“Will Big IT Swallow Up Marketing Automation?”

“Will Big IT Swallow Up Marketing Automation?”

That’s the title of Johnny Mone‘s (@johnnymone) brief but thoughtful article in Business 2 Community late last week.  He brings up some valid observations given the major shifts in the IT world, including leadership moves by Oracle, IBM, Salesforce, Intuit, Dell (which we covered in our last blog) regarding Marketing Automation.While we said that Dell’s venture with Pardot was a pivotal event, Johnny counters that overall the jury may still be out because the target audience of SMBs […]

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Obamacare Isn’t The Real News – Pardot Is!

Obamacare Isn’t The Real News – Pardot Is!

Creative Commons by Kjetil Ree. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?   …..meh. Arizona SB 1070?  ……(yawn) Ann Curry leaving the Today Show?   Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing? …..please. There was real news this week…  Pardot, a leading provider of marketing automation for small and mid-sized businesses, announced a groundbreaking relationship with Dell.  In this absolutely brilliant alliance, Dell Cloud Business Applications will be able to provide thousands of businesses Pardot’s easy to use Marketing […]

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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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Marketing Automation Professionals of the World, Unite!

Marketing Automation Professionals of the World, Unite!

Know anyone else pulling their hair out over their Marketing Automation platform?  Are your pupils dialating and your heart stopping  over the thought of the mountain of content that you have to create?    Well, here on the East Coast we’re trying to do something about it… Now there are several of other national organizations that are fantastic professional development resources for the Marketing Automation […]

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Holiday Carol: Here We Come A-Nurturing

Holiday Carol: Here We Come A-Nurturing

Creative Commons by Accidental Hedonist Once again, we are posting holiday carols for the tech/marketing/social crowd. With such hits as Carol of the Marketing Metrics, Get Yourself Marketing Automation, The Twelve Days of Foursquare,  O Little Town of Twitterville, Talking In A Mobile Wonderland, S-E-O, S-E-O, S-E-O!, and Eloqua Fideles, we are continuing this tradition into its third year with some lyrics that will hopefully put a smile on your weary […]

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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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SugarCon Shows How Sweet CRM Can Be, Day 1

SugarCon Shows How Sweet CRM Can Be, Day 1

“Candy” by livingonimpulse We had a really great time at SugarCon today learning about their CRM platform and ecosystem. For those of you who could not make it, it was a good crowd with fantastic speakers. Here are some of the highlights of Day 1: Keynote 1 Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM, started things off with a message of “The Future of Business is Open,” vowing to steward […]

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Get Good Marketing Automation Resources, Not Gurus

Get Good Marketing Automation Resources, Not Gurus

Aum Chow by AZRainman   There are no Marketing Automation “Gurus.” There are no Marketing Automation “Chief Awesome Officers.” There are no Marketing Automation “Ninjas” Just because Marketing Automation is coming of age in parallel with social media, do not think that practitioners of Marketing Automation are of the same stripe as social media “strategists,” “acrobats,” or the above titles. (And yes, while Allinio’s President and […]

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Get a Lot with Pardot

Get a Lot with Pardot

The end of September brings us the beginning of a great new event – Elevate 2010, the Pardot users’ conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Pardot was there in full force with a healthy audience of users and partners who gathered to learn more about this affordable marketing automation platform. David Cummings (@david_cummings) delivering the keynote at Pardot’s Elevate 2010 Following David’s keynote, Reem Bazzari and Deepali Szczesny of SugarCRM spoke of their company’s […]

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Marketing Automation Chicken or CRM Egg?

Marketing Automation Chicken or CRM Egg?

Last week Jep Castelein (@jepc) of LeadSloth posted a great blogging entry entitled “Best CRM for Marketing Automation: Salesforce.com, Microsoft, or Oracle?” and explained pragmatically what you need to think about when making the move to a Marketing Automation platform.  One of the most important questions he asked is “Should you look at Marketing Automation options first?”  There’s at least one Marketing Automation vendor out there that says it’s […]

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