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More New Systems Challenge the Marketing Automation Status Quo

Customer Experience Matrix

MindFire Studio grew out of MindFire’s original Look Who’s Clicking software, which is used by more than 1,100 printers and other graphics arts vendors to add personalized URLs to print promotions. Pricing is based on the number of contacts and messages sent; it starts at $500 per month for corporate users with up to 10,000 contacts. Here are a few options.

Why Customer Experience is the Hot New Thing in Marketing

Act-On

Everywhere, companies compete based on product, technology, price. And even recently we’ve seen several new-ish terms that describe what a great customer experience aims to achieve. Companies aren’t embracing customer experience because it’s just a cute new marketing term. Customer experience is as important as product or pricing. Competition in business is fierce.

RedPoint Offers Broad, Deep B2C Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

On days when I have nothing else to be cranky about, I sometimes fuss at how business-to-business software vendors hijacked the term “marketing automation” despite its long and relatively honorable history describing systems for consumer marketing. Even some of the less prominent B2C products have been acquired recently: Conversen by Experian and Entiera by FICO , although neither of these are enterprise software vendors. These fill a demand for powerful but moderately-priced options by both marketing services providers and mid-sized companies.

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Sales Leadership: Has your team watched Pawn Stars?

Your Sales Management Guru

Generally this occurs because: 1)      You have conditioned your customer or prospects to expect these kind of end of quarter promotion. 2)      Your vendors want to achieve their numbers (public companies) and they have conditioned your salespeople to expect their spiffs or coupons. 3)      Your sales team has not been trained to effectively sell the value of your firm or the value of the impact of your products/services on your prospects business! Sales Leaders:   Has Your Team Watched Pawn Stars? What were those comments?  We work “opportunities” not deals. 3f4qb8v9ge.

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31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

Economic conditions may have been tough in 2010, but there was no shortage of online innovation. Discover how to accomplish all of the tasks above and more using some of the coolest free and modestly priced social media and web tools released in the past year or so. Pricing ranges from $30 to $150 per month. Pricing ranges from $30 to $100 per month depending on features.

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The Economic-Focused Buyer Drives Need for New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies for 2012

The ROI Guy

This condition, termed Frugalnomics, means that buyers are overloaded and forced to do-more-with-less, uncertain about their budgets, and required to financially justify new investments. At the same time, vendors are inundating buyers with irrelevant campaigns, with the average buyer receiving upwards of 15 sales calls per day and 200 marketing related emails from solution providers each week. Advice: Discounts can be used to win business, and low-price providers will have an inherent advantage. Formal business cases are now a requirement for over 90% of purchases.

Insights from Eloqua's IPO Registration Statement

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Eloqua doesn’t offer an explanation, but my guess is heavy competition forced them to reduce prices during this period. The company tightened its belt in response to economic conditions in 2009, in particular by reducing marketing and sales costs by nearly $4 million (more on that later). On the other hand, Eloqua has considerable control over pricing of its services.

Marijuana Marketing: Can the Blossoming Cannabis Industry Overcome 'Stoner' Stereotypes?

Hubspot

Eliminate all those slang terms and phrases used to refer to marijuana and the practice of consuming marijuana. You know, terms like pot, weed, dope, grass, green, ganj, ganja, herb, reefer, cheebah, chronic, Mary Jane, bud, trees, skunk, doobage, sticky icky, and wacky tobaccy. This means marijuana customers have a variety of options in terms of how they consume marijuana.

Demand-Gen Report Interview on Need for New Sales Enablement Tools

The ROI Guy

Before sales is even invited to the table, the typical buyer has already used the Internet and social media to research and prioritize opportunities, investigate potential solutions, reviewed relevant case studies, quantify potential benefits, investigate prices and analyze competitive offerings. Third, continued and significant negative financial conditions have caused buyers to be more economic focused. Buyers are more empowered, overloaded, skeptical and frugal than ever before, a condition we have termed “Frugalnomics”. Customers bought "products."

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Five Reasons You May Not Be Spending Enough on Content Marketing

Tom Pisello

Two economic downturns over the past decade have made buyers more spendthrift, and more skeptical of vendor claims. Matter of Trust - although the research indicates that buyers truly rely on vendor content to help drive purchase decisions, with so much noise, buyers have become skeptical of vendor claims. Death of a Salesman? Death of a Salesman? Do White Papers Still Engage?

Five Reasons You May Not Be Spending Enough on Content Marketing

The ROI Guy

Two economic downturns over the past decade have made buyers more spendthrift, and more skeptical of vendor claims. Matter of Trust - although the research indicates that buyers truly rely on vendor content to help drive purchase decisions, with so much noise, buyers have become skeptical of vendor claims. Death of a Salesman? Death of a Salesman?

Act-On Software Stresses Ease of Use

Customer Experience Matrix

At $500 per month with no annual contract, it’s priced to make it easy to get started with marketing automation. While some other system provide this, many marketing automation vendors rely on third-party products instead. sequential campaign flows with conditional actions in each step and “early exit” conditions that can remove leads from the flow at any step.

Tailwinds for Marketing Automation Software - Insight from CRM.

Tom Pisello

With more information available, and growing skepticism in vendors, buyers have taken control of the purchasing cycle. They expect vendors to provide them the content they need throughout the sales cycle. Increasingly, the first two-thirds of that cycle is spent researching the market and vendors, without regular contact with a sales rep. What does that mean?

