Lead Nurturing for Software Trials

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This week someone asked me about lead nurturing for people who signed up for a 30-day product trial (for a SaaS/Cloud software product). This was in response to an article on trial conversion optimization that I wrote over a year ago. In the past year I’ve been heads-down on many Marketing Automation projects, and this email inspired me write a follow-up: I’ve included 7 practical tips to get started and a brief case study.

Tip 1: Start Sending Email Now

Are you sending follow-up emails to your trial registrants yet? If not, start doing so today. Even if it’s a manual process, NOT sending email means you’re missing out on revenue. Conversion rates will increase with even the most basic nurturing process. You can send email manually (once a week to all new registrants), you can use a simple auto-responder tool or use a marketing automation system.

Tip 2: Make Product Adoption Your #1 Goal

The one and only goal of the emails you’re sending out should be to get people hooked on your product. Feel free to try sending company overviews or analyst whitepapers, but in most cases you’ll see sub-par clickthrough rates. Instead, focus on tips and resources to make sure the trial users get the most out of your product. If you want introduce a human person as a support resource, make sure it’s someone who can actually help with the most common problems.

Tip 3: Send More Emails

Don’t assume that qualified prospects will read all of your emails, they’re simply too busy and get too much email. The only solution is to send more email than you may initially be comfortable with. How many emails is enough? There is only one way to find out, and that is to increase the frequency until you see the unsubscribe rate go up. Realize that your best customers will be the last to unsubscribe, so don’t worry about unsubscribes too much. As a guideline, the unsubscribe rate should be below 1%.

Tip 4: Choose a Good Call-to-Action

A good nurture email helps convert prospects into paying customers. So what should be in that email? Examples are a link to a piece of documentation, a usage tip, a link to the login page, or a personalized coaching call. In different emails, provide different call-to-actions: some can be low-commitment (e.g. a link to documentation) while others can be high-commitment (e.g. requesting a personal coaching session or attending a live webinar). If you worry that high-commitment offers may take too much time to deliver (e.g. 1:1 coaching), only extend them to the most qualified prospects.

Tip 5: Use Email Best Practices

In the subject line, tell people what they’re going to get by reading this email, but don’t use more than 50 characters. Once they are reading the email, make it easy for them to respond to your call-to-action: repeat the offer, use very little text and add a big button for the call-to-action. Also include a text link, because not everyone may load images. For technical audiences, consider creating emails with no images at all. Regardless of the formatting, you always want to include a button and link for the call-to-action, because that’s how you will measure the email’s effectiveness (using the clickthrough rate). Use only 1 main call-to-action per email, and optionally a secondary call-to-action, but no more than that: the average reader will give your email 5 seconds, and with too many options many will simply not respond at all.

Tip 6: Experiment. A Lot.

It’s hard to know beforehand which messages are most effective in increasing product adoption. You will simply have to try a lot of different messages and call-to-actions. Set yourself a goal to add a new message every 2 weeks, let it run for 4 weeks, and then look at click-trough rates to decide if it’s a keeper. Ideally, change only 1 thing at a time, so you know exactly what caused the change in email performance. Depending on the email system you’re using, you may have to create an all-new email instead of editing the existing email, so you will easily see the difference in click-rates before and after the change.

Tip 7: Know What You Want to Measure

A common question is: how do I know if my nurture campaign is working? Ultimately, it’s working when trial participants become paying customers. You can analyze this in two ways: (1) look at the people who clicked on certain emails and check if they are customers now or (2) look at the recently closed deals and see which emails those people responded to. This strategy allows you to look beyond clickthrough rates and optimize your nurturing campaign for your ideal prospects.

Example: 7-Day Trial Nurturing

Let’s finish this post with a brief example: a SaaS software company has a 7-day product trial and sends 1 email every day with a usage tip. The main call-to-action is a link to the login page. The secondary call-to-action is a personalized coaching session.

The first email has by far the highest clickthrough rate, which gradually tapers off. There is a small spike for the last email, probably because people realize that their trial will end very soon. The unsubscribe rate is highest on the first 2 emails (but still under 1%). It is really low on emails 3 to 6 and has a small spike for email 7.

