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How to Sell Marketing
Automation to Executives
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You know you can’t excel at marketing using email blasts and spreadsheets.You need marketing
automation. Explain why in language they will understand at C-level.Tell them how Modern Marketing
will help you:
•	 Get more done faster with fewer resources.
•	 Reach the right prospects more effectively.
•	 Radically increase conversion rates, revenue,
and alignment between marketing and sales.
The trick is to convince the powers that be of the
value of marketing automation.To succeed, it’s imper-
ative to influence your CEO, CFO, and CIO by
crafting a persuasive argument that’s relevant to
their objectives and concerns.
Join the thousands of sales and marketing profes-
sionals who have already gotten executive buy-in
and are benefiting from the power of marketing
automation.This guide shares their insights about
what keeps executives up at night, how they
view the marketing department, and how market-
ing automation can address their concerns and
win them over.
MODERN MARKETING IS POWERED BY
MARKETING AUTOMATION
In This Guide
Inside your CEO’s head
Inside your CFO’s head
Inside your CIO’s head
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CUST
OMERSATISTFACTION
TH
E
COMPETI
TION
T
OPLINE GRO
W
TH
PROFITABILITY
Your CEO is constantly thinking about top-line growth, customer satisfaction and loyalty, the competi-
tion, and profitability.
IT’S LIKELY THESE TWO QUESTIONS KEEP YOUR CEO UP AT NIGHT:
•	 How is my company going to make its numbers?
•	 Are my competitors going to outperform me and steal my customers?
In other words, your CEO cares most about the things that are variable, not readily measured, and
often uncontrollable.That means that your CEO is all ears when it comes to parts of the business that
can be measured and controlled. For example, if revenues are likely to fall short in a given quarter based
on pipeline or sales forecasts, the CEO can reduce head count and expenses to ensure profitability.
It also means that marketing leaders who make visible ROI contributions will be offered seats at the
executive table.
MAKING INROADS AT THE
CORNER OFFICE
INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD
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Sell Revenue Performance Management
That’s where marketing automation comes in. Revenue performance management (RPM)—enabled
by marketing automation—will catch the CEO’s attention. With RPM, you can manage revenue growth
consistently, quarter over quarter. And marketing automation helps you do that by:
•	 	Transcending the traditional silos of sales and marketing teams by using agreed-upon common
definitions and revenue goals.
•	 	Optimizing spending on marketing programs and sales head count.
•	 	Profiling customer information and behavior accurately.
•	 	Guiding prospects through the buying process by delivering the right messages at the right
time through the right channel.
•	 	Measuring and managing effectiveness at every stage of the buying cycle.
•	 	Effectively identifying the most-effective campaigns and go-to-market strategies.
•	 	Reliably predicting the revenue outcomes of marketing and sales efforts.
WHAT IS REVENUE PERFORMANCE
MANAGEMENT?
RPM is a strategy for managing a
company’s interactions with buyers
through the entire purchase process to
enable dramatically more predictable,
rapid, and profitable revenue growth.
RPM requires a combination of people,
processes, and technology to:
•	 Analyze, model, and forecast the
movement of revenue through an
integrated marketing and sales funnel.
•	 Implement and adhere to a
standardized methodology for the
adoption of best practices at each
revenue stage.
•	 Consistently benchmark performance
to optimize results.
5 BENEFITS OF REVENUE
PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
•	 Shorter and faster sales cycles
•	 Higher average selling prices
•	 More predictable sales forecasts
•	 Higher ROI from marketing and
sales investments
•	 Lower customer acquisition costs
INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD
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5
Make the CEO Your Marketing Automation Champion
Here’s how to optimize the discussion with
your CEO:
Initiate the discussion by explaining the value
of RPM by leveraging marketing automation.
In addition to helping build a more efficient
revenue engine, automation technology enables
marketing and sales to consistently produce
measurable results.
Do center your discussion on the need to
strategize process, systems, and repeat-
able success.
Don’t lead with ROI—your CEO may feel
the topic is out of your league because
you don’t have the systems in place yet to
show how marketing influences pipeline
and revenue.
