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Godzilla vs. King Kong aka Hubspot vs. Salesforce.com

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At their recent Inbound Marketing conference, Hubspot announced the release of their first Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform. This announcement puts them squarely into battle with one of the toughest firms on Earth, Salesforce.com. contact-form] Filed under: CRM , Hubspot , Salesforce.com. CRM Hubspot Salesforce.com Godzilla vs. King Kong.

The Pond Just Got More Crowded: Google, Salesforce.com and Sequoia Invest in HubSpot

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: HubSpot announced a $32 million investment yesterday by Sequoia Partners, Google and Salesforce.com. Salesforce.com and Google announced their long-anticipated entry into the marketing automation industry, in the baby-step form of investments in HubSpot. But HubSpot plays in a different pond, where the frogs are more numerous and much livelier.

HubSpot & Salesforce Sign a Partnership Pact Through 2020

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I’m thrilled to announce that HubSpot has renewed our ISVForce relationship with Salesforce.com through 2020. This is great news for HubSpot, HubSpot’s customers, Salesforce, and Salesforce’s customers. Nearly 20% of HubSpot marketing software customers use Salesforce.com’s CRM product. Ditto there. They will continue to enjoy using the products together.

Tomorrow People Leaves Salesforce.com in Favour of Workbooks CRM

Tomorrow People

Tomorrow People has selected British Cloud CRM provider Workbooks.com to replace its Salesforce.com CRM system after two years of using the Salesforce Professional Edition. Alistair Norman, Marketing Director at Tomorrow People commented, “Workbooks is not only far more cost-effective than Salesforce.com, it is also more intuitive for our users and much easier for us to customise.

HubSpot Releases Social Inbox and Reveals So Much More

Customer Experience Matrix

I spent yesterday afternoon at HubSpot ’s “Open House” in Cambridge, MA, during which they briefed the community on their business progress, introduced their new Social Inbox, described their approach to marketing and sales alignment, explained their “ culture code ”, and answered questions. Users can respond directly, forward a post to someone else, or add the poster to a HubSpot campaign.

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

It's All About Revenue

Much will be said over the next few days about HubSpot’s $32M Series D round.  The pattern of conversations will look something like this: First there will be a burst of emotion (observers will shout congratulations from the rooftops and laud HubSpot for attracting Google Ventures and Salesforce.com as investors).  Second there’ll be a wave of sober dialogue about what this investment means for HubSpot’s business.  should note that Eloqua serves a very different market than HubSpot. HubSpot is going big – on small business. by Joe Payne | Tweet this.

Hubspot Review

LeadSloth

UPDATED REVIEW: My earlier review of HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing software was more than 1 year old and the software has evolved a lot: time for an update! I see two clearly distinct target groups for HubSpot: Small business owners. Both groups will use HubSpot to generate more inbound leads, but they have vastly different requirements. Small Businesses. Conclusion.

Salesforce.com Announces Site.com Web Site Management: Will Marketing Automation Features Follow?

Customer Experience Matrix

Salesforce.com yesterday announced the launch of Site.com , an enterprise-class Web site management system. The news didn’t seem to get much attention, perhaps because Salesforce.com itself pretty much buried it. But Salesforce.com VP of Product Management Anshu Sharma did post a detailed explanation of the rationale on a Salesforce.com blog. That’s the first Salesforce.com reference I can find to a “digital marketing platform”. crm salesforce.com industry consolidation Web content management marketing automation industryHere’s a piece from 2009.)

Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers is one of the best writers in America!

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HubSpot Verified account ? HubSpot. And when Hubspot, Salesforce and Mintigo all agree you are a great whiter, you sure must be. Filed under: Chief Content Officer , Chief Marketing Officer , Content marketing , Hubspot , Management best practices , Remarkable content , Salesforce.com , Writing Skill. The world needs great writers. Write on! :). What do you think?

9 Criteria for Selecting a Social Media Monitoring Tool

Webbiquity

Salesforce.com ), marketing automation tools and web analytics packages. Social Media Marketing Alterian SM2 analytics Beevolve BP social media failure Buzzlogic Cision Converseon free social media monitoring tools HubSpot Jive Klout Lithium OneRiot Radian6 realtime alerts Salesforce.com Scout Labs social media monitoring tools social monitoring tools Socialmention SproutSocial Sysomos Topsy Trackur UberVU Vosuc workflowBut how do you choose one? Range of coverage. Many include at least the most popular blogs as well. Frequency of alerts. Workflow capabilities. Value.

