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School's Out: How Digital is Changing the Student Experience

2014-01-July-School-Out.jpgRemember when the end of the formal school year signaled the excitement of summer vacation? Whether you relate to the Glee performance or Alice Cooper's rendition of “School’s Out,” there was always a certain element of freedom imagined in leaving the walls of the schoolhouse behind. But it's starting to look as though digital has changed that dynamic -- for better or for worse -- forever.

With a bit of a twist on my usual customer experience focus, here’s my take on how digital is impacting the student experience.

Will OTT Messaging Apps Bring a Marketer's Gold Rush?

2014-01-July-California-Miners.jpgOTT (Over The Top) mobile messaging apps have recently garnered significant attention thanks to Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for $19B back in February. But what everybody is really dying to know is exactly how these app companies make money -- what are the revenue streams?

While all offer free or nearly free messaging (and potentially calling) for consumers, at the end of the day someone needs to pay the bill. There are a lot of companies vying to prove that they have an answer to the revenue conundrum, but Salesforce’s recent partnership with LINE has, in my opinion, the most interesting potential. Through this deal, marketers will have a way to directly connect with customers. This is a massive step toward the one to one communication holy grail that is custom tailored to fit consumers’ interests and preferences.

The Secret to Performance Under Fire

catEyes.jpgEvery enterprise has them. They are as inescapable as cats on the internet. Enterprise fire drills on web performance are the norm for any corporate enterprise that has a website critical to their business model (even more so when your executives have laser powered heat vision).

Given that content owners, merchants and ad sales representatives are all trying to stuff 22 pounds of content into pages with a carrying capacity of only 20, business forces turn IT professionals everywhere into part time fire fighters. There is a standard method for minimizing both the frequency and impact of fire drills on your team -- the enterprise IT guys refer to it as "monitoring and alerting." Cagey veterans schooled in conversational dynamics refer to it as "getting in front of the question."

Contact Center Reality: Better CX, More Customers

Improving customer experience in the contact center — and keeping the customer — overtook the pursuit of operational gains as the top objectives over the past two years. That's a key takeaway from a recent Aberdeen Group report.

But the real value of the report, "Contact Center Workforce Optimization: Secrets to Unlock Agent Productivity & Performance," is showing how both objectives can work together.

While only 32 percent of respondents cited "improve the quality of customer interactions" as the top objective in the comparable report two years ago, 59 percent gave that response in the current report. The data is based on a survey of 83 businesses.

Discussion Point: What's the Deal with Disruptive Innovation?

Thumbnail image for discussion-pointHow often do you hear someone call something disruptive, innovative or transformational? Probably more often than you'd like.

Disruption has been one of the most pervasive buzzwords of the past few years. And now it's become even more ubiquitous, thanks to debate between Harvard historian Jill Lepore and Clayton Christensen — the Harvard Business School professor who coined the term "disruptive innovation" more than a decade ago.

In a controversial article published by The New Yorker, Lepore made an unprecedented accusation against the quality of Christensen's research. Lepore accused Christensen of cherry-picking industries to force data to fit into his theoretical model.

Do We Still Need Sales Reps?

2014-30-June-Sales-Reps.jpgWith widespread adoption of CRM and marketing automation, what is the purpose of sales reps? Do we even need them anymore?

A rhetorical question, but the expectations we should have with automation are worth examining. According to Forrester Research, companies worldwide are spending 19 percent of their SG&A (selling, general and administrative) costs on average in sales support-related activities. With a nearly 14 percent growth in worldwide CRM sales in 2013 -- and over 30 percent growth for Salesforce.com itself in the past two years -- companies are connecting the dots between marketing and sales automation efforts, and the desire to streamline the process of securing and winning customers.

Oracle Mobile Suite Update Makes Company A 'Serious Player'

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Oracle officials claim enhancements to the company's Mobile Suite can account for a "skills shortage" among developers in mobile.

Announced today,updates include the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework and an updated version of Oracle Service Bus that is optimized for mobile integration. Company officials said the enhancements offer improved development speed, application security and user identity access and governance and mobile optimized integration across development layers.

Shay Shmeltzer, Oracle director of product management, told CMSWire many organizations don't have "mobile developers" but rather just "developers." They face, he said, a "skill shortage" among developers in the mobile space. The capabilities in Oracle's mobile platform, however, eliminates the need to add developers or teach new development skills, he added.