Every single email (except 1) had clicks from people who later became customers. This underlines the importance of sending email frequently, because you never know which email people will respond to. However, the first email is the most important: it gets the highest clickthrough and those people are most likely to become customers. As an aside: it was interesting to see that few of them responded to any of the later emails.

More than twice as many people respond to the primary call-to-action (login) compared to the secondary call-to-action (coaching). Both convert at the same rate: clearly it’s important to have both call-to-actions, because different people respond to different offers.

Another interesting data point is that people who register with a work email address are 4 times more likely to convert into paying customers than registrants with a personal email address (like Gmail and Yahoo).

Conclusion

My previous article included some advanced trial nurturing concepts, such as nurturing based on the stage where prospects are in the product evaluation process. That is still a powerful tactic, but we shouldn’t forget the basics. That’s what the 7 tips in this post are about. Master these best practices and you’re probably already miles ahead of your competitors.

And as always, there are tons of questions that I didn’t address, so please leave a comment with your suggestions or questions.

MA Monday San Francisco and Other Cities

The next Marketing Automation Monday will be in San Francisco on March 21st. It is organized by Daniel Kuperman and hosted by Brighttalk (501 Folsom Street). It’s going to be the 3rd meetup in San Francisco, and we expect about two dozen Marketing Automation users, who will discuss integration with CRM and several other topics.

Register for Marketing Automation Monday in San Francisco, March 21 @ 6pm

In addition to the topics, there is lots of opportunity to exchange best practices and to connect with like-minded Marketing Automation enthusiasts.

Marketing Automation Monday in Other Cities

Why should the Bay Area have all the fun? Our new registration website accommodates Meetups in different cities, each with their own mailinglist. If you want to be notified of meetups in your city, please join the Marketing Automation Meetup group, and specify your city in the “edit membership” section.

We currently have the following cities listed:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Silicon Valley
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC

If you’d like to add your city, please let me know (jep at leadsloth dot com).

Why I’ve Joined Marketo

Most readers of this blog will know that I’m passionate about Marketing Automation and Lead Management. As a consultant, I really enjoy helping organizations optimize their Marketing Automation efforts using the latest techniques and best practices. On this blog I write about this, trying to generate discussion, share ideas, and – in the process – learn a lot myself. To accelerate this learning process I’ve decided to join the Marketo consulting team, in which I can focus 100% on Marketing Automation and Lead Management.

As LeadSloth I did a lot of blogging, but my consulting practice paid the bills. However, I found that being an independent consultant has its challenges. When you’re doing projects, you’re busy and you don’t spend enough time doing sales. And when you’re doing sales, it takes a while to get new projects lined up. As a result, my revenue wasn’t very predictable, but additionally, it also slowed down my learning: fewer projects means fewer opportunities to learn.

Marketo gives me access to more projects, and also the interesting projects that I wouldn’t be able to get as an independent consultant. There are also many colleagues to learn from, not just within consulting, but also in all other departments. All in all, there is a lot of opportunity for personal and professional growth. The only downside is that I won’t have exposure to other Marketing Automation systems anymore (and all the great people that work at those vendors).

What’s Going to Happen With LeadSloth?

I will still be blogging at LeadSloth.com and I will continue to help organize Marketing Automation Mondays. Both of those are independent from Marketo, and done in my own time. However, working for a vendor in the space inevitably brings a bias. Therefore, I won’t blog about vendors and products.

Overall, my goal is to help grow the marketing automation market as a whole. In my new role, I believe I will be in the good position to do exactly that. And with LeadSloth I will focus on activities that are vendor agnostic.

I’m looking forward to hear your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me via email (jep at leadsloth dot com).

Marketing Automation Monday – NYC & SF – Dec 6th

The last two Marketing Automation meetups were well received by the attendees, so we’ve been working on an encore. This time not just in the Bay Area, but also in New York City (Austin, TX coming in January):

The event in San Francisco is during Dreamforce, so we’re hoping some out-of-town attendees can also make it.

Both events are at Monday December 6th at 6pm (local time). Snacks and drinks will be provided. We’re expecting between a dozen and 25 people at each meetup, so there should be lots of good discussions!

We hope you can make it to one of these events. If you’d like to host an event in your city, please let me know.

Drip Campaigns: Tips From Marketing Automation Monday

Almost 30 people showed up for the first two Marketing Automation Monday meetups in San Francisco and Palo Alto. The topics for these meetings was drip campaigns and lead nurturing. Lots of good ideas and best practices were exchanged, and I wanted to give you a quick summary in this blog post.

