The field of Marketing Automation is growing at an astonishing rate. Looking for insight into the current state of Marketing Automation, the market and statistics on adoption and use, I compiled a list of all (useful) available statistics.

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These numbers will keep on changing, almost every day. So I will update them regularly. I last updated in May 2016

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On average 49% of companies are currently using Marketing automation. With more than half of B2B companies (55%) adopting the technology. – Emailmonday “The Ultimate Marketing Automation stats”. (2016) (Tweet this)
 

 

1. ADOPTION and MARKETGROWTH of MARKETING AUTOMATION

91% of the most successful users agree that marketing automation is “very important” to the overall success of their marketing across channels. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

There are nearly 11 times more B2B organizations using marketing automation now than in 2011. – SiriusDecisions “B-to-B Marketing Automation Study” (2014)

Of US businesses with 20 or more employees only about 4% are users of marketing automation software. – VentureBeat “Buyers and Users Marketing Automation Survey: Results, Analysis and Key Findings” (2014)

Best-in-Class companies are 67% more likely to use a marketing automation platform. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

63% of companies successful in Marketing Automation plan to increase their Marketing Automation budget. The companies with successful marketing automation programs will invest in further success in the coming year. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

63% of companies outsource all or part of marketing automation strategy planning. 51% uses a combination of outsourced and in-house resources, 12% outsourced all to a specialist. 37% uses inhouse resources only. – Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).

79% of top-performing companies have been using marketing automation for more than 2 years. – Gleanster “Q3 2013 Marketing Automation Benchmark” (2013)

The industries with the highest rates of adoption for marketing automation are Software & Internet, Telecommuncations, Computer & Electronics, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Business Services.
Mintigo “State of the Marketing Technology Industry” (2014)

The majority of users think Marketing Automation is worth the price. 10% finds it inexpensive, 47% fairly priced, 22% pricey but worth it and 11% too expensive. 10% was not sure. – VB Insight “Marketing Automation, how to make the right buying decision” (2015)

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8% of B2C and 21% of B2B marketers find Marketing Automation one of their Top Digital Priorities. – Adobe “Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing” (2014)

61% of respondents are not using marketing automation at all and the remaining responses were split over a large range of 27 different vendors and combinations of solutions. – TFM&A “The 2015 Marketing Technology Report” (2015)

Marketing automation is used by 42% of companies, CRM / sales automation systems by 54%, while Email marketing technology has the highest adoption. It is used by 82% of companies. – Ascend2 “Marketing Technology Strategy” (August 2015)

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Nearly 70% of businesses are using a marketing automation platform (MAP) or currently implementing one. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

42% of CRM users plan to increase spending in marketing automation, – Software Advice “Customer Relationship Management Software UserView” (2014)

43% of companies using a marketing automation platform (MAP) have been doing so for over 4 years.Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

26% of marketers make extensive use of marketing software to manage lead generation, 36% make limited use of marketing software for it. – Ascend2 “Lead Generation Strategy Survey” (2014)

25% of Fortune 500 B2B companies have adopted marketing automation. – ClickZ Fortune 500 B2B Adoption of Marketing Tools study (2013)

54% of CMOs have either begun or completed their implementation of marketing automation software – MarketingSherpa – “CMO Perspective on B2B Marketing Automation” (2011)

19% indicated they switched Marketing Automation Providers (MAP) providers recently or were currently doing so. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

Adoption and Investments in Marketing automation differs heavily per industry.

  • Maintainers (technology, financial markets, life sciences, and oil and gas industries) are fine-tuning their earlier marketing automation investments.
  • Transformers (insurance, health insurance, media, retail, and telecoms) are investing in business change, of which marketing automation is potentially a key component.
  • Skeptics (manufacturing, professional services, and retail banking) are evaluating how marketing automation can best be applied to their industries.
  • Laggards (higher education, education, government, healthcare, and utilities) are yet to actively consider wholesale adoption of marketing automation.

