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Thismoment Wants Brands to Become Content DJs

To better spin user-generated content (UGC) into gold, content marketer Thismoment has announced its Content Cloud platform for rapidly organizing content into playlists that output as dynamic "cards."

Ankarino Lara, Thismoment's Chief Product Officer and co-founder, told CMSWire that the content on Content Cloud card is sometimes literally viewed as a interactive card, like on Twitter. In other cases, the "card" is more a content container that can be rendered via API in different ways for different formats, such as Facebook, Pinterest or Tumblr.

Are You Wasting Money on Customer Experience?

Are You Wasting Money on Customer Experience?Think about all you've invested in the latest digital technologies to improve customer experience (CX). Now think about this.

It might have been a big waste of time and money.

A new study by CX Act, a customer experience improvement firm, shows the most frequently used and most effective customer touch point is personal contact by phone. The study (registration required), which updates a study the company originally conducted for the White House in 1980, concludes:

While companies can’t ignore the need to offer a multichannel strategy and digital channels are likely to grow in importance (especially since younger consumers are more likely to use digital touch points), what matters NOW for creating an optimal customer contact experience is providing a phone or in-person customer interaction that delivers on the brand promise."

Looking for Value in Social Media Command Centers

Companies and brands are setting up social media command centers to get a better grasp of the unstructured data like status updates, posts and tweets.

PepsiCo's Gatorade opened a Mission Control Center in 2010 and Dell opened a Social Media Command Center later that same year. Since then,  other companies have followed suit, including Hendrick Motorsports, The Oregon Ducks, Symantec, Salesforce and Brandwatch.

Now the Altimeter Group takes a look at the trend in a report called "Shiny Object or Digital Intelligence Hub?"

This Week: Facebook Beyond the Like + SharePoint's Next Step

Facebook Likes: Forget 'Em
We all like "likes." But there are three other Facebook metrics that provide businesses with far more valuable insight.

Hail to the CCO
Rockstar chief customer officers (CCOs) are those who realize their role is about uniting their organization.

What's Next for SharePoint?
Microsoft continues to innovate in the social space, but it's making it loud and clear that its primary focus is on the cloud as a delivery mechanism

CMO, CIO Examined
The CIO role is fading away, a point not well taken by a practicing CIO. Meanwhile, the CMO may be the most enigmatic executive in the C-Suite.  

Microsoft SQL Trumps Oracle?
Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturing this week will give Oracle users a boatload of reasons to consider ditching.

Analysis of Analytics
We were all over the Predictive Analytics World this week. We shared tips on big data, examined how to cut costs and increase output and talked about how Blackjack can help improve marketing analytics.

Context is at the Heart of Great Customer Experience
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Eloqua Marketing Automation Meets Gmail with Cirrus Insight

Cirrus Insight is putting a lot of stock into making the Gmail experience better for marketers and salespeople.

Last fall, the CRM app developer out of Laguna Hills, Calif., united Salesforce and Gmail on mobile devices. Then in February it added marketing automation capabilities via Pardot and Hubspot

Its latest move comes today and involves bringing Eloqua's marketing automation to Gmail, opening up capabilities for enterprises.

The Golden Age of Marketing

The Mad Men era of marketing has given way to Math Men -- marketers who approach brand messages with growth hacking strategies revolved around data and technology.

We marketers have previously unimaginable technology at our fingertips every day that make us better at our jobs and drive us towards previously impossible innovation. A platform to segment audiences, one to analyze customer behavior, another to track results -- the list goes on.

One Size Does Not Fit All for Real Time Customer Engagement

One Size Does Not Fit All for Real Time Customer EngagementThe days of blanketing large groups of customers with messaging are gone. There is no one size fits all for customers, but faced with pressure to produce higher return on diminishing budgets, the customer engagement dilemma becomes more difficult for advertisers by the day. 

In the end, it comes down to money. Advertisers want to spend the least amount of money to produce the most revenue. They want to overcome the issue memorialized by John Wanamaker, the pioneer of the discount department store, who famously said, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." The good news is that advances in real time technology have enabled them to do exactly that.

