The DiscoverOrg acquisition of NeverBounce was in the works for six months and began with DiscoverOrg’s search for a verification vendor that could better handle large scale processing. “It’s a core competency we wanted to own,” said DiscoverOrg CEO Henry Schuck.
DiscoverOrg is retaining the NeverBounce team of fifteen, but shuttering its smaller Salt Lake City office with employees being relocated to Cleveland. The acquisition was announced on March 5th.
NeverBounce 2018 revenue was $4 million and included both B2B and B2C marketing file enhancement revenues. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
will continue as both a standalone offering and be integrated into the merged
DiscoverOrg / Zoominfo platform.
The combined platform is planned for launch in five months.
“When we made the ZoomInfo acquisitions, the promise was that this would strengthen differentiators around the quality of data we deliver. The NeverBounce acquisition is a very clear incremental addition to that value. It helps us enhance the quality of information we deliver immediately.”
DiscoverOrg President Katie Bullard
you count Zoominfo’s September acquisition of Datanyze,
DiscoverOrg has acquired three companies in the past six months. The
transaction doubled the company headcount to around 1,000 employees. But
Schuck isn’t closing the door on acquisitions saying that he will be
opportunistic in his approach.
“There are a lot of companies in our space that we follow,” he said. “If the opportunity is right, we have been quick to do acquisitions. There’s a big opportunity for consolidation in our industry so that customers don’t have to go to 19 different vendors for data and data cleansing needs.”
The following is a Quora post answering the question, “Does LinkedIn Sell Your Info?”
This is likely to fall into a semantics question. If data is employed in the aggregate and your personally identifiable information is not disclosed, then I would argue that your information is not sold. Likewise, if you are presented an ad because your LinkedIn profile conforms with a target audience definition, your data is also not being sold.
I can’t answer for LinkedIn Recruiter, but can answer in the Sales and Marketing context.
LinkedIn offers a sales product called Sales Navigator. Users can view company and contact information on Navigator just as they can on the free service. It even supports viewing this data within third-party SNAP products. However, Navigator and SNAP are view only. Sales reps cannot download your profile or sync it with any of their partner platforms. They also restrict display of your email and phone information to your direct connects as well as other content you flag as restricted.
LinkedIn Marketing sells advertising on LinkedIn and Bing based upon your profile attributes. Advertisers define their target audience across a broad set of firmographic, career, and location variables, but these segments are not provided directly to the marketer. Instead, they are used for advertising display. Thus, your data isn’t sold, just your eyeballs.
LinkedIn treats its member’s data with respect. Microsoft, its parent company, has called for a US version of GDPR, the European data privacy standard. CEO Satya Nadella stated that “privacy is a fundamental human right” on an April 2018 earnings call and said that the firm has implemented an “end-to-end privacy architecture” which is GDPR compliant.
NeverBounce claims a 99.9% email delivery rate and a 97% SLA. Emails are classified into five categories: Valid, Invalid, Accept All, Unknown and Disposable. The service confirms that domains are live, flags duplicates, and repairs syntax prior to processing.
“A big part of our value proposition to customers is we provide the highest quality data in the marketplace. A big part of that is ensuring the email addresses are deliverable and high accuracy.”
DiscoverOrg CEO Henry Schuck
Integration will be a significant operational issue for DiscoverOrg. While they previously acquired iProfile and RainKing, those were similar companies, so the integration was focused on quickly reprocessing their datasets through DiscoverOrg editorial validation and migrating customers to the DiscoverOrg platform. The recent acquisitions – NeverBounce, Zoominfo, and Datanyze, which was acquired by Zoominfo in September – are complementary assets so merging applications present a greater level of technical risk than their previous acquisitions. However, email validation is already part of ongoing data quality processes at Zoominfo and DiscoverOrg, so the execution risk associated with NeverBounce is lower than Zoominfo and Datanyze.
is a logical acquisition following Zoominfo as it allows them to build email
hygiene services into Zoominfo and DiscoverOrg while reducing the cost of email
validation across Zoominfo and DiscoverOrg’s set of contact profiles with
emails. Over the past few years, the sales intelligence vendors have been
building out B2B marketing services including email verification, data
enrichment, and ICP / TAM analysis. As DiscoverOrg has long positioned
itself as the highest quality source of executive contacts, NeverBounce helps
burnish that positioning as they expand their contact coverage twenty-fold.
“While finding net new buyers is always going to be vital to sales and marketing efforts, it has become equally as important to manage, update and cleanse existing data that is going stale sitting in CRM and marketing automation systems. Our partnership with NeverBounce makes solving both of these challenges easier for our customers.”
