Trimble consolidates marketing technology and saves $500K in martech spend with Adobe Marketo Engage.


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Reduction per year in external agency costs


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Adopt a unified marketing automation platform across three of Trimble’s major franchises

Help divisions leverage solutions to create drip campaigns, complex nurture campaigns, full-circle operational programs, lead-scoring models, lead lifecycles, and personas

Capture every customer engagement and share it through Salesforce and other CRMs to drive conversions and revenue

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$500,000+ reduction in martech spend

1000s of hours saved through cloning/automation

$400,000 reduction per year in external agency costs

Public- and private-sector organizations around the world are improving productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability with innovative technologies from Trimble Inc. Customers leverage Trimble positioning, modeling, connectivity, and data analytics technologies in a variety of ways: building and maintaining roads and other civil infrastructure faster and more affordably; constructing and operating higher-quality residential and commercial buildings at a lower cost; and producing and distributing energy, water, and other natural resources quickly and safely while improving compliance.

Tricia Saunders is the Director of Marketing Operations and technology for Trimble’s Integrated Marketing Strategies team. This global shared services organization supports nearly 250 marketers across dozens of divisions within the company’s Geospatial, Civil Engineering and Construction (CEC), and Building businesses.

Saunders team is at the center of a transformative effort aimed at driving operational excellence across the enterprise. To that end, the team eliminated 15 disparate marketing tools and standardized on Adobe Marketo Engage. With Marketo Engage, the team is better able to collaborate with division-based marketers to enhance their effectiveness, dramatically improve the customer experience, and slash software costs as well as spending for external agency services.

“Standardizing on Marketo Engage helped reduce our martech investment by more than $500,000 while giving us new capabilities including Sales Insights, advanced reporting, email deliverability tools, and ABM,” says Saunders.

A single platform serves multiple marketing needs and skill sets

One of the primary reasons Trimble chose Marketo Engage is that the solution supports the wide range of marketing needs and skill sets within the company. In the past, some divisions did only minimal digital marketing — perhaps a quarterly email blast to the customer base. Other divisions were at the forefront of marketing automation, running highly segmented, multi-stream nurture campaigns with a dozen or more diverse audiences. According to Tricia, Marketo Engage is the only solution that people on both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between can use.

“People who have done mostly batch and blast are getting email campaigns running easily in Marketo,” Saunders explains. “Over time they are increasing their skills and learning to reach customers more effectively with segmentation, personalization, and nurturing. The more advanced teams are ramping up the sophistication of their campaigns, improving lead lifecycle management, and focusing on the full customer experience.”

“Standardizing on Marketo Engage helped reduce our martech investment by more than $500,000 while giving us new capabilities including Sales Insights, advanced reporting, email deliverability tools, and ABM.”

Tricia Saunders

Director of Marketing Operations and Technology Integrated Marketing Strategies Team, Trimble

A single campaign creation serves multiple audiences

One of Saunders’ team members created templates for critical programs, such as welcome, return to nurture, and re-engagement, and made them available globally through a template library. The templates ensure compliance with best practices and accelerate campaign creation for divisional marketing teams. Using cloning, these teams can effortlessly put together a campaign, adapt it for their audiences, and execute it with confidence.

“What’s amazing is that the divisions take these campaigns and run with them on their own,” Saunders notes. “It builds their confidence and the next thing they are telling us is, ‘We don’t want to stop there. We want to do more — like splitting our audience and tailoring the story based on segments.’ And from a cost-efficiency standpoint, cloning means we can pay one person to create the campaigns and everyone else benefits from them. It’s hard to put a number on it, but it’s saving us thousands and thousands of hours.”

Increased self-reliance slashes agency costs

As divisional teams develop expertise in building and executing campaigns in Marketo Engage, they are reducing their reliance on external agencies. Divisions now take a joint-delivery approach that involves getting agency assistance to, for example, develop an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy. But the divisions no longer have to turn to the agency to build and execute the campaigns. As a result, Trimble has reduced external agency costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Trimble is reallocating those dollars to develop stronger inbound strategies and increase digital spend.

“It’s a winning strategy for us,” Saunders concludes. “We give our divisions best practices, knowledge, and programs to clone. They have better tools and more dollars to put toward bringing in new audiences and increasing conversion rates. The influx of net new business drives more revenue. And with a single platform across the company, we will soon be able to roll up all the numbers and show how much more revenue marketing is generating and how much money we are saving the company.”

Initial success is just the beginning

Saunders notes that she and her team have already made major strides with their transformation. But, she adds that they are just getting started. They plan to take advantage of the rich feature set in Marketo Engage and its extensive integrations with other marketing tools to further streamline and automate marketing efforts and increase revenue.

One example is an active project aimed at connecting Zapier, an application integration tool, with Marketo Engage to facilitate data sharing across Marketo Engage instances. Currently, sharing customer and lead data is a manual, time-consuming task. Integration through Zapier will automate data sharing, reducing costs and creating new revenue streams as a result of upsell and cross sell opportunities across divisions.

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