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The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Marketing automation software tools can be very helpful in making lead nurturing and sales acceleration efforts more effective—even if the category is badly misnamed. Marketing can’t be automated.) But “segmented prospect email followup sequence design and automation,” while a more accurate label for the category, certainly isn’t as catchy.

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4 Marketing Automation Must-Haves For Beginners

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When I think about starting my career in marketing automation, I think of  the complete confusion of how everything should be setup. This wasn’t just for our marketing team — it included our CRM admins, the sales team, communications and so many other parties. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a fully automated marketing engine. Resources Are Key-.

Common Concerns With Marketing Automation: Where Do You Rank?

It's All About Revenue

by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note:   Today’s post comes courtesy of  Jennifer Stoll , Head of Strategic Planning at Pepper North America, an Oracle  Eloqua Gold-Certified Partner. Jennifer merges theoretical planning with hands-on experience as a marketing automation expert focusing on lead scoring, closed loop reporting and advanced segmentation. Follow Size matters.

VEST Report: Competition in B2B Marketing Automation Isn't About Features

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday I released the mid-year edition of the VEST Report on B2B marketing automation vendors, thereby meeting my self-imposed deadline of July 31. Here are some observations: - market positions are pretty stable. Otherwise, the top players have remained the same: Infusionsoft , HubSpot , Act-On , Salesforce Pardot , Marketo , Oracle Eloqua , and Adobe.

Marketing Automation, Set It and Forget It

Puzzle Marketer

This obviously allows you to match your customers with sales transactions, but more importantly for marketers it allows you the option of layering on a marketing automation system that can deliver targeted messages at the right time without continuous management by additional personnel. If you’re like many companies, you employ a marketing individual or team to collect your contacts information and execute campaigns in somewhat of a batch and blast situation. Marketing automation, what is it? You can scale your processes. Probably everyone.

VEST Report: Latest Trends in Marketing Automation, and Where's My Hoverboard?

Customer Experience Matrix

I just finished the latest release of the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool , a.k.a. All six of the vendors new to this report sell primarily to small businesses, and most are “all-in-one” systems that combine marketing automation with integrated CRM. b2b marketing automation demand generation software marketing technology Raab VEST report

Microsoft Buys Marketing Automation Vendor MarketingPilot: Start of Something Big?

Customer Experience Matrix

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of marketing management system vendor MarketingPilot , which will become part of its Dynamics CRM group. MarketingPilot is best described as integrated marketing management for mid-tier companies. B2B marketing automation systems are built for lead nurturing and provide a foundation adequate for that purpose.

How 100+ Brands Use Video with Oracle Eloqua to Connect with More Buyers

Vidyard

For a growing number of modern marketers, the road to revenue is paved with video marketing. In fact, more than 100 brands  are now using Vidyard’s integration with Oracle Eloqua to connect with more buyers and turn viewers into customers. And they’re doing it in a way that’s tightly integrated with the marketing automation platform that powers their programs and insights.

How to Overcome Disparate Data Challenges with Marketing Automation

It's All About Revenue

by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Greg Dorban , Head of Inbound Marketing at Ledger Bennet, a specialist B2B agency. One of the biggest challenges facing modern marketers is the data management. Marketing automation provides a powerful resource. In reality the problem is not just cross borders, but within domestic markets.

Adobe Buys B2C Marketing Automation Leader Neolane: One Gap Filled, But Where's CRM?

Customer Experience Matrix

Adobe today announced plans to acquire Neolane , the largest remaining independent B2C marketing automation vendor (excluding email-focused providers like Responsys and Silverpop ). Price was $600 million, which is roughly in line with the 8x revenue paid for ExactTarget and Eloqua recently. That frankly didn’t take much insight, but I’ll brag a bit more about having pegged Adobe as needing to add marketing automation as far back as this post in 2009 and again in 2010. Predictable or not, this deal does fill a gaping hole in Adobe’s marketing cloud.

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Bizo and DemandBase Lead B2B Marketing Automation to Web Advertising and Beyond

Customer Experience Matrix

I had a fascinating chat earlier this week with a client who described his vision for using DemandBase to tailor messages to Web site visitors from target accounts, using Bizo to further tailor messages to individuals by title, using all this data to synch inbound and outbound campaigns in Eloqua , and eventually driving everything with predictive model scores from a tool like Lattice Engines. That could serve as a pretty complete summary of the state of the art for B2B marketing today, especially if you consider “content marketing” as implicitly included.

