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More New Systems Challenge the Marketing Automation Status Quo

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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. Non-agency pricing starts at $200 per month for up to 500 contacts and reaches $800 per month for unlimited contacts.

6Sense Finds B2B Prospects Using Web Site Activities

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APIs can load data from other sources, potentially including other CRM marketing automation products, Web logs, order processing, call centers, media impressions, and pretty much anything else. Users can define segments based on these or other attributes and export their related data to CRM, marketing automation, ad targeting, or Web personalization systems via file transfers or API calls.

Pardot Offers Refined Demand Generation at a Small Business Price

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My little tour of demand generation vendors landed at Pardot just before Thanksgiving. As you’ll recall from my post on Web activity statistics , Pardot is one of the higher-ranked vendors not already in the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. One other factor clearly distinguishes SMB from Enterprise systems, and that’s pricing. Pricing details are published on their Web site – which is itself typical of SMB products.)


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

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A proper API for bi-directional integration with any CRM system is under development. The company is planning an API to let clients export data directly. Distributed marketing also has its own pricing.

Infusionsoft: Impressive Marketing Power for a Very Low Price

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But most of us still assume there is a reasonable relationship between price and value. This is why it’s hard to imagine that low-priced software can deliver similar performance to mainstream products. The company’s marketing is tightly targeted at very small businesses (under 25 employees) but its marketing features are competitive with demand generation products aimed at much larger firms. This version has pretty much all the features needed for demand generation.

True Influence Opens a Window into Future Demand Generation

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As the industry matures, second-generation products are designed to improve on the original products, either by adding new capabilities or by delivering the same capabilities faster, easier or cheaper. Demand generation systems are in that second stage. CEO and co-founder Brian Giese had extensive experience in business sales and marketing and with existing demand generation systems when he began developing True Influence two years ago.

OfficeAutoPilot: Simple, Powerful, Low Cost Demand Generation for Small Business

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My personal definition of demand generations systems (see Introduction to Demand Generation Systems from the Raab Guide site) explicitly states that they do not incorporate sales automation. See Should Demand Generation and Sales Automation Be Separate Systems? Business marketers who can’t afford to pay more or want a low-risk way to get started with demand generation will find OfficeAutoPilot an intriguing option.

Influitive Helps Marketers Build an Army of Advocates

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managing awards, and API-level integration to pull profile data ( LinkedIn ), record completed challenges ( Quora , Twitter , Facebook , LinkedIn) and announce completed challenges ( Chatter). The company plans additional API connections with Jive, ZenDesk , and other systems. Pricing is free up to 20 active advocates, and then starts at $500 per month, growing at roughly $20 per advocate per month.

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Genoo Adds SEO To Web Site Management and Marketing Automation

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I’ve revised my big list of demand generation vendors to reflect this. The main cause of my misunderstanding was Genoo’s starting price of $199 per month, which is below any small or mid-size business system. But the lowest price for Genoo with CRM integration is $599 per month, and I consider CRM integration a required feature in a B2B marketing automation product. The company is setting up alliances with external consultants to help meet the demand.

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DemandBase Adds Real-Time Access to Web Visitor Identities

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Last week they announced their next leap forward, an API to return detailed company information quickly enough to use it to tailor visitor treatments. These features were already available from DemandBase: what's new with ABR is exposing the data to other applications through a real time API. This will also change, first with a self-service file upload and eventually with a direct API connection. Pricing for ABR is set at $2,500 per month for unlimited use.

NurtureHQ Offers "Dead Easy Marketing Automation". Is That Enough?

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This means vendors are increasingly competing on other dimensions including their own marketing and sales skills, cost structures, supporting services, pricing, and financial resources. There are some already tools to help generate content, such as systems for news curation and video posting. marketing process demand generation software marketing automation success factors marketing automation system deploymentI don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

HubSpot Expands Its Services But Stays Focused on Small Business

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It is now working on more robust outbound email, support for mobile Web pages, and APIs foroutside developers to create add-on applications. HubSpot offers three pricing tiers that add service as well as features at the levels increase. A couple hundred of these are at the highest pricing tier, with the others split about evenly between the $3,000 and $9,000 levels. demand generation marketing automation inbound marketing small business software

Right On Interactive Offers Lifecycle Reporting

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Summary: Right On Interactive has added great life stage reporting to the data integration and output generation features of its earlier 5Buckets product. They can also load data to the system API.

