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Content Targeting: It's the I's and O's, Not the 1's and 0's

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There’s no mistake that personalization and delivering contextual content to consumers across digital content platforms is a hot topic with marketers. As content and delivery of it in an omnichannel universe becomes an imperative that no brand can ignore, the need to target it to a specific audience (or even an individual) is becoming a business must-do.

The challenge, of course, is that consumers have learned about this as well. And their ability to filter out the noise and focus on the signal makes it increasingly hard for marketers to reach them.

6 Trends Dominate the Portal Space, Gartner Claims

In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time talking about data search and discovery. While there are many ways of finding content, access through portals is still one of the major pathways. This week, Gartner has published what it believes are the top horizontal portal vendors in a market that is changing rapidly.

While there are many trends in play, one of the most notable, Gartner noted, is convergence of Web Content Management (WCM) demands through lean portals that are also incorporating social technologies in the enterprise.

News Bites: Real Science, Easy Apps, Get Togethers and Tree Hugging

The latest in powering, streamlining, partnering, enabling, communicating and saving the world from the Swinging City, San Francisco, the Big Peach, the Tall Stick, the Empire City and Silver Sprung.

Do You Have to be 'Modern' to be a Great Marketer?

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Do things that are current. You'll win if you do.

A Forrester Research study commissioned by Oracle finds that organizations embracing a modern marketing strategy make more money, are seen as industry leaders and create better workplace environments.

According to the responses from 492 marketing decision-makers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France, companies using "non-modern" marketing strategies are at a loss.

Is it Better to Build or Buy Your Marketing Cloud? [Video]

Build versus buy is a debate that precedes digital marketing clouds. It's nothing new.

But it's hot in digital marketing. And it's something that got a lot of people talking during the annual Marketing Technology Conference this past summer in Boston.

"The explosion in marketing technology (martech) is a wonderful opportunity for all of us in digital marketing," said Jay Calavas, chief evangelist for San Diego-based tag management provider Tealium. He made his comments during a CMSWire/Tealium webinar this week, "Build vs. Buy Your Marketing Cloud -- A Roundtable." 

"There are more than 1,000 digital marketing solutions," Calavas added. "That's a good thing. Here at Tealium we've experienced a huge growth in the tag management space, the desire for the marketer to manage data and distribute it off to all their marketing technology partners."

So the verdict in the build vs. debate from the webinar panelists? It's all about your organization's ability to match marketing technology with core business objectives and have solutions in place that integrate well.

Jeff Dachis: Still Leading the Digital Revolution After All These Years

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Jeff Dachis is the kind of guy who responds to a tweet in the middle of the night. But what else would you expect from an entrepreneur whose titles include co-founder and former CEO of Razorfish, founder and CEO of the Dachis Group, chief evangelist at Sprinklr and mentor at TechStars, Capital Factory and the Founder Institute?

Dachis has spent the past 20 years "navigating the dramatic shift in the marketplace" brought about by digital, mobile and social technologies and "has tried to help unlock the value and impact created when people can connect, share and engage with each other."

He's not only a pioneer of the digital revolution, but one of the most adaptive participants. Earlier this year, he evolved again — from the head of Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group to the Chief Evangelist and advisor at New York City-based Sprinklr.

You Are Not Building a Website

2014-15-October-HTML-blah-blah-blah.jpgAre you about to implement a content management system? Do you want to make sure that technology investment pays off? There’s one thing you need to keep in mind.

You are not building a website.

Salesforce Shares Its Marketing Vision #DF14

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Matteo Sala, a developer and analyst from Italy, strolled away from Salesforce.com's Marketing Cloud presentation at Dreamforce today liking what he saw.

"The marketing cloud is very exciting. Journey Map is very interesting," said Sala, already a customer of the Salesforce Sales and Service clouds. "We saw a lot of innovation in this product."

It was probably the exact reaction that Scott McCorkle, CEO of the Marketing Cloud, had hoped for during a keynote speech that included demonstrations of the ways Salesforce technologies already work at such customer-centric companies like Fitbit, Live Nation and McDonalds.

Ensighten Buy Adds Analytics to Marketing Stack

Digital marketing tag management provider Ensighten scooped up a marketing analytics company in an deal that gives Ensighten integrated data collection, real time personalization and marketing analytics. 

