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What's New in February for Open Source CMS

The year is off to a fast start for free and open source content management system (CMS) vendors, with plenty of updates, meetings and more. We're sharing the latest updates — and inviting everyone with FOSS CMS news to drop us a line. We'll include you in our next monthly column.

How Social Technologies Impact the Balance of Power

How Social Impacts the Balance of PowerOrganizations, businesses and entire industries are becoming more social. Does that really translate to better collaboration?

Extreme Goes Deep at the Super Bowl with Analytics

Networking hardware makers are seeing a unique opportunity in analytics. Why? All the data passes through their pipes. Extreme Networks has grabbed onto this trend with the release of an analytics product that was rolled out at the Super Bowl on Sunday, providing detailed information about the digital activity on the wireless network in MetLife Stadium.

Is Employee Advocacy the Next Big Thing for Marketers?

Is Employee Advocacy the Next Big Thing for Marketers?It started with a simple question: “What’s the next big thing marketers need to focus on?”

I asked Mike Edelhart who runs the Pivot conference -- a conference for senior marketers on the leading edge of the social media revolution. I expected Mike to respond with the usual suspects: big data, mobile, customer experience, media-specific social platforms, etc. Instead he replied, “It’s all about turning employees into a powerful force to advocate the company’s brand.”

Connecting: How to Supercharge Your Social Media Marketing

Connecting with Bill Sobel

If you don't know Bill Sobel, you should. Sobel is the Chief Connections Officer at SobelMedia and founder of NY:MIEG/The New York Media Information Exchange Group. He's has been described as a master connector — someone who opens the door to "an interconnected world of endless opportunity."

Starting this week, you'll get a chance to connect, too, through his column Connecting ... with Bill Sobel on CMSWire. "I'll be interviewing interesting, unique people who have a lot to say about customer experience management and social business tools and practices," he said. Enjoy! Noreen Seebacher, Chief Editor, CMSWire

How to Use Sophisticated Dashboards for Sophisticated Marketing

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Customers are arriving at your business or e-commerce site through increasingly sophisticated methods — and that makes it more complicated to determine whether your mobile site or offline advertising lead to your conversion goals. 

To keep in step and better organize information, businesses are turning to advanced spreadsheet automation or dashboard reporting.

Roadblocks to Epic Customer Experiences: Marketers

Roadblocks to Epic Customer Experiences: MarketersDelivering relevant and remarkable customer experience is easier said than done. It takes a special combination of data and analytics; great storytelling and visual content; delightful social engagement; a consistent, multichannel presence; strong customer service; and agile, long-term strategy. Throw in value-added apps, responsive design and personalization, and you’ve got a tall order for any company to fill.

How can one company -- let alone one person -- do it all? And how should aspiring digital marketers focus their education and training to become competitive in the (near) future? Before we get overwhelmed by everything today’s marketer must be, let’s start with what he or she is not. 

Come Closer: We'll Share the Secrets of Twitter Success [Infographic]

Sharing secrets.jpgJames T. Noble markets himself as a "business growth consultant." Ask him what that means, and he'll answer simply, "I make businesses bigger."

His London-based company, James T Noble & Associates, has worked with some of the world's largest brands and companies — Disney, Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, Virgin, Coca-Cola and MTV — to market their products and services online. And he boasts impressive results. "Typically, the clients we take on see their businesses grow two to four times within 12 to 18 months."

What does it take to grow a business? Several things: best-in-class marketing execution. Solid business coaching. Oh, and Twitter helps, too. But you have to know how to use it.

Improving the Customer Support Experience

How do you know your customers are getting their problems solved quickly and easily? This is a question that has challenged many support websites. The traditional approach has tended to involve customer satisfaction and visitor volume metrics. 

This Week: Is IBM Disrupting Email Collaboration? + Why OpenText Invested $1 Billion in GXS

New CMSWire Home Page!
We hope you're finding the new design of our CMSWire.com home page pleasing on the eyes. We launched the new look to kick off the New Year and are confident you'll be able to get the right content at the right time -- whether it's breaking news, digging deeper with analysis or industry overviews from our long list of expert contributors.

Let us know your thoughts on the new design! Happy 2014! 

-- Brice Dunwoodie, Founder, SMG/CMSWire.com.

Roadblocks to Epic Customer Experiences
If customer experience is so critical, why do so many companies stink at it? Our columnist took this to heart, and started a three-part series examining key obstacles that hinder companies from delivering the experiences customers want.

Content Management vs. E-Commerce
This week, we looked at different approaches to bridging the gap between content management and e-commerce. In the first part, we saw that e-Spirit has adopted a best-of-breed approach. We then went on to show how Elastic Path is using e-commerce APIs to integrate content and how Sitecore puts customers at the heart of the retail process by providing personalized content and user experiences.

IBM's Mail Next an Original?
IBM turned a lot of heads when it unveiled plans for Mail Next in the Enterprise at IBM Connect 2014 in Orlando, Fla. But is it all that original, really? Meanwhile, IBM launched at the conference a new global customer experience consultancy.

SharePoint's Transformation
Our three-part series on SharePoint developments concluded this week with a look into how collaboration changes have been transformative. Earlier in the series, we discussed enhancements for capacity and information management and the user interface — designing a new user experience, and coloring documents with rich palettes of metadata.

OpenText Takes Dive for Big Boys
With GXS and its B2B integration services, OpenText is gunning for the top of the space -- and they just might be there already, one analyst told us

Will Internet of Things Ever Take Off?
We take a look at some of the myths surrounding the IoT and examine why it may never reach its potential.

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Facebook Steps Into the Mobile Waters Again with Paper

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After several attempts to make up for its late arrival in mobile, Facebook may have a standout mobile hit on its hands. On Thursday, the social networking powerhouse introduced a new app for finding and sharing stories -- Paper.

The Salvation for Snack Attacks: Smart Vending Machines

The Salvation for Snack Attacks: Smart Vending MachinesI don’t know about you, but when I walk by a vending machine and see one of my favorite snacks, I immediately have a snack attack. Often times these attacks go unanswered because I typically don’t carry cash in my pocket, or for the times when I do, the machine is broken.

Well, enter smart vending -- and the answer to my vending machine woes!

Tweet Jam Recap: The Internet of Things and Impact on Customer Experience #CXMChat

There's been a lot said lately about smart thermostats and refrigerator spam, but in our inaugural Tweet Jam of the year we moved past the household appliances (with a brief toaster diversion) to look at the impact the Internet of Things  (IoT) will have on businesses. We examined the potential benefits and challenges of the IoT and tackled the pink elephant in the room: privacy.

The 2 Biggest Time Sucks in Corporate America

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"Please shoot me now! I can't do it anymore! Why does everything have to be so slow and painful? There has got to be a better way!" Does this sound familiar? Although it may have been a while since you heard or muttered any of these phrases at work, I would be surprised if you have not heard some similar sense of frustration at your job.

Let's take a look at the greatest "Time Sucks" in corporate America ...

What's the Customer Experience when Everything and Everyone Is Connected?

What's the Customer Experience when Everything and Everyone Is Connected?

As humans, we yearn for connection -- and while our tools will always change, the principles and desires that drive us stay the same. As our communications tools improved, the radius of our connections increased -- until the whole world was at our fingertips. Now, we are moving into a time when our connected devices are helping us connect to the world around us, in ways we couldn't dream of.

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