Give Your E-mail List TLC With These 3 Management Tips

Give Your E-mail List TLC With These 3 Management Tips

Email list is one of the food that fuels every marketing efforts (particularly email marketing campaigns) and therefore, is very important to all marketers out there. Let’s take a look at these 4 e-mail list management tips that will keep your list scoured and ultimately, prompt a healthy produce of streamlined leads into your funnel.

Keep It Clean

A clean database stems excellent email deliverability and ROI. Consider this, research shows that B2B data decays at a rate of 2.1% per month. This is an annualized rate of 22.5%. (Marketing Sherpas). So whether you utilize an organic or bought email list, get into a data cleansing arrangement to guarantee deliverability and CAN-SPAM consistence. Correspondingly, not all ESPs cater list management or cleansing services, so you’ll be needing a software a third party service provider that can do that.

Deliver the Right Message

Consider your day to day interactions. Do you make a similar discussion with your mail carrier like you do with your family? Obviously not! They’re distinctive individuals, and the profundity of their relationship to you differs definitely. Email marketing is the same. If you want to make an on-point discussion, you need to segment your list and focused your message as per well-researched buyer profiles.

Lose the Dead Weight

Drop the hard bounces. They’ll be hurting your sender reputation. The same goes with inactive contacts or opt-outs. For some reason, they’ve decided to stop engaging or plainly cut ties with you. But you can try reaching out to them for a one last push just in case you can still do something to save these contacts. Confirm if its really the end of the line. Ask them if your content is something they’d still be interested in. If there is no saving them, then move on. In this case, it also do you well as it can assure you a targeted, CAN-SPAM conforming, list.

Gearing Your Sales People: What’s There to Know About the People in the C-Suite

Gearing Your Sales People: What’s There to Know About the People in the C-Suite

Selling to the people in the C-Suite is on a different level. You can’t just pitch them your beaten script. After all, they are the decision makers. Talk to them on point and you’ll close sales faster. Nonetheless, with the advantages of going in on them directly, there’s also a lot of considerations to take in. So as you chase after these big shots, be reminded of the following.

  • They’re paid to advanced business results. Such encompassed boosting sales, market share, customer service and loyalty; lowering costs, errors, or employee turnover; increase productivity, employee commitment, etc. So make sure your products, services or solutions address one or more of these goals.
  • Their priorities changes from time to time. So despite of showing interest on your solution at first, it is inevitable to get a different story once you follow-up for a call/meeting. Therefore, it is important to have tactics to make these people see sense on why they should have your solution.
  • They’re generally very busy people; arriving first at the office in the morning and leaving last in the evening. They receive a lot of calls and emails every day and they go to many meetings. So be tenacious in your efforts to reach them and once you did, make use of such precious chance. Don’t make them regret they’d given you their time whether it’s an email correspondence, phone call or face to face meeting.
  • They don’t operate in a silo. Opposite to the popular belief, these big shots professionals hardly come up with decisions alone. They deliberate and hear sentiments from their colleagues and subordinates. This signifies that you need to involve them in every conversation, every step of the decision making process.
  • They don’t like to commit mistakes. Such can change their reputation in the company. This correspondingly influences the decision-making process and implies that it is necessary for you to uncover their risk factor during your conversations.
  • Most of them have a healthy dose of ego. You can say that it’s one of the things that drove them to attain their position in the company. Given this, you should be extremely certain about your own capacities when pitching to these people. If you’re being challenged, don’t back down. Otherwise, it will cost you your business because they definitely don’t want to negotiate with people who don’t trust in what they do.

So what are you waiting for? Go get ’em!

Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Invalid Email Addresses

Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Invalid Email Addresses

“What would happen when a customer registers an invalid email address into the marketer’s online registration, contact form or subscription page?”

Clients were asked  about the rate of their typo errors and their replies were mostly “If it bounces back, my ESP filters it out and removes it from my list. It’s not much of a struggle.” But truth be told, it is a struggle and is far more complex. It ought to concern any know-how email marketer.

Businesses ought to monitor the emails they procure. Customer emails are generally the life of their marketing efforts. It is okay to pay for them, yet spending excessively and not getting your money’s worth is bad by any means. The real cost of faulty email addresses is far more worrying than marketers, and the business as a whole, may anticipate. Certain implications ought to be put into consideration.

First, marketing investment are wasted. Odds are, that the lead that appeared on your site did not just accidentally wandered there. That it is your marketing effort that motivated that lead to take action and provide their email address and other personal information. In the instance that the business cannot reach out and engage this lead more, then the marketing effort and money you have invested, is good as useless.

