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MeritB2B Acquires True Influence, Creating Industry Leading Provider of Full Funnel B2B Data, ABM and Demand Generation Solutions

MeritB2B Acquires True Influence
MeritB2B, the leading provider of B2B data, analytics and performance marketing solutions, today announced the strategic acquisition of True Influence, an industry leader in the identification, processing, and delivery of relevant buyer intent signals in the B2B marketplace. The combination creates a powerful and unique B2B enterprise marketing technology solution, bringing together the data, analytics and performance marketing capabilities of MeritB2B with the intent-based, AI-driven ABM and demand generation capabilities of True Influence.

The combination of MeritB2B and True Influence enables the delivery of a full-funnel end-to-end solution that provides every element that a B2B marketer needs to create successful omnichannel campaigns. The combined entity of MeritB2B and True Influence will be able to provide B2B and enterprise technology CMOs with the most comprehensive B2B database, advanced intent technology, artificial intelligence and automation, as well as extensive research and human touch, at scale. The combined organization will deliver the data and technology to power full funnel demand generation that CMOs rely on to make smarter spending decisions, use their data and insights to develop future-proof strategies, and develop omnichannel solutions that deliver growth.

Together, the combined company will have more than 500 employees globally, including a deep team of data scientists, analysts, engineers and B2B operations specialists. Rob Sanchez, the CEO and member of MeritB2B Board of Directors, continues in his role and takes on CEO responsibilities for the combined entity. MeritB2B will add RK Maniyani, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of True Influence, to the Board of Directors of MeritB2B and he will become Chief Technology Officer of the combined entity. Brian Giese, co-founder and CEO of True Influence will operate as a consultant to the combined organization to assist in transitional matters and integration.

“With the combination of MeritB2B and True Influence, the B2B industry and B2B CMOs get the best data-driven marketing solution for their business, including robust demand generation and technology enabled ABM capabilities that are truly future-proof,” said Rob Sanchez, CEO of MeritB2B.

“With the combination of MeritB2B and True Influence, the B2B industry and B2B CMOs get the best data-driven marketing solution for their business, including robust demand generation and technology enabled ABM capabilities that are truly future-proof,” said Rob Sanchez, CEO of MeritB2B. “With an exclusive focus on B2B marketing needs, our own world-class data resource, and the ability to activate that data with leading edge marketing cloud technology, B2B CMOs get a full funnel offering that will grow with their evolving needs. We believe this combination represents the future of B2B marketing.”

“True Influence was built on category defining technology to help B2B marketers and CMOs make smarter marketing decisions throughout the customer funnel and drive growth for their organizations,” said RK Maniyani, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of True Influence. “We are thrilled to join MeritB2B, to continue to innovate and to deliver both out-of-the box and custom solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s B2B marketers.”

The two companies will combine their innovative data-driven solutions and technology to immediately deliver value for clients. The massive, rich and fully privacy compliant MeritB2B data asset will now power the True Influence demand generation engine and be integrated into the True Influence Marketing Cloud™. MeritB2B’s market leading programmatic data and audience solutions will also now support True Influence and the combined company’s offering. The combined company will also have industry leading intent and identity graph capabilities, as well as expanded geographic reach to better serve its clients’ global B2B marketing needs.

True Influence is an ideal partner for MeritB2B as it continues to build market leadership in B2B data products and demand generation solutions. The companies share a similar culture of customer excellence, and together deliver a unique marketing cloud technology platform, an industry leading team and capability set, and an exclusive focus on and deep experience in B2B and technology marketing. True Influence also brings deep complementary relationships with major B2B enterprise technology brands to augment the combined company’s industry leading client roster.

In mid-2019, MertiB2B took on an equity investment from Denver, Colorado based private equity firm, Mountaingate Capital to fuel its future growth. This is the third transaction that MeritB2B has completed since the Mountaingate investment (acquiring both Compass Marketing Solutions and 180byTwo in 2020) and has enabled MeritB2B to build out deeper data capabilities and demand generation scale for CMOs, and further solidifying the company’s leadership position in B2B marketing.