Ovum “Industry Adoption of Marketing Automation in Europe” (dec 2013)

66% of average performing B2B companies indicates that their current technologies are sufficient to scale end-to-end marketing over the next 1-3 years. For 34% they aren’t. ACT-ON and Gleanster Research “Rethinking the Role of Marketing “ (2015)

53% of all respondents are currently using or applying marketing automation. Another 17% are currently evaluating or considering marketing automation. Pepper Global “B2B Marketing Automation Report 2014”

In the America’s there are significantly higher adoption with 69% of respondents using or applying marketing automation. In EMEA this is 39% and in APAC only 36%. – Pepper Global “B2B Marketing Automation Report 2014”

97% of B2B respondents used email marketing software. Customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation suites were the next most commonly used technologies, at 97 and 96 percent.B2B – Software Advice and Research Now “Demand Generation Benchmark” (2014)

Of the top performers in B2B 69% use Marketing automation for Customer acquisition and 50% for Customer Retention. – ACT-ON and Gleanster Research “Rethinking the Role of Marketing “ (2015)

53% of the B2B organizations surveyed have adopted marketing automation systems, a greater number than the 43% adoption rate at organizations identified as B2C and combination B2B / B2C organizations. – ResearchCorp “Demand Generation Adoption Survey” (2014)

In higher revenue tiers, a higher percentage of companies have adopted Marketing automation.

  • 60% in companies with over $500M revenue,
  • 10% in companies with $20M – $500M revenue,
  • 5% in companies with $5M – $20M revenue,
  • 3% in micro companies with less than < $5M revenue

Raab Associates “Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview” (2014).

20% of agencies make extensive use of marketing automation. Only 30% of agencies aren’t using marketing automation to distribute content, prove inbound marketing ROI, and improve inbound effectiveness with personalized targeting. SharpSpring & Ascend2“Inbound marketing: Benchmarks from the Agency Perspective” (2014)

58% of top-performing companies; where marketing contributes more than half of the sales pipeline, have adopted marketing automation. – Forrester Research “Gauging Your Progress and Success” (2013)

33% have already implemented marketing automation software within their businesses and half of all respondents of (Faststats software users) plan, or aspire, to do so. 11% plan to implement marketing automation immediately and 19% within the next year. Only a few respondents said they weren’t (3%), or were unlikely (5%) to implement marketing automation software. – Source: Apteco Ltd “Trend Report Data driven marketing 2014 / 2015”

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Source: Apteco Ltd “Trend Report Data driven marketing” (2015)

63% of B2B marketers allocate 10–29% of their marketing budget to marketing automation. – Pepper Global “B2B Marketing Automation Report 2014”

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For a majority of B2B marketers, marketing automation budgets stay flat (48%) or increases (41%) in the coming year. – Pepper Global “B2B Marketing Automation Report 2014”

23% of marketers are not using Lead Generation Marketing Software at the moment, but are planning to in the future. – Ascend2 “Lead Generation Strategy Survey” (2014)

Marketing automation adoption is higher in companies with more employees. Adoption is 76% of companies with >100 employees, 26% in mid-sized companies of 10-100 employees and 18% amongst companies with Buyer Zone “The State of B2B Lead Generation 2013 Report” (2013)

91% of buyers in 2013 were evaluating marketing automation for the first time. – SoftwareAdvice “Marketing Automation Software BuyerView” (2014)

2. Benefits and Goals of Marketing Automation

Marketers that have adopted MA say the main benefts of Marketing Automation are:

  • Taking repetitive tasks out of marketers hands, allowing focus on new/more exciting projects (36%)
  • Better targeting of customers and prospects (30%)
  • Improving the customer experience (10%)
  • Better email marketing (9%)
  • Reduction of human error in campaigns (8%),
  • Lead management (4%) and multichannel marketing (3%)

Redeye and TFM&A Insights “The Marketing Automation Report 2014” (2014)

Nearly two thirds of companies surveyed (63%) expect to realize the benefits of their marketing automation system within six months of implementation. – Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).

Marketers say that the biggest benefits of Automation are Saving time (74%), Increased customer engagement (68%), More timely communications (58%) and Increased opportunities including up-selling (58%) – Adestra Marketer vs Machine (2015)

Increasing sales revenue (53%), lead nurturing (43%) and customer engagement (37%) are the most important objectives of a marketing automation strategy. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

B2B marketers say the #1 benefit of marketing automation is the ability to generate more and better leads. – Pepper Global “Marketing Automation Trends Report 2014” (2013)

The most important strategic goals of a marketing automation strategy are Increasing lead generation (61%), lead nurturing (57%) and sales revenue (47%). Next are Improving customer engagement (36%), marketing productivity (29%), improve measurability (28%) and campaign targeting (22%). – Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).