Database Segmentation

Segmentation came up several times. You need to tailor your drip campaigns to different audiences. Often, this is based on product, company size, industry or sales channel (direct, partner, affiliate). Some companies were actively capturing more information on prospects (e.g. via progressive profiling), so they could run more targeted campaigns. Another company was pulling revenue information from their billing system into the CRM system.

A recurring theme is that you need to really understand the prospect. Several people had worked with the sales team to better understand the buying process, and one company even started a user experience group to better understand the customers.

Segmentation on Lead Source and Search Keywords

An email marketing vendor found out that people searching for "newsletters" are less sophisticated than those who search for "email software". That's useful info to fine-tune your nurturing programs.

Also, lead source can give valuable clues to the desired length of the nurturing process. One company measured how long it took from initial lead creation until an opportunity was created:

  • Organic search: 30 days 
  • Paid search: 60 days
  • Purchased list: 250 days

Interesting enough, once the opportunity was created, it took the same time for the deal to close (6 months), regardless of lead source.

Lead Nurturing Based on Product Usage

Being in the Bay Area, a lot of the attendees worked for software companies. Many of them have trial programs, so potential clients can try the product before they buy. Several people mentioned they were feeding product usage information to their Marketing Automation system to tailor the drip campaigns. Often, this was an automated process, using the Marketing AUtomation system's API.

Some of these same companies are also collecting statistical information on product usage of existing clients, and are running upselling campaigns based on that information.

Pipeline Nurturing

One company found that qualified leads were falling off the sales person's radar when they were not buying within one or two weeks. Therefore, they started a nurturing campaign 3 weeks after the last contact by a sales rep. This resulted in a 7 times increase in close rate, compared to not having the nurturing. Of course, these leads were already qualified, but it shows that nurturing can actually directly help sales people meet their targets.

Email Sent on Behalf of Sales Reps

Talking about sales people: email sent on behalf of a sales rep seems to be used by almost all companies. Everyone agreed that plain formatting worked the best for these "sales" emails. Often, the content of the email is kept short. In one case, the best performing email was actually just one line. Best of all: the unsubscribe rate of these emails is very low. One company even created a fake female persona (including LinkedIn profile), because their prospects were responding way better to a female (IT audience, I guess).

Measuring Replies to Nurturing Emails

However, it's a challenge to measure how many recipients are replying to those emails, as the email goes straight back to the sales rep. One solution was to create an email alias that forwards the email to both the sales rep and another mailbox. That mailbox has to be monitored manually. Another company was saving those replies straight into Salesforce.com.

An additional challenge is to pull prospects out of the campaign after they converted: however, this often depends on a manual action by the sales rep, which is not always happening. One company specifically trained sales people to do this.

Preventing Too Much Email

At one company, product managers for the different product lines could request email campaigns. However, they often specified overlapping segments of the database, causing too much email to be sent. It was a manual process to review the campaigns and prevent annoying the leads.

Another company wanted to automate this. They have multiple automated campaigns that would possibly overlap: they were looking for a way to manage this, having some kind of "traffic cop". This is definitely an area that could use some best practices.

ROI Calculations

Even though the topic of these two meetups was Drip Campaigns, reporting came up as a important topic. Some used customizations of Salesforce.com, others add-on products from their Marketing Automation vendors, one company was using a Business Intelligence tool, and yet others developed a custom solution.

We also had some discussion on campaign attribution, to measure the effect of your lead generation and lead nurturing campaigns. One company decided to do ROI calculations only based on the original lead source, not on campaign influence. They found this was much simpler, and gave approximately the same results.

Next: December 6th – San Francisco & Austin, TX

We had some great discussions at these meetups, so we're already planning the next ones. It looks like we'll have a meeting on December 6th in San Francisco. This will be during Dreamforce in a nearby location. We're also planning a meetup in Austin, TX that same day. Also on the list: New York, Boston, Washington DC and Raleigh-Durham. If you're in any of those areas and you're interested in helping to organize it, please let me know (jep at leadsloth dot com).

Also, if you're not a member yet, please sign up for the Marketing Automation Association LinkedIn Group.

