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Long Live the Marketing Funnel

2014-23-May-Marketing-Funnel.jpgContrary to what you might have heard, rumors about the marketing funnel’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

The funnel is alive and well. And it should be leveraged extensively by marketers. It provides a consistent and universally understood (and somewhat accepted) framework. The funnel does come in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors -- with different twists and turns. Despite this variety, few marketers really leverage this powerful model.

This Week: SAP Boosts Marketing Toolkit + We Smell a Windows RAT

SAP Adds Marketing Muscles
SAP acquired behavioral marketing specialist SeeWhy this week. But is the marketing cloud battleground set?

Stormy B2B Selling
Anyone looking to sell IT technology B2B has it pretty hard these days

Mobile Enterprise Like Rome
While important strides are being made, we are still years away from realizing the full potential of the mobile enterprise.

Collaboration ROI Fool's Gold
Collaboration ROI miners who dig for fool’s gold and find it think they have hit the jackpot — only to find out later that it is worth nothing

Beware the Windows RAT
The latest warning from the FBI bears a strange resemblance to a trailer for a poltergeist experience. 

Big Gains for Big Data
Hadoop, Hadoop distros and the technologies and analytics around big data keep getting more widespread and more pragmatic to use.

The Definitive Guide to Content Migration (download free)
Intel migrated 300,000 web pages in only 8 weeks by automating their content migration.
Learn how they did it

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Busted: 5 Common Myths Of Customer Service

2014-22-May-Big-Fella.jpgThere are dozens of misconceptions about working in customer service commonly assumed by businesses. Whether a fresh young start-up or established conglomerate, mistakes like limited thinking or an overemphasis on one particular aspect of a customer strategy has the potential to weaken a business from the inside. And it’s amazing how many companies continue to make the same mistakes, resting on the appeal of their renowned brand name whilst they fail to address gaps in their service structure.

Go Digital - In 6 Easy Steps

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Finally, someone has stood up and said it. Digital business is not about IT,  applications, software, the cloud or even — as much as it pains us to say it — information management.

Digital business is a mindset. A different way of thinking about business. It includes all the above elements, but it is more than the sum of those parts. According to new research from Gartner, digital business is the new enterprise lingua franca, with digital expertise spread across the entire organization.

NICE Systems Wants to Hear Your Voice

Sometimes, proving who you are can be difficult. To make phone authentication easier, customer interaction management provider NICE Systems has unveiled its real-time authentication solution that requires only your voice.

The system's Seamless Passive Enrollment process creates a voice print from previous callings, so that users do not have to set up their own voice profiles.

"If a customer has called before, they can be automatically authenticated using their voice the very next time they call," NICE Enterprise Group Yochai Rozenblat said in a statement.

Carsten Wierwille: Improving CX Through Better Design

Connecting with Bill SobelCarsten Wierwille is the kind of guy who tweets that his autocorrect turns "happiness" into a "happy mess" — and that the early bird gets caught by the bird.

He sees things a bit differently, as he should: he's vice president and general manager at frog, a global product strategy and design firm.

He manages frog's operation in the US, aligning creative passion with client goals. He has more than 15 years of experience in digital design, technology and innovation strategy, and has worked extensively with clients in a variety of industries including automotive, financial services, telecommunications and media.

Rubicon Project Automates the Digital Ad Marketplace

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In the fragmented ad-tech market, Rubicon Project is focused on the sellers. The company’s cloud-based platform automates sales of digital ads for more than 700 publishers and applications, including 40 percent of the ComScore 100.

The company boasts that its ad exchange reaches 97 percent of Internet users and claims that no digital display platform in the US has a wider reach.

On the buyer side, ad agencies, ad networks, more than 300 demand-side platforms (DSPs) and more than 100,000 brands use Rubicon Project’s solutions to simplify the management of their digital ad spending — covering everything from order flows to campaign tracking and audience analytics.

So what's the outlook for this company?

HP Autonomy Adds Muscle to its Marketing Platform

HP Optimost Visual Test_ lead.jpgHP continues to build its portfolio today with the launch of Optimost Visual Test (OVT), a new self service A/B/n testing product that builds on the technology it acquired when it bought Autonomy. The technology aims to help marketers identify new opportunities more quickly. 

