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Is Your Brand's Personalization Really Customer-Centric?

True personalization makes brands competitive, but what does true personalization mean?

True personalization gives brands the opportunity to be wholly customer-centric at every point of engagement. Rather than just increasing conversion rates, personalization involves a continuous effort to improve your customer experience so that visitors will return, purchase and become loyal.

It's not about collecting mountains of data or testing based on legacy assumptions about visitors, but the actionable insights which improve customer experience and drive revenue. These insights don't come from a single A/B or multivariate test, but rather the evolution of how you understand your customer micro-segments. It’s a chance to develop a dynamic understanding of how visitors mature, and not just who they were during their last click.

Sing a Little Song, Do a Little Dance: Get Down with Google

Google is introducing new all singing, all dancing ads. Well, nearly. Google is in the process of testing its new "Listen Now" service ads in partnership with Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple’s Beats Music.

The service works in much the same way other Google searches work with one execption. When users search for music, Google displays the results — along with at least three links to music streaming services and stores.

The 'Scoop' on Content as a Service

web CMS, 2014-11-August-Ice-Cream.jpgWhen was the last time you heard of a company using its content management system as a recruiting tool? Never? Well last month the New York Times made a splash providing an overview of its custom-built content management system called Scoop. One of the inspirations of this post was that a prominent editor for competitor Washington Post, Ezra Klein, announced that the reason he was leaving the Post for Vox Media was because -- ready for this -- of how fancy its web content management system was. As Klein said in the article: “at our first meeting, we knew we were going here. They had the technology we thought we were inventing.”

Yahoo Tech's David Pogue: You Gotta Be Authentic

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David Pogue thinks science, technology, language and humor go together quite well. "That’s been my experience, anyway, in my years writing columns, presenting science and tech on TV, creating how-to books and doing a lot of public speaking," he explains on his website.

Pogue, the former personal technology columnist for the New York Times, is the founder of Yahoo Tech — a "consumer-technology website for normal people."

He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA” and a correspondent on the CBS News Sunday Morning.

In his spare time, he authored four titles in the For Dummies series of books and teamed up with O'Reilly Media to launch Pogue Press, the company that creates the Missing Manual books. If you haven't heard of the Missing Manuals, they're a series of "warm, witty and jargon free" manuals for popular consumer software and hardware products … the "books that should have been in the box."

Week in Review: End of the Mobile App + Big Data, Big Insights

Goodbye Mobile Apps?
The mobile and web applications space will see a dramatic shift in how things are designed and built.

Meet the Empowered CMO 
The age of the customer may also turn out to be the age of the chief marketing officer.

Take that, Google 
Where last week Google Docs got better at collaborating, Microsoft this week made key upgrades to Office for the iPad.

Strength in Silos
Work silos, when bridged, can actually bring us enterprise fortune

EMC, Documentum Shakeup?
What happens to Documentum if Elliott Management breaks up EMC?

Show Me the Insights
So we’ve got the big data and the interest in it. What’s the problem? 

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Additions and Upgrades and Acquisitions: Oh My!

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The latest in marketing, security and web interfaces from Oz, the Bay State and the City by the Bay.

How to Reduce 'Tech Effort' in Support Centers

customer service, 2014-06-August-Tangled.jpgResolving customer issues quickly and during the first interaction takes effort. It involves creating the right culture, integrating new technologies and improving processes. Market leaders are dedicating huge sums of money to enhance their customer support or acquiring companies with proven support technology to reach these goals.

IBM's report,“The Customer-activated Enterprise,” surveyed more than 4,000 executives and came away with three common themes: companies want to be more open to customer influence, pioneer digital-physical innovation and craft engaging customer experiences. All three themes can be seen across the tech support industry. Customers want their tech issues resolved quickly, and in the communication style and channel they choose.

The Key to Measuring Content Marketing ROI

Content Marketing, 2014-06-August-REVS-COST.jpg"How do we measure the return on our content investment?