Ensighten, based in San Jose, Calif., announced today that it bought San Diego's Anametrix and its cloud-based multichannel marketing analytics platform.

It's another way five-year-old Ensighten tries to compete with the big marketing cloud players. When the company acquire rival TagMan in March, Ensighten CEO Josh Manion said the company is gunning for the Adobe Marketing Cloud. It "provides marketers with the unique ability to derive powerful insights and act on them in real time,” Manion said in a statement.

“In a competitive environment smart and timely actions make all the difference, and we’re proud to be leading the industry towards delivering more relevant and personalized consumer experiences across the entire customer journey,” the company boasted.

Salesforce Catches the Wave to Customer Success #DF14

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There aren't many CEOs who'd hire the Beach Boys to break into "Good Vibrations"  in the middle of a keynote address. Then again, there aren't any technology evangelists quite like Marc Benioff.

After spending an hour promoting the charitable efforts of Salesforce.com, the Salesforce CEO cued the band to fire-up the crowd. After the final chorus, he explained how Salesforce's new analytics cloud — called Wave — will help his company become a customer success platform.

Yesterday's speech was the centerpiece of the four-day Dreamforce conference, which more than 140,000 registered to attend in Salesforce's hometown. 

Forrester Analysts Focus on Adaptive Intelligence #DF14

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It's no secret in the age of customer-centricity that marketers need to leverage data to enhance service levels. So how's that going?

Not that well, it seems. Two principal analysts for Forrester Research shared their insights today at Dreamforce in San Francisco.

"Every client we deal with has operational systems that just can't keep up," said John R. Rymer. "And they have to reinvest in those systems so they can actually act on the insights they get."

Big Data's Dark Side: Keep the Creep Out of Your Analytics

2014-14-October-Spider.jpgMost of what’s been written about big data and data analytics -- and there’s been a lot written --accentuates the positives and the possibilities. It highlights the ability to use insights gleaned from data to make faster, smarter business decisions. It talks about how companies can use big data to drive the development of new and improved products and services capable of improving life for customers. It examines the myriad ways data analysis can be used to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare, facilitate a better learning experience for students, and help the world proactively prepare for disasters.

None of this is untrue. Big data analytics can indeed be immensely powerful. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. As we turn the calendar to October, a month famous for the scary, there’s no better time to talk about the dark side of big data. If not handled properly, ethically and procedurally, big data can get pretty creepy, pretty quickly.

Post-IPO HubSpot Still Playing Competitor Catch-Up

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If competitor stories are valid precedent, HubSpot's IPO last week was a good move.

But it certainly won't be an easy road for the Cambridge, Mass.-based marketing automation provider that made its NYSE debut last week. Not with future investment in marketing automation from competitors and not with recent advancements like Oracle's integration with BlueKai, according to a marketing automation analyst. 

"IPOs worked for Marketo, Eloqua and Responsys, so the precedent is good," said Gerry Brown, senior analyst for customer engagement and marketing technology for Ovum Research. "Competition for HubSpot will become intense as other vendors, such as Sitecore, offer marketing automation as an add-on. HubSpot needs to make sure they don’t get distracted from execution by the razzamatazz of the IPO."

Computing Moves from Personal to Intimate #DF14

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It's hard to say which is more disruptive in San Francisco today: tearing up downtown streets for a new cross-town subway or Dreamforce, the tech conference that has added 135,000 pedestrians to the scene. Both represent changes that will affect community members and businesses on a broad scale.

The technology shifts were outlined at the start of the four-day conference by a panel of senior Salesforce executives. 

The message was reinforced a short while later when other managers outlined how the company's new Community Cloud will make it possible for non-technical business managers to build branded communities in a half-hour. 

Connecting Software Vendors and #TheWalkingDead Zombies

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I don't see much difference between a zombie apocalypse and the events going on in the software vendor space. 

Zombies seem to be everywhere. No more so, of course, than in the AMC television series "Walking Dead." Season five premiered last night. 

Vendors are everywhere, too. Just look at Dreamforce this week. We'll be there (check us out @cmswire on the #DF14 hashtag). 

The Walking Dead characters need their zombies to survive at times. The viability of the show itself certainly depends on them.

Just like we need software vendors to survive in a business sense.

Without zombies, the Walking Dead's just "Survivor" with clothes — and that's no fun. Without software vendors, there's just, well, businesses doing their own business. That doesn't sound fun, either. 

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