B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Strategies: What's Worked and What's Next

Customer Experience Matrix

I recently did a study of the strategies of B2B marketing automation vendors. What I found most intriguing was the sheer diversity of the approaches, showing that vendors continue to explore new paths to success. Most vendors used more than one strategy.

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B2B Marketing Automation Industry Size and Segments

Customer Experience Matrix

As I mentioned yesterday, our new B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) asks vendors to estimate the number of clients in each of four size categories. The segments are defined based on revenue.

Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

Customer Experience Matrix

Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that predictive marketing vendors seem to have anticipated this. The past week brought three more announcements about predictive vendors expanding beyond lead scoring.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 2

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Yesterday's post described the objectives of my product fit scores for B2B marketing automation vendors and how I set up the original weighting for individual elements. I decided I could base this on the features each set of vendors provided.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

online and through other channels before they actually reach out to the vendor. platforms or software that automates HR. content 5 Content syndication / lead gen vendors. established product segments, AdWords can. 1How B2B Marketing.

It's CDP Time for Marketing Cloud Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

But the fact that all three vendors are addressing the topic raises some interesting questions. CRM and marketing automation systems don’t easily combine data from external sources. But CDPs have been developed by relatively small specialist vendors, which many enterprise buyers are reluctant to consider. It's taken a while but all three vendors now acknowledge that a CDP must store its own data. What should we look for next from these vendors?

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ABM Vendor Guide: Differentiators for Result Analysis

Customer Experience Matrix

and we wrap up our review of sub-functions from the Raab Guide to ABM Vendors with a look at Result Analysis. Not surprisingly, most of vendors who do ABM Result Analysis also do some sort of Execution (12 out of 16, to be exact). It's important to recognize that many of the Execution vendors will report only results of their own messages.

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7 lead segmentations to beautify your lead nurture program

Reachforce

Proper segmentation for your lead nurture program is akin to a well-prepared garden bed. The same is true for your nurture – take the time to build great segments and see the sales flower. 7 lead targeting and segmentation ideas to get you started on a beautiful program.

7 lead segmentations to beautify your lead nurture program

Reachforce

Proper segmentation for your lead nurture program is akin to a well-prepared garden bed. The same is true for your nurture – take the time to build great segments and see the sales flower. 7 lead targeting and segmentation ideas to get you started on a beautiful program.

How PeopleHR Found the Right Marketing Automation Vendor

Marketing Action

Finding the best marketing automation vendor for your business can be a difficult proposition. In a lot of ways, it’s like searching for an email service provider (ESP), since email marketing is a key part of the functionality of most marketing automation platforms.

Raab Report: Act-On, Eloqua, Pardot, and Marketo Vie to Lead in Mid-Size B2B Marketing Automation Segment

Customer Experience Matrix

final installment in my series of posts on leaders in the different B2B marketing automation sectors, as determined by the ratings in our VEST report. Most require the full set of marketing automation functions but apply these in simple ways.

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Guide to ABM Vendors: What's in a Complete ABM Stack?

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday’s post announced our new Guide to ABM Vendors , which helps marketers make sense of the confusing variety of ABM-related systems. Customized Messages and Execution can be found in non-ABM systems such as Web site personalization or marketing automation.* I know you really want to learn which vendors do which functions, but, as I also explained yesterday, that's not a simple question to answer. The first obvious question is how many vendors deliver each sub-function.

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Vendor Selection: Writing a Good Requirements Document

Customer Experience Matrix

My last two posts (not counting this morning’s detour into Marketo-land) described common errors marketers make when selecting marketing automation systems. Specifically, they can do two things: improve the selection process itself and look beyond features to assess the vendors.

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ABM Vendor Guide: Features to Customize Messages

Customer Experience Matrix

Moving along with our series on sub-functions described in the Raab Guide to ABM Vendors , let’s take a look at Customized Messages. The Guide lists just a half-dozen vendors in this category. That’s not because there are so few systems that do this: to the contrary, nearly any email, marketing automation, or Web personalization tool would fit the definition.

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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.

ABM Vendor Guide: State-Based Flows to Orchestrate Account Treatments

Customer Experience Matrix

Next up in this series on ABM sub-functions described in the Raab Guide to ABM Vendors : State-Based Flows. The Guide states: Vendors in this category can automatically send different messages to the same contact in response to behaviors or data changes. That was not part of many older marketing automation systems, although several vendors have now retrofitted their products to support to some degree. _ * via its Predictive Campaign integration with Eloqua.

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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.) Pricing: contact vendor. 9: The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools.

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Six powerful B2B marketing tactics you may be missing

Biznology

And its cost is going down, as more marketing automation systems bake the functionality into their systems. You can also develop highly relevant communications into targeted account segments. There are so many great new techniques in B2B marketing today, it’s hard to keep up.

Three Myths and Misconceptions About Email Automation

Act-On

Are you effectively using automation in your email campaigns? An even better question might be – are you even using automation in your email campaigns? Nowadays the demand for email marketing automation is bigger than ever. Myth #1: Automation is a time saver.

