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Microsoft Dynamics Will 'Capture Marketers Imaginations'

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So the Big Guy is coming to marketing sometime this quarter.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. A 35-country launch. Ten languages. Scared yet?

“We’re really going to capture marketers’ imaginations around our customer and marketing analytics,” said Jamie Fiorda, director of Worldwide Product Marketing at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft.

“Every marketer is trying to prove his value and prove his investments are making an impact. What we can do with Microsoft Excel through Power BI is truly beautiful, amazing and simple.”

Will an industry drowned in marketing software bite on Bill Gates’ old stomping grounds? Has Adobe, Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, IBM had their heyday, and will Dynamics Marketing have the SharePoint effect?

Get Serious About Your Brand's Mobile Presence

Mobile gives brands a significant opportunity to reach consumers on the go, but many haven’t been able to figure out the right way to deliver a quality mobile experience. A poorly designed mobile site can create a disjointed, confusing and cluttered experience which doesn’t foster brand loyalty or drive sales — all important goals for brand marketers. It’s not just about creating a great desktop website and squeezing that onto a smaller screen. Brands need to think about mobile first design.

Why Microsoft's Reign Will Continue

Leave it to Box CEO and chief Microsoft critic Aaron Levie to spread the word, check out his tweet yesterday:

Obviously Levie was tuned into the same Microsoft Customer data event as we were, and we agree with his conclusion — Microsoft has an impressive (data) play.

BYOD Helps Rediscover the Forgotten Workforce

When thinking of a mobile workforce people typically envision sales team “road warriors” or “Knowledge Workers” operating out of expensive cars or on planes, armed with flashy laptops, tablets and portable projectors. What we forget is that there are many remote, dispersed and mobile workers in far less glamorous or high wage roles. They remain outside the office environment for weeks or even months on end, performing what are often mission critical roles in the field, alone and with very little employer engagement.

The SharePoint Information Governance Problem

The SharePoint Information Governance ProblemIf you have any experience with SharePoint as a document management platform today, you know that most organizations struggle to use it effectively. You’re also likely familiar with the negative impacts that typically result from using SharePoint ineffectively: a proliferation of sites, often on a proliferation of SharePoint versions, with no clear standards on what documents should (and shouldn’t) be stored there or how, no clear guidelines for users on how to classify their documents, little to no capabilities for promoting effective information lifecycle management, little to no end user governance or oversight for things like site and document library structures, security and access settings, or document hygiene, and dozens, hundreds or even thousands of orphaned sites that, taken together, represent a digital landfill of staggering proportions.

Q2 Planning: Top Digital Marketing, Social Business Conferences & Events (16-Apr-14)

Our industry event planner gives you the heads-up on what key industry events are coming around the corner. If we've missed something, don't hesitate to add your event to the list. (You can also view the full calendar here.)

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Is Marketo the Next Acquisition Target?

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Despite what seems like one acquisition after the next in the marketing automation space and the fact many analysts consider Marketo a likely buyout target in the group, the cloud-based solutions provider remains independent.

It’s not like the company isn’t delivering strong results: revenue last year jumped 64 percent to $95.9 million. The customer base now totals more than 3,000 and Marketo boasts a subscription dollar retention rate of 100 percent during the past four quarters.

There are also signs Marketo has plans to grow its business even more.

At the JMP Securities tech conference in early March, Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez said lead management is considered a top function in marketing automation because it helps marketers build personal, long-term relationships with buyers, something that’s critically important in the business-to-consumer (B2C) market in addition to in Marketo’s core business-to-business (B2B) market. 

IBM's Take on Going 'Mobile First'

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For businesses to really nail success in the mobile enterprise, the first thing they should probably realize is it’s not easy.

It’s one of IBM’s messages from its report, “The upwardly mobile enterprise: Setting the strategic agenda.”

How does your company interact with customers on mobile? How does it develop and deliver products and services via mobile? How does mobile apply to physical, human and digital capital?

“While there are always risks associated with the use of new technologies,” IBM concluded in its study, “we also see risks associated with not taking advantage of mobile capabilities as customers’ expectations grow, and new and emerging competitors achieve results in this space.”

5 Minutes with Forrester's Melissa Parrish

Thumbnail image for 2014-10-April-Melissa-Parrish.jpgMaybe it's a phone on a bus, or a tablet in a store or the laptop on your coffee table. Maybe you're wearing it on your wrist or over your eyes. Whatever it is, it knows who you are, where you are and the best way to reach you at any moment.

That may seem a little creepy until you consider you bought those devices to get helpful information, and in order to help you, they need to know the who-where-when-why of what you're all about. Of course, marketers want that info, too.

In the parlance of Melissa Parrish, this makes you "addressable," and it's transforming the very nature of marketing. About half of US online adults are now "always addressable," she says, and the number is rising oh-so rapidly.

Twitter Gets Its Grip on Gnip

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Twitter has just announced that it is buying social data harvester Gnip, but it hasn’t explained how it intends to make money on the back of the deal.

Neither has it explained how Gnip will sit with Twitter once the deal has closed, nor indeed, what is likely to happen in the future.

Maybe it’s a bit premature to be looking for answers to questions like those given that the deal was only announced this morning, but details about how this will unfold over the coming months are so scanty that you’d almost think Twitter doesn’t really know how it is going to incorporate Gnip into the fold. It hasn’t even disclosed how much it paid.