Do focus on how you and your team can
measure marketing and sales effectiveness
against your peer organizations, as well as
industry benchmarks.
CONVERSATION STARTER
Instead of using fluffy measurements, we’ll be able to consistently and measurably move
prospects from the top of the funnel to a closed deal.
Whatever you do, don’t overpromise and underdeliver.Your CEO will respect the fact that you
want to change sales and marketing processes for the better, not just buy technology.
CONVERSATION STARTER
Successful implementation of marketing automation is more than technology. It also
affects process and people.We will need to modify behaviors and practices to improve
the buyer experience and drive more revenue.
Acknowledge that this is a journey to Modern Marketing and that your teams will adapt with
the right expertise and guidance. Stress that there will be demonstrated value and analytics to
support each stage of the journey.
CONVERSATION STARTER
You’ll receive reports that will demonstrate our success metrics, so you’ll have visibility
into how marketing is directly contributing to pipeline and revenue. Reporting can also
track effectiveness, engagement of prospects through the funnel, and help optimize pro-
gram spend to drive the highest value.
Be sure to emphasize that your competitors are likely considering or already using marketing
automation. Industry benchmarks indicate that adoption of the technology will grow to 50% of
the market in the future. In this case, first-mover advantage is critical.
INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD
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We know that this isn’t news to you, but the person in charge of your company’s finances is all about
the numbers. Finance executives are most concerned about:
•	 	Profitable growth
•	 	Operating expenses
•	 	Return on investment
•	 	Risk and compliance
THE QUESTIONS THAT KEEP YOUR CFO UP AT NIGHT ARE:
•	 How can we grow the business amid weaker demand and a shortage of skilled talent?
•	 How can we maintain margins while enduring intense price pressure and spiraling
healthcare costs?
•	 How can we plan for the future in light of economic uncertainty?
When it comes to marketing’s ability to measure its efforts, the CFO or head of finance are pretty fed
up. It’s no joke to them when you say, “We know that half of our marketing budget is wasted. We just
don’t know which half.” In fact, that’s the reason they often dismiss your monthly presentation to the
executive team.
Your finance executive is also extremely analytical.This person lives for data.That’s why RPM is just
what you need in order to wedge your foot in the door. With the tools integrated into marketing auto-
mation, you can measure everything from the time a lead is generated until it translates into revenue.
You’ll even be able to understand the interactions between various marketing programs and quantify
the future return on today’s spending.
GETTING FINANCE TO SIGN OFF
INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD
OPERATINGEXPENSES
PROFITA
BLE
RISK
ROI
GROWTH
7
Show Finance the Money
Explain to your finance executive that RPM
will empower the organization to confidently
measure your contribution to revenue and that
marketing automation will deliver the data to
make that happen.
CONVERSATION STARTER
This could be an avenue for success in marketing accountability, as well as how to
improve business drivers.
Emphasize that in addition to measuring results, RPM and marketing automation will help you
more strategically allocate marketing funds.
CONVERSATION STARTER
Instead of basing our plans on intuition, we’ll have the data we need in order to make
informed decisions about this year’s marketing programs. By tying our campaigns and
programs more closely and effectively to the buyer’s journey, we can focus our marketing
budget where we’re likely to reap the biggest financial gains.
We will pull in opportunity and revenue data from our CRM system to gain complete
visibility into what’s working and what’s not so we don’t waste time and money on
ineffective campaigns.
CONVERSATION STARTER
Marketing automation will relieve us from manual, repetitive tasks associated with lead
generation, scoring, nurturing, and event management.That means that we can get
more done with the same staff.
Punctuate this budget point with anticipated cost savings in the areas of agency support and
outsourcing of tasks. Wrap up the discussion by focusing on how you’ll be able to generate
reports that give visibility into campaign ROI.
INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD
8
Explain How Marketing Automation Delivers Results
When it comes to making a significant purchase, your CFO needs to see a business
case with ROI that demonstrates a minimum rate of return.
Marketing automation is an investment that can do just that—and much more:
•	 	Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads
at 33% lower cost.
•	 	Mature lead generation and management practices drive a 9.3% higher
sales quota achievement rate.