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Looking for a list vendor? Ask these questions first

Heinz Marketing

Many companies turn to list vendors and subscription databases to build up their audience. But if you’re thinking of pursuing a subscription service for ongoing list efforts, do your due diligence—spend some time to find the right vendor that will meet your needs. First and foremost, it’s important to have the vendor pull a list based on your target contact/account filters and give you an idea of how many records they could provide. The post Looking for a list vendor?

B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation

Everything Technology Marketing

In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. Let's take a closer look at actual implementation of market segmentation. A better segmentation strategy is to start with why companies purchase a solution.

Simple Questions to Screen Customer Data Platform Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been working for months to find a way to help marketers understand the differences between Customer Data Platform vendors. The final list also includes a few features that are present in all CDPs (or, more precisely, in all systems that I consider a CDP – we can’t control what vendors say about themselves). Now that the list is set, the next step is to research which features are actually present in which vendors and publish the results. Vendor-neutral access.

MarTech Conference: Some Random Impressions and Interesting New Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

A panel with Oracle , Salesforce.com and Marketo , where incisive questions from Chief Martech Himself Scott Brinker highlighted the different philosophies underlying each vendor’s marketing cloud and how few companies really deploy any cloud in full. - There were about seventy vendors covering an extraordinary range of functions. Just to be clear, it’s finding the best version for an entire audience or segment, not creating different versions for each individual.

5 Key Differences Between Email Marketing and Marketing Automation

Act-On

There are hundreds of different marketing software tools out there, most offering some variety of automation, email, and analytical functionality. Marketing automation software , on the other hand, monitors every digital interaction a lead has with your business.

3 Steps to Applying Your Personas to Segmentation

Marketo

The answer lies in using technology to create segments, and tailor your marketing to each persona by assigning it a segment. Map Personas to Segments. Score Segments Based on Attributes. Apply Your Segments and Scoring to Marketing Programs.

A Framework for B2B Customer Segmentation – Part 1: Why Segment Your Market?

Everything Technology Marketing

Marketing segmentation is about subdividing markets into segments of customers that have similar needs and behaviors. But the craft of identifying and selecting the right segments is too often rushed and under-appreciated. In complex markets, segmentation is not trivial.

Can you do top-of-funnel marketing automation without CRM?

Biznology

If you’re a small or medium size business selling to consumers, you probably want to both automate and personalize your marketing campaigns. The solution, of course, is marketing automation linked to your customer relationship management (CRM) software.

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Marketing Automation Vendors Added Webinars, Social Media, and Dynamic Content in 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

Last week's post took a horse race approach to data from our newly available B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST): who’s ahead, who’s behind, and who is coming on strong. The VEST survey, covering nearly 200 items per vendor, answers that question in glorious detail. I group vendors into three categories depending on their primary customers. The micro vendors have a little more room for improvement. What else were vendors working on last year?

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What Is Marketing Automation: Definition, Benefits & Uses

Single Grain

Marketing automation is extremely important to improve the overall success ratio of your marketing campaigns because it manages every activity related to marketing. The marketing automation software market is set to grow from $3.3 Marketing automation drives a 14.5%

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.

Marketing Automation: Lessons from 4 case studies

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Marketing automation technology has become an indispensable tool in the complex sale marketer’s arsenal. Add lead scoring and tracking through that final conversion to sale and the task is flat out impossible without automation. Case Study #1 – Marketing Automation: 200% increase in lead volume for software company after implementation. Once an automation vendor was chosen, the team decided to bring in an outside consultant to expedite the implementation.

New Marketing Automation Buyer’s Guide Offers Valuable Advice

The Point

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.”.

The Key Marketing Automation Players On Your Team

ANNUITAS

You’ve vetted the vendors, selected your features, sized your database and scheduled your implementation; you are now ready to deploy your marketing automation platform, right? He/she has the basic level of certification available from the marketing automation vendor.

Avoid these 10 Marketing Automation Rookie Mistakes

Modern Marketing

If your company is considering marketing automation or you have recently implemented it, you are not alone. According to The State of the Marketing Technology Industry , only 3% of businesses surveyed use one of the four most common marketing automation systems.

Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

The Point

It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. Lack of segmentation.

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.

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Why Marketing Automation Does Not Work

NuSpark

You cannot automate a process that does not exist. In a nutshell, marketing automation often comes to a grinding halt because of the lack of people and processes to support it. And, by the way, you may find you’ve invested in the wrong marketing automation solution.

LeadLife Bundles Services with Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

LeadLife released a completely rebuild version of its marketing automation system last month. But LeadLife – like many other marketing automation vendors – found its clients tend to design campaigns as flow charts.

Marketing Automation at Scale: Defined

Capstone Insights

Marketing automation is a straightforward way to increase a company’s efficiency and effectiveness in demand generation. When using marketing automation at scale, several platform attributes become critical. The same is true of marketing automation.

Social Media Features in Marketing Automation Systems: Who Does What?

Customer Experience Matrix

So marketing automation vendors are understandably eager to support it in their systems. I recently took a quick tour of vendor sites to see what social features they’re offering. I need to stress that I’ve only credited vendors for features they list on their site.