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Real Story Group Maps Digital Workplace, MarTech Space

Real Story Group (RSG), an independent analyst firm, just released an update to its Digital Workplace and Marketing Technology vendor map.

Given the scope of this technology space, it is hardly surprising that this one contains as many vendors are there are stations in the New York City subway. The research also identified what RSG defines as the trending — and fading — technologies.

Trusting Your Gut: The Worst Marketing Move You Can Make

2014-13-November-Bad-Fit.jpgHere’s a tip: When it comes to marketing your business, leave your “gut” out of it.

No matter how good your intuition, how prestigious of a business school you attended or how much marketing know-how you seemingly possess, if you think you can make marketing decisions by “trusting your gut” alone, you’re in for a rude awakening.

Things have changed. We don’t count on old wives tales to predict the weather, and business people don’t make marketing decisions on a hunch. Well, at least the smart ones don’t.

Marty Shindler: The Digital Revolution is Over

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Tell Marty Shindler about digital anything and you'll probably make him smile. As he told CMSWire, "I chuckle when I hear the word 'digital' to describe a process." 

Everything is digital now, he explained. 

Shindler — who describes himself as a consultant, thought leader, forward thinking executive and sought after speaker — should know. For more than 30 years, he's been a consultant to creative, technology and emerging companies on business, economic, strategic, organizational and operational matters. 

From 1993 to 1996, after stints as an accountant, controller and vice president of finance at various companies, he landed a job as vice president of sales and marketing at Kodak’s digital start-up, Cinesite — largely because of his knowledge of the digital process for production, post production and visual effects. 

It was during this time that Shindler said he saw a market opportunity with the many emerging digital start-up facilities in the entertainment industry. So in 1996, along with his wife, he founded, The Shindler Perspective, an Encino, Calif.-based consultancy focused on companies in the entertainment and entertainment technology industries.

How Winning Brands Define Customer Experience

Although many companies are still struggling to define and measure customer experience (CX), those that spread responsibility for CX across the organization, as well as concentrate on measuring long-term strategies, see a significant jump in sales and revenue, new research reveals.

According to CX Landscape: State of the Industry Report, conducted by Loyalty360, corporate leaders generally realize the importance of customer engagement and CX strategies. But many are unsure how to define customer experience, and because of this, are confused about how to manage it and measure success.

Successful companies "define CX in exhaustive, yet clear measures, use almost twice as many metrics to track CX effectiveness than the rest of the market, and employ short- and long-term metrics to gauge the effectiveness of CX — including complex metrics like ROI and profitability. And perhaps paramount: They include the customer as part of the brand’s reason for being,” Mark Johnson, CEO of Loyalty 360, noted in the report.

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Demystifying Web Personalization: 3 Myths Debunked

2014-12-November-Name-Necklace.jpgIf you want your online business to keep up with the competition, you should be deploying website personalization.

Amazon set the precedent some years ago, and now receives 30 percent of its revenue through its pioneering use of product recommendations. Other e-commerce giants, notably Staples, have acquired entire personalization tools into their arsenal.

Research by Forrester found personalization to be the top priority for 55 percent of retailers. For B2C marketers, it was found to be this year’s top digital priority. Insights from another survey revealed that 83 percent of consumers prefer to receive a personalized cross-channel experience.

There's a number of studies and reports available that all point to the same place: personalization is the future of e-commerce.

Want to Connect With Customers? First Step: Don't Be a Jerk

2014-12-November-Mean-Pallas-Cat.jpgAll businesses have certain characteristics that embody the spirit of the company, and allow a brand to better relate and communicate with its customers. However, there are a few traits in particular that help businesses to truly connect with its customers. This connection is all about being more human.

Guess Where Kevin Cochrane Popped Up?

Just a year ago, Kevin Cochrane was a keynote speaker at OpenText Enterprise World 2013. This week, at OpenText's 2014 conference in Orlando, Fla., Cochrane is nowhere near the stage.

His days as CMO of the Canadian enterprise information management provider — which followed several years as vice president of enterprise marketing at Adobe — are behind him.

Cochrane left OpenText in July.

