Your marketing team works hard to develop compelling advertising campaigns and inbound marketing strategies to draw prospects into your buyer’s journey and enroll them in ongoing outreach efforts. When a prospect begins to seriously consider your brand, they become a lead. The responsibility for cultivating that potential
In its simplest form, closed loop marketing describes any process in which marketing and sales departments share information about the outcomes of leads referred by marketing. By jointly monitoring the status of prospects and tracking their progress through the sales cycle, your marketing and sales teams can establish a continuous link that will inform all aspects of your customer relations efforts. Marketing teams can equip sales departments with information about customer expectations and help them communicate consistently with current marketing endeavors. Sales departments can give marketing teams updates on how accurately customer personas reflect their real-world interactions and provide guidance on relevant content creation.
With a closed loop marketing process in place, you can:
The first steps in establishing a closed loop marketing strategy involve building shared processes that cultivate joint ownership of all forms of customer engagement. Marketing and sales teams
Your strategy should focus on the following:
So far, we’ve covered the basic organizational concepts behind closed loop marketing. In practice, successful implementation depends upon a range of technologies to track progress through the customer journey. Employing these technologies will increase the effectiveness of your closed loop strategy and reveal opportunities for more efficient marketing spending.
At a minimum, your organization will need to use Customer Relations Management (CRM) software and a marketing automation platform to enroll customers in your contact database and track their movement throughout the engagement funnel. Popular marketing automation solutions include Pardot, HubSpot and Marketo. CRM options include HubSpot and Salesforce, which contain their own automated marketing solutions to enable easy management of leads and deliver targeted engagement functions. Whichever option you choose, a CRM and marketing automation platform will help you determine which campaigns are successful and which should be discontinued.
Integrating marketing automation and a CRM can help you:
These automated tools supply the information your sales and marketing teams need to fine-tune strategies and achieve optimal outcomes. Armed with data about which digital resources, content offerings, landing pages and CTAs are earning the highest customer conversions, you can allocate more money and resources toward developing similar assets.
These insights are only as good as the people interpreting the data, so train employees on how to accurately read trends and customer actions. It’s also imperative that both marketing and sales teams incorporate the data into their efforts. If only one team acts on customer trends, only half of the funnel is impacted. That’s why it’s crucial that the departments collaborate to mine data for instructive trends and work toward the same goals.
Technology is essential for collecting data, but closed loop marketing relies upon skilled personnel to achieve actionable customer insights. If sales and marketing departments don’t cooperate or interpret data accurately, no amount of technological
Interested in establishing your own closed loop marketing system? Contact AvreaFoster to learn how we can help get you more insights and more conversions.
Kenny Osborne is Creative Director at AvreaFoster.
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