•	 	Companies that get lead scoring right have a 192% higher average
lead qualification rate.
•	 	Relevant emails drive 18 times more revenue than batch-and-blast emails.
•	 	Companies that automate lead management see a 10% or greater increase
in revenue in 6-9 months.
•	 	46% of marketers using mature lead management have sales teams that
follow up on 75% of their leads.
•	 	Businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience
a 451% increase in qualified leads.
INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD
9
INFRASTRUCTUREOPTIMIZATION
BUSINESSINTELLIGENCE
VIRTUALIZATIONANDCLOUDCOMPUTING
GLOBALOPERATIONS
SUPPORTFORMOBILEWORKERS&DEVICES
BUSINESSAGILITY
DATAANDSYSTEMSECURITY
PROCESSAUTOMATION
You likely feel you have little in common with the person who runs your company’s IT department. And
that’s largely true. Although you frequently need assistance from IT to implement campaigns and land-
ing pages, post new content to the website, and send out emails, your CIO or head of IT is focused on
lots of other issues, including:
WHAT KEEPS YOUR CIO UP AT NIGHT?
•	 How can the company accomplish our goals when we’re constrained by insufficient funding, lack
of time and technical resources, and poor support from management?
•	 How can IT meet the business needs in a streamlined fashion?
•	 How can we deliver the insights needed to make informed business decisions?
•	 How can we convince the business of the strategic value of IT?
No wonder the head of IT cringes when you approach.That person is used to marketing painting a
rosy, 30,000-foot view of creative programs and goals and thinks you don’t have a clue about what
it takes to make your vision a reality. Compounding matters, your CIO is frustrated because you
bring IT in at the last minute when you want to purchase a new solution. It’s no surprise that
marketing and IT often play the blame game.
WINNING OVER IT
INSIDEYOUR CIO’S HEAD
10
Impress IT with Your Practical Side
So here’s the approach you need to take to win over IT. First, explain how an investment in marketing
automation is a win for both Marketing and IT.The solution:
•	 	Creates a single marketing system of record for consolidated reporting.
•	 	Provides valuable insight into lead and opportunity funnels.
•	 	Improves data quality and standardization.
Keep in mind that your CIO will be considering all the interdependencies associated with each of these
questions. As you’re starting your research into marketing automation solutions, ask if you can meet
with the head of IT to get a comprehensive list of questions.Then schedule a follow-up meeting in
which you can share the answers.
QUESTIONS FROM IT
Generalities don’t register with the
head of IT, so be prepared to answer
the following questions in a detailed,
structured way:
•	 How does this solution work? For
example, is it hosted on-premises
or is it a SaaS offering? And what’s
required of IT to get it working in our
environment?
•	 How and where is our data stored,
transmitted, and protected? And what
measures exist so that plugging in to
the solution doesn’t compromise our
existing operations and security?
•	 What are the regular, ongoing
operational aspects of the solution?
And how do these affect my team and
other systems within my organization?
•	 What type of ongoing support does the
vendor deliver?
•	 If we aren’t happy with the solution,
what does it take to extract ourselves
from it, both operationally and
contractually?
TIPS FOR GETTING IT ON BOARD
•	 Present your points in a concrete,
logical manner.
•	 Introduce IT to the automation vendor
early on.
•	 Meet with your IT group to find out how
to ensure a smooth implementation.
INSIDEYOUR CIO’S HEAD
10
11
Now you have the insights and guidance you need in order to get your executive team to see the
value of Modern Marketing. Just remember: don’t sell marketing automation to the CEO or the CFO.
They don’t care about the tool. But they do care about the results it can deliver. And your head of IT
needs to understand how the solution fits into the existing environment without further burdening the
IT group. Following these guidelines will put you well on your way to deploying a powerful marketing
automation solution.
1	 Personalize the customer experience while increasing revenue.
2	 Explain how marketing automation delivers a return on investment.
3	 Create a single marketing system of record using software as a service (SaaS).
IT’S AS EASY AS 1-2-3
12
Copyright © 2015, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
About Oracle Marketing Cloud
Modern Marketers choose Oracle Marketing Cloud to build customer obsessed cultures, create and
manage ideal customers, and power revenue performance.They transform marketing by truly know-
ing the customer, engaging with cross-channel marketing, and achieving data driven accountability.
