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Shutter the Sales Funnel

Shutter the Sales FunnelAs form publishers find they are able to ask for less and less personal information (and get away with it), some panic, thinking they're losing the best, cheapest lead stream they know. And, without a doubt, they are. This article continues that discussion started in Free Me From Your Website Forms, but from the perspective of the marketer who now needs an alternate solution.

Professional marketers reading this will likely take one of two positions: They’ll panic at the idea of shuttering the tops of their sales funnels or they’ll see the writing on the wall and think, yep, this is exactly the way things are going.

Free Me From Your Website Forms

2014-14-May-Pawn-Shop.jpgHow much would it cost me to buy your name and email address? You probably don’t have a figure in mind but you negotiate the worth of your personal information every time you submit a website form.

Adobe Continues 'Marketing Reinvention' #AdobeSummit

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Adobe released new capabilities in predictive modeling and analytics and debuted an online community platform for its Experience Manager digital marketing suite at its Adobe Summit EMEA London today.

The new capabilities come on the heels of Adobe's update to Experience Manager, which it announced in March at the United States version of the Summit in Salt Lake City.

These 5 Companies are CX Innovators

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Last week we asked you to dust off your prediction skills, weigh some odds and take a shot at guessing the winners of the 2014 CX Innovation Awards. Now it's time to find your ballot: We know the winners.

Just yesterday, the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA), a global non-profit organization created to guide and enhance customer experience management, named five winners from a list of 14 semifinalists. 

Winners were announced at the CXPA's fourth annual Insight Exchange event, which continues today in Atlanta.

Come on ... Admit it. You're eager to know who they are.

Q2/Q3 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (14-May-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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What You Need to Know About Responsive Web Design

2014-13-May-Responsive-Design.jpgBusinesses that want to compete in the growing world of mobile commerce and content need a mobile strategy. While native apps can help provide a seamless user experience, there are products and services where an app may not be the right choice. This is where other solutions come in.

One solution is responsive web design (RWD). Ethan Marcotte coined the term in a 2010 article on A List Apart. RWD gives users a seamless web experience across different screen sizes. By using fluid grids, flexible images, CSS3 media queries (among other tools), RWD seeks to minimize the amount of scrolling, zooming and overall effort required on the part of the user in order to provide a faster, more adaptive web experience across different screen sizes and platforms.

The concept may seem intuitive, but the planning and execution require forethought.

CoreMedia Promises Seamless Customer Experiences

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The notion of seamless customer experiences across channels is more of a wish than a reality.

"There is a lack of integration" among e-commerce and content providers, said Doug Heise, global product marketing director for CoreMedia, a web content management provider. "Customers are not getting that single brand experience they want."

But Heise told CMSWire that CoreMedia AG has a solution. The company, which has headquarters in Hamburg, Germany and San Francisco, introduced LiveContext 2.0 today. Heise said it will provide e-commerce and marketing professionals the ability to transform their online stores with better experiences.

CoreMedia is calling it a next-generation digital engagement application that is integrated with IBM WebSphere Commerce.

Please Stop Tweeting #mute

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If you long for the sounds of silence, even on social media, then Twitter's new mute button may be for you. Of course, an account feature that allows users to shush a user — or a brand — creates some new marketing challenges. But back to that in a minute.

IBM Debuts New Marketing Platform #SmarterCommerce

IBM just announced a digital marketing platform that includes capabilities acquired in its Silverpop deal and rebrands an existing platform. The news came this morning at its SmarterCommerce Global Summit 2014 in Tampa, Fla.

Big Blue is calling the platform IBM ExperienceOne, a rebranding of its Enterprise Marketing Management Suite. It is available on the cloud, on-premise or by hybrid. It also combines capabilities IBM acquired through Sterling Commerce, Tealeaf, Coremetrics, Unica, DemandTec and Xtify.

Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM's software and cloud solutions group, told the audience at this morning's Summit that the solution brings together capabilities in IBM"s enterprise marketing management and its websphere commerce.

LeBlanc said the solution will enable IBM marketing customers to easily "create a system of engagement that delights your customers."

He added it will be joined by the capabilities added by Silverpop in last month's acquisition of the Atlanta-based email service provider.

 

Writing an Agile, Scalable Marketing Future

2014-12-May-Rewriting-Marketing.jpgIt should be pretty clear by now that the process of marketing and creating content for customer experiences has changed. From the broad disruption of digital, to the more specific challenges of developing mobile experiences, to social and the puzzle that is still personalization -- is it any wonder that more than 75 percent of marketers feel like marketing has changed more in the last two years than it has in the last 50?

Silverpop is Popping: Record Revenues, Kudos, IBM Buy

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Things are good at Silverpop, the email service provider.

The Atlanta, Ga.-based provider had the best revenue growth year-over-year in the first quarter in six years. It was acquired by IBM last month. It's got 5,000 brands using it and 25,000 marketers. It's gotten some praise in the industry by analysts who say it gets marketing automation and its regarded among the visionaries for the concept of behavioral marketing.

"In the last three to six months, this idea of behavioral marketing and the notion of the individualized, one to one customer experience is finally getting widespread," Bill Nussey, CEO of Silverpop, told CMSWire. "Analysts are crediting us for being years ahead of anyone. The recognition of this vision is really coming to fruition. We're years ahead of the marketplace."

This Week: Mailjet vs. MailChimp + Big Changes at SAP

Mail Battle: Jet or Chimp?
Mailjet releases new A/x testing and says it's the best out there, even better than MailChimp

Get Relevant in Social
The most popular social media tactics are also among the least satisfying

Microsoft Answers Cisco Charge
Cisco claims that with Microsoft's enterprise collaboration suite, you need "bolt-on offerings from other vendors." Microsoft disagrees.

Make Right Case for Social Business
Though we see a lot of innovation in social business, we are not seeing that much disruption.

ECM Pack Leaders
Nucleus named the leading ECM vendors. It includes some surprises

SAP HANA Boss Resigns
News of Vishal Sikka stepping down from SAP HANA will be upsetting to some, including investors.

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5 Ways to Handle Real Time Content Demands

5 Ways to Handle Real Time Content DemandsBetween social channels, knowledge bases, blog comments, blog posts and the many other ways to interact with customers, how do you stay “on” in real time, even nights and weekends? Users are online all the time. Article comments, support questions and social posts appear around the clock. And as we have seen time and again, customers are more than willing to take action when companies don’t reply quickly enough.

Demandbase Invests in B2B Marketers with Cloud Release

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The difference between B2B and B2C marketing is simple: all web traffic amounts to potential customers in B2C, and B2B relies on targeted audiences even down to a particular department within a company.

That’s how B2B digital marketing provider Demandbase sees it. Today, it releases its B2B Marketing Cloud, which it calls the first subscription-based marketing platform that helps marketers target accounts, plan ad spending and tie acquisition costs for target accounts to revenue.

In the new offering, Demandbase pulled together several solutions and introduced Performance Manager, a dashboard that brings ad impressions, website activity and CRM data into one unified view. 

“We plug into CRM marketing solutions you already have in place to make them more B2B enabled,” Chris Golec, CEO of San Francisco-based Demandbase, told CMSWire.

4 Key Concepts Driving Digital Transformation

Organizations from large enterprises to one-man shops are in the midst of a digital transformation. Some gladly embrace the change. Others resist while still more are so busy keeping up with demand and duty that they risk missing it all together.

Nevertheless, it is happening and business leaders need to know what is happening and what to do about it.  

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