This question made a lot of sense 4-5 years ago. What we today call “big data” was in its infantile stages. Data collection was robust, but costs were high and usability was poor. Expenditures related to content were roughly 3 to 4 percent of marketing budgets and users weren’t used to the idea of companies producing content. Simply put, most of us didn’t really want or care to measure the results. The ability, desire and necessity of measuring content value just wasn’t there.

With content marketing expenditures increasing to approximately 30 to 40 percent of corporate marketing budgets, content marketing initiatives need to be grounded in repeatable and informative data structures. In short, as the budgets grow, so does the need for attribution and accountability.

Understanding how to assign attribution and accountability is where things get tricky. However, it doesn’t get tricky in the way most might think.

Q3/Q4 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (6-Aug-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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As Marketing Technology Grows, So Does the CMO's Status

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The age of the customer may also turn out to be the age of the chief marketing officer (CMO).

Marketers with strong business skills are in demand, earning more money and developing closer ties to CEOs, according to management experts interviewed by CMSWire.

Much of this increased status results from CEO directives to show returns on investments in marketing technologies designed to attract consumers, who have gained an advantage over marketers by using technologies of their own.

Sitecore Marries .NET Customer Experience, E-Commerce

Sitecore's acquisition of commerceserver.net is getting its wings.

Now, Sitecore officials report, they have the first enterprise-grade .NET customer experience management solution with fully integrated commerce functionality. They are blending real time digital marketing with enterprise commerce.

The San Francisco-based company today released an "early access program" for its new platform, Sitecore Commerce. The capabilities Sitecore officials described -- personalization, relevant digital experiences, customer lifecyle, single, connected platform -- are in line with the all-in-one engine that Sitecore touts.

"Following the acquisition of commerceserver.net last November, Sitecore has blended real-time digital marketing with powerful enterprise commerce," Mark Floisand, vice president of product marketing at Sitecore, told CMSWire. "We're also working closely with Microsoft Dynamics AX to build an omni-channel commerce offering built for retailers who need to bridge the gap between in-store and digital experiences."

Content: Say Something New

2014-04-August-Yawn.jpgI have a confession to make: I’m bored.

I’m bored of seeing the same regurgitated articles every week. I’m bored of our disciplines debating if we should be called content strategy, content marketing or inbound marketing. I’m tired of us fighting about how important content strategists are or should be, or need to be. I’m bored because instead of showing me the work, you talk about how you would approach the work, or should approach the work. Why don’t you just show me how you approached it and what you learned?

Discussion Point: Where Do Customer Success Teams Belong?

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Customer success (CS) is one of the hotter topics heard across the sprawling sales and marketing universe today. But does anyone know who those CS folks report to at the office?

You'd think so. Thousands of marketing, customer support and sales people have flocked to customer success conferences this year. There are about 250 CS jobs currently listed on Monster. There's a well established Customer Success Association. And there's a growing list of data, analytics and cloud vendors pitching their wares to flush Chief Customer Success Officers.

Amy Webb: From Gaming Online Dating Sites to Advising Marketers

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Amy Webb understands data. In fact, according to her book, Data: A Love Story, she "gamed" online dating sites like JDate, OKCupid and eHarmony – and met her eventual husband.

But that's just the start of the interesting things about her. Webb is a digital media futurist and founder of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that spots near-term emerging technology trends and develops strategies for media organizations, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, large nonprofits, universities and government agencies.

She's also the co-founder of Spark Camp, which Fast Company described as "the ultimate summer camp for influencers" (only it actually happens year round). The camp encourages "creative conversations between genius strangers.”

This Week: Microsoft Loses with Google, Wins with Oracle

Make Customer Experience Seamless
The brands that can work out our new technology terrain will thrive.

Sharpen B2B LinkedIn Marketing 
LinkedIn the best B2B social media marketing avenue? Make the most of it. 

Google Docs Jabs MS Office 
Take that, Microsoft. Google Docs just got better at collaborating.

Collaboration, for Free?
A startup is offering a free service to add a Facebook-like collaboration tool to any web page.

Microsoft Owns Oracle
Oracle's big data customers are jumping ship for Redmond, Wash.

Big Big Data Marriage
Hortonworks announces a $50 million investment from HP, but it's not all about the money.

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