Just Released: ABM Vendor Guide Gives Detailed Comparison of 40 ABM Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

Some of pause was due to vacation, but mostly it was because I’ve been working feverishly to finish the Raab Guide to Account Based Marketing Vendors , which I’ve released today and you can purchase here. This was a huge project with the almost insanely ambitious goal of making sense of the ABM vendor landscape. What made it challenging wasn’t just gathering detailed information on 40 vendors but the variety of the vendors serving ABM needs.

How to select the perfect B2B data vendor

Biznology

Just use this handy checklist of criteria, organized in three categories: the data product itself, the surrounding services that will help you get the most value from the data, and the factors that suggest the vendor candidate will be a satisfactory business partner for your company.

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ABM Vendor Guide: Features to Look for in Target Scoring Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

My last post used data from our new Guide to ABM Vendors to describe differentiators among companies that provide external data for account based marketing. Let’s continue the series by looking at differentiators related to Target Scoring, the second sub-function related to the ABM process of identifying target accounts. As the Guide defines it: Vendors in this category use statistical techniques to select target accounts.

5 Ways B2B Marketers Can Differentiate Their Brand in Google Search Results

KoMarketing Associates

But what about buyers further down the sales funnel who are evaluating B2B vendors more thoroughly through brand-related search queries? These tactics help differentiate an organization in Google search results and build trust and authenticity with potential buyers and prospects.

Why Product Managers & Salespeople Should be Friends

Your Sales Management Guru

Why product managers and salespeople should be friends. In most companies, the product/service managers have limited interaction with the sale’s team except for the introduction of a new offering or at an annual customer summit. Generally, the product/service manager (PM) is responsible for determining what the future offering should have from a feature/function capability. 4) Soliciting from prospects what all vendors are currently missing. (5)

Getting the Most Out of Google Shopping as a B2B E-Commerce Vendor

KoMarketing Associates

Google Shopping results also send searchers directly to product listings, arguably making the path to conversion easier. Product Listing Ads (PLAs) and Shopping Campaigns. category, product type, brand, condition, item ID, custom labels) you choose—and at any level of granularity.

SiriusDecisions Interview - From Pitching Products to Selling Value

The ROI Guy

The research clearly indicates that the issues are not around sales having enough leads, more sales training, improved social selling ability or increased product knowledge. The value articulation issue revolves around improving sales productivity.

The Single Most Important Element for Increasing B2B Lead Gen and Sales

Webbiquity

Clearly the suggestion isn’t that enterprise software vendors should start taking out print advertisements in Vogue magazine, or that machine tool manufacturers should invest in splashy commercials on The Golf Channel. The ability to buy a “whole product” (e.g.,

5 Questions Every Business Website Must Answer

Webbiquity

The problem is defined, the solution set narrowed, and now it’s time to choose between competing vendors. Do you sell a point solution or something that’s part of a broader product suite? Products only or also associated services?

The Seven Sins of Marketeing Automation System Selection

Customer Experience Matrix

The immediate result is you can’t factor those items into your vendor evaluation. Formal, written requirements provide a framework to prioritize your needs, explore them with vendors, and make a complete, consistent assessment of what you learn. Let the Vendor Drive.

Spotlight on Staff Bios as a Marketing Tool

Marketri

As a B2B marketer with a focus on the professional services industries, I can’t stress enough the importance of “selling” people over services in this battle for differentiation. When I choose a vendor specifically for a service the most important element is trust.

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Oracle Selected as Strong Leader Among Digital Marketing Platforms

Modern Marketing

The Ovum Decision Matrix further reviews each vendor with a radar diagram and a SWOT Assessment. Data-as-a-Service is a key service differentiator. This is a key differentiator. Wide and deep product range. Marketing Cloud Product News

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3 Innovations that Deliver Connected Cross-Channel Experiences with Oracle Eloqua

Modern Marketing

As few as 11% of CMOs state that they have successfully implemented a sophisticated omni-channel strategy, resulting in only 1 out of 3 buyers feeling that they are understood by the vendors or brands with whom they interact. Product News

Oracle’s Maxymiser Named a Leader in Forrester Wave for Online Testing

Modern Marketing

” As Forrester writes: "[Maxymiser’s] key differentiators are support for campaign planning and control, segment development and execution, professional services, and executive vision. Marketing Cloud Oracle Marketing Cloud Product News

Oracle’s Maxymiser Named a Leader in Forrester Wave for Online Testing

Modern Marketing

” As Forrester writes: "[Maxymiser’s] key differentiators are support for campaign planning and control, segment development and execution, professional services, and executive vision. Marketing Cloud Oracle Marketing Cloud Product News

B2B Customer Review Websites: 3 Tips For Blowing Past Competitors

Influitive b2b

Code42’s thousands of happy and highly vocal customers are one of our strongest market differentiators,” said Angela. Angela wanted Code42’s customers to review its endpoint data protection and security product, CrashPlan. 3 Keys to Getting Glowing Product Reviews.

What’s your story? It’s your most important sales weapon.

The Forward Observer

With a compelling sales story you can quickly break through, differentiate your company, build trust and preference, and justify a premium price. One of the biggest benefits of a strong sales story is that it helps differentiate your company.

SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

Customer Experience Matrix

SalesPredict is a perfect example: a small vendor with a powerful system that just launched earlier this year. Back in, say, 2008, a product like this would be big news. User interface is a second differentiator. The final differentiator is flexibility.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

The main basis for my prediction is high growth that vendors reported in 2013, and in particular a trend towards higher revenue per client among the vendors who share that information with me. If I were an email vendor, I''d think about that one.

