and Salesforce (SFDC) Campaigns work together. Now that you have had time to get your systems in order, let’s take the next step. What is that, you ask? Reporting!

Reporting has always been a challenge for marketers. Did we generate any leads? How do we prove we influenced an Opportunity? With the help of a few simple reports, I am going to help you answer these common questions. Continue reading →

Posted by Cassie Lloyd in Best Practices, Marketing Automation, Marvel Marketing Minute
Marvel Marketing Minute – This Marketing Operations Strategy Saves You from Overbooking Events

Marvel Marketing Minute – This Marketing Operations Strategy Saves You from Overbooking Events

Given the following scenario…

The marketing operations team has built an exclusive executive event program in Marketo, and the stakeholders have met their goal of 50 registrations earlier than expected. As the teams celebrate, they later find out that there have been a flood of registrations a few days before the event. The event venue can only hold a maximum of 50 people, and the number of registrants is currently at 75. Unfortunately, the marketing operations team will need to send a rejection email to the extra registrants.

How could the marketers have avoided this situation?

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Posted by Michelle Rodriguez in Best Practices, Marketing Automation, Marvel Marketing Minute