Account Based Sales and Marketing Software Leader 6sense Closes $40 Million Funding Round

6sense | January 15, 2020

6sense, the leading Account Based Orchestration Platform, powered by AI, today announced $40 million in Series C funding from Insight Partners. This funding round represents another major milestone for 6sense following a breakout year in 2019 during which the company doubled its customer base with notable new customers including Thomson Reuters, Clari, PTC and Phenom People. This funding sets the stage for rapid growth in 2020, building on recent major product releases including Dynamic Display Advertising, Account Based Retargeting, Value Metrics, Sales Alerts, and External Media Campaign Analytics.

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IDG Communications Acquires Selling Simplified to Become One of the Largest Providers of B2B Tech Leads Globally

IDG Communications, Selling Simplified | February 11, 2022

IDG Communications, Inc. (IDG) today announced that it has acquired Selling Simplified, a versatile Marketing-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform that provides lead generation products, data services and analytics. In the last few years, IDG has evolved its network of editorial brands to include an integrated marketing and lead generation technology platform. The acquisition of Selling Simplified allows IDG to add contact and account level AI powered lead generation capabilities to its expanding suite of intent-based marketing technologies. Selling Simplified offers two distinct opportunities for product growth within IDG: The first is a global dataset of more than 160 million B2B records specific to tech industry purchase intent which can be added to IDG's existing proprietary audience, creating a large addressable database of in-market tech decision-makers and influencers. The second is a marketing technology platform that identifies and scores intent signals based on campaign engagement leveraging machine learning. The company's Demandcentr system continuously monitors behavioral context and builds an understanding of purchase intent behind each contact and account in the database. The combined data and marketing technology identifies the most valuable contacts for sales outreach or continued lead nurture. "Segmenting an audience by job title and role in the purchase decision is no longer sufficient at generating sales leads. Marketing campaigns simply perform better when you can also apply knowledge of the prospect's current stage in the path-to-purchase and actively engage them," said Kumaran Ramanathan, President of IDG Communications, Inc. "Selling Simplified has been able to provide just that and shares our commitment to building deep relationships across international markets." "We were very cautious about selecting a partner that shared our culture and vision," added Michael Whife, CEO of Selling Simplified. "We were very cautious about selecting a partner that shared our culture and vision," added Michael Whife, CEO of Selling Simplified. "IDG was a natural partner for our next stage of development on many fronts. We believe the union of the two companies makes us the largest provider of B2B tech leads globally and offers a dynamic approach to driving success for our clients." Selling Simplified is the latest in a series of acquisitions IDG has made over the last 18 months that demonstrates the company's commitment to building best-in-class, proprietary technology market data and marketing solutions. The IDG Communications MarTech stack – built by and for marketers – includes an ABM platform, Triblio; a marketing data and intelligence solution, KickFire; and a B2B sales and marketing data intent platform, LeadSift. These are already integrated into IDG's dataset and iconic tech editorial-branded sites. This end-to-end proprietary platform and media ecosystem delivers the industry's highest quality leads at over 99.9% acceptance rate. Existing Selling Simplified customers include leading B2B brands and agencies, including Juniper Networks, Mediacom, Marketo, and Just Global. Selling Simplified operates globally, with 285 employees across 4 continents. For more information, please visit www.idg.com About IDG Communications, Inc. IDG Communications' vision is to make the world a better place by enabling the right use of technology, because we believe that the right use of technology can be a powerful force for good. IDG is a dependable editorial voice, creating quality content to generate knowledge, engagement and deep relationships with our community of the most influential technology and security decision-makers. Our premium media brands including CIO®, Computerworld®, CSO®, InfoWorld®, Macworld®, Network World®, PCWorld® and Tech Hive® engage a quality audience with essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our trusted brands, global 1st party data intelligence and MarTech platforms (KickFire, LeadSift and Triblio) identify and activate purchasing intent, powering our clients' success. We simplify complex campaigns that fulfill marketers' global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers quality results. About Selling Simplified Selling Simplified Group, Inc. (SSG), aims to empower companies in their marketing and sales efforts through unprecedented customer insights and a real-time pulse on intent, via a comprehensive suite of data enrichment, marketing, and analytics tools—with a core mission of helping people make more meaningful B2B connections. All hosted under its demandcentr platform, their exclusive marketing technology stack provides innovative, intelligent, and compliant solutions to identifying, analyzing, and capturing B2B demand backed by enriched, intent-based data. Founded in 2012, SSG is headquartered in Denver, CO and services clients globally via ten fully-staffed regional offices in APAC, EMEA, and North America.

