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My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

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One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is. Incidentally, there's one more B2BU session left this year, in Seattle on December 1.

Market2Lead User Interface: Attention to Detail Pays Off

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Summary: Market2Lead's revised user interface has plenty of refined details. Time flies. I saw a demonstration of Market2Lead ’s new user interface last December, and they released it in February. It’s a good thing that Market2Lead moved more quickly than I did, because the new interface is a huge improvement. This beats even the best "one size fits all" approach.

What is Market2Lead? - Marketing Automation Who’s Who

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Our customers, prospects and B2B Lead followers often ask us about marketing automation.  Since ReachForce targeted role-based leads are fed into many of these solutions we decided to give each of them an opportunity to explain their key benefits and features in their own words. Thanks to Kevin Joyce

Freelance Marketing Automation Consultant

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have hands-on experience with Marketo, Market2Lead, Pardot, Hubspot, Salesforce.com, DemandTools, various Email Service Providers, multiple CMSs (Wordpress, Drupal), and a range of other tools. Tags: Demand Generation DemandTools drupal hubspot market2lead marketo pardot salesforce.com twitter wordpress This week I’m finishing up my day job as Sr Marketing Manager at Backbase, and will be available full-time for Marketing Automation Consulting. If you have Marketing Automation challenges, I’d love to hear from you ( or toll-free 1-888-4A-SLOTH). See you then!

Top-10 Demand Generation Vendor Blogs

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Market2Lead Marketing Automation and Lead Management blog. The Market2Lead blog got a boost when Kevin Joyce joined the company. Tags: Demand Generation activeconversion eloqua genius.com hubspot market2lead marketbright marketo pardot reachforce readycontacts silverpop In my previous post I listed the Top-10 Demand Generation blog by marketers and consultants. Today I’ve put together a list of vendor blogs. In alphabetical order: ActiveConversion B2B Marketing Blog. This is my new discovery. Recently, they are writing more posts, and some good ones too!

Increase Lead-to-Sales Ratios with Effective Lead Qualification and Scoring

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Thanks to Kevin Joyce at Market2Lead for his post earlier this week.  In addition to learning about Market2Lead, we want to share with our readers one of their whitepapers, Increase Lead-to-Sales Ratios with Effective Lead Qualification and Scoring.  In it Market2Lead’s CEO Geoff Rego walks through some key pieces to

Top 80 B2B Marketing Posts for 2009

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This technique was also used to generate the Hot Trends in B2B Marketing for 2009. Top 80 Posts - December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2009. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy - WebMarketCentral , March 24, 2009. Would YOU Trust a PR Agency Not Involved in Social Media with YOUR Social Media Programs? - PR Meets Marketing , February 16, 2009. Twitter Analytics: Five Practical, Lesser Known Free Tools for B2B Professionals - B2B Marketing Savvy , August 31, 2009. 42+ Social Media Marketing Tools - Junta 42 , June 2, 2009. Beyond , July 23, 2009.

B2B Social Media Content Strategy - Best of B2B Marketing Zone - September 2009

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September 2009. Deconstructing Twitter: Analytics for Reach and Impressions - B2B Marketing Savvy , September 10, 2009. Six Steps to a Successful Small Business Content Marketing Strategy - Content Marketing Today , September 4, 2009. Ways B2B Marketing Professionals Can Leverage Social Media - Modern B2B Marketing , September 29, 2009. Show Me the Numbers: Hard Data on Internet Use and Media Spend - Customer Experience Matrix , September 3, 2009. 23 Reasons Why Content Marketing Fails - Marketing Interactions , September 22, 2009. Featured Sources.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 3

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Explicitly direct leads from one campaign to another Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 0.5 1 1 Linear campaigns embedded in larger campaign flows. Linear campaigns embedded in larger campaign flows Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 Integrated a/b testing. Integrated a/b testing Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Rule-based content selection. Multiple scores per lead.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 2

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Build a campaign as a list of stages Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 Build linear campaigns outside of a larger campaign structure. Build linear campaigns outside of a larger campaign structure Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 Define campaign schedules only at the campaign level, not for individual steps. The three-way tie for second place among Manticore Technology, Market2Lead and Marketbright is more intriguing.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 1

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Select marketing assets from shared libraries Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Text search for assets. Text search for assets Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Share marketing assets across campaigns. Share marketing assets across campaigns Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 Live templates for asset frames. But I quickly ran into a problem. Okay then.