Integrated information from cross-channel, content, and social marketing with data management and
activation along with hundreds of app and data partners enables them to target, engage, convert,
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How to Sell Marketing Automation to Executives

  • 1. 1 How to Sell Marketing Automation to Executives
  • 2. 2 You know you can’t excel at marketing using email blasts and spreadsheets.You need marketing automation. Explain why in language they will understand at C-level.Tell them how Modern Marketing will help you: • Get more done faster with fewer resources. • Reach the right prospects more effectively. • Radically increase conversion rates, revenue, and alignment between marketing and sales. The trick is to convince the powers that be of the value of marketing automation.To succeed, it’s imper- ative to influence your CEO, CFO, and CIO by crafting a persuasive argument that’s relevant to their objectives and concerns. Join the thousands of sales and marketing profes- sionals who have already gotten executive buy-in and are benefiting from the power of marketing automation.This guide shares their insights about what keeps executives up at night, how they view the marketing department, and how market- ing automation can address their concerns and win them over. MODERN MARKETING IS POWERED BY MARKETING AUTOMATION In This Guide Inside your CEO’s head Inside your CFO’s head Inside your CIO’s head
  • 3. 3 CUST OMERSATISTFACTION TH E COMPETI TION T OPLINE GRO W TH PROFITABILITY Your CEO is constantly thinking about top-line growth, customer satisfaction and loyalty, the competi- tion, and profitability. IT’S LIKELY THESE TWO QUESTIONS KEEP YOUR CEO UP AT NIGHT: • How is my company going to make its numbers? • Are my competitors going to outperform me and steal my customers? In other words, your CEO cares most about the things that are variable, not readily measured, and often uncontrollable.That means that your CEO is all ears when it comes to parts of the business that can be measured and controlled. For example, if revenues are likely to fall short in a given quarter based on pipeline or sales forecasts, the CEO can reduce head count and expenses to ensure profitability. It also means that marketing leaders who make visible ROI contributions will be offered seats at the executive table. MAKING INROADS AT THE CORNER OFFICE INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD
  • 4. 4 Sell Revenue Performance Management That’s where marketing automation comes in. Revenue performance management (RPM)—enabled by marketing automation—will catch the CEO’s attention. With RPM, you can manage revenue growth consistently, quarter over quarter. And marketing automation helps you do that by: • Transcending the traditional silos of sales and marketing teams by using agreed-upon common definitions and revenue goals. • Optimizing spending on marketing programs and sales head count. • Profiling customer information and behavior accurately. • Guiding prospects through the buying process by delivering the right messages at the right time through the right channel. • Measuring and managing effectiveness at every stage of the buying cycle. • Effectively identifying the most-effective campaigns and go-to-market strategies. • Reliably predicting the revenue outcomes of marketing and sales efforts. WHAT IS REVENUE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT? RPM is a strategy for managing a company’s interactions with buyers through the entire purchase process to enable dramatically more predictable, rapid, and profitable revenue growth. RPM requires a combination of people, processes, and technology to: • Analyze, model, and forecast the movement of revenue through an integrated marketing and sales funnel. • Implement and adhere to a standardized methodology for the adoption of best practices at each revenue stage. • Consistently benchmark performance to optimize results. 5 BENEFITS OF REVENUE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT • Shorter and faster sales cycles • Higher average selling prices • More predictable sales forecasts • Higher ROI from marketing and sales investments • Lower customer acquisition costs INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD 4