3. Marketing Automation Results

Only 8% of companies see increased revenues within 6 months of adopting marketing automation. After one year of MA use 32% claim to see increased revenue. For those to have been using it for more than two years the figure is 40%. – B2Bmarketing.net and Circle Research “Benchmarking Report Marketing automation” (2015)

80% of marketing automation users saw their number of leads increase, and 77% saw the number of conversions increase. – VB Insight “Marketing Automation, how to make the right buying decision” (2015)

17% say marketing Automation has been very beneficial for their company, 57% quite beneficial, 26% see limited to no benefit. – B2Bmarketing.net and Circle Research “Benchmarking Report Marketing automation” (2015)

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27% of those new to the technology report “More relevant messages” as a result, but that increases with time to 74% for the veteran Marketing automation users started using MA more than two years ago. – B2Bmarketing.net and Circle Research “Benchmarking Report Marketing automation” (2015)

67% of B2B marketers say they see at least 10% increase in sales opportunities through lead nurturing, with 15% seeing opportunities increase by 30% or more. – DemandGen “2014 Lead Nurturing Benchmark Study” (Oct 2014)

The most useful measure of marketing automation performance is conversion rate, say 70% of very successful Marketing Automation users. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

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B2B marketers who implement marketing automation increase their sales-pipeline contribution by 10%. Forrester Research “The Forrester Wave Lead-To-Revenue Management Platform Vendors” (2014)

Marketing automation high performers have an average of 60% higher lead-to-sale conversion rating. These high performers rate cost of customer acquisition (COCA) 1.4x stronger – PR20/20 “Marketingscore report” (2014)

B2B marketers see an average 20% increase in sales opportunities from nurtured leads versus non-nurtured leads after successfully deploying a lead nurturing program – DemandGen “Calculating the Real ROI from Lead Nurturing” (Aug 2013

Companies that have adopted marketing automation perform well compared to companies that haven’t:

  • 45% regularly repurpose content for efficiency, compared with 28% of companies without marketing automation
  • 54% capture intelligence for the sales team, compared to 25% without marketing automation
  • 49% customize content to the Buyer Journey stages, compared to 21% without marketing automation
  • 59% can use intelligent targeting to trigger content, compared to 17% without marketing automation

– The Lenskold Group, “2013 Lead-Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study” (2013)

Companies using marketing automation see 53% higher conversion rates from initial response-to-MQL and a revenue growth rate that is 3.1% higher than non-users. – Aberdeen Group “Marketing Lead Management Report” (2012)

63% of companies that are outgrowing their competitors use marketing automation. – The Lenskold Group “2013 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study” (2013)

After implementing a marketing automation platform the increased collaboration between sales and marketing leads to:

  • 17% advantage in capturing insight from prospects and customers
  • A 13% advantage executing and defining field programs
  • A 12% advantage in managing leads and lead pipelines

Forrester Research “The Forrester Wave: Lead-To-Revenue Management Platform Vendors” (Q1 2014)

78% of successful marketers say marketing automation systems are most responsible for improving revenue contribution. – The Lenskold Group 2013 Lead-Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study, (2013)

68% of Best-in-Class companies are using lead scoring, compared to just 28% of Laggard firms. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

Best-in-Class firms are more than 2X more likely to use lead nurturing with a MAP than Laggard firms (68% vs. 27%). – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

Best-in-Class firms are more than 4X more likely to use database segmentation and targeting with a Marketing Automation Provider than Laggard firms. A difference of 78% vs. 23%. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

Best-in-Class companies reduced close cycle time by an average of 49%, compared with a 30% improvement by all other companies. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

88% of top-performing companies are effective in routing “hot” leads to Sales vs. 57% of All Others. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

B2C marketers who are using automation- including everything from birthday emails to cart abandonment programs – have seen conversion rates as high as 50%. – eMarketer “Email Marketing Benchmarks” (2013)

Best-in-Class companies saw a 36% conversion rate from marketing response (raw lead) to marketing-qualified lead (MQL) vs. 18% for All Others. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

Companies that use marketing automation are 3 times more likely to track and attribute their content-marketing efforts to multiple touchpoints than companies without automation (36% vs 11%). – The Lenskold Group “2013 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study” (2013)

4. Barriers to adoption and effectiveness of Marketing Automation

The most significant barrier to marketing automation success is the lack of an effective strategy (52%) . – Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).

The most significant barriers to marketing automation success are

  • Lack of an effective strategy (52%)
  • Complexity of the system (42%)
  • Inadequate contact data quality (38%)
  • Lack of employee skills (32%)
  • Lack of relevant content (31%)
  • Marketing and sales alignment (30%)
  • Budget constraints (27%)

Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).


