Advance one department at a time instead of putting all the processes through a complete makeover.
If you've ever wondered:
"How to use marketing automation?"
"Why to use marketing automation?"
"How to get started with marketing automation?"
In this article, you'll find the answers and learn marketing automation best practices.
Getting started with marketing automation can be a long, distressing and expensive project – or not. We gathered five questions and answers from marketing automation professionals.
If you haven't automated (or planning to automate) at least some of your marketing processes in the year 2017, you know that somewhere resources are being wasted and someone is receiving irrelevant content. A successful introduction to marketing automation yet always requires a clearly defined need.
I want to use marketing automation because my goal is to:
It's time to start using marketing automation because...
Professional tip: Nowadays it's not a question of whether marketing automation should be done or not, but a question of what for. Almost every organization benefits from marketing automation – only the ways differ.
The right solution can be found easily when you ask yourself, your team or your employees, what the most time-consuming or difficult element of their job is. Automation helps to weed out the tedious tasks that require a lot of manual work, which quickly brings visible results and often covers the cost of automation many times over.
Most of the successful marketing automation projects share a thing in common. The processes of the company are not all put through major changes at once, but changes are being made bit by bit, say a couple of areas at a time. Good starting points are, for example:
Professional tip: In addition to your marketing team, have only one other team involved in the very first stages of marketing automation. Advance one department at a time instead of putting all the processes through a complete makeover. The natural starting point is the combination of either sales + marketing or HR + marketing or customer service + marketing. In many cases the marketing team alone can manage in the beginning and after that it's easy to spread out the operations inside the company.
Marketing automation needs data and data sources vary according to what is actually done. You can get started with marketing automation by following website behavior or newsletter clicks. The most comprehensive form of a marketing automation system combines all the core systems of the company.
Basically any system can be the source of data but typically data is gathered from:
However, there isn't always existing data available and in that case you need to start collecting it. Think of how you can get website visitors or customers to identify themselves, so that you can start providing targeted content to them.
Typically the customer that gives their contact details, in most cases during registration, wants something in return. You can identify these, for example:
Professional tip: Don't try to use all data from all sources at once but instead start from a few. However, make sure from the very beginning that the system you have chosen can be scaled to future needs as well. This way you can avoid going back to square one when you find out that the system you got a year ago doesn't integrate with your CRM system.
With marketing automation you can use practically any channel to connect with customers. The most common – and often most effective – channels are:
Other useful options are:
Professional tip: Before you get started with marketing automation, think of which channels you want to use now and which possibly in the future. Ask from the marketing automation service provider whether cooperation with mobile and other partner applications will work.
Getting started in marketing automation is an investment and you should measure its profit. Different goals have different meters. These can be, for example:
Good luck! Marketing automation doesn't have to be a difficult or complex project – unless you make it one.
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