Marketing Automation 101: Why You Should Invest Now

Kelly Abraham | June 5, 2022 | 179 views

Marketing Automation 101
You’ve probably heard the term ‘marketing automation’ thrown around a lot, not to mention its big promises of lead generation, increased conversions, sales, and growth - and for good reason! 

Did you know, businesses that use automation have seen a 14% increase in sales and productivity, as well as a 12% reduction in overhead. Clearly, even with the most perfect marketing strategy in place, there’s only so much you can do manually.

Marketing automation technology offers marketers an exciting opportunity for greater efficiency, cost reduction, and enhanced customer experience. But that's not all.

We've put together a marketing automation 101 complete guide for you to learn all you need to know about this useful tool. Let's dive in.

Marketing automation 101

Well, many tasks fall under the umbrella of marketing, such as maintaining customer relationships, understanding customer behavior, pushing potential customers through the sales funnel, generating leads, segmenting leads into lists, and so on. So, simply put, marketing automation makes the life of a marketer easier by automating and streamlining repetitive marketing processes across all channels.

But that’s not even the coolest part about it! Using impeccable algorithms, marketing automation executes the job without losing touch of personalization with customers.

So, if you’ve not already considered jumping into automation, then we’re about to break down why you should. Let’s dive in.

How does marketing automation work?


Marketing automation platforms, such as HubSpot, Marketo, and Mailchimp, enable marketers to set up campaigns that send specific, personalized messages to target audiences. These campaigns complete repetitive tasks and are designed to nurture leads while saving time and effort.

This may seem a little complex, but it’s easier than you might think:

“Marketing automation is all about understanding your audience so you can adapt the way you communicate to them based on their unique buying journey,” said Karra Hendrix, product marketing manager at Act-On.

  • To start, you need to figure out what your macro and micro goals are, as well as what you expect to achieve from your webpages.
  • Then you need to gather the relevant data to help you target your audience, create personalized content and messaging, and overall, deliver the right message at the right time. Note: your campaigns are only as good as your information. So, spend time gathering as much information about your audience as possible.
  • Using your extensive data, set up workflows in the marketing automation platform.

Tell me more about the marketing automation data.

Each time a customer -or potential customer- purchases from you, subscribes to your mailing list, clicks on your ad, downloads a resource, engages with a post, etc. They are providing you with valuable data into their geographics, demographics, psychographics, and behavioral patterns.

Once put together, this data provides you with a visual breakdown of your audience, which can be used to build targeted marketing automation campaigns that guide your customers to take the desired action.

Mix this crucial data with a few bits of information, such as what tags or messages you want to send, which segments of contacts to target, and what circumstances should trigger the automation, and you have yourself a recipe for success.

What can you automate?

In short, almost everything! All stages of the sales funnel can be automated in your marketing automation strategy. Identify your goal, the most repetitive and predictable tasks, and automate them. Here are some great channels to automate:

Email Marketing campaign. The possibilities are endless. Automate a single email to take repetitive tasks off your plate, or set up a drip campaign if there is a series of content you would like to share with targeted customers.

Social media. Scheduling posts is the best use of marketing automation. Rather than logging in every day to post new content, spend a few hours creating a month’s worth of posts, and schedule them in advance. Then all you need to do is monitor and engage with audiences.

Lead generation and nurturing. Customers may not necessarily purchase on their first visit - they may need a little persuasion. As for B2B companies, there are many touchpoints throughout the sales cycle, and you need to be prepared to meet your potential clients in all of them. Not to mention, after they leave the lead of your site. So, this is always a great place to start. And the good news?

77% of marketers saw their conversions increase after switching to automation.

Website. Create dynamic content, which allows your site to automatically personalize itself to the visitor. Use data such as the search terms a visitor used to find you or information that may be relevant to a specific location. Set up A/B testing to guarantee that every interaction with your brand is valuable.

Retargeting ads. Remind customers of your brand and give them a path back to your site. Always remember: people may not purchase the first time they come across your brand. So set up automated retargeted ads as a type of gentle reminder for your brand.

