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Post-IPO HubSpot Still Playing Competitor Catch-Up

marketing automation, HubSpot Gains in IPO, Still Needs to Play Competitor Catch-Up

If competitor stories are valid precedent, HubSpot's IPO last week was a good move.

But it certainly won't be an easy road for the Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider that made its NYSE debut last week. Not with future investment in marketing automation from competitors and not with recent advancements like Oracle's integration with BlueKai, according to a marketing automation analyst. 

"IPOs worked for Marketo, Eloqua and Responsys, so the precedent is good," said Gerry Brown, senior analyst for customer engagement and marketing technology for Ovum Research. "Competition for HubSpot will become intense as other vendors, such as Sitecore, offer marketing automation as an add-on. HubSpot needs to make sure they don’t get distracted from execution by the razzamatazz of the IPO."

Wait Before You Invest in Hubspot

Yes, it's fun to see a technology startup make it to an Initial Public Offering (IPO). The Hubspot team deserves credit for making it to last week's IPO, with its stock now trading under the symbol HUBS on the NYSE. 

But for investors, it's a totally different story. It's time to take a wait and see approach.

Discussion Point: Who'll Win the Digital Marketing Arms Race?

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Sitecore CEO Michael Seifert caught our attention last month when he claimed the "arms race" among 1,000-plus digital marketing vendors is hurting the industry.

"Frankly, I think it's getting absurd," he told the crowd at his company's annual symposium in Las Vegas. "Marketing technology is starting to fail the marketer."

His argument was that the smaller players only operate on the channel they serve. Seifert believes Sitecore's comprehensive approach puts it among the marketing cloud superpowers -- like Oracle and Adobe -- that will thrive while smaller players fade away.

5 Ways Analytics Enables Smarter Action

2014-10-October-Action.jpgAnalytics has become the backbone of digital marketing success, and when used correctly, is a fundamental tool for smarter, data-driven marketing. Using analytics effectively means marketers are in a better position to recognize trends, uncover insights and take action such as personalizing content and remarketing in real time.

But the value of data to the business diminishes if it doesn’t enable timely action. That’s the reality that digital marketers face. They’re under increasing pressure to manage the deluge of data, extract real value and take action quickly.

Stock Market Makes Room Today for HubSpot $HUBS

Tech companies have spent billions on marketing automation in the last few years. The big guys. The kinda big guys.

More investors can get a piece of the pie now.

HubSpot, the Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider rivaling the likes of Marketo, Act-On, Pardot and Eloqua, had its IPO today. It's stock was valued $25 a share. HubSpot is coming off its annual conference last month and prior growth announcements. 

Marketo's Real Time Personalization Buy - 10 months Later

It's been about 10 months since B2B marketing automation provider Marketo bought Insightera's real time personalization platform for $19.5 million.

Personalization is still all the rage, and some think it will be for quite some time.

Are digital marketers ready to take the personalization plunge? A Marketo official told CMSWire the number of converts to the former Insightera brand is surpassing financial expectations. And all was well in the numbers for Q2 for Marketo in general.

But is a real time personalization platform in general an automatic, no-brainer dive for digital marketers? Not quite, according to Lori Wizdo, marketing automation analyst for Forrester Research.

Oracle Seeds BlueKai into its Cloud #OOW14

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Oracle's multibillion-dollar buying spree of marketing technology companies bore new fruit today as it announced the integration of its BlueKai data management platform with Eloqua's marketing automation tools.

The move allows the use of anonymized data from Eloqua with the analytical tools in BlueKai. That, in turn, allows marketers using the Oracle Marketing Cloud to identify additional characteristics about the people who respond to particular campaigns. 

Act-On Marries Marketing Automation, Web Phone Calls

digital marketing, Act-On Software Marries Marketing Automation with Web Phone Calls

People still make phone calls?

Act-On Software believes so. And the marketing automation provider is teaming up with a company whose platform tracks calls from websites and provides call analytics.

Act-On and Ifbyphone partner today in a merger where marketing automation meets call tracking. The companies announced the news today at the SMX East conference in New York. The merger enables Act-On's digital marketing customers, officials from each company say, to leverage Ifbyphone’s data to track calls from website visitors.

