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The Power of Full Funnel Marketing on Revenue Growth

The Power of Full Funnel Marketing on Revenue Growth

“Full funnel marketing” isn’t just a buzzword — it’s a radical approach that can grow your revenue sustainably, keep customers happy, reduce retention, and positively transform your relationship with prospects. 

This article will cover the basics of the full funnel marketing approach, the four demand actions that fuel the funnel, and what investing in full-funnel optimization can do for your business. 

What do we mean by “full funnel”? 

Full funnel means serving the buyer at all lifecycle stages of the funnel — from pre-brand awareness and engagement through to customer retention and growth. In other words, full-funnel means not neglecting one area or another just because:

  • It seems to be fine/working without effort/support
  • It doesn’t seem necessary or needed
  • Your other efforts in the funnel are doing fine without it

While shaped like a funnel, the growth efforts you do — whether in marketing, in sales, in customer success, etc. — act more like a web of influence with full-funnel marketing. 

Here are two examples of full-funnel marketing strategies:

  1. You engage deeper with your customers through advocacy programs and paid media marketing. This involves creating high-quality organic mid-funnel content and referral support.

  1. You gather both quantitative and qualitative data as a prospect converts to a customer. This helps you refine your top-of-funnel ICP understanding and targeting, identify key accounts to either pursue (with new customers) or grow (with existing customers) with high traction, and build more tailored post-purchase onboarding and education programs for greater retention.

The four demand engine actions that fuel the funnel

Demand generation and growth often gets the misconception that it’s just “capturing demand” for a company … aka, lead generation. But there’s a reason intelligent B2B brands evolved from the marketing focus of just “lead generation” to demand generation and overall funnel growth marketing — it’s so much more than just capturing leads.

Demand generation breaks down into four core actions that support revenue growth across the funnel:

  1. Creating demand
  2. Capturing demand
  3. Accelerating demand
  4. Growing demand

Creating demand

Whether your category already exists or you’re building the category, creating awareness of the problem your market has is vital to selling a solution. 

Capturing demand

This is the point at which you’ve garnered enough intrigue from your market for them to engage in a meaningful way to move that interest from “unknown” to “known.” In other words, you’ve captured some data that proves these captured prospects are interested. This could be through website traffic, making contact with a salesperson, or taking an action like joining your email list.

Accelerating demand

This is when you invest in marketing to prospective leads and engaging with them. The aim is to deepen their connection to your brand and its ability to serve their needs and goals, converting a passive soft interest into a higher intent that could lead to a sale.

Growing demand

Marketing isn’t done once you secure a sale! This step involves investing in things like post-purchase nurturing to onboard customers, advocacy programs, and key account identification for growth. 

These stages come together to create this marketing and sales funnel:

A graphic showing a sales funnel with key stages like awareness, consideration, action, adoption, and account growth.

Why are all four stages required for success?

Because brands often neglect demand creation 

Without creating new demand, your audience's existing intent to buy/awareness is finite. You’ll hit the wall trying to capture interest and prospects out of a pool of buyers that is not being expanded on.

The brand that creates demand wins. As your competition in the field grows, if you aren’t driving the in-market knowledge, education, and awareness around your market’s problem/solution, you will become one of many. As one of many, there is no loyalty or connective tissue between your brand and the needs of your buyer. Good luck trying to capture that unloyal buyer base.

But just investing in thought leadership and creating demand isn’t the solution to your funnel and revenue growth alone. More robust demand capture and acceleration programs, in partnership with sales, are the biggest driver toward your new revenue goals. 

The businesses that win with both high potential buyer capture and conversion to customers are the ones that invest in dynamic, personalized, and thoughtful experiences for those prospects across the first 2/3rds of the typical funnel.

This means leveraging insights and data intelligently to make sure each touchpoint/engagement with that person is relevant and adds value to them. This engagement must align with the person’s demographics, primary pain points, and where they see value. 

