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Deconstructing the Marketing Tech Stack: What’s Critical & What’s Not

By Alex Ormond on Fri, May 22, 2020

Can your company relate to one or many of these scenarios? If so, read on!

  • We have a tool, but no one uses it.
  • We have tools that seem to be working, but no measurement of ROI.
  • We have 5 tools, but I think we could consolidate.
  • We want to do more, but we haven’t committed to spending the money on a tool to help.
Topics: Email Marketing Marketing and Sales Alignment CRM implementation Tech Digital Advertising Marketing Automation
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Innovation in Medical Device Manufacturing: AR/VR

By Alison Arnold on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

As augmented reality and virtual reality tools continue to edge into health care, it’s easy to see the advantages. Color overlays and 3D renderings help surgeons make more informed decisions during a sensitive operation. Medical students practice procedures in a safe, immersive setting. An ultrasound technician conducts a hands-free examination at the patient’s bedside with a lightweight, portable display. In the end, digital realities such as these are aimed at improving patient outcomes. AR and VR will become more commonplace in the health care industry and it’s up to the medical device manufacturers to help push innovations into this sector.

Topics: Business Insights Medical Device Tech
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3 Tips That Will Make or Break Your Marketing Technology Implementation

By Alex Ormond on Mon, Apr 13, 2020

As marketing experts and Marketing Automation (MA) consultants, we’ve noticed a vicious cycle that many companies fall into with their software toolset: companies buy a tool, hate it, and purge, buy a tool, hate it, and purge, buy a tool, hate it, and purge, and continue to wonder why there aren’t technology options available for their needs. This is obviously bad for efficiency, but what about the unnecessary costs? For example, the average cost of a full-scale Salesforce implementation can run an organization anywhere between $5,000 and $100,000! And for companies shopping for their first marketing automation (or marketing drip) platform, we continue to hear that all the options and the work involved in planning for a successful implementation is extremely overwhelming.

Topics: Tech Marketing Automation
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Extended Reality: An Overview of Augmented, Virtual, & Mixed Reality

By Matthew O'Donnell on Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Extended reality is the umbrella term for all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology. Over the last 20 years, augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies have seen mass adoption for consumer use due to new innovations in the semiconductor and photonics industries. While these extended reality (XR) technologies are heavily implemented in a creative economy, it’s predicted that ER technology will spread into more diverse industries with extensive near-term growth potential. As worldwide spending on XR products and services is predicted to be $18.8 billion in 2020, it is useful to understand this complicated market to better position your brand in the market.

Topics: Business Insights Positioning Tech
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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): What Your Business Needs

By Jordan Gipson on Tue, Jan 21, 2020

The CCPA was created with the goal of enhancing the privacy rights of California residents. Going into effect on January 2020, the CCPA requires businesses to take several steps to be compliant. The law is comparable to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but takes certain measures even further, like having a broader definition of what constitutes private data.

Topics: Business Insights Lead Generation Change and Innovation Client Relations Sales Tech Digital Advertising
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Why Choose SharpSpring as Your Marketing Automation Platform?

By Alex Ormond on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

In a vast sea of marketing automation (MA) platforms, it’s hard to pick the right tool – let alone fully understand what you’re even getting from your tool. And let’s be honest, every tool has email marketing and at the right paid level some type of automation, so what else should you be looking for when evaluating MA platforms? While our team is platform agnostic and works in powerful tools like HubSpot, Pardot, and Marketing Cloud, this blog post will dig into a few key features SharpSpring has to offer and why we feel they are valuable!

Topics: CRM implementation Tech Marketing Automation