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B2B Marketers Are Buying Customer Data Platforms. Here's Why.

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I’m currently drafting a paper on use of Customer Data Platforms by B2B SaaS marketers. The topic is more intriguing than it sounds because it raises the dual questions of why CDPs haven’t previously been used much by B2B SaaS companies and what's changed.

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Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

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What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic.

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BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

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BlueVenn has only been active in the U.S. market only since March 2016, although many U.S. marketers will recall its previous incarnation as SmartFocus.*

Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

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I’m in the midst of collating data from 150 published surveys about marketing technology, a project that is fascinating and stupefying at the same time. A theme related to marketing data seems to be emerging that I didn’t expect, and many marketers won’t necessarily be happy to hear.

How a CMS Enables B2B Marketing Success

A CMS lies at the heart of a B2B marketing framework

Simple Questions to Screen Customer Data Platform Vendors

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I’ve been working for months to find a way to help marketers understand the differences between Customer Data Platform vendors. After several trial balloons and with considerable help from industry friends, I recently published a set of criteria that I think will do the job. You can see the full explanation on the CDP Institute blog. But, since this blog has its own readership I figured I’d post the basics here as well.

Mariana Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Personas and Find Target Audiences

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Can computers understand an individual human’s personality (and then, presumably, use that understanding to better target marketing messages)?

Can Customer Data Platforms Have Decision Functions? Discuss.

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I’ve had at four conversations in the past twenty four hours with vendors who build a unified customer database and use it to guide customer treatments.

Do CMOs Really Spend More on MarTech Than CIOs? A New Study Says No.

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Like many people in the marketing technology industry, I was tickled in 2011 when Gartner predicted that CMOs would soon have bigger tech budgets than CIOs , and even more tickled when Gartner said in 2016 that it had happened.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

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Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments. This hits a nerve.

Martech At The Crossroads: Agility or Simplicity?

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I’ll be giving a speech next week on the evolution of marketing technology, which doesn't follow the path you might think.

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Landscape of MarTech Vendor Directories

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I'm making a presentation on marketing technology selection at B2BLeadsCon in New York next week, and had thought to start with the usual Oh-My-God-There-Are-So-Many-Vendors slide to get everybody's attention.

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suitecx Offers Industrial-Strength Customer Journey Maps and More

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Customer journey mapping is now the buzziest of buzz words. Every self-respecting marketing automation system offers something called a “customer journey map,” even if it’s exactly the same as last year’s campaign designer or does nothing more than connect functionless icons on a virtual whiteboard.

Wondering How Customer Data Platforms Relate to Other Marketing Systems? Here's a Picture

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I was asked the other day about the distinction between Customer Data Platforms and Journey Orchestration Engines. My immediate answer was “Some CDPs are JOEs and some JOEs are CDPs. A CDP is a JOE if has journey orchestration. A JOE is a CDP if its data is accessible to other systems.

The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

2017 Retrospective: Things I Didn't Predict

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It’s the time of year when people make predictions. It’s not my favorite exercise: the best prediction is always that things will continue as they are, but what’s really interesting is change – and significant change is inherently unpredictable. See Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan and Philip Tetlocks' Superforecasting on those topics.) So I think instead I’ll take a look at surprising changes that already happened.

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Campaign Management Is Dead. Here's What Next-Generation Marketing Automation Looks Like.

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Scientists tell us that the attention span of the average human is now shorter than the attention span of a goldfish.(1) 1) In such a world, the chances of anyone reading this 2,000 word blog post are pretty much nil.

Why Time Is the Real Barrier to Marketing Technology Adoption and What To Do About It

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I was out of the office all week, splitting my time between two conferences: Sailthru LIFT and Marketing Profs B2B Forum. Both were well attended, well produced, and well worth while.

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

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How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. The only defense I can make is I did promise a client a paper on the topic, which I finished Sunday night.

Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

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It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems.

Marketing Technology of the Future: Beyond the Customer Data Platform

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The last three minutes of my MarTech Conference presentation are driving me crazy. The preceding portions cover the current state of Customer Data Platforms. I have no trouble talking about that.

#Personalized Mona Lisa #Marketing #Humor #Fail

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Dear Internet, I was disappointed but not wholly surprised that you didn’t find Wednesday's post with Personalized Mona Lisa as self-evidently hilarious as I did. This isn’t the first time my sense of humor failed to match with yours.

How Many Ads Per Day Do You See? Fewer Than It Seems (I Think)

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My cliché detector starts chirping as soon as anyone says today’s marketers face more competition than ever before.

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

Self-Driving Marketing Campaigns: Possible But Not Easy

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A recent Forrester study found that most marketers expect artificial intelligence to take over the more routine parts of their jobs, allowing them to focus on creative and strategic work. That’s been my attitude as well.

Why MarTech Fails: A Data Driven Answer

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I’ve sensed a certain weariness in recent discussions of marketing technology, as marketers realize their business problems remain even after massive investments in new systems.

SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that “predictive everywhere” is one of major trends in data-driven marketing. I meant both that predictive models guide decisions at every stage in many marketing programs, and that models are used throughout the organization by marketing, sales, and service.

Real Magnet Offers Complex Campaigns Withouth the Flow Charts

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I recently saw a useful distinction between AI – artificial intelligence, which is machines replacing people – and IA – intelligent assistance, which is machines helping people.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

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The Customer Data Platform Institute (which is run by Raab Associates) on Monday published results of a survey we conducted in cooperation with MarTech Advisor.

#FlipMyFunnel Launches Account Based Marketing University

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Not the ABMU mascot It sometimes seems that Account Based Marketing is really Marketing Automation 2.0, in that many people leading the charge to ABM were also involved in launching B2B marketing automation ten years or so ago. How none of us has aged a day is a mystery we shan't discuss.

The World May Be Ending But, If Not: 3 Tips To Be a Better Marketer in 2017

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About eighteen months ago I started presenting a scenario of a woman named Jane riding in a self-driving car, unaware that her smart devices were debating whether to stop for gas and let her buy a donut.

Are 70% of Marketing Automation Users Unhappy? Well, Not Exactly

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A recent piece in TechCrunch quoted me as saying that “almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software.” The author included a link to the source of that quote, but unfortunately it was broken (it has since been fixed).

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Surprising Results in Customer Data Platform Survey

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The Customer Data Platform Institute (CDPI) recently surveyed its members about their customer-facing systems and CDP deployment plans. Click here to download the full report.)

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

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The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks.

Here's Why Airlines Treat Customers Poorly

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Last week’s passenger-dragging incident at United Airlines left many marketers (and other humans) aghast that any company could purposely assault its own customer. As it happens, airline technology vendor Sabre published a survey of airline executives just before the event.

Intent Data Basics: Where It Comes From, What It's Good For, What To Test

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Intent data is a marketer’s dream come true: rather than advertising to mass audiences in the hope of getting a handful of active buyers to identify themselves, just buy a list of those buyers and talk to them directly.

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30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.