gartner magic quadrant of multichannel campaign managementThe Multichannel Campaign Management (MCCM) market is re-inventing itself once again. According to Gartner’s recently published Magic Quadrant for MCCM, it is led by IBM, SAS, Teradata and Oracle (Seibel) and is marked by a re-architecting of solutions by established vendors, and the addition of new functionality by newer entrants.

What Is MCCM?

The changes are not just cosmetic and are aimed at providing a longer reach in the digital marketing space. Established vendors are re-thinking their offerings and adding functionality by acquisitions, while the new entrants are adding offline capabilities through technology development, but also by acquisitions too.

Both are adding analytics to improve decision making around campaigns. Combined, Gartner says, all these changes point to a market that will be characterized by ongoing change in the medium term.

In a two part piece on this vital market space, today we will look how the market is evolving and where it is likely to go, and tomorrow at the companies that are leading the changes as well as those that have the potential to become market leaders in the future.

MCCM, Gartner says, is not so much a single technology as a collection of technologies. It enables businesses to define, orchestrate and communicate offers inbound and outbound to customer segments and across numerous different marketing channels like websites, mobile, social, direct mail, and even call centers.

It comes with functionality for segmentation, campaign execution and campaign workflows and has at its core predictive analytics and campaign optimization. On top of this, vendors have built a number of different functions according to client needs including loyalty management, content management and real-time decision/offer management. It is also tightly integrated with campaign management.

MCCM Market Context

Needless to say, at a time where every sale is hard-won in an economy that is fragile even on good days, enterprises are investing in technologies that may help them close precious deals. Budgets for digital marketing, Gartner says, are growing twice as fast as overall marketing budgets and now count for 25% of the entire marketing spend.

In practical terms, this means that spending on customer relationship management (CRM) software will pass US$ 14 billion this year and grow at a compound rate of 7.5% in the coming years, while marketing automation will experience 11% annual growth for the foreseeable future. 

On top of this, new technologies like social and mobile channels create the challenge of engaging with customers in different ways. The result, marketers have to coordinate more channels and more campaigns, creating new challenges for MCCM vendors who have to keep up by adding new functions. 

MCCM MQ Criteria

This, then, is the market place that IBM, SAS, Oracle (Seibel) and Teradata are dominating and which SAP is challenging for a Leader’s position.

In this quadrant, leaders are the vendors that have better overall campaign management performance in both basic and advanced campaigns and integration with other digital initiatives. They have high market visibility, high market penetration and strong market momentum.

All the vendors that are listed in the Quadrant can demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Ability to build, develop and management multichannel campaigns
  • Role and approval capabilities with demonstrated campaign planning
  • A user interface suitable for marketing users
  • Basic campaign functionality like segmentation, campaign execution and campaign workflow.

They must also demonstrate 30 customers using campaign management, 15 new customer wins in the past year and at least 8 client references, along with a cool US$ 15 million in revenues for the year.

MCCM Market Overview

The criteria are tough -- as they are for other Magic Quadrants -- but 17 companies surveyed made it into the Quadrant.