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Breaking: Salesforce.com Announces the Marketing Cloud. So What is It?

Modern Marketing

The “marketing cloud”, which salesforce.com has hinted at for a while, was announced today at Dreamforce ’12. This is good news for marketing automation customers. Marketers who use both Eloqua and salesforce.com will be able to enjoy an enhanced version of the social marketing cloud. Breaking: Salesforce.com Announces the Marketing Cloud. by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The long-whispered rumors are finally confirmed.

Marketo’s Take on Salesforce.com’s ExactTarget Acquisition

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Phil Fernandez Today, Salesforce.com announced plans to buy ExactTarget. Our comprehensive solution includes great email capabilities, but goes much deeper to include enterprise-class marketing automation, social marketing, marketing financial management, and revenue cycle analytics.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced today that it has agreed to purchase B2B marketing automation leader Eloqua for $23.50 The deal makes obvious sense, in that it gives Oracle a much stronger position in the fast-growing B2B marketing automation industry*. Okay, now we can talk about Salesforce.com.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

A Marketing Automation Evangelist and Change Management

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Today we launched our latest eBook, Change Management – Staying Relevant, Predictive and Sane in the Changing Landscape of Demand Generation , a joint venture by Mathew Sweezey , author and Marketing Automation Evangelist for Salesforce.com and Carlos Hidalgo , CEO and Principal, ANNUITAS.

Tomorrow People Leaves Salesforce.com in Favour of Workbooks CRM

Tomorrow People

Tomorrow People has selected British Cloud CRM provider Workbooks.com to replace its Salesforce.com CRM system after two years of using the Salesforce Professional Edition. The Workbooks CRM Edition delivers easy to use sales force automation, marketing management and customer support tools.

The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Marketing automation software tools can be very helpful in making lead nurturing and sales acceleration efforts more effective—even if the category is badly misnamed. Marketing can’t be automated.) Integrates with popular platforms like Microsoft Dynamics and Salesforce.com.

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Dreamforce 2011: Salesforce.com Will Leave Marketing Automation Alone. But Revenue Performance Management Might Be Another Story.

Customer Experience Matrix

I spent most of this week at Salesforce.com ’s Dreamforce conference. But I did notice about two years ago that pretty much everyone in the B2B marketing automation space was more or less assuming I’d attend. If the big question on the mind of the marketing automation industry has been whether Salesforce would launch its own product, the show provided what I consider to be a definitive answer: No (at least for now; never say never).

Marketing Automation's Unhappy Users: Trouble in Paradise?

Customer Experience Matrix

As I mentioned in last week''s post , I’m writing a paper on stages of marketing automation deployment. The premise of the paper and Webinar is marketing automation has a problem: clients who don’t move beyond basic email functions are unhappy.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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Marketing Automation News from Dreamforce: B2B More Integrated, B2C Stays Separate

Customer Experience Matrix

I spent the early part of this week at Salesforce.com ’s annual Dreamforce conference. The bad news was for B2B marketing automation. Conference presentations confirmed that Pardot, the B2B marketing automation system that Salesforce acquired as part of its ExactTarget acquisition, has been separated from the rest of ExactTarget and made part of the Sales cloud. What this means is that Salesforce sees B2B marketing automation as just an appendage of sales automation.

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Next-Generation Marketing Automation Systems Target Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been gearing up for the next edition of our VEST report on B2B marketing automation systems, which involves catching up with established vendors and chasing down some new ones. nurture campaigns), and share leads with a CRM system like Salesforce.com.

More New Systems Challenge the Marketing Automation Status Quo

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

Is Salesforce.com a Player in Marketing Automation Software?

Webbiquity

Salesforce.com is the cloud computing darling of customer relationship management (CRM) software. They have significant control of mind share in that space, and their legacy in customer service and sales force automation software is strong. Guest post by Lauren Carlson.

MindMatrix Adds Sales Support to Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

One easily predictable trend in B2B marketing automation is that vendors will tailor their systems to specific industries. The reason may be that B2B marketing automation products have a narrower scope than B2C systems, meaning there’s less advantage in creating vertical editions.

Teradata Integrates Its Marketing Automation Acquisitions for Enterprise Marketers

Customer Experience Matrix

Last year’s biggest marketing automation acquisitions were products for consumer marketing: ExactTarget by Salesforce.com , Neolane by Adobe , and Responsys by Oracle. Consumer marketers have had their own, highly sophisticated marketing automation systems for years.

LeadLiaison Helps Marketing Automation Users Break the Content Bottleneck

Customer Experience Matrix

You may have noticed that there are many B2B marketing automation systems available. But they do go far enough beyond standard marketing automation to justify a different label. Salespeople can also send through Gmail , Salesforce.com , or Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

RedPoint Offers Broad, Deep B2C Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

On days when I have nothing else to be cranky about, I sometimes fuss at how business-to-business software vendors hijacked the term “marketing automation” despite its long and relatively honorable history describing systems for consumer marketing. That formula fell out of favor when the most prominent CRM system became B2B-oriented Salesforce.com , whose very name reflects its origins in B2B sales automation.

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New Marketing Automation Options for Small Business in the VEST Report

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m revving up for the next edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report, which will include six first-time entries. This is very desirable for small organizations that want to automate their operations while running as few systems as possible.

