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How To Convert More Leads With Marketing Automation Tools

Inbound marketing is even more effective when combined with marketing automation. In this article we cover both in detail and outline how you can convert more leads by combining the two together in your marketing efforts.

How To Convert More Leads With Marketing Automation Tools

This blog was written before Pardot was renamed to Marketing Cloud Account Engagement. You can read more about the name change and what it means here.

We’ve all heard about inbound marketing. Lots of businesses were probably doing it before it even had a name, which came about in 2005 from a guy called Brian Halligan. He’s the CEO of a large automation company known for creating huge volumes of great content.

The gist of inbound marketing is to produce lots of compelling content like blogs, infographics, ebooks etc. and use them to create a pull’ effect that brings visitors to your site. This is an excellent way to market your brand. It does pose a new question though; how does this tie in with the way we’ve set up our marketing automation tools?

Old style marketing automation methodology

To fully understand how inbound marketing works with marketing automation tools, we need to go back in time (like, a few years ago).

Back then, marketing automation was very linear by design. Automation programs consisted of a series of emails that would have a pause in between where it would check for a click or an open. You’d then make a decision on how to treat them based on whether they clicked/opened or not. For example, you might send an email, see if they clicked and if they did then add them to a salesperson's list so they could give them a call and if they didn’t then send them the next email a week later.

Linear marketing automation tools use

It was good at the time, but now it’s not good enough.

What happens if someone engages with you on social or downloads a piece of content unrelated to that automation program? Would you still want to send them on the same nurture path?

The answer is you no, you’ll probably want to treat them differently.

Present day marketing automation tools & your inbound leads

Fast forward to today’s automation capabilities and it’s a different story.

The most effective way for an organisation to succeed in marketing today is to be able to send every single prospect content in context. Sending them the right message at the right time, every time. This can only be achieved through a marketing automation tool such as Pardot and once set up, your inbound traffic is essentially being nurtured while your marketing team are focusing on other important things.

Here’s an example of how today’s automation could look:

Present day automation example - Page 1

I won’t go into too much detail here, but you can already see that this is superior to the previous program. You’ve got a clear plan and direction for every prospect, dynamic content for personalisation and rules that direct people onto the appropriate path.

What’s most important here is the automation rule that pulls people out of the program. This is what you use to really understand and personalise the user experience. How awful would it be if I was showing clear interest in product B but you were still sending me content about product A? This automation stops this from happening and lets me, as a user, choose to hear about product B and even move onto C, D, E etc. The whole time I’m engaging with you I’m telling you something, and the marketing automation tool is allowing you to adapt and change messaging according to my behaviour.

Handy Pardot tip: When someone leaves a Pardot Engagement Studio and re-enters, they’ll always carry on from where they left off. They won’t start again from the beginning.

You could also set up another automation rule that immediately flags your dream prospects. I’d highly recommend setting this up and leaving it running for as long as that criteria is valid.

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Tom Ryan

Founder & CEO of MarCloud, Tom has been on both sides of the fence, client-side and agency, working with Salesforce platforms for the best part of a decade. He's a Salesforce Marketing Champion and certified consultant who loves to co-host webinars and pen original guides and articles. A regular contributor to online business and marketing publications, he's passionate about marketing automation and, along with the team, is rapidly making MarCloud the go-to place for Marketing Cloud and Salesforce expertise. He unapologetically uses the terms Pardot, Account Engagement and MCAE interchangeably.

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