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

Fearless Competitor

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

Hubspot

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.

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.

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.

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

Fearless Competitor

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?

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]

Hubspot

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.

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

Fearless Competitor

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!

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?

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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 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Showcase reviews:  SnapApp. 2) HubSpot. HubSpot’s “all in one” marketing software includes a complete content management system (CMS) for building a website and blog, SEO and social tools, analytics, a landing page builder, and email segmentation and sequence automation. HubSpot handles inbound holistically. Marketing can’t be automated.) Pricing:  free.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

How HubSpot Rocked 2011: A Year in Review

Hubspot

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.

8 Great LinkedIn Groups for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

Why it’s great:  The Inbound Marketers group is run by a team of HubSpot members providing guidance on tactics, tips, and best practices around all facets of inbound marketing. Salesforce.com. From the group introduction: Salesforce.com. It is no secret that LinkedIn is a valuable social media platform for B2B marketers. eMarketing Association Network. Google Analytics.

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.

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 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.

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.

What Makes a Good Marketing Platform? Rules for Platformality

Customer Experience Matrix

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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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.

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.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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.

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).

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].

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.

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.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

This will remind marketing automation aficionados of HubSpot, which has made a similar journey. The biggest obvious difference (if you ignore HubSpot’s $100 million or so in venture capital funding) is that HubSpot offers its own blogging and Web content management, while Optify provides WordPress and Drupal plug-ins for visitor tracking and landing pages.

The New Cloud Stack: Here's What the Company of the Future Looks Like

Hubspot

The big deal was that Oracle and Salesforce.com, two longtime rivals, announced they had struck a nine-year partnership and vowed to make their programs work better together. By making peace of Salesforce.com and NetSuite, Ellison was admitting (implicitly) that he can no longer pursue a strategy of trying to crush these companies and put them out of business. He''s worth $43 billion.

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.

What Is CRM? [FAQs]

Hubspot

Salesforce.com was the first company to deliver CRM software using the cloud-based, AKA “software as a service” (SaaS), model. It’s smart to use CRM software in conjunction with marketing software like HubSpot. Marketing software (like HubSpot, which we call inbound marketing software) is used to attract visitors, generate leads, and nurture those leads. Crazy Red Monkey?

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10 Excel Tricks Every Marketer Should Know

Hubspot

Google, Hubspot, Salesforce.com). Excel is a useful tool for a number of marketing tasks. The two most important uses that I have for Excel on a weekly basis is first, as a research tool while writing (e.g. to get original statistics for a blog), and perhaps more obvious and more common, for data analysis and reporting. Why are pivot tables important? How do I create a pivot table?