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Martech and running are the same

Posted by Ash Chandler on 09-Jun-2020 16:29:54

Anyone who knows me, knows I love running. I am that annoying person who can’t go five minutes without mentioning it. When I meet new people, I usually tell them about two things. I work for a marketing agency and I am a runner.

You are now thinking, “where is he going with this?”

Being a good runner and a successful martech professional requires the same qualities. Now, I am not saying I am Mo Farah, but I am a pretty good runner. And, I do like to think I am pretty good at my job after 14 years working hard at my career. So how did I get here?

Topics: b2b marketing technology, #b2bmarketing, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech

Martech isn’t the solution, marketing is!

Posted by Ash Chandler on 26-May-2020 17:58:52

This is a bold statement from a head of marketing automation – especially one who works at an award-winning marketing agency. Not only that, but an agency that won 3 B2B Marketing Awards for martech this year. But it is true.

Marketing technology is great. It provides solutions to so many problems. It saves time. It saves money. And it is great to master as a specialism. I love martech.

But, and it is a big but… the IT team cannot do your marketing for you. Martech cannot work on its own. It is part of the whole marketing picture. Marketers craft brands. They must communicate the value offered by that brand to their potential customer. That is a marketer’s passion and driving force behind everything we do.

Topics: b2b marketing technology, #b2bmarketing, martech, marketing technology, b2b martech

Five top tips (and more) to make your marketing automation awesome

Posted by Ash Chandler on 14-Mar-2019 13:53:01

Are you thinking about your first marketing automation setup? Have you just started the process of embedding marketing automation into your business? Alternatively, are you a seasoned, marketing automation marathoner who has experienced everything marketing automation has to offer?

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, Marketing Automation, marketing technology, b2b martech

Customer experience powered by marketing automation

Posted by Ash Chandler on 21-Sep-2017 08:30:00

Every company needs to focus on providing the best customer experience possible in today’s increasingly competitive environment. The key is to create an engagement with customers that is consistent, meaningful and useful. If interactions are seamless and personalised across the whole customer journey (from the very first marketing touch point before they even become a customer) you are delivering great customer experience.

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, Automated Marketing, B2B CX, CX

Marketing Automation: What is an MQL?

Posted by Ash Chandler on 02-Jun-2017 15:00:00

Firstly, what is an MQL in this world of acronyms and abbreviations? Well, it’s a marketing qualified lead.

This status is used in lifecycle marketing and the defined stages related to the concept of mapping and aligning marketing and sales efforts to different stages of a buyer journey.

A simple lifecycle can be stated as such: anonymous > MCL > MEL > MQL > SQL > SRL > customer

The lifecycle is traditionally linked to the sales funnel stages: Awareness > Consideration > Decision > Sale

An MQL is the final output of all marketing plans, campaigns and activities – it’s the hard-earned leads that have been generated from months and possibly years of marketing effort.

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, Marketing Automation, Automated Marketing, marketing automation mql

Marketing Automation: The Marketer's Perpetual Motion Machine

Posted by Ash Chandler on 06-May-2016 17:10:00

When Leonardo da Vinci first thought of his perpetual motion machine and drew his 'Study in Perpetual Motion', he was trying to solve one of the greatest achievements in physics.

Topics: B2B Marketing Automation, Marketing Automation, b2b marketing automation software