Mediafly recently released Revenue360, a revenue intelligence service that combines “content engagement, buyer intent, and sales activity data for a 360-degree view of opportunity and account health in one visual dashboard.” The solution helps revenue teams assess opportunity health, improve forecasting, and accelerate revenue.
The dashboard brings together Mediafly’s content analytics with sales activity captured from Salesforce, SAP, or Microsoft Dynamics and 6sense intent data. Mediafly argues that a broader view of engagement is required for analyzing deal health.
“Many companies claim to have revenue intelligence capabilities, but their solutions provide users with only partial intelligence. In a digital selling environment, sales organizations can no longer rely solely on what happened in the meeting to accurately gauge opportunity health. They also need to understand how buyers engage with content outside of live sales interactions. With the most robust content engagement analytics in the market, Mediafly is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap, offering revenue teams full visibility into insights derived from engagement – or lack thereof – with the content that is presented, shared, and available online.”
Mediafly CEO Carson Conant
Mediafly argues that content engagement is a missing element in deal health analysis, with the average B2B Buyers consuming thirteen pieces of content across their journey. Mediafly captures content consumption regardless of channel (e.g., in a content hub on the website, presented in a sales meeting, sent as a follow-up). In addition, Mediafly captures the assets viewed, time and duration viewed, and whether it was shared.
“A wealth of data often goes unnoticed in sales pipelines,” said Tom Pisello, chief evangelist at Mediafly. “Unfortunately, many companies rely on partial insights from CRM or qualitative feedback from sales reps following their meetings. While these insights are helpful, revenue teams have an opportunity to secure a holistic view of the entire deal pipeline, breaking down silos and gaining perspective into the overall health of an account. The addition of Revenue360 allows us to consolidate data and provide prescriptive recommendations unlike any platform on the market.”
The service is in limited release, with full availability planned for later this quarter.
Account Engagement Platform 6sense, which acquired Fortella at the end of August, is also bringing Slintel into the fold. Slintel augments 6sense’s data with technographics, buyer and market insights, and contacts.
“The acquisition of Slintel reaffirms 6sense’s commitment to leading the RevTech Revolution by providing the foundational data sales and marketing teams need to achieve predictable revenue growth,” stated the firm.
Slintel expands 6sense’s marketing data for audience segmentation, AI-driven predictions, account prioritization, campaign outreach, and personalization. Slintel insights also highlight business and market trends for sales reps, assisting with activity prioritization, outreach, and personalization.
Slintel’s technographics and renewal predictions improve rep timing and targeting.
Slintel’s account insights are gathered from historical data, verified data sources, natural language processing, and human validation.
“Data has always been an essential component of the 6sense platform, and we continually look for ways to bring more actionable and accurate data into the platform,” said 6sense CTO Viral Bajaria. “After evaluating many data providers over the past year, we selected Slintel because of the way they capture data as well as the uniqueness and accuracy of the data provided in their platform, all of which will help 6sense customers outperform their competitors.”
Slintel gathers data for 100 million contacts and 15 million companies. Half the contacts have business emails, and 15% include direct-dial numbers.
“Slintel amplifies 6sense across four critical dimensions adding: modern business contact data from verified sources; enhanced technographics, including AI-powered confidence scores and predictions; robust buyer insights powered by account and contact-level psychographic data; and deep market insights on account events, expansions, and other noteworthy changes. Collectively, these data-driven features deliver a unique intelligence layer that helps fuel 6sense’s powerful ability to uncover buyers both before and during their purchase journey.”
Slintel Press Release (October 5, 2021)
Slintel was enjoying rapid growth at the time of acquisition, with revenue up 500% year-over-year.
Slintel CEO Deepak Anchala noted he had been approached in the past about acquisition but passed on the opportunities as they wanted to continue developing the Slintel vision. However, he viewed 6sense differently due to the alignment of the firms’ world views.
“Both teams strongly believe that the market is becoming more buyer-driven and that to succeed, revenue teams need to be smarter, more data-driven, and empathetic to the buyer’s interests,” blogged Anchala. “Our offerings perfectly complement each other. One is a market-leading GTM Intelligence product, while the other is a best-in-class GTM Orchestration product. One has an inbound-heavy, product-led motion while the other is great at closing enterprise deals.”
“When thinking about extending the capabilities of the 6sense Platform, our philosophy is to seek companies that add competitive differentiation, maintain high customer satisfaction, and deliver superior customer value,” blogged 6sense CEO Jason Zintak. “Slintel checks all of these boxes. What makes Slintel’s approach unique is how it captures and delivers data to customers, resulting in superior levels of data coverage, accuracy, and diversity. The combination of Slintel’s data intelligence with 6sense’s industry-leading insights and orchestration capabilities will deliver better outcomes, faster time to value, and a greater return on investment.”
