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MarTech Overwhelm Syndrome: A Growing Concern Among B2B Marketing Executives

By Karen Hittelman

January 12, 2017

Do you suffer from Martech Overwhelm Syndrome? If so, you’re not alone.

Okay, I just coined that term. But I think it works well to describe a common ailment among marketing professionals. Namely, a severe form of stress brought on by the colossal number of marketing technologies available – and an inability to make smart decisions about which ones to use.

Scott Brinker talks about this problem in his blog, “Martec’s Law: the greatest management challenge of the 21st century.”  Martec’s Law is an idea Brinker came up with a few years back, which states that “technology changes exponentially, but organizations change logarithmically.” According to Brinker, figuring out how to handle the massive influx of marketing technologies is a very difficult problem.

In other words, faced with thousands of new and emerging technologies, how in the hell are marketers supposed to keep up?

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Assessing Your Demand Marketing Maturity: How Do You Stack Up?

By David Crane

January 10, 2017

B2B marketing has changed a lot in the last five years. New technologies, strategies and channels have served as both challenges and opportunities.

Every marketing organization has tackled these opportunities differently. Some have put great effort into expanding the number of customer engagement channels to scale top-of-funnel lead volume, while others have focused more on implementing insight-producing analytics solutions to increase conversion rates down the funnel.

There’s no right or wrong. As demand marketers, however, our enthusiasm for one path – whether it be developing cross-channel programs, integrating efficiency-producing tech or devising sophisticated content strategies – often results in unintended neglect of the others.

Occasionally, we need to take a step back and reflect on our demand marketing efforts holistically to identify areas of needed improvement. 

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Marketing Operations Pros Are Putting on Their Big Kids Pants

By Scott Vaughan

January 5, 2017

John Donlon is Research Director for Marketing Operations Strategies at Sirius Decisions. He works with Marketing Ops pros and teams every day. He is one of the six judges for the Marketing Ops Game Changers program which is recognizing the top 33 Marketing Ops leaders in B2B for breakthrough work.

We caught up with John to get his scoop on the past, present and future of Marketing Ops – a profession that has progressed from the “island of misfit toys” and an informal function to today being a trusted counselor to the CMO.

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B2B Marketing Words & Phrases That Shaped 2016

By Scott Vaughan

December 15, 2016

As marketers, we know WORDS matter. They’re used to communicate, differentiate and deliver a clear understanding of your brand, company, products and ideas.  

We tried something a little different as we assessed 2016. We wanted to get handle on our current state and to understand what we were communicating. Our blog is often the starting point for shaping, sharing and honing our points of view. So, we created a “word cloud” around the Integrate blog to identify the words and topics and we spent the most energy on over the past year.

While our 2017 planning is chalked with forward thinking, it was a useful tool to first assess what we thought was important for B2B marketing in 2016.

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Are There Silent Killers Lurking in Your Demand Marketing Process?

By Kate Athmer

With all the progress that's been made around demand orchestration – from technology to enable ABM and predictive, to top-of-funnel automation, to advanced Pipeline analytics – marketers have more power to influence revenue than ever before.

But interestingly, this technology doesn’t always show us the way, at least not at first. Instead, it often uncovers a murky mess of bad data, or a tangle of workaround processes. Much has been written about the consequences of dirty data or time wasted manually processing spreadsheets, but those are just two of the most blatant, deadly problems marketers face.

The reality is, we still have a lot silent killers lurking out there, threatening to drag down our marketing results. So how do you identify and weed them out before they do real damage?

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How to Know If ABM is Right for Your Company

By Peg Miller

December 6, 2016

ABM, account-based marketing, has been practiced by sales and marketing teams dating back to the 1960s. The difference today is the ability of technology to help run ABM efforts that feel high-touch, with better levels of scale and tracking.

With today’s tools, we’re able to speed up the feedback loop and use data to refine our efforts, with less manual work. Yet, as with any marketing strategy, it’s important to evaluate the people and process before making any technology decisions.

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Lead Integrity Checklist: Demand Gen Tool to Improve B2B Data Quality

By David Crane

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a B2B marketer working in demand generation or marketing operations. The odds further suggest that you or someone you work with has spent grueling time pouring over spreadsheets to get leads ready for your marketing automation and/or CRM system.

It’s a taxing, time-consuming process that eats away at resources (not to mention team morale…no one goes to college to scrub and format leads). But it’s necessary.

And in the throes of such tedium, it’s easy to overlook an erroneous email here and an untargeted job title there, allowing bad data to get into the all-important customer database. This “dirty data” skews performance measurement and hinders your ability to optimize programs effectively.

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3 Common Causes of Slow Lead Velocity and the Tactics to Solve Them

By David Crane

The importance of lead velocity to B2B marketing is widely understood. However, discussions on the topic, and more importantly, how to increase velocity, often take a back seat to the flashier aspects of demand marketing, such as account-based marketing.  

This isn’t surprising. After all, when we speak of lead velocity, we’re simply referring to how quickly marketing leads convert through the various stages of the customer acquisition funnel.

Yet ignoring slowed velocity and funnel blockages can lead to potentially severe marketing problems:

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Is Your ABM Strategy Creeping Out Your Target Buyers?

By David Crane

November 17, 2016

If most people approached dating the way marketers approached marketing, the world’s population would likely plummet.

Why? Because when it comes to B2B demand marketing, we marketers seldom acknowledge the subtle differences between those tactics that successfully pique target buyer interest and those that simply annoy them (or creep them out entirely).

This is especially true regarding account-based marketing (ABM), in which B2B marketers must raise interest and credibility among an entire buying-committee across a set number of accounts.

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8 Questions About Account-Based Marketing Content Answered

By Kate Athmer

Account-based marketing (ABM) has become a must-have strategy for B2B organizations looking to engage the accounts with the best potential, but for ABM’s promise of efficiency and effectiveness to payoff, marketers must be able to engage the decision-makers at the target accounts.

We know content is critical to reaching target-account decision-makers, but the content you use in your broad thought leadership and demand marketing efforts typically won’t fully deliver on your ABM agenda. To help B2B marketers align content with ABM strategy, last week we hosted a webinar with practitioners from Engagio, Uberflip and Influitive called “How to Evolve Content Marketing Strategy for an ABM World.” 

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