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No Morning Fog: San Francisco Giants Social Media Success

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Right now, Bryan Srabian is like the person charged with security in the SharePoint cloud at the Microsoft SharePoint conference during a live demo on SharePoint security.

He's the Dreamforce registration chief. He's Satya Nadella at the next women in business conference.

In short, Bryan Srabian's on stage. And everyone's watching.

That's what happens when you're the social media chief of the professional baseball team that calls tech country home and is playing on the world's biggest hardball stage.

The San Francisco Giants are in their third World Series in five seasons, taking on the Kansas City Royals tonight in the first game of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. Many call it "Destiny vs. Dynasty." The Royals won the World Series in 1985 but did not make the postseason after until now -- hence, the destiny tag. 

The Customer Intent Wake Up Call

2014-21-October-Alarm-Clock.jpgAs companies evaluate their growth strategies for the New Year, the conversation ultimately comes down to which set of dials to turn. Does the company invest in more sales people, product features or marketing programs?

Companies aspiring to be customer-aligned add a few more dials to the conversation -- what should the chief customer officer be measured on, beef up the customer success team, invest in employee engagement / culture initiatives, innovate their customer engagement strategy, and/or shift from a product-feature-pushing sales model to a services-selling-path?

What all of these dials have in common is that they focus on the customer. Except each dial reflects an organizational silo that is focused on a slice of the customer experience -- none focus on the whole customer. Revenue growth depends on the organization’s ability to understand how to detect, decipher and act on the customers’ perspective of their intent.

Look Before You Leap Into the Big Data Revolution

2014-21-October-Pre-Jump.jpgLike the proverbial elephant and five blind men, big data looks different depending on who's describing it: from holy grail for information in society, to dangerous step toward a world in which people are treated based on predictions of what they are likely to do instead of what they actually do. While neither of these extremes may turn out to be our future, big data is obviously more than a passing fad, and will be defined ultimately not by what it is but by what is done with it and what it does to those at whom it is directed.

IDC Predicts Big Changes, Fast Growth in Digital Marketing

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IDC expects the global market for enterprise marketing software to soar to $32.3 billion by 2018 -- a jump of more than 50 percent. But it won't come easy.

It will require a delicate balance of technology, creative talent and IT services for the market to reach its potential, said IDC Research Manager Gerry Murray, lead author of the IDC study. The 29-page report, which IDC sells for $4,500, is the first "comprehensive view of what the whole marketing technology envelope," said Murray. "It's a very big basket of technologies."

Due largely to multibillion investments by Adobe, Oracle, IBM, Salesforce and other giant software companies, the study predicts the marketing world will evolve from point solutions to marketing platforms. And, within a few years, we'll see Marketing-as-a-Service (MaaS) systems that will allow CMOs to farm out work in much the way they do now when they buy advertising, a shift that could trigger a shakeout involving many vendors.

Teradata's Marketing Marries Digital, Traditional Needs

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Teradata announced enhancements to its marketing cloud today that are designed to enhance both digital and more traditional marketing.

Michael Lummus, director of digital marketing solutions of Miami Township, Ohio-based Teradata Corp., told CMSWire that Teradata understands that customers don't differentiate between digital and non-digital interactions with brands. "They view it holistically," he said.

SaaS Support Best Practices: The Seamless Approach

2014-20-October-Free-Advice.jpgAs more and more companies look to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a way to increase agility and control costs, many technology vendors are evolving their solution sets to include a SaaS offering. When vendors do this, they must recognize that their customer support organizations will become critical to customer satisfaction and retention. As the primary point of contact in an ongoing customer relationship, support must develop and maintain stronger and deeper relationships with customers. Failure to do so will inevitably result in higher churn.

Busy People Need Help, Not Interruptions

Getting attention is getting harder. The Web is a place where busy people do things. Help them, don’t disrupt them. 

Can You Make Google Love Your Global Content?

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Nǐ hǎo! ¡Hola! Konnichiwa! Oi! Guten Tag! Bonjour! Ciao! Privét! 

If your website isn’t translated into at least five of the above languages, you could be missing out on at least double your potential sales. This is the new reality of a global economy, said Alison Toon, senior director of new markets at Smartling, one of the hosts for a recent American Marketing Association webinar, “How to Make Google Love Your Global Content.”

She contends that 90 percent of global opportunities can be reached by businesses that have websites in 12 languages other than English. But many businesses seem to be missing out. When checking in with webinar participants via an interactive poll, almost 40 percent stated they currently have no website option for the non-English speaking world.

