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CEO Geoff Rego explained some of the mechanics of the deal to me in a private conversation, but the details were not for publication.

Market2Lead Offers Enterprise-Strength Demand Generation System

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Market2Lead offers the usual list of demand generation functions: outbound email, Web forms and landing pages, automated lead nurturing, integration with sales, and campaign return on investment analysis. But while many demand generation vendors simplify these features so marketers can run them for themselves, Market2Lead offers no such compromises. This is not to say that Market2Lead is especially hard to use. Market2Lead is researching this capability.

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Market2Lead User Interface: Attention to Detail Pays Off

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Summary: Market2Lead's revised user interface has plenty of refined details. I saw a demonstration of Market2Lead ’s new user interface last December, and they released it in February. It’s a good thing that Market2Lead moved more quickly than I did, because the new interface is a huge improvement. One objective metric is mouse clicks: Market2Lead reports these were reduced by 300%. Market2Lead has posted an online demonstration. -

Top-10 Demand Generation Vendor Blogs

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In my previous post I listed the Top-10 Demand Generation blog by marketers and consultants. Market2Lead Marketing Automation and Lead Management blog. The Market2Lead blog got a boost when Kevin Joyce joined the company. Tags: Demand Generation activeconversion eloqua genius.com hubspot market2lead marketbright marketo pardot reachforce readycontacts silverpop Today I’ve put together a list of vendor blogs.

Ranking the Demand Generation Vendors by Popularity (Yes, Life Really Is Just Like High School)

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As you might imagine, I’ve been trying to decide how to expand the set of products covered in the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. But I’ve also been approached by some of the other demand generation specialists. So far the original list of Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Manticore Technology and Market2Lead has proven a good set of choices. Still, they are much larger firms and do much more marketing than Manticore or Market2Lead.

Oracle Integrates On Demand Marketing with On Demand CRM

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Summary: Oracle has integrated marketing automation with its on-demand CRM product. If I were more on the ball, I would have noticed that May 25 marked a full year since Oracle bought the intellectual property* of high-end B2B marketing automation vendor Market2Lead. In February they released the first “Oraclized” version of the product, now Oracle CRM On Demand Marketing. The new system uses the same data structures as the rest of Oracle CRM On Demand.

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Demand Generation Vendor Traffic Rankings

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Summary: Based on Web traffic rankings, new demand generation vendors with low prices are gaining market presence. Last November, after much consideration of alternatives , I settled on Alexa three-month Web traffic rankings as a reasonable way to measure the relative market presence of demand generation vendors. The leaders among demand generation systems are still Eloqua , Silverpop and Marketo.

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Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 3

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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 Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 0.5 Linear campaigns embedded in larger campaign flows Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 Integrated a/b testing.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 2

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Build a campaign as a list of stages Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 Build linear campaigns outside of a larger campaign structure. Build linear campaigns outside of a larger campaign structure Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 Define campaign schedules only at the campaign level, not for individual steps.

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. Tags: demand generation marketing automation software selection demand generation

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 1

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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. Obviously these aren't very specific scenarios, but I think the ability to efficiently deliver many different treatments to different customers is ultimately what separates simple from complex in a demand generation context. For example, every demand generation system provides an editor to create emails.

Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

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I've been having a dandy time analyzing the results of my Demand Generation Implementation Survey. nbr responses vendor 8 Marketo 6 Eloqua 3 Genius.com 3 LoopFuse 3 Pardot 2 Market2Lead 2 Treehouse Interactive 1 eTrigue 1 Vtrenz (Silverpop) 7 No Response 36 Another intriguing bit of contextual information is the deployment date of the systems. Responses are still coming in but I thought I'd at least post some preliminary results to whet your appetite.

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. So they offer not just demand generation but everything from contact management to e-commerce.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 4

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I spent a good part of yesterday talking with demand generation vendors about the usability scores I've been publishing all week. Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B complex 11 8.5 Tags: software usability measurement demand generation marketing automation lead management software selection As a result, I've made a number of small adjustments which have been retroactively edited into the previous posts.

