Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. Integration of Social Media, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation. Sales & marketing alignment.

Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Vendors who target small businesses include provide functions beyond traditional marketing automation. But larger firms need to be efficient too: so expect all marketing automation systems to eventually expand in similar ways. 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.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

In theory, this would imply that company data is stored once and applied to all the associated individuals, and that the demand generation system could aggregate data by company, use that data to calculate company-level lead scores, and change which company an individual is linked to. Question Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2 Lead Marketo Vtrenz Market bright Neolane Is there a distinct company table linked in a one-to-many relationship with individual records?

Because Email Just Isn’t Enough: Joe Payne on ExactTarget’s Acquisition of Pardot

Oracle

But marketing automation is an exciting space, and as many other large organizations, from Oracle to IBM, try to buy their way into the party, I’ve found myself commenting again and again on where the market is headed. ( One of these commentaries is even immortalized in David Meerman Scott’s latest edition of Real-Time Marketing & PR.). For the marketing automation industry, this is validation of what we’ve been saying all along: Email just isn’t enough.

How Workflows Take Marketing Automation to the Next Level

Hubspot

Lead nurturing is a crucial part of any effective marketing strategy. Because if you’re not managing your leads properly, you're wasting your time, marketing resources, and money. Workflows take lead nurturing to the next level. As one of the most powerful tools available to marketers today, workflows enable you to build stronger relationships with your leads, send higher quality leads to your sales team, and save more of your time as a marketer.

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. Multiple scores per lead.

Aprimo Marketing Studio Supports Sophisticated Business Marketers

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Aprimo Marketing Studio offers powerful features in an on-demand system for sophisticated business and consumer marketers. When I wrote about Aprimo Marketing Studio in a post last August , I was impressed by the scope of the product but reserved judgment because it hadn’t yet been launched. Like Aprimo itself, Marketing Studio is a bit of an oddity because it serves both business and consumer marketers. System scope also extends to inbound marketing.

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. 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.

Why You Need a Lead Nurturing Strategy

LeadSquared

Your sales process doesn’t just stop with getting leads from various sources and calling them once. That’s why having a lead nurturing strategy is something you should start incorporating right away. Some effective lead nurturing strategies. Marketing

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

SnapApp

A well-oiled inbound sales machine means reps spend less time working low quality leads, and more time closing sales. More leads in, more revenue out. In fact, almost half of B2B sales reps list lead quantity and quality as their top challenge: ( Source ). Sales teams are spending too much time working leads that aren’t ready to buy, or don’t have any to work at all. This lead qualification is a major problem for many B2B organizations.

Top 80 B2B Marketing Posts for 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

It’s always fun at this time of the year to look back at what’s happened in the world of B2B Marketing. This technique was also used to generate the Hot Trends in B2B Marketing for 2009. 10 Tips for Using Twitter And Email Marketing for B2B - Anything Goes Marketing , December 21, 2008. Brands that Tweet - Buzz Marketing for Technology , December 15, 2008. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy - WebMarketCentral , March 24, 2009.

4 Failing Marketing Relationships You Need to Fix ASAP

Hubspot

That’s why we’re going to suggest a new year's resolution for you: fix one of these 4 damaged relationships in your marketing strategy. Is your sales team upset with your marketing team for sending them subpar leads? It’s tough being a marketer when you have to manage so many relationships internally, externally, online, and offline. on marketing spend! Slimming down on marketing spend. How real marketers did it. How real marketers did it.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

delicious b2bmarketing

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. Most recently, Marketo just announced their lead management solution. This market has a lot of growth ahead of it!

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.