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News Bites: Platforms for Brands, Surveys for Sales, Software for Staff

The latest in customizing, strategizing, chatting and digitizing from Paris on the Yarra, The Eureka State and Jamlando.

The Platinum Rule of Customer Experience

2014-09-September-Golden-Rule.jpgMany of us know the “Golden Rule” -- treat others the way we want to be treated. It’s a philosophy that helps us better relate to one another and to understand how our actions impact those around us. Although the intentions of the “Golden Rule” are noble, this approach carries with it one fatal assumption: that how we would prefer to be treated is how others would also prefer to be treated. For the sake of your customers, let’s propose an upgrade to the “Platinum Rule.”

Apple Pay: Using Its Midas Touch to Reinvent Mobile Payments

2014-09-October-Apple-Buying.jpgWith Apple Pay, Apple is once again doing what it does best: reinventing existing markets, products and business models by delivering a simpler, more stylish and more streamlined user experience. Let's face it: Apple has a knack for making things frictionless and more exciting.

And its ability to market new services and create demand by seducing consumer’s appetite for making things in life easier is a lesson for all marketers. That’s true innovation.

SMBs Going Global with Mobile

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Gone are the days when a company launched locally, slowly expanding into other markets. Today, businesses are thinking globally from the start, thanks to the ever-expanding use of mobile technologies.

BIA/Kelsey’s US SMB Spending Forecast revealed that by 2015 SMBs will allocate 30 percent of their marketing budgets to traditional advertising (down from 52 percent in 2010), with the remaining 70 percent going to digital/online media, performance-based commerce and customer retention business solutions.

Today, TapSense, an independent mobile advertising exchange released its annual eBook: "A Complete Guide to Mobile Marketing 2015" which provides insights, forecasts and advice on what the mobile landscape will look like in 2015. The report covers mobile advertising industry predictions for 2015 in relation to The Internet of Things, mobile payments, real-time bidding, mobile video advertising and businesses using mobile to think globally. 

What's New in October for Open Source CMS

Wordpress is the biggest name in open source content management systems (CMS), powering more than 47 percent of the entire Internet, according to BuiltWith.

And last month more than 900 WordPress developers, content creators, and users gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria for the largest European WordPress conference to date, WordCamp Europe. The first WordCamp was held last year in Leiden, The Netherlands.

But if you missed it, don't worry. You have other chances to learn about the world's most popular CMS, including a Big Media and Enterprise Wordpress meetup in San Francisco on Nov. 4 at the Automatic Lounge, 132 Hawthorne St. It's open to developers, product managers, and editorial teams who run large, high-traffic WordPress sites. 

Next month, Wordpress is also holding VIP Training Days, its intensive, one-day, in-person training courses led by a team of WordPress.com instructors. The sessions will be held Nov. 4 to 6 in San Francisco and Nov. 11 to 13 in New York City.

The courses are designed for both self-hosted and WordPress.com VIP sites/superusers/developers. Most of the material will focus on core WordPress functionality/features.

What else is new in open source CMS this month?

Do You Really Want To Do Content Fake Marketing?

The poster children of the latest content marketing craze are Coke and Red Bull. That should be a warning signal in itself.

2 Vendors Try to Make DAM Friendlier for SMBs

Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems get a bad rap. They're often criticized as pricey, overly complicated, hard to navigate and difficult to manage and use.

Research from Microsoft shows only 30 percent of small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have adopted a DAM solution because of costs, implementation and maintenance concerns. However, two DAM vendors are taking steps to address those concerns.

Gabie Boko: Be Bold, Courageous and Creative

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Gabrielle "Gabie" Boko defines leadership as being passionate about an idea that you can change hearts and minds. She thinks almost everyone is an expert in one way or another, and encourages people — especially women — to embrace their inner confidence. 

Boko is the executive vice president of marketing at Irvine, California-based Sage North America, which provides software to small and medium-sized businesses. Before her appointment in July 2013, she held senior marketing roles in a number of major software companies including SAP and Cognos. 

She also has marketing experience in smaller, entrepreneurial start-up businesses in areas such as performance management and business process management.  

News Bites: Predictions, Milestones, Algorithms and Communities

The latest in surveying, partnering, rebranding, collaborating, expanding, shopping and offering from the Golden City, Silicon Valley North, the Watch City, the Emerald City and The Valley of Heart's Delight.

Measuring Community Success: More Than Just ROI

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Social leaders ready to take the next step in their community journey now have access to a new assessment tool to help them evaluate their community’s strengths and weaknesses, and make better decisions to build more successful online sharing spaces for their employees, customers and partners.

The Community Performance Benchmark (CPB), developed by The Community Roundtable and released today, helps leaders understand how effectively their community management efforts are performing against organizational objectives. 

“Community management has evolved to the point where organizations understand the impact of communities and the best have created roadmaps and ways to measure value,” Rachel Happe, co-founder and principal of The Community Roundtable and CMSWire contributing author, noted in a press release. 

“However, goals simply tell you where you want to be, not how to get there. The Community Performance Benchmark gives you an understanding of where you are, your management gaps and your opportunities.”

Give Your Customers to Amazon - Or Do These 4 Things Instead

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As the holiday season approaches, online retailers need to step up their efforts to win and keep the online retail market share that Amazon (mostly) and other large e-retailers are quickly gobbling up.

According to Growth Champions, Amazon accounts for one third of US e-commerce, and “is growing twice as fast as online commerce in general.”

CMSWire.com recently spoke with CommerceHub founder and CEO Frank Poore about ways that retailers can succeed in an e-commerce world filled with heightened customer expectations and shrinking market share.

Put Away the Pumpkins: It's Holiday Time for E-Commerce Sites

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It’s October ... time for ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night, right? Wrong. Think sleigh bells and shiny objects like holiday lights.

The winter holiday season triggers an exponential growth in online shopping volume. “Many e-commerce sites do 40 percent of their annual transactions during these holidays,” said Tom Caporaso, CEO of Clarus Marketing Group.

If you handle this demand correctly, the season can gift you with a heaping helping of new, year-round customers. If you don’t, you may watch future profits disappear right back up the chimney with the guy in the red suit.

Build an Online Community - and Customers Will Come

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Most businesses recognize customer communities can build brand trust, improve support, reduce costs and even enhance marketing efforts and generate new product ideas. That's the conclusion of a new report from Get Satisfaction, an online community platform.

Get Satisfaction surveyed more than 800 professionals in support, marketing and product teams in businesses of all sizes. The not-so-surprising conclusion — given that the company markets a customer engagement platform — is that more businesses recognize social platforms are a good way to engage with brands. 

“Adoption has really started to take off and people understand the value,” said Get Satisfaction CEO Rahul Sachdev. “61 percent of folks have adopted an online community and 58 percent of those adopted it in the last two years.”

How to Build a Content Marketing Program from Scratch

2014-30-September-Start-Up.jpgA lot can change in a year. One year ago, I was the lone attendee from SAP at Content Marketing World 2013. We were looking for a way to create content that would resonate with our target audience and a strategy that would align with our goals.

Starting a successful content marketing initiative is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming undertaking. There are different ways to go about creating a program and the key is finding what will work best for your business.

Discussion Point: What's the Best Way to Rank Software?

customer experience, Discussion Point: What's the Best Vendor Software Ranking Method?

If you're in the software world -- who isn't, right? -- you've heard of the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave reports that rank software vendors.

But they aren't the only ones measuring vendor performance. There are crowdsourcers like these guys and these guys. Other research firms produce reports.

Each ranks software vendors differently. And each never fail to advance industry conversation.

Vendor software rankings come with debate. They even come with lawsuits.

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