Second, prospects left hanging. When there is a typo in the registration, it is a mistake. Anybody registering their email address on the business website does it in the belief of hearing news regarding new product or service updates, an email activity alert, or a promotional offer. At the point when that expectation is not met, the confidence placed by the customer has been broken. Worse, they may not even be aware that  business’ failure to connect was the consequence of their own typo error. They would then assume that they were not valued and is being neglected. The reaction would be disappointment, separation and a customer left to ponder what perhaps had turned out badly.

Lastly, decreased ROI. While coming up short on client expectations, there is an added (grudgingly) consequence to that and that is as the efficiency of those faulty email addresses are made smaller thus will be its Return of Investment in the email campaigns. Regardless of whether the business’ goal is an increase in sales, spur social appointment or petition for donations, undeliverable emails is a bane to the ROI.

 

Looking for IT Lists? Here’s What You Should Keep in Mind

 

Looking for IT Lists? Here’s What You Should Keep in MindThe IT business is among one of the industry behemoths in the world today. With the fast-paced upgrades in innovation, businesses and a lot more are fusing IT in their operations. Likewise, the advancement of more up to date and more effective software has many businesses testing the market and opening their ways to potential IT providers who can give them quality service (and ultimately, help them at providing quality service too) for a reasonable value. On the other hand, IT companies themselves, dynamically search for approaches to acquire IT sales leads in which one of this approach is purchasing business lists. They can leverage such to reach IT managers and IT chiefs that they’re targeting.

While on the subject of lists, purchasing a list of IT chiefs and additionally list of IT managers is of an extensive advantage when you need leads. Utilizing an excellent list can bring in favorable outcomes like for example when your having a targeted email campaign and you purchase a mailing list of these mentioned prospects. Having a great number of contacts in your database in order to keep it loaded with potential prospects is a smart thing to do. However, there are instances where you need to manage any conceivable wasteful aspects that accompanies when purchasing business lists/IT mailing list from a business list provider. If you happen to have purchase an inaccurate and messed up business list, it would merely pull you down. As opposed to reaching prospects and working on business proposals immediately, you’ll rather need to first sort out the business list you purchase, which in itself takes up a lot of your time – time that should have better spent on closing sales and not struggling on your database.

So in case you’re in the IT business industry that is searching to purchase business lists from a business list provider, endeavor to choose a supplier that offers only accurate and well-segmented records. This can spare you significant time as well as help you in closing sales for your company.

B2B Lead Generation 2016 Status Quo for the 2017 KickStart

B2B Lead Generation 2016 Status Quo for the 2017 KickStart

An effective lead generation technique will have your sales pipeline streamlining with quality leads that can eventually convert. Correspondingly, in planning for that trump card of a technique, you need the latest marketing trends, technologies and data in order to know where you can adjust your lead generation efforts and gain satisfactory results. So here’s some significant statistics we’d gather and like to share.

  • 74% of marketers say converting leads is their top priority. (HubSpot)
  • 57% of B2B organisations identify that converting qualified leads into paying customers is a top funnel priority. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • 17% of marketers spend over 15 hours a week on lead generation. (Marketing Charts)
  • Outbound leads cost 39% more than inbound leads. (HubSpot)
  • Between 28% and 35% percent of B2B leads come from marketing, while 45% to 52% on average are generated by sales teams. (Direct Marketing)
  • Verifying business leads before passing it to the sales team is conducted by only 56% of B2B companies. (PureB2B)
  • With 61% of B2B marketers immediately forwarding leads to sales, qualified leads only amount to 27%. (PureB2B)
  • Sales reps ignore 50% of marketing leads. (B2B Lead)
  • The three most common lead generation strategies are email, event and content marketing. (DM News)
  • Live events (conferences, trade shows and forums) remain the top lead generation source for B2B marketers. (MediaPost)
  • When it comes to content and what drives the call to action, whitepaper and eBook downloads are the top producers of leads, according to 59% of respondents. Other tools are contact forms at 39%, webinars at 37%, and free trials at 35%. (MediaPost)
  • 59% of B2B marketers say SEO has the biggest impact on their lead generation goals. (Marketing Charts)
  • More than two thirds of companies report struggling with lead generation. (Lattice Engines)
  • 51% of local businesses surveyed said that lead generation is a challenge.(ReachLocal)
  • 65% of marketers say generating traffic and leads is their top challenge. (HubSpot)
  • Most marketers are not satisfied with the effectiveness of their lead-generation programs. 80% report their efforts are only “slightly” or “somewhat” effective, and only 16% rate their efforts as “very” or “extremely” effective. 4% say their lead-generation programs as not effective at all. (MediaPost)
  • Only 5-10% of qualified leads successfully convert for marketers. (B2B Technology Marketing Community)
  • Only 17% of marketers say outbound practices provide the highest quality leads for sales. (HubSpot)
  • Only 19% of CMOs identify that improving database hygiene as a top strategic priority for lead generation activity. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • 68% of B2B companies will use landing pages to nurture new sales leads for future conversion. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales leads at 33% lower cost. (Forrester)
  • Email nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads. (Annuitas)
  • A CRM system is believed by 84% of companies to be beneficial in determining the quality of leads. (Demand Metric Research Corporation)
  • Businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads. (Annuitas)
  • Outsourcing lead generation is thought to be 43% more efficient than in-house due to expertise and experience. (Fearless Competitor)
  • The top three responsibilities (in order of importance) of B2B marketers are brand and positioning, lead generation, and brand communications followed. However, B2B marketers expect that two years from now the top three will be understanding buyers, marketing technology tools, and market / competitor analysis (lead gen drops to #5 on the list). (eMarketer)

