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Discussion Point: Should Digital Marketers Rethink Print?

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In the midst of the current digital marketing age continues a debate that seems as old as Gutenberg’s press: Is print dead?

While those who agree with this statement cite the benefits of digital, such as lower distribution costs, longer reach and convenience, among others, the pro-print camp seems to be getting more support these days.

According to CMI’s 2015 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends - North America, 37 percent of B2B marketers still use print magazines to distribute content, and 52 percent used print or another offline method for paid advertising.

Print has also made marketing prediction listings, including Altura Solution’s What’s in Store for B2B Digital Marketing in 2015?

“Print, especially trade publications, will regain their importance because they have a targeted audience: your end-customers,” reads the article.

And — get ready for it — J.C. Penney has brought back its “Big Book” catalog.

To get the real scoop on the death of print, or find out if it really ever died in the first place, we consulted the experts.

Your Awesome, Creative, Stunning Content Isn't Good Enough

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You could have Ernest Hemingway author a blog post for your organization, and it could still stink.

Not that the content would be the issue. It's how you structure and deliver it.

Ann Rockley's been championing the idea of "intelligent content" and has run a conference in its name. 

Rockley, the president of The Rockley Group, author and online content delivery expert, told CMSWire marketers simply spend too much with content -- in the wrong places, and in the wrong ways.

"Marketers create good content," Rockley said, "but they spend an inordinate amount of time manually crafting different pieces of content for different channels and different audiences. They craft it for the Web, they craft it for mobile, they craft it for Facebook, they craft it for Twitter. They craft it for one vertical industry, they craft it for another. The content is all good but they spend way too much time hand-crafting it."

Why Oracle Thinks It's a Lead Horse in Digital Marketing

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A year ago, Gartner Research Director for Marketing Leaders, Julie Hopkins told us Oracle's $1.5 billion acquisition of Responsys makes it a "lead horse in the race."

She discussed digital marketing industry market share between big marketing cloud players like Oracle, Adobe, Salesforce and IBM, which combined have acquired about $11 billion worth of marketing technology in the past two years

Who's winning the race now? We probably won't have the answer until closer to the end of 2015 or beyond on that. But if 2014 was the year of acquisition, 2015 will be the year of putting those acquisitions into action. 

Just as IBM told us last week about its Silverpop acquisition action items, Oracle Corporation promises innovation out of the Responsys deal that will make it the lead horse, but offered few details of what the innovation will look like.

Oracle and Responsys have been working on some major integrations in the little over a year that's passed since the acquisition, and "we'll see the results of those in 2015," Steve Krause, group vice president of product management for the Oracle Marketing Cloud, told CMSWire. "We're not ready to make an announcement on any particular one but there will be multiple coming."

Addressing the Gap Between Marketing Automation and CRM

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In this era of economic growth, the Sales Enablement Trends 2015 Report (registration required) by Qvidian was sobering. While B2B companies continue to grow at any cost, sales teams still struggle with quota attainment and can’t ramp up fast enough. Companies are trying to fix this by automating virtually every marketing process, sales process and touch point.

The result? We’re drowning in data and analyses.  Big data and predictive analytics are providing a lot of information, but scant meaningful insights that can be acted on with consistent successful results. The problem is data is siloed and analyzed as such. Even when broader data is analyzed, it’s never all of it. Some gets left out because it’s outside the organization’s four walls or it wasn’t considered relevant. That creates a condition of being directionally correct but precisely wrong.

The problem persists because companies don’t really know their buyers -- a fact that they are finally coming to terms with.

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Is Your Business Capitalizing On This $1T E-Commerce Market?

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With a population of about 1.3 billion and an emerging middle class, China is the largest market in the world.

In the past few decades, it has emerged as a global economic powerhouse. In fact, its population may be the very reason why China alone will exceed $1 trillion in retail e-commerce sales in 2018. By comparison, global e-commerce sales in 2014 totaled about $1.3 trillion — and by 2018, United States retail e-commerce sales will only be around $500 billion.

Although Internet access in China is reported as widely censored and monitored by the state, 645 million people in China regularly access the Internet. The US has approximately 253 million users, India has 215.6 million and Brazil has 107.7 million, making China far and away also the largest e-commerce market in the world.

So what is your business doing about it?

MRY's David Berkowitz: The Power of Ideas and Collaboration

Ad man David Berkowitz is Chief Marketing Officer at Publicis Groupe's MRY, a New York City-based digital marketing and technology agency. He heads up marketing operations, directs the agency's communication strategy and tries to gain visibility for clients such as Visa, Coca-Cola and Adobe.

