Marketing Automation Vendor Consolidation: Lessons from History

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Summary: consolidation isn't new among marketing software vendors. As I wrote in my June 30 post on consolidation among marketing automation vendors , I expect the number of competitors to shrink fairly quickly as new buyers concentrate their purchases among a handful of leading vendors. This is a natural result of a maturing market, as technology-oriented pioneers are replaced by buyers less likely to research their options in depth.

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Vtrenz Gives a Solid Overview of Relationship Marketing

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The question with vendor white papers is not whether they are self-serving—that’s inevitable—but whether they are useful as well. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that marketing automation vendor Vtrenz’ ( www.vtrenz.com ) series “Effective Relationship Marketing” presented a fairly comprehensive overview of its topic, including several points with no obvious direct relationship to Vtrenz products.

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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.

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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.

Silverpop Engage B2B Adds Visual Campaign Builder

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This is the first of three planned posts on updated interfaces from demand generation vendors.) Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz) on Monday rele ased its first visual campaign builder, finally matching a feature offered by nearly all its competitors. A track can include placeholder objects, letting users design a campaign before its marketing materials are ready.

Why Most Consumer Marketing Automation Systems Are Not Software-as-a-Service, And When That Will Change

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Summary: Consumer-oriented marketing automation systems have been slower to adopt the Software-as-a-Service model than business marketing (demand generation) systems. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is now the standard model for business-to-business marketing automation (a.k.a. Any vendor who didn’t sell that way would be an oddity. Many of the consumer-oriented vendors do offer “hosted” versions of their systems. It’s a great time to be a marketer.

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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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 As a reminder, I'm planning to build two usability scores, one for simple marketing programs and one for complex marketing programs.) (Yes,

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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?

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.)

First Look at New Marketo Release

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In Fernandez’ view, this reflects a fundamental philosophical difference from his competitors: Marketo sees marketing as reacting to prospect-initiated behaviors, not executing company-driven interaction paths. Although I actually think that quite a few demand generation vendors share the Marketo philosophy, it’s still helpful to hear the distinction made clearly. Here is where it’s worth considering the approaches of other vendors.

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.)

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 Promising deeper support for a "conversational model of marketing," the new release provides 75 user interface enhancements as well as new features including: More fine-grained control over segmentation, targeting, and triggering; "Progressive profiling" on forms (i.e. tags: marketing automation software, Marketo Lead Management 3.0,

How Different is Small Company CRM?

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Access Markets International (AMI) Partners ( www.ami-partners.com ) published “Mid-Market CRM: Vendor Strategies for a New Frontier”, which found only 35% of mid-sized companies have an existing CRM installation. These studies reinforce the notions I presented yesterday, that (a) smaller firms are more likely to benefit from hosted CRM (b) smaller firms are a big market opportunity and (c) smaller firms have different needs from larger organizations.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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Home Forrester Research « Getting Up Close and Personal | Main | Social Technographics Data Now Available » March 20, 2008 B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up [Posted by Laura Ramos ] Since the start of this year, I’ve been receiving a boatload of briefing requests from companies wanting to show me their lead generation and management solutions. I know Suresh Vittal includes lead management as a component of his enterprise marketing platform. We can broaden our available market."

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.