Due to this alignment of vision, product, and GTM expertise, Anchala felt that both companies would be stronger together and “can power better experiences for our customers.”
Anchala was also impressed with 6sense as a “clear market leader” that is outpacing its competition and has “a near-perfect Glassdoor employee rating.”
“Together, we will enable organizations to:
1.Plan, uncover, prioritize, engage, measure, and forecast progress against revenue opportunities
2. Get technographic, firmographic, and business insights at the account level as well as modern contact data to drive more relevant, personalized, and timely campaigns
3. Receive market alerts about relevant changes captured from hundreds of attributes across millions of companies every week
4. Capture more intent signals to uncover revenue opportunities more accurately”
Slintel CEO Deepak Anchala
Anchala advised Slintel’s customers that the sale “isn’t an exit,” but “the beginning of bigger, better things together, and an opportunity for two phenomenal companies to join hands to realize our vision faster.”
6sense is on a roll with 114% revenue growth year-over-year. Along with acquiring Fortella, it opened offices in London and Australia, expanding its footprint. In March, it closed on a $125 million Series D.
Sales Engagement vendor 6sense closed on a $125 million Series D that valued the firm at $2.1 billion. The round was led by D1 Capital, with Sapphire Ventures and Tiger Global joining. Existing investor Insight Partners participated as well.
A few years ago, 6sense described itself as a predictive analytics company. When the predictive analytics segment failed to gain significant traction, it rebranded as an ABM Orchestration Platform. The other predictive analytics companies rebranded as CDPs or were acquired for their technology.
Repositioning as an ABM platform proved prescient as 6sense now competes head-to-head with Terminus and Demandbase, two other very successful ABM Platforms. Terminus closed on a $90 million Series C in February, and Demandbase is also well funded, setting up a market share land grab for ABM Platforms.
6sense has doubled in size each of the past three years, setting the stage for its unicorn round. Forrester named them a leader in its Q2 2020 Wave Report on ABM Platforms, where 6Sense scored highest on current offering and tied with Terminus on strategy.
“6sense has made significant progress since our first evaluation of this market in 2018 — and now offers a comprehensive solution, matched by an aggressive vision, roadmap, and market approach,” wrote Forrester Principal Analyst Steven Casey.
“Customer conversations are a critical part of our due diligence process, and the feedback from 6sense customers is among the best we’ve heard. Improving revenue results is a goal for every business, but it’s easier said than done. The way 6sense consistently creates value for customers made it clear that they deliver a unique, must-have solution for B2B revenue teams.”
Dan Sundheim, Chief Investment Officer at D1 Capital Partners
6sense will invest the funds in market growth and product development, including its data layer, machine learning-based next best action recommendations, and scaling its “AI-based orchestration capabilities to deliver ideal customer journeys based on data and insights.”
The round comes 15 months after a $40 million Series C led by Insight Partners. Pitchbook indicates that the firm was valued at only $300 million in January 2020. 6sense is on track for another year of 100% plus growth after inking deals with 100 new customers in Q4.
“We’re doubling down on our investment because we’ve seen the 6sense team consistently execute against their plans for the past year and a half, and we witness firsthand the results the platform delivers every day for our portfolio of high growth companies,” said Jeff Lieberman, Managing Director at Insight Partners. “Being the leader in account-based sales and marketing technology ideally positions 6sense to unlock additional market opportunities, and we’re confident that they have the vision and track record to forge the future of revenue technology.”
CEO Jason Zintak sees a broader vision for the company than SalesTech, MarTech, or AdTech, describing his firm as a RevTech company.
“Our AI is focused on signal, identifying companies that are in the market to buy something,” Zintak told TechCrunch. “Once you have that, you can sell to them.”
RevTech looks to unify the marketing, sales, RevOps, and customer success groups within the revenue team and align them behind selling to the right buyers at the right time. Firms still struggle with identifying prospects that are the ideal fit, much less properly timing their prospect outreach.
“This is both a data and execution problem. One can’t be untethered from the other,” blogged Zintak. “I’ve long believed there is a tremendous opportunity to solve this problem and move the sales and marketing technology world away from outdated tools, and usher in a new era of B2B platforms that will fundamentally change the way companies go to market. We’re already seeing account-based tech, sales tech, and legacy marketing tech categories beginning to converge into a massive market that will only continue to grow. I also believe 6sense is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity and deliver the transformation our industry is so hungry for.”
