2010 Will Bring New Features to Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: the demand generation market will continue to grow in 2010, and it may attract some new, big competitors from outside the industry. But the real excitement will be features that expand the scope of demand generation products to support inbound marketing, better measurement, and more efficient content creation. 2009 was a year of tremendous growth for demand generation systems (a.k.a. business-to-business marketing automation.

LoopFuse Offers No-Frills Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: LoopFuse offers attractive but limited demand generation functions at an easy-to-swallow price. It’s been nearly a year since I took my first close look at the LoopFuse OneView demand generation system. LoopFuse provides a graphic email designer that can generate both text and HTML versions. Unlike most demand generation vendors, LoopFuse does not host landing pages or Web forms for its clients.

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LeadForce1 Adds Mind Reading to Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

It combines this with standard B2B marketing automation features to provide better-qualified leads to sales people. The B2B marketing automation industry has reached the stage where product features are similar and companies compete primarily on business and marketing savvy. The company’s product touches the standard marketing automation bases: outbound email, landing pages and forms, lead nurturing, scoring and integration with Salesforce.com.

Still More on Assessing Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

I had a very productive conversation on Friday with Fred Yee, president of ActiveConversion , a demand generation system aimed primarily at small business. This is no reflection on the product, which seems to be well designed, is very reasonably priced, and has a particularly interesting integration with the Jigsaw online business directory to enhance lead information.

Demand Generation Vendors Offer Few Social Media Applications

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: marketing vendors offer several types of social media applications. But none truly automates social media management, which is what's ultimately needed. Treehouse Interactive just introduced a “talk it up” feature that embeds “share this” buttons in Treehouse-generated Web pages and emails. InsideView is already integrated with major CRM vendors and with the Marketbright demand generation system.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

Social media is arguably overhyped as a marketing trend: it gets well under 10% of marketing budgets (different surveys have figures from 3% to 8%) and results are questionable (it was rated the least effective content marketing tactic in a recent MarketingProfs study ). So marketing automation vendors are understandably eager to support it in their systems. demand generation software vendor comparison social media marketing marketing automation systems

Alsa Marketing Adds Multi-Language Capabilities to Low-Cost Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Alsa Marketing is a late entry to small business marketing automation. It’s harder every day for a new company to enter the business-to-business marketing automation industry. Alsa Marketing , a Montreal-based firm that launched its product in June, has one significant differentiator: it supports multiple languages (French, Spanish and English) in its user interface and in lead profiles.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Social media and access for sales people were the two big trends among demand generation vendors last year. Could marketers finally be ready to spend on measurement? 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 ).

ActiveConversion Review - SMB Lead Management

LeadSloth

From Web Analytics to Demand Generation. Therefore I initially called them a ‘niche vendor’ However, the product has evolved into a fairly complete marketing automation suite for SMB companies. It integrates with Jigsaw to show company details like revenue, and available contacts for a specific company: contacts can be bought for $1 each directly at Jigsaw. Email marketing. Marketing & Web Analytics.

Active Conversion Offers Strong Lead Management and Leaves Out the Rest

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Active Conversion helps marketing and sales departments make the best use of leads they’ve generated outside the system. That's fewer functions than traditional demand generation, but if those are the functions you need, who cares? These functions, plus supporting features for database management, content management, sales system synchronization, and reporting, form a basic template for measuring demand generation software.

Act-On Software Stresses Ease of Use

Customer Experience Matrix

At $500 per month with no annual contract, it’s priced to make it easy to get started with marketing automation. The new release is designed for marketers who want to start using the system with little or no training. The actual functions provided by Act-On are generally competitive with low-to-mid tier marketing automation products. While some other system provide this, many marketing automation vendors rely on third-party products instead.

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DemandBase Adds Real-Time Access to Web Visitor Identities

Customer Experience Matrix

DemandBase built its database by monitoring which IP addresses most often visit its 2,000-plus clients, parsing multiple external IP directories for the owners and geo-locations of the servers at those addresses, and adding attributes from business directories including D&B, Hoovers and JigSaw. Tags: geotargeting marketing automation leadlander lead management IP address lookup demand generation

Marketo Sales Insight Expands Salesforce Access to Marketing Data

Customer Experience Matrix

It lets Marketo sell seats to sales departments, which could be more lucrative than selling its core demand generation system. But I expect the sales automation vendors to take the business for themselves. It does depend on marketing setting up the definitions, rather than letting sales people create their own. This can be integrated with Demandbase and Jigsaw to download the names of contacts at those firms.

New White Paper and Eloqua Prospect Profiler

Customer Experience Matrix

Eloqua yesterday announced Eloqua Prospect Profiler , which makes it easier for salespeople to review prospect behaviors that are captured by the demand generation system. In honor of the event, they sponsored a white paper by Yours Truly on the general topic of, um, why it’s important to make it easier for salespeople to review prospect behaviors that are captured by the demand generation system.

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Genius.com Adds Short URLs to Capture Social Media Replies

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Genius.com is adding a URL shortener that will tie social media responses into the regular flow of demand generation and lead management. It generates short URLs that directly connect social media responses with Genius.com’s standard marketing and sales support features. Typically, such tracking requires a landing page built in the demand generation system or a tracking script embedded in the regular site pages.)

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DemandBase Creeps Up the Value Chain

Customer Experience Matrix

That is, they take business data from several including sources Hoovers, D&B , LexisNexis , AccuData , BusinessWatch Network , Jigsaw ) and merge it into one big contact list that people can use for outbound promotions or to enhance their own files. But now it matches that company against the main DemandBase database to actually apply details such as location, company size, industry, and further finds contact names that marketing or salespeople can reach out to.

The Death of Cold Calling – Ending the Debate

Sales Intelligence View

Marketing automation solutions like Eloqua manage opt-ins and content, all directly linked back to lead generation and sales acquisition costs. Dialer tools like the PowerDialer for Salesforce manage and predict call cycles for lead generation, pushing the highest-quality leads and data to the reps right when they need it. Getting attention through marketing channels is harder than ever. and author of the book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

Quotable Moments from Two ABM Podcasts with Jon Miller (CMO and CPO, Demandbase)

Engagio

Marketing trailblazer, thought leader, entrepreneur, and physics enthusiast. Now also the Chief Marketing and Product Officer at Demandbase. Get to know more about his marketing philosophy (and his secrets for a killer cocktail) with these two podcasts.

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Sales Pipeline Radio, Episode 234: Q & A with Jon Miller @jonmiller

Heinz Marketing

By Matt Heinz , President of Heinz Marketing. The show is less than 30 minutes, fast-paced and full of actionable advice, best practices and more for B2B sales & marketing professionals. This week’s show is called “ He Predicted Marketing Automation and ABM.

How B2B Marketers Can Get More Leads into the Funnel via Inbound Marketing

Marketo

I learned the right way fast, becoming a demand generation machine!). This is why when a marketer brings back a list of leads, they only pick out a few to follow up with. So how do marketers find the right leads? Many marketers are now optimizing for search, but are you really getting all that you can out of your efforts? However, if you are a company with any marketing budget, you should really consider putting some of those dollars here. .

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

delicious b2bmarketing

Home Forrester Research « I was recently briefed by | Main | Going Corporate » August 26, 2008 Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market [Posted by Laura Ramos ] In a recent survey of over 2100 IT professionals who buy or recommend telecom and networking solutions, we found buyers turn to peers and colleagues first, followed by vendor, industry trade, or professional Web sites, to inform their purchase decisions.

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. I know Suresh Vittal includes lead management as a component of his enterprise marketing platform. Direct marketing lists?