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HubSpot's Strategy for Winning the Marketing Automation Horserace

Customer Experience Matrix

Back on September 20, I posted various tips from the Inbound Marketing Summit and HubSpot User Group. Naturally, the conference also included public and private discussions of HubSpot itself, but I thought those were best shared in a separate post. The conference yielded a clear picture of HubSpot’s business strategy for the coming year. HubSpot originally focused on “top of funnel” or “inbound” marketing, which boils down to helping marketers to attract Web traffic. HubSpot also plans to automate functions that are simply too hard for most marketers to do manually.

Social Media Apps for Business: The Outlook for 2014

WindMill Networking

Social Media Apps customer relationship management hubspot Salesforce.com social Social App Map social crm Social Media Marketing Software Advice I have tried to create, and will continue to add to, my own recommended list of social media apps for business.  I think that businesses are always looking for the latest and greatest social media apps for business in this ever-changing market, and it is a question I often get asked when I speak. That’s … Continue Reading Social Media Apps for Business: The Outlook for 2014 by Neal Schaffer - Maximize Social Business.

#Hub140 - @HubSpot Acquires Social Media Marketing Company @oneforty - [link]

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Today @HubSpot acquired @oneforty, a social media marketing company based in Cambridge, MA. Like @HubSpot, @oneforty recognizes the importance of social media in the transformation of marketing. The @oneforty directory will merge into the @HubSpot App Marketplace, the largest app store for marketing. Features from the @oneforty product SocialBase will be incorporated into the @HubSpot product. This acquisition of @oneforty comes just two months after @HubSpot acquired @Performable. The acquisition of @oneforty will grow the team at @HubSpot to 285 people.

HubSpot Spreads Its Wings

Customer Experience Matrix

The folks at HubSpot have been busy this summer, announcing their acquisition of Performable in June and their HubSpot App Marketplace last week. App markets are quite the fashion right now, and HubSpot’s joins the Eloqua AppCloud announced in June. couldn’t find a public list of the available HubSpot apps, but their press release cites a connector for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and my notes from May mention custom analytics and shopping cart integration. HubSpot didn’t make that claim for its Performable deal, which shows an admirable sense of reality.

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B2B Content Marketing: HubSpot May Be the Best in the World

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Steve Gershick interviewed Mike Volpe, VP of Marketing for Hubspot. Hubspot had yours truly as a special guest for HubspotTV on November 19, 2010.). Hubspot just got a massive investment of funds from the likes of Sequoia, Google and Salesforce.com, among others, with a D round that totaled $32 million. Here comes Hubspot! Mike Volpe. Yes, indeed! Look out world!

What is HubSpot?

Hubspot

If you know anything about HubSpot, you know that we spend the majority of our time using inbound marketing to attract YOU to us, so we can limit the number of annoying cold calls, junk mail and automated-spammy emails in the world. The result of that extreme focus is that we get more web traffic than Salesforce.com (a multi-billion dollar company) and are the fastest growing marketing software company by far. But, we also decided recently to spend some time making a short, fun, animated answer to the question "What is HubSpot?". What is HubSpot? How did we do?

The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

Boston’s amazing Laura Fitton is an inbound marketing evangelist for HubSpot, founder of @oneforty, and co-author of the best-selling Twitter For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). San Francisco-based Alex Hisaka is Growth Builder at Desk.com, part of the Salesforce.com family. A year ago, the #Nifty50 honored 50 remarkable men and women on Twitter. Stacey Acevero. sacevero.

Pinterest FAQs, Browser Bookmarks, and More in HubSpot Content This Week

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Good news: Elay Cohen, Salesforce.com''s former SVP of sales productivity, has some great advice for you. Here''s a question: How do you become a better inbound marketer? Well, for starters, there''s experience. By showing up everyday, putting in the work, and learning from those around you, you''ll naturally get better at what you do. Practice, after all, makes perfect. But guess what?

How HubSpot Rocked 2011: A Year in Review

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We recently released HubSpot's 2011 Year in Review slide deck , filled with interesting insights into HubSpot's growth and milestones as a business over the past year. We've had a lot to celebrate internally as a company, as well as the awesome growth HubSpot's customers have experienced from their implementation of the HubSpot software and inbound marketing methodology.

The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

Boston’s amazing Laura Fitton is an inbound marketing evangelist for HubSpot, founder of @oneforty, and co-author of the best-selling Twitter For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). San Francisco-based Alex Hisaka is Growth Builder at Desk.com, part of the Salesforce.com family. A year ago, the #Nifty50 honored 50 remarkable men and women on Twitter. Stacey Acevero. sacevero.

