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And, while I know that explaining something never convinces anyone that it’s really funny, I think Personalized Mona Lisa has enough serious content to justify further discussion. Distribute the pieces among your uber-ironic friends and have them write on the back of each piece what customer segment would find the image most interesting. So here goes. Let’s start at the beginning.

Marketing Technology of the Future: Beyond the Customer Data Platform

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And where will all that highly tailored content come from? You guessed it: automated content creation systems, which are more common and further advanced than you may realize. So the only piece the company can expect to own is the analytical layer – the bidding and content engines. The last three minutes of my MarTech Conference presentation are driving me crazy. Data synergy.

Marketo Conference: Is Predictive Modeling The Future of Marketing Automation?

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to gather enough technical detail to understand how they work. I’ll try to write about them once that happens. In current marketing practice, those decisions are made with a content map that plots available content against customer life stages and personas. This makes sure that appropriate content is available for each situation. Automated content creation is already available to a surprising degree and will only get better. Marketo held its annual Marketing Nation Summit this week, hosting 4,000+ clients and partners.

MarTech Madness: Marketing Technology Managers Come Out to Play in San Francisco

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As usual, I spent much of my conference time prowling the exhibition booths. I was struck by the number of content-related exhibitors – nearly half, based on my analysis of the conference program. Many of those were doing standard content management tasks such as workflow, approvals, and repository management. That’s different from capturing behaviors with interactive content, as described above, although the same system could do both: in fact, I'd put LookBook HQ in both categories. This is a category that also caught my eye at the Content2Conversion conference last month.

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They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Oh Shiny! Cool Marketing Technology I'd Evaluate in Detail if I Didn't Keep Getting Distrac.Oh Shiny!

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To do this, it analyzes search terms and content on the client’s and competitors’ Web sites, identifies opportunities for new promotions, and then (almost) automatically creates landing pages tailored to each search term. I’ve seen more interesting systems recently than I have time to review in depth. Here are some quick sketches of products you may want to explore in more detail. market.

MarTech Conference: Some Random Impressions and Interesting New Vendors

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In fact, the very variety was intriguing: everything from content management to reporting to predictive modeling to social intelligence to data enhancement to plain old marketing automation. Some of the unfamiliar ones I found most intriguing were (in alphabetical order): - Acrolinx : very sophisticated scoring of content to match its tone, complexity, subject, and other attributes to target audiences. It doesn’t write copy but does analyze the copy you give it. Or maybe the second MarTech experience is inherently less ground-breaking than the first.

BrightInfo: Content Recommendations Made Simple

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I spent much of last year writing about Customer Data Platform systems and have reviews on tap for a half dozen more. Today''s topic is BrightInfo , which uses semantic technology to automatically recommend the most relevant content to Web site and blog visitors. content recommendations customer data platform recommendation engines semantic analysis text analysis

Silverpop Announces Universal Behaviors to Provide Better Cross Channel Customer Experience

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Once Universal Behaviors are loaded into Silverpop, they become available within the system for queries, program triggers, rules within programs, dynamic content, personalization, scoring, and analysis – pretty much anything that could be done with standard Silverpop data. Silverpop has also created native integrations with Adobe and Episerver Web content management systems. These let those systems submit a visitor ID to Silverpop and receive Silverpop data to use in dynamic content and personalization. But it has partners who fill that gap.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

VEST Report: Analytics Tops List of Upgraded Marketing Automation Features

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But the elation lasted about two minutes, since I then had to write a press release announcing it. The challenge with that is you need a “news hook”, meaning something that gives reporters a reason to write about your story. In fact, if you count lead scoring and content testing as part of analytics, seven of the dozen items fell into that category. Who knew?

What Really Creates Marketing Automation Success: Data from Gleanster

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Research firm Gleanster released its free “Gleansight” report on marketing automation late last month. I was principal author for much of the document and drafted the survey questions, although I didn’t write the individual vendor profiles or administer the survey. (I’ll also share in the revenues, which come when vendors pay for the names of people who download the report.)

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

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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. Equally helpful to me personally, it reinforced my intention to write about Bizo and DemandBase, both of which have recently briefed me on their latest product extensions. Marketing automation, Web analytics, and Web content management systems can all access this data via API calls for analytics and as inputs to their own selection and treatment rules. Let’s start with DemandBase. So much for the mechanics.

Selligent Brings a New B2C Marketing Automation Option to the U.S.

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I’m writing this post on my old DOS-based WordPerfect software, to get in the proper mood for discussing business-to-consumer marketing automation.* Back in the realm of the normal, Selligent also offers a graphical email/Web page designer that supports the usual design features, personalization, dynamic content. deep dive left me seriously impressed. Did I mention hints of almond?

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Optify Lets Agencies Provide Small Business with Marketing Automation, Distributed Marketing, and Sales Enablement

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only mention this because I’ve recently been looking at a lot of new (to me) vendors and haven’t been able to write about many of them. By contrast, the fourth trend seems to be driven by recognition that small business presents a huge opportunity. Optify was founded in 2008 and launched its original product, a search engine optimization (SEO) tool, about a year later.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Vendor Selection: Writing a Good Requirements Document

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But don’t think you’re writing the document for vendors. This would include segmentation rules, content creation, processing logic, CRM integration, lead scoring, and any other tasks required to run the program. My last two posts (not counting this morning’s detour into Marketo-land) described common errors marketers make when selecting marketing automation systems.

