7 Reasons Why Oracle's Market2Lead Acquisition Makes a Lot of Sense

LeadSloth

Oracle has just acquired Market2Lead , one of the early Marketing Automation vendors. Market2Lead Probably Got A Good Deal. Market2Lead was one of the early Marketing Automation vendors. Actually in 2006, when I was a marketing manager at a software company in San Francisco, I selected Market2Lead as our Marketing Automation system. It seems that Market2Lead is migrating their customers to other solutions, at least, Eloqua’s announcement gives that impression.

Oracle Buys Market2Lead Intellectual Assets

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Oracle tersely announced today that it had purchased the intellectual assets of demand generation vendor Market2Lead. This is an excellent fit for Oracle in that Market2Lead is a sophisticated product that is best suited to large, demanding marketing operations. Market2Lead CEO Geoff Rego explained some of the mechanics of the deal to me in a private conversation, but the details were not for publication.

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Market2Lead User Interface: Attention to Detail Pays Off

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Summary: Market2Lead's revised user interface has plenty of refined details. I saw a demonstration of Market2Lead ’s new user interface last December, and they released it in February. One objective metric is mouse clicks: Market2Lead reports these were reduced by 300%.

Market2Lead Offers Enterprise-Strength Demand Generation System

Customer Experience Matrix

Market2Lead offers the usual list of demand generation functions: outbound email, Web forms and landing pages, automated lead nurturing, integration with sales, and campaign return on investment analysis. But while many demand generation vendors simplify these features so marketers can run them for themselves, Market2Lead offers no such compromises. This is not to say that Market2Lead is especially hard to use. But Market2Lead does not provide its own email services.

What is Market2Lead? - Marketing Automation Who’s Who

Reachforce

Our customers, prospects and B2B Lead followers often ask us about marketing automation. Since ReachForce targeted role-based leads are fed into many of these solutions we decided to give each of them an opportunity to explain their key benefits and features in their own words. Thanks to Kevin Joyce

Freelance Marketing Automation Consultant

LeadSloth

I have hands-on experience with Marketo, Market2Lead, Pardot, Hubspot, Salesforce.com, DemandTools, various Email Service Providers, multiple CMSs (Wordpress, Drupal), and a range of other tools. Tags: Demand Generation DemandTools drupal hubspot market2lead marketo pardot salesforce.com twitter wordpress This week I’m finishing up my day job as Sr Marketing Manager at Backbase, and will be available full-time for Marketing Automation Consulting.

The 2010 marketing technology proto-landscape did consolidate by 61%

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having acquired Eloqua, Responsys, Market2Lead, ATG, RightNow, Maxymiser, BlueKai, NetSuite, and Endeca ( plus many more not included on my 2010 proto-landscape). Officially, my first published marketing technology landscape graphic was in 2011.

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

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So far the original list of Eloqua , Vtrenz , Marketo , Manticore Technology and Market2Lead has proven a good set of choices. This doesn’t particularly surprise me, although seeing Alterian, Aprimo and Neolane rank well below Manticore Technology and Market2Lead is odd. Still, they are much larger firms and do much more marketing than Manticore or Market2Lead.

Top-10 Demand Generation Vendor Blogs

LeadSloth

Market2Lead Marketing Automation and Lead Management blog. The Market2Lead blog got a boost when Kevin Joyce joined the company. Tags: Demand Generation activeconversion eloqua genius.com hubspot market2lead marketbright marketo pardot reachforce readycontacts silverpop In my previous post I listed the Top-10 Demand Generation blog by marketers and consultants. Today I’ve put together a list of vendor blogs.