No More Messaging in the Dark: Get Sales + Marketing on the Same Page

2014-26-September-Flashlight-Reading.jpgGiven the rise of marketing automation software over the past five years, today's B2B sales funnel is half illuminated and half in the dark. Sales and marketing teams have near-perfect visibility into how leads interact in the top half of the funnel and the insights needed to improve the marketing process, yet they remain blind to how content is supporting sales reps in the bottom half.

Wrapping Up Hubspot's #INBOUND14

HubSpot's INBOUND 2014 conference wrapped up yesterday in Boston, ending a week of events punctuated by higher-than-anticipated attendance and the company’s announcement that it would be launching a new sales platform. It includes a free CRM and what the company calls a “sales acceleration product” called Sidekick.

Customer Journeys Trump the Traditional Sales Cycle

2014-15-September-Rock-Paper-Scissors.jpgWhile pointless debate continues in organizations as to who “owns” the customer experience (the customer, of course!), the responsibility for nurturing and shepherding the continuous customer experience belongs to all teams that impact customers. At the core, much of the work should be accomplished by strong, continuously evolving collaborations between marketing and sales. Unfortunately in many companies there are still ridiculous and harmful walls between sales and marketing -- and a lot of political nonsense, mainly tied to the "blame game" when forecasts aren’t met and deals aren’t closed.

In reality marketing and sales have intertwined roles for engendering positive outcomes from customer journeys, whether they realize it or not.

Customer-Centric Content Journeys: Your Duct Tape Is Showing

2014-10-September-Quick-Fix.jpgGetting the right content to the right person at the right time was first evangelized by the programmatic ad buying platforms. It was a vision that stemmed directly from a doe-eyed interpretation of their capabilities.

Now content marketers have latched on to the same philosophy, without fully appreciating an important distinction: Content marketing, unlike ad buying, generally assumes an active and intelligent customer who wants to educate him or herself (not simply a target for the right sales reminder at the right time).

Gleanster Names Leaders in 4 Key Software Categories

customer experience, Gleanster Research's Leaders in Four Key Software Categories

It's not the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It's not the Forrester Wave.

And that's exactly what Ian Michiels likes about it. Michiels' firm, Gleanster Research, has produced four software industry ranking reports. 

Gleanster calls each of them a FLASH, and the latest come in the areas of marketing automation, business intelligence, social engagement and web content management.

"What I like about our FLASH approach is it offers a different perspective than Forrester or Gartner," said Michiels, CEO and principal of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based research firm. "It's not about market presence or vision, which have value. And it's not biased by analyst opinion or relationships with Gleanster."

Digital Marketing's Easy, Until You Try It

2014-28-August-Rubiks-Cube.jpgDoes this sound familiar?

"Marketing is no longer an art; it has become a big data analytics engineering discipline where every marketing dollar can be optimized for maximum impact. All you need to do is give away a free version of your product and crank up the ______ <select one: ‘digital,’ ‘content,’ ‘social,’ or ‘automated’> marketing engine and you are good to go. Display ads to free users or offer a premium paid version of your product and you too will soon be able to sell your company to ______ <select one: ‘Google,’ ‘IBM,’ ‘Microsoft,’ or other company> and retire. Hire Millenials to feed this amazing new automated marketing. These folks totally ‘get’ the social stuff because they already spend all their waking moments on _______ <select one: ‘Facebook,’ ‘WhatsApp,’ ‘Instagram,’ ‘SnapChat’>.”

Unless you're completely off the grid you have surely seen some variation of this theme. Sounds great … if only it were this easy.

Is It the Right Time for HubSpot's $100M IPO?

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Digital marketing technology is all the rage in the CRM space and HubSpot co-founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah must believe Wall St. knows that.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider filed for an IPO late today hoping to raise as much as $100 million. It will trade as HUBS on the New York Stock Exchange.

The IPO market for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors is lukewarm at the moment. But investors like General Catalyst, which owns 27.1 percent of the company, and Matrix Partners, which owns 17.1 percent, must think that now is the time.

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