What is Marketing Automation?

Marketing Automation is the hottest phrase in marketing.

In a nutshell, it is a process of leveraging digital technology to facilitate online discovery of a product or service, acquire a qualified sales lead, and nurture that lead closer and closer to a buying decision — with little or no human intervention until the optimum moment of contact and/or close.

Marketing Automation is also synonymous with a wide variety of software programs that marketers use to facilitate this inbound marketing process.

But software by itself is not worth a hill of beans without a solid strategy designed specifically for your particular business and prospective customer.

So let’s go back to the start…

If you or someone in your organization has identified the need for marketing automation, then there is likely an understanding that two things have changed for the business.

1. The traditional methods of sales are not working. It’s getting harder to sell!
2. Most prospects would rather cut off their ear than listener to a sales pitch.

Consumers want to discover your product either through search or through a social recommendation. In fact, 82% of B2B buyers start with an internet search.





Now we’re into Inbound Marketing territory.

Your team, perhaps with guidance from your digital marketing agency, will help you determine the strategy and marketing automation tools required to design and execute an entire program, to attract visitors to your business, pre-qualify leads and nurture them with specifically crafted content and offers to lead them through the various stages of your deal funnel.

Only at this stage is it a wise to employ a marketing automation software program to carry out the program devised above. If you pour money into a SAAS (software-as-a-solution) without a plan, you will be wasting your precious marketing dollars. Arguably the true value is in the plan, not the software. In fact, the best digital marketing agencies will provide a robust agency-grade marketing automation software program at little or no cost when you work with them to create, measure, and refine a plan to reach specific goals.

The agency will also train your marketers to properly drive the system on an ongoing basis. Of critical importance is the need to assess performance of every campaign every 30 days. Your agency will be able to crunch the data, make adjustments based on the results, and help you make better business decisions as a result.

Most importantly, you will be generating more, highly qualified leads, meaning that the sales department will spend more precious time closing than warming up cold prospects. Companies that use inbound marketing automation campaigns routinely close 15-30% more business with a properly coordinated strategy and execution.

Momentum Marketing offers comprehensive Inbound Marketing strategy and service coupled with our powerful agency-grade Momentum Marketing Automation software – all for less than a monthly subscription alone for other leading SAAS solutions.

Invest your precious marketing into inbound marketing strategy and training that will drive your business and your team forward. (And get the software for free.)

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Making Money with Social Media

Many social media marketers talk incessantly about things like “depth of engagement,” “catering to the audience,” and “the importance of a Like.” They can talk about Likes until they’re blue in the face. But what’s the value of a Like to the brand? The answer: It depends on what you plan to do with it.

You can make money with social media. But first you must be prepared to break-up with engagement and fall out of love a little bit with the Like.




At Momentum, we always set out to convey to our clients the importance of a path that provides them with measurable return.

The important questions involving social media are: How do you attract the prospect? How do you convert the prospect to a sale? How do you measure the effectiveness of the process? What does it cost?

In some cases, a brand may only be in it for the Likes. More likely they’ll see an opportunity to drives sales, stimulate trial, or sell event tickets.

In the case of a client of ours in the financial services industry, the initial goal was to accrue Likes as a means of enhancing the credibility of the brand. After a short time with Momentum, we succeeded in helping the client realize a much more lucrative path of leveraging social media to generate leads for its financial services.

We worked with BBC Kids Television to create a strategy of gaining Likes in order to put the daily program schedule in front of new moms and encourage them to subscribe to the channel – clear calls-to-action with measurable results.

We worked with the Vancouver Giants hockey team to create a Facebook advertising campaign to sell $99 White Spot Family Game Paks. The data that Momentum generated in the first few days of the campaign ended up also illuminating the need for an improved, streamlined ticketing process.

Getting beyond engagement for engagement’s sake. That’s performance defined… and the key to making money with Social Media.

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What’s the ROI on your Google AdWords Spend?

Google AdWords are an essential form of marketing for many businesses.

However, the world of Google is rotating with blurring speed, which means that unless your campaign is being monitored on a weekly basis you are likely losing efficiency with every passing day. You may be paying far too much for the results you’re getting.

5 Key Questions (to ask yourself and your agency) about your Google AdWords spend:

1. Is your Google AdWords campaign improving your business?

Every marketing dollar should tie directly to revenue. Marketing tools exist to measure and report the results of search, click, and subsequent action. If you’ve created landing pages with compelling content, clear calls-to-action, and submission forms, the entire inbound ecosystem can be measured and optimized for success.

