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Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly

Founder and CEO - Seventh Sense
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Are you still playing punch the monkey?

Posted by Mike Donnelly Apr 5, 2018 3:46:34 PM

Between revelations about Facebook logging Android data and Mark Zuckerberg set to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook had a bad month.

“Any social media platform, in time, is going to become MySpace,” said Sabretooth Advisors chief investment officer Scott Freeze in a recent MarketWatch article“Nobody young uses Facebook.”

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Topics: Email Marketing

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Account-Based Marketing

Posted by Mike Donnelly Feb 26, 2018 10:52:00 AM

Account-based marketing (ABM) has marketers and sales teams working together to examine the business issues facing the target prospect, map them to individuals, and tailor campaigns and sales efforts to address those issues at all levels.

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Topics: Account Based Marketing, Email Deliverability

The Five Levels of Send Time Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Feb 12, 2018 6:18:04 PM

The origin of email goes back to 1971 when even the smallest computers required a wheelbarrow to transport. In the early days, computers were a tool used for a limited set of tasks, they were part of a job for some, but it was the introduction of the Blackberry, iPhone and Android in the 2000’s that brought our inboxes to our pockets.

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Topics: Email, Email Marketing, send time optimization, send time personalization

How to Keep Your Emails Out of the Promotions Folder

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jan 31, 2018 12:55:45 AM
I recently read a blog post by Seth Godin Please don't kill the blogs, which is an "open letter" to Google where he expresses his frustration with the way gmail has been putting his subscribers blog notifications in their "Promotions" tab instead of in the Inbox.

While I sympathize with Seth's frustration, Google, Microsoft and other ESP's (email service providers) are waging a war on spam. Many marketers still treat email as a commodity channel and blast away. 

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Topics: Email Deliverability, Email, send frequency optimization

Marketo Timezone Sending vs. True Send Time Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jan 17, 2018 5:13:58 PM

For Marketo users with email lists spanning multiple time zones, enabling the new time zone sending feature on email marketing campaigns is a no-brainer. Without timezone sending, your mailing sent out at 9 am EST will reach your west coast readers at 6am.

If your list consists solely of early rising CEO’s, this is perfect, but most data shows open rates peak between 8-10 am.

Wait til 9 am PST?

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Topics: Email Marketing, marketing automation, marketo, send time optimization

The Missing Link to Email Marketing Success - Email Frequency Optimization

Posted by Mike Donnelly Dec 10, 2017 12:34:37 AM

Why do we send marketing emails? To educate, inform and have our subscribers engage.

How often is too often

Emily loves email. In fact, she runs a company whose primary customer outreach is via email! Her inbox overflows on the weekends. During the week she tries to dig out so she can stay on top of business, but it’s always a challenge.

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Topics: HubSpot, Email Marketing, send time optimization, send time personalization, send frequency optimization, send frequency personalization

Is Email Marketing a Commodity?

Posted by Mike Donnelly Aug 17, 2017 12:10:08 AM

As an entrepreneur with a vested interested in email, not so long ago I’d argue with anyone that email marketing wasn’t a commodity. A recent conversation with an industry colleague changed my perspective. Looking at Merriam-Webster, a commodity is a ‘mass-produced unspecialized product’. By that definition, the sending of old-fashioned email blasts is clearly a commodity. Everybody can (and likely does) do it.

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Topics: Email Deliverability, Email, Email Marketing

Show Up, Don't be a D*ck and Add Value

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jul 20, 2017 2:33:35 AM

I have heard often that sales people are the easiest people to sell to.  I never thought I fell into this camp until a recent experience reminded me how important the buyer's journey is.  In this case, I was the eager buyer.  And by the end of my journey, I was reminded of a profane yet still memorable axiom taught to me by one of my best mentors on how a seller should treat a buyer: 

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Topics: HubSpot, Sales, Sales Process

Why We Partnered With Databox

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jul 11, 2017 11:59:49 AM

You can’t get to your final destination if you don’t know where you are. Every leadership team knows they have to keep an eye on important KPIs like ad performance, email engagement, leads, conversions, etc. Depending on how many different programs and platforms you use, tracking your metrics can be very challenging — your numbers are all in different locations.

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Topics: Email, HubSpot, Databox, Business Intelligence

HubSpot's CRM is like an Outlook PST File on Steroids for Enterprise Sales Pros

Posted by Mike Donnelly Jun 14, 2017 4:36:11 PM

To my bretheren in outside sales, I absolutely urge you to take a look at HubSpot's CRM (it's free by the way!).

We all move from job to job, no matter our success over our career (we get bored, not challenged, unachievable quotas - yes, read that sales leaders, etc.) and one thing we always seem to bring with us is the elusive PST file. I can't tell you how many friends have asked me over the past year, "How do I get a PST on a MAC and I'm using Google as our email service provider?".

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Topics: CRM, HubSpot Sales, HubSpot GrowthStack