Tomorrow People Leaves Salesforce.com in Favour of Workbooks CRM

Tomorrow People

Tomorrow People has selected British Cloud CRM provider Workbooks.com to replace its Salesforce.com CRM system after two years of using the Salesforce Professional Edition. Alistair Norman, Marketing Director at Tomorrow People commented, “Workbooks is not only far more cost-effective than Salesforce.com, it is also more intuitive for our users and much easier for us to customise.

Marketo Spark Targets Small Business Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

To me, it looks like a reaction to the success of other low cost small business systems, including HubSpot , Act-On Software , and Pardot. HubSpot and Act-On have similar pricing to Spark, while Pardot runs a bit higher. With its $750 price, no shopping cart, and a reliance Salesforce.com for CRM, Spark appeals to a different market of slightly larger companies. infusionsoft hubspot officeautopilot marketo marketing automation systems pardot small business softwareMarketo today announced the launch of Spark , a new brand aimed at small and mid-size business.

Inside Story: Behind HubSpot’s $32 Million Investment From Salesforce, Google and Sequoia

Hubspot

Editor's Note: For complete information about HubSpot's Series D funding round, please check out the official press release. Here is an insider’s take on the round of financing we just closed with Salesforce.com, Google, and Sequoia. Three Reasons HubSpot Raised Another Funding Round. 1. Marketing Transformation - HubSpot was built around two simple observations.

Salesforce Partners & Users Working With HubSpot Partners

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HubSpot is a great application for generating leads online using content marketing , search marketing , social media and email marketing and it has the tracking tools to really understand what marketing activity generates the best return in business terms like leads, sales and loyalty from a marketing perspective. HubSpot And SalesForce Closed Loop Integration.

Genoo Aims to Shake Up Marketing Automation Market

Webbiquity

Companies evaluating established providers such as Marketo , Eloqua , Silverpop’s B2B Engage and HubSpot would be well-advised to check out a relatively new contender as well— Genoo Marketing Automation. The company’s new marketing automation platform enables users to create complete websites as well as microsites and landing pages, automatically send emails triggered by specific actions, configure lead scoring, and integrate with Salesforce.com. Large companies can opt to pay a one-time fee of $2,500 for unlimited sales users. Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this!

SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

Customer Experience Matrix

This is possible primarily because the painstaking work of preparing data for analysis – which is where model builders spend most of their time – is avoided by connecting to a few standard sources, currently Salesforce.com and Marketo with HubSpot soon to follow. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that “predictive everywhere” is one of major trends in data-driven marketing.

HubSpot Making a Splash in Marketing Automation with Performable Acquisition?

OnPath

If the marketing automation space was a pool, for quite some time you’d find HubSpot quite content sitting by the side of it, applying suntan lotion, just dipping their toes into the cool water. As recently as last month in a question on Quora , HubSpot continued to focus on differentiating inbound marketing from marketing automation , and affirming their expertise in the former.

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion: Get Ready for Software Vendors as Data Owners

Customer Experience Matrix

It still feels odd to think of a software company owning a data business, although Salesforce.com bought Jigsaw (now Data.com) in 2010 and Oracle purchased the BlueKai and Datalogix in 2014. Other vendors like Nimble and HubSpot have done a better job of simplifying access to third party data about an individual or company. Microsoft surprised pretty much everyone today by announcing a $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is primarily a social network with revenue from subscriptions, recruiting services, and advertising.

HubSpot Expands Its Services But Stays Focused on Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: HubSpot has continued to grow its customer base and expand its product. HubSpot has always aimed to provide small businesses with one easy-to-use system for all their marketing needs. The company began with search engine optimization to attract traffic, and added landing pages, blogging, Web hosting, lead scoring, and Salesforce.com integration. Since my July 2009 review , HubSpot has further extended the system to include social media monitoring and sharing, limited list segmentation and simple drip marketing campaigns.

Terminus Offers Targeted Display Ads for B2B

Customer Experience Matrix

For many smaller companies, a suite like Adobe, Oracle , IBM , Salesforce.com , SAS , or Teradata isn’t an option and would be overkill if it were. Integration is currently available for Salesforce.com CRM, Marketo , and HubSpot , with plans to add Salesforce.com Pardot and Oracle Eloqua shortly. - ad inventory. But such integrated solutions are rarely comprehensive.

Hubspot Offers Small Business Marketers a Big Bundle of Features

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Hubspot offers a bundle of Web traffic generation and lead management features in one low-cost package. Hubspot has accepted this challenge. Although Hubspot positions itself as an “inbound marketing system,” it actually does more than the search engine optimization, blogging, social media interactions and related analytics needed to generate Web traffic. But Hubspot also applies automation to improve results without making the user work harder. Free versions of these and other graders are available from Hubspot at Grader.com.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

Mintigo’s conclusion across 186,500 B2B companies was that just three percent were using the most common marketing automation systems: Oracle Eloqua , Marketo, HubSpot, and Salesforce.com Pardot. One extremely important caveat is that these figures are counting clients, not revenue: HubSpot has three times as many clients than Marketo but 10% less 2013 revenue.

