Infer Keeps It Simple: B2B Lead Scores and Nothing Else

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve nearly finished gathering information from vendors for my new study on Customer Data Platform systems and have started to look for patterns in the results. Features will probably converge as vendors extend their products to attract more clients.

PowerOpinions: Making Lead Scoring a Success Part 2 [Expert Advice]

ViewPoint

We recently asked top industry experts the following question: As we enter the second half of 2015, have companies made the adjustments necessary to utilize lead scoring or is the status quo killing results? Lead scoring models are: Based on assumptions.

Demand Generation Marketing: A Catalyst for Professional Services High Growth

Hinge Marketing

I would recommend demand generation programs and activities. B2B Demand Generation Versus Lead Generation. I am not talking about lead generation—although that effort is very important as well. Six Key Demand Generation Activities.

LeadSpace Offers A No-Memory Approach to B2B Lead Scoring

Customer Experience Matrix

My discussion last week of Infer , Mintigo , and Lattice Engines raised the question of what other B2B data vendors might be considered Customer Data Platforms. But there’s another set of vendors that look very much like Mintigo, Infer, and Lattice Engines building detailed profiles by extracting data from Web sites, social networks, and other sources. But if you’re a marketer needing to identify and score B2B prospects, you’d still want to give them a look.

Is it Time to Add Chatbots to Your Demand Generation Engine?

The Point

However, the more I learn about chatbots, the more I get excited about their potential for B2B marketing, and demand generation. The most common use case quoted for chatbots in a B2B context is increasing the rate at which Web visitors convert to actionable sales leads.

5 Keys to Revenue-Boosting Demand Generation

Marketing Action

In its place, these silo slayers have created a new revenue beast — the demand generation department. Treating leads like gold, it moves them from marketing to sales without any of the traditional barriers of a silo, nurturing these leads into long-term business.

How to Compare Demand Generation Vendors: Choosing Summary Measures

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve more or less decided to offer a free summary of the demand generation vendor information in the Raab Guide. This might cost me a few sales, but it will enable many more people to benefit from the Guide’s contents and will make the Guide more valuable to the sponsoring vendors. price range, and willingness to consider less established vendors. Once you’ve settled on these, you have the vendor ratings categories too, since they have to align with each other.

4 Ways Lead Scoring Can Reinforce Your Marketing Strategy and Grow Your Revenue [Ebook]

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Tanya Chu If you didn’t have much time to delve into your lead scoring this year, it’s not too late to make the business case to do so in 2017! How you structure (and restructure) your lead scoring can give you insights into how your marketing strategy is performing.

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. I didn't write about them because the vendor was planning some major improvements and it made more sense to publish a review after these in place. Esthetics aside, however, the actual capabilities of the lead flows are still somewhat limited.

5 Signs to Qualify Your Demand Generation Play

LEADership

Despite all the research, trends analyses and best practice sharing, a majority of B2B marketers struggle to determine what the most effective demand generation plays are. FOUNDATION IS SHAKY : For demand generation strategy to work seamlessly, you need a strong foundation.

How Do You Classify Demand Generation Systems?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been pondering recently how to classify demand generation systems. Right--classifying demand generation systems. Large firms may also demand an on-premise rather than externally-hosted solution, although this is becoming less of an issue. As to channels: any demand generation system will generate outbound emails and Web landing pages, and send leads them to a sales automation system.

Marqui Combines Content Management and Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Marqui started as a Web content management system and then added basic demand generation. Marqui is one of the oldest demand generation vendors, founded in 2000. It added demand generation features later in response to client requests. The entry of CMS vendors into the demand generation market is a bit of a mini-trend right now: others following the same path include Sitecore and Lyris-owned Hot Banana.

Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

I had an interesting email conversation last month with a Raab Guide buyer about the nuances of company-level data management in demand generation systems. He started from the perfectly reasonable premise that the demand generation system should give an overview of activity for all leads associated with a given company. The conversation has sharpened my own thinking on the subject and prompted a couple of conversations with vendors.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 1

Customer Experience Matrix

(note: this is a slightly revised version of the original post, reflecting vendor feedback.) For better or worse, I've taken my usability scoring project as far as I can. To start back at the beginning, the objective has been to find a practical, objective way to evaluate the usability of different demand generation systems. I therefore chose to develop separate scores for each. For example, every demand generation system provides an editor to create emails.

Net-Results Simplifies Demand Generation for Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Net-Results is simpler to use than comparable demand generation systems because it applies the same features to many tasks. But on reflection I realized that Net-Results offers a full set of demand generation functions. Let’s run through the standard demand generation process to see how this works in practice. Each lead is assigned to the first "child" action whose entry conditions it meets.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 3

Customer Experience Matrix

Usability Items for Complex Marketing Programs (note: this is a slightly revised version of the original post, reflecting vendor feedback.) This post will complete the demand generation vendor usability scores by looking at items that contribute to usability for complex marketing programs. Explicitly direct leads from one campaign to another. Users can directly send leads from one stage in a campaign to a different campaign.

Oh, the Irony! Do Demand Generation Vendors Have A Sound Marketing Strategy?

Customer Experience Matrix

There are literally dozens of vendors offering “demand generation” software, which can be roughly defined as systems to generate and nurture leads before turning them over to sales. It’s a situation that cries out for vendors to specialize in different customer segments, but so far the only division along those lines seems to be that some vendors focus on small businesses while others target mid-size and larger organizations.

Act-On Software Does List-Based Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

If you look at the Web site of Act-On Software , you’ll see a typical set of demand generation features: email marketing, demand generation (equated with landing pages and forms), lead nurturing, Website visitor tracking, channel (partner) marketing, and lead scoring. Less oddly, it also doesn’t explain that – unlike every other demand generation I recall seeing – Act-On has no marketing database. (Or,

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More Blathering About Demand Generation Software

Customer Experience Matrix

When I was researching last week’s piece on Market2Lead , one of the points that vendor stressed was their ability to create a full-scale marketing database with information from external sources to analyze campaign results. But I recently spoke with on-demand business intelligence vendor LucidEra , who also said they had found that demand generation systems could not integrate such information. adding too many features would harm the vendors own sales as well.

More Thoughts on Comparing Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

I have mostly been focused this week on formats for the new Demand Generation Guide. The issue I’m wresting with is still how to present vendor summaries. As of last week’s post , I had decided to build a list of applications plus some common issues such as vendor background, technology and pricing. I can make a similar basic/advanced distinction for the non-application features (vendor, technology, etc.),

Marketo Aims to Simplify Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

As I wrote last week , demand generation vendors have a hard time differentiating their systems from each other. Functionally, it covers all the demand generation bases: outbound email, landing pages, Web site monitoring, lead scoring, multi-step nurturing programs, prospect database, analytics, Salesforce.com integration. These can be based on lead data and constraints such as Web search terms, event frequency, and date ranges.

How Demand Generation Systems Handle Company Data: Diving into the Details

Customer Experience Matrix

Back in early January I posted a discussion on treatment of Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems. At that time, I posed a set of specific questions to the demand generation vendors in the Raab Guide. My original approach in the Guide had simply been to ask vendors whether they had a separate company table in their system. But let’s say that leaves you with a dozen vendors, and you use some gross criteria to select the top three.

True Influence Opens a Window into Future Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

As the industry matures, second-generation products are designed to improve on the original products, either by adding new capabilities or by delivering the same capabilities faster, easier or cheaper. This leads to more variety as vendors experiment with different approaches to a now-defined problem. Demand generation systems are in that second stage. This means new products reflect the lessons each vendor has drawn from the industry’s history to date.

