The Ultimate List Of B2B Marketing Software For Ambitious Brands

Posted by Foundation Team 21 June, 2018 1 comment

The B2B marketing sphere is full of different software to make running a company just a bit easier.

But sometimes you need to filter out all of the bad ones and get the ones that will truly optimize your business.

So we made a list.

In this post we’re going to highlight the most popular B2B marketing software available today. You heard right, we’re talking about everything from Buffer to HubSpot, ActiveCampaign to Crate.

Let’s get into it…

Marketing Automation Software

Hubspot:

HubSpot is a massive inbound marketing software platform with multiple tools inside it. They have a content management system (CMS), a marketing tool, a sales tool, and a customer relationship management (CRM) system, all geared toward helping you accomplish 6 main things:

  1. Build and modify your site without IT
  2. Get your content in front of the right people
  3. Drive more traffic to key landing pages
  4. Convert more visitors into qualified leads
  5. Turn leads into customers with less effort
  6. Track customers and report your impact on the bottom line

Top features:

List tool to segregate tasks, leads, and priorities.

Workflows to help organize your team based on tasks.

Pipeline Management to help you stay on top of what deals are currently in the works & how far along they are.

Predictive lead scoring to help figure out which leads will get you the most engagement.

What’s unique:

Ability to record and organize every interaction your customer has with the brand.

Pricing:

Pricing for their Marketing Hub goes from a free plan to an enterprise solution starting at $2,400 USD/month.

Pardot:

Pardot is a marketing automation software that is joined with Salesforce that focuses more on visually displaying the needs of the company. Because of its partnership with Salesforce, Pardot combines your sales and marketing team into one easy to use software to:

  1. Generate more leads and move them quickly through the pipeline
  2. Engage buyers on their terms with dynamic, personalized campaigns
  3. Understand each step from click to close, capturing true marketing ROI

Top features:

Sales alignment to easily sell your products.

Smart Lead generation for a steady stream of high quality leads.

Lifecycle ROI reporting to figure out what’s working and what needs fixing.

What’s unique:

Easy CRM integration to help you tie together all of your tools without the unnecessary headaches.

Pricing:

Pricing starts at $1000 US/month and goes to $3000 US/month

Close.io:

Is a Content Management software that makes streamlining your sales activity that much easier. It allows you to quickly contact any leads you have with:

  1. Built-in calling
  2. SMS marketing
  3. Mass calling made easy for sales team

Top features:

Built in one click calling

Automatic call logging

Record calls

Inboxed calls

What’s unique:

Schedule meetings via SMS, or send SMS in bulk

Pricing:

Basic plan starts at $65 US/month and goes up to $165 US/month for businesses.

Bonus:

All of their examples are based around the show Arrested Development and other awesome shows, which is just adorable.

Marketo:

Is a marketing automation software that focuses much more heavily on a personalized experience with personalized:

  1. Emails
  2. Digital Ads
  3. Content
  4. Social and Mobile

Top features:

Focus sales to higher prospects

Scale automated marketing campaigns

Easy to measure and optimize your marketing programs

What’s unique:

Interest through an SEO focus to attract clients.

Pricing:

Pricing upon contact.

Email Software:

Mailchimp:

Are you new to the email marketing game? Still trying to build up your email list? MailChimp is probably going to be the best place for you to start. They’ve been focused on helping new businesses get started in email marketing by offering a free plan and allowing you to:

  1. Connect store to the emailing list for easy integration
  2. Mobile optimization
  3. Ad campaigns on Google, Facebook, and Instagram that can be integrated into the email

Top features:

Large selection of templates

Built in photo editing

Easy E-commerce integration

What’s unique:

It’s free and easy to get started with. It’s perfect for someone just starting up their email list or business, without much experience in email marketing.

Pricing:

MailChimp is free up until you have 2,000 subscribers, at which it scales based on subscriber count.

ActiveCampaign:

Looking to invest in automation? ActiveCampaign may be the best bang for your buck. Their automation flow editor is one of the most user-friendly in the industry. Factor in their tag and CRM functionality and ActiveCampaign positions itself as an industry leader, helping you to:

  1. Run targeted campaigns on autopilot
  2. Tag subscribers and add them to multiple lists
  3. Personalize email content to differentiate messages
  4. Set reminders to take action or a follow up on a reply
  5. Create high quality emails with their drag and drop editor

Top features:

Filter messages to go to the right person

5 step automatic emails

Pre-created automation flows

What’s unique:

Auto-imports contacts from CRM’s, eCommerce platforms, customer service solutions, etc.

Pricing:

Based on 1,000 email subscribers, pricing starts at $29 USD/mo for the lite version, and $279 USD/mo for the enterprise plan.

Campaign Monitor:

Similar to MailChimp and ActiveCampaign, Campaign Monitor is an email marketing software that embraces its position as a user-friendly platform. It comes preloaded with a deep collection of templates for whatever the purpose of your campaign may be. Their core offerings are:

  1. Easily personalized emails to valued customers
  2. Simplified campaign creation with a drag and drop approach

Top features:

Customized signup forms

E-commerce integration with Shopify and other shop sites

Customized transactional emails in line with your brand image

What’s unique:

Allows for the most personalization for each customer you’re in contact with.