MRY, formerly known as Mr. Youth, was founded in 2002. The agency was acquired in 2011 by LBI, which in turn was purchased by Publicis a year later. MRY absorbed LBI’s North American operations when LBI combined with another Publicis digital agency, Digitas, in 2013. 

Since joining the firm shortly after that merger, Berkowitz launched pilot programs such as Mobile Week and the world's first Vineathon, "an event where people come together to create content for no reason other than to learn by doing." In addition, MRY won accolades in 2013 as Mashable's Digital Innovator of the Year and MediaPost's Social Agency of the Year.

Avoid Impulse Buys when Shopping for Marketing Technology

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My wife's shopping approach is pretty simple: she sees something she wants and buys it.

And, if one of her friends has it, that's a no-brainer. She needs it, too.

Marketers can't be like my wife when choosing technology. As they stare into the 1,876-vendor abyss, marketers need to do a little homework and always remember their organization's business strategy.

"My advice is to step back and take a fresh view, using tools like @chiefmartec’s landscape," said Scott Vaughan, CMO at Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Integrate. "Good planning always starts with defining business strategy and customer goals and needs. You can then utilize what other tech-driven transformations have used -- create a 'blueprint' by taking inventory of current systems, processes and data flow."

5 Requirements of Agile Digital Marketing

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Everyone wants to be agile these days. Whether it's a bunch of senior execs in a boardroom, or a group of super software gurus in an “idea space” full of Nerf balls, or anyone in between. Things just move too fast and we need to adjust on the fly.

So how does marketing get agile? 

Marketers Hold the Secret to M&A Success

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2015 is set to be a record-breaking year in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). But how many of those deals will actually be successful?

Depending on the research you choose to believe, between 50 percent and 90 percent of mergers result in failure.

Although this could be attributed to any number of factors, Paul Hagen, senior principal of customer experience at business and technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners, said success lies with the customer.

“Most of the time, when people are looking at M&A’s, they’re doing a lot of internal navel-gazing, looking at finances, internal systems, synergies, and cost savings,” said Hagen.

“None of this has anything to do with the customers. The customers are certainly part of the equation – there is some disruption in these areas – but no one’s really looking at the perceptions of the customers, nor how the affinity for the brand changes when companies come together.”

No Cowboys Here: Teamwork, Culture Leads to Sales Success

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Have you heard the one about the high-performing, hard-charging sales person? You almost surely have— he or she is usually bringing in the most revenue, outperforming the rest of the team by a significant degree.

This salesperson is almost always a cowboy of sorts, not following the rules laid down by the organization and certainly not taking the time to input data into whatever sales automation system the company uses.

No matter, though. If it weren’t for this person, and perhaps one or two others performing within striking distance, revenues would be far less.

Or would they? The idea of the lone cowboy sales representative, who does things his way, by gosh, and goes on to land the deal is so well entrenched in corporate lore that few think to question it. But maybe they should.

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Capitalizing on modern shopping behaviors and seasonal trends requires robust technology that recognizes today’s mobile-social consumers and engages them with the right messages at the right times.

Today’s marketing landscape is all about omnichannel engagement -- having the ability to listen in real time to the interactions, opinions and aspirations of customers across mobile, social and web channels. It's also imperative to act quickly on what you hear — to approach each customer on his or her own terms so you can positively influence potential sales.

Google Analytics on the Line: Using Data for Better Insights

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Gartner predicted that by 2015 there would be 4.4 million big data jobs, but that only one third of them would be successfully filled. This presents a huge opportunity for marketing professionals to advance in their roles by learning more about digital analytics, as well as how to accurately interpret and implement data to improve their company’s performance.

Here's an overview of several Google Analytics reports that in-house marketers can use to glean insight to develop new strategies, prove digital marketing’s worth in relation to the company’s overall growth and assist other departments in successfully reaching their goals.

A Marketer's Guide to Digital Image Rights & Permissions

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Brands and marketers, listen up. It’s 2015, and if digital image rights and permissions haven’t been something you’ve addressed, you need to start now.

Why? Because as you’re increasing your use of imagery and visual communication (as all of us are), you’re also increasing your risk of a potential legal problem or damaging your brand.

Just think about the breadth of social media options alone that leverage digital images — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, blogs. With varying usage terms across these platforms and a public that continues to view copyright law loosely, marketers using images need to confront the many shades of grey regarding what is legally permissible and what may cause a rights quagmire.

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