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. Yet there are so many more vendors I could add.

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. Will weaker marketing automation vendors merge with each other to establish a larger market presence? Other, less successful vendors simply vanished.

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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. Tags: marketing automation silverpop engage b2b vtrenz campaign management lead management software usability user interface demand generation

Low Cost Systems for Demand Generation

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I do recognize that they are the best known vendors in the space (with apologies to Vtrenz , whose identity is somewhat blurred since its purchase by Silverpop ). To be fair, many of the vendors below charge an installation of that can be several thousand dollars or more, while Marketo doesn't. Before I get any complaints from other vendors in the industry, let me stress that the systems I've listed above are ones that I know have low price points.

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 The complexity-oriented vendors do this with flow logic that explicitly routes leads among campaigns.

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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 Marketo competes with products such as Eloqua , Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Marketbright and Manticore in the marketing automation / demand generation space. software suite. With more than 200 new features, the release is the most significant since the product's initial launch in early 2008.

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?

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. Firms like Eloqua and Vtrenz provide a mix of features—essentially, email and Web campaigns for lead generation and nurturing—that don’t match my usual categories.

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

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Any vendor who didn’t sell that way would be an oddity. But consumer-oriented marketing automation products from vendors like Unica , SAS and Teradata are still commonly sold as traditional on-premise software. Many of the consumer-oriented vendors do offer “hosted” versions of their systems. More important, the hosted systems are still largely configured and managed by the vendor or a business partner such as a service bureau.

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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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. Products including Silverpop Engage B2B (formerly Vtrenz), Market2Lead and Marketbright also let marketers set up small, sequential campaigns and embed them in selection framework.

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.)

LucidEra Takes a Shot at On-Demand Analytics

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I still think that’s the case, but did revisit the topic recently in a conversation with Ken Rudin, CEO of on-demand business analytics vendor Lucid Era. 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.

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Online Marketing Systems Are Still Very Fragmented

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But somehow I had assumed that the more integrated vendors had already assembled a fairly complete package. Demand generation systems like Vtrenz , Eloqua and Manticore combine email with some Web page creation and analytics. A few of the recent acquisitions (Acxiom Impact / Kefta, Omniture / Touch Clarity, Silverpop / Vtrenz) marry particular pairs of capabilities. What this all means is the wave of consolidations among online marketing vendors has just begun.

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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.

B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up

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4) “Pure play” lead management – this group is lead by Eloqua , but there are a LOT of firms throwing their hat into this ring including Vtrenz, Hubspot, Manticore, Market2Lead, Marketo, LoopFuse, einsof, iHance, Precience, among many others. The lead management vendors are developing one-to-one email capabilities that help sales people be more consistent and productive. It is such a good platform for CRM and one that can be extended with the vendor solutions from the App exchange.