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This Week: Marketers Depend on IT + Dropbox Strikes Gold

Survey Says? Make Surveys Better
Forcing survey-takers to opt-out. Creating surveys that take longer than 15 minutes. Not including any open-ended questions. Doing any of this? Here are five ways to make your marketing surveys better

Oracle Gets BlueKai. What's Next?
Oracle Corp. appears to have an insatiable appetite for marketing technology. Its latest deal is BlueKai. Marketing wonks should keep their eyes on Marin Software, a provider of a cloud-based digital advertising management platform, as a possible buyout target

Making BYOD Work
BYOD is all but inevitable today, but you must create a comprehensive BYOD strategy that identifies which mobile devices, applications and services to support. It should also provide policies and procedures to guide help-desk and customer-service employees. 

Long Live Email Collaboration
With all the anti-email push out there, we need to allow people to collaborate with the tools that they are comfortable using. Email is comfortable.  

Why IBM's Cloudant Acquisition Matters
Feeling the pressure to innovate, IBM bought infrastructure-as-a-service brand SoftLayer last year, and it’s why they purchased big data-database provider Cloudant this week.  

Golden Days of Enterprise IT
These are golden days for enterprise (and wanna be enterprise) IT vendors. You don’t have to look any further than the (now confirmed) $350 million Dropbox raised last month to prove it. 

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Connecting: Content is the Secret of Marketing Success

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Stephanie Frasco loves few things more than social media. But content is one of them. “Content Is King," she stated enthusiastically. "It's everything … The key to attracting the right customers, the best tool for building relationships with prospects, the most powerful way to convert prospects into sales, the No. 1 way to improve the effectiveness of your marketing strategy, online and off.

"Yup."

Frasco, a social media marketing consultant, is vice president at Los Angeles based Convert With Content. In the past 7 years, she has worked with clients worldwide to help them maximize their efforts from social networking and blogging. 

Through a rather tongue-in-cheek blog called Socially Stephanie, she offers advice like this to B2B businesses:

I want you to absolutely think about blogging within LinkedIn's new publishing platform. Yes, this is hot off the presses. LinkedIn's publishing platform is now open to the public. The possibility of getting in front of LinkedIn's 200 million plus users is exhilarating, but you have to do it right. Create unique content for LinkedIn. Look at it as a guest blogging platform and not a syndication network. Duplicate content doesn't bode well with the Google gods. I know that I'll be spending investing some good ol' blogging sweat equity there, and you should too."

Does Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Link Spell More Trouble for Marketers?

Google rolled out a new feature last week that made it easier for Gmail users to unsubscribe from marketing email lists. Going forward, emails identified as “marketing” in nature will contain a prominent unsubscribe link in the header. When a user clicks the link, Gmail will notify the sender to remove the user from the mailing list without any further action required from the user.

Is this one more step in Gmail's campaign to torture marketers?

Adobe Expects New Integration to Improve Mobile Experiences

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How can you drive consistency across rich-content mobile apps and websites? Adobe thinks the answer lies in integrating its Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) and Experience Manager, part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud. The goal is to create a "unified design and publishing process."

Adobe announced the integration today.

In a conversation with CMSWire, Adobe's James Lockman, a senior solutions consultant, and Loni Kao Stark, director of product and industry marketing, described the integration as a way for publishers and brands to create, deliver and measure experiences for customers across content-rich apps like digital magazines and the web — using one set of assets. "We need to bring them together to create a seamless web experience," Lockman said.

It's Easier than Ever for Your Customers to Ignore You

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Hey marketers: we're living through an age of unprecedented consumer power. If you don't adapt to that fact, you may not be in business long.

That's the simple message from Incite Marketing and Communications' recent white paper, "Peacekeeper, Navigator, Student: The Marketer to 2015."

The report was written by Nick Johnson, founder and CEO of Incite, and was put together after hours of conversations with senior brand executives from companies such as L'Oréal, MetLife, Wells Fargo and Sears/Kmart in addition to conversations from 1,000 other marketing executives from companies worldwide.

Your Customers Aren't Mindless Clicking Machines

Your Customers Aren't Mindless Clicking MachinesDatability -- the theme of CeBIT 2014 tradeshow taking place March 10-14 in Hanover, Germany -- is something of a mixed bag. On one hand, we have IBM Watson evaluating medical data in order to enable physicians to provide better treatment to patients. On the other, we have communications companies utilizing big data to simply continue blanket advertising by other means.