The Changing Nature of Search Behavior

Search is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle of customer behavior. It needs to be considered in the context of the customer’s task.

Separating Fact from Fiction in Social Comments

Yelp, Angie's List, Amazon -- these companies and many others offer user reviews of local businesses. But the authenticity of many of those reviews is questionable, which is why an Israel-based company is offering a new service that it claims provides "honest, authentic referrals."

The company, WhoDoYou, uses machine learning and natural language processing to collect and sort public conversations -- mostly from Facebook, and mostly positive recommendations -- about painters, lawn services, restaurants and the like.

From Data Driven Marketing to Collaborative Marketing

2014-27-June-Push.jpgAlthough there are many chronological views of the history of marketing, there are really only three core conceptual views of marketing that have been dominant in our lifetimes: Push, Pull and Collaborative.

In the beginning, there was push marketing. Historically, almost all of us have been taught a push method of marketing. We provided a value proposition, pitch or sample in one of a limited set of channels for consumption.

Marketing was mainly differentiated by the creative quality or educational value of the marketing approach, but it was notoriously difficult to calculate the value of marketing efforts. In effect, it was a Mad Men shotgun approach: shoot a bunch of pellets vaguely in the direction of a target and hope that your creative efforts hit a target.

This Week: DAM's Link to Game of Thrones + SharePoint Shocker

DAM's Game of Thrones Connection
Managing your images, videos and rich media has much in common with the TV fantasy drama. 

Boost Identity with Social
Can brands target and personalize customer messaging through social identity?

Enterprise Mobility Showdown
Organizations recognize they need to integrate mobile apps with enterprise system and data.

Death of the Intranet?
Not so fast, say officials at Jostle.

SharePoint Shocker
Some SharePoint administrators have shocking disaster recovery plans.

Recapping MongoDB World
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There's More to E-Commerce than Mobile and Social

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Mobile and social. Invest in them now, right?

Well, if it's not those two surging platforms that are doing the trick for your organization, why put so much stock in them?

EPiServer’s third annual 2014 e-Commerce Survey of e-commerce practitioners, conducted at the 10th annual Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition, the world’s largest e-commerce event, revealed that mobile and social may not be as "surging" as they seem.

For instance, 64 percent of those surveyed claimed less than 20 percent of their business sales came through mobile transactions. But mobile ranked as the top priority in regards to future investments for those surveyed. 

Similarly, 93 percent of those surveyed said transactions are made through their website rather than their social site. However, social ranked third in terms of future investment areas for those surveyed.

EPiServer's message? Put your money in what's working now.

Fed Regulator Tells Marketers: Be Careful with Data Collection

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Marketers recite the benefits of mobile tracking like a mantra: It helps give consumers the information they want at the exact time and place they want and need it. What's not to like?

No matter how hard they try, however, today's cross-channel digital marketers can't quite escape the "creepy" factor — the concern corporations have too much information on the who, what, where and when of our lives.

That point was driven home very gently yesterday as Jessica Rich, director of the bureau of consumer protection for the Federal Trade Commission, delivered a speech to the annual summit of the Digital Advertising Alliance. The speech contained plenty of plaudits, but also exhortations to "press forward" with self-regulatory efforts that will make it easy for consumers to opt-out of tracking and data collection entirely.

Good News for B2B Marketers to Share with the C-Suite

Marketers are usually a paranoid bunch, we've come to learn. Will I go extinct? Does my work even matter?

Bizo says it does. Its annual State of B2B Lead Nurturing Report revealed 60 percent of marketers deliver at least 20 percent of B2B company revenues — and almost 25 percent contribute more than 40 percent. 

"Marketing organizations everywhere are taking on more influential roles when it comes to supporting company revenue growth targets," Jennifer Agustin, senior director of marketing at Bizo, told CMSWire. "Data like this supports the idea that marketing is more accountable than ever, and can play a more active and strategic role in the way companies are run."

Google API Gives Developers Easier Access to Gmail #io14

2014-26-June-Google-IO.jpgGoogle is playing with Gmail again. This time it’s not just taking a stick and poking the hornets’ nest called privacy. This time, it’s taking a bat and trying to hit that hornets’ nest out of the park. And it all comes in the name of a new Gmail API.

In principal the API looks like a good thing. In principal, Google wants to make it easier to let internet applications use information in your email, with the user’s permission. The question is how much access to your information will the new API need and how much access will the new API get?

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