Audiences. Create lists of relevant target audiences based on behaviors such as; those who visited specific pages, clicked on paid ads, attended webinars, clicked on add to cart but didn't purchase, etc.

Customer service. Marketing automation platforms operate their own chatbots that allow you to create conversation scenarios and collect leads. In turn, this provides your support team with a list of identified needs - saving them time and empowering them to address any problems quickly and easily.

Note: you should always optimize any campaigns based on the end goals if you want them to be effective. Therefore, always use call-to-actions, compelling copy and creatives, structure your campaigns for mobile, and most importantly, measure and learn from your results using powerful tools such as Google Analytics, as well as your marketing automation reporting and dashboards. 

How to pick a marketing automation tool?

Marketing automation technology tools come in different shapes and sizes - great! Naturally, what each company needs may differ. So, here are a few attributes you should consider when picking the right platform for your business:
  • Price: first and foremost, pick a tool that falls within your budget. These systems provide a lot of value, so some may have more features than others, some may have usage fees, and some may charge more depending on the number of leads in the system. Be sure to read the pricing page carefully to determine the total costs.
  • CRM: it’s been said before, but we’ll reiterate...sales and marketing go hand-in-hand. CRM is the backbone of marketing automation. Your campaigns work to guide leads down the sales funnel. Therefore, finding a marketing automation platform that will integrate best with your current CRM - if your sales department is already using one - is the best way to go.
  • Consider the platform’s user interface: is it easy to use? Easy to learn? Clear to navigate? The last thing you need is a platform that adds more work to your plate.
  • Features: not all marketing automation platforms offer the same features. So, consider if the features on offer are the ones you need and if the system can integrate with any existing technologies you have.
  • Customer support: when jumping on a new system, there may be some issues that arise - so having technical support and learning resources available is always the way to go. But, keep in mind, that the amount of support will differ from platform to platform. Ask yourself: what type of support is available? How long do you need to wait for an answer? Do they have other learning resources?
  • Statistics. Success always lies in the numbers. Only invest in software with powerful analytics dashboards. These dashboards should help you visualize traffic, provide you with data on conversions, provide you with real-time reports, and enable you to dig deep into other performance metrics, such as lead sources.

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United Kingdom the World’s “Next Silicon Valley”? Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlined a number of priorities in his Autumn Statement on 17 November. These included his plan to “turn the United Kingdom into the world’s next Silicon Valley.” Pyramid Analytics has operated and flourished in the UK for nearly five years and are proud of the company’s contribution to achieving this goal. The advanced analytics platform company has added three executives and numerous business development roles in its London office in 2022. 2022 has been momentous for Pyramid Analytics in the UKI: Pyramid executives, customers, partners, media and technology industry analysts celebrated a $120 million Series E funding round at a special event at Tower Bridge in May. Tom Warren, a veteran technology professional and former professional rugby player, was appointed Managing Director for the company’s UKI operations. Bill Clayton joined Pyramid in the new role of Vice President, Global Partnerships. He has more than 20 years of enterprise software experience. Clayton has held positions with global technology leaders including IBM and Oracle. He lives in the UK. Hayley Munro was appointed Vice President of Global Customer Success. This newly created role provides unified, company-wide management of this critical function under one executive. She lives in the UK. Decision Intelligence is the Next Big Data Analytics Innovation The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Qlik, and Tableau. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, more intelligent decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics: “Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy." Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics:“Channel partnerships are an essential cornerstone of Pyramid’s growth strategy. Our highly productive and effective work with channel partners has forged a host of mutually beneficial relationships that have driven growth for all involved across the UKI. Channel partners are at the core of Pyramid’s business model. The growth and expansion of the company is firmly embedded with our channel partners.” About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include H.I.G. Growth Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital, and Viola Growth. Learn more at Pyramid Analytics.