Marketing Automation Monday

Would you like to meet up with fellow Marketing Automation professionals to exchange tips and best practices? Join us at Marketing Automation Monday for an informal panel discussion on using drip marketing to find more qualified leads and for networking with other like-minded marketers. These are the dates & locations:

The agenda is still being confirmed, but most likely we will start around 5.30pm with drinks and snacks. Around 6pm we’ll start an informal panel discussion about drip marketing in which several people will present their drip campaigns. Questions from the audience are encouraged. And after that we’ll have some more time for networking. Any ideas are welcome.

Future dates will be published on the Marketing Automation Monday web page.

Why Marketing Automation Monday?

The idea for Marketing Automation Monday came up after I had visited several Web Analytics Wednesday events. Sinds 2005, those events have provided a great networking and learning opportunity for Web Analytics professionals. So I thought: “Why not do the same for Marketing Automation professionals?”.

Unfortunately, back then there simply weren’t enough Marketing Automation professionals to meet up with. However, in the past 2 years, Marketing Automation has really taken off. So I think the time is right, and Marketing Automation now deserves its own meetup!

Together with Saad Hameed, I’m initiating these first two events. Since we both live in the Bay Area, that’s a logical place to start. We’ll make it a recurring event if enough people show up. And if you want to organize a Marketing Automation meetup in your city, feel free to do so, and we’ll help you promote it.

The Event

The goal of this event is three-fold: learn more about Marketing Automation, get to know other Marketing Automation professionals, and have fun doing so. We’ll cover topics around Marketing Automation, including:

  • Lead Management
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Revenue Performance Management
  • Demand Generation
  • B2B Email Marketing

Each meetup has a particular topic (this time it’s drip marketing). The meetups will focus on best practices in Marketing Automation, not so much on implementation details. It is not specific to any Marketing Automation vendor, nor is this event sponsored by any vendors. However, vendors and consultants are welcome to attend, but no selling please.

Join the LinkedIn Group

Saad started the Marketing Automation Association LinkedIn Group a while ago, and all future events will be announced via this Group. So if you want to be kept up to date, please register for this group.

Your Ideas Please

Because this is the first time we organize this event, we’ll need lots of input on the ideal format. We’re curious to hear your input. Feel free to leave a comment or email us (jep at leadsloth dot com)

Guest Post: Best Practices in Marketing Automation

By: Lisa J. Cramer, President & Co-Founder, LeadLife Solutions

There are certainly a lot of capabilities within marketing automation. As such there are a variety of best practices to be followed in order to maximize the use of these systems. Below are some of the best practices we have found within our customer base that helped drive success with marketing automation.

Improve Lead Interaction with Good Segmentation

The technology can only do so much – starting with a segmented, clean lead list is important. Segment your database by demographics, such as: industry, job titles, or product/service interest shown. It would be great if you can move towards the development of buying personas – so you can model what segmentation has been most profitable.

Optimize Lead Nurturing Through Personalized and Relevant Communications

While nurturing, test different facets of your email communication – which subject line attracted the most interest per segmented list? Which content provided the desired lead interaction for which segmented list during which stage of nurturing? Relevant content is not just about the content the user cares about, but also what is important to them at the phase of the buying cycle they are in. For instance, is it about thought leadership or feature comparisons?

Use Drip Marketing Based on Triggers

Drip marketing gives marketers the ability to automatically send communications based on a series of conditions. This helps a company automatically meet the buy cycle phase that the lead is in. Triggering the drip based on actions of the lead, help ensures that the lead receives more relevant communication to what they have shown interest in or explicitly expressed interest in.

Automatic Scoring Prioritizes Leads That are “Sales Ready”

Nurturing leads is one thing, but the end result marketers want is to move more qualified leads to sales. Scoring enables marketers to ensure leads that demonstrated certain behaviors (can include answering questions, etc.) and met the specified criteria will move to sales at the right time. Obviously the foundation of prioritization and effective scoring is the definition of a “sales ready” lead; and that’s something marketing and sales need to sit down and do together.

Maximize Revenue Attainment by Re-nurturing Leads

What do your sales reps do when they speak to a lead and they don’t move it into an opportunity or further down the funnel? Is the lead dead? Is the lead every “touched” by sales again? Often leads that don’t move down the pipeline or leads that are disqualified at some point in the funnel are left for dead (often referred to as lead leakage). It’s amazing how much more revenue can be surfaced if these leads were re-nurtured.