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Skydeo Launches B2B *AccountsGraph for Account Based Marketing (ABM)

Skydeo | January 19, 2022

Skydeo launches *AccountsGraph B2B audience segments for account-based advertising on programmatic, CTV and social platforms. “AccountsGraph audiences are a major step forward for B2B advertisers and Account Based Marketing (ABM)”, said Brad Brown, Managing Partner (emeritus) from McKinsey & Co., “Skydeo’s unique combination of B2B data with broad reaching mobile-first consumer data provides marketers the ability to target prospects much like LinkedIn but on any platform at lower cost of media. It's a compelling solution." SkydeoB2B segments include Firmographic and contact data by Company Name Job Title, Industry, Company Revenue, Company Employees as well technographic data based on the the technologies in use by company. *AccountsGraph lets B2B advertisers target prospects and customers by Company Name at scale. Reaching consumers by the company they work for is important for recruitment advertising and for selling B2B products & services in the finance, IT, Tech, Pharma and Human Resources sectors. Skydeo *AccountsGraph™ standard taxonomy of the Top 2000 companies in tech, finance, healthcare and other industries is available on Yahoo, TikTok, Google, LiveRamp, Kargo & StackAdapt. For list of the Top 5000 companies go to AccountsGraph.com or contact Skydeo for a custom audience. According to Skydeo CEO Mike Ford, "Since we launched SkydeoB2B we've seen a surge in B2B intent data so there is merit to launching AccountsGraph now. We help B2B advertisers rampup their Account Based Marketing." According to Skydeo CEO Mike Ford, "Since we launched SkydeoB2B we've seen a surge in B2B intent data so there is merit to launching AccountsGraph now. We help B2B advertisers rampup their Account Based Marketing." About Skydeo Skydeo is a leading provider of audience targeting, insights and measurement to leading brand advertisers, their agencies and platforms. Skydeo's mobile first platform includes over 15,000 unique segments across B2B & B2C audiences. https://skydeo.com

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6sense Revenue AI Paves the Path to the Future of Predictable Revenue Growth

6sense | April 21, 2022

6sense, with the widest application of AI at every stage of revenue creation, today announced 6sense Revenue AI™ and previewed product innovations that solidify its leadership position. The platform applies the power of AI across the entire buyers' journey, removing the guesswork that plagues revenue teams, providing a better customer experience, and producing high-quality pipeline that is ultimately more likely to convert to revenue. Today's announcement at the company's The Future is Now event demonstrates its commitment to execute against its aggressive roadmap, as well as integrate newly acquired companies to accelerate customer value. With 6sense Revenue AI, B2B revenue teams are able to better capture anonymous buying signals, target the right accounts at precisely the right time, and boost revenue performance with recommendations for the channels and messages most likely to convert. 6sense customers report a 100% increase in average deal size, 20% better conversions and 30% faster deal cycles, and 120% improvement in revenue effectiveness. "Every business wants to generate revenue with greater predictability. But every day, their people work in silos and make numerous guesses about which accounts to prioritize, what to send them, or whether they have quality data to orchestrate a winning campaign," said Jason Zintak, CEO of 6sense. "6sense Revenue AI is the only platform to put the power of AI into the hands of every member of the revenue team to make insight-driven decisions, prioritize time and resources with greater accuracy, and realize better outcomes. Our customers report unbelievable success." With three acquisitions within six months, more than 50 new product features released in 2021, and recognition from customers and industry analysts for unparalleled product innovation, 6sense has demonstrated its ability to execute against a bold vision for the future of predictable revenue growth. The Future of B2B Email Marketing is Here 6sense, along with recently acquired Saleswhale, announced its AI-driven email marketing platform beta program for customers to create demand and new opportunities. This brings AI to help with hyper-personalization at scale, creating relevant 1:1 emails and email responses using all insights including technographic, intent, and engagement data. "There is massive potential to apply the power of AI across every stage of the funnel to accelerate conversion and velocity," said Viral Bajaria, CTO and Co-Founder of 6sense. "We are reimagining email, focused on different outcomes: to start a conversation, instantly provide relevant information and connect with humans when needed. We want to help marketers realize the dream of no spam. By applying business-focused insights into the buying team, AI can draft a hyper-relevant email that goes miles beyond current personalization to actually deliver value to the prospect and initiate a conversation." 6sense Pipeline Intelligence Takes Aim with Precision New 6sense Pipeline Intelligence capabilities are the first and only AI-driven solution for B2B marketers to plan, track and forecast pipeline with accuracy. 6sense Pipeline Intelligence predicts how much and what quality pipeline is needed to hit revenue targets, tracks segment and campaign performance in real-time, and makes AI-based recommendations to pivot as necessary to meet or exceed forecast goals. Deeper Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales and HubSpot CRM Integrations 6sense has enhanced CRM integrations for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales and HubSpot CRM to align revenue teams around a comprehensive, actionable data set within the 6sense Sales Intelligence Dashboard or right inside HubSpot CRM or Microsoft Dynamics 365.  Bringing the most advanced insights and actions to where marketers and sellers work: Marketers can leverage 6sense-enriched lead, contact, and account data to segment and analyze audiences while working natively within these CRMs Sellers can access 6sense insights, alerts, and dashboards directly from within HubSpot CRM or Microsoft Dynamics 365, enabling sellers to proactively prospect and personalize outreach Revenue operations teams can better create a unified source of truth across 6sense and their CRM with data, audience, and AI-driven orchestrations Additional Product Improvements Market-leading technographic and contact data from Slintel, a 6sense company, has been added to 6sense Revenue AI to give sellers even greater access to the most up-to-date insights on an account's tech stack within the Sales Intelligence experience. With enhanced visibility into the target buying group, their intent signals, and the technologies they use, sellers know when and how to best engage prospects, resulting in high-quality pipeline and a customer-first experience. 6sense Qualified Accounts (6QAs) are now completely customizable, giving customers the choice of using only AI-driven recommendations for qualified accounts or custom tailoring buying stages and weighted activities based on criteria that best fit an organization's specific needs. The defined metric qualifies accounts based on their likelihood of being in-market to buy as indicated by their behaviors and their propensity to buy based on fit. 6sense Orchestration subscribers can now sync contact information from emails and calendars and add them directly to their CRM to better understand individuals within the buying group and engage accounts more effectively. About 6sense 6sense reinvents the way organizations create, manage, and convert pipeline to revenue. 6sense Revenue AI captures anonymous buying signals, targets the right accounts at the ideal time, and recommends the channels and messages to boost revenue performance. Removing guesswork, friction, and wasted sales effort, 6sense empowers sales, marketing, and customer success teams to significantly improve pipeline quality, accelerate sales velocity, increase conversion rates, and grow revenue predictably. 6sense has been recognized for its market-defining technology by Forbes Cloud 100, G2, TrustRadius, Gartner, and Forrester, and for its strong culture by Glassdoor, Inc. Magazine, and Comparably. For more information, visit 6sense or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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With Notable New Honors from G2 and TrustRadius, RollWorks Continues to Prove There is No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to ABM Success

