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#COTW: Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass

Isabel Kieszkowski, September 30, 2014

Here’s a fun fact: Olive Garden went through a rebrand in July. To be perfectly honest, I did not know about their new look, logo and menus until their Never Ending Pasta Pass campaign. Get this: the Never Ending Pasta Passes are gift cards good for seven weeks worth of all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, breadsticks and soft drinks at the chain for only $100. Never mind, they sold out in 45 minutes on September 17th.

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Guide to Developing Buyer Personas for Your SaaS Company

kcormier, September 29, 2014

Developing good buyer personas can be critical to developing your brand story and key messaging. Much has been written on developing good buyer personas through interviews. Personal interviews are considered the gold-strandard way to gather buyer information, but that is not always practical or timely and good interviews always need to be verified with other sources. Software as a Service based companies are in a unique situation to gather data and create buyer personas. SaaS companies have unique user insights and can track online behavior with the website and software. B2B SaaS companies can use the following 5-step program to build smart, functional personas that are based in fact…

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Customer Service Tools in SaaS

Without Service, SaaS Would Just Be Software

Caitlin Sherwood, September 25, 2014

As a relatively new industry, Software as a Service has yet to be “hacked” in many ways — where there are textbooks about the business of software, there are few about the business of SaaS. While the tech industry is well established, the SaaS industry is a bit like the wild West. The pioneers that pulled their wagons West had a general idea of what they would find. They had heard stories at the very least, and knew to bring a few supplies from home (shotguns for buffalo, a pan for gold). These supplies would help, but the West was a new world unlike anything known before. While comparing SaaS to the wild West is an extreme analogy, it has some warrant. The SaaS industry is in a class of it’s own…

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Find the Story in Your SaaS Company

Laura Oxler, September 22, 2014

A compelling story is what will make your SaaS company memorable in the vast web of the cloud. While storytelling is powerful, it needs a backbone to be credible. The use of data in storytelling is necessary to give the story real value.

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Three places to use A/B Testing

Infographic: Where Can SaaS Companies Use A/B Testing to See Direct Results?

Graham Swalling, September 18, 2014

Even when you are familiar with your target market, making an engaging ad, effective landing page, eye catching email takes a little bit of guess work. Small differences in copy, color scheme, or topic can make a vast difference in conversion rates. The problem marketers continue to face in not knowing which color or combination of words is going to be the best, or worse, believing that they do know what is going to work the best, without any data to back their choice up. Old school market research teams would…

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Social Media Roundup: Instagram for Business & Pleasure

Isabel Kieszkowski, September 17, 2014

If you are reading this, you either use Instagram for business or for pleasure. This week’s social platform update is extra exciting because Instagram has unveiled something for the professional and personal Instagrammer.

Instagram has released an analytics…

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3 Step Guide to Integrated Marketing for SaaS Companies

Caitlin Sherwood, September 16, 2014

Setting up your software to encourage users to upgrade from a free trial or a freemium account to a paid subscription is one way to gain more users, but if you aren’t using a multichannel approach to market your software, you are missing out. Anyone that’s put a moment of time into considering advertising can spout off the most common channels for gaining friction: TV, newspaper, email campaigns, social networks, and even guerrilla street campaigns may come to mind. When it comes to promoting software, any number of these channels may work, but Software as a Service companies should consider their target when designing campaigns to ensure they get the most bang for their buck.

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Storytelling at inContact

Jen Casson, September 9, 2014

Many smaller companies have the common problem of creating content – they just don’t have much and/or what they do have is poor quality. inContact, a cloud-based contact center solution provider, is the exception and an excellent example of a SaaS company leveraging the power of storytelling to drive their brand. Because inContact intimately understands its audience, the challenges they face, and the stages of the buying/customer lifecycle, they are able to create relevant and targeted content.

According to inContact’s Senior Director…

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Room 214 is Hiring: Account Manager

Room 214, September 8, 2014

Account Manager

Support Room 214 clients’ social media marketing campaigns through research, content creation, community engagement and reporting. Requires excellent attention to detail, organizational, analytical, and copywriting skills, as well as strong problem-solving skills. Must have a passion for figuring out what’s next, what’s possible, and what delivers return on investment in digital marketing.

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Lead Scoring for an Accelerated Pipeline

Ben Castelli, September 8, 2014

What it is Lead Scoring

Lead scoring is a critical element of marketing and sales related activities, and as marketing automation has developed so has the importance of lead scoring. By assigning values to specific lead qualities you can score them so that they progress from an entry touchpoint, to lead, to a marketing (sales) qualified lead that is ready for a sales push.

Why is it important?

Lead scoring enables your marketing…

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