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Reinventing Retail for the Omnichannel Era

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Retail represents a big chunk of the US economy. It contributes $2.5 trillion to the nation's annual gross domestic product, according to the National Retail Federation. So it's no surprise that there's so much interest in the quickly evolving, multichannel retail climate, as evidenced by events like the First Annual Symposium on Omni Retailing.

Held last week at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the symposium examined how fashion retailers are creating seamless customer experiences across channels. Organizers described it as "a forum and think tank" for retail business leaders to discuss best practices for future implementation of omnichannel retailing strategies.

Peter Nordstrom, executive vice president and president of merchandising at Nordstrom, presented a compelling keynote that addressed cross-channel convergence from his company’s perspective. Additional Speakers included Jean-Marc Bellaiche, senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group; David Cox, a global business manager for Microsoft's relationship with Bank of America, and Katia Beauchamp, one of the three co-founders and co-CEO of online retailer Birchbox.

"We help consumers discover products they didn't even know they wanted," Beauchamp said.

Changing Your Website? Answer These 4 Questions First

Want to make big changes to your web presence? The first step should not be to develop a request for proposal (RFP) to select a new CMS or an integration partner or both. First you need to answer four questions.

LiveHive 2.0 Tracks How Prospects Engage with Content

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It must be hard being a digitally-inclined sales professional these days. In addition to, you know, actually making sales, you have to track everything you're sending out.

To help assess prospects' engagement with content, LiveHive recently launched version 2.0 of its cloud-based sales acceleration platform.

LiveHive's assessment of prospects is built around the idea that customers are doing much of their own product research and don't interact with sales professionals until they're more than halfway through the sales process. Sharing personalized marketing materials through social networks, email or links, and then tracking their use, is key to LiveHive's approach for determining who is a likely customer.

How Ease-of-Use is Reshaping the IT Industry

The interface is increasingly becoming the product when it comes to IT. Ease-of-use, long a peripheral issue, has now become central. 

Mail-In Rebates: Annoying Customers, One UPC Code at a Time

2014-07-April-Jumping-through-hoops.jpgHey Procter & Gamble, you can keep that $15 prepaid card you tricked me into earning by buying $50 worth of your products. I've never had much talent for jumping through hoops. And frankly, a lousy $15 is too little of an incentive to force me to learn now.

Funny how a company that allegedly takes its love of its customers very seriously is still forcing them to use mail-in rebates — even for products they purchase online.

Oh, I gave it a try. I printed the rebate form, filled out my name and address, and even scrounged around for an envelope and a stamp. But when I realized I needed to cut the UPC codes from the boxes of all 10 products I purchased  — and then write those same UPC numbers on the form — and then go back and print the receipt from my online purchase — and circle the prices of all the items in question — I gave up.

Who in this age of real time marketing, omnichannel experiences and digital everything has the time to be patient? 

Not me. 

This Week: Salesforce Guns for SAP + Consumers Want Control of Data

HTML5 Not Making Grade
HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications

Salesforce Set to Take on SAP
Just two days after Gartner released the top earners in the software industry, a Salesforce executive said his company will be bigger and better than SAP.

Privacy, Security Woes in Enterprise
We have very few mobile applications that an IT professional would feel comfortable calling enterprise grade because of a lack of viable security and privacy options.

Goodbye SharePoint Problems
A new report says SharePoint 2013 ironed out all the wrinkles and now offers a powerful enterprise collaboration platform for business users. But governance mistakes still happen to the best of us.

EMC's News Hits Street
EMC has released a new Documentum developer edition and it includes open source components. Not just that, but anyone — not just EMC customers — can download it for free.

Consumers Want Control of Data
In the world of big data, one of the first things to know is understanding customers truly by understanding transaction data.

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Which Comes First: Engaged Employees or Customer Success?

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Customers, customers, customers, customers, employees.

When you look at the spending on business technologies, that's roughly the emphasis that companies place on one side of the sales wall versus the other.

On one level, it makes sense. Customers spend the money and, as we've all heard, they're always right. Then again, there's nothing that can improve the customer experience more than employees who serve customers face-to-face, in customer service centers, or even behind the scenes in technical or management roles.

Remember that flight attendant who watched your screaming kid while you took a sanity break? How about that waiter who served a joke that lightened a miserable  day? Or the bus driver who stopped where she wasn't supposed to because it was raining? Do we have the technological cart before the proverbial horse? Gartner Research Director Yvette Cameron thinks so. 