RollWorks | May 19, 2022

Account-based marketing platform RollWorks, a division of NextRoll, continues to lead category market innovation and build on its momentum as a trusted partner for companies looking to accelerate revenue growth with ABM. After hitting a significant milestone with HubSpot, and launching partnerships with Drift and G2 to strengthen its platform capabilities, the company announced it has received 2022 Top Rated Awards from TrustRadius in the ABM and Ad Serving & Retargeting categories. RollWorks also received 15 leader awards in the G2 Spring Grid® Report and was named an Account-Based Leader for the seventh consecutive quarter and a Momentum Leader for the sixth consecutive quarter in G2's 2022 Winter Report. TrustRadius RollWorks received 2022 Top Rated Awards from TrustRadius in both the ABM and Ad Serving & Retargeting categories. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the B2B's industry standard for unbiased recognition of technology products. TrustRadius uses a detailed criteria breakdown of the methodology and scoring to determine TopRated winners. With a trScore of 7.9 out of 10, RollWorks is recognized by the TrustRadius community as a valuable player in the ABM software category. Comments from recent reviews of RollWorks on TrustRadius: RollWorks also helps us with attribution of the marketing campaigns that are critical to driving performance throughout the funnel. We've had better insights andreporting than ever before.- CMO RollWorks is far superior when it comes to its ABM advertising platform. The user-friendliness of it and the hyper-advanced reporting for playbooks is fantastic.- Digital Marketing Manager G2 RollWorks averages 4.4 out of 5 stars in user reviews and has been consistently named a Leader by G2, a top industry destination where buyers go to read and write authentic reviews about software products and services. Comments from recent reviews of RollWorks on G2: Rollworks account insights and audience segmentation helps us see who is engaging, on what topics, and where they are in our journey stage. We are able to easily track our target account lists and target with the appropriate ads.- Marketing Director The platform is really easy to navigate, setting up campaigns is quick, the interface walks you through everything step by step. What I really appreciate is the journey funnel view...This is really helpful in knowing when to hand off a marketing lead to our SDR team.- Marketing Manager In the G2 2022 Spring Grid Report, RollWorks received 15 leader awards across Account-based Advertising, Cross-Channel Advertising, Display Advertising, Marketing Account Intelligence, Market Intelligence, Retargeting, and Social Media Advertising categories. G2 Grid Reports are released quarterly, and rank products based on reviews gathered from its community, as well as data aggregated from online sources and social networks. Products in the Leader quadrant are "rated highly by G2 users and have substantial market presence scores. RollWorks was also included in G2's Winter 2022 Report as an Account-Based Platform leader for the seventh consecutive quarter, a Momentum leader for the sixth consecutive quarter, and Highest User Adoption. The company received nine additional badges, including Easiest to Use Small Business and Highest User Adoption Mid-Market. About RollWorks RollWorks, a division of NextRoll, offers ambitious B2B companies an account-based platform to align their marketing and sales teams and confidently grow revenue. Powered by proprietary data and machine learning, RollWorks' solutions address the needs of organizations large and small — from those with best-in-class ABM programs to those just beginning their exploration. By empowering teams to identify their target accounts and key buyers, reach those accounts across multiple channels, and measure program effectiveness in their system-of-record, RollWorks is an indispensable platform for marketers and sellers who believe that an account-based approach is just good business.

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