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Think Digital Marketing Technology: Think ... Microsoft?

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When the topic of conversation turns to digital marketing technology, would you expect Microsoft to come up as a leading vendor?

The latest survey by ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research, gives some insight into this, as well as other interesting business software spending tidbits – and some of the data might surprise you.

For starters, 28 percent of the 1,044 software buyers surveyed identified Microsoft as a digital marketing technology vendor they currently use or plan to use in the next six months – a finding unchanged from the previous survey taken last July.

Matt Mullen, senior analyst for social business at 451 Research, told us why.

4 Must Have Skills for Data-Driven CMOs

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It wasn't that long ago when most CMOs and senior marketers were considered the keepers of the brand. Today CMOs have a seat at the table. Their customer-centric insight drives the business-building strategy in front of the funnel, in the funnel, and all the way to the close and beyond.

In Forrester and Heidrick & Struggles most recent report, "The Evolved CMO in 2014," 40 percent of the CMOs surveyed aspire to the CEO position -- an almost inconceivable transition five years ago.

Is There a Light at the End of the Social Media Marketing Tunnel?

Digital marketers love talking about social media. Executives love return on investment (ROI).

Can you truly show ROI on social media programs?

GinzaMetrics is the latest company to offer a solution officials said does this for marketers. Its new platform addition gives marketers insights on how social channels contribute to corporate goals and revenue. It also gives marketers data to better target campaigns for the right audiences.

GinzaMetrics, based in San Francisco, is not the first to do this. So why them?

"The offering is unique because it comes from a data platform that has a backbone of search and organic data that provides deeper content information, at the individual page and keyword/topic level," said Erin Robbins O’Brien, COO at GinzaMetrics.

The company today released a Social Intelligence Suite addition to its platform. This enables marketers to tie specific content, keywords and social channels to revenue and conversions for their brand, she said.

Give Users a Vote: Why Testing in Email Matters

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Consumers want their voices heard.

Social media marketers have turned to crowdsourcing to include customer's voices. But email marketers have been giving people the opportunity to vote for years.

We're not talking about direct surveys, although those can work. What we're talking about is measuring the votes that customers make every day when they choose to click or not click -- using A/B testing. 

Successful CMOs Create the Structure to Innovate

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Change conquers those who fail to receive it as a friend. And change has got marketing in a headlock these days.

Consumers engage with brands, explore products and make purchases in ever more channels and on ever more devices -- and this dizzying trend will only continue. Marketers are struggling to keep up (understatement alert).

Let’s walk through five ways CMOs can help their organizations not just adapt to the changing landscape of marketing, but thrive in it. 

Q1/Q2 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (18-Mar-15)

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Ex-Ford Visionary Scott Monty Tells You His Social Secrets

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It's not every day you get to sit down with an "an unstoppable force of nature" — a guy Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford Motor Company, described as "a visionary."

But those effusive words seem less important to Scott Monty that a few simple realities. He describes himself as a husband, a dad and "generally nice guy," who enjoys writing about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership.

Monty is executive vice president of strategy at SHIFT Communications, a public relations firm with offices in Boston, San Francisco, New York City and Austin. He's also editor and co-host of I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere, "news and information about Sherlock Holmes in popular culture in one convenient site and podcast."

Where Did It Go? Understanding Traffic Drops in Google Analytics

You’re up early, just sitting down to an analytics report with a fresh cup of coffee, when you suddenly see it on your laptop screen – a big ol’ drop in website sessions in your overall traffic report. And not just by a few session counts.

You shouldn’t panic, at least not yet.

Traffic changes for your website or app often happen as you begin reviewing analytic reports over time. But with so many reports and ideas, it can be a head scratcher to know where to start a diagnosis.

While no one set of tactics is the right way, there are a few great ways to get started in analytic reporting. The key is deciding if the traffic change is technical or from marketing influences on traffic.

What Could You Do With a Digital Marketing Command Center?

This morning, a vendor promised us their solution is the only that looks at the entire customer journey and provides sales agents actionable insights.

Now another vendor is making the same promise for digital marketers.

Bedford, Mass.-based Progress Software has created a Digital Marketing Command Center. Officials said it combines technologies from its Telerik Sitefinity CMS and Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud to help marketers track and measure customer behavior.

"We started this 16 months ago, and this is one of the things we've struggled with ourselves," said Martin Kirov, vice president of product management and marketing for the Telerik Sitefinity CMS. "And most customers struggle with the fact that digital marketing teams operate in a very fragmented way."

The Marketing Technology Explosion: A Blessing or a Curse?

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My first two reactions to Scott Brinker’s super infographic covering the marketing technology landscape were: WOW and WOW.

The first wow -- Wow, we have come a long way. There’s been a tremendous amount of innovation, evolution and exploration of data and technology across the broad categories of Media, Data, Content and Commerce.

The second wow -- Da&#! How will we manage this evolution? How do these pieces come together? Because that will be the only way to bring value to the consumer and the only way we will come close to delivering a seamless omnichannel consumer experience.

Weird? Maybe: How You Connect at #SXSW

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As far as tradeshows go, SXSW Interactive is akin to controlled chaos, a bit like a three-ring circus with companies and brands doing their best to grab the attention of thousands of techies from around the world.

Indeed, the conference organizers know that the experience SXSWi attendees have is as important as the discovery of the next great trend or hot social app.

After all, it’s Austin — the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World.” This is the place where art, performance and business all merge into one common objective: the Austin experience.

And for three week's in March, SXSW personifies that experience. The commingled extravaganza of music, film and interactive events started Friday and runs through March 22.

For anyone in marketing or advertising, the main event is the five-day interactive portion, which runs through tomorrow.

Build Audiences, Not Visitors

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One statistic that gets thrown around too easily these days is how much of a buyer’s journey is completed before the first sales contact. Some analysts claim that it’s 60 percent. Some say it’s as much as 74 percent.

Regardless of which number is right, it comes down to this: buyers turn to external and brand-produced content more and more to reach a buying decision.

How Adobe Analytics Adds Up #AdobeSummit

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Think analytics and you probably think numbers. But that's just a starting point.

The bottom line in analytics isn't numbers: it's the actionable insight that data provides.

"We've totally changed to a data-driven business," said Ron Bertoncini, senior digital analytics manager for Telus (pictured here, r, with colleague Duc Nguyen).

Telus is a Vancouver, British Columbia-based telecommunications company. With more than 40,000 employees, it's the country's second biggest firm in its space.

Channel Marketing Blues Got You Down?

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Consistent, quality customer service is hard to come by. How often do you walk away from an interaction with a brand thinking “Wow, that was simple!” More often, it's “Why does it have to be so hard?”

Research shows that 89 percent of customers stop doing business with a brand after a single poor customer experience. Think about that -- pretty sobering, no? And many times bad customer experiences can be laid at the door of a disjointed customer engagement strategy.

Your Buzzwords are a Buzzkill

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Buzzwords, especially in the high-tech industry, have got in the way of our ability to communicate. In a need-it-now age where every word matters, we’ve created an industry language that puts style before substance.

Acronyms, abbreviations and hybrids crowd corporate mission statements and product documentation, all in the name of saving time or standing out. And because jargon use breeds more jargon, this collection of buzzwords continues to grow.

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