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Three CX Consultants Share Strategies in 'Connect'

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As marketing shifts from campaigns and brand-building to analytics and cross-channel personalization, there's growing importance in understanding and shaping each customer's experience.

There are more than 1,000 technology vendors happy to sell products and services that promise to help, but ultimately all marketers must adopt their own plans to make the most of those technologies. And that can be the hardest part.

Lars Birkholm Petersen, Ron Person and Christopher Nash (shown L to R) have been working on this problem for years at Sitecore, where they consult with customers on how to make the most of the company's customer experience platform. Now they've shared their thinking in a book: "Connect: How to Use Data and Experience Marketing to Create Lifetime Customers." The book will go on sale Monday. 

News Bites: Apps, Gaps, GPSs and GMPs

The latest in connecting, analyzing, tracking, marketing, trend-setting, publishing and tagging from the Mission City, the Heart of Silicon Valley, the Gold Coast, the City of Light and San Jo, the Land of Chocolates, the Prairie State and Old Blighty.

Sitecore Tackles Barriers to Customer Engagement #SYMNA

It's clear from the sessions at this year's packed Sitecore Symposium 2014 in Las Vegas that Sitecore is tackling business barriers to customer engagement head on.

Sitecore partners see this in the field all the time. Customers are impressed with the system's customer engagement technology (with yet a new name, The Sitecore Experience Platform). In many cases the engagement tools are the reason they choose the product in the first place.

But once they get it in-house, they hit a set of core business problems that often stop full implementation of engagement features in its tracks. The biggest issue is that customer engagement software (and not just Sitecore's) needs to be managed in the context of a defined business model with objectives and resources to achieve those objectives.

Without planning and process to begin with those nice customer engagement features will be poorly used, or used not at all.

Sitecore Symposium Briefs: Customer Metrics Lacking #SYMNA

While most of the headlines at the Sitecore Symposium focused on features in version 8, that wasn't the only news. Here are some other noteworthy items:

Sitecore Takes on the Competition with Version 8 #SYMNA

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With about 1,000 digital marketing vendors competing in an arms race, Sitecore's CEO made it clear today that he intends to be among the superpowers.

Michael Seifert complained at the start of the Sitecore Symposium that the current chaos among vendors isn't serving marketers.

"Frankly, I think it's getting absurd," he told the throng of customers who've come to Las Vegas for the show. "Marketing technology is starting to fail the marketer ... Each digital marketing tool is limited to the channel on which it operates."

Coveo Offers Free Search for Sitecore Customers #SYMNA

Sitecore clients got more than a bag full of tchotchkes at the company's conference in Las Vegas today as Coveo announced a free version of its enterprise search engine for Sitecore's 4,000 customers.

Officials of the Quebec City, Quebec-based Coveo said the free Sitecore edition will let companies "quickly configure and manage search experiences" on their websites. 

"Search is one of the most powerful drivers of visitor engagement and online conversions,” said JP Provencal, Coveo's senior vice president for alliances. The product will be available to customers by mid-October.

Sitecore Pulls It Together for Vegas Debut #SYMNA

Thumbnail image for 2014-27-August-Elvis.jpgOften overshadowed by other marketing clouds, Sitecore will enjoy its day in the Las Vegas sun next week when it unveils a major update to its customer experience management platform.

Though it's not official, the Copenhagen-based company is likely to unveil version 8 at the Sitecore Symposium, which runs Monday through Wednesday.

The show's centerpiece is the just completed integration of CommerceServer.net into the Sitecore platform. Sitecore, which bought the e-commerce engine last November, reports that the result is a platform that provides an analytics-driven, real time, personalized experience to customers across all channels. 

Sitecore Ups DAM Ante, Partners with Picturepark

Sitecore is boosting the role of digital asset management (DAM) in its web content management system (WCMS) offerings.

Earlier this summer, the CMS provider of customer experience management formed a partnership with DAM vendor ADAM Software. The alliance aimed to integrate ADAM's ability to bring up the correct version of media files with Sitecore's workflow aimed toward specific targets, like a social media ad campaign in a specific country.

