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Oracle Buys Eloqua: Expanding Marketing Footprint

Eloqua’s Fit in the Oracle Application Portolio Eloqua is being brought in as the ‘centerpiece of the marketing cloud’ solution within the broader Customer Experience Cloud offering.  The Customer Experience Cloud is Oracle’s comprehensive go-to-market strategy for its CRM offerings that it introduced in mid-2012.  Additionally, Eloqua will be leveraged …

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How bright is the silver lining of Salesforce.com’s Marketing Cloud?

At their annual Dreamforce shindig last week Salesforce.com announced the formalization of their marketing capabilities as the Marketing Cloud. Essentially it is a coupling of four key pillars of Salesforce.com’s front end: Customer intelligence: Data.com enriches contact and account information with fresh feeds from sources such as LinkedIn and many …

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The Four Stages of Data Driven Marketing

Who is your customer? It is a deceptively complex question that a surprising number of B2B companies cannot answer. The difficulty stems from several causes: Inconsistent definitions for customer attributes (account name, industry, segment, organizational hierarchy, contact name/email, etc.) Fragmentation of the data across multiple databases and applications Departmental perspectives …

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Channel Marketing Automation – When CRM is not Enough

Whether you pursue a lead through direct sales or a partner it doesn’t really matter how you get the lead. But what happens next? With your direct sales, you track the nurturing process as the lead develops into an opportunity. You measure your sales reps by the number of meetings …

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