Conversen Simplifies Complex Messages Through Multi-Channel Dynamic Content

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Summary: Conversen makes it easy to generate dynamic messages across multiple channels. One way to avoid this complexity is to generate a file containing the customer records and segmentation variables and let channel-specific output systems generate the customized messages.

Pedowitz Group's Sweet Suite Builds the Missing Link between Social Media and Marketing Automation

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Many demand generation vendors now offer something along those lines. It can also generate a “social media score” for each individual, using whatever formula the marketer specifies, and provides a dashboard to track over-all social media results. But what's really important is that Sweet Suite reads the public profile of the mentioner, extracts key information such as name and number of followers, and sends the data to a demand generation system.

ClickSquared System Combines Marketing Database, Campaign Management and Multi-Channel Message Delivery

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The logic would be something like this: the prices of commercial systems haven't change, while the cost of building in-house systems has fallen because the requirements are well understood and developers can take advantage of third-party components and agile development methods. Customer data can be loaded via API posts or self-service file uploads. These can be executed in batch or triggered by events posted to the system API in real time.

Aprimo Marketing Studio Supports Sophisticated Business Marketers

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Summary: Aprimo Marketing Studio offers powerful features in an on-demand system for sophisticated business and consumer marketers. For more on vendor classifications, see my list of demand generation vendors from last November.) In other words, Marketing Studio competes with high-end demand generation systems like Eloqua , Market2Lead and Neolane. External systems can also add names through the Marketing Studio API.

Jesubi Doubles Sales Prospecting Efficiency

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The latest stop on my little tour of not-really-demand-generation systems is Jesubi. The flash show when you enter the company’s Web site could easily be mistaken for a demand generation product – it lists campaign workflow, list segmentation, email templates, integration and dynamic reporting. The system was originally developed for its own use by outsourced appointment generation vendor LeadJen.

Entiera Offers Consumer Marketing Automation Software as a Service

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Summary: Entiera is a sophisticated consumer marketing automation system, offered as a service and at a lower price than conventional competitors. I’m highlighting this because most of my recent posts have been about B2B marketing automation (demand generation) systems, and the two types of systems are quite different. See the paper Demand Generation vs. Marketing Automation in the Resources section of the Raab Guide site for more on this topic.)

Marketo's Enterprise Edition and Revenue Cycle Management: Looking Under the Hood

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Related features include LDAP integration with enterprise security systems and a Web services API to call Marketo functions and access its data. Pricing of Revenue Cycle Analytics starts at $1,500 per month and grows with database size. Tags: marketing automation enterprise marketing management marketing measurement marketo revenue attribution lead management demand generation Summary: Marketo continues to follow its own path.

SalesFusion Combines Online and Offline Marketing with CRM

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But the system does offer a comprehensive solution for smaller firms and, at least on the CRM side, can integrate with more powerful solutions including , Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Siebel CRM On Demand. SalesFusion promises a more flexible, visual campaign builder and dynamic content generation for delivery early next year. The lowest-priced full version costs $1,500 per month and includes up to 25,000 names, 75 users, and 125,000 monthly emails.

LeadLife Mixes Advanced and Simple Features

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I have my little checklist of features to define whether a demand generation system is suited for simple or complex marketing programs. It offers many features that appeal to large marketing departments: fine-grained user rights management, rule-based content selection, multiple scores per lead, central processes to score leads and transfer them to sales, APIs to integrate with external Web forms, campaign cost tracking, detailed ROI reporting, and project management with tasks.

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Treehouse Interactive Refines Its Features and Targets Larger Firms

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Treehouse has been quietly but steadily growing its business (up 30% this year), improving its product, and attracting more demanding clients. The system can now generate HTML code to embed forms within external Web pages, allowing users to create standard Javascript or Facebook -compatible non-Javascript versions, or both. The HTTP Send avoids API calls or Web Services, although Treehouse offers data exchange through Web Services as well.