With the right tools and advice, you’ll know exactly how your campaign is impacting your business and what to do to improve the results.

2. Are you paying too much for your Google AdWords?

Do you know which keywords and search terms are you chasing and why? You could be pursuing expensive terms – the ones for which everyone else is vying which drives costs up and puts you in hard fought competition for those terms. It’s often possible to pursue low-cost alternative search terms that will result in better conversion.

A comprehensive keyword and search term analysis will help you increase results and decrease costs. It’s conceivable that might need to spend more but more often than not increasing the efficiency of your campaign and improving after search conversion will allow you to spend less than ever.




3. What insights have you gleaned from your Google AdWords campaign?

Our clients are often surprised about what they learn from their Google AdWords campaign. In some cases, they’re taken aback when they realize the majority of their traffic is coming from mobile. This would highlight the need to optimize the website, landing pages, forms, and eCommerce for mobile devices.

Clients are also more aware that their website infrastructure must reflect the insights gathered from their campaign. For example: Is the most often searched information available at the top of your homepage? If the answer is no, let the work begin.

4. How can my Google Ad campaign be improved?

You can conduct more testing, audience segmenting, and hyper localization and then follow the paths that are most efficient and cost effective. Also be sure to employ Negative Keywords to make sure search results do not appear in a context that may be unfavorable to your product or proposition.

It could be that up to 35% of results display next to unfavorable content if left unchecked.

5. What is considered a good click through rate (CTR)?

CTR’s (the number of clicks versus the number of impressions generated by the campaign) can vary anywhere from 0.6% to 2% depending on the industry and whether the prospect is on desktop or mobile. But the click through rate, although important, can be a false metric. It’s meaningless if no one converts to an inquiry (and ultimately a sale).

If you’re simply letting your homepage do the conversion work and waiting for the phone to ring, your results are likely pretty low. Your campaign could be so much more efficient.

The bottom line is that a business cannot evaluate a CTR without knowing CPA – Cost per Acquisition. For example, if you are paying $150 per click but every click through converts to a sale and you are selling the item for $799 — that’s a great CTR (even though it may look terrible on paper). It’s all in the interpretation of the data.

Your marketing department or marketing agency’s goal should not be to spend your ad budget but to improve your business and garner as much intelligence as possible to help inform your business decisions. Question your ad spend, and demand answers!

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Five Keys to Inbound Conversion For B2B Marketing

There are a myriad of reasons why it’s getting harder to sell. It’s not your imagination. Your sales prospect is not interested in taking your call. Culturally they are increasingly incensed by the uninvited approach.

Like a man on a hunt for a tool in Home Depot, your prospect doesn’t want your help. They cannot tolerate interruption. They want to discover you on their own – because your service will seem more credible that way. That is, if, and only if, your business has mastered Inbound Marketing.

The Five Keys to Inbound Conversion

1. Understand that Content Drives Discovery – 82% of prospects begin with a web search. You need to be found. Your company needs to generate and proliferate high quality content regarding your offerings. The more, highly focused, high quality, and user-centric pieces of content you offer the higher your business will rank in search returns. Organic Search results convey legitimacy. The goal is to create the perception (which is true) in the mind of the prospect that your business is driven by industry experts. Therefore your business will immediately occupy a superior position in the mind of the buyer versus your competition. You are now selling on quality not price. And you are receiving the lead, not banging your head against a brick wall trying to create one.

2. Develop a Game Plan and Calls-to-Action – Keep your Content Strategy top-of-mind. Your digital agency will develop a digital ecosystem schematic to visually illustrate for you how all of the paths to discovery will drive traffic to specific calls to action. Every opportunity will be used to convert the contact to prospect, to lead, and then most importantly to customer, with specific calls-to-action.

3. Employ Marketing Automation. In the days of traditional advertising, the key to message penetration lay in frequency of message. In the early days of digital, marketers individually built all of the campaign assets such as webpages, landing pages, and emails and managed them using disparate platforms. Powerful marketing agency software now exists that cuts the production time –and expense- to a fraction of the former cost. This allows your agency to highly format and schedule your inbound marketing efforts, spending more time on messages that create action and assessing results. The software will also track the prospect as they flow through your sales system to close.

4. Refine and Repeat. You must measure all your efforts and adjust tactics every 30 days, at minimum. Automation, expertise, and service are a critical combination of services that are most effectively delivered by your agency.

