Forrester to Buy SiriusDecisions for $245 Million

Tech analysis firm Forrester has agreed to buy B2B advisory SiriusDecisions for $245 million. Forrester says the deal doubles its potential market by adding operational expertise to Forrester’s strategic consulting. Sirius is expected to add approximately $100 million revenue in 2019, giving the deal a 2.5x revenue multiple. It’s a ratio similar to Forrester’s own $820 million market capitalization on about $340 million revenue.

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Facebook and Instagram Drove 94% of Social Traffic to Retail Sites: Salesforce Report

November 29, 2018

By now you’ve seen plenty of reports about record-breaking online sales during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday-to-Cyber-Monday period. But you might still be surprised that Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram drove 94% of all social traffic to retail sites. So says a report from Salesforce drawing from data captured in its systems. What, you thought Salesforce couldn’t see its client data? Don’t be silly.

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CX Is Marketing Turf: CMO Council and IBM

November 27, 2018

Doubtful that technologists are really in charge of CX? Maybe you’re right: a CMO Council and IBM survey found that 61% said marketing owned customer experience strategy. Just 13% of respondents were CMOs while 61% were CEO, President, or COO. So less bias in that audience than you might expect. Only 20% said they had real-time access to all relevant customer data across the organization. Technology gaps were the most common obstacle to removing data silos (53%), although talent (48%) and time (45%) were close behind.

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One-Third of Marketers Will Buy a CDP This Year: Optimove Survey

May 31, 2023

Just over one-third of marketers plan to either buy a new CDP (21%) or replace an existing one (13%) this year, according to this Optimove survey. Unfortunately, it doesn’t report how many have a CDP already in place, which would put the other values in perspective. It does seem that CDPs are a relatively low priority: they rank sixth on the list of new systems and eighth on the list of systems to replace.

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