Digital tools afford modern marketers an unprecedented level of control over their automated processes, but it’s important everything isn’t simply set to autopilot. Marketing automation is a tremendous asset, but only when used thoughtfully. Adjustments must be made frequently to accommodate changes in customer trends and company strategy. It’s vital to understand how to effectively manage your automation structure.
Automating your marketing processes, such as sending out emails to your mailing list and automatic posts to social media pages, is a fantastic way to cut down on time spent on the mundane parts of marketing. This can allow you to focus more of your effort on building your brand and growing a sphere of influence. However, if you simply set up your automations and assume everything is just fine, you’ll more than likely encounter significant issues.
#MarketingFridays Episode 1
As a part of my birthday celebration, I decided to publish my first ever video blog episode.
Full video transcript and video below.
Hello!! This is Jaime Nacach from Bloominari, this is the first episode of marketing Fridays. I am the owner of the marketing agency called Bloominari and we're here in San Diego, California and starting this 2017, we're going to be doing a weekly short marketing Fridays hangout, live every Friday to share with you and all of our users, everything to do with marketing technology, automation and how to make your business more efficient.
So, in this first episode, we're going to just introduce to you the whole idea of what marketing automation and business automation is with the whole goal of helping you understand the value of using technology in order to actually make your business more efficient and thus save more time and thus of course save more money.
Jaime Nacach’s family comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and he definitely shares the self-starter bug. A few years back, when he found himself with an MBA and practical experience designing and growing websites, he knew he wanted to start his own business. So a few years ago he founded his company Bloominari, a full-service marketing agency in sunny San Diego. The company provides a number of different digital marketing services, including automation, website design, SEO, and overall strategy.
Whether Jaime’s managing his eight-person team, making sales calls, or preparing proposals, he has what you might call a pretty full schedule. But there’s no time to rest for the busy entrepreneur.
And when time is precious, it’s helpful to have time-saving tools at your disposal.
In the early days, Jaime used to manually copy and paste the lead information he’d receive through his old website into his CRM. But as he became busier, he recognized the waste of time and the need to find a more efficient system that automated that process. That’s when he stumbled upon JotForm, which integrates with Zapier to neatly transport all of his lead collection data directly into Agile CRM. Since automation implementation is such a big part of how he helps his clients, it only makes sense that he’d have his own streamlined way to collect and manage his leads and requests.
This blog post was originally written and published by JotForm.com on their Blog on February 23, 2017. Re-published here with permission.
At the beginning of each year, it’s fun to predict which cutting-edge technologies will become mainstream in the coming months. Marketing automation is one area of technology that has vastly improved the way companies stay in touch with customers, and the new developments around the corner are truly exciting.
As of now, about half of all companies use some form of marketing automation, and the rest are likely to follow suit in the coming years. Automation has such clear advantages that there are very few companies that don’t stand to benefit from deployed some type of marketing automation platform. There are even several robust automation systems available right now at very low cost for small startups and growing businesses.
Marketing automation, as the name implies, is a software tool that automates your marketing activities. In fact, it is as much a productivity tool as it is a marketing tool.
You get to automate repetitive, predictable, and boring tasks and in turn - save a lot of time; you can then use this time to focus on more important aspects of running a business such as strategy, and planning.
In fact, 49% of companies use marketing automation, according to Emailmonday.
The real problem, though, is that most marketers don’t realize the full potential of an automation tool. This is sometimes due to the mistakes and wrong assumptions we make when dealing with marketing automation in general.
Here are some such mistakes you should stay clear of in order to get the most of your tool:
Developing relationships with prospects at every stage of the sales funnel is an essential step in maximizing your number of buyers. Marketing automation can help with this process.
Lead nurturing is an essential part of marketing, but it also relies heavily on the sales team’s ability to turn leads into sales. Studies show that on average, half the leads any given company has are still on the fence about whether or not they want to buy, and 80% of new leads don’t turn into sales. With the right automation platform, you could see far better success than the norm.
We know that marketing automation can help a business reach its full potential. Streamlining and simplifying the more cumbersome tasks leaves your marketing team with more time to create effective campaigns. However, marketing automation helps more than just your marketing team.
It’s important to recognize how automated processes improve your productivity. Primarily, the marketing automation you create is going to save everyone time. Of course, your automated processes are going to require tweaking from time to time, but the time investment spent on manual responses is dramatically cut when you automate. This added productivity will reach just about every corner of your organization and improve your operational efficiency in various ways.
This San Diego marketing agency, Bloominari, is full of die-hard fans of marketing automation software. Always reading about new technology, always researching new tactics, always tinkering with new tools. We use various technologies for (internal and external) business communication and organization because we know and believe in the benefits.
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about: Think back to the last time you filled out a contact form on a website or emailed a business and then immediately got an email confirmation about your inquiry. (Usually the email reads something like, “Thank you for contacting us. Someone will respond to your inquiry shortly.”) That instantaneous email was sent to you via automation software.
The history of mankind has shown us that we as humans are constantly on the lookout for finding ways to make our life easier. This started a long time ago, when man had the need to stay warm and not suffer during cold nights and colder winters, thus man learned how to create fire, and create clothing to stay warm.
Today, the same concept is alive as we’re constantly looking for ways to make our life easier. For example, trying to get places faster (Uber), avoid things we dislike to eat (Checking Yelp), connecting more often with the people we like (Social Media), getting the best value for our money (Amazon, Walmart), and the list goes on.
When it comes down to business, we’re also trying to make our businesses run smoother, more efficient, hiring the correct team members, etc. Yet, many things come down to finding ways to save time and money, because time = money.
I’m always looking for ways to save time, and work more efficiently. So here’s a few ways that you can save time on your daily marketing and sales business tasks.
Every website, every business, every personal blog seems to have a newsletter these days. And there’s a reason for it. They flat out work in building an audience.
Creating a successful newsletter is a lot more scientific however than including a few blog post links or talking about the latest happenings in your neck of the internet. To build an engaged audience you must focus your newsletters around a few essential elements.