Business-to-business (B2B) marketers have email automation work to do, based on March 2015 research by Spear Marketing Group. US B2B marketing executives surveyed were most likely to report that fewer than 25% of their current email campaigns were triggered, limiting them from responding automatically to recipient actions, such as website visits or event registrations, in a “timely and more relevant fashion.” Meanwhile, just one-quarter said more than half of the email campaigns conducted in an average month were automated.
Respondents also weren’t reaching out frequently to prospects. About three in 10 said their existing prospects received email communications from them once a month or less. According to Spear, “best practice dictates that a frequency of at least one email per month is the minimum required to maintain some level of brand awareness.”
B2Bs were also lagging when it came to responding to incoming leads; 40.5% of respondents didn’t employ an auto-responder, which means prospects weren’t getting the immediate attention many demand. Read the rest at eMarketer.