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Why Marketers Should Care About Apple's iPhone 6

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A bigger iPhone 6 screen may make some butts look bigger.

But it also opens larger opportunities for digital marketers.

Digital marketers can capitalize on a new market, take advantage of higher-resolution screens with video marketing and expand marketing opportunities to beyond tablet users -- even, perhaps, the youngest of those users.

How big is this opportunity for digital marketers? So far, Apple reports 4 million pre-orders of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

"Previously, many mobile branding campaigns have focused on tablets," said Tom Bash, manager of product strategy and operations at Exponential. " With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, these campaigns can offer a more optimized experience on users’ devices that are accessible on-the-go, always-on, and at arm’s reach."

Customer Journeys Trump the Traditional Sales Cycle

2014-15-September-Rock-Paper-Scissors.jpgWhile pointless debate continues in organizations as to who “owns” the customer experience (the customer, of course!), the responsibility for nurturing and shepherding the continuous customer experience belongs to all teams that impact customers. At the core, much of the work should be accomplished by strong, continuously evolving collaborations between marketing and sales. Unfortunately in many companies there are still ridiculous and harmful walls between sales and marketing -- and a lot of political nonsense, mainly tied to the "blame game" when forecasts aren’t met and deals aren’t closed.

In reality marketing and sales have intertwined roles for engendering positive outcomes from customer journeys, whether they realize it or not.

Fix Your Retail Site to Curb Abandoned Cart Syndrome

2014-15-September-Abandoned-Cart.jpgPicture this: You walk into your favorite store and the aisles are clogged with half-full carts. Miscellaneous items clutter the shelves. There are a handful of shoppers, far fewer than you would expect in this mess. They mosey through linens, picking up then replacing every throw pillow that sparkles, debating the merits of each sequined atrocity but never reaching checkout. This scene begs the question -- are the owners selling anything?

This is the scene that many online retailers face. Though many elements separate online and in-store shopping experiences, shopping cart abandonment has a particularly large effect on e-retailers. Whereas brick-and-mortar shoppers are unlikely to become distracted and leave the store, online shoppers can and do switch stores with just a couple clicks. Comparison tools make e-shopping around even more tempting to consumers.

Building a Results-Driven Culture of Quality

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Quality counts. Or does it?

According to new research from ASQ (American Society for Quality), an association of professionals in the field of quality management and improvement, and Forbes Insights, a clear vision, solid values and strong leadership are key components to a successful culture of quality — and that culture of quality can help organizations drive results.

However, only about 60 percent of all respondents think management unequivocally supports their organization’s quality vision and values, of which nearly 60 percent say are clearly stated.

Three CX Consultants Share Strategies in 'Connect'

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As marketing shifts from campaigns and brand-building to analytics and cross-channel personalization, there's growing importance in understanding and shaping each customer's experience.

There are more than 1,000 technology vendors happy to sell products and services that promise to help, but ultimately all marketers must adopt their own plans to make the most of those technologies. And that can be the hardest part.

Lars Birkholm Petersen, Ron Person and Christopher Nash (shown L to R) have been working on this problem for years at Sitecore, where they consult with customers on how to make the most of the company's customer experience platform. Now they've shared their thinking in a book: "Connect: How to Use Data and Experience Marketing to Create Lifetime Customers." The book will go on sale Monday. 

HubSpot Co-Founder on Growth, Inbound Marketing

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HubSpot's time is now. At least for being in the news.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider has its annual conference next week. It filed for an IPO last month.

It released its 2014 State of Inbound Report this week. It was named a "cool vendor in CRM" by Gartner in April.

Oh, and Shah and fellow HubSpot co-founder Brian Halligan just released the second edition of their book, "Inbound Marketing."

Now HubSpot wants to raise $100 million in its IPO filing.

What's on the mind of the HubSpotters these days as they remain hot in the industry? CMSWire caught up this week with Dharmesh Shah, chief technology officer and co-founder of the platform.

5 Ways to Get Personal with Real Time Marketing Tools

2014-12-September-Nose.jpgDigital marketers have an evolving arsenal of tools and technologies at their disposal to glean business intelligence, create targeted messages and produce stellar digital experiences -- whether online or in a retail outlet.

Biometric facial recognition, digital signage and customized displayed information are being used to better define the needs of customers, personalize the customer experience and increase brand awareness, loyalty and sales.

The Consumer Journey: Content as Compass

2014-12-September-Blindfold.jpgContent marketing, when done right, should guide consumers based on their specific needs, buying preferences and online behavior. Much has been said about the quality of today’s content, but not enough has been said about how well you understand the consumer compass -- a specific interest combined with level of intent. Only then can you determine what content to serve, how to serve it and when.

News Bites: Apps, Gaps, GPSs and GMPs

The latest in connecting, analyzing, tracking, marketing, trend-setting, publishing and tagging from the Mission City, the Heart of Silicon Valley, the Gold Coast, the City of Light and San Jo, the Land of Chocolates, the Prairie State and Old Blighty.

Q3/Q4 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (11-Sept-14)

Our industry event planner gives you the heads-up on what key industry events are coming around the corner. If we've missed something, don't hesitate to add your event to the list. (You can also view the full calendar here.)

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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).

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:

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."

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