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How We Topped YouTube Search Results

2014-04-September-Cat-Balloon-Guess-What-Happens-Next.jpgYouTube processes more than 4 billion searches a month, making it the second largest search engine of today. While you might think of YouTube as a platform for entertaining cat videos, the fact that YouTube videos often make it into Google's natural search results pages makes them an increasingly important part of your marketing strategy. If your videos aim to educate your market about new services or features and provide guidance about how to use them, this channel becomes essential.

The Evolution of a Digital Marketing Technologist

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Daryl Hemeon's an IT guy. Web guru. Software creator. A technical architect. He's implemented content management systems of various flavors.

The next logical venture for Hemeon? Marketing, of course. What, you say? It's happening. With Hemeon -- and many others.

Technology is converging with marketing -- just as they said at last month's first Marketing Technology Conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

And here is Hemeon, the poster boy for this convergence. A true technician diving into digital marketing now at his organization -- Unum.

"Technical architecture is my background, and web development is where I started," said Hemeon, who caught up with CMSWire at the #MarTech conference. "And now I'm figuring out how to connect the dots. The job's very new."

It's Time to Adopt Customer Journey Thinking

2014-04-September-Gas-Station-At-Night.jpgMost companies don’t really understand their customers. “Big data” is not the answer. Even if organizations collect piles of data from every customer interaction, they still aren’t getting a full picture of what’s going on. 

What’s the path to deep customer insight? Customer Journey Thinking. Organizations must stop looking at customers through their internal lens of interactions and focus their attention on customers’ overall journey.

Red-Hot Hootsuite Acquires Social Marketing Campaign Platform

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The Hootsuite social media dashboard made big news when IBM Connections announced Hootsuite's integration into its enterprise collaboration platform last December. The industry took notice.

Eyes are on Hootsuite again today. It announced the acquisition -- and immediate deployment -- of an engagement platform for creating customized social marketing campaigns. Hootsuite acquired Brightkit for an undisclosed amount and launched Hootsuite Campaigns that officials say will help organizations extend the reach of social media programs. 

"Hootsuite Campaigns is designed to create customized social marketing campaigns and allows businesses to reach new audiences through engaging contests, sweepstakes and galleries, all managed from their Hootsuite dashboard," a Hootsuite spokesperson told CMSWire.

Magnolia CMS Partnership Aims to Boost Creative Campaigns

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A European digital platform provider is teaming with Magnolia CMS on a cloud implementation of the open source content management platform. Company executives claim it will arm digital marketers with the ability to fire off creative campaigns.

Magnolia CMS's partnership is with ETECTURE@Ogilvy, the technology arm of Ogilvy & Mather UK. 

ETECTURE@Ogilvy was founded in 2003 and now has 100 employees across offices in London, Frankfurt, Munich, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf. Execs there said the platform provides specialized technical and digital marketing expertise to support large organizations that routinely roll out integrated marketing programs, such as product launches, on a global scale. 

Q3/Q4 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (03-Sept-14)

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If You Build It, Will They Convert? 3 Content Marketing Steps

2014-03-September-Drinking-Tea-Wonka.jpgMarketers spend a lot of time and energy on content marketing initiatives -- understanding our customers, developing content that speaks to their needs, establishes our credibility, and distributing it through multiple channels. Our goals in doing all of this are to drive demand for our products, traffic to our site and leads into our funnel. Pretty straightforward, right? Well, success (or failure) to engage and convert web visitors with content all comes down to relevance and timeliness.

Sprinklr Makes Its Third Buy This Year

Sprinklr, a New York City provider of social media management tools, has acquired highly targeted advocacy influencer platform, Branderati. The deal marks Sprinklr's third acquisition in about six months — a continuation of what the firm calls its strategy to grow "aggressively and smartly."

In February, Sprinklr bought Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, a social analytics company, and formed the largest independent end-to-end social relationship platform in the market.

And just last month it bought TBG Digital, a company that considers itself a pioneer of corporate advertising on Facebook and Twitter. The acquisition was designed to amplify Sprinklr’s reach across social media.

