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In Web Analytics Ranking World, Another Choice Emerges

customer experience, In Web Analytics Ranking World, Another Choice Emerges

Who's got the best web analytics software?

Forrester Research stands by these guys in its Wave for web analytics released in May. Forrester's not the only one ranking analytics. Or ranking anything, as we just learned this week with Gleanster Research.

The latest to flex its ranking muscles is TrustRadius, an Austin, Texas-based forum for professionals to share "candid insights about business software."

And TrustRadius feels it has 230 good reasons for being a trusted source for analytics rankings —  the 230 reviews by analytics software users that ultimately led to the crowdsourcing firm's TrustMaps™ for Digital Analytics software.

"It's performed by market segment — company size — others are one size fits all," Vinay Bhagat, CEO of TrustRadius, told CMSWire when asked what makes his company's ranking style unique. "It's based upon real user information vs. a survey of vendors, a typical analyst approach. Analysts generally do a very poor job of collecting real user feedback. Their surveys are long feature checklists, and are often driven by historical relationships with vendors."

iPipeline's New Platform Powered by Salesforce1

Digital marketing and sales provider iPipeline has announced an alliance with Salesforce.com that will provide sales agents across the enterprise with one-stop access to iPipeline’s integrated solutions.

The alliance means iPipeline's new AgentOne Desktop Solution will be delivered with the Salesforce1 platform. 

The Exton, Pa.-based provider plans to arm insurance-selling agents with integrations between the Salesforce Platform, iPipeline’s marketing, selling and processing solutions and other proprietary applications. The platform will debut for enterprise-wide deployment in the late fall/early winter. 

Amazon Widens Its Moat

2014-02-September-Forbidden-City.jpgLast Christmas Eve, Amazon received an early gift in the shape of a patent for "anticipatory package shipping." The patent describes a method for shipping a package of one or more items to an end destination’s geographical area without specifying the delivery address at time of shipment — the final destination is defined en route. While last Christmas may have been good to Amazon on several fronts, this patent and some other actions it's pursuing indicate how determined Amazon is to expand the already sizable moat between it and other retailers.

Gleanster Names Leaders in 4 Key Software Categories

customer experience, Gleanster Research's Leaders in Four Key Software Categories

It's not the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It's not the Forrester Wave.

And that's exactly what Ian Michiels likes about it. Michiels' firm, Gleanster Research, has produced four software industry ranking reports. 

Gleanster calls each of them a FLASH, and the latest come in the areas of marketing automation, business intelligence, social engagement and web content management.

"What I like about our FLASH approach is it offers a different perspective than Forrester or Gartner," said Michiels, CEO and principal of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based research firm. "It's not about market presence or vision, which have value. And it's not biased by analyst opinion or relationships with Gleanster."

Counterproductive Search Engine Optimization

If search engine optimization brings the wrong customers to the wrong pages then everybody loses.

Week in Review: Digital Marketing is Hard + Networks Put People First

LinkedIn Conundrum
Two big changes to the social platform has this marketer scratching his head.

Digital Marketing: No Walk in the Park
Get ready for false starts and other struggles along the way

Jive's Social Business Approach
Jive's Summer release promises to put the end user first.

People Rule in This Space
Work like a network? That's just marketing spin.

Google Zaps Microsoft
Google quietly launched a number of upgrades to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

VMWare's Big Splash at #VMWorld
VMWare goes big on desktop, mobile and content management.

 

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Watch Your Favorite Tech Exec Get Wet: Ice Bucket Challenge

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The summer of 2014 will be known for many things. Among them, the cloud storage wars, Microsoft’s new Mobile First, Cloud First mantra, and the battle for the enterprise among Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) vendors.

It will also go down as the summer of the ice bucket challenge when everyone from Cristiano Ronaldo toKaty Perry to Jack Black to Novak Djokovic to Taylor Swift and Oprah dumped buckets of ice over their heads to raise money to fund research and bring awareness to ALS, a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

Don't Leave Money on the Table With Sales Slipups

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Are sales inefficiencies costing your company millions? A recent survey by Apttus and Adobe found many organizations polled admit to profit-eroding problems ranging from flawed sales processes, inaccurate quotes and inexact sales forecasts.

Most surprising? “Twenty-five percent of sales professionals could not say with confidence whether or not their company is successful – a shocking depiction of the siloed, disconnected nature of many companies,” says Elliott Yama, AVP of Best Practice and Knowledge Management for Apttus.

News Bites: B2B or Not 2B?

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Can't You Just Get Along? CIO, CMO = No Strong Bond

In a digital world, marketing and IT functions have become inextricably linked. But are the players in each space getting along?

Not necessarily, according to a 2014 Accenture Interactive report  that shows that chief marketing officers (CMOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) don’t always share a strong bond.

To create its 2014 report, “Cutting across the CMO-CIO divide: Digital drives a new wave of collaboration,” Accenture Interactive polled an international group of more than 1,100 senior marketing and IT executives. The results found that while the relationship between these the holders of these two job titles has improved considerably over the past few years, there remains room for improvement.

“While 43 percent of marketers and 50 percent of IT leaders think their relationship with the other has improved over the past year, less than one-quarter (23 percent) of marketers think the level of collaboration between CMOs and CIOs and their organizations is at or approaching the ‘right level’ now,” according to the report.