B2B Marketing Strategy Stats in 2016 to Guide you this 2017         

B2B Marketing Strategy Statistics in 2016 to Guide you this 2017

With 2016 concluded, begin planning for your B2B marketing strategy for that another lap around the sun with these relevant data.

  • The three most common lead generation strategies are email, event and content marketing. (DM News)
  • Inbound organizations are 4 times as likely to rate their marketing strategy as effective. (HubSpot)
  • Just 61% of marketers believe their marketing strategy is effective. (HubSpot)
  • 72% of organizations that calculate ROI say their marketing strategy is effective. (HubSpot)
  • More than eight out of ten (81%) of companies rate their digital marketing strategy successful to some extent at achieving their important goals, with 12% rating it “very successful”. (Ascend2)
  • More than two thirds of companies report struggling with lead generation. (Lattice Engines)
  • Lead generation strategies were only successful for 13% of business in accomplishing their main objectives. (PureB2B)
  • Amazingly 68% of B2B companies have not identified their sales funnel. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • When sales and marketing teams are in sync, companies become 67% better at closing deals. (Marketo)
  • Companies with aligned sales and marketing generated 208% more revenue from their marketing. (Marketing Profs)
  • B2B companies who don’t align sales marketing teams cost themselves upwards of 10% revenue each year. (IDC)
  • B2B organisations that aligned their sales and marketing operations achieved 24%. faster three-year revenue growth and 27% faster three-year profit. (Sirius Decisions)
  • Only 44% of companies are using any kind of lead scoring tree. (Decision Tree)
  • 57% of B2B organisations identify that converting qualified leads into paying customers is a top funnel priority. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • Only 19% of CMOs identify that improving database hygiene as a top strategic priority for lead generation activity. (Marketing Sherpa)
  • 46% of marketers say photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling (CMO Council)
  • The top information used by marketers to inform paid optimization strategies is analytics (27%), followed by conversion rates (20%) and A/B testing (17%). (Formstack)

B2B Marketing Analytics & Metrics and Customer Experience Stats in 2016 to Guide you this 2017

B2B Marketing Analytics & Metrics and Customer Experience Stats in 2016 to Guide you this 2017Did you know that there is still 18% of small businesses who does not track anything at all? Or that only 45% of B2B marketers are confident that they have decent, if not high, levels of customer centricity? Shocking, right? Have a look at where B2B marketing & metrics and customer experience stands last year and make sure you come up with tactics this year to avoid an increase in that 18% and 45%.

Marketing Analytics and Metrics

  • 45% of marketers still don’t formally evaluate their analytics for quality and accuracy or, even worse, don’t know if they do or not. (Contently)
  • Less than 30% of small businesses use website analytics, call tracking, or coupon codes. 18% of small businesses admit to not tracking anything at all. (MediaPost)
  • B2B marketers consistently cite sales lead quality, sales, and higher conversion rates as the top 3 most important metrics.(Content Marketing Institute)
  • 31% of B2B marketers say that sales lead quality is the most important metric.(Content Marketing Institute)
  • 2% of global marketers say they’re focused on predictive analytics and segmentation to better target and engage key audiences. (The GDMA &The Winterberry Group)
  • The top information used by marketers to inform paid optimization strategies is analytics (27%), followed by conversion rates (20%) and A/B testing (17%). (Formstack)
  • Measuring the revenue impact from digital marketing spend remains the toughest challenge for B2B marketers. (DemandWave)
  • The top three responsibilities of B2B marketers, in order of importance, are brand and positioning, lead generation and brand communications. But two years from now B2B marketers expect the top three will be understanding buyers, marketing technology tools and market/competitor analysis. (eMarketer)

