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Silverpop Acquires Vtrenz

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Last Tuesday, email marketer Silverpop announced it was acquiring Vtrenz , which provides an integrated email / Web marketing suite. I think it’s the most intriguing of the three, because the other two primarily added analytical capabilities, while Vtrenz adds a strong Web marketing component. This makes Vtrenz more of an integrated online marketing solution than the other two—or, at least, it will if and when the Vtrenz technology is actually linked with Silverpop. For the moment, from the press release, it appears that Vtrenz will remain a separate operation.)

Vtrenz Gives a Solid Overview of Relationship Marketing

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So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that marketing automation vendor Vtrenz’ ( ) series “Effective Relationship Marketing” presented a fairly comprehensive overview of its topic, including several points with no obvious direct relationship to Vtrenz products. The Vtrenz series is long for this sort of thing: three 16-page papers, one each on nurturing, growing and retaining customers. Presentation is largely non-commercial, except that final question in each audit is whether you have evaluated Vtrenz’ product. A sly joke, perhaps? Fair enough.

Silverpop Engage B2B Adds Visual Campaign Builder

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Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz) on Monday rele ased its first visual campaign builder, finally matching a feature offered by nearly all its competitors. Tags: marketing automation silverpop engage b2b vtrenz campaign management lead management software usability user interface demand generation Thumbs up. Click here for a video demonstration.) But I digress.

Ranking the Demand Generation Vendors by Popularity (Yes, Life Really Is Just Like High School)

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So far the original list of Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Manticore Technology and Market2Lead has proven a good set of choices. One wrinkle is that Vtrenz is owned by Silverpop , so presumably siphons off a great deal of traffic from On the other hand, Silverpop is a major email service provider in its own right, so a large share of the traffic probably has nothing to do with Vtrenz. Vtrenz is clearly a major vendor, so nothing is at stake here except bragging rights. Yet there are so many more vendors I could add.

The Evolution of Email for Lead Generation

Acquiring Minds , a CRM tool and other lead generation suites such as Vtrenz , Aprimo and Marketo also crack the top 20 list. According to our recent survey of B2B marketers, email is widely used for lead generation: 86% of responders deploy email for lead generation. In fact, email was the top online medium for B2B marketers, besting both webinars and paid search. Although it is often suggested that email is best suited for customer retention, this survey of 249 B2B marketers indicates that email is a key tool for customer acquisition. So there you have it, even an old Web 1.0 media

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

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But I also knew that some of the vendors focused on complex programs ( Market2Lead , Marketbright and arguably Silverpop/Vtrenz ) embed similar-looking list-style campaigns within a larger flow logic. Marketbright and the new Market2Lead interface use an actual flow chart; Silverpop/Vtrenz uses non-visual rules. If you suspected that my last two blog posts were a way to avoid writing a post that ranks vendors on usability, you’re probably right. You’re also spending way too much time worrying about my blog, although I appreciate the attention. But they hide it well.) Sorry.)

Lead Scoring Best Practices

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Vendors that were mentioned by name in the session included Marketo, Vtrenz, Eloqua, Genius, Marketbright and Silverpop. More and more B2B marketers are turning to lead scoring as a way of optimizing lead management. It wasn’t possible to know which leads were the most interested in your company, and wasn’t easy to see which matched your target buyer. What is lead scoring?

Online Marketing Systems Are Still Very Fragmented

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Demand generation systems like Vtrenz , Eloqua and Manticore combine email with some Web page creation and analytics. A few of the recent acquisitions (Acxiom Impact / Kefta, Omniture / Touch Clarity, Silverpop / Vtrenz) marry particular pairs of capabilities. What with all the recent acquisitions in the digital marketing industry, I thought I’d draw a little diagram of all the components needed for a complete solution. The results were a surprise. It’s not that I didn’t know what the pieces were. Now that I’m staring at the list of components, I see how far we have to go.

Manticore Offers A Lower Cost Alternative For Online Lead Generation

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I’m glad to know about Manticore because people do occasionally ask about this sort of system and balk at the cost of Eloqua and even-more-expensive Vtrenz (just purchased by Silverpop ; see last week's post ). Somehow I received a copy of “ Increasing Revenue Through Automated Demand Generation ” (registration required), the kind of title that sends chills up my spine. There’s a bit of special pleading in items (2) and (4), and item (5) seems a bit arbitrary (doesn’t it really depend on where you get the greatest return on investment?) But, still, this is perfectly reasonable stuff.

How Different is Small Company CRM?

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Firms like Eloqua and Vtrenz provide a mix of features—essentially, email and Web campaigns for lead generation and nurturing—that don’t match my usual categories. Continuing with yesterday’s theme of hosted CRM, two more studies have come to my attention: - Forrester Research ( ) published “Comparing The ROI Of SaaS Versus On-Premise Using Forrester's TEI™ Approach” which concluded that SaaS (software as a service) offerings are clearly cheaper for installations with under 100 users, and competitive even up to 500 users. Click here for details.

Demand Generation Vendor Traffic Rankings

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Summary: Based on Web traffic rankings, new demand generation vendors with low prices are gaining market presence. Pardot and (perhaps) look particularly strong. But Eloqua , Silverpop and Marketo remain industry leaders. Last November, after much consideration of alternatives , I settled on Alexa three-month Web traffic rankings as a reasonable way to measure the relative market presence of demand generation vendors. You can see that post here. I revisited that data today, adding a few new vendors and dropping some of the very minor ones. Results are in the following table.

