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Which SaaS solutions help generate leads?

Which SaaS solutions help generate leads?

Marketing automation has become essential to increase your campaigns’ efficiency and help you reach your business objectives. It can be defined as a series of actions designed to optimize lead generation and their progression in the funnel. So, how can you successfully generate leads, and with which tools?
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Lead generation: guiding principles

Generate, nurture, and convert leads. That’s what lead generation is all about. What’s a lead? Any person who has expressed an interest in your company’s products or services: request for information by phone or via your website, download of one of your documents, registration for a webinar or sales event, underlying signals, such as frequent visits to your product pages.
Lead generation is about attracting potential customers with relevant offers and content. Once you arouse their interest and they form a positive opinion, these prospects can be contacted directly.
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Lead generation: how to proceed?

The final objective is to make a sale. The company achieves this in several steps:

01. Generation of contacts through various traffic sources;

02. Nurturing, or educating these contacts (better understanding their needs and guiding them in the search for appropriate solutions);

03. Evaluation as a “marketing qualified lead.” Once the lead has shown enough interest in a company’s offerings, a company representative can call them to offer their services, with an initial personalized contact with the insights gathered. This information can come from a form filled out to download an ebook, watch a webinar or listen to a podcast, test a tool or trial version, and more.

All this is called the conversion funnel. Several models exist; this funnel model has the merit of simplicity:

Funnel marketing

1st Step: TOFU (stands for TOp of FUnnel).
This is your company’s first contact with a potential prospect. You have the opportunity to “introduce” yourself to this future buyer. To do this, you have blog articles, posts on social networks, videos, and podcasts, etc.

2nd Step: MOFU (Middle of the Funnel)
Prospects already know you and are genuinely interested in your company and its offerings. You need to continue to nurture that interest, through content such as white papers, webinars, and case studies.

3rd Step: BOFU (Bottom of the Funnel)
A relationship is established, your random visitors have now become prospects, trust your company, and need a final nudge before becoming customers. Trials, demos, and sharing best practices are now your allies.

Before the development of the web and digital marketing, brands used to attract attention by posting themselves at an audience hub and shouting as loud as possible. Today, customers first seek information on their own. The first commercial contact is later, so a relationship must be established beforehand and then cultivated. Content is now the key to this. But the right content has to reach the right audience at the right time.

Such is the vocation of marketing automation solutions: to help brands orchestrate scenarios that move contacts through all the stages of the conversion funnel.
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The automation specialists

The marketing automation market today has a number of large, well-known, established players who offer software in SaaS mode. Among them:

Hubspot

Hubspot board

Hubspot has several modules for marketing automation as well as CRM and content management (website, blog). With ergonomics known to be “user friendly,” Hubspot is very popular with medium-sized companies and especially with startups.

Marketo

Marketo Board

Another key player in the automation market, Marketo, is an all-in-one solution that includes lead management and qualification, email automation, and analysis throughout the funnel. Its functional richness and positioning lead it to be adopted more by companies well familiar with the subject or by large accounts—especially when the latter use tools by Adobe, which acquired Marketo in 2018.

Pardot

Pardot Board

Edited by Salesforce, Pardot is unsurprisingly often adopted by companies that are already customers of the editor for its CRM solution. This has the advantage of simplifying communication between marketing automation and CRM. Like Hubspot and Marketo, Pardot automates marketing scenarios to achieve the best possible qualification of contacts.
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Emailing solutions for marketing automation

Marketing automation is not the exclusive domain of these specialists and historical players. Over time, emailing solutions have gradually expanded their scope and functions to become more like automation solutions. Such is the case for the integrated marketing platform Mailchimp.
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Marketing automation applied to the email signature

Although marketing automation solutions have been developed over the years to cover more and more contact points (landing pages, chatbots), in practice, none of them is exhaustive. In other words, marketers can’t escape the “best of breed” (i.e. the combination of several solutions) to work on the entire path of their prospects or to take advantage of communication channels that are not yet fully exploited.

The email signature also figures among these channels. Automating management of these signatures makes it possible to use them as a marketing channel in their own right—thanks to clickable banners that enhance your content and campaigns. However, to achieve this, companies must assure strong integration with environments such as Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace to match the company’s organization and to guarantee a productive orchestration.

Automatic email signature marketing Letsignit

This is the role of a SaaS solution like Letsignit, which has its place in the marketing stack to help marketers deliver the right content, at the right time, and to the right person.

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