Adobe: IBM's Silverpop Deal Could Trigger 'Nightmare'

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IBM’s acquisition of Silverpop will create “headaches” for marketers using Big Blue platforms because of “silo problems” that will lead to a potentially expensive “integration nightmare,” according to a top official at Adobe, a leading competitor.

Suresh Vittal, vice president of marketing strategy for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business, told CMSWire that IBM, which typically sells to CIOs, is trying to hand marketing to IT.

“This acquisition feels like an attempt to fix the failings in the Unica acquisition: namely email and cross-channel execution,” Vittal said. “We think Silverpop is a partial answer that creates significant overlap problems for both Unica and Silverpop clients.”

Microsoft Takes Office to the Chrome Store

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Only two weeks after Office landed on iPad and about eight weeks since it made it easy to find through the launch of Office.com, Microsoft is chasing users wherever it can find them — and in this case it's Chrome Web Store, right in the middle of Google’s own stomping ground.

It also appears to have quietly retired its Scroogled campaign.

It would probably be a bit silly to overestimate the real impact of this, given that users were always able to access Office apps through the Office.com in the Chrome browser. But with a new CEO on board, any sign of changes in the way Microsoft is doing business should be paid attention to. 
 

Prepping IT for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on how Internet-connected cars, homes, offices, appliances and gadgets will transform how we work, play and live. Sensors in water bottles, Internet-enabled tennis rackets and every kind of conceivable wearable will capture the spotlight.

With these new possibilities, the IoT will create IT resource churn as companies struggle to securely connect a deluge of devices, sensors and objects to the corporate network. According to the IDC, there will be more than 212 billion devices connected to the web by 2020, including more than 30 billion connected autonomous things.

Focus Your Business on Mobile Moments - Or Be Disrupted

Smartphones are becoming an extension of our brains. When we don't immediately find what we want, we turn to our phone or tablet and look for a service — Twitter for sharing, Uber for car services, LoseIt! for calorie counts before ordering lunch — that can. 

Manage Ad Hoc Analytics Requests Before They Bog You Down

Five Ways to Decrease Ad Hoc Analytics RequestsIn my first job as a web analyst in the late ‘90s, I worked in an IT department of a large telecommunications company. The analytics team consisted of me and another person who was part time. We worked out a pretty good process of providing standardized reporting to about 40 marketers, content editors and executives on a monthly basis.

This system would work great until our manager would stop by one of our cubes with a time-consuming, ad hoc request that would throw off our timing and perfectly tuned schedule.  The requests weren't necessarily difficult — like running a geolocation visit report based on a specific date range — they just came at inopportune times and would throw our schedule off. We called these random requests “drive bys.”

Is Dropbox's Condoleezza Problem Gone?

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It was supposed to be a feel-good week for Dropbox. CEO Drew Houston unveiled a handsome stack of new, well-received products. Then he invited Condoleezza Rice to serve on his board.

We’ll get to that problem in a second, first a recap of the other Dropbox announcements.

It was with great delight last Wednesday that Houston introduced Carousel, a place in the Cloud where you could store the pictures and videos of your life and access them from any device. The user experience is not only delightful, but it also has some interesting filters and features which, in comparison, make Instagram less cool.

Gartner's 10 Technologies That Make Government Smarter

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You may think it's an oxymoron, but Gartner says it is possible to have a smart government. The temptation to be facetious is pretty strong here, but after initial skepticism, we found that what Gartner was talking about is 10 different technologies that can make government more efficient.

Smart governments, Gartner says, are governments that integrate information, communication and operational technologies across multiple domains, process areas and jurisdictions to generate “sustainable public value.”

By using these emerging technologies, which were identified at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, the taxpayers should get some bigger bangs for their bucks.

The Daily Email Grind: What I Need from Future Email Systems

What I Need From Future Email SystemsThink of your email inbox on the morning you return from vacation. Does it make you sweat? 

We have all experienced the trials and tribulations of the email inbox — it applies across the board from personal to work accounts. The amount of time spent de-cluttering our inboxes has been well documented.

After a recent brush with thousands of email deadwood that surfaced in my inbox, I believe the solution lies in a combination of individual actions and an expanded approach to the email systems that exist today. 

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before Technology

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before TechnologyFor those who think technology alone can make their marketing efforts more successful, the chief marketing officer of Adobe has some advice: "I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Ann Lewnes offered the candid comment during an on stage appearance at last week's Forrester Forum for Marketing Leaders in San Francisco. She had just been asked for the one major piece of advice she'd give the audience.

"The major thing I would advise is that technology is not enough. You can bring in tons of technology, but if you don't take care of the organizational issues and the process issues….?" she mused, letting the question hang unanswered over the crowd.  

"Without making the process changes and the people changes … the technology? I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Finding Revenue in the Marketing Automation Minefield

Technology without the right strategy just means we do more of the wrong things faster.

That's what Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, has learned working closely with chief marketing officers.

"Software has the potential to create and drive revenue when it’s attached to the right strategy," Petouhoff told CMSWire shortly after she and Constellation released this month "Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization." (Snapshot).

Marketers can navigate through the minefields of data and software, Petouhoff said, by enlisting the help of tech-savvy colleagues, keeping a close eye on competitors and by managing the omnichannel world by knowing your customers' preferences.