Gartner Campaign Management MQ: IBM, OracleThe four providers selected as the best in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Campaign Management last year made a return appearance and welcomed a new leader in the 2014 report.

Adobe joined the top dogs from last year — IBM, SAS, Teradata and Oracle — in the research firm's latest multichannel campaign management (MCCM) analysis. 

Gartner defines MCCM as a process that enables companies to define, orchestrate and communicate offers. It includes both inbound and outbound offers to customer segments across multichannel environments, such as websites, mobile, social, direct mail, call centers and email. 

"Digital marketing," researchers added in the Magic Quadrant report, "continues to integrate with campaign management, and it includes addressable branding/advertising, contextual marketing and transactional marketing. Digital marketing extends the marketing process through channels such as the Web, email, video, mobile and social applications, point-of-sale terminals, interactive TV, digital signage, and kiosks."

Here’s why Gartner ranks these organizations as leaders in this space:

Adobe: Marketing Cloud Strong

Adobe could be your provider if you are focusing in digital content marketing, digital advertising and Web analytics, according to Gartner. It targets the publishing, media, retail, financial services, travel and high-tech industries.

“The Adobe Marketing Cloud provides analytics for real-time segmentation, customer scoring and optimization, particularly for digital channels, such as display, email, search, mobile and video,” Gartner said.

Adobe’s 2013 acquisition of Neolane (now called Adobe Campaign) was a strong get for Adobe, according to Gartner.

Gartner urged Adobe to build more integration. Some users want improvements in UI and overall usability, Gartner said, and others support escalation for faster issue resolutions.

IBM: Multiple Industries Supported

IBM’s Cross-Channel Marketing Optimization is a strength for Big Blue, which supports a range of industries and generated $99.75 billion in revenue in 2013. It includes real-time marketing, marketing performance management and usability on-premises.

It also has its Marketing Center, a SaaS option, which provides digital campaigns, email marketing, site personalization, tracking and management.

Gartner also cited integrations with BlueKai, DataXu, Turn, Google and Marin Software. Users said they like IBM's breadth of offerings and integration into a single platform.

“Amid accelerating competition, IBM has been slow in social and mobile thought leadership,” Gartner said. “Several references mentioned reactive customer support, with slow turnaround times. Most are resolved through an escalation process.”

Oracle: Sophisticated Marketers

Advanced campaign functions like real-time decisioning make Oracle’s offering strong, Gartner said.
Oracle means business in this market evidenced by acquisitions such as Responsys, Eloqua, BlueKai, Compendium, ATG and Collective Intellect.

Gartner cited Responsys capabilities with:

  • Interact 6's open-data model
  • Strategic consulting for campaigns
  • Creative services
  • Data modeling
  • Process improvement
  • Message Designer Framework
  • Responsys Personalization Language

Users cited Responsys' technology and professional services as big pluses for Oracle.