3 Ways Marketing Automation is Like an 80?s Movie

It's All About Revenue

Inspired by the Marketing Automation Institute’s upcoming Webinar, Marketing Automation: Back to the Future , we gave some thought to the similarities between the marketing automation space and our favorite ‘80s movies. Marketers will need to take the same approach. by Amy Bills | Tweet this Doc Brown , thought leader? We are stronger together.

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What Web Analytics Don’t Tell You

It's All About Revenue

by Nick Dennis | Tweet this Marketers love web analytics. Thanks to analytics we know how are sites and content are performing now – not just a month or quarter from now. But as valuable as these analytics can be, they only feed you numbers in the aggregate. With that in mind, I’ve drawn up a sampling of analytics we have today and where they fall short. It can tell you the volume of visitors drilling down into your website, what’s resonating with the market. What’s not to love? Page Depth. Page depth is a lovely metric to have.

Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

Customer Experience Matrix

It’s clear that 2015 has been the breakout year for predictive analytics in marketing, with at least $242 million in new funding, compared with $366 million in all prior years combined. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that predictive marketing vendors seem to have anticipated this. It takes zero effort on the marketer’s part and the answer comes back in 24 hours.

Social Media Features in Marketing Automation Systems: Who Does What?

Customer Experience Matrix

Social media is arguably overhyped as a marketing trend: it gets well under 10% of marketing budgets (different surveys have figures from 3% to 8%) and results are questionable (it was rated the least effective content marketing tactic in a recent MarketingProfs study ). So marketing automation vendors are understandably eager to support it in their systems.

Predictive Analytics and Modern Marketing: Q&A with Mintigo’s Atul Kumar

It's All About Revenue

Over the past year, Oracle Marketing Cloud has added more than 350 marketing applications and data partners to deliver the industry’s largest marketing technology ecosystem. The most recent addition to this list is Mintigo’s latest Oracle Marketing AppCloud application that brings predictive lead scoring and data enrichment capabilities directly within Eloqua.

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Your Analytics Questions Answered (Interview)

EMagine B2B Blog

Alicia Hale, VP of Digital Marketing Services | eMagine. How accurate is the customer demographic data in analytics? How are bookmarks and traffic coming from a link sent via email categorized by Google Analytics? Semalt is an analytics tool. It is a company trying to take away some market share from Google Analytics. Within Google Analytics, you don’t.

2 Key Tips To Help Rethink Your Marketing Analytics

It's All About Revenue

by Contributor Friendly | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Dave Liloia , Director Sales Operations and Marketing Automation at Vertafore. Dave is sales and marketing geek who believes that any problem can be solved by asking the right questions first. Have you ever wanted to ask a modern marketing expert a question?

Marketing Automation and SnapApp: The One-Two Punch

SnapApp

A 2013 report by Gleanster found that 79% of top-performing companies use marketing automation. According to Gleanster, “the future of marketing is all about data-driven rules-based customer dialogs. In this week’s blog feature from team Product, we’re exploring what can be accomplished by pairing SnapApp with your marketing automation platform. Eloqua.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. 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. Integration of Social Media, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation. The need for new analytical skills. Sales & marketing alignment. Chris Frank , Director of Marketing, TreeHouse Interactive.

5 Ways Marketing Automation Can Funnel Better Leads to Sales

B2Bbloggers

By design, it’s a software program to help better align marketing and sales to improve efficiency by automating repetitive tasks based on specific criteria about leads, opportunities and prospects. But it doesn’t stop there, marketing automation software offers a number of benefits to help funnel better leads. 1. Your B2B Marketing Plan Doesn’t Need Twitter.

The Best Content Analytics Tools: A Beginner's Guide

Docalytics

Content marketing is here to stay. In fact, as more businesses enter this realm, the more crowded space will become, meaning marketers will need to keep getting smarter and smarter in order to adapt their efforts to meet their prospects' quickly evolving needs & interests. Video Analytics/Tracking. Plus, it’s integrated with Salesforce, Marketo, and Eloqua. Wistia.

6 Marketing Automation Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Hubspot

Not too long ago, my colleague Katie Burke wrote a great article, " The Right Way to Think About Your Marketing Software RFP ," and it got me thinking about my own experiences as a buyer of marketing technology. Particularly I realized, more often than not, I was thinking about automation the wrong way. Right now the marketing automation industry couldn''t be hotter.

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Teradata Buys Aprimo for $525 Million: More Marketing Automation Consolidation To Come

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Teradata's acquisition of Aprimo takes the largest remaining independent marketing automation vendor off the market. The market will probably split between enterprise-wide suites and more limited marketing automation systems. Teradata announced today that is acquiring marketing automation vendor Aprimo for a very hefty $525 million – even more than the $480 million that IBM paid for somewhat larger Unica in August. This enterprise market is probably going to evolve into something distinct from traditional “marketing automation”.