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Capio Hires Jeff Stallings as Senior Vice President of Strategic & Channel Sales

Impartner | December 02, 2022

Capio, one of the largest healthcare asset management companies in the country, has named Jeff Stallings as its Senior Vice President of Sales. In addition to his own strategic accounts, Stallings will lead a sales team of senior regional vice presidents responsible for revenue growth. He also will assist in the planning and implementation of Capio’s go-to-market strategy, and he will establish new channel partnerships to maximize revenue. Stallings will report to Capio’s President, Dan Kutchel. Stallings brings more than 30 years of sales leadership experience in revenue cycle management, much of it in the healthcare industry. He spent the last 16 years in sales and marketing leadership roles at ClearBalance, where he helped drive 1000% growth in his region over his tenure. His previous experience includes roles as national and regional account executive at revenue cycle services firm Convergent Resources, and with the credit bureau Equifax. “Jeff is a well-known leader in the healthcare revenue cycle industry,” said Kutchel. “Jeff is a well-known leader in the healthcare revenue cycle industry,” said Kutchel. “I have known Jeff for years, and I have always been impressed with Jeff’s success record and appreciate his eagerness to help Capio tell a fundamentally different story to care providers looking for unique revenue cycle solutions. Jeff has the experience needed to help lead our sales team into the future.” Stallings’ hiring rounds out a series of leadership additions and promotions supporting Capio’s 400% growth over the past four years. This growth has been fueled by the company’s ongoing commitment to balancing partner needs for immediate cash funding with exceptional patient-centered experience. “I’m excited to join a purpose-driven company that continues to innovate in the healthcare receivables industry,” said Stallings. “Expanding our channel partnerships will further power our mission to help people burdened with medical debt achieve long-term financial wellness.” About Capio Capio helps healthcare providers and physician organizations increase cashflow while lowering their bad debt expense and delivering compassionate, flexible resolution solutions to millions of patients burdened by medical debt. To date, Capio has acquired and provided consumer services with more than $41B in patient accounts receivable via partnerships alongside more than 900 provider clients across the United States. Capio is an advocate for patient-centered collections and offers tools to help patients pay what they can afford and achieve long-term financial wellness.

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Bigger growth opportunities beckon for partners who rewrite the rules of cybersecurity with Infoblox

Infoblox | December 05, 2022

Infoblox Inc., the leader in cloud-first networking and security services, unveils its new partner program today, designed to maximize opportunities partners can secure and deliver. The Skilled to Secure trusted partner program reflects the changing security landscape and shifting customer requirements – and the need for providers of security solutions and services to adapt in response. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. Infoblox BloxOne® is the first cloud-native platform delivering DDI (DNS, DHCP, and IPAM) and DNS data-enabled threat detections, and offers partners predictable, reliable renewal margins year after year. A Forrester Economic Impact Report found that BloxOne® Threat Defense can deliver a staggering 243% return on investment. Integrated into the security ecosystem, BloxOne® enables DNS data to be used to address blind spots in enterprise threat defense and security systems. Internal and external threats can be identified, prioritized, and remediated in a fraction of the time without significant additional investment in new solutions. In the new program, partners will be assigned levels based on their acquisition of the competencies required to deliver BloxOne® and maximize its value for customers. Chris Millerick continued: “We recognize that an exceptional customer experience requires a level of trust, one that only highly skilled and competent technology partners can provide. Infoblox is privileged to offer partners a program that helps them acquire the competencies required to stand out and grow in the cybersecurity market.” Benefits partners can gain through the new program include partner-hunted sales incentives and deal registration, “Guardians of the Network” rewards and incentives, marketing campaigns, marketing development funds, and demonstration software. The Skilled to Secure program is built around three tracks designed to deliver support across the channel: Value-added Reseller and Systems Integrator, Service Provider, and Value-added distributor. Based on their track record and meeting the defined competency requirements, partners’ awarded level will be announced in May 2023. More information on the program, its structure, requirements, and benefits are available on the Infoblox website. About Infoblox Infoblox is the leader in next-generation DNS management and security. More than 13,000 customers, including over 75% of the Fortune 500, rely on Infoblox to scale, simplify, and secure their hybrid networks to meet the modern challenges of a cloud-first world. Learn more on our website.

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