More Blathering About Demand Generation Software

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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. My understanding of competitive products was that they had similar capabilities, at least hypothetically, so I choose not to list that as a Market2Lead specialty. They even cited one demand generation vendor that had turned to them for help. (In

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.

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

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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. Here are the questions I asked, with summaries of answers from the five vendors in the current Raab Guide ( Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketo , Vtrenz ) plus two I’ll be adding shortly ( Marketbright and Neolane.)

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. More significantly, the Eloqua purchase poses an awkward dilemma for Salesforce, which wouldn’t let Market2Lead continue to integrate with Salesforce after Oracle bought it.

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Going Big on Small: Joe Payne on HubSpot’s $32M Round

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And as niches go, HubSpot’s is a compelling one: They sell demand generation and web traffic tools to companies with fewer than 100 employees. Oracle bought Market2Lead. The strong players are benefitting from this increase in awareness and demand. Demand Generation Eloqua funding Google Ventures hubspot investment Joe Payne salesforce.com Venture Capitalby Joe Payne | Tweet this. Much will be said over the next few days about HubSpot’s $32M Series D round.

New Guide is Ready

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I've been distracted this week by an unrelated client deadline, but the new Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems is indeed complete. Tags: marketing software marketing automation lead management demand generation

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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 ).

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. Marketo , in its Webinar Secret Sauce for Demand Generation , generously revealed its own results comparing nurtured vs. non-nurtured leads. Tags: marketing system ROI marketing automation businses case software selection demand generation Summary: So you want some hard numbers to prove the value of marketing automation? Here's a bunch.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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Kevin Joyce , CMO, Market2Lead. David Raab , Raab Associates & author, Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. Demand Generation? Deal with Bad Data Once and For All: The effective use of marketing automation puts big demands on marketing data, and in most companies that data is in a sorry state. Kevin Joyce, CMO, Market2Lead ( @nivenor1 ). David Raab, Raab Associates & Author, Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems ( @draab ).

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

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But I also knew that some of the vendors focused on complex programs ( Market2Lead , Marketbright and arguably Silverpop/Vtrenz ) embed similar-looking list-style campaigns within a larger flow logic. Marketbright and the new Market2Lead interface use an actual flow chart; Silverpop/Vtrenz uses non-visual rules. Tags: software usability measurement marketing automation lead management demand generation

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Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?

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We’ve already seen this with Oracle ’s purchase of Market2Lead (now apparently embedded in the Oracle OnDemand CRM system) and, depending on how you look at it, in IBM ’s purchase of Unica. Tags: revenue generation demand generation marketing automation integrated systems small business software Summary: Vendors who target small businesses include provide functions beyond traditional marketing automation.

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

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by Market2Lead CMO Kevin Joyce for a good statement of the separatist position.) Tags: software as a service demand generation marketing automation sales automation Summary: Marketing automation and CRM systems may eventually converge, but for now marketers need help explaining why they need a system of their own. I hugely enjoyed yesterday’s Boston session of the Silverpop -sponsored B2B Marketing University.

Marketo's Enterprise Edition and Revenue Cycle Management: Looking Under the Hood

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Market2Lead had something similar but is no longer sold.) Tags: marketing automation enterprise marketing management marketing measurement marketo revenue attribution lead management demand generation Summary: Marketo continues to follow its own path. Enterprise Edition adds the complex security needed by large organizations but sticks to simple campaign flows. Revenue Cycle Management blazes an important new trail for others to follow.

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. Genius.com added a new Demand Generation edition that falls between its basic Email Marketing and full-blown Marketing Automation products. It will also be competing with Eloqua, Silverpop and, perhaps most dangerously, the Market2Lead technology recently purchased by Oracle.

