Wednesday, April 03, 2013

ReachForce Buys SetLogik: One-Stop-Shopping for B2B Marketing Data Plus Database

B2B marketing data vendor ReachForce today announced its purchase  of SetLogik, which provides technology to build cloud-based marketing databases and do predictive modeling against them. (See my post from last October for more on SetLogik.)

There’s an obvious peanut butter-meets-jelly type of logic to this match. Reachforce’s core business is assembling data on marketing prospects, which it then sells for as many uses as possible: appending to Web leads, enhancing existing databases, and buying as lists. The SetLogik acquisition takes this a step further by letting them build databases to hold their data, thereby expanding the market beyond people with a database already in place. Conversely, having a readily-available data source encourages marketers to build their own database. SetLogik’s predictive modeling features make it even easier for marketers to get a return on their investment once the database is in place. Everybody wins!

The two products will be combined in what ReachForce calls the “Connected Marketing Data Hub”. The name is frightfully generic, but the key points are:
  • cloud-based system, making it easy to deploy
  • comprehensive customer view including data from marketing automation, CRM, transaction systems, and ReachForce’s own sources
  • continuously updated and cleansed
  • connectors available for, Eloqua, and Marketo  

In other words, the ReachForce solution supplements rather than replaces your marketing automation or CRM database. As I wrote in my earlier SetLogik review, one particularly attractive result is the ability to match sales revenues with marketing leads, always a challenge in measuring the value of marketing programs.

ReachForce has just begun to offer the combined system, which is currently deployed at one pilot client. Pricing is based on data volume, whether the client wants a one-time append or continuous cleaning, and on the data sources included. Minimum is $625 per month for continuous cleaning on 50,000 records.

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