Landscape of MarTech Vendor Directories

Customer Experience Matrix

I'm making a presentation on marketing technology selection at B2BLeadsCon in New York next week, and had thought to start with the usual Oh-My-God-There-Are-So-Many-Vendors slide to get everybody's attention.

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Guide to ABM Vendors: What's in a Complete ABM Stack?

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday’s post announced our new Guide to ABM Vendors , which helps marketers make sense of the confusing variety of ABM-related systems. I know you really want to learn which vendors do which functions, but, as I also explained yesterday, that's not a simple question to answer. Instead, let’s start with an overview of how the vendors as a group matched up against the sub-functions. The first obvious question is how many vendors deliver each sub-function.

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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.

6 Things Good Lead Generation Vendors Do Right (That You May Be Doing Wrong)

ViewPoint

Keeping in mind that there’s no such thing as a good list (and remembering that more expensive lists are not always better than cheap ones), the only way to keep your team productive is to make sure your data is fresh by cleansing it continually, analyzing characteristics that indicate propensities to buy, and continually testing to maximize segmentation efforts. There’s plenty of mediocrity in lead generation—both in-house and outsourced.

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Latest Marketing Technology Acquisitions Bypass Marketing Automation Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

On May 6, AOL and Google announced their respective acquisitions of attribution vendors Convertro and Adometry. ad tech attribution vendors behavioral targeting marketing data management marketing technology technology acquisitions

Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors

Webbiquity

B2B products and services don’t generally make the same kind of emotional connection with buyers that consumer brands do, and tactics that work for b2c marketers (e.g. They rely on search and social media through the bulk of their buying process, and expect b2b vendors to be there.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 2

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Yesterday's post described the objectives of my product fit scores for B2B marketing automation vendors and how I set up the original weighting for individual elements. But the original set of scores seemed to favor more complex products, even for small business marketers.

Survey Says: Your Blogging and Social Media Efforts Are “Not a Factor” in B2B Vendor Selection

KoMarketing Associates

Last year, we learned a lot about the objectives of the B2B buyer and how vendors may miss opportunities to connect and provide further value through their website presence. One of those points was in the impact of social media and blogging on the vendor selection process.

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Did Morgan Stanley just kill the single-vendor marketing suite?

chiefmartech

But out of those participants who are confident — is a single-vendor approach to marketing technology important or not important, yes or no — the answer is clearly: no. 81% have a higher tolerance level for more vendors.

What Do B2B Buyers Really Want from Vendors?

Aberdeen CMO Essentials

They turn to their vendors for assistance. When we asked survey respondents if they would be more likely to work with a vendor who questioned their way of doing business by, for example, highlighting an organizational pain point or weakness they weren’t aware of, 65% replied, “Yes.”.

From 2016 to 2017, 5X more marketing automation vendors were added than removed

chiefmartech

tl;dr — From 2016 to 2017, the marketing automation category of the marketing technology landscape grew yet again, by 36% , from 156 vendors to 212. Why marketing automation, which I crudely lump together with campaign management and lead management products? 66 vendors were added.

Raab Report: B2B Marketing Automation Vendors Are Making Incremental, Not Radical, Changes To Their Products

Customer Experience Matrix

Indeed, with 208 data points on 22 vendors, there’s so much data that it’s a challenge to make sense of it. Since we only added one new vendor for this edition and kept all the old ones, the vendor base itself is largely stable.

Aragon Research Names Vidyard ‘Hot Vendor’ in Enterprise Video

Vidyard

KITCHENER, Ontario – May 5, 2016 – Aragon Research today named Vidyard, the video intelligence platform for business, a Hot Vendor in Enterprise Video for 2016 for its ability to personalize unique video content for each individual viewer and track detailed viewer engagement analytics within leading marketing automation, CRM and enterprise collaboration solutions. Aragon Research, Hot Vendors in Enterprise Video, Jim Lundy, April 20 2016).

Salesforce Purchases Deep Learning Artificial Intelligence Vendor MetaMind: Yeah, That's a MarTech Trend

Customer Experience Matrix

It’s worth a brief note to record that Salesforce.com purchased artificial intelligence vendor MetaMind on Monday. You can also see this as making marketers more productive in the sense of letting them generate more individualized customer treatments per work hour. This flexibility makes it a good choice for Salesforce to use as a foundation for all sorts of AI-based enhancements to its products.

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. B2B marketing automation vendors will need to rearchitect their systems on the more sophisticated platform.

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.

5 of my favorite productivity apps

Biznology

into a great empire, I’m currently interwoven into a patchwork of agencies, partners, clients, vendors, projects, goals, and even some very cool — but very geographically disparate — teams. The post 5 of my favorite productivity apps appeared first on Biznology.

Vendor Selection: Writing a Good Requirements Document

Customer Experience Matrix

Specifically, they can do two things: improve the selection process itself and look beyond features to assess the vendors. This post will focus on the selection process and the next will talk about judging vendors. But don’t think you’re writing the document for vendors.

How B2B Marketers Can Leverage Social Media Product Advertising

KoMarketing Associates

The latest evolution is with the advent of product ads. Both Facebook and Pinterest recently announced two new types of product ads – Dynamic Product Ads (Facebook) and Multi-Image Promoted Pins (Pinterest). Facebook Dynamic Product Ads. Product Catalog Set Up.

When it Comes to Choosing Data Vendors, Buyer Beware

HG Data

The downstream impact of implementing a bad data strategy can be enormous and undermine an otherwise fantastic product, sales or marketing program. Traditional vendors are packrats when it comes to data. But don’t expect most vendors to fill you in on the details.