Aprimo Marketing Studio Supports Sophisticated Business Marketers

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Summary: Aprimo Marketing Studio offers powerful features in an on-demand system for sophisticated business and consumer marketers. For more on vendor classifications, see my list of demand generation vendors from last November.) In other words, Marketing Studio competes with high-end demand generation systems like Eloqua , Market2Lead and Neolane. Eloqua and Market2Lead are based on sales automation data, but can incorporate external tables.

Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

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you know that I see a lot of demand generation systems. But the vast majority of demand generation systems are installed in much smaller marketing departments, where setting up campaigns is just a fraction of the user's job. So I thought I'd take a little scan of the demand generation systems I've looked at to see how the vendors themselves had voted. Tags: software usability measurement marketing automation lead management software selection demand generation

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First Look at New Marketo Release

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Although I actually think that quite a few demand generation vendors share the Marketo philosophy, it’s still helpful to hear the distinction made clearly. Products including Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Market2Lead and Marketbright also let marketers set up small, sequential campaigns and embed them in selection framework. Tags: usability assessment marketing automation marketo lead management demand generation

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. Of course, Oracle has already made its move by purchasing Market2Lead's intellectual assets.

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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. The same Market2Lead study found that nurtured leads have a 9% higher average deal size, showing that there is an opportunity to not only increase the number of sales but the size of sales using lead nurturing. View this on-demand webinar now! Not yet doing email nurturing of your leads? You are missing out on a big opportunity.

The 2010 marketing technology proto-landscape did consolidate by 61%

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having acquired Eloqua, Responsys, Market2Lead, ATG, RightNow, Maxymiser, BlueKai, NetSuite, and Endeca ( plus many more not included on my 2010 proto-landscape). If you’re a demand generation marketer, you know this math: it’s pouring more prospects into the top of your funnel. Officially, my first published marketing technology landscape graphic was in 2011. That was the one where I categorized around 150 marketing technology companies.

B2B Social Media Strategy - Best of B2B Marketing Zone

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Who cares what you’re selling, what are customers buying - Market2Lead , October 21, 2009. 2010 Blueprint for B2B Demand Generation Success: Free Webinar with SiriusDecisions and the American Marketing Association - Modern B2B Marketing , October 19, 2009. Best of B2B Marketing. October 2009. Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Finally!

B2B Social Media Content Strategy - Best of B2B Marketing Zone - September 2009

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Pull versus push for more effective lead nurturing campaigns - Market2Lead , September 29, 2009. New Ebook – 65 Tips on B2B Demand Generation - Direct Connections , September 17, 2009. Best of B2B Marketing. September 2009. Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Deconstructing Twitter: Analytics for Reach and Impressions - B2B Marketing Savvy , September 10, 2009.

15 Need-To-Know Lead Qualification Stats for B2B Marketers (with Takeaways)

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Marketing teams to stop measuring success by lead volume, and start collaborating more closely with the sales team to ensure they are delivering the right content to generate demand, nurture leads, and enable the sales reps further down the funnel. Takeaway : Before jumping into any lead or demand generation campaigns , B2B marketers need to get crystal clear on their ideal customer profile. Close leads faster : Market2Lead found nurtured leads have a 23% shorter sales cycle.

Top 32 B2B Marketing Posts and Hot Topics of Social Media Forecast

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The lure of cheap content in B2B marketing - Reputation to Revenue , April 26, 2010 An article in MediaWeek on content mills like Demand Media and Seed.com got me thinking about the dangerous lure of cheap content in B2B marketing. The instant gratification mindset of B2B content consumers means they’re demanding more content, faster. Best of B2B Marketing. April 2010. Great stuff this month in the world of B2B Marketing.

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.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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problem: 1) Web analytics – typically the stronghold of companies like Coremetrics, Omniture, and WebTrends, the analytics area bleeds over into lead management as companies go online to generate demand. My point: B2B marketers are looking elsewhere for help generating demand. I recently joined a SaaS company focused on delivery of Websites, Portals and demand generation tools that front end or extend Salesforce CRM ([link] I have been in and out of enterprise software through Act!,