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How Can Automated Marketing Increase Sales Success

Written by Emmaline Shettel

Emmaline Shettel is a Sales Development Representative at The Selling Factory. She is a senior at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications with a minor in digital arts and sciences. She is passionate about content creation, as well as music and video games. She will be starting a position as a Research Coordinator for the UF College of Engineering upon graduation.

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Knowing your customer and maintaining a relationship with them is one of the most important tools in sales; along with this, knowing how to reach them and how to appeal to their needs. Effective automated marketing is a great way to improve relationships by reaching out to customers and also generating more sales in the process.

What is Automated Marketing 

So what is automated marketing? It can be defined as “technology that manages marketing processes and multifunctional campaigns, across multiple channels, automatically,” according to Salesforce. Automated marketing doesn’t mean using a robot to mass market to everyone in your contact list, but it does mean there will be less work on the backend to reach customers. 

How Does Automated Marketing Build Customer Relationships?

Say you want to schedule a photo to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat at the same time – you can with automated marketing, which saves you more time without taking quality away from the content. According to Nucleus Research, marketing automation drives a 14.5% increase in sales productivity and a 12.2% reduction in marketing overhead. Additionally, 63% of survey respondents indicated that the ability to set measurable objectives for each of their campaigns is the biggest value of the driver of marketing automation.

How to Increase User Engagement with Automated Marketing

Now, the repetitive tasks of marketing can be handled, and more time can go into the planning and execution of campaigns, and genuinely responding and reaching out to customers, rather than the technical processes of posting. 

Marketing automation is a useful tool for companies and employees that like to spend all their time crafting the message and post in one place, then sending it to whatever platforms you’d like. It is also great for posts that are on a schedule, like weekly and biweekly spotlights that will now be posted automatically.

Automated marketing can also be useful in a mass marketing strategy. Some platforms may receive more traffic overall, but there is usually a different customer with different demographics around each platform. However, executing content manually and steadily first is important. This way you can gather data on what types of posts your target audience is most likely to engage with and on what platforms.

Aside from having less work on the backend, and more time to focus on strategy and customers, automated marketing is also easy to use. An example of an automated marketing platform that I have personally used and earned a certificate from is called Hootsuite. This platform allows the user to create and schedule posts, manage all channels, plan upcoming campaigns, stay on top of user interaction (messages and comments), and most importantly, analyze the data analytics reported with the posts.

How to Foster Customer Relationships with CRMs

It is important to go a bit into depth about data analytics in marketing, and specifically in automated marketing. One of the perks of automated marketing apps is that you can view your data analytics from the posts. It is impossible to measure the user engagement on a post without looking at the analytics that users help generate. 

These analytics will help to further relationships with customers and set goals to increase user engagement in the future. It also takes away having to have another platform such as Google Analytics, when you could have everything all-in-one.

Another perk that any business or employee would be pleased to hear is that most automated marketing software has a free trial to test out and is not much to purchase for the business. The value that you and the customer get out of having automated marketing eliminates any cost paid for the software. It is worth it to have these strong relationships with customers, and overall be more successful in sales. 

In other words, your input of a few hundred bucks a month or lower (depending on the size of the company and users), could result in many well-fostered relationships with customers and more consistent business from them.

Reaching Sales Goals with Automated Marketing

Marketing automation isn’t just for marketing. As a sales development representative, marketing automation is essential for finding the right contacts, understanding your prospects’ behaviors, and coordinating follow-ups. There are many reasons why a sales and marketing team should be aligned, but initially distinguishing market qualified leads (MQLs) from non-MQLs is pivotal for achieving our sales team goals. 

In sales, the customer is the priority, and marketing is the tool to help us identify their pain points, needs, and also their buyer behavior. The campaigns and content creation that is put out on social media platforms should be the priority in reaching out to customers, not the time to post it to each individual platform and also remembering to do this. It’s a win-win for the business and the customer, and a way for the business to funnel MQLs for the sales team to approach. We don’t want our sales development representatives knocking on doors that aren’t fit for our product or service. 

Moreover, leads are expensive to generate and therefore should be nurtured and followed up in a timely manner. Having a sales cadence in place is crucial to ensure this process. These prospects should be engaged with valuable content, calls, and email outreach to increase user engagement and continue building relationships. Sales is a numbers game, and consistency and pacing are key to achieving your sales team goals. 

