The Path to a Killer Marketing Strategy: Marketo's Secret Sauce for Revenue


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In this update to the popular webinar, "Secret Sauce for Demand Generation: How Marketo Nurtures, Scores and Accelerates Leads through the Revenue Cycle," Jon Miller, VP of Marketing and co-founder of Marketo, will present actual examples of how Marketo’s content marketing, lead generation, and marketing automation strategies can help you generate up to 50% more qualified leads while simultaneously improving your sales productivity by 40%.

In addition, The Path to a Killer Marketing Strategy – Marketo’s Secret Sauce for Revenue will show you:

• How to use various lead generation channels (paid and organic) for greatest ROI delivery
• Practical steps for developing your own nurture and content campaigns
• Insights into use of forecasting to turn marketing from a cost center into a revenue driver
• How Marketo tracks awareness, shares best practices and closes more business faster

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  • Stalling techniques – ask people where they are logging in from, what do you see out window, etc.Then call people’s names out…, welcome “Joe from X”
  • Our #1 secret is that we believe that buying has changed forever, and that marketing and sales need to change as well.Not that long ago, there were few 3rd party sources of information – information scarcity – which meant that a buyer had to get most of their information from sales. In this world, it made perfect sense for marketing to pass all leads over to sales. It also meant we lived in a world of attention abundance, with fewer channels competing for a buyer’s attention. Traditional marketing, characterized by Mad Men-style marketing, grew up in this era.
  • But now, there is an explosion of readily available information… This is a recent phenomenon… The web as a mainstream solution is only 13 years old Over the next 4 years, we will generate more data than the entire previous history of the world Social creates even more sources of information Mobile is transforming not just our access to information – but how we interact with people. When did it become OK to look up info at the dinner table?All this access to information changes the power dynamics between buyer and sales people. Today buyers get most of their information themselves and don’t want to talk to a sales person until they are much further along. [Example: last time I bought a car.] SiriusDecisions says that 70% of the buying cycle has already taken place before buyers are willing to engage with a live sales person.
  • With this change, marketing has the opportunity to seize the day and take a much larger share of revenue – since Marketing is responsible for that 70%. Requires Marketing to think as rigorously about their process as Sales typically thinks about their. Here’s Marketo’s…. If you’ve seen this before, you’ll notice a few tweaks. Two key ideas:Inbound to drive leadsDevelop them until sales ready
  • Many names are not yet our friendsNames are NOT leads, don’t call them leads
  • Majority of leads NOT sales ready. This is OK since human interaction is part of developing the relationship (nurturing). These Lead are recycled back to Target for additional nurturing until Sales Ready.
  • Sales does on call, and converts if Opp
  • This is how Marketing gets paid… carry a quota for Opportunity created.Only Sales can create the opportunities. [Requires very solid definitions of what is an opp, since people get paid on it – can’t be subjective.]
  • In traditional marketing, companies needed to rent (or beg) attention from other people’s media. Whether it’s a display ad on a website, a booth at a tradeshow, or an email sent to a third-party list, companies are essentially “renting” attention that someone else built. This can be effective, but it’s also expensive – and become less effective with attention scarcity. In contrast, with inbound marketing, companies build up their own audience and attract their own attention. Marketing needs to become like a publisher. Build your own audience and attention. Examples:superbowl add, regular tradeshow booth = rented attention. Examples of owning: rockstar tour vs tradeshow booth; blog vs traditional PR; our weekly webinar
  • Map content to the buying stage {keep it short}
  • So that’s who we use Inbound and Social to drive Prospects…. But we also use paid programs to grow even faster, so let’s dive into what works best there.
  • Step 1: Important to track all touches
  • Here we see what works for Marketo over the last 12 months to generate prospects. Explain columns…Inbound is 4.4X better than average Paid (e.g. tradeshow)… But I’d be a bad stock picker if I put all my money in one stock, and I’d be a bad marketer if I bet all my prospect generation on one source. The reality is you need a portfolio of prospects and channels to achieve the best results. In fact, Marketo runs an average of 40 different Prospect generating programs each and every month across all these sources. Paid Sources: AppExchange – 4.1x betterThis analysis has Virtual Tradeshow at 1.8xTradeshow – 0.8xPPC solid – 0.3x , Webinar – 0.3xOnline, Content syndication, 0.2xSocial Media – 0.1xRed velocity = need for NURTURE
  • How do we run 40+ programs a month?Marketing automation makes it easy. For example, we run a roadshow series of events we call the Revenue Rockstar tour… 14 cities, two events in each (100-150 people for 3 hours, plus 10-15 execs for a breakfast). Each program comes with multiple landing pages, multiple campaigns, and more than a dozen emails for invites, reminders, follow-ups and so on. The complexity could be overwhelming, but using Marketo’s Program functionality, we can simply create the program one time. Then, when we are ready to use the next one, we simply clone the program and update the parameterized values called Tokens, e.g. the date, location, registration URL, and so on. Then, all the emails and landing pages automatically use those values – no additional effort is required!That’s an example of offline events… But we also do online events like webinars, where we get even more automation by integrating with the webinar provider so we automatically get the registration and attendee information. In fact, we have a total of 25 different program types – and have built best practice templates for type [including tradeshows, emails, display advertising, content syndication, and so on], so our program managers can simply clone the template each time… The result is we can run so many programs easily and efficiently!
  • See customer preso
  • We also use the fun content for lead gen. We found the magic formula for promoted posts to be this: Clever messaging, with a fun visual, all tied back to a strong offer or piece of content. The timing is important as well. (We have found that posting on Tuesday mornings tend to have the best results.)You can use Promoted Posts to dramatically increasethe # who view it… 20% of our fans saw this organically (~10K)Paid added 300Kviews!
  • Make every sharing trackable, then testable and optimize over time
  • OK, so we’ve generated Prospects from Inbound and Outbound sources…. What next?
  • What needs to be different?Dance analogy:Broad top of funnel – use social and paid to get as many people to dance as possibleBut then do you just stand around waiting for someone to dance? No. Better to flirt a little (nurture). And look at their body language to see when they might be read to dance (scoring).
  • 12% points higher revenue growth vs average17% more sales time spent selling
  • Active vs Latent Leads – very different follow-up. Active <5 min response. Latent, craft a personalized message.
  • OK, so we’ve generated Prospects from Inbound and Outbound sources…. What next?
  • ModelNote Success Path and Detours; Inventory and SLAs
  • Google Analytics for Revenue
  • This brings us to a broader discussion about visual content.Unfortunately, so many companies are producing content that there is too much to read.  To ensure our content is consumed we have to find ways to make it more visual and more consumable by our readers… InfographicsCartoonsMemesPhotosVisual note-taking These can be very simple, and with the proper promotion will likely end up with more views than the actual written content piece you created.  Inbound Marketing Slideshare:136K views ofslidesharevs 10,600 for the whitepaper itself –12.5X+Plus612 Downloads, 421 New Names
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