This blog post was originally featured on the Marketo blog, click here to view it on Marketo's site. If you’re reading this blog, that probably means that you keep up to date on the latest marketing trends and news. If so, you have probably heard of the GDPR, and are currently trying to figure out how to navigate this new regulatory environment and maintain an effective marketing strategy. Just in case, here’s a brief introduction. The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, is a European law that came into effect across the EU on May 25th, 2018. It imposes much stricter regulations on how companies use consumer data. As a result, any company that does business in Europe has to drastically change the way that it collects, stores and uses consumer data.
It can be difficult to determine when a lead is ready to be handed over from the marketing team to the sales team in order to close the sale. There are no black and white distinctions that make it clear that a lead is a sales qualified lead (SQL), and this subjectivity can drive inter-team conflict and waste valuable resources.
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In what can be a volatile business, generating new leads and sales is a great concern for many marketing agencies. Many of these firms stick to the same tactics without exploring different, potentially lucrative channels. It’s important to put resources into a number of different channels where future clients may be uncovered. An oft-untapped growth driver is strategic partnership with other agencies and technology partners.
For some time now, many of the most distinguished and successful brands have adapted to a new age of marketing. Companies like Nike and American Express – with some the biggest marketing budgets for grand TV commercials, massive online advertising and prominent sponsorships – started investing resources in conversational marketing.
There may by great emphasis on earning new customers, but the success of your company depends on more than new sales – It also depends on keeping your customers happy. Especially in the world of SaaS and subscription platforms, your customer success is indicative of your own success. Your customers’ experience in their first few months are essential to your long-term results.
In the digital age, PPC may represent what direct mail was in the age of traditional marketing: the flagship tactic of its time. At least, that’s how some marketers perceive them. Both accessible to marketers with smaller budgets, PPC and direct mail campaigns are commonly tracked by their response rate, though their results can be measured in a variety of other ways.