5. Get Started Right Now. The “we’re too busy taking orders” to do new things attitude will bite you in the ass. All businesses have cycles and you will need to be ready for the next lull in production. Because when you go to dust off your phone to make new calls you’ll realize that the old way is gone. And so too is your pipeline.

Creating and improving inbound conversion is a very specific expertise and is predicated on choosing a great agency partner who will take the time to understand your business and customers. They will develop a content strategy and develop engaging content and calls-to-action that are proven to deliver higher quality leads that are much quicker to close than other old school tactics like cold calling and yellow page ads. Let’s get started!

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Fuzzy Brand: Rebuilding Brand Equity

In our work as a digital marketing agency, one of the most common declarations we hear from prospective clients is:

“I’m spending the same marketing dollars yet my brand equity is increasingly diluted.”

Every time we hear this phrase we hurt a little for the client. But we smile on the inside because before us is a client that we can help. We can help them overcome the cumulative effects of changing consumer behavior that are driven by technology, the resulting fracturing of the media marketplace, and the ages old issue of “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

The brand message becomes diluted resulting in reduced brand equity – a widely suffered malady known as Fuzzy Brand.

Here’s why some brands are experiencing diminishing awareness and significance as well as some prescriptions to cure fuzzy brand and rebuild brand equity:

1. Media use has fractured. The same money spent in the same places is most likely producing diminishing results. Television used to be the de facto mass reach medium. First the networks, then cable television and the 1000-channel universe. Terrestrial radio was followed by satellite radio and then internet radio. Add online and mobile smart phones and there are infinite programming possibilities and platforms of distraction for consumers. Brand activity must now happen across the right mix of platforms and aggregate audiences that use each medium in a unique way.

2. Interruptive marketing is not an effective stand-alone strategy. Television is still relevant. But how it is used and extended in order to continue brand engagement off-platform is critical. For instance, a portion of each campaign could include an interruptive message that includes a clear call to action. The same campaign could include video content that the user is invited to view based on his or her preferences. This is usually facilitated through social media and inbound online discovery. A common faux pas would be to use paid interruptive techniques to deliver content marketing initiatives.

3. All media should be measurable. More than just ratings points, creative, where appropriate, should include calls to action that can be validated and lead to solid paths of monetization. Read: Impact the bottom line. Every channel can and should deliver measurable results.

4. Traditional should coordinate with Digital. Multi-platform campaigns should consider in-program and content initiatives that promote interaction of the audience with the brand, offer strong calls-to-action, collect data, and allow conversion to sale, and create traffic to bricks and mortar stores, where applicable.

5. Engagement for engagement sake is B.S. Engagement is a buzzword among coffee shop social media experts. But the truth is that engagement is only worthwhile if it’s leading somewhere. Furthering the brand conversation is nice, but how does this activity convert to a sale? The brand benefits from engagement, with a purpose.

6. The media mix is probably out of alignment. Every marketing strategy is different. However, if you are spending the same proportions of your budgets in the same places as five years ago, your media mix needs immediate assessment.

Avoid the effects of Fuzzy Brand.

If your customers are asking you where your brand went, it’s time to make some changes. Your strategy-driven digital marketing agency will help you understand the environmental changes that have challenged your product or service. They will help you coordinate all of your media activity. And they will work with you to realign your marketing strategy and tactics in a way that will dramatically improve your campaigns and rebuild your brand equity.

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The Naked Truth About Shiny Object Syndrome

How the ‘Latest and Greatest’ Can Leave Marketers Exposed

With the pace of change in the world of marketing and advertising, it’s very easy to get blown off course by a mass email solicitation or sales person flogging the latest and greatest marketing solution. You’ve seen the random pitches:

  • We can deliver Likes! (even if the user has no affinity for your brand)
  • QR codes are the future (even though you’ve never seen anybody use them)
  • Your website is not optimized properly for your industry (even though it is)
  • You need an on-site video (even if you are in waste disposal)

We can debate the merits of any particular tactic. And the prospect of impressing the C-Suite with the latest cutting edge marketing widget may seem intoxicating.

However, unless a particular tactic is central to supporting your marketing strategy, it is utterly useless and not worth a minute of consideration. Furthermore, if the shiny object presents itself mid-way through a campaign or budget cycle, the odds are even greater that it will detract from the overall marketing efforts.

