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Are You Ready for A World Gone Social?

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Today’s leaders can learn a lot from a turtle. Yertle, that is.

If you’ve never read the Dr. Seuss story, here’s the gist: Yertle, a power hungry turtle king, orders all of his turtle constituents to pile on top of each other to lift him higher and higher so that he can be ruler of everything within his sight. Ignoring the repeated pleas of Mack, the poor, squashed turtle at the bottom of the stack, up Yertle rises until, fed up and hungry, Mack emits a tower-shaking belch that topples the tower and ends Yertle’s rule.

The demise of Yertle? He was a failure at social. By not using his channels to listen to and learn from those lower in the ranks, his empire ended up in the mud.

Ted Coiné, Chairman of Switch and Shift, and a Forbes Top 10 Social Influencer, offered CMSWire this analogy when we chatted with him about his eye-opening book, A World Gone Social, co-written with Mark Babbitt.

Computing Moves from Personal to Intimate #DF14

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It's hard to say which is more disruptive in San Francisco today: tearing up downtown streets for a new cross-town subway or Dreamforce, the tech conference that has added 135,000 pedestrians to the scene. Both represent changes that will affect community members and businesses on a broad scale.

The technology shifts were outlined at the start of the four-day conference by a panel of senior Salesforce executives. 

The message was reinforced a short while later when other managers outlined how the company's new Community Cloud will make it possible for non-technical business managers to build branded communities in a half-hour. 

Connecting Software Vendors and #TheWalkingDead Zombies

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I don't see much difference between a zombie apocalypse and the events going on in the software vendor space. 

Zombies seem to be everywhere. No more so, of course, than in the AMC television series "Walking Dead." Season five premiered last night. 

Vendors are everywhere, too. Just look at Dreamforce this week. We'll be there (check us out @cmswire on the #DF14 hashtag). 

The Walking Dead characters need their zombies to survive at times. The viability of the show itself certainly depends on them.

Just like we need software vendors to survive in a business sense.

Without zombies, the Walking Dead's just "Survivor" with clothes — and that's no fun. Without software vendors, there's just, well, businesses doing their own business. That doesn't sound fun, either. 

The Key Difference Between Online and Print Publishing

Vigorously managing what is already published is the critical difference between a professional online publishing culture and a traditional offline print culture.

Week in Review: Gartner's WCM Leaders Picks + Big Data's Much-Needed Skills

Gartner's WCM Leaders
Two notables out of the top spot, and one newcomer's in.

Ding. Ding. HubSpot's NYSE Debut
Marketing automation took center stage on Wall Street.

HR's Top-Notch Intranets
How these intranets go to the next level.

Drive Value from Social Business
Jim Lundy's figured it out. Here's how.

SAP Steamrolling Oracle, Salesforce?
SAP HANA and Birst may take the analytics lead.

Big Data's Needed Skills
Without right skills to analyze information, big data is useless.

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Small Fish Makes Big Leap in Gartner's WCM Rankings

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Acquia made the biggest leap in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) this year, jumping from a "visionary" to a "leader" in a web software space packed with giants.

Gartner Research grouped the Burlington, Mass.-based company of about 500 employees into the WCM leaders space alongside returnees Adobe, Sitecore, Oracle and HP. Also making a surge was IBM, which jumped from last year's "challengers" pool into the leaders category.

SDL and OpenText got the boot from the leaders group, both being named by Gartner as "challengers." Microsoft stayed put in the challengers division.

News Bites: Platforms for Brands, Surveys for Sales, Software for Staff

The latest in customizing, strategizing, chatting and digitizing from Paris on the Yarra, The Eureka State and Jamlando.

Salesforce Shifts Focus to Customer Success with Analytics Cloud #DF14

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Salesforce.com will launch a major strategic shift next week from a sales-driven CRM company to one focused on long-term customer success. 

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff leaked part of the plan last month with a tweet that mentioned plans for an Analytics Cloud, but that is only part of a broader vision. The company, a pioneer in cloud-based software, will announce the new analytics service on Monday. On Tuesday, Benioff will outline how those tools will enable the company's evolution into a "customer success platform," a source close to the company confirmed today.

"We will be announcing the Analytics Cloud at Dreamforce, but that's just one of the new announcements we've got," CMO Lynn Vojvodich said during an interview with Bloomberg TV

The Platinum Rule of Customer Experience

2014-09-September-Golden-Rule.jpgMany of us know the “Golden Rule” — treat others the way we want to be treated. It’s a philosophy that helps us better relate to one another and to understand how our actions impact those around us. Although the intentions of the “Golden Rule” are noble, this approach carries with it one fatal assumption: that how we would prefer to be treated is how others would also prefer to be treated. For the sake of your customers, let’s propose an upgrade to the “Platinum Rule.”

Apple Pay: Using Its Midas Touch to Reinvent Mobile Payments

2014-09-October-Apple-Buying.jpgWith Apple Pay, Apple is once again doing what it does best: reinventing existing markets, products and business models by delivering a simpler, more stylish and more streamlined user experience. Let's face it: Apple has a knack for making things frictionless and more exciting.

And its ability to market new services and create demand by seducing consumer’s appetite for making things in life easier is a lesson for all marketers. That’s true innovation.

The Best Response to 'What's Our Social Media ROI?' #eMetrics

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Ever get the question? "What's our ROI on social media?"

Now the forehead sweats come. You don't have any dollar sign attached to an answer, so you're screwed.

