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What Mobile Marketers Need to Know About iOS 8

At the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced a number of changes coming with release of the iOS 8 operating system being rolled out in September. Marketers who communicate with consumers via mobile must be aware of the coming changes so they can adjust their strategies and technology capabilities leading up to the release. It’s important to note though that iPhone 4 will not support iOS 8, so for the time being push strategies taking advantage of new iOS 8 capabilities will need to include legacy support for iPhone users who have not yet upgraded to a new device.

Why Marketing Automation is a Must

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Imagine engaged and nurtured customers, who enjoy personalized, quality content that you deliver to them at the right place, at the right time, on the right device … customers who love your brand so much they just keep buying your products.

Meanwhile, your sales and marketing teams feel empowered to do their jobs better and act accordingly to sell your products more effectively.

Fantasy? Not exactly. One of the technological ways to get to this digital marketing Garden of Eden is marketing automation.

Robot Postal Workers Invade San Francisco

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Want to pick up a package from your Aunt Marge, but don't have time to run down to the post office or shipping center?  There may be a robot in your future.

No, Mr. Machine will not wait on line for you. The soda-machine-sized devices stay put. providing a way to ship and receive packages that blends the concept of time-shifting with that of a Redbox video rental.

Working with seed capital, Swapbox, Inc. has  installed 22 of the kiosks around San Francisco -- most of them since May -- and plans to ramp-up its operations if it can line up A-round financing later this year.

Denmark-based Social Management Platform Enhances Platform

This week, Denmark-based Falcon Social released new technology for its social media management platform to allow social logins for websites, combining social profiles with analytics to better tailor customer experiences.

CEO Ulrik Bo Larsen told CMSWire that its Connect technology allows companies to find such correlations as "the size of checkout baskets for customers that 'like' [that company's] Facebook page versus customers who don't."

Time Warner Cable EVP and COO Shares Secrets of Great CX

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Mention Joan Hogan Gillman, and people in media and advertising tend to listen. Gillman is executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, media services, for Time Warner Cable, where she leads the effort to deliver advanced advertising, data and interactive solutions for advertisers and network partners.

Gillman joined TWC in May 2005 as vice president of interactive TV and advanced advertising. But she's been on the cutting edge of new technology in media and advertising since 1995.

From 1995 to1997, she served as vice president of marketing for Physicians’ Online, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the healthcare industry. From there, she made the jump into digital TV when she moved to the UK to head the business development, regulatory and legal teams for British Interactive Broadcasting, the digital and interactive TV joint venture between BSkyB, BT, HSBC and Matsushita. After returning to the US in 2001, Ms. Gillman served as president of Static2358 when it was an interactive TV, games and production subsidiary of OpenTV.

People Trust Strangers As Much As Friends

The ironweed and ivy vines taking over my garden tell me I need a better weed wacker. So I've been reading online reviews and consulting a lot of friends.

Like many consumers, I'm finding both sources are a good supplements to the raw data available on the web, like the size of the motor and the diameter of the cutting line.

When a stranger tells me "this machine broke after three uses," I take it very seriously. And if someone says "this cut through my ivy like butter," that makes me smile.

Facebook's Mind Experiments: Just Media As Usual

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Yes, "furor erupted" over Facebook's massive psychological experiment to control user emotions by changing the configuration of posts.

How naive are we, really? Of course Facebook wants to control your thoughts — that's the whole point of media.

Emotional manipulation in the media is nothing new. That's why we have Rush Limbaugh. Perhaps Facebook's experiment was more disturbing because of its scale, and the fact that it failed to alert or gain the consent of its users.

But anybody thinking that the trend of media companies using real time user data to control reactions of its audience is something new is mistaken. 

Businesses are Unprepared for the Internet of Things

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Much has been made in the past few years about the massive business opportunities that the Internet of Things (IoT) will provide. But capitalizing on this potential is going to be a challenge. 

Two recent research reports show that most enterprises are unprepared for the IoT.

Research from Infoblox showed the infrastructure to support the IoT is too weak. And research from Spiceworks found the IoT will put already overburdened networks under unbearable pressure. Combined, the studies suggest that far from being the financial cornucopia it could be, the IoT may in fact buckle enterprise infrastructure.

Do Omnichannel Principles Work for B2B?

2014-07-July-Magic-8-Ball.jpgYou may be familiar with the poster children for omnichannel B2C marketing -- Tesco, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s. The companies gained significant admiration for their ability to gain insights from shopping patterns and then offer that same user the perfect pair of shoes, or coupon, whenever they are ready to purchase -- be it in store, in-app or online.  

In the B2B world text messages, in-store shopping and coupons are close to irrelevant. Impulse buys never happen, acquiring a new customer unsolicited is unlikely, and while e-commerce does exist, its intent is entirely different. It’s not surprising that omnichannel is not a hot buzzword in this space.

The question remains “why?” Is it because it’s not relevant or because it’s relevant, but still too complex to generalize? Will omnichannel as a trend carry a significant shift in how we operate in the entire business world in the next few years?

Smoke, Fire and American Apparel: Avoiding Social Mistakes

2014-07-July-house-on-fire.jpgThe scariest words an executive can hear just might be "Your brand is trending on Twitter."

Absent a viral video, strategically planned marketing campaign or the spontaneous heroism of an employee, a global cacophony of disturbing tweets can mean only one thing. 

Somebody screwed up.

Somebody said or wrote or posted something racist, sexist, ageist, insensitive, political incorrect or, perhaps worst of all, simply stupid. 

And you have to look hard to find an example of greater stupidity than American Apparel's latest mistake — confusing an image of a space disaster that took seven lives with a fireworks display.

Go Big or Go Home with Customer Experience

2014-02-July-Firm-Handshake.jpgThe good news: Businesses understand that taking care of the customer experience is just one of the requirements of doing business today and surviving to see tomorrow. 

The bad news: Businesses continue to treat customer experience as a standalone concern, rather than as a holistic approach. 

When you think customer experience, do you think "obesity epidemic"? Didn't think so. But Forrester analyst Rick Parrish made the argument last week at the Forrester Customer Experience Forum in New York City that just as the obesity epidemic is a product of its ecosystem, so too is customer experience a result of every interaction a person has with a brand.

Building a Business Case for Self-Service

Self-service is for high volume, simple to do tasks. For less frequent, complex tasks, face-to-face is often the best option. 

5 Things Marketers Can Learn on the Fourth of July

2014-4-July-fireworks-in-Hobokan-NJ.jpgIndependence Day is an uniquely American holiday, replete with examples of exactly what happens when you give freedom to a rag-tag group of descendants of fanatics, misfits, debtors, dreamers and people relocated against their will.

There's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at the fast food restaurant's original location on New York City's Coney Island every year since about 1972. The world hot dog eating record is held by Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who ate 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes — a feat that at best can be considered bewildering.

This Week: The End of Disruptive Tech + Google's Dive into Enterprise

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IBM's Social Software Advance
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Google's Enterprise Foray
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Avoid Logic Wobble in Your Data-Driven Marketing

2014-03-July-Human-Tower.jpgOnline, offline, point of sale, attitudinal, media, advertising -- bringing together all of these disparate data sources to create a cohesive, accessible whole to produce actionable insights requires dealing with a tremendous amount of ambiguity. What data source to use? Which records to filter out? Which dimensions should be included for segmentation and drilldowns?

When multiple independent actors make these decisions without centralized guidance, logic will start to wobble.

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