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Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

Customer Experience Matrix

What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic. The next question was coverage by the sites of marketing technology.

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Raab Report: Financial Comparison of B2B Marketing Automation Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been creeping in that direction with the previous two posts about revenues, growth rates, and market share. In a young industry like B2B marketing automation, the primary focus is growth, and I published some figures on that yesterday (repeated below).

Just Released: ABM Vendor Guide Gives Detailed Comparison of 40 ABM Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

Some of pause was due to vacation, but mostly it was because I’ve been working feverishly to finish the Raab Guide to Account Based Marketing Vendors , which I’ve released today and you can purchase here. This was a huge project with the almost insanely ambitious goal of making sense of the ABM vendor landscape. What made it challenging wasn’t just gathering detailed information on 40 vendors but the variety of the vendors serving ABM needs.

Mautic Offers Free, Open Source Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

The only real question about free, open source marketing automation from Mautic is what took so long. The core features of B2B marketing automation have been well understood for nearly ten years and prices have been dropping steadily for about the same time.

Next-Generation Marketing Automation Systems Target Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been gearing up for the next edition of our VEST report on B2B marketing automation systems, which involves catching up with established vendors and chasing down some new ones. Here are highlights of several vendors I’ve looked at recently.

SDL Buys Marketing Automation Vendor Alterian for $107 Million

Customer Experience Matrix

So, it turns out that while I’ve been obsessing over vendor selection workbooks, our friends at marketing automation vendor Alterian up and got bought last week by language technology vendor SDL for about $107 million. I’m most familiar with SDL as a Web content management vendor, although their financial statements show that just over 75% of their revenue comes from manual and automated language translation.

Raab Report: Act-On, Eloqua, Pardot, and Marketo Vie to Lead in Mid-Size B2B Marketing Automation Segment

Customer Experience Matrix

final installment in my series of posts on leaders in the different B2B marketing automation sectors, as determined by the ratings in our VEST report. This covers a broad range of marketing users with widely varied needs. They have one to fifteen marketing automation users.

More New Systems Challenge the Marketing Automation Status Quo

Customer Experience Matrix

Last week’s post looked at newer marketing automation systems that focused on small businesses. The general notion is that small businesses are finding existing marketing automation products too hard to use and would be happy with something simpler, especially if it costs less.

Why Is B2B Marketing Automation Growing So Slowly?

Customer Experience Matrix

Let me start by saying that the 50% revenue increase I’m projecting for B2B marketing automation in 2013 is a very healthy one. 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.

What Brain Research Teaches about Selecting Marketing Automation Software

Customer Experience Matrix

These are all relevant to marketing, since they give powerful insights into ways to get people to do things. But good marketers, politicians, and poker players have always used these methods intuitively, so exposing them may not really make the world a more dangerous place. Selecting software (or marketing approaches) falls into the same category. As someone who has spent many years preparing detailed vendor analyses, I found this intriguing if unwelcome news.

New Marketing Automation Options for Small Business in the VEST Report

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m revving up for the next edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report, which will include six first-time entries. Workflows can manage both marketing campaigns and internal projects.

New Marketing Automation Report: Venture Funding is Key to Success

Customer Experience Matrix

I released the 2012 edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report today, an event that deserves more hoopla that I’ve given it. The VEST provides by far the most detailed, objective information available on industry vendors.

Marketing Automation Buyer Survey: Many Myths Busted but Planning is Still Key to Success

Customer Experience Matrix

The marketing automation user survey I mentioned last March has finally been published on the VentureBeat site (you can order it here ). For example, industry deep thinkers often say that deployment failure has more to do with bad users than bad software.

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Teradata Integrates Its Marketing Automation Acquisitions for Enterprise Marketers

Customer Experience Matrix

Last year’s biggest marketing automation acquisitions were products for consumer marketing: ExactTarget by Salesforce.com , Neolane by Adobe , and Responsys by Oracle. Consumer marketers have had their own, highly sophisticated marketing automation systems for years.

LeadLiaison Helps Marketing Automation Users Break the Content Bottleneck

Customer Experience Matrix

You may have noticed that there are many B2B marketing automation systems available. So it’s not surprising that LeadLiaison prefers to be called something else – in their case, “revenue generation software”. Marketers who want to build their own content are also covered.

Bislr: A "Marketing Operating System" That Includes Marketing Automation As An App

Customer Experience Matrix

There was a really interesting discussion this week over on Scott Brinker’s ChiefMartec blog about the evolution of marketing automation systems into “platforms” that each support a swarm of satellite applications connected through open APIs.

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B2B Marketing Automation Industry Size and Segments

Customer Experience Matrix

As I mentioned yesterday, our new B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) asks vendors to estimate the number of clients in each of four size categories. But not all of these are B2B marketers.

LeadLife Bundles Services with Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

LeadLife released a completely rebuild version of its marketing automation system last month. But LeadLife – like many other marketing automation vendors – found its clients tend to design campaigns as flow charts.

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. But unlike most vendors, Beanstalk typically builds the scoring rules for its clients rather than leaving the clients on their own.