B2B Marketing: Virtual display saves money and increases engagement for complex solution

Kaon

SUMMARY: Seagate Technology, a leader in data storage solutions, transported High Performance Storage Solutions that literally weighed a ton to show its product at trade shows and sales presentations. ” When sales people wanted to present details about the product, they would use slides.

Seven Ways to Humanize B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Attributes like product functionality, ROI, total cost of ownership (TCO), fitness for purpose, and integration capabilities are undeniably important. So how can a B2B vendor stand out, and potentially create more sustainable competitive advantage?

4 products Microsoft should build with LinkedIn

Infer

As someone who’s entrenched in the LinkedIn and Microsoft ecosystems, I thought I’d share four exciting products this acquisition makes possible: 1. Microsoft could also add automated email filtering and prioritization features with folder recommendations that improve email productivity.

Business Buyers Relying More On 3rd Party Content

B2B Marketing Insider

It found that content downloaded from trusted sources on the Internet was essential to pre-sales discovery, qualification and selection of vendors.

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The Most Important Force for Increasing Leads and Sales

Webbiquity

Clearly it’s not that enterprise software vendors should start running print ads in Vogue magazine, or that machine tool manufacturers should invest in splashy TV commercials on The Golf Channel. Business buyers won’t buy from vendors who lack visibility in search and social media.

Why Customer Experience is the Hot New Thing in Marketing

Act-On

Everywhere, companies compete based on product, technology, price. Your customers’ experience is part of your product – and a way to differentiate yourself in the market. A customer’s experience with you is becoming as important as your products.

22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

But the capacity of buyers to consume content hasn’t changed, making content quality (as noted by several contributors to the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report ) the focus of differentiation moving forward. 34% watch product and informational videos.

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Future Of B2B Marketing And Sales: 20 Experts Share Their 2017 Predictions

Radius

12) Mark Woollen, Chief Product Officer, Radius – Twitter. This year will be the year of differentiation. The explosive growth of the MarTech space (5,000+) vendors requires more clarification. Data Science, Machine Learning, or Predictive no longer function as a differentiator. More soft or no ask/call to action marketing focused on community building, experiences and lifestyle over product-specific messaging.”.

Your Expo Hall Game Plan: Make the Most of Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit 2014

Modern B2B Marketing

A conference isn’t just a place to network – it can also be a place to kick off important internal initiatives, shop around for new vendors, and extend the functionality of your current marketing solutions. Experienced with Marketing Automation: Vendor Audit. Product and Industry

Marketing Techniology Landscape Supergraphic (2017): Martech 5000

chiefmartech

As always, a debt of inspiration is owed to Terry Kawaja , the godfather of vendor LUMAscapes. Vendors like Dell Boomi, Informatica, Jitterbit, Mulesoft, Segment, and Zapier are good examples of iPaaS and microservice platform enablers. Remember, marketing is about differentiation.

Tealium Grows from Tag Manager to Customer Data Platform

Customer Experience Matrix

Like other tag management vendors, Tealium recognized several years ago that its core competency at capturing customer behavior could be applied to build unified customer profiles. It took me an embarrassingly long time to recognize why Tealium ’s AudienceStream is just a bit odd.

Three Reasons Content Curation is Overrated

Digital B2B Marketing

Curation, by itself, is not enough to differentiate you. But if you believe content curation is your ticket to thought leadership and differentiation, you will be sorely disappointed.

3 Seismic B2B Marketing Trends Seen At Dreamforce 2016

Radius

Especially when that CEO is Marc Benioff, the company is Salesforce, and the quote is about a new artificial intelligence product called Einstein that the company just launched in front of 170,000 people at Dreamforce. 2) Data is the differentiator.

3 Seismic B2B Marketing Trends Seen At Dreamforce 2016

Radius

Especially when that CEO is Marc Benioff, the company is Salesforce, and the quote is about a new artificial intelligence product called Einstein that the company just launched in front of 170,000 people at Dreamforce. 2) Data is the differentiator.

When are Sales Won or Lost?

Your Sales Management Guru

The sales manager can determine if there are salesperson deficiencies, salesperson effectiveness, Competitor strategies, product limitations, etc. When the decision between two vendors is extremely close, small differences maybe be the stated reason for selecting one vendor over another.

Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

Customer Experience Matrix

Naturally, the vendors showing them to me have all thought very carefully about their designs and made the best choices they could, typically based on feedback from their customers. They do perfectly well with flow chart interfaces, which indeed are standard on enterprise marketing automation products (e.g. 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.

5 Tips for Building a High-Performance Marketing Plan

Act-On

A message could center on a differentiator you’re creating, or it could be your business purpose or mission, or it could be something very aspirational or forward thinking.

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Face-to-Face Selling Is Still Effective

Kaon

While this is certainly not true for every product category, the reality is that in order to improve your sales and marketing effectiveness, you have to excel in face-to-face meetings.

3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

Your Sales Management Guru

Exploring unexpressed potential needs, linking the implications of the current issues with other functions within the enterprise and tying the project to corporate objectives will both help the prospect build momentum internally and differentiate your offering.

Customer Experience Simplified

Modern Marketing

Another 89% believe customer experience will be their main differentiator by 2017. There are nearly 4,000 vendors in the digital marketing space. I am a firm believer that we humans have a penchant for making (something) more complicated than necessary, a.k.a.

Why Demand Generation Should Be Perpetual

ANNUITAS

However, there is a fundamental problem to this campaign or tactical approach – buyers do not stop buying just because the campaign has ended and they certainly do not pause their buying process while vendors plan to launch their next campaigns.