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5 Minutes with Forrester's Melissa Parrish

Thumbnail image for 2014-10-April-Melissa-Parrish.jpgMaybe it's a phone on a bus, or a tablet in a store or the laptop on your coffee table. Maybe you're wearing it on your wrist or over your eyes. Whatever it is, it knows who you are, where you are and the best way to reach you at any moment.

That may seem a little creepy until you consider you bought those devices to get helpful information, and in order to help you, they need to know the who-where-when-why of what you're all about. Of course, marketers want that info, too.

In the parlance of Melissa Parrish, this makes you "addressable," and it's transforming the very nature of marketing. About half of US online adults are now "always addressable," she says, and the number is rising oh-so rapidly.

Adobe: IBM's Silverpop Deal Could Trigger 'Nightmare'

customer experience, Adobe Calls IBM's Silverpop Acquisition a 'Nightmare'

IBM’s acquisition of Silverpop will create “headaches” for marketers using Big Blue platforms because of “silo problems” that will lead to a potentially expensive “integration nightmare,” according to a top official at Adobe, a leading competitor.

Suresh Vittal, vice president of marketing strategy for Adobe’s Digital Marketing business, told CMSWire that IBM, which typically sells to CIOs, is trying to hand marketing to IT.

“This acquisition feels like an attempt to fix the failings in the Unica acquisition: namely email and cross-channel execution,” Vittal said. “We think Silverpop is a partial answer that creates significant overlap problems for both Unica and Silverpop clients.”

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before Technology

Adobe CMO: Put People and Process Before TechnologyFor those who think technology alone can make their marketing efforts more successful, the chief marketing officer of Adobe has some advice: "I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Ann Lewnes offered the candid comment during an on stage appearance at last week's Forrester Forum for Marketing Leaders in San Francisco. She had just been asked for the one major piece of advice she'd give the audience.

"The major thing I would advise is that technology is not enough. You can bring in tons of technology, but if you don't take care of the organizational issues and the process issues....?" she mused, letting the question hang unanswered over the crowd.  

"Without making the process changes and the people changes ... the technology? I wouldn't waste your money on it."

Finding Revenue in the Marketing Automation Minefield

Technology without the right strategy just means we do more of the wrong things faster.

That's what Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, has learned working closely with chief marketing officers.

"Software has the potential to create and drive revenue when it’s attached to the right strategy," Petouhoff told CMSWire shortly after she and Constellation released this month "Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization." (Snapshot).

Marketers can navigate through the minefields of data and software, Petouhoff said, by enlisting the help of tech-savvy colleagues, keeping a close eye on competitors and by managing the omnichannel world by knowing your customers' preferences.

Was IBM's Hand Forced by Industry to Acquire Silverpop?

2014-11-April-Money-320.jpgWhat does IBM’s acquisition of marketing automation email provider Silverpop do for Big Blue? 

Depends on who you ask.

It’s either a strategic move that harmoniously boosts Big Blue’s digital marketing platform.

Or, perhaps, it’s an acquisition IBM had to make because everyone else is adding software capabilities in the digital marketing era.

Netbiscuits Offers Free Mobile Analytics and Device Detection

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You're a marketer building a mobile strategy. What are absolute crucial data points you must have?

"Insight into the customer, their preferences and behavior," Anthony Payne, director of global product marketing at London-based mobile analytics provider Netbiscuits, told CMSWire. "Decisions around the mobile strategy are based primarily on guesswork, which is not that way businesses should build their mobile strategy given the complexity of the market."

Netbiscuits says it can help marketers reconnect with prospects using mobile devices with a free version of its mobile analytics tools and device detection software. The free enterprise-grade versions of its platform aim to arm marketers and developers with the technology to build customer engagement profiles and execute mobile web experiences.

In Latest Marketing Acquisition, IBM Scoops Up Silverpop

An enterprise giant needed targeted marketing software to build its portfolio and acquired a smaller company that has it. Shocked? Neither are we.

IBM became the latest big fish to scoop up a respected player in the digital marketing software world today as it announced its acquisition of Silverpop.

Microsoft 'Can't Fail' in Marketing

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Microsoft Dynamics Marketing is like a baseball team holding a 7 to 1 lead in the final inning. Throw strikes, worry about the batter only and make the routine plays.

