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Marketing Automation News & Analysis

Important Innovation vs. Endless Expansion in WCM

Important Innovation vs. Endless Expansion in WCMWeb Content Management (WCM) is in the middle of an important innovation phase. That's right, I said it. “Innovation” because we are seeing new, as yet unmet, challenges being addressed with new capabilities. And “important” (as opposed to “trendy”) because our experience is that many of these new capabilities from WCM providers sit squarely on fixing things that don’t happen in a customer’s browser window.

Marketers: Make Mobile Ads More Relevant, Compelling

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Organizations that advertise in mobile using a comprehensive mobile-first strategy rather than waiting on flashy technology to do the trick will win, according to new research by Forrester.

The report, Mobile Advertising: It's Time To Get Personal, claims marketers are not delivering when it comes to mobile advertising.

Without mobile-first marketing, organizations miss the opportunity to make their ads effective, said report author Jennifer Wise, a Forrester Research analyst focused on mobile marketing.

"Your mobile customer turned to his phone in that moment to do something else, whether it was to entertain himself with Candy Crush, get directions or read an article," Wise said. "Since you are 'borrowing' from this experience with your ad, that ad has to be respectful of the experience and compelling enough to get them to switch gears and focus on your brand. This means they require a new level of integration and relevancy."

Microsoft Dynamics Will 'Capture Marketers Imaginations'

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So the Big Guy is coming to marketing sometime this quarter.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. A 35-country launch. Ten languages. Scared yet?

“We’re really going to capture marketers’ imaginations around our customer and marketing analytics,” said Jamie Fiorda, director of Worldwide Product Marketing at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.

“Every marketer is trying to prove his value and prove his investments are making an impact. What we can do with Microsoft Excel through Power BI is truly beautiful, amazing and simple.”

Will an industry drowned in marketing software bite on Bill Gates’ old stomping grounds? Has Adobe, Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, IBM had their heyday, and will Dynamics Marketing have the SharePoint effect?

Is Marketo the Next Acquisition Target?

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Despite what seems like one acquisition after the next in the marketing automation space and the fact many analysts consider Marketo a likely buyout target in the group, the cloud-based solutions provider remains independent.

It’s not like the company isn’t delivering strong results: revenue last year jumped 64 percent to $95.9 million. The customer base now totals more than 3,000 and Marketo boasts a subscription dollar retention rate of 100 percent during the past four quarters.

There are also signs Marketo has plans to grow its business even more.

At the JMP Securities tech conference in early March, Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez said lead management is considered a top function in marketing automation because it helps marketers build personal, long-term relationships with buyers, something that’s critically important in the business-to-consumer (B2C) market in addition to in Marketo’s core business-to-business (B2B) market. 

5 Minutes with Forrester's Melissa Parrish

Thumbnail image for 2014-10-April-Melissa-Parrish.jpgMaybe it's a phone on a bus, or a tablet in a store or the laptop on your coffee table. Maybe you're wearing it on your wrist or over your eyes. Whatever it is, it knows who you are, where you are and the best way to reach you at any moment.

That may seem a little creepy until you consider you bought those devices to get helpful information, and in order to help you, they need to know the who-where-when-why of what you're all about. Of course, marketers want that info, too.

In the parlance of Melissa Parrish, this makes you "addressable," and it's transforming the very nature of marketing. About half of US online adults are now "always addressable," she says, and the number is rising oh-so rapidly.

Adobe: IBM's Silverpop Deal Could Trigger 'Nightmare'

customer experience, Adobe Calls IBM's Silverpop Acquisition a 'Nightmare'

IBM’s acquisition of Silverpop will create “headaches” for marketers using Big Blue platforms because of “silo problems” that will lead to a potentially expensive “integration nightmare,” according to a top official at Adobe, a leading competitor.

Suresh Vittal, vice president of marketing strategy for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business, told CMSWire that IBM, which typically sells to CIOs, is trying to hand marketing to IT.

“This acquisition feels like an attempt to fix the failings in the Unica acquisition: namely email and cross-channel execution,” Vittal said. “We think Silverpop is a partial answer that creates significant overlap problems for both Unica and Silverpop clients.”

