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Manufacturers Stand on the Cusp of a Big Data Boom

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Despite what the hype surrounding big data might lead you to believe, the widespread existence of data is not a new concept, nor has there been some sudden "aha!" moment when decision makers realized that data could be put to use to better their businesses. Data -- and lots of it -- has always existed, and companies have always understood that it has value. There just wasn’t a whole lot they could do about it.

That is, of course, until the development of so-called big data technologies -- a wave of new tools that make it possible to store, integrate and analyze data more efficiently and affordably than ever before. These technologies have transformed data analysis from a cost-cutting mechanism into a primary vehicle through which companies make money and find new revenue streams.

When people talk about the power of big data, they’re really talking about this transformation. And perhaps no industry is a better embodiment of it than manufacturing.

Tealium Closes on $30.7M in New Financing

Tag management provider Tealium closed on $30.7 million in Series D financing. The round was led by Georgian Partners, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures and current investors Battery Ventures, Tenaya Capital and Presidio Ventures.

As part of the financing, Justin LaFayette, managing partner and co-founder of Georgian Partners, will be joining Tealium’s board of directors.

Tealium reported a banner 2014, with organic sales growth of 138 percent year over year and the addition of more than 200 organizations to its customer base.

Fortune Favors the Bold: Vendor Strategies in the IoT Age

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One day in the not too distant future, people will look back and say, “Do you remember when things weren’t connected?” In much the same way that smartphones reshaped not only what we thought possible, but also what we took for granted, the Internet of Things (IoT) will dramatically change what we do, how we do it and what we expect.

We Need a Measure for Customer Effort

What the text of a particular link means to someone will be influenced by the task they are trying to complete. 

How Google Webmaster Tools Improve Your Search Strategy

When a favorite toy is taken away from a child, the child cries. Digital marketers may have imagined their toyless inner child crying when Google revised the keyword data availability in its Google Analytics search reports.  

But since that time Google has worked to make marketers happy again, releasing reporting alternatives in its Webmaster diagnostic tool. Once again marketers can inspect links and search queries relative to a website, and develop an effective search and content marketing strategy. 

Co-Creator of Net Promoter Score Releases New CX Platform

The Redwood Shores, Calif. company that helped create the Net Promoter Score this week released an insights platform designed to improve customer experience programs.

Officials at cloud-based provider Satmetrix boast that the new product, Satmetrix NPX, puts a customer-centric view at the center of its software through the introduction of a "Customer Graph." Officials touted the Graph's single, integrated view of the customer journey that maps customer feedback directly to corresponding data.

The new platform offers a view of the "entire customer journey" by using high-volume, high-frequency customer data sets, according to company officials.

Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash on Love, Sex & Personal Branding

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The hearts … the flowers … the throngs of perplexed men at the corner pharmacy, agonizing over a Whitman's sampler or a Hershey's Giant Kiss. It can mean only one thing: that most beloved and most dreaded of all Hallmark holidays, Valentine's Day, is near. 

So who better to turn to for real life advice on love, sex, romance — and marketing and social media strategies — than Andrea Syrtash, a dating and relationship writer, online broadcaster and author.

She is the author of He's Just Not Your Type (And That's a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband), co-author of It's Okay to Sleep with Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating Debunked and editor of two more.

She has shared her advice in more than a dozen relationship books, on numerous popular websites and on hundreds of media outlets including The View, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show, On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, VH1 and CNN. She's also hosted multiple on-air shows and represented several popular brands, including Skype, Movado and MSN Living.

Let's just say she's an expert on love, romance … and personal branding.

Complete the Digital Marketing Puzzle, One Integration Step at a Time

2015-12-February-Crossword.jpgBeing a marketer today can be a challenging task, particularly because today’s savvy customers have already completed about 80 percent of their purchase research by the time they even contact you. This shortened sales cycle means that if your data isn’t organized across systems to make your customers’ history and preferences easily accessible, lost sales opportunities and lower customer satisfaction will inevitably result.

The Hyperconnected Future of Web Content Management

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By the end of the decade, there will be 33 billion devices connected to the Internet, or roughly four connected devices for every living person. And a significant portion of devices -- roughly 50 percent -- will come from emerging categories that are now beginning to make up the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart homes, smartphones, smart TVs and wearable devices will soon outnumber more familiar connected devices like PCs.