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

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Again, there was already one transaction: Silverpop/Vtrenz in 2007. Summary: consolidation isn't new among marketing software vendors. When campaign management systems consolidated in the late 1990's and early 2000's, most were bought by enterprise software companies. The pattern will likely repeat itself. As I wrote in my June 30 post on consolidation among marketing automation vendors , I expect the number of competitors to shrink fairly quickly as new buyers concentrate their purchases among a handful of leading vendors. But what, exactly, will the consolidation look like?

How Demand Generation Systems Handle Company Data: Diving into the Details

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Here are the questions I asked, with summaries of answers from the five vendors in the current Raab Guide ( Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketo , Vtrenz ) plus two I’ll be adding shortly ( Marketbright and Neolane.) Question Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2 Lead Marketo Vtrenz Market bright Neolane Is there a distinct company table linked in a one-to-many relationship with individual records? Back in early January I posted a discussion on treatment of Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems. Yesterday the final answer trickled in.

Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

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nbr responses vendor 8 Marketo 6 Eloqua 3 3 LoopFuse 3 Pardot 2 Market2Lead 2 Treehouse Interactive 1 eTrigue 1 Vtrenz (Silverpop) 7 No Response 36 Another intriguing bit of contextual information is the deployment date of the systems. I've been having a dandy time analyzing the results of my Demand Generation Implementation Survey. Responses are still coming in but I thought I'd at least post some preliminary results to whet your appetite. Hopefully I'll be able to post a more substantive analysis tonight or tomorrow. Thanks to the many people who 'retweeted' the request).

First Look at New Marketo Release

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Products including Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Market2Lead and Marketbright also let marketers set up small, sequential campaigns and embed them in selection framework. I’m going to diverge just slightly from my current obsession with usability to talk about a conversation I had today with Marketo President and CEO Phil Fernandez, who previewed the 3.0 release of his flagship product, scheduled for March 3. The changes that Fernandez described seemed good but subtle. The simplicity of these individual campaigns is what lets Marketo use a simple interface to build them.

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

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I do recognize that they are the best known vendors in the space (with apologies to Vtrenz , whose identity is somewhat blurred since its purchase by Silverpop ). My new obsession with Twitter (follow me as @draab) has led to several messages from people who seemed to have trouble choosing between Eloqua and Marketo. This is a bit perplexing, since those products are at the opposite ends of the spectrum: Marketo being relatively low cost / limited functionality / easier to learn, and Eloqua being higher cost / richer functionality / takes more training. Just kidding.or Maybe next week.

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

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The question here is whether most demand generation systems ( Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Market2Lead , Manticore , etc.) Back in March, I wrote a fairly dismissive post about on-demand business intelligence systems. My basic objection was that the hardest part of building a business intelligence system is integrating the source data, and being on-demand doesn’t make that any easier. I still think that’s the case, but did revisit the topic recently in a conversation with Ken Rudin, CEO of on-demand business analytics vendor Lucid Era. Problem(s) solved, eh? These all run on a Linux grid.

Demand Generation Systems Shift Focus to Tracking Behavior

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Over the past few months, I’ve had conversations with “demand generation” software vendors including Eloqua , Vtrenz and Manticore , and been on the receiving end of a drip marketing stream from yet another (Moonray Marketing, lately renamed OfficeAutoPilot ). What struck me was that each vendor stressed its ability to give a detailed view of prospects’ activities on the company Web site (pages visited, downloads requested, time spent, etc.) Even though I’ve long known it was technically possible for companies can track my visits in such detail, I’ll admit I still find it a bit spooky.

Why Most Consumer Marketing Automation Systems Are Not Software-as-a-Service, And When That Will Change

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And we’ll probably see marketing capabilities added by SaaS vendors in related industries such as email services (early example: Silverpop ’s acquisition of Vtrenz, now Engage B2B) and Web content management (see my reviews of Marqui and SiteCore ). Summary: Consumer-oriented marketing automation systems have been slower to adopt the Software-as-a-Service model than business marketing (demand generation) systems. But this will soon change, bringing lower prices and better systems as a result. demand generation) systems. Any vendor who didn’t sell that way would be an oddity.

Turn around a struggling business

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And to automate our marketing activities, we’ll use Eloqua or Vtrenz. (A hypothetical introduction of a new CEO in a turnaround. This author brainstormed it as if he was this person. I hope you find it illuminating. Jeff). Hi everyone, I’m glad to be here today and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. As you know, our old CEO is gone and the Board has brought me in to turn things around. But I certainly cannot do that by myself. I need the help of each and every one of you. But we will do whatever it takes to get this company on solid footing.

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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I would put the lead management automation crop here: Eloqua, Loopfuse, Manticore Technologies, Market2Lead, Marketo, and Vtrenz. Home Forrester Research « I was recently briefed by | Main | Going Corporate » August 26, 2008 Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market [Posted by Laura Ramos ] In a recent survey of over 2100 IT professionals who buy or recommend telecom and networking solutions, we found buyers turn to peers and colleagues first, followed by vendor, industry trade, or professional Web sites, to inform their purchase decisions. I’m sure I forgot a few.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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4) “Pure play” lead management – this group is lead by Eloqua , but there are a LOT of firms throwing their hat into this ring including Vtrenz, Hubspot, Manticore, Market2Lead, Marketo, LoopFuse, einsof, iHance, Precience, among many others. Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions.

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