Although Salesforce.com claims Wave is intended for all enterprise use cases – including marketing – the investment community seemed less convinced.
One Wall Street analyst, during a late afternoon investor meeting, questioned the connections between the recently-rebranded Marketing Cloud (eschewing the ExactTarget branding) and Analytics Cloud.
In response, Scott McCorkle, CEO of the Salesforce.com Marketing Cloud explained that Wave analytics is a “flat offering” for data analytics and business intelligence “in a way that is mobile friendly to an extreme.”
“If you look at the use of the Marketing Cloud and our analytics, it exists for the purposes of measuring digital engagement, who's opening, clicking, visiting [the] website,” he added.
He said some customers apply “other” forms of data for the purposes of marketing segmentation, such as financials or call center data. “[Ticketmaster owner] Live Nation would not use the Marketing Cloud for their operational reporting across all their customers. It would be just for the purposes of those marketing use cases, and the analytics cloud cracks that open to all generalized use cases.”
John DiFucci, an analyst at Jefferies, asked whether the ExactTarget technology was integrated with the remainder of the Salesforce.com platform. McCorkle said strong efforts are underway for platform-level integration, with particular focus on ExactTarget’s Journey Builder tool, designed to manage customer journeys across channels.
Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research asked about the Marketing Cloud’s ability to buy media beyond social ads, such as in display advertising or video.
“Social advertising is much more like a one-to-one interaction than it is a remarketing cookie that one isn’t quite sure who it is in an unidentified world,” McCorkle said. “However, the broader media buying world would be an area of interest to us as we think about our platforms expanding over time. But we sure do like that social advertising part right now.”