B2B Marketers Unite with National Advertisers #ANAMasters

digital marketing, B2B Marketers United in Merger with National Advertisers #ANAMastersThe technology's there, and the door's open for innovation. But everything is so complicated.

It's an interesting dichotomy for B2B marketers -- where technological advancements are met with increased difficulties in the world in which they market.

"Complexity is exploding," said Stephen J. Liguori, founder and CEO of Liguori Innovation and the global chairman of the Business Marketing Association (BMA), the 17-chapter, 2,500-member network of B2B marketing peers. "B2B marketers have all the opportunities and challenges in reaching their customers in new ways just like B2C companies."

However, Liguori continued, "we additionally work in extremely complex markets and companies. Examples: digitally connecting healthcare equipment in hospitals to support doctors, nurses and patients. Building apps for airline pilots to fly shorter, smoother routes to save money and time. So gaining new skills and expertise to successfully navigate this complex world is critical."

Content Targeting: It's the I's and O's, Not the 1's and 0's

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There’s no mistake that personalization and delivering contextual content to consumers across digital content platforms is a hot topic with marketers. As content and delivery of it in an omnichannel universe becomes an imperative that no brand can ignore, the need to target it to a specific audience (or even an individual) is becoming a business must-do.

The challenge, of course, is that consumers have learned about this as well. And their ability to filter out the noise and focus on the signal makes it increasingly hard for marketers to reach them.

News Bites: Real Science, Easy Apps, Get Togethers and Tree Hugging

The latest in powering, streamlining, partnering, enabling, communicating and saving the world from the Swinging City, San Francisco, the Big Peach, the Tall Stick, the Empire City and Silver Sprung.

Just Because You Can Steal Content Doesn't Mean You Should

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You just finished preparing your first presentation for that big seminar at the annual meeting with the coolest pictures you could find on Google images and Flicker, the slickest YouTube videos and the hottest tracks from Pandora. You’re all set, right?

Not so fast, according to Gretchen Klebasko, associate general counsel and managing director of Intellectual Property at Legg Mason. While those sites offer a wealth of media for the asking, much of the material may be considered pirated if you use it. The legal problems begin with the difference between “free to view” versus “free to use.”

The Copyright Clearance Center’s overly wordy titled webinar: “Video, Music and Text, Oh My...Managing Copyright Compliance in a Multimedia World,” does a good job of explaining those differences in plain language. It also explains how to avoid the plethora of media materials that could get an individual or a company in legal hot water.

Klebasko has an impressive litigation background, but stuck with lay-language and delivered helpful information in a succinct presentation that doesn’t talk down to the participants. (Her full disclosure includes Legg Mason’s “wonderful working relationship with CCC.”)

Do You Have to be 'Modern' to be a Great Marketer?

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Do things that are current. You'll win if you do.

A Forrester Research study commissioned by Oracle finds that organizations embracing a modern marketing strategy make more money, are seen as industry leaders and create better workplace environments.

According to the responses from 492 marketing decision-makers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France, companies using "non-modern" marketing strategies are at a loss.

Deliver Big Data in Bite-Sized Pieces with Mainstream Apps

2014-16-October-Squirrel-Lunch.jpgHow can we transform Big Data into the Big Idea that turns into an opportunity in the digital revolution? How can we use this data gleaned from multiple sources and turn it into smart “consumer style” data driven, mainstream apps? The answers aren’t easy.

But without these answers we'll be unable to develop the data driven-apps that analysts are flagging as the next “Big Thing” in the sales and marketing arena.

Is it Better to Build or Buy Your Marketing Cloud? [Video]

Build versus buy is a debate that precedes digital marketing clouds. It's nothing new.

But it's hot in digital marketing. And it's something that got a lot of people talking during the annual Marketing Technology Conference this past summer in Boston.

"The explosion in marketing technology (martech) is a wonderful opportunity for all of us in digital marketing," said Jay Calavas, chief evangelist for San Diego-based tag management provider Tealium. He made his comments during a CMSWire/Tealium webinar this week, "Build vs. Buy Your Marketing Cloud -- A Roundtable." 

"There are more than 1,000 digital marketing solutions," Calavas added. "That's a good thing. Here at Tealium we've experienced a huge growth in the tag management space, the desire for the marketer to manage data and distribute it off to all their marketing technology partners."

So the verdict in the build vs. debate from the webinar panelists? It's all about your organization's ability to match marketing technology with core business objectives and have solutions in place that integrate well.

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