  • 5. 5 Make the CEO Your Marketing Automation Champion Here’s how to optimize the discussion with your CEO: Initiate the discussion by explaining the value of RPM by leveraging marketing automation. In addition to helping build a more efficient revenue engine, automation technology enables marketing and sales to consistently produce measurable results. Do center your discussion on the need to strategize process, systems, and repeat- able success. Don’t lead with ROI—your CEO may feel the topic is out of your league because you don’t have the systems in place yet to show how marketing influences pipeline and revenue. Do focus on how you and your team can measure marketing and sales effectiveness against your peer organizations, as well as industry benchmarks. CONVERSATION STARTER Instead of using fluffy measurements, we’ll be able to consistently and measurably move prospects from the top of the funnel to a closed deal. Whatever you do, don’t overpromise and underdeliver.Your CEO will respect the fact that you want to change sales and marketing processes for the better, not just buy technology. CONVERSATION STARTER Successful implementation of marketing automation is more than technology. It also affects process and people.We will need to modify behaviors and practices to improve the buyer experience and drive more revenue. Acknowledge that this is a journey to Modern Marketing and that your teams will adapt with the right expertise and guidance. Stress that there will be demonstrated value and analytics to support each stage of the journey. CONVERSATION STARTER You’ll receive reports that will demonstrate our success metrics, so you’ll have visibility into how marketing is directly contributing to pipeline and revenue. Reporting can also track effectiveness, engagement of prospects through the funnel, and help optimize pro- gram spend to drive the highest value. Be sure to emphasize that your competitors are likely considering or already using marketing automation. Industry benchmarks indicate that adoption of the technology will grow to 50% of the market in the future. In this case, first-mover advantage is critical. INSIDEYOUR CEO’S HEAD
  • 6. 6 We know that this isn’t news to you, but the person in charge of your company’s finances is all about the numbers. Finance executives are most concerned about: • Profitable growth • Operating expenses • Return on investment • Risk and compliance THE QUESTIONS THAT KEEP YOUR CFO UP AT NIGHT ARE: • How can we grow the business amid weaker demand and a shortage of skilled talent? • How can we maintain margins while enduring intense price pressure and spiraling healthcare costs? • How can we plan for the future in light of economic uncertainty? When it comes to marketing’s ability to measure its efforts, the CFO or head of finance are pretty fed up. It’s no joke to them when you say, “We know that half of our marketing budget is wasted. We just don’t know which half.” In fact, that’s the reason they often dismiss your monthly presentation to the executive team. Your finance executive is also extremely analytical.This person lives for data.That’s why RPM is just what you need in order to wedge your foot in the door. With the tools integrated into marketing auto- mation, you can measure everything from the time a lead is generated until it translates into revenue. You’ll even be able to understand the interactions between various marketing programs and quantify the future return on today’s spending. GETTING FINANCE TO SIGN OFF INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD OPERATINGEXPENSES PROFITA BLE RISK ROI GROWTH
  • 7. 7 Show Finance the Money Explain to your finance executive that RPM will empower the organization to confidently measure your contribution to revenue and that marketing automation will deliver the data to make that happen. CONVERSATION STARTER This could be an avenue for success in marketing accountability, as well as how to improve business drivers. Emphasize that in addition to measuring results, RPM and marketing automation will help you more strategically allocate marketing funds. CONVERSATION STARTER Instead of basing our plans on intuition, we’ll have the data we need in order to make informed decisions about this year’s marketing programs. By tying our campaigns and programs more closely and effectively to the buyer’s journey, we can focus our marketing budget where we’re likely to reap the biggest financial gains. We will pull in opportunity and revenue data from our CRM system to gain complete visibility into what’s working and what’s not so we don’t waste time and money on ineffective campaigns. CONVERSATION STARTER Marketing automation will relieve us from manual, repetitive tasks associated with lead generation, scoring, nurturing, and event management.That means that we can get more done with the same staff. Punctuate this budget point with anticipated cost savings in the areas of agency support and outsourcing of tasks. Wrap up the discussion by focusing on how you’ll be able to generate reports that give visibility into campaign ROI. INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD
  • 8. 8 Explain How Marketing Automation Delivers Results When it comes to making a significant purchase, your CFO needs to see a business case with ROI that demonstrates a minimum rate of return. Marketing automation is an investment that can do just that—and much more: • Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% lower cost. • Mature lead generation and management practices drive a 9.3% higher sales quota achievement rate. • Companies that get lead scoring right have a 192% higher average lead qualification rate. • Relevant emails drive 18 times more revenue than batch-and-blast emails. • Companies that automate lead management see a 10% or greater increase in revenue in 6-9 months. • 46% of marketers using mature lead management have sales teams that follow up on 75% of their leads. • Businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads. INSIDEYOUR CFO’S HEAD