Demand Generation Vendor Traffic Rankings

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Summary: Based on Web traffic rankings, new demand generation vendors with low prices are gaining market presence. Pardot and (perhaps) Genius.com look particularly strong. But Eloqua , Silverpop and Marketo remain industry leaders. Last November, after much consideration of alternatives , I settled on Alexa three-month Web traffic rankings as a reasonable way to measure the relative market presence of demand generation vendors. You can see that post here. revisited that data today, adding a few new vendors and dropping some of the very minor ones. Results are in the following table. Ready yet?)

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

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But I also knew that some of the vendors focused on complex programs ( Market2Lead , Marketbright and arguably Silverpop/Vtrenz ) embed similar-looking list-style campaigns within a larger flow logic. Marketbright and the new Market2Lead interface use an actual flow chart; Silverpop/Vtrenz uses non-visual rules. If you suspected that my last two blog posts were a way to avoid writing a post that ranks vendors on usability, you’re probably right. You’re also spending way too much time worrying about my blog, although I appreciate the attention. Sorry.) Sorry about the parentheses.)

B2B Marketing University: For Now, Marketing Automation and CRM Are Still Separate

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by Market2Lead CMO Kevin Joyce for a good statement of the separatist position.) Summary: Marketing automation and CRM systems may eventually converge, but for now marketers need help explaining why they need a system of their own. hugely enjoyed yesterday’s Boston session of the Silverpop -sponsored B2B Marketing University. But there were a couple of topics that caught my fancy: 1. People still don’t understand the difference between marketing automation vs. CRM. really thought the distinction was pretty clear by now, but the question came up more than once. Vendors take note. 2.

Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

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nbr responses vendor 8 Marketo 6 Eloqua 3 Genius.com 3 LoopFuse 3 Pardot 2 Market2Lead 2 Treehouse Interactive 1 eTrigue 1 Vtrenz (Silverpop) 7 No Response 36 Another intriguing bit of contextual information is the deployment date of the systems. In any case, the ten deployments in the first four months of 2009 (or 12 if you count the two future dates) and 12 in 2008 highlights the newness and fast growth of the demand generation industry. I've been having a dandy time analyzing the results of my Demand Generation Implementation Survey. Fair enough. 1.00 the system itself 0.67

BANT - It's Not Always The Lead Score

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I woke up this morning to these three tweets relating to @nivenor1 's recent market2lead blog post titled: The SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management nivenor1 : New post about BANT vs. The SCOTSMAN on our blog [link] , now its off to Guatemala for 10 days! Ahhhhh brianjcarroll : Read post by @nivenor1 : SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management asserts "BANT" isn't enough. Do you agree? Good sales people can help create BANT. The Bridge Group's twitter response: bridgegroupinc : part two. Qualilfying for BANT is like asking to see a W2 on a first date. Absolutely not.

Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

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flow list Act-On Software x ActiveConversion x Eloqua x Infusionsoft x LeadLife x LoopFuse x Manticore Technology x Market2Lead (1) x Marketbright (1) x Marketo x Neolane x OfficeAutoPilot x Pardot x Silverpop Engage B2B x Treehouse Interactive x True Influence x (1) embeds simple list- based campaign in a larger flow chart. If you read this blog regularly (and who doesn't?), you know that I see a lot of demand generation systems. As a result, they tend to be quite certain that they have made the right decisions and are correspondingly unreceptive should I suggest otherwise.

BANT - It's Not Always The Lead Score

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I woke up this morning to these three tweets relating to @nivenor1 's recent market2lead blog post titled: The SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management. nivenor1 : New post about BANT vs. The SCOTSMAN on our blog [link] , now its off to Guatemala for 10 days! Ahhhhh. brianjcarroll : Read post by @nivenor1 : SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management asserts "BANT" isn't enough. Do you agree? link]. mark3803 : @brianjcarroll BANT is so sales 1.0 - Sales 2.0 is all about the Buy Cycle not the Sales Cycle. (I responded). Good sales people can help create BANT. Absolutely not.

