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Our Take On Oracle’s $871 Million Eloqua Acquisition


Oracle_headquartersOracle
announced today that it will acquire Eloqua, Inc. for $871 million. Oracle will pay $23.50 per share for Eloqua, a 31% premium over the marketing automation vendor's closing stock price of $17.92 yesterday.

According to an Oracle news release, it will use Eloqua's technology to create a "Customer Experience Cloud" offering enterprises a single, end-to-end suite of cloud applications to acquire, sell to, service and support customers. Specifically, Oracle apparently plans to rebrand Eloqua's marketing automation platform as the "Oracle Marketing Cloud" and to position it alongside its current customer experience offerings.

Aprimo Unveils Relationship Manager Update


Aprimo
, a provider of B2B and B2C marketing automation solutions, today released an update to its Aprimo Relationship Manager, part of the company's suite of cloud-based Integrated Marketing Management (IMM) applications.

According to a company news release, version 6.6 of Aprimo Relationship Manager includes a number of user interface and technology integration enhancements. The update comes a week after the company announced its Digital Messaging Center, which will integrate with the latest update.

Metrics & Mobility Key Themes At Upcoming Sales 2.0 Conference


Sales2.0As research continues to show gaps in formal sales processes, organizations are at the same time challenged now more than ever to fuel growth via innovative sales strategies. During the Sales 2.0 Conference June 20, 2011 in Boston, Michael Dunne, Research VP at Gartner Research will address this keynote when he delivers the keynote presentation on sales innovation.

Dunne’s presentation will focus on how sales innovations are gaining substantial attention in social software, analytics and in-line support for key selling processes as measures to help elevate performance.

Metrics & Mobility Key Themes At Upcoming Sales 2.0 Conference


Sales2.0As research continues to show gaps in formal sales processes, organizations are at the same time challenged now more than ever to fuel growth via innovative sales strategies. During the Sales 2.0 Conference June 20, 2011 in Boston, Michael Dunne, Research VP at Gartner Research will address this keynote when he delivers the keynote presentation on sales innovation.

Dunne’s presentation will focus on how sales innovations are gaining substantial attention in social software, analytics and in-line support for key selling processes as measures to help elevate performance.

Oracle Acquires Social Marketing Vendor Vitrue In $300M Deal


Oracle
has long been known for spending big money buying its way into hot new markets. This week's example: The software giant's announcement that it has purchased social marketing platform vendor Vitrue.

The Vitrue platform gives marketers a single set of tools to manage their presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and other social media platforms. It includes an integrated set of content creation, publishing, moderation, management and reporting/analytics tools designed for social marketing campaigns.

Metrics & Mobility Key Themes At Upcoming Sales 2.0 Conference


Sales2.0As research continues to show gaps in formal sales processes, organizations are at the same time challenged now more than ever to fuel growth via innovative sales strategies. During the Sales 2.0 Conference June 20, 2011 in Boston, Michael Dunne, Research VP at Gartner Research will address this keynote when he delivers the keynote presentation on sales innovation.

Dunne’s presentation will focus on how sales innovations are gaining substantial attention in social software, analytics and in-line support for key selling processes as measures to help elevate performance.

Forrester Wave Report Cites Cross Channel Campaign Tool Leaders

Forrester Research recently released its Cross-Channel Campaign Management Wave Report, the research firm’s first evaluation of cross-channel campaign management (CCCM). With the goal of spotlighting how vendors "support marketers in program management, multichannel execution, cross-channel decision management, optimization, measurement, and analytics," the report selected the top 11 vendors in CCCM capabilities.

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