  • 9. 9 INFRASTRUCTUREOPTIMIZATION BUSINESSINTELLIGENCE VIRTUALIZATIONANDCLOUDCOMPUTING GLOBALOPERATIONS SUPPORTFORMOBILEWORKERS&DEVICES BUSINESSAGILITY DATAANDSYSTEMSECURITY PROCESSAUTOMATION You likely feel you have little in common with the person who runs your company’s IT department. And that’s largely true. Although you frequently need assistance from IT to implement campaigns and land- ing pages, post new content to the website, and send out emails, your CIO or head of IT is focused on lots of other issues, including: WHAT KEEPS YOUR CIO UP AT NIGHT? • How can the company accomplish our goals when we’re constrained by insufficient funding, lack of time and technical resources, and poor support from management? • How can IT meet the business needs in a streamlined fashion? • How can we deliver the insights needed to make informed business decisions? • How can we convince the business of the strategic value of IT? No wonder the head of IT cringes when you approach.That person is used to marketing painting a rosy, 30,000-foot view of creative programs and goals and thinks you don’t have a clue about what it takes to make your vision a reality. Compounding matters, your CIO is frustrated because you bring IT in at the last minute when you want to purchase a new solution. It’s no surprise that marketing and IT often play the blame game. WINNING OVER IT INSIDEYOUR CIO’S HEAD
  • 10. 10 Impress IT with Your Practical Side So here’s the approach you need to take to win over IT. First, explain how an investment in marketing automation is a win for both Marketing and IT.The solution: • Creates a single marketing system of record for consolidated reporting. • Provides valuable insight into lead and opportunity funnels. • Improves data quality and standardization. Keep in mind that your CIO will be considering all the interdependencies associated with each of these questions. As you’re starting your research into marketing automation solutions, ask if you can meet with the head of IT to get a comprehensive list of questions.Then schedule a follow-up meeting in which you can share the answers. QUESTIONS FROM IT Generalities don’t register with the head of IT, so be prepared to answer the following questions in a detailed, structured way: • How does this solution work? For example, is it hosted on-premises or is it a SaaS offering? And what’s required of IT to get it working in our environment? • How and where is our data stored, transmitted, and protected? And what measures exist so that plugging in to the solution doesn’t compromise our existing operations and security? • What are the regular, ongoing operational aspects of the solution? And how do these affect my team and other systems within my organization? • What type of ongoing support does the vendor deliver? • If we aren’t happy with the solution, what does it take to extract ourselves from it, both operationally and contractually? TIPS FOR GETTING IT ON BOARD • Present your points in a concrete, logical manner. • Introduce IT to the automation vendor early on. • Meet with your IT group to find out how to ensure a smooth implementation. INSIDEYOUR CIO’S HEAD 10
  • 11. 11 Now you have the insights and guidance you need in order to get your executive team to see the value of Modern Marketing. Just remember: don’t sell marketing automation to the CEO or the CFO. They don’t care about the tool. But they do care about the results it can deliver. And your head of IT needs to understand how the solution fits into the existing environment without further burdening the IT group. Following these guidelines will put you well on your way to deploying a powerful marketing automation solution. 1 Personalize the customer experience while increasing revenue. 2 Explain how marketing automation delivers a return on investment. 3 Create a single marketing system of record using software as a service (SaaS). IT’S AS EASY AS 1-2-3
  • 12. 12 Copyright © 2015, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. About Oracle Marketing Cloud Modern Marketers choose Oracle Marketing Cloud to build customer obsessed cultures, create and manage ideal customers, and power revenue performance.They transform marketing by truly know- ing the customer, engaging with cross-channel marketing, and achieving data driven accountability. Integrated information from cross-channel, content, and social marketing with data management and activation along with hundreds of app and data partners enables them to target, engage, convert, analyze, and use award-winning marketing technology and expertise to deliver personalized customer experiences at every interaction. Visit oracle.com/marketingcloud