5 Marketing Automation Mistakes to Avoid

Minding the gap between best intentions and practical applications.

We’ve all seen the stats and heard the grandiose claims. Indeed, marketing automation is much more than a trend or buzzword; it’s a bonafide technology solution and business strategy that will continue to redefine the future of marketing. SiriusDecisions estimates that nearly 50 percent of B2B companies will have purchased and implemented marketing automation by… Read more »

Industrial Digital Marketing Roundup

The latest trends that could affect your digital marketing program.

Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going on in the world of digital marketing. It gets even more difficult when you try to focus on multiple channels within multiple industries, such as industrial B2B (business-2-business). Well, luckily for you, I just happen to keep my finger on the pulse of those issues so… Read more »

6 Uses for Marketing Automation Forms

A few tips for capturing customer data and keeping them engaged.

By unlocking the potential of forms, you can gather customer intelligence and truly harness the power of marketing automation, enabling you to keep multiple customers engaged at the same time without lifting a finger. The more engaged your customers are, the more likely they are to view your company in a favorable light and do business… Read more »

Why Manufacturing Day Needed Responsive Design

Using a responsive website to connect with multiple audiences.

Last year, I worked on a marketing campaign to promote Manufacturing Day, which is an annual occasion in October when manufacturers across the United States open their doors and show people in their communities what modern manufacturing really looks like. This year (2014), Manufacturing Day falls on October 3. One of the key projects for… Read more »

Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design for B2Bs

Most of the time, responsive is best for B2B. But sometimes adaptive wins.

There are two main strategies for making a website mobile-ready: adaptive design and responsive design. In most cases, a responsive website will the best fit for B2B businesses. But for those who want to create mobile experiences that are significantly different than those provided by standard desktop websites, or for those who have a client… Read more »

Marketing Automation Platforms Compared

A fair comparison of some of the big brands in marketing automation.

Editor’s Note: It was brought to our attention that the original version of this post contained inaccuracies about certain platforms. Those inaccuracies have been corrected and discussed with platform representatives. The article now contains the most updated information provided to the writer. Marketing automation is a category of software that streamlines, automates, and measures marketing tasks… Read more »

Budgeting for a Responsive Website

By spending a little more, you can reach a lot more customers.

Industrial clients often ask us, “Is a responsive website worth the extra development cost?” We remind them their website isn’t just for them, it’s for their customers — and customers often start the buying process on tablets or smartphones. Note: If you’re unfamiliar with responsive web design and how it works, please check out Don’t… Read more »

Lead Nurturing for Industrials: A Perfect Fit

Why lead nurturing and the industrial buying cycle were made for each other.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the B2B marketing world about lead nurturing. The basic idea is to develop communications programs that issue content addressing customers’ informational needs at key moments during their journeys toward making purchases. Essentially, lead nurturing is an evolution of permission-based marketing that rigorously maps out personas and… Read more »