Components of a B2B or B2C MarTech Stack

If you’re building a basic B2B or B2C MarTechstack then here’s a look at some of the components of a marketing stack.

Marketing automation

There are a plethora of marketing automation tools out there, and we at BlueOshan recommend HubSpot. HubSpot comes with a variety of different pricing packages based on the scale of your business and the kind of solution you’re looking for. HubSpot also integrates with a variety of widgets and other software in the market, making it a good contender for a marketing automation pick for your B2B or B2C martech stack.

Social media automation

Created in 2008, Hootsuite is a personal favourite social media automation tool of mine. Hootsuite also has a freemium model which is actually quite nice. Sprout Social is a huge fan favourite over at r/socialmedia. To be honest there are plenty of social media automation tools out there for you to add to your B2B or B2C martech stack. Whatever you do finally pick, make sure it plays well with your marketing automation tool.

Content management system

From WordPress to Drupal to Joomla, there are plenty of CMS to pick off the shelf. Your website is extremely important to your martech stack, so you need to be able to add or delete pages with ease. Having an easy to use content delivery system is vital for you to keep your content fresh. It will even benefit your inbound marketing efforts so choose wisely!

Advertising Technology

Google AdWords is a popular advertising service. In fact a lot of contenders of the Stackies 2018 had Google AdWords in their martech stacks. The right advertising campaign or goals will promote your business and so using the right advertising technology is important for your martech stack.

Customer relationship management

CRM plays a very important role in your martech stack. CRM will help you nurture leads that are on the top of the funnel, and also help you track behaviour and give you useful insights into your customer’s behavior. Since we have already recommended HubSpot for the marketing automation tool, you can add HubSpot CRM to your stack as well. HubSpot CRM is completely free to use, and will work well with your martech stack.

Email Marketing

Sending personalized emails to your leads and customers works wonders. Freemium email marketing software like MailChimp and Constant Contact are great for small businesses. Some marketing automation tools like HubSpot come with an email marketing suite that can do exactly what we are suggesting. Nurturing your leads and customers via email has proven to be quite successful and can be pivotal for your marketing efforts.

Data analytics tools

Although I have put this under a separate sub heading, most of the tools that we have mentioned above come with a dashboard experience that allow you to track various analytics. One of the most popularly used analytics tools by companies in their martech stacks is Google Analytics. You could even experiment with building a custom dashboard, with analytics widgets from all your tools in your martech stack.

7 Powerful Strategies to Implement Before You Start Internet Marketing

My wife, daughter and I were just watching World of Dance when a community warning interrupted our relaxation time. There were toxins released into the water, which freaked out my wife.

I wasn’t worried, of course, but my wife was getting ready to have me take the 30-minute commute to Eugene and have me buy as much water as I could carry! But I’m so relaxed, please don’t make me go out there…

Luckily, I looked up the warning online and found that the toxins actually wouldn’t affect us since it was taking place in a nearby town 60 miles away.

Whew!

And instead of braving the traffic I’m here on the keyboards writing this article for you.

Before you start Internet Marketing for your local brick-and-mortar, e-commerce and start-up business, I want to give you 7 powerful strategies to implement.

These are areas where the majority miss the boat and it costs them money and time establishing a business online.

My intention in this article is to help you get up to speed quickly before you start Internet Marketing so you avoid making costly mistakes:

1. It’s essential that you have short, medium and long-term goals even before you start Internet Marketing.

This means thinking about exactly what you want to achieve within a week, a month, six months, a year, five years and so on.

Goals are critical to your success in business. Without them, you’ll flounder because you have no focus, no direction, and no plan. You can even set goals for the next 10 to 20 years.

The mind needs specifics. If your goals aren’t specific and measurable then your goals won’t be effective in helping you move your business forward.

2. Identify all the business activities you’re good at. Are you good at sales and marketing? Accounting? Human Resources? Operations? List them and analyze which ones you’d like to achieve long-term.

3. Make sure you have a proven Internet Marketing strategy that can be documented even before you start Internet Marketing. Every detail included in your plan should be studied and reviewed on a regular basis to see if you’re right on track or if you need to do some tweaking (which is normal as a business grows).

4. Identify what types of services and/or products you’ll be selling to potential clients. Focus on a small number of products or services to start.

You can always modify your goals as you adjust to your markets’ wants and desires. You can’t afford to jeopardize the quality and efficiency of your work by trying to do too much. I’ve learned this the hard way…

5. You must know what you want your marketing/sales funnel to look like even before you start Internet Marketing. I recommend to all my clients to outline their funnels. This outline can be a simple list or diagram, but you need to make sure that the layout is arranged in order of appearance.

Plus, create a products and services catalog that has product and service descriptions, payment options and possible campaigns you can run to promote them.

6. Planning your promotions is critical to your success. An editorial and promotional calendar is something you should focus on. Once you have your marketing/sales funnel outline and catalog, the very next step is to schedule when you’ll promote your products and services.

7. Look for a mentor; someone who can give you answers to all your business-related questions.

I’d like to be your mentor so if you’d like to take the guesswork out of growing your business online then click here to get the ultimate shortcut to help you start Internet Marketing today.

Of course, you can find some of this information online. But nothing beats the information and best practices by learning from someone who has been in your shoes and has successfully established their own Internet-based business.

Distracted Driving Is a Bigger Problem Than We Thought

The numbers do not lie: 37,150 people in the US died due to distracted driving in 2017. But, sadly that is not the worst part of the news. Researchers are finding that there is no single cause to preventing distracted driving.

This means that there is no direct route to a solution resulting in more and more deaths. Right now, the only thing proven to work is to spread awareness about distracted driving.

Another thing that experts are deciding to try is how to make smartphone connectivity to cars to take less attention. Almost every new car on the market makes it easy to connect your phone to your car.

You are able to stream music, map directions, and in some cases even order food, coffee, etc. This is taking many drivers’ attention away from the road, in drivers aged 17 to 22 spend at least 12% of their time behind the wheel messing with their smart phones. Any percentage of time on your phone behind the wheel is too much time directed away from the road.

Both Apple and Android have their own extensions for cars. At one point Apple demanded more of customers’ attention than the Android version when entering directions and getting from one place to another. But, when it came to texting Android was by far more of a distraction. However, both must make a change to reduce the threat of distracted driving.

With all of the new tech in cars, come inward facing cameras. Some people are not okay with that for privacy reasons which is understandable as to a degree, it is a basic right, in most peoples’ eyes. However, these cameras may help develop self-driving cars with the data it collects. Additionally, it may be our answer to solving the distracted driving epidemic.

The data the cameras collected from crashes and everyday driving habits can be analyzed by experts to determine how to make the new technology in vehicles less cognitively demanding or even develop an algorithm to prevent inappropriate use while the vehicle is in motion.

But, how much privacy are consumers really willing to give up? How much of their data are companies entitled to? Right now, there is not much regulation, but it is probably coming soon as new cars will soon all have this technology.

There must be some type of compromise because when this data is used appropriately, breakthroughs can happen. For example, a lot of the tracking built into these cars can prevent crimes. A lot of the data provided can solve the mystery of crashes, including distracted driving crashes and provoke ideas on how to prevent them. The results can save money on auto insurance, medical bills, and most importantly lives which are priceless.

However, it is ultimately up to drivers to stop practicing distracted driving habits. Remember, distracted driving does not only come from cell phone and car functions taking your eyes off of the road. It also includes eating, drinking, putting on makeup and more. It must be put to an end to reduce the number of accidents and casualties.

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