The Characteristics of a Marketing Automation Expert [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

She has spent the last three years in content marketing and community management at salesforce.com and Radian6, and has a background in account management for interactive and full service advertising agencies. What does it take to become a marketing automation expert?

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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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Microsoft Buys Marketing Automation Vendor MarketingPilot: Start of Something Big?

Customer Experience Matrix

It has a pretty low profile in the B2B marketing automation world, partly because it serves a mix of B2C and B2B clients but mostly because it started as a marketing operations management system. So, at least for now, that is the degree of marketing automation / CRM consolidation I expect.

Intuit / Salesforce.com Alliance Is No April Fool's Joke

Customer Experience Matrix

Am I the only one who missed the April 1 announcement of a strategic alliance between Salesforce.com and Intuit ? Given our industry's endless nattering about whether Salesforce.com will move into marketing automation, this should have attracted more attention (or, at least, enough attention that I would hear about it sooner than I did). Intuit has more than 4 million customers, compared with 90,000 for Salesforce.com. billion for Salesforce.com vs. $16.5

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Speaking of CRM, Beanstalk has existing connectors for Salesforce.com , NetSuite and Leads360. I’d say most marketing automation vendors take this view.

Marketing Automation Beer Goggles: What I Think I Learned at Dreamforce

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m writing this on my way home from Dreamforce, the Salesforce.com user conference that has become the primary industry gathering for marketing automation vendors. If you’re not familiar with Salesforce.com terminology: contacts are linked to an account, while leads are not.

Marketing Automation Systems are on the Rise

Webbiquity

Two common business terms combined describe the an increasingly popular outreach tool: marketing automation. According to marketing research firm Raab Associates , the marketing automation system industry will reach $750 million in 2013, growing 50 percent from 2012.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

eTrigue Puts a New Interface on Mature Marketing Automation Features

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: eTrigue's new product is aimed at small-to-mid size businesses who want an easier alternative to leading marketing automation systems. The campaign interface is just one of many components within a marketing automation system.

How Should I Structure My Marketing Automation Team?

Modern B2B Marketing

In fact, football teams are a lot like marketing automation teams – you need talented players, of course, but you also need dedicated roles, internal coordination, and sound strategy. The Basic Structure of a Marketing Automation Team. Marketing Automation

How to Run a Webinar: Have a Marketing Automation System in Place

Lead Liaison

The next step is to consider using your marketing automation software to help you with the entire process. A marketing automation system can help you automate your webinar and create a repeatable model to use for future webinars.

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B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. By very sharp contrast, B2B marketers rely primarily on their CRM system (that is, Salesforce.com or a competitor) as the primary data source, and complement that with information captured directly by the marketing automation systems’ own landing pages and Web tracking tags.

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IBM May Buy Silverpop: B2B Marketing Automation and B2C Email Would Be Great Fit

Customer Experience Matrix

The other enterprise-level B2C email vendors ( ExactTarget , Responsys ) have already been bought at wondrously high prices, and every B2B marketing automation vendor I talk to tells me that potential investors are approaching them constantly. Although they bought B2C marketing automation leader Unica several years ago, they lack enterprise-scale B2C email engine and B2B marketing automation.

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9 Things Marketers Need from Marketing Automation Vendors and Consultants – Part 1

ANNUITAS

Approximately 12 years ago, a new technology emerged and a new software category called “marketing automation” was born. Since then, the marketing automation space has grown consistently and significantly, and is now is at the precipice of going mainstream. According to SiriusDecisions , 40% of organizations will own automation by the year 2016. It seems each and every week that a new consultancy is born or another marketing automation company jumps into the fray.

My Take: Salesforce Acquires ExactTarget, Continues Marketing Automation Industry Consolidation

Customer Experience Matrix

I''ve been in meetings all day and just emerged to hear that Salesforce.com purchased ExactTarget. They also get a toe-hold in B2C marketing and in marketing automation (via ExactTarget''s Pardot technology). Frankly, of the two, entry into B2C marketing seems more important because it''s such a large business and Salesforce.com needs to know where its next several billion dollars in revenue will come from. - Not so terrible for marketing automation in the short term.

Can CRM Add-Ons Replace Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve long believed that B2B marketing automation is just a passing phase: that, ultimately, B2B marketing automation systems will be absorbed into CRM systems instead of operating independently. It’s a view I discuss sparingly in public, since so many of my friends in the marketing automation industry have a vested interest to the contrary. Of course, the jackpot here is Salesforce.com. In short, the merger between B2B marketing automation and CRM seems inevitable.

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Review: An Admin’s Take on Salesforce.com Spring ’14

Fathom

’ With Spring ’14, salesforce.com has yet again dazzled us with a fantastic new release of salesforce1 mobile, platform, connected and social communities. We integrate, automate and streamline to form personalized relationships with our customers; connectivity is simply part of the process. The post Review: An Admin’s Take on Salesforce.com Spring ’14 appeared first on Fathom. Sales & Marketing Alignment Sales Operations CRM Salesforce.com

How RightWave Solves the Marketing Automation Skill Shortage

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the main reasons that marketing automation has not been adopted more quickly is that too few marketers know how to fully use it. Most of the sales information is presented within the Salesforce.com interface, although users can drill down into details held with RightWave.