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2014 Must-Do: Realize Technology (or Web CMS) isn't the 'Answer'

web cms,2014 Must-Do: Stop Looking to Technology (or Web CMS) As THE Answer

Houston, we have a problem.

Houston, let's buy a new Web CMS and new marketing software program.

Whoever is talking to Houston is not thinking straight, according to Scott Liewehr, president and principal analyst at Digital Clarity Group, a New York City digital research and consultancy firm. 

"Stop looking to technology -- or a CMS -- as the answer," Liewehr said. "It is usually not the reason for failure nor the reason for success."

Today, we deliver the sixth and final piece in our "2014 Must-Do" series -- why technology or Web CMS isn't the only answer. Earlier this month, we talked about  measuring marketing campaigns' impact, shutting up and listening in B2B marketing, how blogging is essential these days, getting back to basics in Web CMS and becoming agile in B2B marketing.

Marketers Bullish on Data in 2014

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A whopping 98 percent of marketers are maintaining or increasing their spend in 2014 — and that increased spending is mostly going to data and analytics and marketing automation, a new ExactTarget survey concluded.

The biggest surprise in the 2014 ExactTarget State of Marketing Report is that while 80 percent of marketers think mobile affects them, only 40 percent have a mobile app, Kyle Lacy, senior manager, global content marketing and research at ExactTarget, said in an interview. "Lots of people say they need it, but not that many do it," he said.

Microsoft's Parature Acquisition Focuses on Customer Experience

Microsoft Parature Acquisition is all about Customer ExperienceMicrosoft officially announced its acquisition of Parature, a social and customer engagement tool that could provide the Dynamics CRM ecosystem with added capabilities like a customer portal and self-service knowledgebase.

Dynamics CRM is clearly an important piece of Microsoft's strategy, and the Parature buy is its largest acquisition yet, R "Ray" Wang, a Constellation Research analyst told CMSWire.

Microsoft Inks $100M Deal to Acquire Parature, a Dynamics CRM Partner

image-microsoftparaturebuy-2014.jpgMicrosoft has signed a definitive agreement to buy Dynamics CRM partner Parature, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to CMSWire by email today. The purchase price is a reported $100 million.

The deal will enable Parature, a provider of cloud-based social and customer engagement solutions, to bring products like its customer portal and self-service knowledgebase to the much larger Microsoft audience.

Kana Software Acquired by Verint for $514 Million

Business analytics provider Verint, a Gartner contact center Magic Quadrant leader, plans to acquire customer service provider Kana Software for $514 million. It's the first big acquisition of 2014, but not likely to be the last as enterprises look to combine customer experience tools with their core offerings.

What the Responsys Acquisition Means for Oracle, Digital Marketing

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What company is next after Oracle’s $1.5 billion purchase of marketing cloud vendor Responsys? Some company for sure. And the next buy will come sooner rather than later, analysts told CMSWire.

The Redwood City, Calif.-based software giant's latest acquisition comes during a time of industry transformation.

“Marketing will be an extremely rich area of merger and acquisition activity for the foreseeable future,” said Robert Brosnan, principal analyst at Forrester.

Top 5 Marketing Tech Predictions for 2014

Top 5 Marketing Tech Predictions for 2014Technology adoption has become a competitive differentiator for CMOs who strive to out-innovate their competitors. There is so much opportunity for brands to strengthen consumer engagement through their digital channels. So, with 2014 upon us, it’s time to look at how websites and digital experiences will change in the year to come. What is the future of the branded website? How will technology change customers’ online shopping experience?

Microsoft, Snapchat Downplay Cyberattacks

Skype Reportedly Hacked + Snapchat User Data LeakedTwo popular online services are off to a good start in 2014 — for hackers, anyway. 

One cyberattack involved Skype, the Internet calls service owned by Microsoft. The service's Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the service's blog page, displayed messages Wednesday purporting to be from the Syrian Electronic Army.

The other involved Snapchat, the Venice, Calif.- based messaging service. Hackers compromised about 4.6 million Snapchat accounts — and posted the phone numbers of affected users to a downloadable database on a website called snapchatdb.info.

2014 Must-Do: Get Back to Basics with Web CMS

web cms, 2014 Must-Do: Get Back to Basics with Web CMS

It's the New Year. Did you push some of your tasks from last month into January because it seemed like a year away at the time?

Well, it's time to stop procrastinating: 2014 is here. 

To help you get going in this infant stage of the new year, we're kicking off a series of "must dos" in areas including web CMS, customer experience and digital marketing. 

We start here with a must do for implementing and administering a web CMS. And top of mind is getting back to the basics, according to Irina Guseva, senior analyst at the Real Story Group, which specializes in technology research and strategic advisory services.

"I think orgs need to focus on usability and user friendliness," Guseva told us. "Everyone says they want an 'easy to use' CMS, but then buy or implement monsters."

Oracle Buys Responsys for $1.5 Billion, Merges with Eloqua

image-oracleresponsysbuy-2013.jpgExactly a year to the day after Oracle announced its $871 million buy of marketing automation company Eloqua, Larry Ellison and company announced plans to acquire marketing cloud player Responsys for $1.5 billion.

 

Tips from an Industry User on Making Web CMS Work

As senior director of IT business partnerships & planning for platforms for Marriott International, Meghan A. Walsh works a little here and there with Web Content Management Systems (CMS). Kidding. She works in them a lot.

"Content management is not a one-size-fits-all task and yet vendors, for the most part, treat it that way," Walsh told CMSWire. "Every vendor tells me he can deliver content to multi-channels from one CMS, but I've not yet seen it proved. However, I'm still learning and meeting with vendors so maybe I'll have a different answer for you in the next couple of months."

Walsh talked with CMSWire about the challenges of running a CMS for a large, multi-channel organization.

What's New in January 2014 for Open-Source CMS

Happy holidays out there in CMSWire land. Our gift to you (besides our impeccable journalistic integrity) is a dose of free open source system news. We run this column each and every month, but we don't always capture the spirit of the open source world fully on this page. Fell free to drop us a comment or reply to pr@cmswire.com if you think we've omitted a worthwhile update.

How Google is Torturing Marketers by Tweaking Gmail

Gmail Changes' Effects on MarketersGoogle has gone nuclear on email marketers in 2013. In May, it shuffled promotional emails into a separate tab in Gmail inboxes. Now it has now taken away a key tracking mechanism marketers have traditionally leaned on. 

Earlier this month, Epsilon released a study that concluded that tabbed inboxes are negatively impacting the ways consumers engage with brands in their Gmail inboxes. This week, CMSWire talked to Loren McDonald, vice president of industry relations at Silverpop, a digital marketing technology provider, about Google's decision to open images by default, another potential blow to marketers. 

5 New Year's Resolutions for Digital Marketers

5 New Year Resolutions for Digital MarketersWe've all made new year resolutions and we've all broken them, but rather than idly imagining you can run an ultra-marathon by the end of the year without leaving the sofa, why not focus on some achievable, work-related goals? Here are five new year resolutions all digital marketers should bear in mind as 2013 draws to a close.

DNN Gets Responsive with Evoq Social Update

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Content management system provider DNN has embraced responsive web design with its update to Evoq Social, a community tool that allows customers to answer each other's questions and comment on a company's products or services.

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