In September, he was named CMO at Mindjet, a project-based collaboration software company. He remained in that position less than two months. 

Cochrane no longer maintains any references to Mindjet on his LinkedIn profile. Instead, he states that he is a member of the board of both the Digital Clarity Group (DCG) and Jahia.

He also notes that he is CMO of San Mateo, Calif.-based Agari, a Cisco-spawned company that develops data-driven security solutions powering real time cyberthreat detection prevention for global companies and their customers. 

The Big Challenge for Marketers: Good Content #KenticoConnection

BOSTON — Technology can help solve some of B2B marketers' biggest problems, such as increasing customer engagement and providing measurable results.  But it only works if marketers know how to use it — and it's not their biggest problem.

“The biggest issue for marketers is creating content that supports customer decisions at every step of the journey, " Petr Palas, Kentico CEO and founder, said at the company's two-day conference here this week.

SAP, Facebook Up the Ante on Personalized Marketing #SAPtd

OK, we were a little off. When IBM and Twitter partnered last month in what they called a landmark connection for enterprise data analysis, we figured more would come.

"What's next?" we asked. "Oracle and Facebook? SAP and LinkedIn? Microsoft and Pinterest?"

So maybe we had the companies mixed up. But we knew something was coming. And it's SAP and Facebook.

The enterprise software giant connected with the social media king today in a partnership that allows SAP to combine insight with customer engagement by using Facebook’s scalable Custom Audiences targeting capability. This enables marketers, officials at the companies claim, to use SAP solutions to reach customers on Facebook.

That Anonymous Visitor Is Your Next Great Customer

2014-10-November-Fake-Mustache.jpgPersonalization is critical to your business -- we can all agree on that. But when it comes to rolling up our proverbial sleeves and getting down to getting personal, the conversation veers into choppy waters. Why? It’s a simple enough notion.

Compare digital personalization tactics to the local corner store from decades ago. Remember the butcher who held the special cut of meat for a favorite customer? Or the clerk who knew I wanted the next comic book in the series? That was personalization in the pre-Internet days but, even though the landscape has changed dramatically, the rules really haven’t. We, as marketers, just have infinitely more to work with -- and even greater demands than a pound of sirloin.

Analyzing Social Media? You're Doing it Wrong

2014-10-November-Chatter.jpgThe days when brands had complete control over their positioning are long gone. Consumers can now impact the shaping of a brand, particularly through social media. Brands follow what consumers are saying, where they are saying it and how deeply certain themes permeate the overall conversation on social media -- but taking action from this information isn’t as easy as it seems.

Brands often count numbers without understanding context. They focus too much on one channel while ignoring all others, or fail to gauge the collective opinions of the crowd. Instead they focus on a few overly positive or negative mentions, and stay too caught up in the moment to observe trends over time.

Each of these faux pas is easy to commit, and every one of them can have profound consequences. But it doesn't have to be that way.

How to Become a Best-In-Class Content Marketer

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B2B marketers with documented content marketing strategies consider their organizations more effective at content marketing, and can better track ROI over those with verbal or no strategies, according to the latest research by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). 

And although an encouraging 83 percent of B2B marketers have a content marketing strategy, only 35 percent have it written down, which means that a majority of those surveyed are missing out on the benefits that come with being a Best in Class B2B Content Marketer, the research revealed.

The study, 2015 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America, was sponsored by Brightcove and conducted in conjunction with MarketingProfs.

Sitecore's New Experience Database Collects, Connects Data

To borrow a phrase from defending Super Bowl champion coach Pete Carroll, Sitecore was "pumped and jacked" at its annual conference in September when it previewed Version 8 of its web content management system (CMS).

Meanwhile, it quietly released a softer update, Sitecore 7.5, which introduces an Experience Database (xDB) that is designed to help end-users make immediate use of customer data.

"The big change  with 7.5 is the ability to collect and connect customer experience data at scale," said Mark Floisand, vice president of marketing for Mill Valley, Calif.-based Sitecore. "When I say collect and connect I mean gathering information from both within Sitecore and other systems. We're aggregating that information down to the individual level so marketers are able to effectively have a single view of the customer."

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