About the Author

Lisa Cramer is president and co-founder of LeadLife Solutions, a provider of on-demand lead management software with embedded best practices that generates, scores, and nurtures leads for B2B marketers. In 2009, Lisa was recognized as one of the top five “Most Influential People” in sales lead management. For more information on lead management or best practices, visit www.leadlife.com, call 1-800-680-6292 or email info@leadlife.com.

Eloqua Experience 2010

This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun. Here is a preview:

Eloqua 10 Campaign Builder (click to enlarge)


I attended the session with Coreworx, an early adopter of Eloqua 10. They are raving about Eloqua 10. During their presentation they set up a simple webinar campaign on the fly. That was very intuitive. Also, the application was very fast and responsive (they used the beta 2). One of the time-saving features that is the type-ahead search: see the video tour of Eloqua 10 for details.

Revenue Performance Management (RPM)

The bigger story at the event was the introduction of Revenue Performance Management. Eloqua’s definition is a mouthful: “RPM is a systematic approach to identifying the drivers and impediments to revenue, rigorously measuring them, and then pulling the economic levers that will optimize top line growth”.

In short, it is about understanding how marketing and sales drive revenue. It highlights the transition to a more metrics-driven way to optimize sales & marketing for revenue growth. Eloqua has more information about this in a blog post.

Jeremy Victor has a nice write-up of the 16 sales and marketing reports that measure revenue performance. Eloqua hopes that these metrics will become a standard, so that they can also be used for benchmarking. By the way: see also Jeremy’s summary of the second day of the conference.

Eloqua University

In Monday’s blog post I emphasized that process and best practices are they key to unlocking the full potential of Marketing Automation. Eloqua recognizes this and has launched their Eloqua University (including Twitter handle @EloquaU). The courses will focus both on functional topics such as multi-channel campaigns or lead scoring, as well as more strategic Revenue Lifecycle courses. Certification is also part of the University. More at the Eloqua University website.

Cloud Connectors

Eloqua is also taking a lesson from Salesforce.com’s playbook by making it easier to extend Eloqua with 3rd party applications. The Eloqua API (application programming interface) has been available for a long time already, but there was no easy way for campaign managers to incorporate 3rd party applications in their marketing programs.

The new Eloqua Cloud Connector product integrates 3rd party applications like JigSaw and Webex in the Program Builder. For example, if you want to validate a contacts’s details with the Jigsaw database, you can simply drag the “check data” action into your program and double-click to configure it. There is no “AppExchange” for Eloqua extensions yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re planning that already.

Sales Enablement

Another new product is Eloqua Discover for Salesforce.com. It is an easy to understand, prioritized view of the hottest, most engaged prospects and accounts. This is available from within Salesforce.com, and it is a native Force.com application available from the AppExchange.

Eloqua Discover for Salesforce.com (click to enlarge)

Overall

So there were lots of new initiatives, products and services that were covered during the event. Also, I was impressed with the large number of presentations by clients. Eloqua clearly has a very active user base, and they’re willing to share their experiences.

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestion or remarks: just leave a comment!

Process Turns Marketing Automation Into Revenue

Today I read a blog post about 7 trends that speed up the adoption of marketing automation. It mentions the importance of valuable content, the increasingly longer sales cycles and the “consumerized” B2B sales processes. These are all important trends, and many people will wonder: how do I get started?

The Software is Great, But…

Marketing Automation software is often positioned as the be-all and end-all. It’s as if you would just sign up with one of the vendors, take a day to set everything up, and you’re done. Unfortunately, there is more to it than just technology. The result today: too many Marketing Automation users use their expensive system as an email marketing tool. Essentially, they changed their technology without updating their processes.

Process First

The companies that are successful with Marketing Automation take a different approach. They think strategically about their sales & marketing processes. They understand the capabilities of the technology, but think “process first”. An example: they determine what their most important customer segments are, what content they need in the different phases of the buying process, and how leads will be routed throughout the organization.

