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Because Email Just Isn’t Enough: Joe Payne on ExactTarget’s Acquisition of Pardot

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But marketing automation is an exciting space, and as many other large organizations, from Oracle to IBM, try to buy their way into the party, I’ve found myself commenting again and again on where the market is headed. ( One of these commentaries is even immortalized in David Meerman Scott’s latest edition of Real-Time Marketing & PR.). For the marketing automation industry, this is validation of what we’ve been saying all along: Email just isn’t enough. Three years ago, Oracle bought Market2Lead, a strong marketing automation solution targeting the business buyer.

Will Marketing Automation Be Free?

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Today Genius.com announced a free version of their Marketing Automation system. Only about a month ago, Loopfuse also started offering a free version of their Marketing Automation system. What does this mean for companies interested in adopting Marketing Automation? Loopfuse gives as the main reason that adoption rate of Marketing Automation is still very low (5-10%), and that a disruptive offering is needed to get the remaining 90-95% on board. Industry consolidation is starting (Market2lead acquired, LeadGenesys refocused). How Much Is Free? Genius.com.

Oracle Buys ATG: Bad News for Marketing Automation?

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But if you look back at my “doughnuts and pizza slices” post on software acquisitions , it does make perfect sense. What I really care about is the implications for marketing systems. I’d say the ATG purchase lessens the odds of Oracle buying a marketing automation vendor. The logic is this: buying ATG suggests that Oracle, like IBM (which put Unica in its WebSphere organization), is focusing on online marketing rather than marketing automation in general. That also leads further away from standard marketing automation. nuff said. So much for the obvious.

Oracle Integrates On Demand Marketing with On Demand CRM

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Summary: Oracle has integrated marketing automation with its on-demand CRM product. If I were more on the ball, I would have noticed that May 25 marked a full year since Oracle bought the intellectual property* of high-end B2B marketing automation vendor Market2Lead. I was actually briefed on May 17 by the Oracle team handling the resulting product but hadn’t noticed that the anniversary was approaching. This is largely because Marketing systems typically contain many more leads than Sales wants in CRM. Once this is done, Market2Lead will complete its shutdown.

Going Big on Small: Joe Payne on HubSpot’s $32M Round

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Because all industries – whether sports, academia or even marketing automation – come down to a single word: execution. It means interest in the established marketing automation and emerging Revenue Performance Management sectors continues to swell. Oracle bought Market2Lead.  Follow the money and it will lead you directly to our industry.  Marketers are discovering this industry in all different ways – sometimes it’s by catching wind of a big investment, other times it’s seeing a headline about an acquisition.  by Joe Payne | Tweet this. IBM bought Unica. 

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

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As I wrote in my June 30 post on consolidation among marketing automation vendors , I expect the number of competitors to shrink fairly quickly as new buyers concentrate their purchases among a handful of leading vendors. Will weaker marketing automation vendors merge with each other to establish a larger market presence? Let’s look at a similar consolidation about ten years ago, among the original marketing automation vendors.* Of course, Oracle has already made its move by purchasing Market2Lead's intellectual assets. The pattern will likely repeat itself.

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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Home Forrester Research « I was recently briefed by | Main | Going Corporate » August 26, 2008 Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market [Posted by Laura Ramos ] In a recent survey of over 2100 IT professionals who buy or recommend telecom and networking solutions, we found buyers turn to peers and colleagues first, followed by vendor, industry trade, or professional Web sites, to inform their purchase decisions. The lead management automation market, about which I blogged previously , continues to attract new players at a rapid rate.

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

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HP, P&G) to the channel… The Difference Between B2B Leads and Personas - Marketing Interactions , April 17, 2010 B2B marketers have relied on lead definitions to define their marketing programs for years. The biggest disconnect for companies is that a marketer’s definition of a lead can often be quite different than how sales defines what they need to accept a lead as qualified for follow-up. wrote an eight part series on building an effective lead generation program a while back. Could Facebook become a Lead Nurturing platform?

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions. Most recently, Marketo just announced their lead management solution. There are four primary buckets of technology solutions aimed at solving the “how do I make lead generation activities more effective?” Lead farming?