Enterprise marketing software
2019. Mailchimp expanded from email to full marketing platform
Mailchimp, that is known best as a popular tool for customer-facing email activities, will start to offer a full marketing platform aimed at smaller organizations. The new platform will feature a number of new products within it. They include technology to record and track customer leads; the ability to purchase domains and build sites; ad retargeting on Facebook and Instagram; social media management. It will also offer business intelligence that leverages a new move into the artificial intelligence to provide recommendations to users on how and when to market to whom. The latter of these will be particularly interesting considering the data that it has collected and will collect on 4 billion individuals and their responses to emails and other services that Mailchimp now offers.
2018. Salesforce released new product - Customer 360
Customer 360 is a new software pulls the various customer data pieces together into a more unified view from the Salesforce product family. It is based on the technology from Salesforce's $6.5 billion Mulesoft acquisition.This should in theory allow the customer service representative talking to you on the phone to get the total picture of your interactions with the company, thereby reducing that need to repeat yourself because the information wasn’t passed on. The idea here is to bring all of the different products — sales, service, community, commerce and marketing — into a single unified view of the customer. And they allow you to do this with actually writing any code, according to the company.
2018. Adobe acquires Marketo for $4.75 billion
Adobe it to acquire marketing automation company Marketo for $4.75 billion. The deal gives Adobe a strong position in enterprise marketing as it competes with Salesforce, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. It also gives Adobe a huge boost for its Marketing Cloud offering and provides it with not only a missing piece, but Marketo’s base of 5000 customers and the opportunity to increase revenue in this part of their catalogue, while allowing them to compete harder inside the enterprise.
2018. HubSpot added customer service tools to its marketing platform
HubSpot is expanding beyond sales and marketing with the official launch of its Service Hub for managing customer service. It includes an universal inbox for all your customer communications, a bot-builder to automate some of those customer interactions, tools for building a company knowledge base (which can then be fed into the bot-builder), tools for creating surveys and a dashboard to track how your service team is doing. ServiceHub benefits from being integrated with HubSpot’s existing products, allowing businesses to track their interactions with a customer across sales, marketing and support.
2015. Marketing platform Adobe Campaign adds new integrations
The new Adobe Campaign integrations include what Adobe officials call contextually relevant email, shoppable media experiences and other integrations across Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions. With "contextually relevant emails," Adobe wants to provide marketers with the capabilities to capture the right email at the point when a prospect opens an email. It captures contextual data from Adobe Target and Adobe Campaign (e.g., purchase history, interests, time, location, demographic details, etc.). The content can also change while it’s in the inbox or updated later as other contextual data is gathered. Other integration work includes capabilities out of Adobe Experience Manager, helping marketers by automating the process of personalization better so marketers don't have to spend time coding. It's a "drag and drop" world for many marketers, and Adobe's trying to cater to that here.
2013. Salesforce buys marketing automation system ExactTarget for $2.5B
Everybody knows that CRM - is a hot market. Only lazy vendor doesn't develop CRM system. But the point is that if you compare the total global spendings for sales organization (the main function of CRM) and marketing spendings, the latter will be much higher. And IT-vendors always go where money flows. Therefore, the market of specialized marketing automation systems has emerged. How big is it? Judge for yourself: Salesforce paid $2.5 billion for one of the market leaders - ExactTarget. Moreover, it's not an attempt to kill the game, it's just an attempt to catch up with Oracle and Adobe, that already own more advanced marketing systems. The main functions of ExactTarget are: email-marketing, sms-marketing, landing-page development, organizing offline events and webinars. This is a great complement to Salesforce Marketing Cloud, which fully covers social media marketing.