Because sales and marketing must be aligned

If every lead you get contact info on is shot over the fence to sales without any prioritizations, you’re not putting your customers first and likely losing potential sales because of it.

Intelligently combining nurture programs, leveraging lead scoring mechanisms, and bridging the collaboration gap between marketing and sales initiatives can create a better buyer experience while also providing warmer, more qualified prospects that do go to sales.

Because post-purchase marketing is vital for customer retention 

For the longest time, the marketing funnel ended at conversion. Eventually, more and more people recognized that support for engaging and helping post-purchase adoption of the solution was critical to reducing customer churn.

At Matter Made, we push our clients to think even more. A winning area for B2B business (especially SaaS) is when you push beyond your competitors by:

  1. Having little to no churn rate.
  2. Having a high-growth customer rate.

You can achieve these milestones by investing in key account identification and growth.

But this, too, doesn’t happen in a silo. A full-funnel cohesion of experience, messaging, and customer-centricity in marketing efforts is essential. Marketing with your customer base is one of the most powerful revenue sources — whether that’s in high-quality referrals, key account expansion, advocacy programs, etc. Businesses with strong recurring revenue are those that have figured out how to not just nullify churn rate, but multiply account investment with their solution. 

Note: Check out Matter Made’s case studies to see how Matter Made has maximized full funnel marketing tactics for clients, from helping to create that demand, to account-based marketing.

What investing in full-funnel optimization looks like

To give you an idea of what it might look like if you were weak in just one area of the funnel compared to competitors, here is a year-over-year look at three companies: 

Sample data from three companies showing the results of investing in full-funnel optimization.

In the first month or so, the growth difference doesn’t seem like much. But when you pull out to one or two years, you can see that you and your competitors have a painful gap. In many cases, this gap can’t be overcome once that time has passed, and that’s where you see many B2B SaaS brands fall out of the market.

An infographic showing the results of investing in full-funnel optimization.

Remember: these data points are only giving examples of weaknesses in one area of the funnel. Imagine if you only focused on mid-funnel demand capture and not investing in creation or growth?!

Three steps you can take now that you know the importance of full-funnel optimization

Step 1. Assess if you’re doing all four demand actions

This doesn’t need to be scientific, but step back to review if you’re doing all four actions to serve the full funnel. Grade your efforts using this scale:

  • Little to not at all
  • Somewhat
  • A good amount
  • A lot

Step 2. Prioritize areas of the funnel you need to improve on

From what you may have identified, likely starting with any you marked as “little to not at all” or “somewhat,” order the priorities of the areas you need to focus on as a business.

If you need to do more in multiple areas, you’ll find that you’ll probably prioritize top to bottom on the funnel. For example, if you are not doing much to accelerate or grow demand, you’ll want to prioritize accelerating marketing efforts over growing. 

Step 3. Identify how to fill those demand gaps

Do you have the internal resources to support where you’re underserving? Do you need to outsource?

Work on mapping out what you have in skill or ability, and then where you should outsource. Some skills are super critical to have in-house — for example, your brand/content expert. Some skills can be outsourced with greater success — for example, demand generation programming. 

Master your full-funnel marketing

Investing in optimizing your full-funnel marketing will boost your revenue short-term and long-term. It’s a no-brainer if you’re chasing sustainable growth and customer satisfaction. 

If tackling full funnel optimization for your company immediately leaves you unsure on where to start or overwhelmed by the effort and time/energy/resources required to do it, reach out to us here at Matter Made. We're made up of a team of fire-breathing funnel marketing experts that are deploying game-changing growth tactics on the daily for our clients.

Let us do the same for you. 

Monique Olan, Director of Demand Generation

Demand Generation

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There's no question that a successful marketing campaign requires careful planning and organization. But all too often, the day-to-day tasks of executing a marketing plan fall onto the marketing team itself. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster since it's difficult for one or even two people to do everything themselves. 