DiscoverOrg President Katie Bullard
we announced the combination of DiscoverOrg and ZoomInfo, we promised to
deliver on the B2B data trifecta: the best, bar-none, quality, quantity, and
depth, and this announcement only reinforces our quality differentiator in the
market,” said DiscoverOrg CEO Henry Schuck. “We are now embedding
NeverBounce’s email verification tools directly into our data and research
team’s processes to lower the email bounce rates in both platforms AND over the
next few months, we will integrate it into several of our customer-facing tools,
including our data enrichment platform, Enrich.”
will continue as a standalone data hygiene offering. DiscoverOrg and
Zoominfo may purchase NeverBounce services at a discounted rate. NeverBounce
list pricing begins at 0.8 cents on 10,000 processed emails and drops to 0.3
cents on one million records. Marketers can pay for each list or purchase
credits in bulk. There is no charge for de-duplication services. There
is also no charge for manual list reviews kicked out by the platform to their
10,000-record file is processed in two to ten minutes with 100,000 records
processed in 45. NeverBounce claims bank-level security and European
privacy support (GDPR and the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S Privacy Shield Frameworks).
thrilled to partner with DiscoverOrg to extend our mission to improve the
success of go-to-market efforts,” says Brad Owen, NeverBounce CEO. “Every
bad email address can cost an organization up to $11 per record, which equates
to millions of wasted dollars for many companies. Together, DiscoverOrg
and NeverBounce are committed to ending the curse of bad sales and marketing
NeverBounce has 100,000 clients and was established in 2014. The acquisition price was not disclosed. NeverBounce has fifteen employees and will retain its office in Cleveland with Salt Lake City employees being relocated.
Update (3/5/19 5:30 PM EST) Amended the last sentence about employees.
As part of their Q1 2019 release, LinkedIn rolled out a set of new SNAP (Sales Navigator Application Platform) partners including Altify, Drift, G2 Crowd, and Mixmax.
The Drift partnership allows sales reps to “continue website conversations” after a prospect drops off of a Drift chat: “sometimes people leave your conversation abruptly – it happens. But as an SDR, that’s a potential meeting walking out the door. So what do you do? Well now you can send a connection request or follow up message with InMail right from within Drift.”
integration also displays contact and company intelligence including shared
connections while a sales rep is chatting with a prospect visiting her website
(see image on right).
the days of toggling back and forth between LinkedIn and your ongoing sales
conversation,” said Drift Product Marketer Daniel Murphy. “Say goodbye to
awkward lags in conversations. Prospects will never again have to wait for a
response while SDRs search LinkedIn Sales Navigator or Salesforce to determine
if they’re a good fit. Now they can research a prospect’s company, see
mutual connections, and grab other insights and conversation starters – all in
gathers intent data from 24 million technology searchers. Intent data is
collected from G2 profile and category views along with competitor comparisons.
Sales reps are notified when followed accounts are researching on G2
based on contact connections, sales preferences, search histories, and profile
“People don’t buy today as a result of cold calls and emails. The power is in the hands of the buyers doing more research than ever before. As sales teams, we need to focus on accepting the modern buyer journey and connecting to the right buyers at the right time. We’ve always been aligned with LinkedIn on this vision, and this integration helps us make it a reality.”
G2 Chief Revenue Officer Matt Gorniak
SNAP integration supports InMail and Connection requests and profile views from
org-chart software now displays insights and helps users identify key buyers
across an organization.
also noted that it will be available within the Salesforce Winter 2019 release.
Salesforce admins can install the application from the Lightning Setup
Console instead of the AppExchange.
One problem that
has long dogged sales intelligence vendors is ongoing training and product
exploration. To encourage exploration, Sales Navigator added a coaching
feature to extend product knowledge. Sales Navigator Coach is a new
dashboard that “suggests actions for customers to take and links to short
learning videos.” Actions are associated with core workflows. The
videos run thirty to forty seconds.
Finally, GDPR opt-outs are being added to PointDrive presentations. PointDrive recipients will be able to revoke viewer tracking permission, effectively anonymizing their viewing data from sales reps.
LeadSpace is now including Bombora intent data in its Customer Data Platform. Bombora’s company surge data helps identify which companies are in market for products and solutions based upon surges in topical interest above historical baselines in the topic. “Customers can combine the resultant intent insights with Leadspace Predictive and Persona scores to accurately predict prospects’ readiness to buy in real time.”
LeadSpace customers can target
outreach based upon topical interest, prioritize sales and marketing activities
using intent data within predictive models, and personalize ad campaigns with
messaging and content around surging topics.
LeadSpace customers employing an ABM strategy enjoy improved account list building and engagement due to the partnership. They can also identify net-new prospects using look-a-like modelling and surge data.
“ABM succeeds when sales and marketing work closely toward the same goals. The easiest way to find that success is for both departments to start with insights from a single data source. Intent data that shows which target accounts are actively in-market helps sales and marketing tailor their efforts to the best prospects, and avoid those that are not engaged in the buying cycle. Working with Leadspace ensures the easy orchestration of Bombora’s insights across these departments.”
Erik Matlick, CEO and co-founder of Bombora
Intent data also assists with
sales-marketing alignment via harmonized messaging. According to David
Tam, Director of Marketing at OneLogin, “I’ve never worked anywhere before
where we could run a fully-integrated and aligned marketing campaign and sales
play, where the messaging matches. Our marketing emails are talking about the
same things that our sales reps are talking about. That alone is enough to get
brownie points with Sales!”