Thus, 6Sense looks to provide the go-to-market platform that delivers a “comprehensive B2B go-to-market with data, insights, and orchestration capabilities at the core.”
6Sense identifies the best-fit accounts and supports prospect timing via intent-based prediction models. 6sense claims that its customers:
Raise their average deal size by 35%.
Increase their opportunity conversion rate by 20%.
Reduce deal-cycle time by 20%.
Zintak argues that the alignment problem is exacerbated by multiple tech stacks with data and functional silos that “optimize” around subsets of the revenue problem.
“The MarTech landscape is teeming with micro-solutions for every nagging problem the marketing automation platform vendors aren’t able to solve (or they themselves created). SalesTech is no different. Your CRM wasn’t built to facilitate decision-making; it was built to store records. Add RevOps and customer success teams into the mix, and the people, process, and technology alignment challenges grow exponentially, as more data becomes siloed and disconnected from execution.”
6Sense CEO Jason Zintak
“AI generally is a buzzword, but here it is a key part of the solution, the brand behind the platform,” said Teddie Ward of Insight Partners. “Instead of having massive funnels, 6sense switches the whole thing around. Catching the right person at the right time and in the right context make sales and marketing more effective. And the AI piece is what really powers it. It uses signals to construct the buyer journey and tell the salesperson when it is the right time to engage.”
“We invest heavily in sales and marketing technology, and 6sense is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Sapphire Ventures partner Rajeev Dham. “We’ve always viewed 6sense as a market leader with the ability to execute on their bold vision of transforming sales and marketing with data-driven insights and orchestration capabilities. 6sense is already the leading account-based sales and marketing platform, and they are poised to define and deliver the future of revenue technology that every B2B organization needs.”
Chatbot vendor Insent.AI closed on a $2 million seed round “to help mid-market B2B companies improve how they identify and communicate with potential buyers.” The firm, which competes against Intercom, Terminus Chat, and Drift, calls itself a “human-first chatbot.”
Insent said that it isn’t “just building a chatbot that generates leads, but a collaborative platform that is going to help marketers create, nurture qualified opportunities, and shorten sales cycles.”
The goal is to remove “digital walls” between buyers and sellers by replacing web forms and follow-ups “with instant live conversations on websites” that schedule meetings and deliver “personalized content recommendations based on engagement history.”
Insent describes itself as an “integration first platform,” with MAPs, CRMs, and ABM Platforms “to help sales teams talk to engaged prospects while they’re on the website.”
According to Insent Digital Marketer Aatharsha Jey, “integrations should be planned and carried out in a way that does not ask people to change their behaviors in order to adopt a new tool.”
“By guiding their buyers at the right time and proactively alerting your salespeople, Insent generates new revenue opportunities and accelerates existing ones,” said CEO Arjun Pillai.
Emergent Ventures led the round with participation from BAM Ventures, TechStars, Arka Venture Labs, Arali Ventures, and Bizable founder Aaron Bird. Funds will be deployed to expand its chatbot integrations and add engineering, sales, and marketing headcount. Another area of development is improving its visitor data intelligence to improve personalization.
“We believe the B2B sales process currently has unnecessary friction for both buyers and sellers,” said Anupam Rastogi, Partner at Emergent Ventures. “As an increasing proportion of sales is digitally intermediated and more leads are generated online, we believe Insent has a tremendous opportunity to help both buyers and sellers do their work more effectively and connect seamlessly.”
Initially, the pandemic slowed Instent’s growth as marketing teams reduced budgets and delayed decisions, but chatbots are high on the list of MarTech digital acquisition solutions. Since May, revenue has quadrupled.
Aaron Bird, former VP at Adobe and CEO of Bizable, remarked that marketing had undergone two major paradigm shifts over the past few years, the rise of ABM and a focus on the buyer experience at the heart of the sales process; however, “companies are yet to start adapting to this paradigm. Insent is a key piece of the puzzle to help them do so.”
Insent stress-tested various platforms before settling on MongoDB and AWS. Pillai contends that the platform gives them a five-year or six-year window before rearchitecting. The platform was designed with an account-based, versus lead-based, architecture that ties leads to accounts for account-based orchestration.
“So, the architecture is obviously manually decided. But as far as the scaling is concerned, it is all automated,” said Pillai. “There are enough database services that will enable us to run automated services of scaling up and scaling down … to make sure that when you are sleeping if a customer connects a 10 million [record] database, the system scales up.”
