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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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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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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“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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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 2

SugarCon Shows How Sweet CRM Can Be, Day 2

Gumdrops by terren in Virginia   No surprise, the second day of SugarCon was as satisfying as the first. Keynote 1 Brian Halligan, CEO of HubSpot started the day with the story of how he realized “inbound marketing” was the proper way to match your marketing efforts with a customer’s buying habits.  One of the most interesting things he shared was the list of the most popular keywords used that are linked […]

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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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