Brandworkz Adds BI Dashboard to DAM

Digital marketing is driven by data, and every component in marketing is increasingly enhanced by data analysis. This week, London-based Brandworkz improved its digital asset management (DAM) system with a self-service data analytics dashboard called Smarter.DAM that can be used to monitor marketing activities and campaigns as well as digital assets.

The offering, part of a partnership with Differentia Consulting, uses performance data from the cloud-based DAM platform and issues an audit trail and analytics through a single view of assets, marketing activities and campaigns.

TimeTrade's COO Reveals the Top Retail Trends

Ambrosino.jpgGary Ambrosino, the president and chief operating officer of TimeTrade, thinks the key to great customer experience comes down to how and when a company engages with potential clients.  Better engagement equals more customer loyalty, in theory.

A Primer on CMO, CIO Collaboration

A Primer on CMO, CIO CollaborationThe lines between the CIO and CMO are blurring as the two roles become increasingly intertwined, led by marketing’s move to focus more around technology and great digital experiences. From quickly creating websites for different campaigns to managing customer analytics and back-end data, today’s marketers have a required skillset that often overlaps with that of the CIO, who has traditionally managed and maintained a company’s IT infrastructure. For that reason, CMOs are becoming integral decision makers when it comes to buying and operating a company’s technology assets.

Musings from Social Media Week #SMW14

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I am not an objective writer about Social Media Week. I attended the first two years of this six-year-old worldwide event in New York City when it was free, largely grassroots and spread throughout the city. 

The last two or three years, SMW has become inevitably more corporate, expensive, polished and streamlined, though many of the events are still free and available on a first come, first serve basis.

That being said, however, I wanted to share some thoughts. For instance, one of my favorite tools to chart conversations around social media is Crimson Hexagon, which quickly helped me create a “topic wave” of the major topics and when they peaked at the event. Most of the buzz around #SMWNYC happened last Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18 and 19.

Next Steps for Native Ads: Get Scalable and Visible

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What’s next for native ads? They should be clearly-marked as ads and available in publisher-defined formats, according to the co-founder of Celtra, a provider of mobile ad creation, serving and analysis.

Matevě Klanjšek, also chief product officer of the company, told CMSWire that any non-standard mobile ad formats, such as native ads, are “performing better than standard.” His assessment is based on his agency’s just-released quarterly Mobile Rich Media Ads Performance Report (registration required), which has been regularly issued over the past two years.

M&A Watch: Marin Software a Possible Target if Ad Tech Consolidates

Based on its valuation and growth profile, Marin Software — a provider of a cloud-based digital advertising management platform — could be an attractive buyout target for a larger player in the online marketing space.

At the recent market cap of $373 million, Marin’s forward revenue multiple of 3.9 times the 2014 consensus estimate of $95.8 million (within the company’s guidance range of $95 million to $96.6 million) is reasonable given expected growth of nearly 24 percent.

Marin is a so-called busted IPO because the shares trade below the March 2013 offering price of $14. In fact, Marin shares have been on a downward trek ever since the first trading session: they opened at $18.95 and hit a post-IPO high of $19.95 on the same day. While the stock has recovered a bit from the November low of $8.50, it’s still 18 percent short of the IPO price.

People Think 'Products' When Trying to Solve Problems Online

Many customers think first about the product they have; even when they are looking for support for that product. 

Connecting: How to Build an Unforgettable Brand

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Julie Cottineau doesn't mince words. "My business is branding. I teach you how to improve yours," she said. Cottineau is the founder and CEO of BrandTwist, a brand consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and corporations build their brands and leverage them as actionable business assets.

Before BrandTwist, she was vice president of brand at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, overseeing branding strategy for new and established Virgin companies in North America. She also served as executive director of consumer branding at Interbrand and was a vice president and management supervisor at Grey Worldwide in both the US and France. She has been an adjunct professor of integrated marketing communications at Columbia and Cornell universities and is a frequent commentator on brand strategy and innovation.

News Bites: Handling Negativity, Publishing on LinkedIn and More

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There's a lot going on this week, including news on dealing with negative social postings. Plus, we'll tell you how LinkedIn is opening its publishing platform, how Kochava is updating its mobile ad measurement platform, how Widen speeds up Smartimage and how Purple WiFi is adding location services for in-store customers.
 

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