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Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

The Point

It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity.

Marketo Conference: Is Predictive Modeling The Future of Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketo held its annual Marketing Nation Summit this week, hosting 4,000+ clients and partners. The event seemed relatively subdued for Marketo – I didn’t spot one costumed character – but the over-all atmosphere was positive. The company made two major product announcements, expanding the reach of Marketo campaigns into mobile apps and display ad retargeting. As usual for me, I spent much of conference prowling the exhibit hall checking out old and new vendors.

Observations from the 2017 Marketo Summit

The Point

This week was my eighth consecutive Marketo Summit, all of them as a sponsor/exhibitor. This year, more than 6,500 marketers, practitioners, and partners crowded into Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco for Marketing Nation Summit 2017. Marketo has their mojo back.

The One Marketing Automation Guide You’ll Ever Need?

The Point

Research company TrustRadius just published their new edition of the “Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software,” and it’s a doozy. Incidentally, some of the most interesting reading is seeing how each vendor responded to critiques of its product.)

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Pressure to demonstrate ROI: the great recession and subsequent slow recovery have forced B2B marketers to do more with less, and do. Never flush with cash in the first place, B2B marketing groups have been. Marketers need to take the. marketing, revenue.

The 14 Best Marketing Automation Tools

Webbiquity

Marketing automation software tools can be very helpful in making lead nurturing and sales acceleration efforts more effective—even if the category is badly misnamed. Marketing can’t be automated.) 1) Marketo. Pricing: contact vendor.

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Marketo's Engagement Engine Simplifies Complex Marketing Automation Campaigns

Customer Experience Matrix

My point is that elaborate, branching flows are too complex for most marketers to build and maintain, and – because reality is infinitely messier than even the most sophisticated flow chart – will often give customers a sub-optimal treatment. This is something Marketo might want to reconsider.

New Marketing Automation Buyer’s Guide Offers Valuable Advice

The Point

TrustRadius , an online community designed to help business software users make better product selection, implementation, and usage decisions, just released their first-ever “ Buyer’s Guide to Marketing Automation Software.”. Marketo announced an open ecosystem platform strategy. •

Microsoft Buys Marketing Automation Vendor MarketingPilot: Start of Something Big?

Customer Experience Matrix

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of marketing management system vendor MarketingPilot , which will become part of its Dynamics CRM group. MarketingPilot is best described as integrated marketing management for mid-tier companies.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Pressure to demonstrate ROI: the great recession and subsequent slow recovery have forced B2B marketers to do more with less, and do. Never flush with cash in the first place, B2B marketing groups have been. Marketers need to take the. marketing, revenue.

Insights from the Marketo Summit

ANNUITAS

I have just returned from the Marketo Marketing Summit in San Francisco this week where I joined 7,000 other registered attendees from what I believe is now one of the premier B2B (and B2C) marketing events of the year. Here are my top four takeaways from the conference and what I believe are an indication of where we are in the B2B Marketing industry. It’s All About The Customer – And Marketing Must Respond.

VEST Report: Competition in B2B Marketing Automation Isn't About Features

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday I released the mid-year edition of the VEST Report on B2B marketing automation vendors, thereby meeting my self-imposed deadline of July 31. Here are some observations: - market positions are pretty stable. marketing automation martech VEST report

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

Customer Experience Matrix

The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks. Taken together, these provide a clearer picture than usual of the state of marketing automation. VEST data is self-reported by the vendors.

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Marketo Conference: Small Changes, Big Picture

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketo wrapped up its three day Marketing Nation conference yesterday, having once more displayed its own marketing prowess by attracting national media attention (see here and here ) with an appearance by Hillary Clinton.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Pressure to demonstrate ROI: the great recession and subsequent slow recovery have forced B2B marketers to do more with less, and do. Never flush with cash in the first place, B2B marketing groups have been. Marketers need to take the. marketing, revenue.

New Raab VEST Report: B2B Marketing Automation Will Reach $1.2 Billion in 2014

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve just published the latest edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST), with updated entries on all your favorites and several new entries to boot. lots of new vendors. mid-market leadership may be up for grabs.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced today that it has agreed to purchase B2B marketing automation leader Eloqua for $23.50 The deal makes obvious sense, in that it gives Oracle a much stronger position in the fast-growing B2B marketing automation industry*.

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Acquisitions Reshape the Marketing Automation Industry: Growth at the Bottom, Room in the Middle, Fog at the Top

Customer Experience Matrix

Raab Associates officially released the new edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) yesterday. There are quite a few vendor comparisons out there, but none come close in the level of detail – which is what you really need to select a system.