That's all the team in the field needs to do to win the ballgame. And its all that Microsoft has to do to win in marketing when it takes the field this quarter, according to an industry analyst.

"If it carries through on the execution of getting Dynamics Marketing to market, packaging it wisely in bundles with Dynamics CRM and enabling its channel to sell it, it almost cannot fail to succeed," said Matt Mullen, 451 Research's senior analyst with the social business practice.

3 Lessons from Marketo #mktgnation2014

2014-08-April-Mike Litt.jpgFace it. Between personalization, video, mobile and big data, it's not easy to keep up with all that's happening in digital marketing today.

To help, CMSWire dropped into three well-attended sessions at Marketo's Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco today to find out what you need to know about video, real time personalization and user testing.

None fell into the category of rocket science, yet each drew 200 to 300 professional marketers who listened intently, then asked lots of questions. Here are some of the highlights.

Apps: the 'Next Wave' of Digital Marketing #mktgnation14

Customers yearned for more app-like experiences.

That's when ion interactive saw the light for its cloud-based landing-page platform: the world is shifting from landing pages that gate content to marketing apps that are content.

Marketing apps are, in fact, "the next wave of digital marketing," ion interactive claims. It's why the Boca Raton, Fla., and Cambridge, Mass.-based provider today revises its platform for marketers to include tailored, responsive web marketing apps using a drag-and-drop creative studio without the programming requirements. It announced the news this morning at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

Inside Marketo's New Customer Experience Platform #mktgnation14

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Marketo itself admitted that it's not the only marketing software company talking about real time personalization, one to one interactions and customer experience programs.

But it claims it's the best choice for companies that are looking for a marketing platform with those capabilities. Better than Oracle, Salesforce, Adobe and anyone else in the space.

At the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco this week, the 500 employee San Mateo, Calif. based marketing software company provider unveiled it's new marketing platform.

"We think everybody needs a customer engagement platform, and we think we happen to have the best," said Jon Miller, vice president of marketing content and strategy and a Marketo co-founder. "Moreover, we want to be the company that will define what you need to have in a customer experience platform."

Bizo's B2B Marketing Solution Targets Anonymous Site Visitors

No one does this. 

That is Bizo's claim on a new tool that it says defines a new era of marketing automation beyond the email inbox. The unique part?

Marketers have the ability to nurture their anonymous website visitors that have not yet provided an email address. It's a patent-pending Multi-Channel Nurturing solution that Bizo says helps B2B marketers use online display and social ads to engage known prospects and convert anonymous website visitors.

Marketo Focuses on Innovation #mktgnation14

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It’s a crowded marketing vendor space. Nine times more crowded than it was two years ago, in fact

Next week, Marketo will try to pull attention away from its 946 competitors and onto itself when it hosts the Marketing Nation Summit at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. 

Marketo is expecting more than 5,000 customers, partners and analysts to attend the Summit, according to Jon Miller, vice president of marketing content and strategy and a Marketo co-founder. That is double the number of attendees from last year, Miller told CMSWire.

3 Tips for Great Content Marketing #AIIM14

customer experience, Three Tips for Engaging Content Marketing #AIIM14

Deliver content with a purpose, a good, strong flow and distribute it appropriately. 

Those three steps can make a world of difference in content marketing, according to Bryant Duhon, editor and community manager for for AIIM.

Duhon is busy this week helping produce the annual AIIM Conference in Orlando but took some time to catch up with CMSWire with some tips for successful content marketing.

Biggest Web CMS Challenges: People, Mobile

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Adaptive content. Responsive design. The separation of content from presentation. 

It's a dense world in web content management systems (CMS). Ultimately, though, the primary challenge may be staring you in the mirror. The human challenge.

"The human challenge is actually the primary one," said Tim McLaughlin, president and founder of Siteworx,a digital agency and system integrator based in Reston, Va, that specializes in web content management (WCM), e-commerce, digital asset management (DAM), mobile and content marketing and strategy.

"Authors like to see the context of their content," McLaughlin added. "That's why Microsoft Word defaults to showing you the WYSIWYG mode. If an organization chooses to do that separation of content from presentation, then the tools should easily facilitate previews and authors should be well educated on the reasons for it."

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