Canaccord Genuity acted as exclusive investment banking advisor to True Influence in the transaction.

About MeritB2B
MeritB2B, based in Rye Brook, NY, with 6 other offices across the US and UK, is the leading provider of B2B data, database products, analytics, digital and performance marketing solutions. The Company leverages its leading database technology platform and specialized analytics to enable growth for B2B marketers. More information on MeritB2B can be found at www.MeritB2B.com.

About True Influence
True Influence is the pioneer in the identification, processing, and delivery of relevant buyer intent signals in the B2B marketplace. Their proprietary approach to identity resolution and intent signal analysis is unique in that they collect and catalog decision-makers' content consumption behaviors across the internet. They expertly leverage data, technology, and content to drive high-impact marketing campaigns to help their customers win new business. True Influence generates revenue across multiple industries, promoting brands and products from successful global companies including industry leading enterprise technology brands. For more information visit True Influence at www.trueinfluence.com.

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ON24 Recognizes 2023’s Leaders in Digital Engagement

Business Wire | January 24, 2024

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We take pride in helping our customers drive deeper engagement with their target audiences and extract meaningful insights that result in revenue growth,” said Callan Young, CMO, ON24. “It is our honor to recognize the leading organizations that exemplify excellence in leveraging our platform to create digital experiences that not only meet but surpass their audience’s expectations.” The following organizations were recognized for delivering outstanding digital experiences on the ON24 platform in 2023: Danfossdrove product growth and customer retention by leveraging distributor, reseller and customer data to optimize its webinar and digital engagement program. FloQastinfluenced 82% of event pipeline in Q3 and created 120+ new active opportunities by routing high-quality leads from in-experience demo requests directly to sales. Global X ETFsincreased qualified, high-value leads in Australia by 22%, by integrating ON24 engagement data with their CRM and using the platform’s personalization capabilities. Informaticascaled a live event into a hybrid experience across three key regions simultaneously, driving registration and delivering a consistent customer experience on a global scale. Infopro Digitalincreased conversion rates and registrations by automating processes on the ON24 platform and making real-time adjustments based on customer feedback. Kasperskydrove product adoption and business growth by creating new relationships with prospects and fostering existing relationships with customers. KnowBe4generated over $300k in pipeline through an ON24-powered digital experience. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)achieved 100% participant satisfaction for its unique and impactful digital experience powered by the ON24 platform. PowerSchoolachieved record-breaking registration rates, 75 CTA clicks, over 400 poll responses and 300+ content downloads during an educational experience with ON24. S&P Globaldoubled marketing qualified leads and boosted engagement by designing an ON24 digital experience personalized to different customer segments. Tata Consultancy Servicesdrove revenue growth with record-high registrations for their webinar on ON24, resulting in 70% attendee participation across 30 countries. Texthelpsourced leads during a webinar series and converted at least 70% of them into marketing-qualified leads within 30 days. TOPdeskincreased revenue and improved its customer engagement by 7% YoY and extended the shelf life of its content with an on-demand hub. TravelMediaGroupclosed three deals from a single digital experience by creating a seamless and engaging customer experience on ON24. UCBachieved a 50%+ attendee conversion rate by enhancing the HCP’s experience and integrating ON24 engagement data with its business intelligence system. UnitedHealthcareachieved an 80% cost savings, increased attendee score and engagement with a new digital engagement strategy and an always-on content hub. Wood PLCsourced leads, increased audience engagement and automated continuing professional education credits on ON24, across different time zones. ZoomInfosurpassed webinar benchmarks by generating a record number of marketing-qualified leads and 190 scheduled demos, resulting in 10 closed-won deals. To learn more about 2023’s leaders in digital engagement, watch the on-demand webinar here. About ON24 ON24 is on a mission to re-imagine how companies engage, understand and build relationships with their audience in a digital world. Through our leading sales and marketing platform for digital engagement integrated with generative AI, businesses use our portfolio of webinar, virtual event and content experiences to drive engagement and generate first-party data, delivering ​revenue growth across the enterprise – from demand generation to customer success to partner enablement. ON24 powers digital engagement for industry-leading customers worldwide, including 3 of the 5 largest global technology companies, 3 of the 6 largest US banks, 3 of the 5 largest global healthcare companies, and 3 of the 5 largest global industrial manufacturers, enabling organizations to reach millions of professionals a month for billions of engagement minutes per year with all the first-party data being captured, generated and integrated from one place. ON24 is headquartered in San Francisco with global offices in North America, EMEA, and APAC. For more information, visit www.ON24.com.