That's where a marketing project manager comes in. A good project manager can take the weight off your shoulders, ensuring that your campaigns are planned and executed smoothly and on time.

This article will cover what a marketing project manager is, what they do, and how they can take your marketing efforts to the next level. 

What is a marketing project manager?

In any organization, big or small, there are always projects underway. And for these projects to be successful, someone must manage them appropriately. That's where a marketing project manager comes in. A marketing project manager is responsible for planning, executing, and delivering marketing projects. 

A marketing project manager takes on tasks like developing project plans and timelines and coordinating with different teams and stakeholders. 

A marketing project manager wears many hats and plays a vital role in ensuring that projects are completed on time and within budget. Depending on your team, your marketing project manager might handle everything from campaign planning to pressing "publish" on social media posts. Nothing under the "marketing" umbrella is out of scope for a marketing project manager.

The importance of a marketing project manager

A marketing project manager is a crucial player on any marketing team. They ensure that marketing projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the client's satisfaction.

A marketing project manager is, as you might imagine, an expert in project management. They can also lead your team through the different phases of a project:

  • Initiation. In the initiation phase, the project manager works with the client  and the team to define the scope and objectives of the project. 

  • Planning. Project managers develop a detailed action plan during the planning phase. This action plan includes timelines, budgets, and resources. 

  • Execution. The execution phase is when the actual work of the project is completed. 

  • Monitoring. The monitoring phase is when the project manager checks in on your team's progress and makes sure that everything is on track. 

  • Project close. Finally, in the close phase, the project manager ties up loose ends and ensures the client is happy with the final product. 

The Project Management Life Cycle: project initiation, project planning, project implementation, project closure, and project monitoring. Source: Indeed

A successful marketing project manager can also address any problems, issues, or challenges that arise during a project. 

Key responsibilities of a project manager on a marketing team

A project manager on a marketing team is responsible for coordinating the team's efforts and ensuring that all deadlines are met. In addition, the project manager may be responsible for creating and presenting marketing plans to clients or upper management. Other key responsibilities include budgeting and forecasting, as well as overseeing the implementation of marketing campaigns. 

To succeed in this role, a project manager must communicate effectively with clients and team members and have strong organizational and time management skills. Above all else, they must be able to adapt to changes quickly and efficiently to keep the project on track.

What are some typical projects a marketing project manager may be in charge of?

A marketing project manager is responsible for planning, executing, and delivering marketing initiatives. Their workday may include tasks like developing and managing budgets, scheduling and conducting market research, overseeing the creation of marketing materials, coordinating promotional activities, and measuring the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. 

In addition to these day-to-day responsibilities, a marketing project manager may also be responsible for developing long-term strategies and planning for new product launches or brand awareness initiatives. Some marketing project managers also work with clients. 

What skills or tools does a marketing project manager need to be successful?

Successful marketing project managers are skilled multitaskers who can juggle multiple projects while keeping an eye on the details. They must possess strong communication and organizational skills to keep everyone on the team informed and on track. 

Additionally, they need to understand various marketing channels to ensure that each campaign is executed correctly. These channels range from social media to email marketing to traditional media channels like newspapers and radio.

Finally, to be successful, a marketing project manager must be an effective leader who can motivate and inspire others to reach their full potential. 

Typical skills you would expect to see in a marketing project manager job listing include:

  • The ability to analyze marketing data
  • Time management
  • Research 
  • Leadership
  • Task delegation
  • The ability to give feedback
  • Client management 
  • Detail orientation 


A dedicated project manager is an essential part of any marketing team. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. They also play a critical role in communicating with stakeholders and ensuring that all team members work towards the same goal. 

To be successful, a marketing project manager needs strong communication skills, organizational skills, and experience with various marketing tools. 

If you'd like to learn more about marketing so you can become a marketing project manager yourself, check out our free resources. They'll put you on the right path right away. 

Jennay Wangen, Project Manager

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