The Red Queen Effect in Marketing Technology

A question I often get is “How much investment should marketing make in advancing its capabilities?” It is a fair question. Many marketing budgets are limited and R&D type efforts are stymied … More

What Sales needs from Marketing, operationally speaking.

The common thread for sales and marketing alignment relates to leads: qualification, hand off, common performance indicators, etc. These are definitely must have on-going, discussions for every B2B complex sale organization. However, we’ve … More

What is Marketing Operations … Really.

Evolving Definition – Marketing Operations While the definition of marketing operations continues to evolve, the common basis revolves around optimizing marketing (and to some degree sales) performance. Like a CIO/COO … More

“The Advantage” in Marketing Operations

With dozens of clients and projects under successful completion over the last year, as a team, we’ve been reviewing  commonalities among many of those projects.   One of the most interesting discussions focused organizational “culture”.

To digress just a bit, David Cummings,  once referred to a book at a local start-up event called “The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni which discusses organizational health.

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B2BCamp Revisited

It’s been only a few months, but B2BCamp is launching again in Boston.   For those new to the event, its an unconference for marketers and sales.  A few peers … More

‘Popular’ Marketing Automation Vendor Study

Capterra, a software directory website, recently released the results of a research study comparing the popularity of various Marketing Automation vendors.  The comparison focused on available stats from Alexa, Compete, Google … More

Silverpop Agent ROI Roadshow – ATL

It seems all that I’ve been posting lately have been about conferences, well, here’s another 🙂   I wrote about other sponsored roadshows like this one which provide you the opportunity to receive strong thought leaders to you as well as offer an opportunity to network. KUDOS to 1) event planners for making this happen and 2) those on the road at each conference.

Silverpop, my former alma mater, hosted an informative event here in their hometown of Atlanta as the next to the last stop of the tour. Hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel, the meeting rooms where in close proximity to each other.  It was nice to catchup with former colleagues who are new friends as well as new faces at Silverpop and Atlanta marketers.

I arrived a bit early and had the opportunity to reintroduce myself  with Adam Stienberg (@adams472) co-founder of PlacePunch, Silverpop’s newest acquisition.  The company offers a location-based loyalty program platform via the common social networks.   This is a differentiating new social offering on top of social sign-in (via janrain) and the Share-to-Social feature introduced by the company in October 2008.  Great offering for their B2C base.  I was told that Adam’s preso on the usage of location-based marketing was one of the B2C crowd’s favorite. Congratulations Adam and Chris.

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