Claritix Assembles Marketing Data for Analysis: Maybe That's Enough

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Imported data includes contacts, funnel stages, campaigns, channels, revenue, and content. There is no capability, for example, to write the assembled data back to source systems for their own use. Most of the work in any marketing analytics project is integrating data from multiple systems. Here’s a deeper look. It can connect with others through standard APIs.

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

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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 ). Social platform integration: using native features of the social platforms by writing to their APIs.

YesPath Takes Its Own Route to Managing ABM Journeys

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Model inputs include content consumption as sourced from Bombora, behaviors captured by a YesPath Javascript tag on the marketers’ own Web site and emails, and campaign responses imported from CRM ( Salesforce.com only so far) and marketing automation (the first integration will be announced shortly). The system could apply machine learning to select content delivered by an action, but most YesPath clients have so far preferred to select the content in advance. Most of these tools will eventually add ABM features if they don’t have them already. persona-based programs.

Predictions for B2B Marketing in 2011

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But I happened to write one in response to a question at the Focus online community last week. But enterprise marketers have additional needs related to scalability, content sharing and user rights management, which SMB systems are not designed to address. The content explosion implodes: marketers will rein in runaway content generation by adopting a more systematic approach to understanding the types of content needed for different customer personas at different stages in the buying cycle. So I figured I'd share it here as well. SMB systems will lead the way.

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Blueshift Offers a Simple B2C Customer Data Platform

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It’s just over two years since I started writing about Customer Data Platforms. But even the B2C CDPs rely on external systems such as email agents and Web content managers to deliver the campaign messages. Blueshift lets users specify a sequence of steps by filling out forms to define the segment, channel, and content template for each step and time between steps. Content templates do incorporate some visualization, as well as tokens for personalization and machine learning-based product recommendations. How low? How simple? Well, one measure is implementation time.

How to Get the Most from Social and Behavioral Data: Webinar, March 19

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In fact, I only mention it to explain why I haven’t been writing with my usual frequency and why this post is relatively brief. But I did finish my research before they packed up our computers, so the content itself will be solid. Still, I did want to let you know that I’ll be giving a Webinar next Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. You can register here.

Useful Tips from Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group

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Web Content Management panel with leaders from Bridgeline, Sitecore, Percussion, and Ektron - content management systems have evolved to deliver personalized customer experiences across all channles - I only mention this because it supports my own view that Web content systems are candidates to encompass the marketing automation industry. I spent three days last week at the Inbound Marketing Summit and Hubspot User Group in Boston. These featured a flock of first-rate speakers who presented more useful information than I can jam into a single blog post. and 4 to 6 p.m.;

Balihoo Offers "Local Marketing Automation" for Channel Partners

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content distribution with pre-packaged campaigns in email, direct mail, mobile, online ads, print, and broadcast media. Analyzing this table is easily worth a post of its own but I doubt I’ll have time to write it. So I'll make do with a few quick observations: - pretty much every system in the space provides content distribution and localization for print and email. Bear in mind that there are plenty of other products that focus strictly on content distribution. Either is a big step beyond basic content distribution. could easily stop here.

Dueling Strategies: Adobe and Oracle Take Opposite Paths to Customer Experience Management

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The platform fills the center of Adobe’s three-part corporate mission to “make, manage, and measure” digital content and experiences. The other two pieces were already in place: “make” is Adobe’s original content creation business, while “measure” is Omniture Web analytics. But Adobe also explicitly limits its scope to digital channels, and implicitly limits its concern to content creation, delivery, and evaluation. Otherwise, Adobe expects even digital content such as emails to be delivered by third party products. Good stuff but nothing earth-shaking.

A Framework for Real Time Decision Management: How SAS RTDM Fits In

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integration with campaign and content systems. Early decision systems were not connected to outbound campaign managers or to content stores. Regarding content: the decision systems traditionally returned a content ID that the execution system converted to actual content internally. The systems returns tags, IDs or URLs but not actual content.

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

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Clever of me to write this while they're all distracted by DreamForce , don't you think?) - Entrepreneurs: these products are aimed at companies where the owner does their own marketing, or perhaps one employee who does marketing along with other functions. Similarly, functionality is generally comparable although they may be less sophisticated at some tasks such as dynamic content generation (automatically altering an email or Web page based on lead characteristics) and branching campaign flows. also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is.

ClickDimensions Grows Quickly by Offering B2B Marketing Automation as a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Add-On

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The system already provided dynamic email content, although users have to write the selection rules in a scripting language – something many marketers will find intimidating. When I first wrote about ClickDimensions in a February, 2011 post , the concept was intriguing – a marketing automation add-on to Microsoft Dynamics CRM – but the product itself had been available for less than six months and claimed barely 50 clients. Sounds like the idea has legs. The product has matured as well. The most important addition is a flow builder that supports branching campaigns.