Ingeniux: Our CMS Platform 'Leapfrogs' ASP.NET Market

The Web Content Management (WCM) world was shaken up last week when Forrester Research came out with its first Wave report on the space in two years.

"Web content management software has become the technology and content delivery backbone of digital experiences," Forrester researchers wrote in their report. 

Forrester reviewed 10 CMS vendors. But what about the rest? We've tracked a few more, including Ingeniux. Fresh off its fall release of Ingeniux CMS 9, the Seattle-based company plans a "major update" to the CMS application user interface this year.

"The Ingeniux platform continues to evolve," said David Hillis, vice president of business development for Ingeniux. "We have major enhancements and updates planed for all of our products. What makes it exciting is the evolution of our industry and customer needs. We feel that Ingeniux is really well positioned on a number of areas."

How to Use Cohort Analysis Beta Reports in Google Analytics

In his post on retailers driving timely and contextual engagements, Paul Mandeville noted how robust technology capitalizes on modern shopping behaviors and seasonal trends.

Such technology probably includes cohort analysis among its features. Cohort analysis can help retailers better understand observed online customer behavior, a boon as more people research details regarding their purchases.

Your Awesome, Creative, Stunning Content Isn't Good Enough

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You could have Ernest Hemingway author a blog post for your organization, and it could still stink.

Not that the content would be the issue. It's how you structure and deliver it.

Ann Rockley's been championing the idea of "intelligent content" and has run a conference in its name. 

Rockley, the president of The Rockley Group, author and online content delivery expert, told CMSWire marketers simply spend too much with content -- in the wrong places, and in the wrong ways.

"Marketers create good content," Rockley said, "but they spend an inordinate amount of time manually crafting different pieces of content for different channels and different audiences. They craft it for the Web, they craft it for mobile, they craft it for Facebook, they craft it for Twitter. They craft it for one vertical industry, they craft it for another. The content is all good but they spend way too much time hand-crafting it."

Why Oracle Thinks It's a Lead Horse in Digital Marketing

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A year ago, Gartner Research Director for Marketing Leaders, Julie Hopkins told us Oracle's $1.5 billion acquisition of Responsys makes it a "lead horse in the race."

She discussed digital marketing industry market share between big marketing cloud players like Oracle, Adobe, Salesforce and IBM, which combined have acquired about $11 billion worth of marketing technology in the past two years

Who's winning the race now? We probably won't have the answer until closer to the end of 2015 or beyond on that. But if 2014 was the year of acquisition, 2015 will be the year of putting those acquisitions into action. 

Just as IBM told us last week about its Silverpop acquisition action items, Oracle Corporation promises innovation out of the Responsys deal that will make it the lead horse, but offered few details of what the innovation will look like.

Oracle and Responsys have been working on some major integrations in the little over a year that's passed since the acquisition, and "we'll see the results of those in 2015," Steve Krause, group vice president of product management for the Oracle Marketing Cloud, told CMSWire. "We're not ready to make an announcement on any particular one but there will be multiple coming."

Addressing the Gap Between Marketing Automation and CRM

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In this era of economic growth, the Sales Enablement Trends 2015 Report (registration required) by Qvidian was sobering. While B2B companies continue to grow at any cost, sales teams still struggle with quota attainment and can’t ramp up fast enough. Companies are trying to fix this by automating virtually every marketing process, sales process and touch point.

The result? We’re drowning in data and analyses.  Big data and predictive analytics are providing a lot of information, but scant meaningful insights that can be acted on with consistent successful results. The problem is data is siloed and analyzed as such. Even when broader data is analyzed, it’s never all of it. Some gets left out because it’s outside the organization’s four walls or it wasn’t considered relevant. That creates a condition of being directionally correct but precisely wrong.

The problem persists because companies don’t really know their buyers -- a fact that they are finally coming to terms with.

New Digital Ad Playbook Focuses on Big Data

Data is used in marketing and advertising. Nothing new there.

But just how to use it? A few companies hope to answer that question in a new "Best Practices Playbook" for executing data-driven dynamic advertising campaigns.

Jivox, a San Mateo, Calif.-based ad platform provider, partnered with Merkley + Partners and TVGla to produce the playbook. The goal is to help marketers make sense of an increasingly data-driven digital advertising world.

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