5 Tips to Improve Conversion Rates

jsBy Jason Stewart, Senior Manager, Demand Generation, Demandbase

It's not hard to find a list of tips aimed at helping to improve your conversion rates, but it is much harder to synch these suggestions with the tools designed to make them realistic and effective. Here are 5 tips to improve conversion rates:

Demandbase Announces Real-Time Business Identification that Enables Targeting and Personalization for BtoB Marketers

Demandbase, Inc. recently announced the availability of Real-Time ID Service, its platform for real-time identification of business web traffic. Accessed using a web service API, the new platform is designed to enable marketers to power their web site or online products with intelligence to know which company is about to visit its site, and then serve a web experience with industry-specific messages, shorter web forms and the potential for content customized for specific accounts.

Demandbase Expands Data Platform With Addition Of InfoUSA SMB Contacts

Demandbase, a leading provider of BtoB customer acquisition solutions, has expanded its reach into the SMB market through a partnership with InfoUSA which will add over two million new companies to its platform.

The addition of Infogroup data in the small and medium business (SMB) segment, joins business contact information from sources including Jigsaw, Hoover’s, Harte-Hanks, Dun & Bradstreet, LexisNexis, AccuData, Edgar and others in the Demandbase platform. The integrated data platform includes more than 8 million business contacts, all with email addresses, and is available on demand with filtering and scoring functionality designed to improve the precision in list creation.

Leading Demand Gen Solution Providers Connect To Form “The Marketing Cloud”

Just as cloud computing has transformed CRM and other core business functions, several industry leaders have joined together to help create an end-to-end cloud solution for marketing applications. Launched for the first time at Dreamforce 2009, the Marketing Cloud is a collection of cloud-based marketing services designed to “make internal marketing operations more efficient and external marketing programs more effective.”

Founded as an alliance between Alfresco, Demandbase, Hoovers (a D&B company), Marketo, Jigsaw, ON24 and PivotLink, the Marketing Cloud is positioned to deliver fast, easy and cost-effective options for marketers to integrate data silos, automate processes, foster collaboration and develop actionable marketing insights.

Social Media Contact Strategies Heighten Need for Database Hygiene

This is part two of a two-part series looking at best practices for managing a contact database. Part one offered key takeaways to optimize response rates by defining lead gen goals and target demographics.

In our last look at database strategies, we examined tactics for developing and expanding a list that matches the needs of your business goals and sales pipeline. In this week’s article, we will look at the importance of refreshing the database and taking steps to make sure the contacts are accurate and targeted.

Experts Size Up Contact Database Growth Strategies to Optimize Response Rates

This is Part 1 of a two part series looking at best practices for managing a contact database. Look for Part 2 in next week’s newsletter.

In order to optimize marketing messaging and generate the leads needed to feed their sales pipelines, BtoB marketers continue to wrestle with the need to “right-size” their contact databases. Industry experts suggest each organization should have a defined set of lead gen goals and demographics in place.

While marketers must tailor goals to their pipeline metrics, email service provider ExactTarget recently offered hard numbers to go on for list growth measurement. “Average list growth is about 35-40% per year after attrition (about 25% per year),” says Morgan Stewart, Director of Research & Strategy at ExactTarget. “However, this takes programs of all sizes and intentions into account. It is unrealistic for programs with very large lists to expect this type of list growth.”

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