What’s the Difference Between Your CRM System and Your Marketing Automation Platform?


It probably won’t surprise you to learn that customer relationship management (CRM) software and marketing automation software are VERY different from one another. Yet, it seems that many marketers still ask the question: can I use one of these to do the job of the other?   On the surface, each one can appear to be somewhat similar, but a closer look shows that each platform serves a very different purpose. Since it’s so important that sales and marketing teams understand the differences between the two systems, let’s examine the […]

Getting Started with Sales Nurturing and the emfluence Marketing Platform


You’ve just launched your inbound campaign and high-quality leads are beginning to flow into your CRM system. Your work here is done, right? Of course not! This is only the beginning. Once your inbound campaigns are launched, you have to make sure your new leads remain high-quality by developing them into sales-ready opportunities.   This is where the art of sales nurturing comes into play—depending on your line of business, the sales cycle can last months or years. It’s not always easy to nurture these leads in an efficient, timely […]

Using Multiple Lead or Scoring Models to Deliver the Right Message Across the Customer Journey


If you are tracking and assigning values to customer and prospect activity as it relates to digital engagement with your brand, you already recognize that the insight it can bring can greatly assist your sales and marketing activities. At a very basic level, the most engaged contacts represent the hottest opportunities. That data in the hands of a capable sales and marketing organization can have a dramatic impact on success. Yet that’s just one small piece of the customer journey. Contact scoring has a place across the entire customer lifespan. […]

Four Must-Haves for Your CRM and Marketing Automation Platform Integration


So your organization has been growing quickly and at it’s finally time to get serious about integrating your CRM and marketing automation platforms. It’s a smart move! Sales and marketing alignment is a critical component of maintaining success and achieving sustainable, long-term growth. And a key part of this alignment is making sure your marketing and sales systems align as well. The customer journey involves fast-moving interactions that constantly bounce between sales and marketing touchpoints at every stage. The tighter the integration and alignment of your systems, the better your […]

Track Your Competition with Microsoft Dynamics Competitors and Marketing Automation


Want better insight into where you’re winning or losing your deals? Try leveraging the Competitors entity in Microsoft Dynamics 365.   The Competitors entity of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Engagement/CRM accompanies other, more popular entities, like Lead, Account, Contact, and Opportunity. Although it’s not used as often as the other entities, the Competitors function can provide a wealth of important marketing and sales data—all of which you can use to better segment and market to audiences using your marketing automation software and CRM integration.   What is the Competitors […]

 

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