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This section highlights news announcements, solution provider growth news and platform enhancements in the B2B industry.



LinkedIn To Acquire Bizo For $175M Print E-mail
Written by Brian Anderson, Associate Editor   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:06

LinkedIn-Bizo logosLinkedIn has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Bizo, a business audience marketing platform provider. The deal is valued at $175 million, with 10% being paid in company stock and the remainder in cash, and is expected to close in Q3 2014.

“This gives LinkedIn another way to serve its customers, who want ways to reach B2B buyers,” said David M. Raab, Principal, Raab Associates in an interview with Demand Gen Report. “The move should also allow much better targeting by Bizo, based on LinkedIn data. And it makes it easier to do targeting on LinkedIn’s own pages.”

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SAVO Unveils New Sales Productivity App Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 08:56

SAVO logoSAVO Group announced the launch of Sales Presentation Pro, a tool designed to guide users through the PowerPoint presentation compilation process to expedite creation, maintain brand consistency and ensure regulatory compliance.

In the company’s Maturity Benchmark assessment of more than 300 customers, SAVO determined that only 38% of companies are effective at controlling sales content and messaging to ensure compliance with company policies and regulatory requirements. Sales Presentation Pro uses a Q&A wizard that applies business logic, content and industry priorities to recommend relevant presentation slides for final decks.

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Enhancements Simplify Marketing, Personalize Customer Experiences Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:57

Oracle Interact 2014 logoAt its Oracle Marketing Cloud Interact 2014 event this week, Oracle announced upgrades to the Oracle Marketing Cloud designed to deliver simplified, customer-centric marketing and create ideal customers. Key enhancements include look-alike modeling to help companies accurately pinpoint ideal customer prospects, more mobile-native engagement options, and content marketing capabilities that make it easier for marketers to simplify content creation and distribution across multiple channels. 

The upgrades further integrate Oracle’s range of marketing solutions — which include Oracle EloquaOracle ResponsysOracle BlueKaiOracle Content Marketing and Oracle Social Marketing — and reinforce Oracle Marketing Cloud’s position as the industry’s most comprehensive marketing platform.

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Act-On Upgrades Platform With Dynamic Funnel Reports, Expanded Integrations Print E-mail
Written by Kim Ann Zimmermann, Managing Editor   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:46

Act-On-TransparentAct-On Software announced its latest platform enhancements designed to empower marketers with the flexibility and control to customize individual user experiences and reports based on unique business processes.

“We’ve really focused on four key areas: Updating the users experience, customization, content and funnel reporting,” said Atri Chatterjee, CMO of Act-On Software, in an interview with Demand Gen Report. “In particular, the new funnel reports enable users to customize reports and view data in real time. They can run multiple funnels simultaneously to perform such tasks as tracking a particular campaign or modeling a buyer’s journey.

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Study: Sales People Feel Unprepared For Critical Conversations Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:46

CorporateVisions logoA new Corporate Visions study reveals a disconnect between where sales people feel pressure and how well their companies prepare them for critical sales conversations.

Sales reps feel “grossly unprepared” when it comes to interactions regarding justifying the investment and negotiations, according to Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer for Corporate Visions.

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Brainshark Launches New Features For Rapid Learning Solution Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 08:39

brainshark logoBrainshark has announced two new features for its Rapid Learning management solution, including the ability to sync course data with Salesforce and directly import third-party content that complies with standards for online learning content—known as SCORM .

With the SCORM Import Module, users can now import third-party SCORM-compliant content into Brainshark Rapid Learning as individual courses or as part of multi-course curriculums. Rapid Learning users can now maximize their investments in third-party tools to create the perfect learning environment.

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GrowthCloud Announces New Revenue Performance Features Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:09

Growthcloud logoGrowthCloud, a provider of cloud-based revenue planning and execution software, announced the launch of GrowthCloud 2.0, which includes a variety of new features and capabilities that will help users increase their revenue performance.

Opportunity Modeling is one of the many new features that allows GrowthCloud to have better visibility and more control into their revenue’s future. Along with this, the new Risk Modeling feature continuously locates risks and connects them to the company’s strategic and revenue impact—aiding users in minimizing financial risk factors.

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As Marketers Scramble To Comply With Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, Other Countries Could Follow Print E-mail
Written by Brian Anderson, Associate Editor   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:03

anti-spam photoAs the implications of the recent Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) come to light, marketers on an international level are buzzing about potential compliance issues that their businesses need to overcome and the possibility that other countries may adopt similar legislation.  

The law — which passed in December 2010 and went into effect July 1 — is designed to protect Canadian citizens from spam. Marketers are unable to send email, social media and text messages without a recipient’s consent.

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Vidyard Unveils Tool To Create Branded Video Channels Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:19

vidyard logoVidyard has introduced Vidyard Video Hubs, a product that enables marketers to create custom-branded video channels on their own corporate web sites. Built on the Vidyard video marketing platform, Video Hubs is a turnkey solution for creating immersive video channels that can identify and track individual viewers and report on the performance of each video asset.

The majority of video content has been spread across countless landing pages and off-site channels, limiting discoverability and hindering a brand's ability to glean valuable information about audience engagement and to take advantage of the SEO benefits of a growing video library.

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