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Don't Send Any Email Til You Read This! #mktgnation14

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Welcome ______, we're thrilled you've chosen to click on this!

Really, we are happy, because our livelihoods depend on it. But that's not the point. (Who cares if our children starve?)

The point is stale language like that isn't going to get anyone other than a very bored and sad person to read any further. And that can mean disaster for your livelihood.

The fact is 182.9 billion emails went out last year, and the chance that your marketing missives stood out are, well, not encouraging. 

Making the Most of Dynamic Tag Managers

Solving chaos in complexity usually requires a solution that provides refinement. In automobiles, for example, fuel injection enables more refined gas and air mixtures needed to improve vehicle performance while meeting government standards for emissions. 

For digital marketing, tag management systems are becoming that refining element for better performance while meeting immediate needs.

Tag management systems have been available as long as web analytics has relied on JavaScript tags. But over the past few years — with more devices connected online, more ways to market messages and growing customer access through multiple devices — marketers need more tags to measure the health of a campaign.

Wharton Professor Focuses on Strong Brands, Happy Customers

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Barbara Kahn knows a thing or two about marketing. In fact, it helped her earn a unique claim to fame: The former English lit major is ranked as one the best business school professors in the world according to Poets & Quants, a social network for MBA candidates.

Kahn is the Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing and director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also spent three and a half years as the Dean and Schein Family Chair Professor of Marketing at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

An internationally recognized scholar on variety seeking, brand loyalty, retail assortment and consumer decision making, she is also a prolific author. Between 1982 and 2006 she was the world's seventh most published author of articles in the most prestigious marketing journals. She wrote Global Brand Power: Leveraging Branding for Long-Term Growth and co-authored the book Grocery Revolution: The New Focus on the Consumer.

Transforming Social ROI From a Myth Into Reality

Transform Social Marketing ROI From a Myth Into RealityHere’s a question I still get way too often: “What’s the ROI of social media?” It’s usually a B2B marketer that’s doing the asking, someone seemingly resigned to spending valuable time and resources on social media without really understanding why. Or it's a marketer that totally gets the value of investing in the company blog, Twitter profile and LinkedIn groups but still needs help convincing their “old-school” CMO or CFO that investing in social media is worth it. 

Aren’t we marketers now experts at calculating the return on all our online marketing initiatives? Why is social media such a tough nut to crack?

Celebrate Connectivity: It's Internet of Things Day #iotday

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Four years ago, Dana Blouin was working as a network technician at a communications company in Rhode Island. Today he's working on a PhD in Thailand, conducting research on the Internet of Things (IoT).

His radical lifestyle change underscores just how big of a thing the Internet of Things really is — a fact that's especially appropriate to recognize today, the fourth annual Internet of Things Day.

The IoT is going to going to change everything, Blouin said.

"When the opportunity to do research on the Internet of Things presented itself, I knew I had to jump on it. The writing is on the wall: the IoT will impact the world just as much if not more than the Internet itself. I wanted to be part of that, and now that I am, I can't imagine doing anything else," he said. 

Blouin, a CMSWire contributor, is conducting research at the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) at Thammasat University on low power IPv6 wireless networks — small sensors that can communicate reliably with Internet enabled devices.

"It's an exciting time," he said. "Once devices start working together on common platforms, the rest of the pieces of the IoT will fall into place and we will be living better for it."

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Microsoft 'Can't Fail' in Marketing

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Microsoft Dynamics Marketing is like a baseball team holding a 7 to 1 lead in the final inning. Throw strikes, worry about the batter only and make the routine plays.

That's all the team in the field needs to do to win the ballgame. And its all that Microsoft has to do to win in marketing when it takes the field this quarter, according to an industry analyst.

"If it carries through on the execution of getting Dynamics Marketing to market, packaging it wisely in bundles with Dynamics CRM and enabling its channel to sell it, it almost cannot fail to succeed," said Matt Mullen, 451 Research's senior analyst with the social business practice.

3 Lessons from Marketo #mktgnation2014

2014-08-April-Mike Litt.jpgFace it. Between personalization, video, mobile and big data, it's not easy to keep up with all that's happening in digital marketing today.

To help, CMSWire dropped into three well-attended sessions at Marketo's Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco today to find out what you need to know about video, real time personalization and user testing.

