Salesforce Makes a Great Catch with Pardot

Salesforce Makes a Great Catch with Pardot

In October of 2012, email service provider ExactTarget announced the acquisition of Marketing Automation vendor Pardot for $95 Million.  Now, less than a year later, Salesforce annnounced the acquisition of ExactTarget for $2.5 Billion, outdoing Oracle‘s $871 Million acquisition of Marketing Automation vendor Eloqua, which had just IPO’d that August.  And let’s not forget Marketo, which recently IPO’d and as  of today has a market capitalization of $780+ Million.  What does this mean/what might […]

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Getting Personal with Marketing Automation

Getting Personal with Marketing Automation

Pardot does it again: A great infographic that speaks for itself (we know, that’s what they’re supposed to do)… But personalization is easier said than done – it’s another painful but necessary phase of an organization’s transformation into a truly network-centric, data driven company.  The challenge to personalization is knowing what to personalize in your content and how to gather that granular data.  Progressive profiling on forms […]

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Marketing Automation – The Magic Behind the Curtain

Marketing Automation – The Magic Behind the Curtain

Sometimes we need to toot our horn – Yes, that’s an avatar of Allinio’s President, Joe Zuccaro (@joezuc) in a recent Marketo infographic about Marketing Automation.   Joe was approached by Marketo to contribute to this infographic and their latest publication, The Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.  So we had to ask him:  How did a nice guy like you get such notoriety? Joe responded, “I’ve been a Marketer – […]

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Does Marketing Automation Help You “Love” Customers?

Does Marketing Automation Help You “Love” Customers?

Well, for those of you who never got a St. Valentine’s Day card this month, neither did we! So print out the one above and consider you our sweetheart and close you eyes and pretend we’re hugging you! Today’s topic is an interesting one, although it should be about maintaining your editorial calendar because we’re obviously two weeks late on this one! But we digress…. […]

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Holiday Carol: Hark! The Infographics Show

Holiday Carol: Hark! The Infographics Show

Creative Commons by slightly everything  Sung to the tune of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing“ Hark! The Infographics show, Stats that are real good to know! Charts of symbols or of pies, Very easy on the eyes. Bright bold colors for your screen, Distilled messaging so clean! Print it out for your drab wall And your colleagues you’ll enthrall, Hark! The Infographics show, Stats that are […]

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Eating Our Words About Hubspot

Eating Our Words About Hubspot

Earlier this month, we made a a brief comment regarding Hubspot‘s standing in the world of Marketing Automation.  Undoubtedly they are the thought leader in “Inbound Marketing,” but we said that they were not playing at the same level as some of the leading Marketing Automation platforms such as Pardot or Marketo.   Well, the fantastic listeners at Hubspot caught wind of our blog, and none other than the effervescent Laura Fitton (@pistachio) […]

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Raab Repeats Right-On Reporting

Raab Repeats Right-On Reporting

Last week there was an interesting observation made about Marketing Automation platform providers. In his well-reknowned blog, David Raab (@draab) commented that after all these years, the consolidation of Marketing Automation providers suprisingly hasn’t slowed the growth of the second tier of players in the space and there is more fragmentation. David’s first line in the blog is “I’ve gotten used to thinking of the B2B marketing automation […]

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SocialToaster – Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!

SocialToaster – Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!

From time to time, Allinio has blogged about startup companies in the Marketing technology space, asking the same five basic questions for a founder or other executive to answer. This time is a little different. We’re talking to another interesting company, SocialToaster, and its Founder and CEO, Brian Razzaque (@razzaque). But not only as an interviewer… SocialToaster has a unique story in the Marketing Automation space. Its platform leverages the […]

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Separating the Search “Expert” Wheat from the Chaff

Separating the Search “Expert” Wheat from the Chaff

Creative Commons by FeatheredTar Allinio is not nor has it ever purported to be a search “expert.”  We farm out that skill and spend a lot of time vetting the charlatans, pretenders and buffoons that claim to be SEO and/or SEM (or PPC) “gurus.”   As in any hierarchy of talent, there are few at the top and a lot of sloppy wannabes at the bottom. […]

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Marketo’s Spark Should Light a Fire for SMBs

Marketo’s Spark Should Light a Fire for SMBs

Yesterday Marketo announced a new service offering for the SMB market called Spark.   Spark will allow SMB users to create and launch email campaigns, hold webinars, and even monitor and participate in social media conversations.  Additionally, it gives a real time window into campaigns and allows measurement of each segment of an SMB’s marketing mix efforts within each campaign. Marketo’s announcement of a SMB app is a […]

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