European Sales Acceleration vendor Cognism continues to demonstrate strong
momentum out of the gate with a second funding round. The firm closed on
a £2.8 million round from investors including Oliver Wyman, South Central
Ventures, LCIF, Newable, and existing investors.
The expansion capital will be
“used to enhance the solution for Enterprises and also expand the offering into
the Financial Services sector.”
“Cognism is moving beyond
sales intelligence and applying its patented machine intelligence technology to
understand the revenue challenges at the Enterprise level,” said CEO James
Isilay. “There is a natural fit between the data and analytics the
Cognism platform provides and the strategy that can then be derived to enhance
revenue at the Enterprise level. We are keen to showcase this value to this
sector and hope our collaboration with Oliver Wyman will propel us forward and
continue our strong growth.”
Cognism, which was founded in 2016, already has over 200 customers and has posted 617% revenue growth year-to-date. The firm offers a data set of 400 million global companies and contacts. Their Prospector service supports persona based prospecting, sales intelligence, and CRM connectors. Other products include Refresh CRM enrichment and Engage sales acceleration (sales engagement).
“Our clients are continuously looking for new ways to accelerate growth. Cognism technology will provide our clients with dynamic insights into their existing client base, enabling them to develop more targeted solutions and improving sales success. At the same time, Cognism technology will allow our clients to make a step change in their prospecting efforts. Cognism’s data asset will allow our clients to identify prospects matching detailed personas, leveraging data on over 400M companies and individuals.”
Kai Upadek, Partner at Oliver Wyman
Cognism also announced the addition of Vidyard GoVideo to outbound emails. Vidyard’s video “selfies” help sales reps personalize communications and “build stronger relationships with their prospects” with “one-to-one videos on-demand in a matter of moments.”
Technology marketing services vendor Aberdeen acquired intent vendor The Big Willow, creating anew marketing category of intent qualified leads for sales reps. No financial details were provided.
The Big Willow describes itself as the “the leader in buyer intent data science and intent-targeted digital advertising.” The firm monitors billions of daily web interactions to determine the interest intensity level across product categories. The goal of intent data is to identify prospects early in the buying cycle so that vendors can begin marketing to them before they reach out to competitors, “thereby providing sellers a first-mover advantage and resulting in vastly more effective marketing and sales investment.”
Aberdeen CEO Marc Osofsky explained why a market research firm bought a source of intent data, “B2B marketing is undergoing a fundamental change as buyer journeys are now primarily online, and massive new data streams become available to improvethe performance of marketing and sales. Our role is to capture and analyze this new buyer behavior data to help our clients improve marketing and sales performance.”
The Big Willow captures keywords and IP addresses and links them to D-U-N-S locations. The firm also performs natural-language indexing of web sites for keyword assignment.
“We are focused on helping clients convert intent data into new wins,” said Osofsky. “The addition of The Big Willow makes us the only company with all ofthe necessary capabilities to deliver results from the power of intent data.”
Buyer intent data captures the online research of actual buyer journeys and determines a purchase intent signal from the noise of normal activity. Doing this at internet scale with keyword precision creates the most accurate way to predict who’s in market for your products or services. Companies use these predictions to improve the performance of account-based marketing, targeted advertising, demand generation programs, content marketing and more.
By combining The Big Willow’s online interactions (topic, keywords, PageURL, andOpt-in), Aberdeen’s targeting data (company, location, contacts), and first-party visitor intelligence and win/loss history, Aberdeen builds models to identify sales ready leads. Aberdeen further helps identify opted-in, qualified contacts via its research library and call center. Models are based on 18 months of buyers’ journeys indexed down to the device id.
“Marketing often struggles to deliver sales ready leads – content syndication leads can stall out in nurture, ABM activity does not lead to sales meetings,” says Aberdeen. “Our Intent Qualified Demand programs deliver because we do what the other approaches lack. We reach out as Aberdeen to target titles at in-market companies with research-based self-assessments to qualify
Aberdeen’s approach differs from predictive analytics in that they identify specific contacts showing current interest whereas predictive analytics models focus more on identifying companies which are similar to current customers. Based on their buyer journey data and client closed/loss history, Aberdeen claims that their models achieve 91% accuracy in predicting purchase intent based on blind tests run by clients.
The Big Willow tracks buyer journeys across 3.7 billion device ids and 12 billion webpages. The firm captures 480,000 keywords. Aberdeen claims to offer “the largest, most accurate and highly targeted [intent data] in the market today.”
To further its goal of identifying Intent Qualified Opportunities, Aberdeen has grown its contacts file to 60 million names tied to geolocations and companies.
“Combined, Aberdeen and the Big Willow now deliver intent-qualified opportunities that include the specific company location of the intent and the target titles’ contact info,” said the firm. “Clients have the option of a full-service, cost per lead program, a data lake delivery, or the opportunities and contacts sent directly into their CRM.”
The Big Willow CEO Charlie Tarzian has been named President and Chief Innovation Officer of Aberdeen while Keith Blackwell has assumed the position of Aberdeen Chief Operating Officer.
The Aberdeen Group was spun off of Harte-Hanks several years ago and contains Aberdeen market research and the old AccessCI (aka Harte-Hanks Market Intelligence) technographics database.