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Leveraging TagMan's Technology, Ensighten Launches 'Attribution'

2014-27-October-Footprints.jpgAs marketers track their customer's journey across channels, a key factor is creating tags that follow the footsteps.

Ensighten today released a new product called Attribution that is designed to make that easier while reducing spending when integrated with Ensighten's Manage and Agile Marketing Platform.

“Ensighten’s closed loop approach is unique in the marketplace,” Josh Manion, Ensighten's founder and CEO said in a statement. 

Ensighten Buy Adds Analytics to Marketing Stack

Digital marketing tag management provider Ensighten scooped up a marketing analytics company in an deal that gives Ensighten integrated data collection, real time personalization and marketing analytics. 

Ensighten, based in San Jose, Calif., announced today that it bought San Diego's Anametrix and its cloud-based multichannel marketing analytics platform.

It's another way five-year-old Ensighten tries to compete with the big marketing cloud players. When the company acquire rival TagMan in March, Ensighten CEO Josh Manion said the company is gunning for the Adobe Marketing Cloud. It "provides marketers with the unique ability to derive powerful insights and act on them in real time,” Manion said in a statement.

“In a competitive environment smart and timely actions make all the difference, and we’re proud to be leading the industry towards delivering more relevant and personalized consumer experiences across the entire customer journey,” the company boasted.

Connecting Software Vendors and #TheWalkingDead Zombies

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I don't see much difference between a zombie apocalypse and the events going on in the software vendor space. 

Zombies seem to be everywhere. No more so, of course, than in the AMC television series "Walking Dead." Season five premiered last night. 

Vendors are everywhere, too. Just look at Dreamforce this week. We'll be there (check us out @cmswire on the #DF14 hashtag). 

The Walking Dead characters need their zombies to survive at times. The viability of the show itself certainly depends on them.

Just like we need software vendors to survive in a business sense.

Without zombies, the Walking Dead's just "Survivor" with clothes — and that's no fun. Without software vendors, there's just, well, businesses doing their own business. That doesn't sound fun, either. 

The Trick to Content Marketing? Keep It Simple #OOW14

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Content marketing isn't that complicated. Just create content, attract customers, close sales. Right?

Not really. Most marketers either miss some of the basics or put too much effort into creating the content itself, according to a pair of Oracle customer success consultants who spoke at Oracle OpenWorld yesterday.

In two presentations, Clayton Stobbs explained the fundamental of content marketing and his colleague, Lee Jorgenson, told how to get better results with less effort.

How to Ensure Success in Your Customer's Journey

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You wouldn't climb the highest mountain without a guide or take up parachuting without an instructor. So why expect your customers to succeed without some guidance?

Today, it's important to help your Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) customers to succeed by analyzing the way they use your product and step in when they need help. This approach, known as customer success, has grown rapidly over the past couple of years. It's a byproduct of the subscription economy that has turned the traditional sales model on its head.

The subject was explored in depth yesterday as customer success executives from Totango and Kapost shared their ideas in a CMSWire.com Webinar sponsored by Totango.

Can't You Just Get Along? CIO, CMO = No Strong Bond

In a digital world, marketing and IT functions have become inextricably linked. But are the players in each space getting along?

Not necessarily, according to a 2014 Accenture Interactive report  that shows that chief marketing officers (CMOs) and chief information officers (CIOs) don’t always share a strong bond.

To create its 2014 report, “Cutting across the CMO-CIO divide: Digital drives a new wave of collaboration,” Accenture Interactive polled an international group of more than 1,100 senior marketing and IT executives. The results found that while the relationship between these the holders of these two job titles has improved considerably over the past few years, there remains room for improvement.

“While 43 percent of marketers and 50 percent of IT leaders think their relationship with the other has improved over the past year, less than one-quarter (23 percent) of marketers think the level of collaboration between CMOs and CIOs and their organizations is at or approaching the ‘right level’ now,” according to the report.

What CMOs Have - and What They Want

2014-18-August-Megaphone Man.jpgAn study of chief marketing officers today revealed some interesting contrasts between their optimism and their realities.