7 Hot Trends In B2B Marketing Analytics | B2Bbloggers.com - B2B.

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About | Advertise | Submissions | Write for Us CrowdsourcedFRD Home Advertising Branding Content Marketing Lead Gen SEO-SEM Social Media More Strategy Design PR eBooks Educational Facebook Guest Posts Twitter 7 Hot Trends In B2B Marketing Analytics October 7th, 2010 | By Maria Pergolino No matter what area of the B2B market you’re involved with, change is a constant.

Here Are 40 Charts Marketers Can’t Live Without

It's All About Revenue

Earlier this week, I wrote how marketers have more access to data and analytics than ever, but Big Data can be as perplexing as it is enabling. For those in the marketing game, data isn’t enough. That’s why we produce a chart every week that modern marketers can easily learn from and use. Or that emails sent on a Saturday get the highest number of click-throughs?

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Eloqua, TopRank, Demandbase and More – OMS Minneapolis Wrapup

Webbiquity

Last week’s Online Marketing Summi t in Minneapolis drew an intense crowd of local agency and corporate attendees focused on learning the latest strategies for SEO and search, conversion rate optimization (CRO), QR codes, PPC, social video marketing, integrated analytics, social media measurement and more. Steve Woods , Eloqua. Lee Odden , TopRank Online Marketing.

Secret Sauce: 8 Tips from Demand Generation “Master Chefs”

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by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Sam Boush , founder and President of Lead Lizard , a marketing automation agency in Portland, Oregon. Your demand generation team should be willing to get out of their comfort zone to help each other, said Brandon Jensen, Senior Manager of Marketing Operations at Novell.

True Influence InsightBASE Simplifies Use of B2B Intent Data

Customer Experience Matrix

Intent data is one of hottest topics in marketing today – see, for example, Oracle’s recent purchase of AddThis. The notifications can be loaded as lists into a marketing automation or CRM system, where they can trigger advertising, sales calls, or other actions. They can also be based on use of specific technologies, allowing marketers to target competitors’ customers. InsightBASE has standard integrations with Marketo , Oracle Eloqua , and Salesforce.com. b2b marketing intent data lead scoring marketing automation predictive analytics

4 Reasons Your CMO Will Love Marketing Automation

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Jennifer Pockell-Wilson, Vice President of Marketing & Demand Operations at Eloqua partner Demandbase. Previously the Senior Director of Global Marketing Operations at Polycom, Jennifer is experienced at demonstrating the marketing’s impact on revenue and driving alignment with sales. You and your team decided that now is the time to make an investment in Marketing Automation. You want to measure marketing’s overall impact. Marketing Automation can enable all of this.

The 5 New Must-Have B2B Marketing Skills

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When marketers talk about what’s holding them back – skills. B2B marketing is changing. And lots of modern marketing departments lack the fundamental skills they need to keep and drive real demand. Here are the 5 must-have skills that B2B marketing departments need to build a demand generation machine. 1. Content Marketing. Marketing needs to be a publisher and the marketers need to be authors. 2. Even if your job isn’t demand generation, the entire marketing team must live and breathe the funnel.  When the CMO is unimpressed – skills.

Revenue Performance Management to Marketing Automation: What Facebook was to MySpace?

It's All About Revenue

Lauren Carlson , of Software Advice , is one of the rising stars in the constellation of CRM, marketing automation and, now, Revenue Performance Management industries. You came out of seemingly nowhere to become one of the most listened-to voices in CRM, marketing automation, and now Revenue Performance Management. have to credit most of my success to the amazing network of experts in the CRM and marketing automation space. Also, there is something to be said for being a young person in a young industry like marketing automation. Facebook.

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Help! I Need a Marketing Automation Vendor with Social Media Savvy

WindMill Networking

Finding the right marketing automation (MA) platform for your company can be a daunting task. This means that picking the right automation vendor is a lot harder than choosing a flavor of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. And there’s a lot more riding on the decision, because your tool must support the unique mix of communications channels and analytics your company needs.

The Ins and Outs of Marketing Automation Software

Sazbean

For marketing departments in B2B companies, the development of marketing automation software is a gift straight from the heavens. Designed to organize campaigns and automate repetitive tasks, marketing automation software has simplified the lives of marketing executives and employees, allowing them to efficiently handle tasks and move leads to sales.

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