B2B Marketing Automation gathers steam

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Vendors such as Genius, Eloqua, Marketo, and Pardot are reaping the benefits and growing fast. Increasingly, the first two-thirds of that cycle is spent researching the market and vendors, without regular contact with a sales rep. Under adverse economic conditions, buyers are less inclined to purchase – plain and simple. Buyers are increasingly wary of the phone. Tweet This!

Building "Social Brand Value" in B2B

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Typically, buyers in the CPG industry try to put all vendors on the same “level playing field” so that they can select based on best price. An ingredient vendor to the CPG industry is not the low cost provider. That’s three examples of how companies can differentiate themselves to avoid being trapped in low cost price wars with competition. All Rights Reserved.

Net-Results Simplifies Demand Generation for Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

They’re assigned to campaigns by defining entry conditions for campaign steps, which the system calls “actions”. These conditions are not themselves segments but can be copied from existing segment definitions or built with the standard segment-creation interface. Campaigns can have multiple actions, each with its own entry conditions. Each lead is assigned to the first "child" action whose entry conditions it meets. Net-Results argues that its approach avoids the “vendor lock-in” that comes from using forms hosted by the demand generation vendor.

LeadLife Mixes Advanced and Simple Features

Customer Experience Matrix

You'll find most of the list in our report on Vendor Usability Scores on the Raab Guide site.) Sadly, some vendors didn't get the memo and have built products that straddle my categories. Still, it’s probably significant that “flexibility,” not simplicity, was the first term she used to describe the system. Her second term was “intuitive”, so she wasn’t saying the system is designed only for expert users. The same interface is used to set up selections, campaign conditions, and lead scoring. Conditions can also define waiting periods in multi-step campaigns.

Marketo Aims to Simplify Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

As I wrote last week , demand generation vendors have a hard time differentiating their systems from each other. Like every other demand generation vendor, Marketo has wrestled with how a branching, multi-step lead nurturing campaign can be made easy enough for non-specialist users. Each action can be associated with a set of conditions that determine whether or not it is executed. One step can include multiple actions, each with its own conditions. Campaign lists are built with another drag-and-drop interface, allowing users to layer multiple selection conditions.

Crunchy, salty, nutritious news & views on B2B marketing for technology companies | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies

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May all who sail in her find reasonably priced shipping supplies from a broad (and competitive) selection of maritime vendors… ShipServ… Read more… Roger Warner | April 15th, 2008 | no comments New White Paper Available: How to PPC in B2B Hey! The other two are largely influenced by the buyer’s irrational side — and… Read more… Doug Kessler | November 29th, 2007 | no comments No such thing as B2B Anil Raj, mobile industry heavy-hitter (and a new client in an exciting venture) hates the term B2B. Come and get it! Come and get it!

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Tailwinds for Marketing Automation Software - Insight from CRM Analyst Lauren Carlson

The ROI Guy

With more information available, and growing skepticism in vendors, buyers have taken control of the purchasing cycle. They expect vendors to provide them the content they need throughout the sales cycle. Increasingly, the first two-thirds of that cycle is spent researching the market and vendors, without regular contact with a sales rep. B2B marketers have traditionally gotten off easy in terms of strict accountability, but were often the first budget to get cut and were sometimes looked down upon by more accountable departments. What does that mean?

For Behavior Detection, Simple Triggers May Do the Trick

Customer Experience Matrix

Vendors like Certona and [X+1] tell me they can usually make valuable distinctions among visitors after as few as a half-dozen clicks. But this simple condition is not always met. But trigger events can also be as basic as an abandoned shopping cart or search for information on pricing. This involves setting up the triggers, reacting when they fire, and measuring the short- and long-term results. But it should be as automated as possible so the company can test new ideas as conditions change over time. All you have to do is look.

Tailwinds for marketing automation software

B2B Marketing Online

Vendors such as Genius, Eloqua, Marketo and Pardot are reaping the benefits and growing fast. They expect vendors to provide them the content they need throughout the sales cycle. Increasingly, the first two-thirds of that cycle is spent researching the market and vendors, without regular contact with a sales rep. B2B marketers have traditionally gotten off easy in terms of strict accountability, but were often the first budget to get cut and were sometimes looked down upon by more accountable departments. These tailwinds are actually someone else’s headwinds.

The ROI of RFID in the Supply Chain

The ROI Guy

percent of revenue is lost each year due to out-of-stock conditions. Eliminating out-of-stock conditions via better RFID product tracking, inventory visibility and forecasting can have an immediate impact on top-line revenue by retaining lost sales and recapturing lost market share. For example, RFID allows vendors to produce customer invoices automatically as soon as items are shipped. Longer-term, RFID can help create new revenue generating applications and innovation to help grow market share. How Does RFID Drive Tangible Benefits? How Are The Benefits Realized?

The ROI of RFID in the Supply Chain

Tom Pisello

percent of revenue is lost each year due to out-of-stock conditions. Eliminating out-of-stock conditions via better RFID product tracking, inventory visibility and forecasting can have an immediate impact on top-line revenue by retaining lost sales and recapturing lost market share. For example, RFID allows vendors to produce customer invoices automatically as soon as items are shipped. Longer-term, RFID can help create new revenue generating applications and innovation to help grow market share. How Does RFID Drive Tangible Benefits? How Are The Benefits Realized?