Welcome to the Marketing Cloud™
“Cloud computing” lets customers take advantage of services and resources delivered as an online utility – meaning users get the benefits of the technology without worrying about the technical details. The dramatic benefits of enterprise cloud computing services include: lower capital investment, faster implementation, reduced risk, proven security and improved scalability to handle the increased amounts of data. And, since cloud-based services can share data and processes, they can more easily deliver integrated capabilities and faster innovation. Simply stated, “the cloud” promises fast, easy access to the next generation of complementary business services.
Marketing in the Cloud
Given these benefits, it’s no surprise that marketing services have shifted to the cloud at an accelerated pace. Marketing is the #1 discretionary expense for today’s corporations, yet marketers suffer from a constant lack of budget for capital investment and IT support. This means marketers need fast, easy access to tools that will help them drive demand for their products and quickly evaluate the effectiveness of their programs – which is exactly what cloud computing can deliver.
At the same time, cloud computing is transforming the way marketing gets done today. Buyers are spending more of their time online, searching for information, interacting with like-minded colleagues and friends over cloud-based social networks, and having their own content hosted in the cloud. Offline marketing techniques continue to plummet in their effectiveness, even as new cloud-optimized marketing strategies such as social media, paid search and search engine optimization deliver both short and long-term results.
These trends make cloud-based marketing services a no-brainer. The tools that marketers share with sales and support are doing their job very well, but marketers need more. What they need is in the cloud.
Marketing Cloud™ Formation
Introducing the Marketing Cloud™, a collection of cloud-based marketing services that make internal marketing functions more efficient and external marketing programs more effective. The Marketing Cloud™ is where successful organizations are running their marketing programs, delivering fast and easy access to powerful enterprise cloud computing capabilities – without the cost, risk and complexity of traditional marketing platforms.
The Marketing Cloud™ complements and enhances the Sales Cloud and Service Cloud pioneered by salesforce.com.
Until now, the promise of the Marketing Cloud™ was inhibited because marketing is such a broad, multi-faceted function that no one company can provide a complete set of required services. That’s why leading innovators that span a broad range of marketing categories are joining forces to define and galvanize the Marketing Cloud™. Only by coming together as a group committed to providing open, interoperable and secure services can the Marketing Cloud™ be realized.
Marketing Cloud™ Scenario
- In the Marketing Cloud, when a prospect clicks on a Google AdWords ad, Demandbase’s real-time technology can resolve the prospect’s IP address to identify his or her company and industry, and by passing that information to Marketo, a more targeted, relevant landing page can be presented.
- Data.com dynamically augments the data profile with additional contact and firmographic information.
- Marketo scores the lead using this information, and based on lead score, the prospect is automatically invited to a virtual event hosted by ON24. Event results are automatically tracked in Marketo, important news and background on the prospect is provided by Hoovers.com.
Get Ahead in the Marketing Cloud™
Like all dynamic cloud formations, the Marketing Cloud™ community will continue to morph and evolve over time. Marketing professionals at all levels of experience are encouraged to contribute to its definition and ongoing discussions. Join us at www.marketing-cloud.com to find thought-provoking articles, share best practices and participate in a vibrant community forum. Sign up for webinars, meet-ups and virtual events or continue the conversation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter — hashtag “#mktgcloud”.
The Marketing Cloud™ offers modern businesses a new way of thinking about and consuming marketing technology and services. Whether your business requirements include lists and data hygiene, lead generation, marketing automation, online events, business intelligence or any other marketing capability, Marketing Cloud™ services promise fast implementation and easy integration, with the range and scalability to meet the needs of companies of all sizes.
- Business Intelligence
- Content Management
- Lead Generation
- Lists and Data Hygiene
- Marketing Automation
- Marketing Resource Management
- Online Meetings
- Online Presentations
- Press and Media Relations
- Sales Intelligence
- Social Media
- Web Analytics
- Virtual Tradeshows