Insent is using 6Sense for visitor identification. “We go and task 6Sense through an API,” said Pillai. “We take that data, and we do further processing of that data. All of this happens in microseconds. Basically, the moment somebody lands on the website, boom, the API call comes back with the data based on that website, company visitor.”
Insent was founded in 2018 and has forty employees in the US, Canada, and India.
A new 6Sense integration with Outreach helps reps plan account activities from within their CRM and then take actions through the Outreach Sales Engagement Platform. 6Sense insights help reps “prioritize their Outreach strategy, understand their buyers, and time their outreach based on AI-driven predictions of where accounts are in the buying journey.”
6Sense warms up accounts and determines when they are in-market and ready for sales outreach. With a single click on a contact record, reps can start an Outreach sequence. If a sequence is already underway, the rep is notified.
“The combination of having comprehensive account and contact data, the right workflow, a customized cadence, and personalized messaging based on buyer behavior can be the difference between a loss and a win,” blogged 6Sense.
The two platforms are complementary with 6Sense managing marketing outreach, enriching data, and scoring prospects and Outreach managing multi-channel sales communications, including email, phone call, text message, social media, direct mail, video, and calendaring.
While SEP ecosystem profiles often rehash features and one partner’s messaging, 6Sense and Outreach focused on their joint value proposition:
“For customers of 6sense and Outreach, our partnership means a union of insight and education around intent and engagement data necessary to target the right accounts and contacts, as well as the predictable, real-time pace at which to engage and ultimately increase conversion rates. Sales intelligence technology such as ours helps sales reps focus on the more human moments throughout the buyer journey. Together, 6sense and Outreach help marketing and sales spend less on the time-consuming, calculated risks of sifting through seemingly qualified leads and haphazardly reaching out to them.”
The partners highlighted additional benefits, including more relevant sales conversations based upon 6Sense sales intelligence, expanding messaging across the buying committee, and next-best-action recommendations that help reps “better prioritize their day and make stronger connections with buyers.”
Content intelligence vendor PathFactory announced a partnership with ABM Orchestration vendor 6Sense to “give marketers complete visibility into the quality of account engagement, as well as what content and topics are accelerating them through their customer journey.”
partnership taps 6Sense’s account identification capabilities and combines it with
PathFactory’s content consumption data, providing richer account engagement
intelligence. “They can even watch a buying committee’s activities
populate and track their journey in near real-time,” said PathFactory.
Account intelligence is synced with the CRM and displayed to sales reps,
helping them understand which content and topics resonated at target accounts.
offers a set of content tracks, either defined by marketing or PathFactory’s
AI. Content tracks are a sequence of relevant content associated with
specific calls to action. Content tracks “keep people engaged longer and
helps them self-educate” while encouraging them to “binge on your content.”
By assessing which individuals and accounts are binging on account tracks,
PathFactory can determine when accounts are “getting serious.” Highly
engaged accounts are more likely to turn into deals.
insights suggest the next best content and next best action, with PathFactory
personalizing content tracks in real-time. PathFactory tracks engagement
at both the individual and account level while assessing content attributes
such as type, topic, and reading length.
“While B2B marketing organizations have invested heavily in ABM over the past several years, many marketers still struggle to successfully execute campaigns, scale programs, and report on results. We are confident this integration will give marketers the unprecedented ability to optimize the customer journey and generate revenue from their ABM efforts.”
Dev Ganesan, CEO of PathFactory
PathFactory clients do not require a
separate 6Sense license.
“PathFactory and 6sense are marrying
two of the most critical data sets necessary for successful ABM execution,”
said Jason Zintak, CEO of 6sense. “With 6sense’s industry-leading account
identification capabilities and PathFactory’s content consumption data, sales
and marketing teams can get deep insight into anonymous buying behavior of
individuals and accounts, and deliver hyper-personalized content journeys.”
PathFactory placed 186th on Deloitte’s Fast 500 list, and Gartner named them a Cool Vendor in their 2019 Technology Marketing category.
Account Based Orchestration platform 6Sense closed a $40 million Series C round with growth equity firm Insight Partners, raising its total funding to $105 million. Previous investors include Salesforce Ventures, Venrock, Battery Ventures, and Bain Capital Ventures. The market cap was not disclosed.
doubled its revenue in both 2018 and 2019. Last year, it added Box,
Cisco, Dell, Zendesk, Sumo Logic, NetApp, Domo, Motorola, Cumulus, Symantec,
and Tableau to its list of named customers.
startup, a company can sell via personal relationships and word of mouth.
In the scaleup growth phase, the equivalent is Account-Based Marketing
and Sales,” said Jeff Lieberman, Managing Director at Insight Partners.