Main barriers to adoption of Marketing automation are: 1) No Need 2) No budget 3) No management approval. – ResearchCorp “Demand Generation Adoption Survey” (2014)

Technology integration complexity is the most challenging obstacle to success, 50% of companies indicate. The result is that only 25% of companies have extensively integrated their disparate marketing technology systems. Nearly as many (22%) have not integrated their marketing technologies at all. – Ascend2 “Marketing Technology Strategy” (August 2015)

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The biggest problem areas when using Marketing Automation for less than 2 years are: Pipeline Reporting, Measuring marketing campaign effectiveness and increasing sales effectiveness – HeinzMarketing and Ontarget “Marketing Automation Effectiveness and Performance Survey” (2014)

The most challenging obstacles to success are lack of quality content (40%), budget constraints (38%) and the lack of an effective marketing automation strategy (38%). – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

A lack of mature marketing practices / processes is the #1 reason for not implementing a marketing automation platform. Indicated by 45% not currently using a MAP. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

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61% agree that the implementation process of Marketing Automation was difficult – B2Bmarketing.net and Circle Research “Benchmarking Report Marketing automation” (2015)

54% of marketers that hadn’t implement Marketing Automation, said it was part of their plan, but they have other elements in need of more immediate attention. 21% said that the cost structures where Prohibitive. – Redeye and TFM&A Insights “The Marketing Automation Report 2014” (2014)

13% of the marketers said a Lack of technical proficiency in their team was stopping them from adopting Marketing Automation. A lack of understanding of benefits is holding back 12% – Redeye and TFM&A Insights “The Marketing Automation Report 2014” (2014)

57% of respondents admit their marketing infrastructure is separated by channel, not wel-integrated, or lacking entirely. – Forrester Research & Oracle “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer” (2014)

Only 14% have standardized, fully integrated cross-channel marketing automation platforms, with 42% of retailers standing out as more advanced than other verticals using this type of solution. – Forrester Research & Oracle “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer” (2014)

66% marketers reported allocating less than 10% of their budget to Marketing Automation. – Regalix “The State of Marketing Automation” (2014)

54% marketers who have not yet implemented Marketing Automation cite lack of budgets as a major obstacle preventing implementation. – Regalix “The State of Marketing Automation” (2014)

5. Top Reasons for purchasing Marketing Automation


B2B marketing managers say the most important criteria for marketing automation software are (1) price, (2) product integration (e.g., CRM, social, web, mobile), and (3) ease of use. – Pepper Global “Marketing Automation Trends Report 2014” (2013)

86% marketers consider ‘ease of use’ as the most important criterion when evaluating automation tools. – Regalix “The State of Marketing Automation” (2014)

Analytics and reporting (52%), Campaign management (46%) and Lead nurturing (46%) are considered the most useful Marketing Automation features. Followed by lead nurturing (46%), email marketing (42%), Integration capabilities (40%), Lead scoring (32%) and list segmentation (26%) – Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Trends Survey” (2016).

Lead nurturing (57%), Analytics and reporting (52%) and List segmentation (39%) are considered the most valuable Marketing Automation features. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

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CMOs at top-performing companies say that the most important reason for implementing marketing automation is to increase revenue (79%) and get higher quality leads (76%). – Gleanster “Q3 2013 Gleanster Marketing Automation Benchmark” (2013)



In B2B Access to customer data (95%), Marketing alignment with sales (90%), fragmented marketing systems (83%) and limitations with current technologies (80%) are the 4 top challenges for reaching current marketing objectives. ACT-ON and Gleanster Research “Rethinking the Role of Marketing “ (2015)

17% of marketers described marketing automation software as “extremely important” for Demand Generation Success, 24% as “very important”. – Software Advice and Research Now “Demand Generation Benchmark” (2014)

The most important criteria for a marketing automation system for CMOs are ease-of-use (92%) and the ability to tie marketing performance to sales (72%). – Gleanster “Q3 2013 Gleanster Marketing Automation Benchmark” (2013)

6. Use of Marketing Automation

The top four features of a Marketing Automation used are email marketing (89%), lead nurturing (84%), integrations such as CRM, mobile, social etc for accumulating customer intelligence across channels (80%), and cross-channel campaign management (82%). – Regalix “The State of Marketing Automation” (2014)

59% of companies do not fully use the technology they have available. Those companies that don’t have all the marketing technology tools they need are much more likely to fully use what they have (33%), than those that do have all the tools they need (9%). – Ascend2 “Marketing Technology Strategy” (August 2015)