Maybe not, according to Jeffrey Doak, vice president of social measurement for Team Detroit, a 1,500-staffed agency whose major client is the Ford Motor Co.

Throw a question back at that vicious board member.

"If stakeholder is asking that question of social return-on-investment, I would ask them back, 'What's our social media strategy?'" Doak told CMSWire after his presentation at the eMetrics Conference Wednesday at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. "What is it that you're trying to accomplish in social media — and then I'll tell you what we're getting out of it."

Adaptive Path's Sale Signals Change for UX

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An era has passed. Many in the user experience (UX) and web development worlds were shocked to hear last week that a small company in San Francisco called Adaptive Path had been acquired by, of all companies, Capital One.

With the announcement, company co-founder Jesse James Garrett — author of the foundational UX book, "The Elements of User Experience" and now chief creative officer at the company — assured his community not to worry. While they would be closing the celebrated consulting business that helped kickoff the web 2.0 movement, the cherished events the company produced, including UX Week, UX Intensive and The Service Experience Conference would continue.

Still, you have to wonder. With the acquisition of what is arguably one of the world's foremost UX firms, is UX dead?

Conductor Update Targets Digital Marketers #C3NY

Conductor released updates to its web presence management platform Searchlight today — the opening day of its annual C3 Conference in New York City. The updates are designed to help marketers create "more holistic campaigns" and manage "their overall web presence," according to Conductor officials.

Social Media: More Powerful Than Mother Nature

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I took my annual holiday in the Adirondacks last month to spend time with Mother Nature at her finest.

Yes, it was incredibly beautiful and, no, I did not disconnect from the grid as I had planned. In fact, I took the time off as an opportunity to upgrade my mobile, Internet and TV services.

Here is my first-hand customer experience story that took me on an omnichannel journey through brick-and-mortar store visits, multiple phone center calls and, ultimately, to the promised land of social media.

Do You Really Want To Do Content Fake Marketing?

The poster children of the latest content marketing craze are Coke and Red Bull. That should be a warning signal in itself.

Salesforce Enhances Sales Cloud1 With New Mobile Apps

Salesforce officials call their latest enhancement to their CRM platform a transformation of existing, long-time CRM features to "full-blown apps."

The launch this week comes on the heels of news that Salesforce users want, well, mobile capabilities. And hence the investment in mobile continues with an update to Sales Cloud1 with new mobile sales apps delivered on the Salesforce1 Platform. The apps include Today, Tasks, Notes, Events and Sales Path.

"Tasks and notes have been features within CRM for many many years," Mark Woollen, senior vice president of Sales Cloud Product Marketing for salesforce.com, told CMSWire. But what Salesforce is doing is leveraging these features as "full-blown mobile apps," he added that are "powerful" and work "end to end seamlessly."

5 Ways to Celebrate #CXDay

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As far as buzzwords go, this one takes the proverbial cake.

Customer experience. 

Heck, Forrester Research calls it the age of the customer. Tools are geared around it, and it's the name of some platforms.

The hype's definitely here. But hasn't it always been this way? I mean, really, since the first customer exchange ever, hasn't it always been about customer experience? 

Sometimes it seems we're more in the "Age of Everything Has a Name" than the age of the customer.

We do, however, agree that customers are everything.

That's the premise of "CX Day," a global initiative by the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), which arrives today with message to "spread the love."

OK, we'll get in on that lovin'.

We take a look back today at some great customer experience-driven pieces from our own CMSWire community over the last 10 months: 

Top 10 Strategic Predictions for 2015 and Beyond #GartnerSYM

Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo 2014 in Orlando, Fla. is in full swing — and the Twitter stream is abuzz with snippets and quotes from keynotes and sessions focusing on a digital first world, business units as technology startups, the rise of smart machines and digital humanism – all feeding the event’s theme around digital business.

This morning Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seemed to captivate the audience during a packed keynote. He emphasized that the company wants to excel at "productivity, broadly defined" and "getting the platforms right." He also stressed the company's commitment to the Internet of Things, noting:

Of course, no Gartner gathering is complete without predictions. Daryl Plummer, vice president and Gartner Fellow, gave attendees a peek at Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Predictions for 2015 and Beyond and how they impact the strategy and direction of IT and business.

Entitled, “Digital Business is Driving ‘Big Change,’” Gartner’s list makes it clear that, for businesses to survive in the digital world, they need to invest in customer experience and people.

Syncplicity Defines File Sharing Success [Video]

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How do software vendors measure success? It depends whom you ask. Sales managers will brag about record-breaking quarters. CFOs will extol big bottom lines. Product development managers will rave about functions and features.

Jeetu Patel, general manager of EMC Syncplicity, has an entirely different answer. “Engagement,” he said. “Deep user engagement is our first and our most important metric,” he says. He’s deliberate as he speaks. “Syncplicity is not interested in selling shelfware.”

Hackers Want Your CRM Data: Here's What To Do

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The cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase has affected 76 million household accounts, a far larger number than originally expected. The inroads hackers made into the bank has rattled the tech and financial community, to say nothing of Capitol Hill, where legislators are looking anew at cybersecurity legislation.

The reason for their nervousness is clear: JPMorgan Chase is probably one of the most protected institutions in the world. If hackers can successfully breach its security, what chance do other companies stand?

It's a sobering question and there is no pat response other than to treat the event as a wake up call: if a company or industry is perceived to have a rich treasure trove of data within its systems, know that it's fair game to hackers.

And what contains more rich, personalized data than customer relationship management (CRM) systems?