ICON16: How Infusionsoft Plans To Dominate Small Business Marketing (and Make Life Better For Small Businesses Everywhere)

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billion $420 - $520 Infusionsoft small business integrated sales and marketing software 35,000 $100 million $2,857 HubSpot integrated marketing and CRM software 18,100 $181 million $10,000 Infusionsoft managers recognize that expanding the customer base requires making marketing easier. It is already behind small business oriented competitors that permit custom data tables, including HubSpot and Ontraport. Note also that Salesforce.com is just two years older than Infusionsoft; by the time it had reached Infusionsoft's current age, its revenue was already $4 billion.

What Makes a Good Marketing Platform? Rules for Platformality

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Lots of vendors have now taken to describing their systems as platforms – Oracle , Salesforce , IBM , Adobe , Marketo , HubSpot , InfusionSoft and even CallidusCloud. The only real requirements seems to be some sort of a marketplace – all loosely modeled on Salesforce.com’s AppExchange, which in turn I see as inspired on Apple’s App Store. That Scott Brinker is such a devil.

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Top 50 B2B Marketing Influencers On Twitter

B2B Marketing Insider

HubspotHubSpotHubspot in all-in-one marketing software that brings your whole marketing world together in one powerful, integrated system. Marketingcloud – Marketing Cloud – An extension of SalesForce.com, an integrated way of utilizing SalesForce in the Cloud. Who are the top B2B Marketing influencers on twitter? Powerful. Complete. link].

Freelance Marketing Automation Consultant

LeadSloth

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).

How B2B Companies Can Know If Their Trade Show Marketing Works

The Forward Observer

In an excellent HubSpot ebook on measuring trade show return, a two-part approach is recommended which focuses on 1) ROI and 2) Tracking: 1. An example of a CRM product is Salesforce.com. And which aren’t. For many companies, trade show marketing is driven by one the most powerful forces on the planet: inertia. You can determine if a trade show is worth the investment.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

It only recently added standard B2B marketing automation features including a customer-level marketing database, outbound email, landing pages, lead scoring, Web behavior tracking, reporting, and Salesforce.com integration. still doubt Salesforce.com will get the message any time soon, but maybe they'll start to reconsider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Seven Simple Ways to Screen Marketing Candidates — Just by Looking at Their Resumes

CMO Essentials

Whether it’s Google Analytics, WordPress, Salesforce.com, HubSpot, or Canva, a good candidate will list out the technologies they’ve mastered that are relevant to their work – not just marketing technologies, but related ones, such as content management systems and CRM tools. Here are seven red flags to watch for when looking at candidate resumes for your marketing team. 1.

8 Lessons From HubSpot’s $32 Million Round with Salesforce, Google, and Sequoia

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As a follow up, I wanted to share eight lessons learned while building and funding HubSpot. You Can’t Take Your Foot Off The R&D Gas Anymore - Traditionally “late” stage rounds like the one HubSpot just raised is put primarily to work into sales and marketing at the expense of R&D. Free 30 Day Trial: HubSpot Software. Connect with HubSpot

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10 Marketing Over Coffee Podcasts You Should Check Out

B2B Marketing Insider

According to John, Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot joined to talk about their successful IPO, and has been a friend of the show from the very beginning. He led social at Salesforce.com, co-founded Addvocate and according to John is now doing something stealth at the time of this writing around an electric car. Podcasts (And Coffee) Are Hot! What is Marketing Over Coffee ? Seth Godin.

10 Things Your CEO Needs to Know Now about B2B Demand Generation

Fearless Competitor

beleaguered salesperson recently reached out to me and said “ I’ve called EVERYONE in our Salesforce.com database and I have zero prospects! News: In just two days, Marketing Made Simple TV will do a LIVE show with @hubspot Social Media Scientist Dan Zarrella. 10 Things Your CEO Needs to Know Now about B2B Demand Generation. love salespeople. Are you one? What can I do?

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

Customer Experience Matrix

The system has prebuilt connectors to import data from popular vendors including Salesforce.com , Marketo , Hubspot , SAP , SugarCRM , and Facebook. Most of the work in any marketing analytics project is integrating data from multiple systems. Claritix carries this insight to one logical conclusion by offering a system that does data assembly, basic reporting, and little else.