7 Ways to Boost Your Business Using Marketing Automation

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    Marketing Automation

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    July 21, 2022

7 Ways to Boost Your Business Using Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation

Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t want to make their job a little more streamlined while generating new business? For most of us, it’s a scenario that sounds more than ideal — and perhaps even a little too good to be true. There are, however, two words that can go a long way to making this dream a reality: marketing automation.

Marketing automation strategies provide you with the opportunity to — you guessed it — automate parts of your marketing process, resulting in less manual work for you with increased returns.

With marketing automation, you can boost your business by doing some (or all) of the following:

  • Collect and manage lead information

  • Automate data entry

  • Create buyer personas

  • Establish customer journeys

  • Utilize lead scoring

  • Implement automated email outreach

  • Nurture and track leads with campaigns

You may wonder, how can all this be accomplished? Well, set your skepticism aside for a moment, and I’ll take you through how to complete these tasks and change your entire marketing process for the better — helping you save time and grow your business.

1. Collect and Manage Lead Information

    Marketing automation allows you to store all the important information and data you collect about your customers and leads in one place. Using a customer relationship management system, you can keep track of everyone you’ve ever emailed, called, done business with and more. Capturing and storing this information in one central system, such as HubSpot, makes it easy to assess contact and other information for these leads using some practical tools.

    2. Automate Data Entry

      Certain CRM solutions even tout features designed to reduce time spent using the system. One such feature is automated lead data collection and entry, which allows you to get lead generation results without manually investing time to do so. Automated data entry captures interactions between you and your leads, whether it’s an email, a text, a phone call, a meeting invite or something else. Most CRM systems let you add custom capture fields as well, allowing you to focus on the information that matters to you.

      With automated data entry, you can spend less time navigating your CRM and manually entering data, and spend more time finding leads and planning your marketing outreach.

      3. Create Buyer Personas

        Buyer personas are semi-fictional “characters” based on your ideal customers, created using data and research. Personas can help you determine whether leads are qualified prospects as well as guide your content or outreach development to meet the needs of whatever target audience you are trying to reach. The best way to develop strong buyer personas is to use insights from market research in tandem with data collected on your leads and customers — which is conveniently stored in your CRM system.

        4. Establish Customer Journeys

          The customer journey is the course a customer follows when interacting with a company on their way to a chosen destination — usually a sale, a subscription or another outcome that results in new business. Establishing this journey for your marketing qualified leads will help you visualize the steps that potential customers need to take from the first interaction to the final goal.

          Having an agreed-upon customer journey is crucial for effective automation and can take a lot of the manual work off your plate. By having a complete vision of the customer journey, you can automate certain touch points or outreach opportunities, ensuring that your customers remain on the path while you focus on other marketing efforts.

          5. Utilize Lead Scoring

            Lead scoring is another benefit of using a CRM system. This tool allows marketing and sales teams to assign point values to contacts based on how likely they are to do business with you. Lead scores can be based on any number of factors, but many include data points such as job title, industry, company size, website visits and email engagement. When done properly, lead scoring can remove the guesswork from deciding which leads to prioritize and send outreach to.

            6. Implement Automated Email Outreach

              Email marketing is usually the centerpiece of any strong marketing automation strategy, mostly because it can be automated. Automated email outreach can save you from individually reaching out to leads and even provide additional opportunities to touch base with those contacts.

              For example, if someone fills out a form for an e-book on your website, your CRM can trigger a series of related emails to be sent to that visitor — connecting with them based on something you know they are interested in and establishing a relationship.

              7. Nurture and Track Leads With Campaigns

                Developing campaigns that deliver the content your potential customers want, timed for when they’re most likely to take action, is crucial for effective outreach. Nurturing your leads can directly contribute to them doing business with you, and CRM solutions make it easy to streamline these campaigns. Using a CRM, you can nurture leads with campaigns that utilize multiple channels, follow up in timely ways (even using automation), contain personalized content, leverage lead scores and more. These tools all synergize to create campaigns that nurture and build a relationship with potential customers until they’re ready to do business with you.

                By implementing processes that allow marketing teams to scale their efforts and make everything more efficient and effective, marketing automation can be used to boost your business and outreach effectiveness.

                Interested in learning more about how marketing automation helps put data to work? Take a look at our blog on marketing automation terms that everyone should know.

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