Pricing:

Pricing starts at $50 US/month and goes up depending on subscriber numbers.

Campaigner:

Although it isn’t one of the mainstream email platforms, Campaigner still offers a handful of unique features to differentiate from the competition. Their primary value offering is the ability to send recurring emails on a daily, weekly, monthly, or custom basis. They also allow B2B marketers to:

  1. Auto-respond to emails depending on relevancy
  2. A/B split test their email campaigns
  3. Organize and create detailed email workflows
  4. Setup recurring email campaigns

Top features:

Easy to use media library

Mobile email reporting

Monitor customer purchase behaviour

What’s unique:

Easily categories and organize your emails into grids.

Pricing:

Pricing starts at $19.95 US/month and goes up depending on subscriber numbers.

Mailigen:

Similar to Campaigner, Mailigen isn’t necessarily one of the big names of the industry. That said, they do offer a clean, easy-to-use platform with all the core features you’d expect from an email marketing provider, with a focus on humanizing your email efforts. Their core features are:

  1. Intuitive A/B split testing
  2. Deep collection of customizable templates
  3. In-depth email campaign analytics

Top features:

Visual HTML code editor

Allows RSS or XML-based emails

Behaviour based segmentation

What’s unique:

You can test subject lines with an advisor before sending it off to see what click-throughs you can get.

Pricing:

Pricing starts at $10 US/month and goes up depending on subscriber numbers.

Meeting/Webinar Software:

GoToMeeting:

Want to start hosting conference calls with crystal clear audio? Look no further.

GoToMeeting allows you to host international conferences by letting attendees answer a phone call and join. It also allows you to schedule meetings whenever you want with great audio. You can also start video calls on both your desktop and mobile device.

Top features:

Desktop or Mobile options

Personal meeting rooms

Built in audio with no extra charge

Phone system with no codes or pins

What’s unique:

Virtual Whiteboard and drawing tools to draw out plans and ideas while on a call.

Pricing:

Starter plan is $19 US/month and goes up to $49 US/month for the pro plan.

Slack:

Slack is slowly becoming one of the go-to softwares for corporate communication.

With it’s ability to add different channels depending on topics, the ability to check-in with Howdy, and status symbols to show what you’re doing, Slack is one of the more versatile communication methods.

You can also have video calls with anyone in the Slack group and share your screen to show them documents or relevant files.

Bonus? It’s free to download and use.

Skype:

Going back to the classics. What webinar list would be complete without Skype?

Skype allows you to make video or audio calls anywhere in the world, while allowing you to screenshare and record meetings.

It’s generally free, but for long distance calls you can buy Skype credit to complete your call.

Social Media Management Software:

Buffer:

Is one of the biggest social media management softwares in the marketing sphere. Not only does it make it easy to schedule posts, it also lets you quickly see which posts are actually doing the best and make reports based on the data.

Plus you can schedule Instagram posts which is just good for everyone involved.

Top features:

See best posts at a glance

Manage from your mobile device

Track key engagement metrics

What’s unique:

Easy video and GIF uploader to jazz up your posts.

Pricing:

Starts at $99 US/month and goes up depending on team size and number of social media accounts.

Hootsuite:

Need a software that keeps your social presence alive even if you’ve forgotten to schedule something? Hootsuite easily allows you to quickly schedule loads of content both on the go and while browsing.

It follows a unique 4 step process:

  1. Scheduling
  2. Content Curation
  3. Analytics
  4. Monitoring

Top features:

Automatically schedule posts to fill any gaps in your schedule

Create search streams to curate content

Shared library of content

What’s unique:

Start contests on social media to grow followers and generate leads

Pricing:

Starts at $19 US/month and goes up depending on team size and social media accounts.

Crate:

Creating and distributing content is one thing. Curating related content is an entirely different beast. Crate is a tool that lets you set up “crates” filled with anything from blog RSS feeds to keywords. Once set up, these crates will fill up with industry leading content that you can schedule and share with just a few clicks.

Top features:

Automatically scrapes the web for top content

Integrates with Buffer to allow for simple scheduling

Let’s you customize what content you want to see

Ability to set up multiple crates means you can segment your content

What’s unique:

Only see the content that your audience is most likely to be interested in. No need to sift through low-quality content to find the gems.

Pricing:

A free for life plan, $19 USD/mo Pro plan, and a $39 USD/mo Premium plan.

CoSchedule:

Need some help organizing your social media feed and content calendar? CoSchedule is an up and coming site that beautifully filters and sorts your content, and makes it easy to add and shift content with drag and drop capabilities.

Top features:

Best time scheduling to get the most out of your engagement data

ReQueue your top posts to fill up your social feed

Make different social campaigns depending on the topic

What’s unique:

The layout is just like a weekly calendar, which makes it that much easier to find out what days you want specific keyword posts to go out and manage the best times to post.

Pricing:

$40/month for the solo plan, $60/month for growth plan, $300/month for professional plan and $2,200 for the enterprise plan.

Wrapping things up

Do you plan to implement any of these or are you already using them? Let us know in the comments!

 

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