Infographic: The State of Marketing Automation Maturity

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Are most B2B companies getting maximum value from their investment in marketing automation? Or are companies rushing to implement marketing automation without a full understanding or strategy for how to put that technology to best use?

Observations from the 2017 Marketo Summit

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This week was my eighth consecutive Marketo Summit, all of them as a sponsor/exhibitor. Marketo has their mojo back. It’s been a tumultuous year for Marketo since being acquired by Vista Equity Partners in late 2016.

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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

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For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent.

Marketo Conference: Small Changes, Big Picture

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Marketo wrapped up its three day Marketing Nation conference yesterday, having once more displayed its own marketing prowess by attracting national media attention (see here and here ) with an appearance by Hillary Clinton. I wasn’t at the conference but Marketo briefed me on their plans.)

Marketo's Engagement Engine Simplifies Complex Marketing Automation Campaigns

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But the good folks at Marketo have taken a step in that direction with their latest enhancement, which they call an “engagement program”. This would only take a small tweak in the current approach, which is one reason I like what Marketo has done.

The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?

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Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. And, as we marketers like to say, there’s more: • A primer on marketing automation for those new to the space.

New Marketing Automation Buyer’s Guide Offers Valuable Advice

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TrustRadius , an online community designed to help business software users make better product selection, implementation, and usage decisions, just released their first-ever “ Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software.”. Marketo has done a couple of acquisitions.

Happy 10th Birthday, Marketo!

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Author: Sanjay Dholakia Ten years ago this month, Phil Fernandez, David Morandi, and Jon Miller founded Marketo with one idea: to create a new kind of enterprise software company, one dedicated solely to the needs and mission of today’s marketing professional.

How To Decide Whether Marketo RCA Is Right For You

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The technology journey for B2B marketers includes the implementation of an advanced marketing automation system and a CRM. Marketo RCA)? Marketo Revenue Cycle Analytics (RCA) is a set of reporting tools that helps marketers analyze their campaigns (i.e.

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. Taken together, these provide a clearer picture than usual of the state of marketing automation. million for Marketo.)

Back to Basics: 7 Things Marketing Automation Software Can Do For Your Business

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Author: Ellen Gomes One of the questions we get asked a lot at Marketo is “what features are included in a marketing automation platform, and how can these features help my business?” What do you think is the best part of your marketing automation platform?

How Marketo Unleashed Their Demand Gen Potential

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As one of the world’s leading marketing software companies, Marketo’s sales and marketing teams are among the best in the business. Marketo’s challenges in this regard will sound familiar to any rapidly-growing, large Mid-Market or Enterprise company.

Orion is 17.5 light years away, and so is Marketo’s Big Data Project

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If you are a practitioner or follower of Marketing Automation, you’ve probably read a few recent articles about Marketo’s challenges with rolling out “Orion” to their install base. History tends to repeat itself, just as on-premise applications were replaced by new cloud apps by new software providers (as opposed to ‘simply’ moving existing on-premise apps into the cloud), the move to big data architecture is seeing similar transitions.

6 Vital Features to Look for in Marketing Automation Software this Year

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The single most important improvement companies can make to their marketing strategies is investing in marketing automation software. Automation is the fuel that allows businesses to stay one step ahead of the game. It’s also an expansive, inclusive type of software.

Survey: Marketing Automation Users Score a “C” in Maturity

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Spear Marketing Group has published an informative report detailing results of a survey designed to gauge the maturity of marketing automation deployments within the B2B community. The survey asked marketing operations managers and other B2B marketing executives to rank their current deployment of marketing automation software in 33 separate categories relating to either key software functionality or generally accepted best practice.

12 Marketo Summit 2017 Sessions You Should Attend

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Marketo categorizes their sessions based on topic and we can see that Marketing Trends is a major focus. Marketo Summit attendees can expect to learn about the latest technologies and strategies used in today’s B2B marketing departments. Who Marketo Summit Is For.

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.” Answers came from 159 marketing automation users.

Marketo Files for IPO: Will High Growth Outweigh High Losses?

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Marketo made good today on its promise to file for an initial public offering (IPO). The S-1 registration statement gives considerable new information about Marketo’s business. Perhaps stock investors will look only at Marketo’s growth rate.

How SMBs can get more leads through marketing automation

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Marketing automation offers numerous advantages, such as saving time as well as helping you with improving your conversion rate and overall sales. What is marketing automation and why is it important? How to get started with marketing automation for email marketing. Marketo.

Marketing automation is not marketing strategy

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Too often, these days, I am hearing B2B marketers mouth claims like “We got this new [fill in the brand] automation tool, so now we can reduce headcount.” Or, “Once this automation system is installed, it will take our marketing to the next level.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia).

Why Is B2B Marketing Automation Growing So Slowly?

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Let me start by saying that the 50% revenue increase I’m projecting for B2B marketing automation in 2013 is a very healthy one. What really got me thinking about this was prepping for a Webinar I’ll be giving next Wednesday on the future of marketing automation ( register here ).

