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Time Warner Cable EVP and COO Shares Secrets of Great CX

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Mention Joan Hogan Gillman, and people in media and advertising tend to listen. Gillman is executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, media services, for Time Warner Cable, where she leads the effort to deliver advanced advertising, data and interactive solutions for advertisers and network partners.

Gillman joined TWC in May 2005 as vice president of interactive TV and advanced advertising. But she's been on the cutting edge of new technology in media and advertising since 1995.

From 1995 to1997, she served as vice president of marketing for Physicians’ Online, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the healthcare industry. From there, she made the jump into digital TV when she moved to the UK to head the business development, regulatory and legal teams for British Interactive Broadcasting, the digital and interactive TV joint venture between BSkyB, BT, HSBC and Matsushita. After returning to the US in 2001, Ms. Gillman served as president of Static2358 when it was an interactive TV, games and production subsidiary of OpenTV.

People Trust Strangers As Much As Friends

The ironweed and ivy vines taking over my garden tell me I need a better weed wacker. So I've been reading online reviews and consulting a lot of friends.

Like many consumers, I'm finding both sources are a good supplements to the raw data available on the web, like the size of the motor and the diameter of the cutting line.

When a stranger tells me "this machine broke after three uses," I take it very seriously. And if someone says "this cut through my ivy like butter," that makes me smile.

Facebook's Mind Experiments: Just Media As Usual

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Yes, "furor erupted" over Facebook's massive psychological experiment to control user emotions by changing the configuration of posts.

How naive are we, really? Of course Facebook wants to control your thoughts — that's the whole point of media.

Emotional manipulation in the media is nothing new. That's why we have Rush Limbaugh. Perhaps Facebook's experiment was more disturbing because of its scale, and the fact that it failed to alert or gain the consent of its users.

But anybody thinking that the trend of media companies using real time user data to control reactions of its audience is something new is mistaken. 

Mobile, Social, Big Data Create 'Perfect CRM Storm'

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CRM is red-hot, Gartner claims. Or, shall we say, green-hot. 

Gartner officials said last year customer relationship management (CRM) will be worth $36.5 billion.

"Without a doubt, the CRM industry has never been more exciting than it is now," said Clint Oram, SugarCRM co-founder and CTO. "Companies are driving CRM projects like I have never seen before. All of the major technology shifts of the past ten years, from cloud to mobile to social to big data, have all converged to create today's 'perfect CRM storm.'"

CRM provider SugarCRM celebrated 10 years of CRM this year. CMSWire caught up with Oram about the state of the industry.

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.

Omnichannel Experience is a Matter of Perspective

2014-08-July-Eye-Exam.jpgOmnichannel is rapidly taking over the customer engagement conversation, but it's more than just a new label. Omnichannel, according to the Winterberry Group, is defined as “seeking to promote a long term, channel agnostic approach to managing and optimizing (customer) relationships.” Customer engagement (or experience if you prefer) is defined by New Business Strategies as “a buyer’s satisfaction and perceived benefit with or about a brand’s messages, people, processes, products or services, through any interaction across all touch points over a relationship’s lifetime.”

Both focus on understanding how to engage with customers across the entire lifecycle of the relationship. They differ in their perspective. Customer engagement centers on the customer’s behavior as a result of her emotions, opinions and reactions to brand encounters. Omnichannel focuses on how brands can and should engage with customers.

Businesses are Unprepared for the Internet of Things

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Much has been made in the past few years about the massive business opportunities that the Internet of Things (IoT) will provide. But capitalizing on this potential is going to be a challenge. 

Two recent research reports show that most enterprises are unprepared for the IoT.

Research from Infoblox showed the infrastructure to support the IoT is too weak. And research from Spiceworks found the IoT will put already overburdened networks under unbearable pressure. Combined, the studies suggest that far from being the financial cornucopia it could be, the IoT may in fact buckle enterprise infrastructure.

And the Emmy Award for Web CMS Goes to ... Acquia

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No, the Primetime Emmy Awards hasn’t added a category for Best Digital Experience or Best Performing Web CMS.

But Web CMS and customer experience will be a major behind-the-scenes component on the day the television awards show announces its nominees online at the Emmys website.

Acquia, which provides a platform for content, community and commerce, is powering that website with its Acquia Cloud -- which was also the Web CMS engine behind the Grammys -- that includes an elastic infrastructure and delivery solutions for Drupal.

“It's critical that our site performs at its very best,” Marc Wade, executive director of digital for the Television Academy, said in a statement. “That's why we sought a technology partner with the experience and Drupal expertise to ensure TelevisionAcademy.com scales to meet the massive demand generated by the Emmys and other events, and that search led us to Acquia."

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."

Do Omnichannel Principles Work for B2B?

2014-07-July-Magic-8-Ball.jpgYou may be familiar with the poster children for omnichannel B2C marketing -- Tesco, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s. The companies gained significant admiration for their ability to gain insights from shopping patterns and then offer that same user the perfect pair of shoes, or coupon, whenever they are ready to purchase -- be it in store, in-app or online.  

In the B2B world text messages, in-store shopping and coupons are close to irrelevant. Impulse buys never happen, acquiring a new customer unsolicited is unlikely, and while e-commerce does exist, its intent is entirely different. It’s not surprising that omnichannel is not a hot buzzword in this space.

The question remains “why?” Is it because it’s not relevant or because it’s relevant, but still too complex to generalize? Will omnichannel as a trend carry a significant shift in how we operate in the entire business world in the next few years?

Smoke, Fire and American Apparel: Avoiding Social Mistakes

2014-07-July-house-on-fire.jpgThe scariest words an executive can hear just might be "Your brand is trending on Twitter."

Absent a viral video, strategically planned marketing campaign or the spontaneous heroism of an employee, a global cacophony of disturbing tweets can mean only one thing. 

Somebody screwed up.

Somebody said or wrote or posted something racist, sexist, ageist, insensitive, political incorrect or, perhaps worst of all, simply stupid. 

And you have to look hard to find an example of greater stupidity than American Apparel's latest mistake — confusing an image of a space disaster that took seven lives with a fireworks display.

Go Big or Go Home with Customer Experience

2014-02-July-Firm-Handshake.jpgThe good news: Businesses understand that taking care of the customer experience is just one of the requirements of doing business today and surviving to see tomorrow. 

The bad news: Businesses continue to treat customer experience as a standalone concern, rather than as a holistic approach. 

When you think customer experience, do you think "obesity epidemic"? Didn't think so. But Forrester analyst Rick Parrish made the argument last week at the Forrester Customer Experience Forum in New York City that just as the obesity epidemic is a product of its ecosystem, so too is customer experience a result of every interaction a person has with a brand.

Building a Business Case for Self-Service

Self-service is for high volume, simple to do tasks. For less frequent, complex tasks, face-to-face is often the best option. 

5 Things Marketers Can Learn on the Fourth of July

2014-4-July-fireworks-in-Hobokan-NJ.jpgIndependence Day is an uniquely American holiday, replete with examples of exactly what happens when you give freedom to a rag-tag group of descendants of fanatics, misfits, debtors, dreamers and people relocated against their will.

There's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at the fast food restaurant's original location on New York City's Coney Island every year since about 1972. The world hot dog eating record is held by Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who ate 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes — a feat that at best can be considered bewildering.

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