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.

LoopFuse Offers No-Frills Demand Generation

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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. The process to set up multi-step campaigns (which the vendor calls “lead flows”) is now quite straightforward.

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. LoopFuse knows that, of course. Personally, I’d argue that the really significant news out of LoopFuse is their newly tiered pricing structure.

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. Since both vendors ultimately failed to survive, it might seem reasonable to conclude that freemium doesn’t work for B2B marketing automation, despite its successes elsewhere.

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.

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. 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.

Demand Generation Vendors Offer Few Social Media Applications

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Summary: marketing vendors offer several types of social media applications. CRM vendor RightNow offers something similar under the label of Cloud Links. - InsideView is already integrated with major CRM vendors and with the Marketbright demand generation system. Many other vendors let a user automatically jump to the LinkedIn or Jigsaw profiles of the prospect they are reviewing. Ones I know about include Pardot , LoopFuse , TrueInfluence , Salesforce.com and ACT!

Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

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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. 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. I don't expect this news to change the minds of vendors who made the opposite decision. Here, then, is a list of vendors (alphabetically) and their interfaces.

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

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My original plan had been to add several marketing automation vendors with significant presence in this market. My original set of products was based on a general knowledge of which companies are most established, plus some consultation with vendors to learn who they felt were their main competitors. Yet there are so many more vendors I could add. The general rule is pretty obvious: pick the vendors that people are most interested in.

Social Media Features in Marketing Automation Systems: Who Does What?

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So marketing automation vendors are understandably eager to support it in their systems. I recently took a quick tour of vendor sites to see what social features they’re offering. I need to stress that I’ve only credited vendors for features they list on their site.

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

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I do recognize that they are the best known vendors in the space (with apologies to Vtrenz , whose identity is somewhat blurred since its purchase by Silverpop ). To be fair, many of the vendors below charge an installation of that can be several thousand dollars or more, while Marketo doesn't. Before I get any complaints from other vendors in the industry, let me stress that the systems I've listed above are ones that I know have low price points.

Another Estimate of B2B Marketing Automation Revenue

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Looking through my files and asking a few questions, here are vendors for whom I have reasonably reliable information: This gives an average of $171,000 per employee. Aprimo has stated they are 40% B2B, and the rest of those vendors are 100% B2B.

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.

Genius.com Offers Free Edition: How Much Does It Lower True Cost of Entry?

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On Monday, Genius.com announced “the first free, instant-on demand generation solution”, a description carefully crafted to distinguish their offering from the free version announced by LoopFuse in June. LoopFuse also provides automated Salesforce.com integration, but doesn’t have Genius’s Web tracking technology. I discussed this at some length in my June post on the Loopfuse’s free product. Summary: Genius.com has added a free version of its system.

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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. Still, there’s a shared sense among industry vendors that there’s a critical shortage of marketers able to use marketing automation tools effectively and that this is limiting industry growth.

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. Raghaven said that Act-On has now deployed a consistent sales process to convince marketers they can benefit from replacing multiple point solutions with a single Act-On installation, even without the major process reengineering or staff training recommended by other marketing automation vendors.

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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.

Mautic Offers Free, Open Source Marketing Automation

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The failure of freemium (though not open source) offerings from LoopFuse and Genius are strong evidence that being free is not enough. Mautic certainly has an appeal for service vendors, since it removes the cost of payments to a HubSpot or Infusionsoft.

Are We Making Marketing Automation Harder Than Necessary?

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There are vendors on both sides of the argument. But I’ve heard almost exactly the same argument recently from other vendors including Net-Results , Marketbright , and to lesser extent, Genius.com. On the other hand, the vendors with the greatest success to date have stressed the importance of process. Drawing clear battle lines between vendors who believe in process and those who don't should certainly prompt some response.

Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

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As of April 29, I've received 40 responses, of which I've discarded two as incomplete and two because they related to vendors I considered irrelevant ( Zoho and Ad Giants PitchRocket). One measure of this is the distribution of vendors reported by the respondents, which clearly doesn't reflect the installed base of the industry. Obviously, however, the quantities are too small and sample bias too significant to break out results by vendor.)

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. I have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. Matthew Quinlan , VP Field Operations, Loopfuse. responding to the continuing shift in power from vendor to buyer that Web 2.0 Matthew Quinlan, VP Field Operations, Loopfuse ( @mattquinlan ).

Demandbase: A New Twist In The Lead Management Automation Market

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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.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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4) “Pure play” lead management – this group is lead by Eloqua , but there are a LOT of firms throwing their hat into this ring including Vtrenz, Hubspot, Manticore, Market2Lead, Marketo, LoopFuse, einsof, iHance, Precience, among many others. The lead management vendors are developing one-to-one email capabilities that help sales people be more consistent and productive. It is such a good platform for CRM and one that can be extended with the vendor solutions from the App exchange.