Genius and LoopFuse Are Acquired; Leadsius Picks Up the Freemium Banner

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The past week has seen two acquisition announcements in the B2B marketing automation space: LoopFuse by SalesFUSION and LeadRocket/Genius by CallidusCloud , which owns LeadFormix. Both of the acquired vendors had bright prospects at one time but fell by the wayside. Interestingly, both pursued a “freemium” strategy of offering their system for free to users with small databases. Can they succeed where Genius and LoopFuse did not?

LoopFuse Captures More Web Traffic Data

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Summary: LoopFuse has extended its system to capture more Web traffic data, which lays the foundation for future analytics. LoopFuse recently released its latest enhancements, which it somewhat grandiosely labels as making it “ the First and Only Marketing Automation Solution with Inbound Marketing ”. Although LoopFuse might eventually add those functions, it hasn't yet and isn’t necessarily moving in that direction.

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LoopFuse Offers Free Marketing Automation System: Another Step Towards Industry Consolidation

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Summary: LoopFuse has launched a free entry-level version of its marketing automation system. It's one example of how vendors are now competing to attract new users. LoopFuse today promised to “transform” the marketing automation industry by offering a free version of its system. In practice, this means that only very small companies will actually be able to use the free system as their primary long-term marketing system. LoopFuse knows that, of course.

Infusionsoft Gains $54 Million for Small Business Marketing Automation, Spends a Bunch on GroSocial

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Infusionsoft today announced it has acquired social lead generation vendor GroSocial. The system makes it easy for small business to generate leads through social marketing campaigns and track results. The investment can be read as validation of Infusionsoft’s strategy of offering unified marketing automation, CRM, and ecommerce exclusively for very small businesses. infusionsoft marketing automation grosocial social marketing management small business softwar

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. I revisited that data today, adding a few new vendors and dropping some of the very minor ones.

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

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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. I have never liked those charts because so many buyers consider only the handful of anointed “leaders”, even though one of the less popular vendors might actually be a better fit. Vendor strength will be scored on a separate dimension.

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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. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. B2b marketing automation) vendors, with links to my reviews where I've written one.

Marketing Automation Skills are Scarce: Strategies to Close the Gap

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The marketing automation industry continues to grow quickly, with many vendors announcing their client bases have more than doubled in 2011. For example, LoopFuse found that nearly twice as many used email and web landing pages as lead scoring. Marketing automation vendors are painfully aware of these issues. Among B2B vendors, Eloqua is the poster child for this approach. This doesn’t mean that vendors can get away with being sloppy.

Act-On Buys Marketbright Assets

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Act-On Software announced last week that they had purchased the assets of Marketbright , a pioneering marketing automation vendor that has struggled in recent years. Beyond that, Raghaven cited several narrow benefits, including the chance of converting Marketbright customers to Act-On, the business knowledge and skills of key Marketbright employees, and some design features of the Marketbright system.

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Why Is B2B Marketing Automation Growing So Slowly?

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But still, as I noted last week, the growth rate is slowing – and for some vendors seems to have fallen considerably in the second half of 2012. Figures for other vendors are not publicly available but I've seen hints that several have slowed as well. For example, LoopFuse reported 42% of respondents had marketing automation in place, a Forrester study reported 45% use among B2B enterprise marketers, and the Lenskold Group found 70% marketing automation usage.*