Tweets to Treasure: Better Trend Analysis

2014-28-August-Sean Goggins and Ian Graves.jpgThere’s something intriguing about wandering anonymously through the day, going wherever you want, doing whatever you want — no questions asked, no calls from the office.

Too bad that rarely happens anymore.

Thanks to social networks like Twitter, a worldwide broadcast of your every move and mood is just 140-characters away. We've come a long way since 2008, when many of today's most tweet-happy users (myself included) complained about their fears of being followed and argued that the minutia of someone else's life isn’t interesting enough to distract their attention.

Nope, we've learned that Twitter really is the gateway to deeper, more meaningful communication — and allows people to more deeply connect, share resources, share online opportunities and collaborate.

And now researchers at the University of Missouri claim they've found a way to make Twitter even more useful for those who believe there's actually a lot of treasure in those tweets.

Salesforce1 Community Cloud Promises LinkedIn Experience

LinkedIn, you should be flattered. Salesforce wants to be like you.

The CRM giant is touting its Salesforce1 Community Cloud, a platform launched today that company officials call a "LinkedIn-like" experience that's personalized, mobile and connected to businesses. 

Salesforce has "decreased the friction of going into communities," Lisa Hammitt, vice president, business operations of Salesforce1 Community Cloud, told CMSWire. "To be a cloud, we have to be able to predicate it off customer success."

Facebook Tackles Clickbait, Reels In Rockin' Headlines

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Facebook could be the ultimate social media party pooper. Earlier this month it shut the gates on ‘Likes’ and this week it's clamping down on funky, attention grabbing headlines, which fall under what Facebook describes as clickbait.

Flying in the face of about a gazillion years of best journalism practice, Facebook has decided that it will be cracking down on headlines that attract reader attention if Facebook believes the headline doesn’t truly reflect the content of the story.

ESPN Slam Dunks Its Public API

2014-26-August-In-The-Air.jpgSay it ain't so, Joe! API fans everywhere suffered a heartbreaking defeat when one of the most prominent public content APIs packed it in and said there might not be a next season.

Say What? Most Consumers Clueless About the Internet of Things

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A lot of businesses and marketers spend a lot of time developing strategies around the Internet of Things (IoT). But guess what?

Recent research from the Acquity Group shows most consumers are clueless about the IoT — and companies and brands may be putting the cart before the horse by trying to sell smart technologies to consumers.

In fact, the research shows ignorance about the IoT is the biggest barrier to adoption. A stunning 87 percent of the people surveyed don’t know what it is — and consequently can't see any value in it.

Digital Marketing Consultant 'Lucky' As Napa Quake Rocks Home

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As a digital marketing consultant, Andreas Mueller-Schubert knows a bit about the technology revolution.

But around 3 a.m. this past Sunday morning in his Napa, Calif. home, technology was no help. It was him, his wife and two children and Mother Earth.

Mueller-Schubert and family live just 10 miles outside of the epicenter of the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that rocked Northern California this past weekend, the largest in the Bay Area since 1989.

"Everyone was a little shocked. The kids haven't experienced anything like this," said Mueller-Schubert, a German-born digital marketing consultant for WSI Next Gen Marketing who lives with his wife Georgia, daughter, Annika, 20, and son Zachary, 19.

Everyone's OK — but the family's home saw plenty of shattered glass and some damage in the garage.

Is It the Right Time for HubSpot's $100M IPO?

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Digital marketing technology is all the rage in the CRM space and HubSpot co-founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah must believe Wall St. knows that.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider filed for an IPO late today hoping to raise as much as $100 million. It will trade as HUBS on the New York Stock Exchange.

The IPO market for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors is lukewarm at the moment. But investors like General Catalyst, which owns 27.1 percent of the company, and Matrix Partners, which owns 17.1 percent, must think that now is the time.

Move Over, Google AdWords?

Amazon may be trying to step on Google's online advertising toes.

The online web shopping giant is producing software for placing ads online much like its long-time cyber nemesis does so well with Google Adwords, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

What will they do? Replace ads on its own pages that Google owns with its own.

Parents Aren't the Only Winners When Kids Return to School [Infographic]

2014-25-August-vintage-back-to-school.jpgAs a major office store so accurately suggested in a TV ad a few years ago, it's back to school season … the most wonderful time of year for parents everywhere.

But before the kids are back on the bus, crowded into classrooms and discovering all new reasons to whine and complain, parents have to engage in the annual ritual of back-to-school shopping.

While many parents look at back-to-school shopping as rituals in frustration, they are important drivers of revenue for companies and brands. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will spend more than $669 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from the nearly $635 average last year.

Total spending on back to school will drop slightly to $26.5 billion because the survey found there are slightly fewer students in households this summer.

So what do marketers need to know?

Rocket Fuel to the Moon and Back

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Investors in ad-tech specialist Rocket Fuel have been on quite a thrilling ride. Drawn by the buzz of the company’s automated platform, which uses artificial intelligence and big data analytics to purchase ad spots on digital exchanges, traders last September rushed into the IPO: the stock was priced at $29 and opened at $59.95.

Rocket Fuel shares by late January were at a new post-IPO high of $71.89, a gain of 147 percent from the offering price. Today, they change hands at around $14.50.

So what caused Rocket Fuel to run out of gas?