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

Modern Marketing

Three years ago, Oracle bought Market2Lead, a strong marketing automation solution targeting the business buyer. by Joe Payne | Tweet this I never thought I’d be an industry pundit. 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. (

Increase Lead-to-Sales Ratios with Effective Lead Qualification and Scoring

Reachforce

Thanks to Kevin Joyce at Market2Lead for his post earlier this week. In addition to learning about Market2Lead, we want to share with our readers one of their whitepapers, Increase Lead-to-Sales Ratios with Effective Lead Qualification and Scoring. In it Market2Lead’s CEO Geoff Rego walks through some key pieces to

Oracle Buys ATG: Bad News for Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

Nor have I forgotten that Oracle already bought marketing automation vendor Market2Lead, plugging a different set of holes. So… Oracle bought ATG today for $6.00 per share or, as the press release puts it with charming nonchalance, “approximately $1.0 billion”. I can’t exactly say I told you so, since this particular pairing never crossed my mind. But if you look back at my “doughnuts and pizza slices” post on software acquisitions , it does make perfect sense.

6 Essential Nurturing Workflows For Every B2B Company

Hubspot

By sending your contacts workflows based on their buyer persona and life cycle stage, you’ll decrease your sales cycle by 23% according to Market2Lead. Not everyone is ready to buy your product or service the first time they come to your site and that’s okay.

Will Marketing Automation Be Free?

LeadSloth

Industry consolidation is starting (Market2lead acquired, LeadGenesys refocused). Today Genius.com announced a free version of their Marketing Automation system. Only about a month ago, Loopfuse also started offering a free version of their Marketing Automation system. What does this mean for companies interested in adopting Marketing Automation? How Much Is Free? Let’s first look at the features of the free versions: Loopfuse. Genius.com. Users. unlimited. Emails / month. 5,000.

Going Big on Small: Joe Payne on HubSpot’s $32M Round

Modern Marketing

Oracle bought Market2Lead. by Joe Payne | Tweet this. Much will be said over the next few days about HubSpot’s $32M Series D round. The pattern of conversations will look something like this: First there will be a burst of emotion (observers will shout congratulations from the rooftops and laud HubSpot for attracting Google Ventures and Salesforce.com as investors). Second there’ll be a wave of sober dialogue about what this investment means for HubSpot’s business.

Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

We’ve already seen this with Oracle ’s purchase of Market2Lead (now apparently embedded in the Oracle OnDemand CRM system) and, depending on how you look at it, in IBM ’s purchase of Unica. Summary: Vendors who target small businesses include provide functions beyond traditional marketing automation. This helps business owners who need to generate revenue as efficiently as possible.

How Workflows Take Marketing Automation to the Next Level

Hubspot

Market2Lead also found that leads that go through automated workflows have a 23% shorter sales cycle. 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.

Never Waste an Opportunity: The Value of Lead Nurturing

Tomorrow People

According to Market2Lead, the sales cycle is nearly 25% shorter for nurtured leads. When a new visitor arrives at your website, there are two ways to seize the opportunity and guide them to becoming customers.

What Your Sales & Marketing Teams SHOULD Be Talking About

Hubspot

In fact, according to Market2Lead , nurtured leads have a 23% shorter sales cycle. As marketers, we know how important it is to have strong alignment with our sales teams.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 3

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Explicitly direct leads from one campaign to another Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 0.5 Linear campaigns embedded in larger campaign flows Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 Integrated a/b testing. In the case of Market2Lead, this entry also encompasses an ability for rules to select entirely different assets at the same point in a campaign flow.

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 2

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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. Build linear campaigns outside of a larger campaign structure Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 Define campaign schedules only at the campaign level, not for individual steps.

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. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. I also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is.

4 Failing Marketing Relationships You Need to Fix ASAP

Hubspot

Not only does nurturing leads shorten the sales cycle by 23% according to Market2Lead , but it also leaves your potential customers looking at your company as an ally, not a disturbance. You know when you’ve been in a bad relationship for so long that it’s almost impossible to end it?

Top 32 B2B Marketing Posts and Hot Topics of Social Media Forecast

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Buzz Marketing for Technology , April 6, 2010 When you think of lead nurturing platforms you typically think of firms like Eloqua, Marketo, Aprimo, LeadLife, Market2Lead, Silverpop, even Salesforce.com is getting into the lead nurturing space. Best of B2B Marketing. April 2010. Great stuff this month in the world of B2B Marketing. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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9 Benefits of Lead Nurturing

Hubspot

Automate Nurturing Through the Sales Cycle - Market2Lead found that nurtured leads have a 23% shorter sales cycle. Not yet doing email nurturing of your leads? You are missing out on a big opportunity.