The 8th annual "State of Marketing" report from the CMO Council, a 7,000-member group stretched across 110 countries, showed senior marketers are gaining status within their companies, but still want closer ties to their fellow "chiefs."

It also found that while they're optimistic about their ability to meet the shifting demands of their employers, most of them are behind their targets for the current year.

Your Customers - Or Your Best Friends?

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How many best friends do you have among your customers? Do your customers consider your company to be among their best friends? If the answer to these questions is no, then it might be time to make some changes.

According to recent research from Silverpop, you don’t have to invite your customers out for dinner or send them holiday cards, although this might help. All you have to do is communicate with them. The research found that how a brand corresponds with its customers is at the heart of relationship building -- and personalization is a business’ best tool.

Lessons from Brazil Soccer: How to Manage a PR Crisis

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Brazil lost to Germany 7-1 in the World Cup soccer semifinals Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

That's like everyone getting food poisoning simultaneously at a convention to promote celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's pasta sauce.

It's the worst PR crisis you can imagine. Right on your home turf. So what to do?

Acquiring Customers Amid the Social Babble #SDLInnovate

You don't need to listen to 56 billion social conversations to build your business. You just need to hear the ones that matter.

That was the landscape  Liz High, vice president for global insights and analytics at SDL, explored at her company's Innovate event in San Francisco. More specifically, the workshop was titled: "Social Intelligence: Drive Customer Acquisition While Increasing Customer Spend." 

"When you think of social media, it's the most brilliant data set in the world," said High. "The whole way we think of social media is getting to the data that matters."

Yep, Brands Talk Like 5th Graders on Facebook

A majority of Facebook posts by brands -- 67.3 percent of them, to be exact -- are written at an elementary school level — with 1st grade being the grade level most frequently targeted. That's the not so surprising results of a study by Track Maven, a competitive intelligence company.

Grade level is determined using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, which analyzes passages and rates them on a scale from 0 to 100 according to difficulty. Passages suitable for 11-year-olds —  most of what is apparently on Facebook — score between 90 and 100. 

Does Google's Panda Pounce Have Any Bite?

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Just a few weeks ago, Google rolled out its latest Panda search-algorithm update -- otherwise known as the search update that could destroy your business.

Ever since, experts in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) world have been struggling to understand the potential impact.

But it turns out that few analysts can quantify the effects of the Panda update. In reality, Panda 4.0 may just be another overhyped move by the powerful Google.

How to Make Your Branded Content as Likeable as a Kitten

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Think you have top-quality content? Maybe you do. But that isn't enough, according to Jonah Peretti.

"Quality helps, but quality isn't enough," the BuzzFeed  founder and CEO told more than 600 marketers at Lithium's recent LiNC conference in San Francisco. "Making shareable content is an art and a science."

And Peretti's got the numbers to prove it. At a time when most media organizations are struggling, Buzzfeed reaches 130 million people a month, putting it in the same league and MTV and CNN. And where do those people come from? The vast majority come from links on social networks.

Marketers Beware: Google Rolls Out Panda 4.0 Update

customer experience, Marketers Beware: Google Rolls Out Panda 4.0 Update

Google's search results ranking algorithm got another update this week as Google released Panda 4.0, a Google employee announced on Twitter.

Marketers should take note, especially since more than 70 percent of searches online take place in Google.

Google's Matt Cutts broke the news last night on Twitter: 

Yes, the Marketing Funnel is Dead #PulseConf2014

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The marketing funnel, that venerable icon of converting prospects to customers, may not be a funnel at all. It may be more like an hourglass.

With some help from best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta called for a reinvention of the customer success movement at the Pulse2014 conference in San Francisco. The funnel, he said, "sucks" and represents an "old economy" business model.

His comments confirmed exactly what David Diamond told CMSWire readers yesterday: That it is time to do away with the antiquated notion of stuffing a sales funnel.

In Mehta's illustration of the funnel, the broad top of the funnel was marketing, the middle was sales and the narrow bottom was customer retention. He said that makes it look easy to retain those customers at the bottom, "like you should just outsource it," but that's far from what smart companies should be doing.

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