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before Technology

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before TechnologyFor those who think technology alone can make their marketing efforts more successful, the chief marketing officer of Adobe has some advice: "I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Ann Lewnes offered the candid comment during an on stage appearance at last week's Forrester Forum for Marketing Leaders in San Francisco. She had just been asked for the one major piece of advice she'd give the audience.

"The major thing I would advise is that technology is not enough. You can bring in tons of technology, but if you don't take care of the organizational issues and the process issues....?" she mused, letting the question hang unanswered over the crowd.  

"Without making the process changes and the people changes ... the technology? I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Finding Revenue in the Marketing Automation Minefield

Technology without the right strategy just means we do more of the wrong things faster.

That's what Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, has learned working closely with chief marketing officers.

"Software has the potential to create and drive revenue when it’s attached to the right strategy," Petouhoff told CMSWire shortly after she and Constellation released this month "Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization." (Snapshot).

Marketers can navigate through the minefields of data and software, Petouhoff said, by enlisting the help of tech-savvy colleagues, keeping a close eye on competitors and by managing the omnichannel world by knowing your customers' preferences.

Was IBM's Hand Forced by Industry to Acquire Silverpop?

2014-11-April-Money-320.jpgWhat does IBM’s acquisition of marketing automation email provider Silverpop do for Big Blue? 

Depends on who you ask.

It’s either a strategic move that harmoniously boosts Big Blue’s digital marketing platform.

Or, perhaps, it’s an acquisition IBM had to make because everyone else is adding software capabilities in the digital marketing era.

Oracle Launches Enhanced Mobile Cloud Access

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Sales force automation (SFA) and user experience management have pitted Oracle and Salesforce against each other with Marketo snapping at their heels. All three have been piling the pressure on with new releases and announcements as they battle to dominate the market.

Yesterday, at its Collaborate annual conference for the Oracle application and technology community, Oracle added some major enhancements to its CPQ Cloud. It also announced a number of upgrades to it sales cloud that are focused principally on making SFA more mobile.

It's Official: Forrester Says Campaign Marketing Is Dead

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Campaign marketing is dead. Long live contextual marketing.

That's the message today from Forrester Research as it formally embraced the evolution from an age when marketers convinced people to buy things to an age where marketers simply help people find what they intend to buy.

Explaining the change, the influential Massachusetts research house insisted that companies must build "contextual marketing engines" that include "marketing automation, real-time analytics, customer databases and personalized content delivered contextually throughout the customer life cycle."

In Latest Marketing Acquisition, IBM Scoops Up Silverpop

An enterprise giant needed targeted marketing software to build its portfolio and acquired a smaller company that has it. Shocked? Neither are we.

IBM became the latest big fish to scoop up a respected player in the digital marketing software world today as it announced its acquisition of Silverpop.

Don't Send Any Email Til You Read This! #mktgnation14

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Welcome ______, we're thrilled you've chosen to click on this!

Really, we are happy, because our livelihoods depend on it. But that's not the point. (Who cares if our children starve?)

The point is stale language like that isn't going to get anyone other than a very bored and sad person to read any further. And that can mean disaster for your livelihood.

The fact is 182.9 billion emails went out last year, and the chance that your marketing missives stood out are, well, not encouraging. 

3 Lessons from Marketo #mktgnation2014

2014-08-April-Mike Litt.jpgFace it. Between personalization, video, mobile and big data, it's not easy to keep up with all that's happening in digital marketing today.

To help, CMSWire dropped into three well-attended sessions at Marketo's Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco today to find out what you need to know about video, real time personalization and user testing.

None fell into the category of rocket science, yet each drew 200 to 300 professional marketers who listened intently, then asked lots of questions. Here are some of the highlights.

Apps: the 'Next Wave' of Digital Marketing #mktgnation14

Customers yearned for more app-like experiences.

That's when ion interactive saw the light for its cloud-based landing-page platform: the world is shifting from landing pages that gate content to marketing apps that are content.

Marketing apps are, in fact, "the next wave of digital marketing," ion interactive claims. It's why the Boca Raton, Fla., and Cambridge, Mass.-based provider today revises its platform for marketers to include tailored, responsive web marketing apps using a drag-and-drop creative studio without the programming requirements. It announced the news this morning at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

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