Today, the company announced Sitecore website editors can also use Picturepark DAM systems to find and place digital assets onto websites. Picturepark offers on-the-fly image editing, live link updates and Adaptive Metadata management, according to officials at the Aarau, Switzerland-based provider.

Sitecore Marries .NET Customer Experience, E-Commerce

Sitecore's acquisition of commerceserver.net is getting its wings.

Now, Sitecore officials report, they have the first enterprise-grade .NET customer experience management solution with fully integrated commerce functionality. They are blending real time digital marketing with enterprise commerce.

The San Francisco-based company today released an "early access program" for its new platform, Sitecore Commerce. The capabilities Sitecore officials described -- personalization, relevant digital experiences, customer lifecyle, single, connected platform -- are in line with the all-in-one engine that Sitecore touts.

"Following the acquisition of commerceserver.net last November, Sitecore has blended real-time digital marketing with powerful enterprise commerce," Mark Floisand, vice president of product marketing at Sitecore, told CMSWire. "We're also working closely with Microsoft Dynamics AX to build an omni-channel commerce offering built for retailers who need to bridge the gap between in-store and digital experiences."

Did Forrester Get Its Digital Experience Wave Right?

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If it hasn't sunk in yet for digital experience providers, let's remind them: Forrester sees no leaders in digital experience delivery platforms.

The results came from the research giant's first Forrester Wave for Digital Experience Delivery Platforms. So why no leader? 

CMSWire asked Forrester Wave authors Stephen Powers, vice president and research director, and analysts Anjali Yakkundi and Mark Grannan.

Forrester Wave: No Leaders in Digital Experience Delivery

customer experience, Forrester Wave: No Leaders in Digital Experience DeliveryWho's driving the digital experience train today?

No one, says Forrester.

In its first Forrester Wave for Digital Experience Delivery Platforms, released today, analysts said no vendor offers a truly "end-to-end solution."

"Overall completeness and adoption" in this space is "middling," according to analysts.

Unified platforms are "more myth than reality," they wrote in the Wave.

Despite no leader, Forrester did cite Adobe and hybris (SAP) as "pioneers" that offer the most complete options while IBM and Sitecore "aren't far behind."

Why Sitecore Invested in Danish Social Media Marketing Platform

Sitecore took a large minority investment into a Danish social media marketing platform two years ago.

It still likes it.

The San Francisco-based customer experience and digital marketing provider announced today it has acquired a majority stake in Komfo, the Danish social media marketing and community engagement application provider. Sitecore's investment, officials say, will extend Komfo's presence in global markets and forms the basis of Sitecore's social media product roadmap through a product called Sitecore Social Powered by KomfoTM.

Digital Marketers Love Email, Track ROI by Site Visits, Still Use Print

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Digital marketers still use email marketing as a primary function of their marketing strategy, measure success by visits to their websites and have yet to abandon traditional marketing outlets like print.

Those are some of the findings in a new Sitecore trends report, "Uncovering the realities of today’s digital marketing landscape."

In a 'Troubled' WCM Sector, Analysts See 3 Innovators

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Fireworks may explode in the night sky as the US celebrates the Fourth of July weekend, but things are much quieter in the web content management market.

The frenetic pace of nine-figure WCM acquisitions of the past four years ended before Christmas, and the once-deep river of venture capital funding for fledgling players ran dry long ago.

Market shifts and technology trends -- the somewhat surprising strength of mobile, the stampede to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a growing infatuation with digital marketing -- were missed by many players, leaving the field "fragmented" and "troubled," according to fresh research by Matt Mullen and Alan Pelz-Sharpe at 451 Research.

News Bites: Salesforce Mobile Reports, Sitecore Partnership, More

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Heading into July, the news keeps flowing. This week: Salesforce introduces mobile reports while Useful Social Media and Millennial Media issue free reports.

Braindigit launches SageCMS, Sitecore and ADAM join forces, text donations grow up and Shufflrr releases its PowerPoint tool.

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