Composable: Delivering on the Personalization Promise

The promise of personalization has failed. For years we’ve been hearing about its incredible benefits, and marketers looking to capitalize on it have bought into pricey and technically complicated solutions, only to discover too late that, for most, the promise of personalization is little more than smoke and mirrors.  The problem starts with how personalization has been viewed. Positioned as a business solution, it’s been framed through the lens of solving business needs when really

Subbly: Launch Your Subscription Box Service With This Ecommerce Platform

One huge rage that we’re seeing in ecommerce is subscription box offerings. Subscriber boxes are an intriguing offering… from meal kits, children’s education products, to dog treats… tens of millions of consumers sign up for subscription boxes. Convenience, personalization, novelty, surprise, exclusivity, and price are all characteristics that drive subscription box sales. For creative ecommerce businesses, subscription boxes can be lucrative because you turn one-time buyers into repeat customers. The subscription eCommerce market is worth

The Build Versus Buy Dilemma: 7 Considerations To Deciding What’s Best For Your Business

The question whether to build or buy software is a long on-going debate between experts with various opinions on the internet. The option to build your own in-house software or buy market ready customized solution still keeps a lot of decision makers confused. With the SaaS market booming to its full glory where the market size is projected to reach USD 307.3 billion by 2026, it is making it easier for brands to subscribe to services without a need to

Smarketing: Aligning Your B2B Sales & Marketing Teams

With information and technology at our fingertips, the buying journey has changed immensely. Buyers now do their research long before ever speaking to a sales representative, which means marketing plays a bigger role than ever before. Learn more about the importance of “smarketing” for your business and why you should be aligning your sales and marketing teams. What Is ‘Smarketing’? Smarketing unifies your sales force and marketing teams. It focuses on aligning goals and missions

What Is MarTech? Marketing Technology: Past, Present, and Future

You may get a chuckle out of me writing an article on MarTech after publishing over 6,000 articles on marketing technology for over 16 years (beyond this blog’s age… I was on blogger previous). I do believe it’s worth publishing and helping business professionals better realize what MarTech was, is, and the future of what it will be. First, of course, is that MarTech is a portmanteau of marketing and technology. I missed a great

UpLead: Build An Accurate B2B Prospect List To Power Campaigns and Close Sales

There are many marketing professionals out there that are vehemently against buying lists for prospecting. And there are, of course, very good reasons why: Permission – these prospects have not opted into solicitations from you so you risk your reputation by spamming them. Sending an unsolicited email doesn’t violate CAN-SPAM regulations in the United States as long as you have an opt-out mechanism… but it’s still seen as a shady practice. Quality – there are

AddEvent: Add to Calendar Service for Websites and Newsletters

At times, it’s often the simplest of tasks that cause web developers the biggest headaches. One of those is the simple Add to Calendar button you find on so many sites that work across key calendar programs online and via desktop applications. In their infinite wisdom, key calendaring platforms never agreed upon a standard fo distributing event details; as a result, each major calendar has its own format. Apple and Microsoft adopted .ics files as

The Relationship Between Personas, Buyer Journeys, And Sales Funnels

High-performance inbound marketing teams utilize buyer personas, understand buying journeys, and closely monitor their sales funnels. I’m helping deploy a training lesson on digital marketing campaigns and buyer personas with an international company right now and someone asked for clarification on the three so I think it’s worth discussing. Targeting Who: Buyer Personas I recently wrote on buyer personas and how critical they are to your digital marketing efforts. They help segment and target your