“After an exhaustive review process, we were blown away by the data-focused
sophistication of 6sense’s technology and firmly believe it is the best
solution for B2B companies who need to scale their go-to-market efficiency and
grow revenue. The company’s account-based solution should be a core part
of every scaleup company’s growth strategy. We’re excited to invest in
6sense as the market-leading solution.”
investment is a sign that we’ve done something over the past 2 ½ years,” said
6Sense CEO Jason Zintak. “Investing is confidence, and it’s just so
incredibly humbling that we as a team, as a company, have gotten to the point
where people want to trust us and hand over money.”
attributed the firm’s success to the belief that AI and Big Data are at the
core of the MarTech stack:
Our strategy has always been to lead in those areas, specifically 6sense’s ability to
– Process large amounts of data and deliver actionable insights – Segment micro-audiences based on these data insights – Uncover anonymous buyer intent and identify accounts – Predict which accounts are an Ideal Customer fit, and when they are “in market,” allowing organizations to focus engagement on accounts most likely to buy
6sense has evolved from delivering predictive scores to providing customers with a robust Account-Based platform for the entire revenue operations team.
6Sense CEO Jason Zintak
investment will be dedicated to accelerating its product roadmap, “both
organically and inorganically.” Zintak listed three roadmap objectives:
Improved orchestration, which moves from rules-based engagement to “true AI-based orchestration of tactics.”
Expanding intent and predictive data use cases beyond email to include website personalization, content experiences, advertising, conversational marketing, etc.
Delivering insights to all revenue operations functions, including marketing and customer success.
lists 37 open positions across customer success, engineering, data science,
administrative, marketing, sales, and product. 6Sense has shown steady
employment growth over the past two years. Roughly half of the employees
are in revenue generation roles (Sales, Support, Marketing, and Business
is to tackle the biggest challenges facing B2B sellers and marketers by helping
brands reach the right accounts for their business at the right time, through
the right channels, and with truly engaging experiences,” said Zintak.
“Our company growth has been fueled by the success of our customers, and
our Series C funding will enable 6sense to further invest in AI-driven
orchestration capabilities to help companies of all sizes build and scale account-based
programs, uncover new opportunities, and efficiently create pipeline and
Predictive sales and marketing intelligence company 6Sense announced that their Q3 revenue rose 400% year-over-year. While an impressive growth number, the 6Sense platform officially launched in May 2014 so the growth rate is based on a small denominator. 6Sense landed several new Fortune 1000 software and hardware clients during the quarter but did not disclose names. Clients include Cisco, Xactly, CSC, NetApp, CBS Interactive. and Blue Jean.
“We’re winning these enterprise customers because we’re solving two huge problems for marketing and sales teams: timing and visibility. Timing is everything – getting into a deal early nearly guarantees you’ll win. Unlike other solutions on the market that scrape the web or run potential prospects against buyer fit models, our platform uses exponentially more and richer data sources to find buyers that have a need now,” said 6Sense CEO Amanda Kahlow. “Our customers have the competitive advantage of being the first to know and the first to take action the moment their prospects enter a buying cycle. And they have one platform, versus hundreds of channels, from which to monitor their buyers’ journeys.”
The 6Sense Private Data Network ingests intent data from across the web. Intent data, licensed from Bombora, is gathered from B2B media sites to identify anonymous researchers as they perform searches and visit blogs, publisher sites, advisory services, review sites, etc. Intent data is tied to companies via IP addresses and tagged to business topics. While specific users are not identified, intent data flags hot topics by company, allowing for refined scoring, messaging, and targeting. The Private Data Network insights are then matched against client proprietary intelligence (e.g. CRM, Marketing Automation, Weblogs) to give clients “a full picture of all the buyers that could be considering their solutions, not just the ones that raise their hands. 6sense helps its customers make sure their messages are not only hitting the right audience, but also hitting them at the right time, when they actually have a demonstrated need.” 6Sense not only scores current prospects but identifies net new companies that have not identified themselves as prospects to the firm.
“Intent data gives marketing and sales two advantages,” opined Kerry Cunningham of SiriusDecisions. “First, it reveals greenfield opportunities that would otherwise be uncontested losses. Second, it diagnoses “false positives” or wrong predictions which would keep the sales team chasing dead-end leads.”
Integration partners include Marketo, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Adobe, and Salesforce.
According to marketing analyst David Raab, 6Sense pricing is “based on factors including the number of models created and volume of new net contacts provided.” Last year, David Raab noted that pricing exceeds $100,000 per customer.