Manticore VII Marketing Automation and Lead Generation Released

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Marketing automation / demand generation software provider Manticore today announced the release of Manticore Technology VII, which includes a fully customizable user interface, email and landing page folders, an email delivery wizard, and drag-and-drop list building functionality. Manticore was founded in 2001 by Nick Walker , who is now the CTO, and has been led since March of this year by Jeff Erramouspe.

Manticore Technology Sees Expertise as Key to Success as a Demand Generation Vendor

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Summary: Manticore Technology released some modest enhancements to its demand generation platform today. Manticore Technology today released the latest version of its marketing automation system. Each of these makes Manticore a bit more useful but none breaks new ground for the industry. Manticore launched its B2B marketing automation system in 2003, making it one of the older vendors in the industry. Manticore doesn’t see it this way.

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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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. So far the original list of Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Manticore Technology and Market2Lead has proven a good set of choices. Yet there are so many more vendors I could add.

Is Salesforce.com a Player in Marketing Automation Software?

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In this case, we suggest seeking out a best-of-breed vendor, such as Marketo , Eloqua , Genius , Manticore Technology , Genoo or the wide variety of other systems. FTC Disclosure: Webbiquity has no financial relationship with any of the vendors mentioned in this post.

Book Review: eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale

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Marketing automation systems—from vendors like Eloqua , Marketo , Genoo , Manticore and others—are great tools for moving prospective buyers along the path from interest to desire to action.

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.

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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MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Summit Boston

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In this post some thoughts about the program… First of all, the best thing about this event is that the speakers are marketing practitioners, not vendors. The Marketing Automation Vendors. My specialty is Marketing Automation Consulting, and many of the vendors were attending with a booth. In Boston the following Marketing Automation vendors are worth a visit (in order of booth number): Pardot (booth 1). Manticore Technology (booth 2).

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 3

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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 Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 0.5

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. But even including that, the first year cost for most of these will be less.) : Manticore Technology : a full-featured demand generation product.

B2B Marketing Automation Growth Slowed In First Half of 2011

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Our just-released update to the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Toolkit (VEST) shows that client counts grew just over 50% over the year ending in June, compared with nearly 100% growth for the year ending last December. That’s a marked decline, and the pattern is consistent across individual vendors: although some grew faster than others, each grew slower than during the previous period.* It's fine for vendors to expand their product scope, as several are.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 2

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Usability Items for Simple Marketing Programs (note: this is a slightly revised version of the original post, reflecting vendor feedback.) 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. Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 1 1 1 1 0.5

New Guide is Ready

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A proper e-commerce site will be available shortly, but if anyone really can't wait, the salient details are: - 150+ point comparison matrix and detailed tables on: Eloqua, Manticore, Marketo, Market2Lead and Vtrenz, based on extensive vendor interviews and demonstrations - price: $595 for single copy, $995 for one-year subscription (provides access to updates as these are made--I expect to add more vendors and update entries on current ones). -

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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. Marketing automation vendors are painfully aware of these issues. Among B2B vendors, Eloqua is the poster child for this approach.

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 ). The vendors also charged additional per-user fees for these modules.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 1

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(note: this is a slightly revised version of the original post, reflecting vendor feedback.) The only exceptions were a couple of cases where it seemed most fair to give a vendor half-credit. Similarly, a final scoring system should include other items such as vendor viability, or at least a proxies such as years in business, numbers of clients, and funding. I expect the vendors will let me know if they have questions, and will certainly adjust the scores if appropriate.

Marketo Releases Marketo Lead Management 3.0

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Marketing automation software vendor Marketo today announced the launch of its Marketo Lead Management 3.0 Marketo competes with products such as Eloqua , Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Marketbright and Manticore in the marketing automation / demand generation space.

150+ Questions for Your Marketing Automation RFP

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If it's used widely, buyers and vendors both benefit. For business software vendors, all three are equally inevitable – and it's not clear which they dislike most. Vendors could prepare one set of answers and buyers would get faster and more reliable responses to a thorough set of questions. So I’ve come up with a list of mostly yes/no questions that highlight key differences among vendors. It relies on the vendors to answer accurately.

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The Pond Just Got More Crowded: Google, Salesforce.com and Sequoia Invest in HubSpot

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Even the most ambitious vision articulated by the vendors – radically more integrated, analytically-driven marketing management – won’t really change their sector of the marketing automation industry.

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

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If you suspected that my last two blog posts were a way to avoid writing a post that ranks vendors on usability, you’re probably right. I’d already noticed that the simplicity-focused vendors ( Marketo , Infusionsoft , OfficeAutoPilot and, as of yesterday, Genius.com ) build their campaigns as a list of steps with no branching flows. (To The complexity-oriented vendors do this with flow logic that explicitly routes leads among campaigns.

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B2B Email Design – Gallery 2 « The Effective Marketer

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Design #15 Email Sender: Manticore Email Title: 23 Questions Marketing Automation Vendors Don’t Want You to Ask What I Like : Big attractive header graphic with compelling title and nice “hero shot&# of the buyer’s guide being offered.

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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. There might still be some others: two of the vendors haven't spoken with me, which could mean they agree with my ratings but, more likely, means they just haven't been paying attention. The relative ranking of the different vendors hasn't been significantly affected. What remains are scores for functionality, pricing and vendor background.

Online Marketing Systems Are Still Very Fragmented

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But somehow I had assumed that the more integrated vendors had already assembled a fairly complete package. Demand generation systems like Vtrenz , Eloqua and Manticore combine email with some Web page creation and analytics. Probably the most complete offerings are from platform vendors like Websphere, although those products are so sprawling it’s often hard to understand their full scope.

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

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At that time, I posed a set of specific questions to the demand generation vendors in the Raab Guide. My original approach in the Guide had simply been to ask vendors whether they had a separate company table in their system. Yes, you can screen on non-functional criteria like cost, technical skills required, and vendor stability (not that those are exactly simple, either). But what if all three vendors fail on one detail or another?

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. Christoper Doran , CMO, Manticore Technology. Christoper Doran, CMO, Manticore Technology ( @cdoran ). Manticore Technology wishes you a full-funnel in 2010.

Demand Generation Systems Shift Focus to Tracking Behavior

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Over the past few months, I’ve had conversations with “demand generation” software vendors including Eloqua , Vtrenz and Manticore , and been on the receiving end of a drip marketing stream from yet another (Moonray Marketing, lately renamed OfficeAutoPilot ). What struck me was that each vendor stressed its ability to give a detailed view of prospects’ activities on the company Web site (pages visited, downloads requested, time spent, etc.)

Pardot Offers Refined Demand Generation at a Small Business Price

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My little tour of demand generation vendors landed at Pardot just before Thanksgiving. As you’ll recall from my post on Web activity statistics , Pardot is one of the higher-ranked vendors not already in the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. What really distinguishes the Enterprise vendors is the ability to limit different users to different tasks.

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

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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. The question here is whether most demand generation systems ( Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Market2Lead , Manticore , etc.) I’ve now carefully reviewed my notes on this topic, and can tell you that Marketo and Market2Lead currently have this capability, while the other vendors I’ve listed should have it before the end of the year.

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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.