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Don’t Just Search, Enable Sales with Online Databases

Business is about building relationships between companies, but at some point you won’t know who else is out there to build a relationship with. If you’re in a niche market, introducing a new product, or targeting a new customer base, it takes time to identify new prospects, let alone get in touch and have a fruitful conversation.

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Want Better Results? Prioritize Data Quality


We recently blogged about
data terminology and several of the sources marketers use to gather insight, plan campaign strategies, and identify prospects. Today we’ll take a closer look at how to leverage some of those sources to develop useful, high quality datasets and contact lists.

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9 Data Terms Explained: Making Sense of a Hot Commodity


We hear about data analytics and data-driven decision-making in just about every industry from health care to education to manufacturing. In the world of B2B marketing and sales, companies turn to data to create buyer profiles and personas, promote new products and services, and target the best prospects. Data, and the ability to analyze and leverage it, is one of the most valuable resources companies have.

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6 Tips for Deploying Market Research Surveys

Think you want to do a market research survey? You’re pretty sure that your product is what the market needs, but you really don’t know. So, it’s time for a plan to find out .

Market research surveys should always be a tool in your arsenal for staying on top of customer needs, changing demand, and the competitive landscape in industry. They can help you  to test an idea, evaluate the success of your plan, and are an important part of data validation.

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Why You Should Analyze and Track Your Marketing Efforts

If you're a manufacturer, you know that going from blueprint to delivery requires a very customized, repeatable process. Yours probably includes highly-skilled team members, technology, procedures and more. And that's how sales and marketing should work as well. There's a special sales/marketing combination that works best for each manufacturer - it isn't one size fits all. You may have the most success with trade shows, or email or phone calls - it's most likely however that you need the right blend of all of the above (and more). And like many manufacturers, you may not yet know what that special blend is.

To address the sales and marketing challenges manufacturers face, Acadia collaborated with 22 other HubSpot partners on the just-released ebook, Constructing a Winning Blueprint for 2017. It's geared toward helping you, the manufacturer, overcome your biggest marketing and sales challenges, including finding what works best for you. The section below focuses on analyzing and tracking marketing efforts. Not quite there yet? Download the full ebook for help getting started. Chapters include:

  • Prospects Can't Find You if You Don't Market to Them
  • Prioritizing Investments: Technology vs Sales vs Marketing
  • How to Remain Competitive in an Increasingly Smaller World

Now, back to analyzing and tracking...

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There's Gold in Those Hidden Data Sources

If you have ever heard 'There's gold in them there hills' then you should be pretty excited about the title of this blog. Believe it or not, we regularly uncover gold on behalf of our clients. Ironically, they have been sitting on this gold without even knowing it. Our clients come from the manufacturing and industrial space and are typically small businesses in need of business development help. When we begin an engagement, normally lead generation based, we always start with the same question. Where is the clients gold?

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8 Steps to Data Visualization

I’ve recently been listening to a podcast series by Dave Austin. Dave is a mental performance coach who stresses the importance of narrowing down thoughts and getting “in the zone”– visualizing success, and being so focused that nothing in the world can stop you from getting the job done.   

All of this talk of visualization began to translate into reality as I sat in a meeting two weeks ago. In this meeting, we discussed a spreadsheet with data related to sales opportunities and the quote process. As I looked at all of the tabs and summary sheets, littered with several rows and columns of data, I asked, “What is it that you’re tracking and why?”

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5 Simple Steps to Determine Your Market Size


Don't we all want the entire pie for ourselves? Of course that comes with ramifications, mostly around the waistline. In business, we all want a little more of the available pie. Who among us has all the pie (or market) that you want for your business? If you're saying "Me!," then you most likely have a lifestyle business. In short:

A lifestyle business is one that has been set up or has become a business that allows the owner(s) the ability to maintain a certain level of lifestyle they are comfortable with and have been accustomed to. There really is no desire to grow beyond that level of business.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a lifestyle business, but what if you do want to grow and get more of that pie? If we imagine the markets we serve as a whole pie, very few of us have the market share represented in the picture. More often than not, what we do have would barely be considered a full serving of dessert. The real dilemma is, how much pie is actually available in your market space?

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How to Survive a Data Migration

Data migration. Moving your data from one system to another. Sometimes it's just something we have to do. It's never fun, but there are ways to make it go smoothly, and ensure you don't lose anything in the process. We've worked with clients throughout their data migration processes and learned a few things. Let's walk through the steps.

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Santa's 3 Step Strategy For List Making

It’s that time of year and we are all making lists:

  • Holiday Cards
  • Party Invites
  • Gift lists
  • Grocery lists
  • Year end business wrap up lists
  • More lists

However, with all the lists we have, no one has lists longer and more detailed than Santa. I recently sat with him and asked him a few frank questions about how he manages his lists. You can read the transcript from our chat below...

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Who Is Your Best Customer? Call In The CIA.

At Acadia, every single day, we’re in the business of finding new customers for our clients. We call this lead generation.

But first, we begin with research, research, research! You can’t find a new customer until you know really who you’re looking for.  A good research strategy leads us to information, data and statistics that will help define who a good customer is. Because after all, you can’t go looking for diamonds if don’t have any idea what a diamond looks like.

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5 Steps to a Smooth(er) Data Migration

Notice I didn’t say an "easy" migration?

Data migration isn’t something to be taken lightly. Let's stop here. What do I mean exactly by data migration? It's the process of moving data from one location to another. In some cases this may also involve combining two different databases or data sources into one. It can be a risky move but as we face constant technology improvement and changes, it’s something a lot of us face. Maybe your system isn’t generating the right data or reports, or maybe your company is moving on to bigger and better systems. That software you bought 10 years ago just isn’t what you need or want anymore. 

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