RedPoint Offers Broad, Deep B2C Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

On days when I have nothing else to be cranky about, I sometimes fuss at how business-to-business software vendors hijacked the term “marketing automation” despite its long and relatively honorable history describing systems for consumer marketing. Oracle ’s recent agreement to purchase Eloqua reinflamed that wound, since much of the commentary ignored Oracle’s extensive existing suite of consumer marketing systems.

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

Customer Experience Matrix

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. In addition, I knew I had weighted price heavily.

Raab Report: OfficeAutoPilot, Infusionsoft and HubSpot Rate Highest in Marketing Automation for Very Small Business

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the most important features of our VEST report on B2B marketing automation systems is that it divides marketing automation users into distinct segments, each having a different set of needs. They rarely have a full-time professional marketer on staff.

eTrigue Puts a New Interface on Mature Marketing Automation Features

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: eTrigue's new product is aimed at small-to-mid size businesses who want an easier alternative to leading marketing automation systems. With mature features and a $1,000 per month starting price, the system is worth a look. It's priced at $500 per month for 10 users.

And Our Forecast of B2B Marketing Automation Revenue for 2013 is.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve just finished the latest update of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST), available on the raabguide.com Web site. The VEST is our evaluation of industry vendors, aimed primarily at companies choosing a marketing automation system.

How to Assess Marketing Automation Vendor Services Before You Buy - Yet Another Workbook

Customer Experience Matrix

I wrote yesterday about our new workbook for marketing automation cost estimates. Today I’ll describe the other one: evaluating vendor services. In terms of what you need, vendors offer three types of services: deployment: help with setting up your system support: help in operating your system after it’s deployed account service: help in growing your business. Buyers must understand those needs to know what they want a vendor to provide.

Vendor Selection: Writing a Good Requirements Document

Customer Experience Matrix

My last two posts (not counting this morning’s detour into Marketo-land) described common errors marketers make when selecting marketing automation systems. I see two reasons: Marketers are like everybody else. Today’s marketers buy that way too.

IBM May Buy Silverpop: B2B Marketing Automation and B2C Email Would Be Great Fit

Customer Experience Matrix

The other enterprise-level B2C email vendors ( ExactTarget , Responsys ) have already been bought at wondrously high prices, and every B2B marketing automation vendor I talk to tells me that potential investors are approaching them constantly. Although they bought B2C marketing automation leader Unica several years ago, they lack enterprise-scale B2C email engine and B2B marketing automation.

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B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. This is more a return than a departure: although I’ve written mostly about B2B systems for the past few years, my earlier work was largely in consumer marketing. Here are some observations - consumer marketers have to build databases; B2B marketers don’t.

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Marketo Spark Targets Small Business Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

So the news here is price. In other words, this is a price cut. To me, it looks like a reaction to the success of other low cost small business systems, including HubSpot , Act-On Software , and Pardot. HubSpot and Act-On have similar pricing to Spark, while Pardot runs a bit higher. Whether Marketo actually makes any money at this price is questionable. If Marketo simply wanted to lower its entry price, why bother to create a new brand?

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

Customer Experience Matrix

Infusionsoft today announced it has acquired social lead generation vendor GroSocial. Starting price is $30 per month after a 30 day free trial. The system makes it easy for small business to generate leads through social marketing campaigns and track results.

Selligent Brings a New B2C Marketing Automation Option to the U.S.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m writing this post on my old DOS-based WordPerfect software, to get in the proper mood for discussing business-to-consumer marketing automation.* Still, I’m excited as an entomologist with a new beetle to see another vendor in the space. market.

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How B2B Vendors Can Generate Trust and Credibility With Their Website

Hubspot

We looked at the results of the 2015 B2B Web Usability Survey and discovered what it would take for you as a B2B vendor to create credibility and trust. Vendors beware: Buyers judge your company’s credibility from their first impressions of your website.

How RightWave Solves the Marketing Automation Skill Shortage

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the main reasons that marketing automation has not been adopted more quickly is that too few marketers know how to fully use it. It’s a little hard to review software that isn’t used by its buyers.

Marketing Automation Catching On Fire

The Effective Marketer

Some have even suggested that marketing automation market is floundering , but it is such a new market and offering that is innevitable to have doubts, especially with these many vendors in the space. A Marketing Automation Timeline So let’s take a look at the marketing automation companies in play today (mostly US based in this case) and when they were founded. Marketing automation is still in its infancy.

Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Vendors who target small businesses include provide functions beyond traditional marketing automation. But larger firms need to be efficient too: so expect all marketing automation systems to eventually expand in similar ways. The replies are rolling in from the survey of vendor features that I mentioned last week. One interesting reaction has come from vendors serving the smallest companies (I’m talking really small here -- under 10 employees).

B2B Marketing Automation Report Is Ready.My Web Site, Not So Much

Customer Experience Matrix

The good news is, my new B2B Marketing Automation report (more formally: the Vendor Selection Tool, or VEST) is now available. To recap a bit, the new report is based on a survey of 18 vendors, who answered nearly 200 questions about their products and companies. I translated other answers such as starting price or number of employees into similar 0-2 ranges so I could combine everything in a scoring formula. This is priced at $295.

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7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail

LeadSloth

Needless to say, Marketing Automation software is very popular today. It can be used for email campaigns, drip marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, landing page management and for brewing coffee. Sales & Marketing Don’t Get Along.