Technology & Process Go Hand in Hand

Once I tried to implement advanced lead management processes without the budget to buy a Marketing Automation system. That was hard. Actually, I felt frustrated that the lack of good technology was holding me back: it’s wasn’t just a lot of extra work, but certain features like behavioral lead scoring are simply not possible without Marketing Automation. To get the full benefits, Marketing Automation software and more effective Lead Management processes should be implemented at the same time.

Getting Started

In his post “Technology, alone, is not enough“, Adam Needles published an interesting graph about the the biggest roadblocks in maximizing a marketing automation solution:

Source: Bulldog Solutions/Frost & Sullivan (click to enlarge)

The top three issues are people, processes and content. Marketing Automation and Lead Management are complex, so you need to have someone in your organization who has experience with this. The most junior person on the marketing team is often not the right person. If you don’t have the right resources, you may need to hire someone, or work with a consultant.

Once you have the expertise in place, you can also design the right processes. This is usually a collaborative effort between marketing and sales.

The third roadblock from the survey was insufficient content. However, many organizations have more good content than they realize: check old blog posts, recorded webinars and other valuable content. But usually, it also requires a renewed focus on creating content that focuses on the buyer’s issues, rather than your own products.

With people, processes and content in place, you are well on your way to Marketing Automation success!

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Impressive Marketo User Summit

At this week’s Marketo Summit, I realized we’re right in the middle of B2B Marketing Event Season. MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit was last week, Pardot’s user conference was 2 weeks ago, and the Eloqua Experience is coming up next week. In this post I’m giving a short impression of the Marketo Summit.

The Marketo User Summit was BIG: 600 customers and partners were attending. It was also very professionally done: from the full color program guide and the loot bag to the well-balanced program and fun Mardi Gras party. With the exception of some Wifi issues in the beginning, it was running extremely smoothly.

Marketo University

The program started with the Marketo University, with a beginner and an advanced track. I attended the advanced track, and it was a nice combination of detailed feature descriptions and lead management best practices. They covered the main parts of the Marketo application: Lead Database, Design Studio, Marketing Activities and Analytics.

Global Marketo Roll-Out

After the University, Douglas Laird and Jonathan Moody showed how QlikTech managed to roll out a Soccer-themed Marketo campaign in 15 countries and 13 languages in a matter of months. This is an good example of how Marketo is now also being used in bigger implementations.

PR Newswire Integration

The PR Newswire session announced an integration that makes it much easier to distribute press releases, videos and other content right from Marketo. Additionally, it will make it possible to measure the results of your content marketing efforts more accurately.

Forrester Lead Management Overview

After that, Andre Pino, the new Forrester B2B Marketing principal analyst gave a nice overview of lead management. Some people thought it was a somewhat basic, but I thought it was a key component of this User Summit. He told the story in a nice way, and illustrated it with a good case study.

How Marketo Uses Marketo

Jon Miller and Bill Binch presented a session on how Marketo uses Marketo internally. One of he things Bill illustrated was how Sales Development Reps have to follow up with leads within a certain of days, otherwise their boss or even the executive team will be notified (using Marketo). This pretty much ensures a timely follow-up for each and every lead that reaches the lead score threshold.

Jon showed how Marketo is using a sophisticated decision workflow to start the right campaign at the right time: on every change, a “Traffic Cop” campaign decides which other campaign will be started next. It looked great, but also somewhat hard to understand and maintain. It’s a big contrast with Pardot’s pragmatic approach, in which they give every lead a 60 second look – manually – and then decide how to route the lead.

Webex Integration & Other Product News

J.D. Peterson, VP Products, presented the product roadmap. The big announcement was an upcoming integration with Webinar software, starting with Webex. GotoWebinar will follow, but GotoWebinar first needs to add an API to their product (please do so ASAP!).

There was a whole list of other planned improvements. One of them is the continued development of the Analytics module, including campaign influence measurement and revenue forecasting. That’s something that I’m really looking forward to, because it will make it much easier to show how Marketing activities influence current and future revenue.

Summarizing

There were many different tracks, so this post only gives an impression of the sessions that I was able to attend. I didn’t even mention the great presentation by Avinash Kaushik (Web Analytics Guru), who is a very energetic and humorous speaker: a great choice for the final presentation of the conference. Overall, it was a great conference and I learned a lot.

If you attended, please leave a comment about your experiences. What did you like, what could be improved?

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PS. the presentations are here: http://www.slideshare.net/marketo