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Provenir-KBM Promise Real Time Customer Engagement

This customer engagement thing continues to catch on.

Boston-based Provenir and KBM Group, out of Richardson, Texas, have entered into a partnership that company executives say will boost KBM's IMPACT 360 Consumer Engagement Platform (CEP). 

Provenir helps agencies make the "transformation" toward digital engagement by engaging consumers one at a time to "quickly dream up creative experiences and put them into action," according to Jeff Nicholson, vice president of marketing at Provenir.

It's all about "customer journeys" today where as in the "old days" it was "campaigns," he added.

"Today it's what kind of experience do we want our consumers to feel," Nicholson told CMSWire. "How should it feel as they interact with your brand on your mobile site? How should that connect with their experience in-store?"

Customer-Centric Content Journeys: Your Duct Tape Is Showing

2014-10-September-Quick-Fix.jpgGetting the right content to the right person at the right time was first evangelized by the programmatic ad buying platforms. It was a vision that stemmed directly from a doe-eyed interpretation of their capabilities.

Now content marketers have latched on to the same philosophy, without fully appreciating an important distinction: Content marketing, unlike ad buying, generally assumes an active and intelligent customer who wants to educate him or herself (not simply a target for the right sales reminder at the right time).

WCM: Pick for the Process Instead of the Project

2014-10-September-Choice.jpgWeb content management has completely changed. Some people argue that “Web” is too small a word now, because of the “omnichannel” world we now have to populate with content. Others argue that it’s about the “digital experience” or the “customer experience.” Whatever it is – one thing that's clear is that the amount of content, along with the number of tools producing it, has increased significantly.

The Future is Bright for the Mobile App Industry [Infographic]

Yesterday we shared Gartner's list of the top mobile application developers. The list ranks the providers Gartner feels are best at enabling IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees.

But what, you may be wondering, does the future hold for mobile app development? Relax — we've got you covered. Or actually, our friends at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Collat School of Business have you covered.

The team there just created an infographic that explains trends in mobile app development.

Sitecore Tackles Barriers to Customer Engagement #SYMNA

It's clear from the sessions at this year's packed Sitecore Symposium 2014 in Las Vegas that Sitecore is tackling business barriers to customer engagement head on.

Sitecore partners see this in the field all the time. Customers are impressed with the system's customer engagement technology (with yet a new name, The Sitecore Experience Platform). In many cases the engagement tools are the reason they choose the product in the first place.

But once they get it in-house, they hit a set of core business problems that often stop full implementation of engagement features in its tracks. The biggest issue is that customer engagement software (and not just Sitecore's) needs to be managed in the context of a defined business model with objectives and resources to achieve those objectives.

Without planning and process to begin with those nice customer engagement features will be poorly used, or used not at all.

Sitecore Symposium Briefs: Customer Metrics Lacking #SYMNA

While most of the headlines at the Sitecore Symposium focused on features in version 8, that wasn't the only news. Here are some other noteworthy items:

Apple Gives 'Em What They Want: Phones, a Watch and U2, Too

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Bringing to light several predictions about Apple’s new product announcements, Apple’s big press event yesterday, streamed live from Cupertino, Calif., did not disappoint.

Despite setbacks with streaming at the start of the event — complete with Chinese voiceover and several outages — viewers were finally able to hear and see live demonstrations of Apple’s newest products, notably two new iPhone models and a first of its kind Apple Watch. 

Net Neutrality: You Never Know What You Have 'til It's Gone

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You may not like everything you find on the Internet. But ask yourself this: would you really want to lose it?

That's the question you should be pondering today, Net Neutrality Wednesday. CMSWire is joining hundreds of websites, from Etsy, reddit, Netflix and WordPress to adult platforms like Pornhub and Redtube, in an online protest today to urge regulators to ban fast lanes on the Internet.

You probably noticed a spinning-wheel icon on the site when you showed up today. It's there to convey our belief that the Internet could very well function more slowly if regulators adopt a two-tiered system for Internet access.