How Predictive Lead Scoring Takes The Guesswork Out Of Identifying The Leads Most Likely To Buy

Modern B2B Marketing

Lead Scoring & STP – Bringing Marketing Basics To the World Of Modern Marketing. So why are we talking about STP in the same discussion with lead scoring? The problem is that setting up a lead scoring system that works (i.e., Lead Scoring

More on the Future of Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: let's not forget that most companies are still not even doing simple demand generation. My only extended conversation was with a sales manager who was just recognizing that cold calls were not the most efficient use of his time, and was quite excited to learn that many vendors can provide qualified lists and do the appointment setting for him. He was also starting to think that maybe the company Web site could play a role in attracting leads.

Demand Generation: An A-Z Guide for B2B Marketers (with Strategies & Examples)

SnapApp

he demands. . . So what does the movie Back to the Future have to do with demand generation? . Demand generation strategies and teen dramas both want the same thing; to help you to stand out from the crowd and be noticed for who you are and the value you provide. .

Treehouse Interactive MarketingView Combines Demand Generation with Campaign ROI Tracking

Customer Experience Matrix

Since that’s critical to many demand generation users, I didn’t want to give a false impression by leaving it out. It’s actually quite a long story, dating back to the company’s initial sales automation system in 1997, followed by its MarketingView demand generation product in 1999. Finding a demand generation system that old is always a surprise, since most products were launched much more recently. lead scoring based on actual purchases.

Lots of Vendors Can Help You Find Leads on the Web

Customer Experience Matrix

Few people would suggest you learn salesmanship from the play Glengarry Glen Ross ,* but its central message rings true: good leads are the lifeblood of a sales organization.** Some vendors only rank leads while others build multiple models for different purposes. •

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4-step lead generation analysis to optimize sales conversion

B2B Lead Blog

But, in reality, any marketing process can be optimized from demand generation, account-based marketing and, lead generation. I’ll review the basics of reviewing your demand generation funnel. What type of leads works best for Sales in their opinion?

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: How I Built My Scores (part 1)

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: The first of three posts describing my new scoring system for B2B marketing automation vendors. I’ve finally had time to work up the vendor scores based on the 150+ RFP questions I distributed back in September.

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Channel Campaign Timing: The 4th Dimension of Demand Generation

emedia

Though many marketers have not thought about that since high school physics class, we can think of timing as the 4th dimension of demand generation. B2B companies frequently broaden this multi-channel outreach plan into a full-fledged lead nurturing process for all but the hottest leads. Consider sending a second related content item as a follow-up to a phone conversation generated by your BDR. Identification of In-Market Leads.

6Sense Finds B2B Prospects Using Web Site Activities

Customer Experience Matrix

I mentioned 6Sense briefly in a recent post about vendors who help companies find prospects on the Web. and key activities (Web site visits, topics researched) and scores at both company and individual levels. If 6Sense exposed model scores but no other data, it would qualify as a CDP by the thinnest margin possible. The advantage of Web site activity is it finds companies early in the buying cycle, when they are most open to considering new vendors.

Lead Nurturing: 5 Useful Tactics to Get More Opportunities

B2B Lead Blog

Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this post, I’m going to share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your demand generation funnel to get more sales qualified opportunities.

CallidusCloud Buys LeadFormix Marketing Automation for $9 Million Cash

Customer Experience Matrix

The list of independent marketing automation systems shrank by one yesterday when Leadformix was purchased by sales enablement vendor CallidusCloud for $9 million. The price is surprisingly low for an established marketing automation vendor. Indeed, the LeadFormix tag line is “aligning marketing with sales” – something that’s important to all marketing automation vendors, but never their primary benefit statement.

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BtoB Leading Edge: 10 Sharp Tips taken from the Cutting Edge Demand Generation Virtual Conference

Modern B2B Marketing

Yesterday’s BtoB Leading Edge, Demand Generation in the Digital Age was a great way to make sure your organization’s demand generation programs are best-in-class.   With almost 5,000 registrants, it is clear that B2B marketers are concerned about getting the most out of their demand generation and lead management programs.   Demand generation is just a piece of the entire Marketing puzzle.

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