More New Systems Challenge the Marketing Automation Status Quo

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Last week’s post looked at newer marketing automation systems that focused on small businesses. The general notion is that small businesses are finding existing marketing automation products too hard to use and would be happy with something simpler, especially if it costs less.

New Raab VEST Report: B2B Marketing Automation Will Reach $1.2 Billion in 2014

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I’ve just published the latest edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST), with updated entries on all your favorites and several new entries to boot.

New Marketing Automation Report: Venture Funding is Key to Success

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I released the 2012 edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report today, an event that deserves more hoopla that I’ve given it. After rooting around in the numbers like pig hunting truffles, here’s what I dug up: Core marketing automation is growing fastest.

Acquisitions Reshape the Marketing Automation Industry: Growth at the Bottom, Room in the Middle, Fog at the Top

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Raab Associates officially released the new edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) yesterday. Marketo was mostly missing until they provided key figures in their earnings call this afternoon.

[Infographic] The Marketo(er’s) Guide to SXSW

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This year, Marketo is going big. We are hosting 10+ sessions featuring marketing thought leaders from organizations like My Fitness Pal, The Economist, Kaiser Permanente, Mashable, and of course, Marketo! Author: Dayna Rothman We can’t wait for SXSW!

Why Marketo and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customers Have Gold in Their Sights

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At Marketo, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to help sales and marketing perform together with the finesse of Olympians. If you’re a marketer using Microsoft Dynamics CRM, that tool is often a complete marketing automation platform. Marketing Automation b2b

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VEST Report: Latest Trends in Marketing Automation, and Where's My Hoverboard?

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I just finished the latest release of the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool , a.k.a. All six of the vendors new to this report sell primarily to small businesses, and most are “all-in-one” systems that combine marketing automation with integrated CRM.

Bislr: A "Marketing Operating System" That Includes Marketing Automation As An App

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There was a really interesting discussion this week over on Scott Brinker’s ChiefMartec blog about the evolution of marketing automation systems into “platforms” that each support a swarm of satellite applications connected through open APIs.

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How to Sell Marketing Automation to Your CEO (& Other Burning Questions)

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Recently I was asked to contribute some thoughts to Marketo’s new ebook, “ The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.” What are the most important things to look for in a marketing automation vendor?

Big deals for Marketo and Demandware, but what do they mean?

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Two billion-dollar M&A deals: Marketo was acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $1.79 Marketo’s deal isn’t industry consolidation — at least not yet. Let’s start with Marketo. Applying software to marketing. Marketing Software

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Raab Report: Financial Comparison of B2B Marketing Automation Vendors

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In a young industry like B2B marketing automation, the primary focus is growth, and I published some figures on that yesterday (repeated below). The standout performer in all these tables is Marketo, but bear in mind that they’ve also taken much more investment than any of the others ($107.5

10 Tips for Driving Lead Nurturing Success (Infographic)

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When B2B companies invest in marketing automation technology, “lead nurturing” is often one of the key business objectives that spurs those organizations to take the plunge.

Marketing Automation is Not Marketing Strategy

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We are republishing this blog by Ruth Stevens (originally run January 29, 2014) because she hits the nail on the head about marketing automation. In the opening paragraph she states: “Marketers sometimes see automation as a silver bullet.

Key to Marketing Automation Success: Process First, then Campaigns

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In a phone call this week I was swapping war stories with a well-known sales and marketing consultant, who, like us, works with B2B companies to improve their return on marketing automation. In the case of our agency , though we still get our fair share of calls from companies who find themselves saddled with what amounts to an expensive email broadcast system, a growing percentage of our engagements are with companies who have yet to even purchase the software.

Can Marketing Automation Save Your Content Strategy?

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That’s where marketing automation comes in. Marketing automation tools can take over some of the more tedious aspects of content marketing management, reducing daily demands on marketers while also optimizing those marketing efforts. It’s automation at its finest.

Raab Report: Neolane, Aprimo, and Eloqua Rate Highest for Large Company B2B Marketing Automation

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Our scoring reflects their need for special features for automated content selection, project management, complex lead scores, and tight control over the rights granted to individual users.

Raab Report: OfficeAutoPilot, Infusionsoft and HubSpot Rate Highest in Marketing Automation for Very Small Business

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One of the most important features of our VEST report on B2B marketing automation systems is that it divides marketing automation users into distinct segments, each having a different set of needs.

The State of Marketing Automation Trends 2014 [Infographic]

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Author: Dayna Rothman Finding the right marketing automation software is tough when you are searching for the first time. That’s why we teamed up with Software Advice to speak to hundreds of companies, determining what drives organizations to purchase these systems.

[Ebook] How Marketing Automation Empowers Small Teams

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The answer is to automate their processes. Enter, marketing automation! Marketing automation is a powerful software tool that automates and syncs various efforts (think campaign management, customer segmentation, and data analysis, to name a few).