Or more importantly, it reflects our belief that there's already enough that's "two-tiered" about our society, and we have absolutely no need for any more of this nonsense. Let's keep things simpler, better and flatter than that.

Net neutrality has been one of the original and enshrining tenets of the Internet: All content is created equal — and Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks the same. But the fate of Net Neutrality in the US is jeopardized by proposed regulatory actions.

It's About Time: The Apple Watch is Here

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Everyone has been wondering when Apple would unveil its smartwatch. Rumors about its entry into this niche of the wearable tech space have been swirling since the Sony SmartWatch hit the market in 2012, and they intensified after Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear last year. 

Now the wait is over.  Exactly a year after CMSWire reported how disappointed many Apple aficionados were when the tech giant failed to introduce an iWatch at its big press event, Apple made the big reveal.

At the end of today's press event, after he showed off the two bigger and ostensibly better iPhone 6 models, CEO Tim Cook said he had “one more thing.”

Yes, the very simply named Apple Watch

View of the Apple iPhone 6 Launch - from a 9-Year-Old

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PEABODY, Mass. -- So here we are, fresh off some conversations with Apple workers and customers at the consumer technology giant's brick-and-mortar store inside the Northshore Mall in suburban Boston.

It's the day of the big iPhone 6 launch, and we've got news to report. Stories to tell.

So what do we have?

"You got nothing," said my afternoon-reporting companion for the day, Matthew, my 9-year-old fourth-grader lucky enough to have a half-day today. 

Apparently, he's Bob Woodward.

"What are you going to write about?" he asked rhetorically, after listening to interviews I had with iPhone 4 users. "Oooh, I have an iPhone 4. Woo. Woo."

Sitecore Takes on the Competition with Version 8 #SYMNA

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With about 1,000 digital marketing vendors competing in an arms race, Sitecore's CEO made it clear today that he intends to be among the superpowers.

Michael Seifert complained at the start of the Sitecore Symposium that the current chaos among vendors isn't serving marketers.

"Frankly, I think it's getting absurd," he told the throng of customers who've come to Las Vegas for the show. "Marketing technology is starting to fail the marketer ... Each digital marketing tool is limited to the channel on which it operates."

A Look at the Top of Gartner's Mobile App Development World

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Customers want mobile apps. And providers are answering.

Gartner has chosen the providers it feels are best at enabling IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees. It announced them in its Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms released this month.

It tabbed SAP, IBM, Kony, Adobe, Appcelerator and Pegasystems as the leaders in the space, followed by "challengers" Salesforce and MicroStrategy.

The "niche players" field is large: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, DSI, Motorola Solutions, Embarcadero, Verivo Software and ClickSoftware. Gartner also named Xamarin, Terelik and Sencha as "visionaries."

What's Behind Microsoft's MSN Portal Revamp?

2014-9-9 msn redesigned portal.jpgTwo decades after it launched MSN, Microsoft is applying its "mobile-first, cloud-first" direction to the MSN portal, which it claims has over 425 million users daily. The enhanced personalization capabilities will provide advertisers with a single place to buy space that can be synched across devices and audiences.

User Feedback: The Fuel Of The Experience Engine

2014-09-September-Suggestions.jpgUser feedback helps companies deliver the best products and services possible. Identifying needs, incorporating ideas and listening to customers questions are all ways to help solve problems and ensure development efforts remain focused on what really matters. By creating a conversational relationship, a company is able to better understand what it’s customers truly value.

Why Dell Just Unveiled the Dell Business Phone

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It’s not April and this isn’t a joke. Dell introduced the Dell Business Phone just minutes ago.

It’s interesting news to begin with, but the fact that it comes on the same day that VMWare’s AirWatch makes its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) announcements, at its annual user conference, makes it even more so.

Never mind the fact that Apple is expected to be unveiling its new iPhones later today. We doubt that those will have an immediate enterprise twist, especially because the IBM + Apple news around mobility in the enterprise was made last July.

Is Dell’s timing a coincidence? We think so. It’s hard to imagine why it would want to risk its vitally important news to get lost in the crowd. So what card is it playing?

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