Exact Target is a “good fit,” according to Constellation Research CEO and principal analyst Ray Wang. “ExactTarget has a great list of customers on core marketing automation and campaign management.”
In regards to the Marketo rumor, Wang speculated, “Marketo was probably too expensive for Salesforce.com, who needs a marketing automation product.”
The ExactTarget acquisition places Salesforce.com in direct competition with Marketo and other marketing automation and campaign products. “As a [Salesforce.com] partner, I'd be worried if you are doing core marketing automation and campaign management,” Wang added. “But as a customer, this accelerates [Salesforce.com’s] ability to deliver on the Marketing Cloud.”
In terms of how it will integrate ExactTarget into the Marketing Cloud, the platform will be “integrated where it makes sense,” according to Michael Lazerow, founder and CEO of Buddy Media, now CMO of the Salesforce.com Marketing Cloud.
“ExactTarget has been around since 2000. They have 2,000 employees worldwide, and we’re looking to accelerate their solutions wherever possible,” Lazerow said. “Being able to connect with customers across channels through email, social and the web is critical for us, and ExactTarget fits those needs perfectly.”
Salesforce.com has said it plans to combine ExactTarget with its marketing products: social listening with Radian6, publishing with Buddy Media and advertising with Social.com. The deal is expected to close before the end of the second quarter on July 31.