Marketo Focuses on Innovation #mktgnation14

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It’s a crowded marketing vendor space. Nine times more crowded than it was two years ago, in fact

Next week, Marketo will try to pull attention away from its 946 competitors and onto itself when it hosts the Marketing Nation Summit at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. 

Marketo is expecting more than 5,000 customers, partners and analysts to attend the Summit, according to Jon Miller, vice president of marketing content and strategy and a Marketo co-founder. That is double the number of attendees from last year, Miller told CMSWire.

News Bites: Universal Analytics, Anti-Ad Fraud and More

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And now, the news. This week, Google released enterprise level Universal Analytics, Apperian released an API, BrandAds targeted video ad fraud and ClickBank unveiled version 3.0.

Plus, there's a new Drupal to Adobe DPS tool, Appboy Academy opens and HTML5-built OX Spreadsheet takes to the cloud.

Universal Winds of Change for Google Analytics

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Technology and comic book characters have one thing in common – they both require a reboot once in a while to renew excitement. Comic book fans got a rebooted Superman on film when Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures released Man of Steel.

But for Google Analytics users, they received their own reboot in a quieter, yet still exciting, way.

Last year Google launched a new version of its main analytics code called Universal Analytics (UA), featuring a new script, analytics.js that replaces ga.js, an asynchronous script Google introduced in 2009. The new code introduces several enhancements that permit the script to work in conjunction with developer protocols or other measurement interfaces.

Connecting: Dave Kerpen, the Most Influential Guy You Never Met

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It must be nice to be more important than Bill Gates … not to mention Jack Welch, Mark Cuban, and Barack Obama. That's the enviable position that Dave Kerpen is in, at least according to LinkedIn.

Kerpen, an entrepreneur and author, earned recognition as the No. 1 LinkedIn Influencer of all time last summer, ahead of all those other guys. He had the most popular article on LinkedIn at the time — "11 Simple Concepts Become A Better Leader," which had been viewed 1.8 million times and "liked" by 21,000 people.

But that was eight months ago. Today that post has been viewed nearly 2.6 million times and "liked" by 25,500 people.

It's a lofty position for a really down to earth guy. Kerpen is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software product for small businesses, and the chairman and former CEO of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm that has had triple digit revenue growth for four consecutive years. He's also a New York Times bestselling author of three books and an international keynote speaker.

The Promises, the Challenges of Real Time

The Promises, the Challenges of 'Real Time'Our world has sped up. Everything is personalized and served up in real time, but there isn’t a single business function that can single-handedly deliver on the real time promise. For marketing to happen in real time takes robust technology and data analytics, and for the marketing message to be believable, the user needs to verify the claim with peers -- in (you guessed it) real time.

Let’s unpack how a customer experience actually looks and feels in real time.

3 Tips for Great Content Marketing #AIIM14

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Deliver content with a purpose, a good, strong flow and distribute it appropriately. 

Those three steps can make a world of difference in content marketing, according to Bryant Duhon, editor and community manager for for AIIM.

Duhon is busy this week helping produce the annual AIIM Conference in Orlando but took some time to catch up with CMSWire with some tips for successful content marketing.

Biggest Web CMS Challenges: People, Mobile

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Adaptive content. Responsive design. The separation of content from presentation. 

It's a dense world in web content management systems (CMS). Ultimately, though, the primary challenge may be staring you in the mirror. The human challenge.

"The human challenge is actually the primary one," said Tim McLaughlin, president and founder of Siteworx,a digital agency and system integrator based in Reston, Va, that specializes in web content management (WCM), e-commerce, digital asset management (DAM), mobile and content marketing and strategy.

"Authors like to see the context of their content," McLaughlin added. "That's why Microsoft Word defaults to showing you the WYSIWYG mode. If an organization chooses to do that separation of content from presentation, then the tools should easily facilitate previews and authors should be well educated on the reasons for it."

Salesforce: 'Gonna be Bigger, Better than SAP' #Salesforce1Tour

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Is a heavyweight title bout emerging between two major contenders in the enterprise applications space? Maybe -- if you feel that title bouts are started when only one of those contenders says something in a keynote and the other chooses not to respond at all.

Salesforce.com fired a salvo at SAP today when Keith Block, its president and vice chairman, told a Boston audience that "we will be passing SAP as the largest enterprise applications company in the world."

Block made the comment this morning at the Salesforce1 World Tour, which rolled into Boston today at the Hynes Convention Center. SAP, Block added, is the "third largest software company in the world. We believe we will be the third largest software company in the world." 

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