The marketing strategy is the roadmap for success. It must be carefully constructed in order to address organizational goals and revenue objectives. And every tactic employed – from traditional media to leading inbound marketing techniques – must be deliberately on-strategy and be directly tied to revenue production… and ultimately measurable.

Let’s face it. If the ‘latest and greatest’ would help achieve the marketing goals, it would already be a part of the plan. If someone on the team darkens your doorway flogging the latest and greatest, perhaps the underlying reason is because the marketing strategy is not as strong as it should be. Send them back to plan.

Great tactics ought to be preconceived – not knee jerked into the marketing plan. Proactive rather than reactive always wins the day.

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How to Improve Your B2B Customer Experience In 2017

What happened to the B2B customer experience? An inordinate amount of attention has been paid to the evolution of retail consumer marketing, the adoption of digital advertising, social media marketing, and other new media.

In many cases, B2B businesses have fallen behind in adoption of cutting-edge technologies and techniques. Websites have fallen into disrepair, even neglect. And no one notices, that is, except for the prospects and customers.

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Even if the B2B business has just launched a new website, that site may not be designed with the customer experience in mind, optimized to facilitate discovery, planned to leverage content marketing initiatives, or infused with inbound marketing processes to nurture leads and convert to sales.

Considerations for Improving the Customer Experience

1. A Website is No Longer Just a Website

Congratulations on your shiny new site. But now what? The game has changed. the shift has happened. Today’s consumer arrives at your site already educated through web search and armed with remarkable intelligence. And regardless of your business sector your customer has expectations of how your business enables and responds to your community.

Are you engaging your prospects and customers across all platforms – not just the website? Are you creating valuable content that binds the website and the marketing messages together? Are your customers compelled to share this content in their respective networks?

2. Customer Engagement Begins with a Digital Strategy

A well-conceived and properly developed digital strategy is absolutely critical to most every successful B2B marketing plan. When executed, it will leverage all your internet, social, and content marketing initiatives in a way that will generate leads and result in new revenue incredibly fast.

A digital ecosystem schematic will illustrate how internet traffic (demand) will be generated and how it is commandeered and routed between web site, blog, audio, video, ebooks, eNewsletters, as well as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social sharing platforms.

3. Inbound Marketing Converts Leads Into Customers

Inbound marketing is based on the concept of earning the attention of prospects, making yourself easy to be found, and drawing customers to your website by producing content that customers value.

This process facilitates and hastens client discovery of your offerings, increases web traffic, generates leads, facilitates sales conversations, and builds loyalty with consumers.

  1. Generate more traffic
  2. Turn visitors into leads
  3. Convert leads to sales
  4. Turn customers into repeat higher margin customers
  5. Analyze, refine, and repeat

Inbound marketing is especially effective for those businesses with long research cycles and knowledge-based products. In these areas prospects are more likely to get informed and hire those who demonstrate expertise.

Given that the average B2B purchase is often many multiples of those made by retail customers, the stakes are high. Investment in customer acquisition strategy and tactics are critical to long-term success.

Your digital marketing agency partner will help you create multiple paths to revenue and give you the technology and consultation that will positively impact your bottom line quickly, this quarter.

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LinkedIn – The Business Social Network to Watch

When asked which social network will be tops as it pertains to building business, especially among B2B companies, the easy answer is LinkedIn.

Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

LinkedIn is the social network for business. And although it doesn’t boast 1 billion served, LinkedIn does offer some impressive stats:

  • 300 million users (May 1, 2014)
  • 187 million daily unique users (Feb 6, 2014)
  • 40% of users check it daily (July 2, 2013)
  • 2.1 Million LinkedIn Groups
  • 41% of daily visits are mobile
  • 44,000 jobs accessed via mobile every day

What makes LinkedIn so powerful is that it is fast replacing Address Book (which replaced Rolodex – look it up kids!) as the place to store and access contacts. The beauty of course is that you stay in touch with your connections as they move from job to job.

It’s a Matter of Intelligence

Most business and sales people miss the vast intelligence that LI affords. By watching moves your contacts make, you can identify an opening for a conversation about your product or service. With just five minutes of research, smart users can identify and qualify prospective buyers or business partners. The act of this pre-qualification can mean the difference between having your advance welcomed or rebuffed.

Unlike Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other network, LinkedIn is simply the most effective way to pre-qualify leads.