Customer Experience

  • B2B marketers believe customer experience, personalization, and big data hold the most promise over the next five years. 22% of B2B marketers surveyed named customer experience as the greatest opportunity.(Econsultancy and Adobe)
  • Case studies reveal that integrated customer journeys provide a competitive advantage, in some cases doubling sales year over year. (Kapost)
  • 83% of CMOs stated that their organizational culture is crucial in the team’s productivity and quality of services they deliver. (PureB2B)
  • Approximately 90% of B2B companies are likely to switch partners even with just one single bad experience. (com )
  • Only 45% of B2B marketers are confident that they have decent, if not high, levels of customer centricity. (FierceCMO)
  • Only 23% of B2B marketers claim to have a customer-centric—versus a channel- or product-centric—organizational structure. (Kapost)
  • 56% of customers are more likely to buy with a personalized experience. (Usabilla)
  • 41% of customers interact with ads targeted at their interests compared to random ones. (Usabilla)
  • 45% of online customers buy more from sites offering personalized product recommendations. (Usabilla)
  • 94% of marketers say that optimizing creative workflows will be important in delivering a great customer experience.(Adobe)
  • Marketers are investing more heavily in the tools that help create great customer experience. (Kapost)
  • 70% of marketers will be investing in CRM, 69% in CMS and 67% in data analytics as the importance of improving the customer journey rises. (ALF Insight)

Imperative Maitenance in Data-Driven B2B Marketing

Imperative Maintenance in Data-Driven B2B MarketingAs effortless as it may sound when said, maintaining data is not actually something that you can just breeze through. Even key employees, in many instances, acclimate to the gaps brought about by terrible data and the matter in question gets to distinctly escape the B2B marketing leaders. Taken cover behind those bounces and unsubscribes, is a hollow, brimming with wasted cash carelessly spent on B2B marketing of poor database.

A Data Hygiene and Enrichment Report conducted on 2015 gave way to the formulation of a five stage preparation as suggestion to enhancing contact database to boost client’s experience — and eventually, a B2B marketing’s potency. They are as follows; (1) Evaluate the current state of your database; (2) Build a data governance plan; (3) Formulate a data standardization strategy; (4) Identify channels for appending data and (5) Assess the tools at your disposal.

Creating a game plan for administrating and standardizing data are vital elements for a data driven B2B marketing. However, it is the initial step that is the most decisive: assessing the status quo of your database.

Correspondingly, this is the part where data check tools turns out to be very crucial: at the absolute starting point of the procedure. Coupled with a verification service to refresh obsolete records, dispose flawed data, and reaching out to past leads, you will take out a hefty portion of the email deliverability problems that always confront a large number of marketers.

Utilizing data to test theories and make choices has always been a much better solution for creating B2B marketing strategies than relying on instincts. However, it follows that if you want a data driven B2B marketing to work for you, prioritizing the quality of your data is a given.  For sub par data will throw off all your subsequent data and will also bound to hurt your B2B marketing endeavors.

 

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What Your IT Prospects Want to Read in Your Email & How to Deliver the Right Content

contact list, IT contact listContent materials that offer “practical advice” are what technology buyers, like those in your IT contacts list, want to read the most, among other things. This is according to a recent study cited by the Content Marketing Institute where the respondents consisted of both vendors and buyers in the tech sector. As a subset of this group, the prospects in your IT contact list most likely share the same preferences.

This post takes a look at the content that your IT prospects want to read in your B2B email marketing blasts and discusses some ideas to help you meet their content demands.

The survey mentioned by CMI reveals a lot of useful information on the things that make up quality content from the point of view of tech buyers and sellers. About 65% of respondents prefer to read best practices; 59% wantcompetitive comparisons” while 54% are attracted towards how-to guides. From the tech vendors’ side, 64% use facts/figures as foundations for their offer, 62% include business/technical aspects, and 58% use recent developments.

Another area that the above study sheds light on is the effect of content age on readership. About 41% of tech buyers want to read information that is at most one year old, 28% accept information between 12 to 18 months old, and 31% say information more than 18 months old is still valid.

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Six Best-Kept Secrets in Nurturing B2B Leads for IT Sales & Marketing

fresh leads, leads database, IT leads databaseSo you got yourself some fresh leads from your marketing efforts and your favorite B2B database vendor. Now, what do you do with those? That’s right: lead nurturing, and this post tells you six of its least-known secrets and how each applies to you, the IT marketer.

Although you may be quite familiar with this concept, it still bears repeating just to make sure we’re on the same page here. Lead nurturing is the process of keeping in touch with those in your leads database. It helps you discover and build relationships with your prospects by engaging with them in ways appropriate to how far in the conversion cycle they are.

Lead nurturing improves the efficiency of marketing/sales processes. Research claims that businesses that do well in lead nurturing grew the number of their sales-ready prospects by one-half while reducing related costs by one-third. Another study finds that organizations practicing proper lead nurturing saw 9% more sales reps reaching their quotas and shortening the wrap-up time by 10%.

Here are six powerful tips to help you apply lead nurturing effectively in your B2B marketing campaign:

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