The introduction of OVT follows last October's launch of HP Autonomy’s new Digital Marketing Hub (DMH). OVR is, in fact, tightly integrated with DMH and adds considerable muscle to the marketing platform. 

FBI Warns: Check Your Windows PC for a RAT

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The latest warning from the FBI bears a strange resemblance to a trailer for a poltergeist experience. Does your mouse cursor move erratically with no input from you? Does your web camera light unexpectedly turn on? Does your monitor turn off -- for no apparent reason?

In reality, the warning is about Blackshades, a remote access tool malware that affects Microsoft Windows based operating systems.

According to the FBI, the malicious remote administration tool (RAT) has been used to steal passwords and banking credentials, hack into social media accounts and access documents, photos and other computer files. The program can also record all keystrokes, activate webcams to spy on victims, “hold a computer for ransom” and use the computer in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The malware gained notoriety in a "sextortion" case involving a teen beauty queen last summer.

B2B Marketing Needs Durable Systems of Engagement

2014-19-May-No-Sales.jpgAnyone looking to sell IT technology business-to-business (B2B) has it pretty hard these days. Decision-making processes have become more complex and more people have a say.

A recent Text100 study reported (registration required) that on average, six people (in Germany, seven) with very different functions are involved with purchasing decisions. Two-thirds of the companies surveyed said that once the decision had been made, the purchase still had to be signed off by the board. At the information gathering stage, decision-makers use numerous offline and online channels to do their research. This stage now lasts longer and more resources go into preparing and justifying decisions.

The study, which surveyed 1,900 people from around the world, asked questions about the influences that affect B2B decision-makers as they consider purchasing IT solutions.

E-Spirit CMS Promises to Improve User Experience

Content is still king. With the version 5.1 release of its FirstSpirit Content Management System (CMS), e-Spirit re-affirms its commitment to that principle.

Good content means good customer experiences, and good customer experiences helps to retain customers, the company maintains.

Adobe Users: Full Day's Work Lost in Login Lockout

customer experience, Adobe Users: Full Day's Work Gone Due to Login LockoutTom Edwards had deadlines to hit. Clients to answer to. Money to make.

He couldn't get any of it done when Adobe's software crash last week locked out him and the rest of its million users from its online subscription service.

"The login failure meant that we could not complete scheduled workloads for three of our customers, all of which had updates and changes to be made to their websites, one business critical, as well as finish design mock-ups for another client," said Edwards, founder & director of Digital Edwards, a Berkshire, UK-based creative and marketing agency. 

Customer-Centric and Easy to Use is the New Business Model

Truly customer-centric companies will dominate the Internet Age. 

Alibaba, a Chinese Internet company, is about to go public in the US. It is expected to raise more than the Facebook share sale.

According to the BBC, “The total value of merchandise sold on its platforms last year was more than that sold on Amazon and eBay combined.” Alibaba has 72 percent of mobile commerce in China.

This Week: More DDoS Attacks + EMC, Documentum Partnership

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DDoS attacks are getting stronger, faster, bigger and smarter

IBM's CX Platform Examined
Marketers aren’t the only ones involved in marketing. That’s why IBM deployed a new customer experience platform.

Happy Customer, Happy ROI
This is your new ROI: start by improving the client experience through the employee experience.

Collaboration Justification
Are there any good examples of a business justifying its social collaboration investment in clear financial terms?

Layoffs or No Layoffs?
SAP this week tells us no "massive" layoffs are planned. But there will be some layoffs

Match Made in Heaven?
EMC and Documentum officials say they are a good fit, but it's not the whole story.

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Bad Time for an IPO? Don't Tell Zendesk

2014-16-May-Zendesk-IPO.jpgIf anyone tried to convince Zendesk cofounder and CEO Mikkel Svane that now was the wrong time for an enterprise, SaaS company to go public, it’s good he didn’t listen.

Yesterday the company’s shares opened for trade on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol ZEN, at $9 each -- directly in the middle of its projected $8 to $10 range -- and ended the day at $13.43, more than 49 percent above where they started.

It’s estimated that the cloud help desk provider raised $100 million which it will use to build on its success and accelerate its growth.

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