7 Marketing Automation Predictions: A SiriusDecisions Roundup

Modern B2B Marketing

A key session that stood out and created a lot of buzz amongst the crowd: Marketing Automation: What the Future Holds. Most marketers are familiar with marketing automation; in fact, you may already use it. Prediction #4: Marketing Clouds Are Challenging.

Marketo Spark Targets Small Business Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketo today announced the launch of Spark , a new brand aimed at small and mid-size business. Functionally, Spark is pretty much identical to the standard Marketo system. Most of these aren’t of interest to small business, and several involve additional charges even for Marketo’s regular packages. Spark starts at $750 per month with no annual contract, compared with Marketo’s $2,000 per month minimum and annual contract for its full-featured Professional Edition.

Marketing automation is not marketing strategy

Biznology

Too often, these days, I am hearing B2B marketers mouth claims like “We got this new [fill in the brand] automation tool, so now we can reduce headcount.” Or, “Once this automation system is installed, it will take our marketing to the next level.”

When Marketing Automation Is the Wrong Solution

Digital B2B Marketing

Marketing automation is quickly becoming like the self-driving car for B2B marketing. Led by Eloqua (now part of Oracle) and Marketo (with a very successful IPO last week), today marketing automation companies are collectively worth billions.

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.

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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.

Marketing Automation is Not Marketing Strategy

ViewPoint

We are republishing this blog by Ruth Stevens (originally run January 29, 2014) because she hits the nail on the head about marketing automation. In the opening paragraph she states: “Marketers sometimes see automation as a silver bullet.

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.

Raab Report: Neolane, Aprimo, and Eloqua Rate Highest for Large Company B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

These companies have large marketing departments that may manage hundreds of campaigns for different products in different locations. The non-specialist vendors such as IBM Unica and SAS, are not included in these figures but also have significant revenue in this segment.

How To Decide Whether Marketo RCA Is Right For You

bizible

The technology journey for B2B marketers includes the implementation of an advanced marketing automation system and a CRM. And at some point an advanced marketing attribution solution is also implemented. Marketo RCA)? The Type Of Reporting Offered In Marketo RCA.

VEST Report: Latest Trends in Marketing Automation, and Where's My Hoverboard?

Customer Experience Matrix

I just finished the latest release of the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool , a.k.a. The good news is that this format lets me expand beyond 25 vendors, which was the maximum the old system allowed before running out of memory. more micro-business vendors.

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.

Social Media Features in Marketing Automation Systems: Who Does What?

Customer Experience Matrix

Social media is arguably overhyped as a marketing trend: it gets well under 10% of marketing budgets (different surveys have figures from 3% to 8%) and results are questionable (it was rated the least effective content marketing tactic in a recent MarketingProfs study ).

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.

How to Sell Marketing Automation to Your CEO (& Other Burning Questions)

The Point

Recently I was asked to contribute some thoughts to Marketo’s new ebook, “ The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.” What are the most important things to look for in a marketing automation vendor?

How 3 Core Shifts in Marketing Automation Can Transform Your Business

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Marcus Taylor The marketing automation industry has snowballed over the past few years, and yet it’s only just getting started. According to Marketing Automation Insider, in the past five years alone, we’ve seen over $5.5B Marketing Automation b2b Consumer

New to Marketing Automation? Your First 5 Moves

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Stephanie Yung First, the facts: marketing experts, analysts, and hands-on practitioners have now embraced marketing automation across industries. Often, marketers simply (and reasonably) want a game plan before they get started. New to Marketing Automation?

How to Find a Marketing Automation Platform That Grows With You

Modern B2B Marketing

Some of the biggest challenges that marketers face are the cost of programs and the infrastructure needed to support multi-channel communication in this digital age. These are important features for accelerating your time-to-market, so it’s important that your platform can support them.

Marketing Automation 101

Modern B2B Marketing

Marketing automation technology can help. If you’re new to our blog, read on; if you’ve been around a while, consider checking out one of our more advanced posts such as The ROI of Marketing Automation. Marketing Automation Enables Modern Business Processes.

3 Musts for Every Marketer’s To-Do List When Investing in Marketing Automation

Modern B2B Marketing

Welcome to another blog about marketing automation. You probably had no problem finding this or endless other blogs about marketing automation (MA) and there’s a pretty good reason for that. Metrics & Measurement & Marketing, Oh My!

Getting Started Guide for Marketing Automation

The Effective Marketer

With all the (deserved) hype surrounding marketing automation, is no wonder that many companies, startups especially, are adding the technology as a key component to their marketing activities. Problem is, sometimes the rush to get the software installed and running ends up trampling the creation of processes, content planning, and other key ingredients that are necessary for a successful marketing automation implementation. Step 3: Content Marketing Audit.