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Shayna McGroggan

Shayna educates on marketing automation for Higher Logic. She has been a passionate digital marketer since 2010, with experience in email marketing, SEO, content marketing, social media management, and of course automated campaigns.
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5 Marketing Automation Features You Need to Start Using Today

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on July 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

In the survey we did for our recent State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report, we asked associations what additional marketing automation features they’re using. We discovered that many of them aren’t making use of certain features that could be taking them to the next level.

If you pair this with our finding that one of the biggest marketing automation challenges for associations is a lack of platform knowledge, it starts to look like associations might not be making use of these essential features because they don’t realize what they can do.

Without these features, it’s difficult to make your marketing automation campaigns shine.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

What Do Vanity Metrics Have to Do with Marketing Automation Goals?

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 28, 2018 at 8:06 AM | 5 minute read

Higher Logic recently released our 2018 State of Marketing Automation: Association Benchmark Report. When I got a chance to pore over the results, I saw a lot of fascinating responses from the survey portion of the report. We asked about all sorts of things, like how they used marketing automation and what their goals and successes were. We also asked about any challenges they were facing.

Those who answered this last question gave some answers we’d expected, like lack of understanding about their software, or the difficulty of finding a platform that fit their needs or skill level perfectly.

But an answer I didn’t expect to see was that they were struggling with their open rates and engagement with the emails in automated campaigns. This was the third most common response for the question – that really made me start to think.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Member Experience, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

You Could Just Set It and Forget It with Marketing Automation…But Don’t!

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on June 5, 2018 at 8:10 AM | 4 minute read

If you are under the impression that “set it and forget it” is a successful strategy for using marketing automation software, I release you from this spell.

People will say one of the benefits of marketing automation software is that you can simply put the software in action and then let your automated campaigns go their merry way. But just because you have the ability to set your automation rules and then forget about them doesn’t mean this type of strategy will be the most effective.

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Topics: Marketing, Social Media, Member Experience, Member Engagement, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Don’t Have to Be Scary. But They’re Scarily Connected.

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on May 30, 2018 at 8:55 AM | 3 minute read

Disclaimer: A real human wrote this post.

Before you start backing away nervously, I know – these two concepts on their own can create stirrings of inner panic. And in a post together? That’s even worse. But, taking a few minutes to sit down and truly understand each one can benefit the marketer. They’re friendlier than they seem, and you’re likely going to be hearing a lot more about them in the marketing world.

This post discusses three common questions about the relationship between marketing automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Customer Experience, Member Experience, Marketing Automation

4 Ways to Take the Confusion Out of Your Marketing Automation Platform

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on April 26, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

 

I am definitely one of those people who loves and needs to have the latest gadgets. When it comes to new smart phones, operating systems, gaming consoles, and audio gadgets, I covet them until they are mine.

However, more than once I’ve lusted after the latest tech toy, only to get home and let it die of loneliness in a drawer or on a shelf somewhere, because I couldn’t immediately figure it out on my own and gave up.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

Debunking 5 Marketing Automation Myths

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on April 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 7 minute read

 

In my quest to educate on marketing automation, I run across a lot of misconceptions. These take on a life of their own, and often feel like epic myths that would give Homer a run for his money. Someone always has a story about some other marketer, from some other organization, that had some sort of major difficulty or near catastrophe, caused by a malfunction of an automated campaign. Or they stumbled upon an unforeseen dead-end that prevented them from automating. More often than not, these issues are over-exaggerated marketing urban legends.

So, let’s uncover some epic legends and debunk some myths.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Collaboration Tools, Marketing Automation

How Automation Will Save Marketing

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on March 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

I may be biased, but I don’t consider most marketers to be inherently “shady.” There’s a difference between educating someone on your products and services and bombarding them with thoughtless advertising. The downfall of advertising might be part of marketing evolution, but let’s not make it the underlying narrative. Let’s refocus on marketing for people, not at them. Why haven’t we embraced marketing automation as a true opportunity to market with a conscience?

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Topics: Marketing, Customer Experience, Customer Success, Email Deliverability, Marketing Automation

Web Tracking Is Your Marketing Automation Advantage

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on February 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

 

Web tracking may not be the first thing that leaps to mind when you think about marketing automation, but it should be. Like perfecting a golf swing, marketing automation is all about the follow-through, and combining web tracking with automated campaigns is exactly the prep you need before stepping out on the green.

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Marketing Automation

Building Personas: Defining Your Audience

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on February 8, 2018 at 2:30 PM | 4 minute read

Creating personas is a valuable practice for many departments across organizations. From marketing and sales to product and client success, personas help teams to focus on understanding the needs and pain points of their prospects or customers. This helps organizations deliver more personalized experiences, content, and solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of specific segments of your audience. 

To serve your audience well, you have to know them. Before you can start drafting and developing your unique personas, you have to get a data-driven understanding of your environment. This means getting a firm grasp of the makeup of your customer base, your website traffic, and your competition. 

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Topics: Communications, Marketing, Customer Engagement, Marketing Automation

Email Marketing vs. Marketing Automation

Written by Shayna McGroggan | on January 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 2 minute read


Email is an important component of any modern marketing strategy. But, email is just one piece of the modern marketing puzzle. Marketing automation might sound fancy, but it's really just an extension of the functionality that email marketing already provides – the ability to create, deliver and track messages to an audience.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation

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