Oracle Buys Market2Lead Intellectual Assets

Customer Experience Matrix

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CEO Geoff Rego explained some of the mechanics of the deal to me in a private conversation, but the details were not for publication.

Market2Lead User Interface: Attention to Detail Pays Off

Customer Experience Matrix

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%.

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.

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

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

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle does have an existing B2B marketing automation product, based on the technology it acquired from Market2Lead in 2010. Market2Lead was very good system, but it lacked the huge market presence that Oracle gains from Eloqua.

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New Guide is Ready

Customer Experience Matrix

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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Oracle Integrates On Demand Marketing with On Demand CRM

Customer Experience Matrix

If I were more on the ball, I would have noticed that May 25 marked a full year since Oracle bought the intellectual property* of high-end B2B marketing automation vendor Market2Lead. Except for improved reporting, the features of the new Oracle product are pretty much the same as the old Market2Lead, which I last reviewed two years ago. So existing Market2Lead clients remained with the old company until it could migrate them to other marketing platforms.

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Hushly Helps Marketers Connect With Anonymous Web Site Visitors

Customer Experience Matrix

When this blog last left Geoff Rego in 2010 , he had just sold the assets of pioneering B2B marketing automation vendor Market2Lead to Oracle. Since then, he’s been gnawing at the bone of anonymous business leads, suspecting that there’s some way to gain value from people who are interested in a product but haven’t identified themselves to vendors. Rego has shown me a couple of approaches over the past few years, none of which quite worked out.

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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

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.

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.

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Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. (

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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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.

My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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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!

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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

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Multi-Step Campaign Interfaces: A Quick Vendor Survey

Customer Experience Matrix

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Marketo's Enterprise Edition and Revenue Cycle Management: Looking Under the Hood

Customer Experience Matrix

Market2Lead had something similar but is no longer sold.) Summary: Marketo continues to follow its own path. Enterprise Edition adds the complex security needed by large organizations but sticks to simple campaign flows. Revenue Cycle Management blazes an important new trail for others to follow. I finally caught up with Marketo for a briefing on their Enterprise Edition (announced in March) and Revenue Cycle Analytics (announced in May).

Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

Customer Experience Matrix

Of course, Oracle has already made its move by purchasing Market2Lead's intellectual assets. Summary: consolidation isn't new among marketing software vendors. When campaign management systems consolidated in the late 1990's and early 2000's, most were bought by enterprise software companies. The pattern will likely repeat itself.

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Demand Generation Usability Scores - Part 4

Customer Experience Matrix

Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B complex 11 8.5 Eloqua Manticore Technology Market2Lead Marketbright Marketo Neolane Silverpop Engage B2B Marketing Channels Beyond Email and System-generated Web Pages 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 dealer / channel management (register and co-promote with channel partners) 1 0 0 0.5 I spent a good part of yesterday talking with demand generation vendors about the usability scores I've been publishing all week.

B2B Marketing University: For Now, Marketing Automation and CRM Are Still Separate

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by Market2Lead CMO Kevin Joyce for a good statement of the separatist position.) Summary: Marketing automation and CRM systems may eventually converge, but for now marketers need help explaining why they need a system of their own. I hugely enjoyed yesterday’s Boston session of the Silverpop -sponsored B2B Marketing University. You can catch another session in Atlanta next week and in Seattle on December 1.)

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Demand Generation Implementation Survey - Background Results

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nbr responses vendor 8 Marketo 6 Eloqua 3 Genius.com 3 LoopFuse 3 Pardot 2 Market2Lead 2 Treehouse Interactive 1 eTrigue 1 Vtrenz (Silverpop) 7 No Response 36 Another intriguing bit of contextual information is the deployment date of the systems. I've been having a dandy time analyzing the results of my Demand Generation Implementation Survey. Responses are still coming in but I thought I'd at least post some preliminary results to whet your appetite.

First Look at New Marketo Release

Customer Experience Matrix

Products including Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Market2Lead and Marketbright also let marketers set up small, sequential campaigns and embed them in selection framework. I’m going to diverge just slightly from my current obsession with usability to talk about a conversation I had today with Marketo President and CEO Phil Fernandez, who previewed the 3.0 release of his flagship product, scheduled for March 3. The changes that Fernandez described seemed good but subtle.