The Cost Efficiency is Compelling

If you are selling a product or service, LinkedIn advertising (at least for now) remains one of the best and least expensive advertising opportunities when it comes to cost per lead. It amazes our clients when they realize that we are able to target their message right down to the ZIP code and connect with the precise target within corporate hierarchy. And because users tend to be connected with like professionals, there is huge value in reaching those people as well.

LinkedIn Groups and Spotlight pages also create an amazing opportunity to share critical and timely content with connections.

As with all things, the manner in which you use LinkedIn will define the quality and quantity of the results you get.

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What is Organic SEO?

Last year, our Director of Interactive, James Wallace, garnered lot of attention for his blog post entitled Does SEO Really Matter Anymore? Over the past year, the answer to this question has proven time and again to be: “Yes…but not as we know it!”

Search engine optimization has changed. In short, this is because Google has eschewed the antics and tricks engineered by SEO companies to thwart search engines and has instead altered its algorithms to reward the virtues of bona fide content and expertise. It’s not magic. It doesn’t involve smoke and mirrors. But it is strategic and highly measurable. It’s Organic SEO – a potent way to showcase the expertise of your business and facilitate discovery for your brand like never before.

Given that 81% of consumers start with a web search when they begin to look for content, it’s critical for your business to be found when and where consumers expect you to be found.

Here’s how to get started with Organic SEO:

  1. Facilitate Discovery – Work with inbound marketing experts to develop a plan to ensure discovery at the moment of interest. Conduct competitive research and develop a keyword strategy for organic search (which is very different from paid search)
  2. Optimize Your Content – Once you have identified which keyword phrases you should be targeting it becomes much easier to develop SEO-written website content, blog posts, and other textual content that attracts and engages your specific audience and meets their needs. Chances are you already have a wealth of content (text, audio, and video) that can be optimized organically.
  3. Generate and Nurture Leads – Marketing agency software such as MomentumOptify can give you real-time intelligence on visitors and their browsing activity, facilitate data-capture with landing pages, and allow sales nurturing campaigns that drive conversion. This is especially helpful if your company is involved in B2B activities or depends on creating direct sales relationships.
  4. Measure and Repeat – It is critical to understand, identify, and track a core set of metrics to guide your online strategy. The quality of the data that you collect is as important as its volume. To determine whether inbound marketing efforts are ultimately successful you need to measure all traffic, not just visits. Above all, you must analyze the data. Content may be king, but if you don’t understand what content and campaigns are driving traffic, the true potential of those efforts will never be realized. Your marketing team can help you interpret data and make sound business decisions based on it.

At the end of the day, Organic SEO presents a stellar opportunity for business owners and managers to set their offerings apart from their competitors by presenting high quality, educational, and helpful content to their customers. Additionally, by utilizing inbound marketing software and implementing well-conceived content strategies, you will facilitate discovery of your products and services at a much higher rate than using previous tactics.

It’s not unusual for our clients to experience an exponential increase in search placement vis-à-vis competitors. That translates into an increased number of phone calls, in-person and website visits, pre-qualified sales inquiries… and inevitably more revenue to the bottom line.

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What Is Inbound Marketing?

For more than a century, marketing and advertising have been defined by interruptive marketing techniques such as print, radio, and television commercials, cold-calling, sales flyers, and telemarketing.

However, a new era is upon us where the populace is consuming media on their own terms, eschewing commercials, initiating their own search, and embracing social discovery of the products and services they need and want.

It’s no surprise then that marketers are left wondering why it’s getting harder to sell!

Inbound marketing is based on the concept of earning the attention of prospects, making yourself easy to be found, and drawing customers to your website by producing content customers value. These blogs, audio, video, eBooks, eNewsletters, white papers, SEO articles, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing are considered inbound marketing.

Therefore, the process of Inbound Marketing facilitates and hastens client discovery of your offerings, increases web traffic, generates leads, facilitates sales conversations, and builds loyalty with consumers.

1. Generate more traffic
2. Turn visitors into leads
3. Convert leads to sales
4. Turn customers into repeat higher margin customers
5. Analyze, refine, and repeat

Inbound marketing is especially effective for those businesses with long research cycles and knowledge-based products. In these areas prospects are more likely to get informed and hire those who demonstrate expertise.

In the words of an accomplished marketing professional and new client who found Momentum as a result of our own inbound marketing techniques…
“I need to know enough to know who to hire to get the job done.”

Inbound Marketing will allow you to out maneuver your competition, and be regarded as the expert in your field at the moment of interest.

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