Now it's bought Branderati, a company that boasts that it helps brands identify their most passionate “advocate influencers” and take those relationships to the next level to drive brand advocacy and loyalty. Ekaterina Walter, Branderati's co-founder and CMO, told CMSWire this morning that the deal capitalizes on the complimentary strengths of both companies. "As we've watched Sprinklr grow and transform to a provider of a robust, all in one platform, it became very, very obvious to us that Branderati was a key part that solution," she said.

See the Whole Customer to Guide the Decision Journey

2014-02-September-Watermelons.jpgThe basis of the customer decision journey is that the customer follows a decision path that leads to a purchase. Vendors provide small pokes, prods and nudges along the way, often in the form of engaging content that keeps the customer moving toward buying something. The content needs to be highly personalized and based on demographics, individual buying patterns and other aspects of the buying experience.

While “the journey” is a better metaphor than many previous ones used by marketers, especially the militaristic “campaign” or industrial “funnel,” it tends to belie the complexity of the process of turning interest into purchase.

Gleanster Names Leaders in 4 Key Software Categories

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It's not the Gartner Magic Quadrant. It's not the Forrester Wave.

And that's exactly what Ian Michiels likes about it. Michiels' firm, Gleanster Research, has produced four software industry ranking reports. 

Gleanster calls each of them a FLASH, and the latest come in the areas of marketing automation, business intelligence, social engagement and web content management.

"What I like about our FLASH approach is it offers a different perspective than Forrester or Gartner," said Michiels, CEO and principal of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based research firm. "It's not about market presence or vision, which have value. And it's not biased by analyst opinion or relationships with Gleanster."

Discussion Point: Will the CMO Replace the CIO?

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You've heard it at technology conferences, you've read it in research reports, maybe you've even shared it at the water cooler.

CMOs drive technology decisions today. The CIO's job is obsolete. Soon we won't need CIOs.

It's not a new debate. By now, the topic is covered regularly in the media, including CMSWire. Take a look at headlines like "Goodbye CIO? Why the Role May Ultimately Disappear" and "Should the CIO Report to the CMO?"  Sometimes, it's a plea for survival: "Hey, CMO! Hey, CIO! Work Together or Lose Everything."

Yes, today's CMOs are expected to be technology-savvy managers with a hunger for big data, digital asset management, marketing automation and predictive analysis. They will own revenue goals and formulate sales projections for the CFO based on dashboards they monitor by the hour. 

But, honestly, do they even want to take on the responsibilities of an enterprise CIO? We decided to put the question before four experts who deal with this issue every day -- two technologists and two marketers. 

Don't Leave Money on the Table With Sales Slipups

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Are sales inefficiencies costing your company millions? A recent survey by Apttus and Adobe found many organizations polled admit to profit-eroding problems ranging from flawed sales processes, inaccurate quotes and inexact sales forecasts.

Most surprising? “Twenty-five percent of sales professionals could not say with confidence whether or not their company is successful – a shocking depiction of the siloed, disconnected nature of many companies,” says Elliott Yama, AVP of Best Practice and Knowledge Management for Apttus.

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Can't You Just Get Along? CIO, CMO = No Strong Bond

In a digital world, marketing and IT functions have become inextricably linked. But are the players in each space getting along?

Not necessarily, according to a 2014 Accenture Interactive report  that shows that chief marketing officers (CMOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) don’t always share a strong bond.

To create its 2014 report, “Cutting across the CMO-CIO divide: Digital drives a new wave of collaboration,” Accenture Interactive polled an international group of more than 1,100 senior marketing and IT executives. The results found that while the relationship between these the holders of these two job titles has improved considerably over the past few years, there remains room for improvement.

“While 43 percent of marketers and 50 percent of IT leaders think their relationship with the other has improved over the past year, less than one-quarter (23 percent) of marketers think the level of collaboration between CMOs and CIOs and their organizations is at or approaching the ‘right level’ now,” according to the report.

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