How Demand Generation Systems Handle Company Data: Diving into the Details

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Here are the questions I asked, with summaries of answers from the five vendors in the current Raab Guide ( Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketo , Vtrenz ) plus two I’ll be adding shortly ( Marketbright and Neolane.) As usual, even though I’ve looked at these products in detail, I’m ultimately reporting what the vendors told me. Market2Lead and Marketbright also use the company data and links imported from Salesforce.com. Back in early January I posted a discussion on treatment of Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems. This turns out not to be the case.

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

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Active Conversion : I had a chat with president Fred Yee last August although I didn’t publish a detailed review. [I did publish a real review in July 2009.] My own consideration set also includes Marketbright , Market2Lead , MarketingGenius , LeadLife , LoopFuse , LeadGenesys , , eTrigue and SalesFusion360 , although I haven't looked at all of those in detail. My new obsession with Twitter (follow me as @draab) has led to several messages from people who seemed to have trouble choosing between Eloqua and Marketo. It shouldn't be hard to figure out which one suits you better.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 4

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Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B complex 11 8.5 12 9.5 Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B Marketing Channels Beyond Email and System-generated Web Pages 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 dealer / channel management (register and co-promote with channel partners) 1 0 0 0.5 0 0 0 track RSS readership (publish RSS feeds and track who reads each item) 0.5 0 0 0 0 0.5 0 capture costs of Pay Per Click advertising programs directly from the vendor 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0.5 Choose whichever sounds best.

First Look at New Marketo Release

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Products including Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Market2Lead and Marketbright also let marketers set up small, sequential campaigns and embed them in selection framework. I’m going to diverge just slightly from my current obsession with usability to talk about a conversation I had today with Marketo President and CEO Phil Fernandez, who previewed the 3.0 release of his flagship product, scheduled for March 3. The changes that Fernandez described seemed good but subtle. The simplicity of these individual campaigns is what lets Marketo use a simple interface to build them.

Follow The Money To The CMO

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It began in 2009.  And follow they did.  It started with Adobe’s purchase of web analytics company Omniture in 2009. Oracle: Buys Market2Lead in May 2010. How Tech Companies Are Setting Sights On The Swelling Marketing Budget. Tech companies woke up and saw the growing role of technology in the marketing department – web analytics, marketing automation, social media, digital advertising and digital creation. The CMO’s budget was surging and the CIO’s was receding.  So began the gold rush…. Buys Vitrue in May 2012. Buys Collective Intellect in June 2012. Portfolio or suite?

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B2B Social Media Strategy - Best of B2B Marketing Zone

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October 2009. Finally! A B2B social media success story - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , October 18, 2009. Top 10 Lessons Small Businesses Can Takeaway from Smart Content Marketers - Content Marketing Today , October 23, 2009. Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 1 - WebMarketCentral , October 7, 2009. B2B Marketers: Navigating the Tweet Approval Maze - B2B Marketing Savvy , October 29, 2009. Yes, you can. - B2B Web Strategy , October 28, 2009. Direct Connections , October 8, 2009. LeadSloth , October 20, 2009.

Social Media - Twitter - Measurement - Sales - Best of B2B Marketing Zone

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July 2009. Clarity - B2B Marketing Savvy , July 28, 2009. Lessons on Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation - B2B Lead Generation Blog , July 29, 2009. Buzz Marketing for Technology , July 23, 2009. Genius is Bringing GURLs to the Social Party - Marketing Interactions , July 28, 2009. BtoB Content Marketing: Six Places to Find Hidden Content Gems - Savvy B2B Marketing , July 27, 2009. Geek Good Intentions: Case of the Missing Twitter Brand - B2B Marketing Savvy , July 21, 2009. Buzz Marketing for Technology , July 30, 2009. July 23, 2009.

Twitter - Content - Lead Nurturing - Best of B2B Marketing

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August 2009. Twitter Analytics: Five Practical, Lesser Known Free Tools for B2B Professionals - B2B Marketing Savvy , August 31, 2009. How B2Bs can Improve SEO by Avoiding Duplicate Content - Modern B2B Marketing , August 18, 2009. Tips for generating high quality leads that sales people love - B2B Lead Generation Blog , August 13, 2009. 20 Formats to Consider - Savvy B2B Marketing , August 26, 2009. Tips on Using Twitter to Boost Your Marketing Efforts - Anything Goes Marketing , August 3, 2009. Tsunami - B2B Marketing Savvy , August 17, 2009.