None fell into the category of rocket science, yet each drew 200 to 300 professional marketers who listened intently, then asked lots of questions. Here are some of the highlights.

Turn Your Smartphone into a Lean, Mean Marketing Machine

Have you ever wondered how some corporate Twitter accounts make customer engagement look so effortless? Or how a marketer seems to be posting meaningful updates on Facebook while speaking at a user conference at the same time?

Apps: the 'Next Wave' of Digital Marketing #mktgnation14

Customers yearned for more app-like experiences.

That's when ion interactive saw the light for its cloud-based landing-page platform: the world is shifting from landing pages that gate content to marketing apps that are content.

Marketing apps are, in fact, "the next wave of digital marketing," ion interactive claims. It's why the Boca Raton, Fla., and Cambridge, Mass.-based provider today revises its platform for marketers to include tailored, responsive web marketing apps using a drag-and-drop creative studio without the programming requirements. It announced the news this morning at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

Inside Marketo's New Customer Experience Platform #mktgnation14

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Marketo itself admitted that it's not the only marketing software company talking about real time personalization, one to one interactions and customer experience programs.

But it claims it's the best choice for companies that are looking for a marketing platform with those capabilities. Better than Oracle, Salesforce, Adobe and anyone else in the space.

At the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco this week, the 500 employee San Mateo, Calif. based marketing software company provider unveiled it's new marketing platform.

"We think everybody needs a customer engagement platform, and we think we happen to have the best," said Jon Miller, vice president of marketing content and strategy and a Marketo co-founder. "Moreover, we want to be the company that will define what you need to have in a customer experience platform."

TapSense Mobile Ad Guide Helps Clear the Fog

For marketers struggling to keep up with the fast-changing mobile ad landscape, help has arrived: TapSense just updated "A Complete Guide to Mobile Marketing."

The third edition of this handy manual has been expanded with tips on strategies, business and native ads. It is quickly becoming the go-to guide for mobile ads.

For example, there are tips about native ads for mobile, an environment where native ads are arguably better suited because of the limited screen real estate. Those ideas include selecting a native format that works best for your product, tapping into demand on real-time bidding marketplaces, and being sure to label sponsored content clearly, if not for any other reason than the fact that the US Federal Trade Commission is watching.

Bizo's B2B Marketing Solution Targets Anonymous Site Visitors

No one does this. 

That is Bizo's claim on a new tool that it says defines a new era of marketing automation beyond the email inbox. The unique part?

Marketers have the ability to nurture their anonymous website visitors that have not yet provided an email address. It's a patent-pending Multi-Channel Nurturing solution that Bizo says helps B2B marketers use online display and social ads to engage known prospects and convert anonymous website visitors.

Reinventing Retail for the Omnichannel Era

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Retail represents a big chunk of the US economy. It contributes $2.5 trillion to the nation's annual gross domestic product, according to the National Retail Federation. So it's no surprise that there's so much interest in the quickly evolving, multichannel retail climate, as evidenced by events like the First Annual Symposium on Omni Retailing.

Held last week at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the symposium examined how fashion retailers are creating seamless customer experiences across channels. Organizers described it as "a forum and think tank" for retail business leaders to discuss best practices for future implementation of omnichannel retailing strategies.

Peter Nordstrom, executive vice president and president of merchandising at Nordstrom, presented a compelling keynote that addressed cross-channel convergence from his company’s perspective. Additional Speakers included Jean-Marc Bellaiche, senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group; David Cox, a global business manager for Microsoft's relationship with Bank of America, and Katia Beauchamp, one of the three co-founders and co-CEO of online retailer Birchbox.

"We help consumers discover products they didn't even know they wanted," Beauchamp said.

LiveHive 2.0 Tracks How Prospects Engage with Content

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It must be hard being a digitally-inclined sales professional these days. In addition to, you know, actually making sales, you have to track everything you're sending out.

To help assess prospects' engagement with content, LiveHive recently launched version 2.0 of its cloud-based sales acceleration platform.

LiveHive's assessment of prospects is built around the idea that customers are doing much of their own product research and don't interact with sales professionals until they're more than halfway through the sales process. Sharing personalized marketing materials through social networks, email or links, and then tracking their use, is key to LiveHive's approach for determining who is a likely customer.

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