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DemandGen Report Glossary

 

Demand Generation - Focused on targeted marketing programs, demand generation drive awareness and interest in a company's products and/or services. Predominant in BtoB marketing, demand generation marries marketing programs and structures sales processes.

There are multiple components of a stepped demand generation process that vary based on the size and complexity of a sale. These components include:

  • Building Awareness
  • Positioning Relevance
  • Supporting Validation
  • Mitigating Customer Evaluation

 

Lead Generation - To obtain information to expand business scope, lead generation starts by utilizing items like computer programs, databases, the Internet or a specialized service. The practice is focused on increasing sales revenues, looking for a job or for new clients, or conducting specialized research. Leads can consist of the names and addresses (or e-mail addresses) of individuals, corporations, institutions or agencies. Lists of leads can be gathered or filtered from targeted databases such as telephone and Internet directories. For a fee, lead generation vendors conduct research and provide clients with a list of leads.

Inbound Marketing - Traditionally, “inbound marketing” has referred to the process of preparing a product for the marketplace by identifying potential customers, matching product features to their needs, determining the best styling, packaging and pricing to attract them and comparing the product to similar offerings by competitors. Recently, the term “inbound marketing” has become popular to describe the process by which customers find suppliers rather than the other way around.

Outbound Marketing - Traditionally, “outbound marketing” has referred to the process of presenting the product to the marketplace by a variety of means such as advertising, trade shows, direct mail or email, telemarketing and promotions. An outbound marketing strategy refers to any technique that is proactive and takes one to the consumer, rather than being inactive, waiting for the consumer to come to them. The problem with too many marketing strategies is that they depend on visitors voluntarily coming back to a web site. Examples outbound marketing strategies include: reminder notices, profiled information streams, e-newsletters, discussion list participation and online conferences.

Content Marketing - The underlying philosophy driving techniques like custom media, custom publishing, database marketing, brand marketing, branded entertainment and branded content. Content marketing is the creation or sharing of content for the purpose of engaging current and potential consumer bases. In contrast to traditional marketing methods that aim to increase sales or awareness through interruption techniques, content marketing subscribes to the notion that delivering high-quality, relevant and valuable information to prospects and customers drives profitable consumer action. Content marketing has benefits in terms of retaining reader attention and improving brand loyalty better than traditional marketing techniques. Content marketing products frequently take the form of custom magazines, print or online newsletters, digital content, websites or microsites, white papers, webcasts/webinars, podcasts, video portals or series, in-person roadshows,

Drip Marketing A direct marketing strategy that involves sending out several promotional pieces over a period of time to a subset of sales leads. It was developed in response to the "Law of 29" in which many marketers believe that an average "prospect" will not turn into a client until they've viewed their marketing message at least 29 times. The method of drip marketing is designed to help avoid the sell-produce curve. An effective way to use drip marketing is to consistently do something each month to keep your name in front of your current clients and prospective clients.

Lead Nurturing - The process of building a relationship by conducting an informative dialogue that helps qualified prospects who are not yet sales-ready, regardless of budget, authority, or timing — and of ensuring a clean hand-off to sales at the right time. Marketers strive for winnable opportunities in their pipeline. They care more about quality (defined as likely to drive revenue this or next quarter) than quantity. The implication is that leads should live in marketing, and that marketing should nurture leads until they are ready to become opportunities.

Social Media - Media based on conversation and interaction between people online, where media means digital words, sounds and pictures, which are typically shared via the Internet. Social media has been modernized to reach consumers through the Internet. Brands utilize social media to reach customers and to build or maintain reputation. As social media continues to grow, the ability to reach more consumers globally has also increased. Social media has become a new toolset for effective business marketing and sales.

Marketing Automation - Software platforms designed for marketing departments and organizations to simplify processes by automating repetitive tasks. Marketing departments, consultants and part-time marketing employees benefit by specifying criteria and outcomes for tasks and processes which are then interpreted, stored and executed by software, which increases efficiency and reduces human error.

Software as a service (SaaS) - is deployed over the Internet and/or is deployed to run behind a firewall in your local area network or personal computer. With SaaS, a provider licenses an application to customers as a service on demand, through a subscription or a “pay-as-you-go” model. Saas is also called “software on demand.” SaaS was initially widely deployed for sales force automation and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

“Seed Nurturing” and The Future of Lead Nurturing

Jon_Miller_-_VP_Marketing_-_MarketoBy Jon Miller, VP Marketing, Marketo

BtoB marketing has dramatically evolved over the past few years. Early on, the primary focus was on “closing the deal,” investing dollars on mass marketing, advertising, and branding regardless of measurable ROI, and encouraging the sales team to reach out to every prospect regardless of level of interest or qualification.

Manticore Integrates With Social Networks 
To Feed Sales Contacts

Manticore Technology announced a new version of its marketing automation platform, with new capabilities designed to further feed the sales pipeline. The new version features integration of with some of the world’s largest social media directories including Jigsaw, LinkedIn, and Facebook, in an effort to enable marketing departments to deliver sales with tools to develop and expand their pipeline.

Genius Simplifies Social Media Tracking With Launch Of New Integration Tools

GURL_success_smallGenius.com rolled out several new tools last week designed to allow sales and marketing executives to better integrate and track their social media conversations. The core of the expanded toolset is a URL shortener specifically designed to track both structured marketing campaigns and ad-hoc social-media conversations. The Genius URL shortener or “GURL” for short, enables any member of a Genius customer organization to include trackable links in their Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, blog, or other social-media posts.

Q&A With Eloqua’s Steve Woods, Author of “Digital Body Language”

Fresh off a book tour promoting “Digital Body Language,” Eloqua CTO Steve Woods has been immersed in conversations around the latest trends in BtoB marketing, from social media to sales and marketing alignment, and the role of each in the demand generation space. Woods says many marketers have realized marketing should be seen as facilitating a buying process, not outbound selling, and future conversations will be centered on how to understand the buying process and use that intelligence to optimize marketing messaging. DemandGen Report recently had the chance to catch up with Woods to hear his insight on the future of social media, the best way to stay in front of prospects with an increasing buying cycle, and industry feedback about the book.

Social Networking Pushes Email Marketing Into New Era Of Real-Time Communication

Like everything else digital, email marketing is changing. As the lead generation strategy of choice for many years, it is now being reformed by the dramatic shift to social media as a real-time communication platform. For BtoB companies, the email/social synergy can be a profitable one.

New thinking and new solutions have recently sprouted around the intersection of social networking and email, most notably in a new report from email services provider ExactTarget. Although the company could be hammered by social networks and their ability for its users to bypass email, the company’s research shows the opposite effect.

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