If you’re in Demand Generation these days, chances are you’re struggling to generate leads to meet both lead quotas and revenue goals in your event program. According to HubSpot’s recent Demand Generation Benchmark Report, the “majority of companies are generating fewer than 500 leads per month” and “79% of all marketing leads never convert into sales.” For these reasons, 68% of B2B marketers say increasing the quality of leads is a top priority alongside quantity.
Picture this: you’re exhibiting at one of your largest revenue-generating events of the year and your check-in time exceeds two minutes and the line at your booth is 20 people deep. Your check-in process is slow, leading to a backup of your pre-scheduled appointments. Slow check-in creates a stressful environment for your attendees, booth staff, and sales team, and negatively affects the user experience. So how can you optimize your check-in process at crucial events to maximize sales and marketing opportunities? Dealertrack, the largest automotive solution provider faced this exact problem. However, by leveraging Certain’s Event Automation, Dealertrack decreased event check-in time by 50% and easily reached their aggressive sales goals.
I’ll admit it. I’m a marketing technology geek. I’m always on the lookout for the latest cool, innovative technologies that can help my demand generation and marketing team become even more productive and successful.
Events play an important role in any marketing effort and a successful event means higher ROI and an increase in attendee engagement. In order for events to be successful, the right strategies and support need to be in place, whether it’s new event tech, Event Automation, or a great venue. But what’s an event’s best friend? An Event App.
Having the best swag at any event is crucial to get attendees to visit your booth and convert them into potential customers. When you attend events, you’ll notice that companies who bring alluring swag are swarmed by attendees and companies who bring uninspired swag are ignored and fade quietly into the background. Make sure you cut through the noise at your next event by understanding what separates good swag from lackluster swag so you can bring your swag A-game!
The annual company holiday party might be viewed by your coworkers as the event of the year, while others might be doing the wallflower side-step, doing anything and everything to avoid it. For those of us on the officially sanctioned social committees, this means that we are blessed with finding the ideal venue and plan for a holiday party for partygoers of all stripes — a plan that provides enough boredom relief to minimize any regrettable shenanigans and also pleases the more discriminating trendsetters on your team.
5 Key Takeaways — How Events are Powering Leading Marketing Teams from the SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange
I had the great pleasure last week of attending the SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange event in Austin, TX where marketing leaders from some of the world’s greatest technology companies came together to share how technology is being used across sales, marketing, and product organizations to enhance alignment and drive better business results. It’s always enlightening to hear your peers share how they are transforming their organization to meet the promise of more effective, personalized marketing that meets prospects and customers exactly where they are in their buying journey. Events, of course, are a critical part of that journey and I was excited to have two of our largest customers, Microsoft and National Instruments, share stories of how they are digitally transforming their event strategy and how they arrived at the decision to invest in this critical area of the marketing stack.
Are you wondering what is killing your marketing conversions at events and preventing you from reaching your targeted amount of event leads? 20-25% of a company’s marketing budget is spent on event marketing. Knowing this, you begin to understand that events are an invaluable marketing strategy for companies, and need to be done right. By creating a successful event, and enabling conversions, marketers can provide credible ROI from their events and optimize their efforts.