Hard Data to Justify Your Marketing Automation Investment

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: So you want some hard numbers to prove the value of marketing automation? Here's a bunch. A client asked yesterday if I had some benchmark information to justify the cost of her marketing automation project. This set off an hour-long scavenger hunt through my hard drive, followed by sporadic afterthoughts later in the day. Since this is a question that comes up pretty often, I figured I’d share some of the more useful results. If anyone else cares to expand on this list, even better.

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). -

Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 1

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Select marketing assets from shared libraries Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Text search for assets. Text search for assets Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Share marketing assets across campaigns. Live templates for asset frames Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B 1 1 1 0 1 1.5

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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Kevin Joyce , CMO, Market2Lead. Kevin Joyce, CMO, Market2Lead ( @nivenor1 ). 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. I have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion.

Marketing Automation System Trends: What We Found in the Raab Guide

Customer Experience Matrix

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 ). Market2Lead, Manticore Technology and Silverpop all introduced major interface upgrades. Summary: Social media and access for sales people were the two big trends among demand generation vendors last year.

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

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But I also knew that some of the vendors focused on complex programs ( Market2Lead , Marketbright and arguably Silverpop/Vtrenz ) embed similar-looking list-style campaigns within a larger flow logic. Marketbright and the new Market2Lead interface use an actual flow chart; Silverpop/Vtrenz uses non-visual rules. 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.

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

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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. Back in March, I wrote a fairly dismissive post about on-demand business intelligence systems.

Aprimo Marketing Studio Supports Sophisticated Business Marketers

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In other words, Marketing Studio competes with high-end demand generation systems like Eloqua , Market2Lead and Neolane. Eloqua and Market2Lead are based on sales automation data, but can incorporate external tables. Summary: Aprimo Marketing Studio offers powerful features in an on-demand system for sophisticated business and consumer marketers. You know who you are.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

Here are the questions I asked, with summaries of answers from the five vendors in the current Raab Guide ( Eloqua , Manticore Technology , Market2Lead , Marketo , Vtrenz ) plus two I’ll be adding shortly ( Marketbright and Neolane.) Market2Lead and Marketbright also use the company data and links imported from Salesforce.com. Back in early January I posted a discussion on treatment of Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems.

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. Pardot and (perhaps) Genius.com look particularly strong. But Eloqua , Silverpop and Marketo remain industry leaders. 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. You can see that post here.

BANT - It's Not Always The Lead Score

Smashmouth Marketing

I woke up this morning to these three tweets relating to @nivenor1 's recent market2lead blog post titled: The SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management nivenor1 : New post about BANT vs. The SCOTSMAN on our blog [link] , now its off to Guatemala for 10 days!

BANT - It's Not Always The Lead Score

Smashmouth Marketing

I woke up this morning to these three tweets relating to @nivenor1 's recent market2lead blog post titled: The SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management. nivenor1 : New post about BANT vs. The SCOTSMAN on our blog [link] , now its off to Guatemala for 10 days! Ahhhhh. brianjcarroll : Read post by @nivenor1 : SCOTSMAN vs. BANT for Effective Lead Management asserts "BANT" isn't enough. Do you agree? link]. mark3803 : @brianjcarroll BANT is so sales 1.0 - Sales 2.0

Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

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flow list Act-On Software x ActiveConversion x Eloqua x Infusionsoft x LeadLife x LoopFuse x Manticore Technology x Market2Lead (1) x Marketbright (1) x Marketo x Neolane x OfficeAutoPilot x Pardot x Silverpop Engage B2B x Treehouse Interactive x True Influence x (1) embeds simple list- based campaign in a larger flow chart. If you read this blog regularly (and who doesn't?), you know that I see a lot of demand generation systems.

Could Facebook become a Lead Nurturing platform?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

When you think of lead nurturing platforms you typically think of firms like Eloqua, Marketo, Aprimo, LeadLife, Market2Lead, Silverpop, even Salesforce.com is getting into the lead nurturing space.

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.