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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It’s October and Everything is Exact-ly Orange

It’s October and Everything is Exact-ly Orange

  We make no bones about being Orioles fans here at Allinio headquarters in Charm City (that’s Baltimore for those of you who have never had the pleasure of visiting here). So as the Os fight their way in the post season (tonight’s last ALDS game against the New York Yankees will make or break them), it has been a delirious joy for most Baltimore […]

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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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“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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The Marketing Automation Universe’s Center – Part III

The Marketing Automation Universe’s Center – Part III

This is a continuation of the activity at DemandCon in San Francisco this week. Doug Sechrist (@dougsechrist) of Eloqua started the second day with a keynote – “Pulling the Right Levers to Drive Revenue.”  Growth is hard.  The S&P’s growth over the last few years has been choppy.  A lot of this can be alleviated by adopting the principles of “Revenue Performance Management. Eloqua defines Revenue Performance Management as a systematic […]

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8 Reasons Startups Need Marketing Automation

8 Reasons Startups Need Marketing Automation

Tech startups are generally innovators.  But whether bootstrapped or venture funded, they are burning cash and have significant milestones to meet in order to get to the next level – namely, increasing sales.  The irony of many startups, even ones that are selling disruptive technologies, is that many rely on the same old ways of marketing and sales that existed before the Internet came along, […]

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Dave Rudolph is Right – Marketing Matters

The Marketing Consigliere was honored to have lunch with David Rudolph (@davrud) of Eloqua earlier this year and was tickled to see this creation of his on Eloqua’s blog today.  Dave has taken the “Lost Generation” viral video and cleverly applied its upbeat message to our world of Marketing Automation. Thank you to Eloqua and Dave Rudolph for sharing this!

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5 Lessons in Marketing’s Brave New World

5 Lessons in Marketing’s Brave New World

This past week The Marketing Consigliere was fortunate enough to attend a very interesting event.  Eloqua had assembled some of the brightest Marketing practitioners in the Washington DC area for their “A Brave New World” road show, which is also appearing in New York, Chicago, Boston, Austin, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Southern California.  The name of the event was appropriate. Joe Payne, CEO of Eloqua, […]

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Snap! B2B iPhone Apps! – Part I

Snap! B2B iPhone Apps! – Part I

With more companies computing in “the cloud,” and more people going mobile, it will be important to stay connected to the constant marketing data streams that help make timely, critical decisions.  Apple‘s popular iPhone, which was once thought of as a shiny object with frivolous bells and whistles, is becoming a potential powerful tool for the B2B Marketing professional. Some leading marketing automation service providers have created applications […]

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