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Oracle Buys Market2Lead Intellectual Assets

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Oracle tersely announced today that it had purchased the intellectual assets of demand generation vendor Market2Lead. This is an excellent fit for Oracle in that Market2Lead is a sophisticated product that is best suited to large, demanding marketing operations. Market2Lead CEO Geoff Rego explained some of the mechanics of the deal to me in a private conversation, but the details were not for publication.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

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Oracle does have an existing B2B marketing automation product, based on the technology it acquired from Market2Lead in 2010. Market2Lead was very good system, but it lacked the huge market presence that Oracle gains from Eloqua.

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My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

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One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. The table below presents a reasonably comprehensive list of demand generation (a.k.a. Most offer a CRM option (typically priced at $10 to $20 per seat per month) for companies who don't want to pay for Salesforce.com.

Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?

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This helps business owners who need to generate revenue as efficiently as possible. A couple have noted that my questions only cover standard marketing automation functions (email, landing pages, nurture campaigns, lead scoring, CRM integration and reporting), while their products offer additional functions. Web hosting, customer service) with a revenue generator, or that their integrated approach yields more revenue than the current isolated systems (e.g.

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

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But even including that, the first year cost for most of these will be less.) : Manticore Technology : a full-featured demand generation product. See my 2007 blog entry for some information or buy the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems for a detailed review. The company has a low profile but has been selling its demand generation product for nearly ten years.

B2B Marketing University: For Now, Marketing Automation and CRM Are Still Separate

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Summary: Marketing automation and CRM systems may eventually converge, but for now marketers need help explaining why they need a system of their own. People still don’t understand the difference between marketing automation vs. CRM. Someone (I think it was end-of-day panelist Meg Heuer of Sirius Decisions ) also pointed out that CRM data is often very dirty, which isn't a problem for salespeople working with one record at a time, but making it hard to use for marketing.

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

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Back in March, I wrote a fairly dismissive post about on-demand business intelligence systems. My basic objection was that the hardest part of building a business intelligence system is integrating the source data, and being on-demand doesn’t make that any easier. I still think that’s the case, but did revisit the topic recently in a conversation with Ken Rudin, CEO of on-demand business analytics vendor Lucid Era. Campaign analysis in demand generation systems.

Hard Data to Justify Your Marketing Automation Investment

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Eloqua “ The Business Case for Integrated Demand Generation ” offers data from Forrester, CSO Insights and several Eloqua clients. Second, they also report improvements that respondents specifically said were “a result of integration between marketing technologies and CRM”.) CSO Insights, “Optimizing Lead Generation: What’s the Payback,” 2006 Best in Class Average % higher % reps making quota 66.1%

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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Kevin Joyce , CMO, Market2Lead. David Raab , Raab Associates & author, Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. The vast majority of leads generated on a website never have a meaningful conversation with a sales rep. An attached CRM system can kick the records back into a marketing automation system’s lead nurturing program and alert the assigned sales rep if the leads become active. Demand Generation?

LoopFuse Offers Free Marketing Automation System: Another Step Towards Industry Consolidation

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Other vendors have similar price points for the small business market (see my list of demand generation vendors ) although I suspect their internal costs are higher. For evidence that a free entry-level product does not automatically drive out higher priced systems, consider the hosted CRM market. Genius.com added a new Demand Generation edition that falls between its basic Email Marketing and full-blown Marketing Automation products.

Marketing Automation System Trends: What We Found in the Raab Guide

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Summary: Social media and access for sales people were the two big trends among demand generation vendors last year. I’m pleased to report that the 2010 edition of the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems is officially available today, with updated entries on all vendors (alphabetically: Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketbright , Marketo , Neolane and Silverpop Engage B2B ).

9 Benefits of Lead Nurturing

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Automate Nurturing Through the Sales Cycle - Market2Lead found that nurtured leads have a 23% shorter sales cycle. Online Marketing & Lead Nurturing in the Era of Social CRM. View this on-demand webinar now! Not yet doing email nurturing of your leads?

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

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Although the world has certainly changed since the late 1990’s, I see no reason to expect a different pattern among demand generation vendors. Of the remainder, the stronger firms will probably be purchased by companies seeking enter the demand generation space, and the weaker firms will quietly go out of business or be purchased for their client lists. The obvious candidates are CRM vendors. Summary: consolidation isn't new among marketing software vendors.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions. There are four primary buckets of technology solutions aimed at solving the “how do I make lead generation activities more effective?”

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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B2B marketers looking for ways to turn their Web sites into demand generation tools have some new solutions to consider. As part of a broader lead generation, on-demand platform, Demandbase offers a free, downloadable Web application built on Adobe AIR (one of 3 investors in an $8M round they also announced.) Demand Stream™ includes a Web widget that shows sales and marketing the names of companies visiting the Web site in near real-time.