Marketo today announced its acquisition of Crowd Factory, Inc., a social campaign management platform. In the company’s first acquisition, Marketo aims to provide integrated social marketing functionality within marketing automation. The combined solution is designed to enable marketers to amplify and measure social-enabled campaigns.
The Crowd Factory platform helps marketers accelerate social and word-of-mouth marketing, grow marketing databases and attract new customers via social profiles. The platform allows marketers to add social applications and messages to every channel, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds, as well as landing pages, web sites, banner ads and emails. Crowd Factory automatically tracks the reach and impact of social sharing, and it provides feedback on social marketing ROI. The platform has been implemented by companies such as Molson Coors, Sony Music, Jive Software, Quickoffice and British Telecom.