Only 3% of 186,500 businesses surveyed used one of the four most common marketing automation systems- Eloqua, Marketo, HubSpot or Pardot. – Mintigo “State of the Marketing Technology Industry” (2014)

89% of respondents who have deployed marketing automation have integrated it with a CRM system. – ResearchCorp “Demand Generation Adoption Survey” (2014)

90% of marketers agreed that integrated marketing technology could boost their key capabilities, yet only 4% marketers reported having a completely integrated marketing stack – Signal “Cross-Channel Marketing and Technology Survey. Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Channel Success: Optimizing the Marketing Technology Stack” (2014)

51% of marketing execs say their marketing technologies and data are only loosely integrated or not at all.Signal “Cross-Channel Marketing and Technology Survey. Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Channel Success: Optimizing the Marketing Technology Stack” (2014)

24% of companies has managed to integrate their core tools to the point it satisfies the majority of their integration needs. – Signal “Cross-Channel Marketing and Technology Survey. Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Channel Success: Optimizing the Marketing Technology Stack” (2014)

Almost 1 in 3 marketing execs reports feeling stuck or impeded by their technology infrastructures. – Signal “Cross-Channel Marketing and Technology Survey. Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Channel Success: Optimizing the Marketing Technology Stack” (2014)

65% of marketing executives plan to spend more money on marketing technology in the coming year, including 28% who plan to increase spending by more than 25%. – Conductor 182 Marketing Executives Reveal Their 2015 Success Tactics (2015)

56.1% of mid-sized companies use marketing automation in conjunction with CRM.Beagle Research Group “2013 Marketing Automation Study: Data and Analytics: Marketing’s Next Frontier” (June 2013)

75% of very successful users outsource all or part of their marketing automation strategy planning to benefit from specialized expertise. – Marketo & Ascend2 “Marketing Automation Strategies for Sustaining Success” (2015)

Only 22% of mid-sized companies use analytics to manage their marketing campaigns. – Beagle Research Group “2013 Marketing Automation Study: Data and Analytics: Marketing’s Next Frontier” (June 2013)

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22% of marketers report that they aren’t confident they can stay up to date with Marketing automation best practices, 79% was confident they could. – B2Bmarketing.net and Circle Research “Benchmarking Report Marketing automation” (2015)

The adoption of marketing automation coupled with CRM integration has grown remarkably 5 years ago 7.9% of respondents had an integrated CRM and demand generation solution and only 1 in 4 (27%) had some level of integration. – ResearchCorp “Demand Generation Adoption Survey” (2014)

Of companies that use cloud-based marketing automation tools, 50% of them use multiple marketing automation systems. – VentureBeat “Marketing Automation index update” (2014)

B2B marketers target an average of 4 different audiences with separate content marketing strategies – Content Marketing Institute & MarketingProfs “2015 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends” (Sept 2014)

The best performing capabilities are CRM Integration, Outbound marketing campaign integration and Extending length of customer lifecycle for companies using MA more than 2 years. – HeinzMarketing and Ontarget “Marketing Automation Effectiveness and Performance Survey” (2014)

The best performing capabilities for MA over 2 years in relation to importance are Lead Segmentation, Lead Nurturing Campaigns and Generating New Prospects. – HeinzMarketing and Ontarget “Marketing Automation Effectiveness and Performance Survey” (2014)

45% of companies are taking advantage of lead nurturing capabilities in their Marketing Automation Platform, including just 68% of Best-in-Class companies. – Aberdeen Group “State of Marketing Automation 2014: Processes that Produce” (2014)

B2B top Performers are 20% more likely to currently use Marketing Automation technology than the average performers. – ACT-ON and Gleanster Research “Rethinking the Role of Marketing” (2015)

85% of B2B marketers using marketing automation platforms feel that they’re not using them to their full potential. SiriusDecisions “Increasing Adoption of Marketing Automation Platforms” (2014)

The adoption of marketing automation technology is expected to increase to 50% by 2015. – Serious descisions “How Marketing Automation Has Evolved” (2012)

The most mature users of marketing automation achieve 32% greater revenue versus their plan than average companies – and a whopping 79% more than the least mature companies. – Marketo “Benchmark on Revenue Performance” (Sept 2012)

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The combination of process with marketing automation yields a 417% increase in revenue from those surveyed. – Focus.com “Marketing Automation By the Numbers” (2012)

Businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads. – Focus.com “Marketing Automation By the Numbers” (2012)

Nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads. – Focus.com “Marketing Automation By the Numbers” (2012)