If you or your sales company has not tried or heard of automated marketing, it is something to get a free trial of and test out. It is ideal for a sales development representative or media specialist at the company that is tasked with managing multiple channels and has too much software already to use for every task like analytics and content platforms.

The future of marketing is automation – so the sales team has more time to produce the content itself and can be more responsive to its customers that want interaction in the sales process.

Kira Baker

Campaign Manager

Kira is a recent graduate from the University of Florida where she received her Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about helping businesses grow and connecting with new people. Some of her hobbies include traveling and hiking. She hope to visit all of the National Parks one day!

kira@thesellingfactory.com

Jared Glosser

Vice President

After graduating from UF in 2014 with a B.A. in history, Jared started his professional career Fundraising for a non-partisan political lobby in South Florida. In 2016, Jared moved back to Gainesville to work for a non-profit, recruit students for international travel opportunities, and pursue his MBA at UF. Jared has been with The Selling Factory since 2019 focusing on operations, client onboarding, and client success.

jared@thesellingfactory.com

Ian Massenburg

Chief Operating Officer

A graduate of University of Florida (B.A. 2001), Ian Massenburg brings over 18 years of sales executive and sales management experience to The Selling Factory. Before coming on-board, Ian worked alongside Brad at Infinite Energy, and then spent his next 3 years as VP of Partnerships selling SaaS products B2B. Ian brings his vast knowledge and experience to the team and to our partner companies served.

ian@thesellingfactory.com

Damien Paulk

Campaign Manager

Damien is a University of Florida graduate that recently joined the team full time after working as a Sales Development Intern for one year. As a Campaign Manager, Damien looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of The Selling Factory. When Damien is not at work he enjoys exploring Gainesville with his girlfriend and dog or watching the Gators dominate college football.

damien@thesellingfactory.com

Brendan Viehman

Campaign Manager

Brendan graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Project Management. For the past 5 years, he has enjoyed working with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency development. In his free time, he surfs and makes personal finance videos for his YouTube channel.

brendan@thesellingfactory.com

Savannah Howard

Campaign Manager

A graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Savannah obtained her Bachelor of Science in public relations with a concentration in French. After almost two years as a sales development intern for The Selling Factory, she joined the leadership team in 2021 taking on the role of Campaign Manager. In her free time, Savannah enjoys going to concerts and festivals and cooking for her friends and family.

savannah@thesellingfactory.com

Zack Kampf

Campaign Manager

Zack is a creative technologist with experience in advertising, event planning, and game design. He started as an SDR in 2018 and has been with TSF ever since. Upon graduating UF in 2019 he became a campaign manager and is currently seeking a master's degree from NYU. In his spare time, you can find him at the intersection of Art & Technology!

zack@thesellingfactory.com

Josiah Blakemore

Campaign Manager

Josiah has over 8 years of sales experience, worked with Brad and Ian at Infinite Energy, and also spent time selling SaaS as Director of Partnerships at SharpSpring. He’s always been very competitive and has a love for sports and games. He enjoys solving problems and coaching team members to do the same!

josiah@thesellingfactory.com

Sue-Ming Frauenhofer

Marketing Manager

Sue-Ming received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Management from The University of Florida. As a student, she led a psychology research lab on goal achievement and life satisfaction and took on multiple roles while interning at The Selling Factory, including sales development, marketing, and recruiting, eventually leading to her current role as Marketing Manager. Through her creative and methodical vision, she engages both students and entrepreneurs to help them find their version of success.

sueming@thesellingfactory.com

Adam Grossman

Chief Development Officer

Adam is an ordained rabbi, who has founded multiple ventures focused on workforce development. Hired as CEO by a failing non-profit, in over 5 years, his ingenuity saved the organization, which led Slingshotfund.org to recognize it as one of North America’s most innovative Jewish non-profits. His expertise to identify, cultivate, and on-board talent ensures our student teams meet our partners’ needs.

adam@thesellingfactory.com

Brad Gamble

Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from UF in 1999 with a B.S.B.A, Brad Gamble has dedicated himself to sales management, branding, coaching, and building companies. He served as the VP of Sales & Marketing for Infinite Energy until 2014, when he founded The Selling Factory. He has dedicated himself to teaching critical skills to tomorrow’s leaders, and helping companies achieve sales success and revenue growth.

brad@thesellingfactory.com