Connecting: Stealing Content and Other Copyright Issues

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The Internet has turned a lot of honest people into thieves. People who wouldn't dream of walking out of a retail store without paying for a pack of gum have no remorse about stealing online content. Pictures. Blog posts. Funny videos. 

And that's turned copyright issues from "an obscure corner of the law" to "the subject of conversation at picnics and parties," said Christopher Kenneally, director of Business Development at the Danvers, Mass.–based Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization.

Despite what many of us think in this age of incessant sharing, people who create “original works of authorship" — literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works ­— actually have rights. Under copyright laws in the US and other countries, you need permission from the copyright holder to reproduce, distribute, display or perform these works.

So much for making that great aerial picture of a tropical sunset you stumbled upon the background for your Facebook page.

Getting Marketers Up to Speed with Big Data

Getting Marketers Up to Speed with Big DataThat alarm marketers are hearing is a wake up call from big data. It's telling marketers that they need to be more metrics driven, more technically savvy and more process oriented. At the top of the food chain, CMOs are taking on some of the responsibilities that traditionally belonged to CIOs. And at the middle management level, marketers are required to be more technical and metrics oriented.

Blame Technology for Your Failed Relationships

business meeting distraction.jpg.jpgBack in 1975, singer-songwriter Paul Simon told us there must be 50 ways to leave your lover. But that was before we all had perpetual connectivity to every person, place and thing we ever knew or imagined through smartphones, tablets and other assorted Internet-connected devices.

Now there are plenty of new ways to leave your lover, as well as your friends, relatives, co-workers, customers and business associates. Just take a phone call in the middle of a meeting, text a friend during an intimate dinner or update your social media profile in the middle of a customer service interaction.

These random Electronic Displays of Insensitivity (EDIs) take a big toll on relationships, said David Maxfield, co-author of new research on Digital Divisiveness. "Maybe it's time to change our behavior," he said.

Maybe Customers Should Choose: Privacy or Free Content

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With all the amazing content available for free on the web, why are customers surprised or upset that companies track your online behavior? Are they seriously "creeped out" that their web searches today drive some of the ads they'll see for the next few weeks? Why?

Does anyone think all that content is pure altruism?

Searching for Value in Social Media Marketing

When the computing and connectedness industry began its meteoric rise in the 1990s, IT vendors and users alike scrambled for new ways to utilize the growing capabilities provided by the internet and broadband communications. Among the most attractive of these was Customer Relationship Management (CRM). 

Around since the early 1990s, CRM initially focused on the relationship between vendors and their known customer base. It evolved from a one-way gathering of customer information to a two-way relationship in which the vendor could give back to customers in the form of discounts, gifts and special offers. While this growing interaction between vendor and buyer had some of the characteristics of today’s real time marketing world, it was limited by technology to a relatively small share of the overall buying public. That has changed as the world of connectedness has virtually taken over the world of commerce.

Forget Likes, These Are the 3 Facebook Metrics to Watch

Forget Likes, Here Are the 3 Facebook Metrics You Should WatchMarketers nowadays are data driven numbers people. I get it. I consider myself a numbers guy, too. That said, when it comes to Facebook, I think a lot of marketers have it all wrong. The Facebook metric marketers tend to focus on -- a page’s Like count -- does not matter as much as marketers and business owners think it does.

If You Want Real Time Marketing ROI, Know Your Buyer

Everyone -- especially technology vendors -- agrees that personalized, contextually relevant marketing is the most effective way to attract, engage and convert buyers. Do it right and you’ll break through the noise and spur your buyer into action. Excel and you’ll build a positive, persistent relationship with your customers.

The vision is alluring. If only the reality delivered.

10 Ways to Ruin a Press Release

cat on the headDo something gross at SXSW. Tweet something inappropriate. Put a cat on your head.

Getting attention is easy. But getting the right attention … especially if you represent a company or brand … well, that's quite a different story. So what happens if you're the one responsible for telling your company's story?

We've been sharing tips for years about writing great press releases, optimizing their distribution and maximizing their value with various digital technologies. But sometimes you need something a little more direct — a crack on the head, so to speak. And we don't mean by a cat.

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