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B2B marketing automation: An interview with Will Schnabel

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Will joined Silverpop in 2007 following the company's acquisition of Vtrenz, where he was President and CEO.

Manticore Offers A Lower Cost Alternative For Online Lead Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

Somehow I received a copy of “ Increasing Revenue Through Automated Demand Generation ” (registration required), the kind of title that sends chills up my spine. The paper, from Manticore Technology , recommends five best practices for business marketing: (1) define a unified marketing and sales pipeline; (2) deploy an integrated marketing and sales platform; (3) measure pipeline activity; (4) automate lead nurturing; and (5) focus on the top of the funnel.

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Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

Customer Experience Matrix

I've been having a dandy time analyzing the results of my Demand Generation Implementation Survey. nbr responses vendor 8 Marketo 6 Eloqua 3 Genius.com 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. Responses are still coming in but I thought I'd at least post some preliminary results to whet your appetite.

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

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 ). But even including that, the first year cost for most of these will be less.) : Manticore Technology : a full-featured demand generation product. See my 2007 blog entry for some information or buy the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems for a detailed review.

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

Customer Experience Matrix

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. Will weaker marketing automation vendors merge with each other to establish a larger market presence? Let’s look at a similar consolidation about ten years ago, among the original marketing automation vendors.*