What Makes QlikTech So Good?

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Perhaps I’ll write about them some other time. disclaimer: although Client X Client is a QlikTech reseller, they have no responsibility for the contents of this blog.). To carry on a bit with yesterday’s topic— QlikTech fascinates me on two levels: first, because it is such a powerful technology, and second because it’s a real-time case study in how a superior technology penetrates an established market. Perhaps I shall. But I think it’s important to first explain exactly just what makes QlikView so good. Plus, you don’t know what else was going on that contributed to the results.

Open Letter to Scott Brinker: Suggestions for Next MarTech Conference

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And, as an aside, I’m astounded that you found time to write a blog post on the Stackies within a day of the conference ending. Perhaps we could have one of the automated content generation vendors read all the vendor materials and write optimal signs for them! Maybe a better delineation among the tracks themselves would help too. I’d love to see a track of sessions analyzing product groups within the big landscape: i.e., one for marketing automation, one for content marketing, one for marketing analytics, etc. You’re welcome. On to suggestions for next year.

Venntive Adds Communities to Small Business Marketing Automation and CRM

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One problem with writing about a system like Venntive is evaluating its huge number of features. In some parallel universe where sleep is optional, I would have explored each function in depth before writing about it. They can include social sharing buttons, surveys, event links, contact data, or dynamic content selected by embedded if-then rules. So far pretty normal.

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Blog Posts I'll Never Write (With Apologies to Borges)

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In that same spirit, here are summaries of three blog posts I doubt I’ll ever have time to actually write. 1. Next look at the content of the mentions: are they positive or negative? Finally, really understand the content, taking into account things like sarcasm and emoticons, and maybe convert this into some sort of long-term attitude measure (enthusiastic, skeptical, objective, etc.). Jorge Luis Borges wrote surreal stories that dealt largely with the nature of literature and authorship. The Future of Technology Analysts. by veteran consultant Graham Hill.

Act-On Software Stresses Ease of Use

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started last week to write a review of Act-On Software’s latest release but got distracted by the larger and sexier question of Act-On’s business strategy. In Act-On's case, unusual advantages include: - “smart” content blocks that can be embedded like widgets in emails and Web pages. This simplifies content creation. So let me try again. Act-On has over 200 clients.

Coremetrics Survey: Online Marketers Eager to Consolidate Data Across Channels

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For example, “manual onsite cross-selling promotions and product recommendations” has a higher deployment rate (63%) than “manual onsite personalized content and recommendations” (49%). That said, it’s still interesting that the survey shows personalized email (52% deployed) as not significantly more common than personalized advertising (50%) or personalized site content (49%). Sweet.

B2B Marketing University Part 2: Marketing Content Has to Work Harder

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Summary: As marketers add more content to meet needs throughout the purchase cycle, they must work harder to ensure prospects actually read it. One of the emergent themes at Tuesday’s session of the B2B Marketing University was the growing importance of marketing “content”. But much of the information now delivered through Web interactions was previously delivered in person by salespeople, who could just talk or write an email. Since Web interactions require formally prepared “content”, the need for content has grown. This isn’t really a contradiction.

Aberdeen Predicts Web Content Systems Will Add Marketing Automation: I Agree, But.

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Summary: a new Aberdeen Group report argues that Web content management systems should add customer management features and will ultimately compete with traditional marketing automation products. agree with one reservation: I doubt large companies will use a single system to manage all customer touchpoints. I’ve been convinced for some time that Web content management systems (CMS) will become important platforms for marketing automation. Aberdeen Group’s report Next Generation Web Content Management makes a convincing case for a similar position. But this could change.)

MarketingPilot Offers Integrated Marketing Management for Mid-Size Companies

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Yesterday's acquisition of AssetLink by SAS has prompted me to finally write about MarketingPilot , a vendor I've been following since its launch nearly ten years ago. Here's a quick inventory of strengths and weaknesses: - just about any MRM feature you can imagine: planning, budgeting, project management, vendor management, media buying, content management, creative mark-up, approval workflows, etc. Since then it has expanded steadily to encompass the full range of marketing resource management and then gone ahead to add marketing database management and campaign execution.

ClickDimensions Offers Marketing Automation as a Microsoft CRM Add-on

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After all, separate systems must synchronize databases, campaigns, users, content libraries, activity histories, and other things, adding cost and complexity. The engine supports dynamic content, which is unusual for lower-to-mid-tier marketing automation products. I did find the implementation rather basic: users must write rules in a scripting language and the content is embedded in the email templates rather than read from a shared library. Let’s start with ClickDimensions , a system I explored last September but never wrote about. But I digress.

Why Put Another $25 Million Into Marketo?

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find it a bit surprising that anyone can be $25-million-worth-of-certain about anything in such a young and volatile market, particularly because I still think B2B marketing automation will eventually be absorbed by larger CRM and/or Web content management suites. I'm mostly writing this post in the hopes of seeing some helpful comments from others in the industry. So.our friends at Marketo announced today that they've received another $25 million in venture funding. As one of their competitors snippily commented on Twitter, "Does that make the total $50M or $60M? lost track."