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CIOs Take the Lead with Social Media

A common theme emerged from the conversations I had while attending SXSW: How do I get into social media data so I can do more? More precision. More insight. More and better analytics. Both senior business executives and senior IT execs expressed this same concern.

Q2 Planning: Top Digital Marketing, Social Business Conferences & Events (2-Apr-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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Microsoft Enters the Marketing Software Ballgame

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Sometime this quarter, a rookie will emerge in the marketing software game. Just so happens this rookie’s name is Microsoft. Microsoft is planning for a Q2 launch of its new marketing capabilities through its acquisition of MarketingPilot.

The new capabilities debut about a year and a half after Microsoft’s acquisition. It will live in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM brand and aims to help marketers drive and manage their campaigns and engage with customers in a personalized manner on multiple devices.

Turn Off the Phones and Leave the Customers Alone

Turn Off the Phones and Leave the Customers AloneThere are some real advantages to having children. An excuse to see movies you would otherwise be too embarrassed to watch. Classic holiday photos, especially if you add a dog to the mix. An ongoing, intimate connection to pop culture that makes you seem (sorta) cool, long after your own coolness has been swept away by those hot winds of time. 

In fairness, I'm jaded. My own kids are grown — long past that puppy stage when everything inappropriate was not only acceptable but cute. A puppy drinking from the kitchen sink may seem adorable. But it's not quite as endearing when it’s a full-grown Rottweiler.

As the parent of borderline adult children, you have to look harder and longer to find things to make you smile, or at least make you feel like there's a real payback for putting a metaphorical monkey on your back for years and years.   

So it was with absolute delight, after my 23-year-old put her two-month old iPhone 5 in the washing machine that I discovered something of likely professional value. And anyone with a connection to marketing or technology may likely think that's true, too.

The fact is, the whole thing about the  "always on, always connected customer" may be a myth … or at least less inevitable than we seem to think.

Kentico CMS Platform Debuts Version 8

Kentico's integrated marketing solution got an update today with enhanced personalization and segmentation and what they call a better user interface.

The mid-market web content and customer experience management provider released Kentico 8, which it said helps marketers launch integrated campaigns to target today's fragmented audiences across all digital channels. The CMS provider touts its ability to provide a marketing experience in a single environment that integrates with real-time CRM and ERP data for personalization.

"We believe the difference between success and failure in digital marketing can come down to the time, expense and ease with which to launch, manage and update one’s campaigns," Thomas Robbins, chief evangelist for the US- and Czech Republic-based Kentico, told CMSWire. "That’s why Kentico 8 democratizes integrated marketing by providing a sophisticated platform that allows anyone to quickly deliver the right message at the right time on any digital channel. It’s easy to use, affordable, and quick to set up."

Quaero Reinvents Itself (Again) After Buyout

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Everything old is new again at Quaero. Fifteen years after it was founded, the data analytics company is a start-up again — now that it bought itself back from the parent company, CSG, that had acquired it in 2008.

The deal closed in January, and now Quaero, a firm that wants to connect data management and analysis to advertising, is using it as an opportunity for innovation. It's shifting its strategy from hosted data services to a data analytics platform, an iteration the CEO calls "Quaero 3.0."

The Perfect Moment to Market and Communicate to Customers

The perfect moment to market and/or communicate with a customer is just after they have successfully completed a task. 

Analytics 3.0: Beyond Big Data

Think you need a data scientist to glean actionable insights from big data? Then you haven’t read Big Data at Work, the newest book by Tom Davenport, who is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading analytics experts.

This Week: Forget the Funnel + Rethinking the Rush to the Cloud

Forget the Funnel
Marketers should throw out the old rulebooks, because what was right yesterday doesn't necessarily translate to today.  

Psssst: Want to Engage Customers?
Want to know a secret? How about four? Find out the four attributes of great customer engagement.

Employees Want Mobile Doc Access
The results are in and improved document sharing topped employee demands for collaboration technology.

Box IPO Finally Official
After months of rumors, Box filed its IPO this week, revealing some sobering figures in the process.

Rethinking the Cloud Rush
When vendors rush services to the cloud, they ignore customer needs for security and data privacy. 

SAP Shakes Up Data Warehousing
SAP's latest update to its data warehousing play promises to deliver what the customers want: the information they need to act.

The 3 Stages of Digital Marketing
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Building a Successful Retail Loyalty Program

Research shows that it costs up to five times more to acquire a new customer than retaining an existing one. It has also been proved that a 5 percent reduction in customer defection rate can increase profits by 25 to 85 percent, depending on the business. In the US, only 12 to 15 percent of customers are loyal to a single retailer, but even this small percentage generates between 55 to 70 percent of the sales, according to the Center for Retail Management at Northwestern University.

For a long time, retail businesses focused on expanding their customer base without any particular attention towards retaining them. But businesses now realize that it is more important and profitable to focus on customer retention and building customer loyalty.

5 Things We Learned at the #AdobeSummit

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a public relations master. Salt Lake is awkwardly quiet at night for a "big city." A red-eye delay in Salt Lake is a good time to write a story.

And, lastly, digital marketers and web analytics people have a little soul to their step when a good band like Vampire Weekend is playing. Or maybe it was the free beer and wine dancing.

Either way, we learned a few things this week at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Some of our learning journey included tales from the digital marketing industry.

Here's what we discovered:

Marketers: Brace for the Impact of the Internet of Things

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As more devices become connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), our already hyper connected lives are becoming even more immersive. But the connected device space is still struggling to find heterogeneity. 

Marketing and advertising, while not the only industry waiting for a fuller convergence of devices and platforms, certainly stands to gain much from the endless stream of data that is produced by the myriad devices used in homes, offices and anywhere else.  

Marketers and advertisers want to leverage this information to entice us into purchasing an array of goods and services. 

But is the industry ready for this seismic change?

Alex and Ani on Digital Marketing #AdobeSummit

Alex and Ani on Digital Marketing #AdobeSummitThree years ago, the Providence, R.I.-based Alex and Ani started with 12 employees. Today, it has more than 1,100 employees, revenues of $240 million, and is being courted by investors as a potential IPO candidate. 

One of the fastest growing mid-sized retailers in the US, the lifestyle brand's success can be attributed to one simple fact, Ryan Bonifacino, the company's vice president of digital strategy, said. 

“The product is awesome. I can't take credit for that,” he told CMSWire in an interview at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference in Salt Lake City.

LinkedIn Asks: How Good is Your Content?

LinkedIn is stepping up its focus on content. After releasing a site-wide Publishing Platform last month, the professional social networking site will be launching a Content Marketing Score and a way to measure trending content. 

Real Time Marketing: The Customer Decides #CXMChat

320x240_cmswire_tweetjam_logo.pngReal time can be right until it goes very, very wrong. Data access remains an issue — and at the end of the day and to drive relevancy, human understanding is required. 

These were just a few of the conclusions drawn from last week's real time marketing Tweet Jam. 

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