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Marketing automation and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can help organizations build better relationships with customers, both new and old. Explore tools, techniques, and marketing automation platforms for analyzing and responding to customer behavior with unique marketing. Browse our latest marketing automation news, analysis, and advice. 

4 Keys to Building a Strong Sales Enablement Program

Establishing a sales enablement program strengthens the bond between marketing and sales, which compresses sales cycles, increases conversion rates, and drives growth. Even the newest salespeople will be surprised at what they can accomplish.

How to Bridge Marketing's Digital Divide

By adopting an agile approach and eliminating the silos that separate people, technologies, and data, you can nurture a marketing ecosystem that is well suited to achieve the seamless, insight-driven, omnichannel experience to which we all aspire. The second in a two-part series.

4 Factors That Can Help You Choose the Right Customer Data Platform

Having a range of choices does not make it any easier for a marketer to select the right capabilities, nor does it promise better results. The key to finding the right CDP is to outline which experiences you want to deliver to remain competitive, now and into the future.

3 Ways AI Can Help Understand Customer Intent

Artificial intelligence and machine learning can now process data at rates that far outpace traditional software, which comes in handy when analyzing the millions of moment-to-moment interactions that can make or break a customer experience.

5 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2020

Industry struggles of the 2010s have made today's chief marketing officers more agile than ever before; still they can expect 2020 to test their limits. But America's marketing chiefs remain optimistic thanks to that agility ace up their sleeve. Here are five trends they must act on.

5 Common Sales Bottlenecks and How to Solve Them

With a few straightforward process changes, and by leveraging technology, you can progress toward eliminating bottlenecks to better optimize your time and resources. But first, you have to know what to look for.

Customer Churn Got You Down? 4 Tips to Increase Retention

Don't spend thousands of dollars trying to find and woo strangers, ignoring the people who already know your brand. Companies that neglect their fans for too long inevitably lose those valuable customers to businesses that know how to show a little appreciation.

Marketing’s Digital Divide: It’s Not “Digital” Marketing, It's Just Marketing

Many organizations have allowed a separate and distinct "digital" marketing team to evolve. It operates along-side the traditional outbound marketers but may not always work on integrated channel programs with them. This divide creates barriers to achieving the seamless, insight driven, omnichannel experience to which we aspire. Part one of a two-part series.

Real-Time Journey Analytics: Maximizing the Customer Experience with Every Interaction

In today's hyper-connected sales environment, businesses require more than surveys or the Net Promote Score to gain a comprehensive view of the customer. Scalable, cloud-based customer journey analytics give companies their best chance at identifying unmet CX needs.

How to Get the Marketing Performance Insights Your Team Needs

Multi-touch attribution breaks down organizational silos, providing a holistic picture of performance that enables everyone to work toward shared goals, as well as the actionable information that marketers at all levels need to be effective.

Customer Data Platforms: Striving for a Single View of the Customer

To marketers trying to swim through a flood of disconnected customer data, a CDP can look like the life preserver needed for them to stay afloat. And if it is the real deal, it can be. Here's a look at the CDP field today.

Make Your Email Preference Center a Priority and Your Customers Will Reward You

The email preference center represents the best of both worlds: Prospects and customers can control the communications they receive, and marketers get to send better-quality, more targeted communications.

To Get Maximum Benefit From Your CRM, Don’t Overlook These Capabilities

Like anything else, CRM solutions are only as effective as the way you use them, and not all sales teams are fully exploiting the technology's features.

How Emojis, GIFs, and Other Visuals Can Boost the Customer Experience

Customer emotions can be hard to gauge in your CX efforts, but visuals such as emojis and GIFs can help companies crack the code on customer feedback.

How Are CRM and $100 Trillion in Economic Value Connected?

Digital transformation is expected to create enormous value in the coming years, so now's the time to shift to digitizing processes and operations and help your organization support rapid change and innovation.

Redefining SEO in the Age of Digital Transformation

To give today's customers what they truly desire, it's imperative to look at SEO in a whole different way. Here's how to redefine your SEO best practices to further boost search engine results.

An Introduction to Sentiment Analysis, the Next Great Customer Experience Tool

This technology can help classify customers' moods based on their reaction, reviews, or other input, enabling you to make the adjustments that will keep your customers happy and coming back.

Humans, Not Bots, Will Convert Browsers Into Buyers

If you want to effectively engage with browsers and convert them into customers, you need to connect them with the right people—people who already appreciate and love your brand and use your products every day.

How AI Helps Small Businesses Edge Out Larger Competitors

AI lets you personalize services, devote the necessary attention to qualified leads, and plan your marketing efforts to speak to people on a deeper level.

3 Ways in Which AI is Relevant for SMBs

AI technology may seem inconsequential or out of reach, but today's plethora of connected data means that SMBs can profitably use artificial intelligence with their CRM systems.