Marketing Automation System Trends: What We Found in the Raab Guide

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Could marketers finally be ready to spend on measurement? I’m pleased to report that the 2010 edition of the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems is officially available today, with updated entries on all vendors (alphabetically: Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketbright , Marketo , Neolane and Silverpop Engage B2B ). Market2Lead, Manticore Technology and Silverpop all introduced major interface upgrades. So much for 2009. Tags: 2009 trends demand generation marketing automation raab guide sales automation Here’s a quick look at what I found.

Top 40 B2B Marketing Blogs - B2B Marketing Zone

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Tony Karrer and I launched the B2B Marketing Zone (aka, The BMZ) on July 1 (see New Hub Site Focuses on B2B Marketing Intelligence ). Since that time, it's been steadily growing in traffic and subscribers. The site has also been gradually adding the very best sources of content on B2B Marketing. Tony tells me that he uses these Best Of posts as a way to see the very best from these 40+ blogs each month. B2B Marketing is important to many of my clients, but I just don't have time to read all the posts from all these sources.

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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would put the lead management automation crop here: Eloqua, Loopfuse, Manticore Technologies, Market2Lead, Marketo, and Vtrenz. Another great suite for lead capture is the InsideSales.com suite which is tailored more for the Inside Sales end than the marketing end, but still very effective Posted by: lrmtrainer | January 06, 2009 at 05:18 PM Hey Laura, thanks for the insight. Posted by: Jeff Paul Internet Millions | February 23, 2009 at 11:10 PM The comments to this entry are closed. In fact, 88% said Web sites were important in helping them decide what to buy.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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The problem is: these platforms are heavy on campaign design, execution, and reporting and light on lead management. 4) “Pure play” lead management – this group is lead by Eloqua , but there are a LOT of firms throwing their hat into this ring including Vtrenz, Hubspot, Manticore, Market2Lead, Marketo, LoopFuse, einsof, iHance, Precience, among many others. have managed customer implementations at Market2Lead since it's inception and have recently taken on the responsibility of our own Lead Management process. But does the B2B need the same platform components as B2C?)

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. Kevin Joyce , CMO, Market2Lead. See also her recent blog post Five B2B Marketing Surprises From 2009. Kevin Joyce, CMO, Market2Lead ( @nivenor1 ). Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. predictions. The Contributors.

Hard Data to Justify Your Marketing Automation Investment

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The key finding here is that nurturing tripled the number of “slow” leads (taking longer than one month) that eventually reached Marketing Qualified status: with nurturing without nurturing % higher Fast Leads (MQL 20% 20% 0 Slow Leads (MQL>1 mo) 20% 6.67% 200% Market2Lead (before they were absorbed by Oracle ) told me they had analyzed their own customers' data and found: • 9% higher average deal size for nurtured leads vs. non-nurtured leads • 23% shorter deal time for nurtured than non-nurtured leads. Summary: So you want some hard numbers to prove the value of marketing automation?

Top 32 B2B Marketing Posts and Hot Topics of Social Media Forecast

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To look the problem, let’s examine just one industry, E-Commerce, and see the results of their email campaigns: less than 1 in 5 emails is opened (19.8%)… Best Web and Landing Page Design Tips of 2009 - Webbiquity , April 14, 2010 Discover beautiful site designs inspired by nature, mind-blowing microsites, and beautiful icon sets. Buzz Marketing for Technology , April 6, 2010 When you think of lead nurturing platforms you typically think of firms like Eloqua, Marketo, Aprimo, LeadLife, Market2Lead, Silverpop, even Salesforce.com is getting into the lead nurturing space.

Aprimo Marketing Studio Supports Sophisticated Business Marketers

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For more on vendor classifications, see my list of demand generation vendors from last November.) In other words, Marketing Studio competes with high-end demand generation systems like Eloqua , Market2Lead and Neolane. Eloqua and Market2Lead are based on sales automation data, but can incorporate external tables. Marketing Studio was launched in September 2009 and at this writing has 22 clients, including a mix of business and consumer marketers. You know who you are. took a look at the actual product last week. Bottom line: Aprimo delivered what they promised. Good stuff.