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GlobeNewswire | January 10, 2024

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Highlights include: four Fastest Implementation awards, three Easiest To Do Business With awards, four Momentum Leader awards, nine Leader and 30 High Performer awards. “Winning 50 G2 awards across our product portfolio underscores DemandScience’s ability to partner with our customers at any point in their demand generation campaign lifecycle to help them exceed their goals and realize a quantifiable ROI – which is vitally important during these times when marketers are expected to do more with less,” said Peter Cannone, Chair and CEO of DemandScience. “We value each and every customer and are especially proud of these G2 awards because they are based on verified reviews from real users of our solutions.” DemandScience’s Winter 2024 G2 awards are both global and regional, including wins in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. Examples of recent, verified customer reviews of DemandScience on the G2 platform: “The level of knowledge and attention the team provides is exceptional.” “They are very flexible, quick to respond and are thorough from beginning to end. I enjoy having a full program that provides the level of insight and lessons learned once the program wraps up. I’d recommend…” “DemandScience - A win for Lead Gen.” “DemandScience is the best way to get highly qualified MQA (Marketing Qualified Accounts) using content syndication campaigns…” “Klarity by DemandScience is the wind beneath my wings.” “Klarity has been an invaluable and versatile tool for our Growth Marketing team. 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GlobeNewswire | January 25, 2024

Seeding and harvesting the sales pipeline — the process of acquiring, capturing, qualifying and converting business opportunities — are essential to the growth and profitability of B2B marketers across every industry and geographic sector. Marketing is largely responsible for driving this business process, yet nearly two-thirds of lead gen and engagement strategies are underperforming. A new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council report, produced in collaboration with WM America, entitled “Fire Up Your Revenue Generation Engine,” covers critical aspects of lead generation and engagement. This includes models and metrics for tracking and measuring performance, best practice demand-gen execution, ways to score effectiveness, and more. The latest CMO Council research finds scores of marketers falling behind in lead scoring, account-based marketing, accelerated pipeline, and intention-based marketing. Key findings from a Q4 survey of over 170 B2B marketing, sales, revenue, growth, demand gen and campaign execution leaders include: 63% say marketing must own and optimize a company’s revenue-generation engine 64% say their lead gen and engagement strategy underperforms 78% of highly evolved marketers are satisfied with their accelerated pipeline, compared to only 15% of lesser evolved marketers “In today’s competitive data-driven environment, marketers should no longer be satisfied with paltry returns on their sizable lead-gen and ABM investments,” the report notes. “It’s time to turn the tables on inefficient, ineffective, and outdated practices for anticipating, adapting, and responding to customer needs and opportunities.” “Marketers must climb the evolutionary ladder and leave behind outmoded and dated practices,” notes CMO Council executive director, Donovan Neale-May. “Using AI-derived, intention-based buyer data and advanced sales intelligence are among the ways growth marketers bring more precision, predictability, and performance to B2B account marketing investments.” The CMO Council’s research revealed the top five skill sets contributing to improved ABM-driven business outcomes: Better segmentation and precision targeting of buyers and influencers On-demand customer business intelligence and personal buyer insights Tighter integration of demand gen, channel, direct sales, and support teams Greater utilization of tools and data sources for richer prospect profiling Proactive and timely pre-sales follow up and cultivation strategies The CMO Council has uncovered widening gaps in performance between highly evolved marketers and lesser evolved marketers. 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