How Do We Find People Who Are Ready to Buy Our Product?

The Point

A prospective client asks: “What are the best demand generation strategies for finding people who are ready to buy our product?”. The post How Do We Find People Who Are Ready to Buy Our Product?

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How PeopleHR Found the Right Marketing Automation Vendor

Marketing Action

Finding the best marketing automation vendor for your business can be a difficult proposition. Here’s how his vendor evaluation resulted in a partnership with Act-On Software, an integrated suite of marketing automation tools and resources.

Marketing Automation Selection: Finding a Future-Safe Vendor

Customer Experience Matrix

Marketers can do a better job of picking their marketing automation vendors if they roll up their sleeves and work at it. But you also need a vendor who will support your long-term success. Here are some ways to identify a “future-safe” vendor.

B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Comparison -- Here's a Sample

Customer Experience Matrix

set their own weights for the different scoring categories and do detailed, side-by-side comparisons of vendors they select. Vendor names have been replaced with football teams and the specific details are excluded. In case it’s not obvious, you can move the little sliders on the “Sector Chart” tab to see how the different vendors move around depending on how you weight different categories of attributes. I might put it out as a separate product or upgrade to the base report.

New Sales Training Helps Evolve B2B Vendors from Product Pitches to Value Selling

The ROI Guy

Alinean Launches Value Expert™ Sales Training to Help Reps Engage Earlier and Sell More Effectively Today we announced the launch of Value Expert™ Sales Training, an important milestone.

B2B Buyers Are Still Skeptical About Vendor Content

B2B Marketing Directions

One was a survey of 418 individuals who played a key role in a significant software purchase during the previous two years, and the second was a survey of 190 individuals who worked for software vendors in a marketing or sales leadership capacity.

The 14 Best Personal Productivity Tools

Webbiquity

Of course, there’s always been pressure to do more with less—the definition of productivity improvement—but the mantra seems to have taken on almost religious status as the anemic, drawn-out recovery from the 2008 financial crisis drags on. The personal productivity apps here can help.

New Publication: 7 Essential Vendor Strategies for Crushing Amazon Revenue

Fathom

Our latest publication 7 Essential Vendor Strategies for Crushing Amazon Revenue can bring you up to speed. Keep Promoting with Sponsored Product Ads. Plus, you’ll gain access to an exclusive case study detailing the strategy of a top 100 shoe vendor, which increased revenue by 650% in six months with this 7 step Amazon strategy. consumers bypass the Web and immediately visit Amazon to search for products. Catching the attention of online shoppers can be difficult.

Why you are just a resource & how you’re failing to drive demand with your content & social media marketing efforts

Biznology

According to a LinkedIn study reported in their Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership eBook, 88% of IT buyers said that thought leadership was important or critical in determining their short list of vendors.

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion: Get Ready for Software Vendors as Data Owners

Customer Experience Matrix

This is fascinating since Microsoft intersects with LinkedIn in several areas: Dynamics CRM software, Office productivity software, and Bing online advertising. The prospect of seamlessly integrating third party data with a company’s own sales and marketing products is intriguing, although neither Salesforce nor Oracle has done much with it. Other vendors like Nimble and HubSpot have done a better job of simplifying access to third party data about an individual or company.

Switch the user interface to accelerate growth and leadership

Biznology

Ad agencies specialize in buying a target demographic for a product (such as “who drinks Coca-Cola ?”). That will direct the economy’s production and growth, making people-first companies leaders of their industries. Customer-vendor relationships will be transformed.

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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. Vendor strength will be scored on a separate dimension.

A Product Executive’s Perspective On Unlocking B2B Data’s Latent Potential

Radius

As always, Dreamforce 2016 left attendees buzzing on a variety of new products, perhaps none more notable than Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Predictive Analytics. The post A Product Executive’s Perspective On Unlocking B2B Data’s Latent Potential appeared first on Radius.

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. I sampled leading marketing automation vendors for different sized companies.

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5 (+ 1) Questions to Ask Predictive Analytics Vendors: SiriusDecisions Edition

Leadspace

For anyone attending—and even for those not attending but who still have an interest in predictive analytics—I thought it would be useful to revisit these five questions to ask vendors. (I’ve What if I launch a new product or go into a new market? Ask your vendor these questions.

Jeff Spicer, VP of Digital Marketing at VMware: How to Crack the Code for B2B Product Marketing in a Digital World [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

For B2B product marketing, though, quite often is it a buying unit made of many individuals, and therefore more complex. That said, more and more B2B buying behavior takes place “before the buyer ever gets in touch with the vendor.”. Podcasts Product Marketing

Convert articles and blog posts to video

Biznology

In the case of tech solution vendors, blogs are full of middle-of-the-funnel stuff that responds to customer concerns with a minimum of hype and marketing-speak. But it’s not going to take a lot of production meetings to refine the messaging. Easier than product videos.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 3

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: The first two posts in this series described my scoring for product fit. The third and final post describes scoring for vendor strength. And I'll give a little preview of the charts these scores produce.without product names attached.

The Biggest Gap in Marketing Software Selection Isn't Product Information

Customer Experience Matrix

My solution today was: Dear [First Name], A friend of mine who is building one of those "wisdom of the crowd" software review sites tells me her research shows that what buyers want most is "apples to apples" comparisons of product features.

Influencers: the key to content marketing

Biznology

A typical question from the forum probed how to identify these influencers and help them market your products for you. In B2C marketing, this is done by hiring popular people to subtly endorse your product, primarily in social media.