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People Read Less and Watch More: Make Visuals Work for You

Hit play and watch. Click and receive. People expect instant visual gratification and if your website doesn’t provide, they quickly dismiss you as dated or difficult to digest. The good news is that with a few simple adjustments, you can refresh your content-heavy website to cater to this demand -- and keep viewers engaged.

Alex and Ani on Digital Marketing #AdobeSummit

Alex and Ani on Digital Marketing #AdobeSummitThree years ago, the Providence, R.I.-based Alex and Ani started with 12 employees. Today, it has more than 1,100 employees, revenues of $240 million, and is being courted by investors as a potential IPO candidate. 

One of the fastest growing mid-sized retailers in the US, the lifestyle brand's success can be attributed to one simple fact, Ryan Bonifacino, the company's vice president of digital strategy, said. 

“The product is awesome. I can't take credit for that,” he told CMSWire in an interview at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference in Salt Lake City.

Real Time Marketing: The Customer Decides #CXMChat

320x240_cmswire_tweetjam_logo.pngReal time can be right until it goes very, very wrong. Data access remains an issue — and at the end of the day and to drive relevancy, human understanding is required. 

These were just a few of the conclusions drawn from last week's real time marketing Tweet Jam. 

10 B2B Marketing Tips from SAP #AdobeSummit

When you get into semantics with marketing, be it B2B or B2C, you lose a basic fact. Marketing is about the ways human beings interact with technology on the web and mobile devices.

Shawn Burns, global vice president of digital marketing for SAP, told this to attendees at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference in Salt Lake City today. “Whether you’re in B2B or B2C, people interact with technology,” Burns said.

It’s one of the things Burns has realized as he’s managed web strategy, design, development and operations for SAP’s flagship web property: www.sap.com and its 72 country sites in 40 languages.

Here are 10 ways Burns and SAP approach B2B digital marketing.

Lithium has Klout, Wants to be #SeriousAboutCustomers

Lithium Technologies today confirmed what everyone seemed to know already — and acknowledged it has bought Klout. Lithium is reportedly paying almost $200 million in cash and private stock for the social media ranking influencer — twice as much as speculated during the past month.

Speaking at a late-to-start press conference — Rob Tarkoff, president and CEO of the social customer service company, declined to confirm the value of the deal. However, he noted, "If Lithium is paying $200 million for Klout, then it is a very valuable company and I'm happy about that."

Tarkoff described the acquisition as a significant extension to its platform that will offer consumers and brands better ways to engage online. "We're adding the relationship piece into the CRM world," he said. "Together, we could be something incredibly disruptive to CRM."

Lithium is also adding Joe Fernandez, CEO and co-founder of Klout, to the leadership team. He will become general manager and senior vice president of Lithium's Klout business, Tarkoff said.

Marketing Automation Best Practices

It's no secret that the popularity of marketing automation has been growing. Once thought the exclusive domain of larger than life firms, the marketing strategy and software has become increasingly accessible to smaller firms. But what exactly is Marketing Automation?

Good Content is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

We’re often told that the best way to create advocacy and brand loyalty through business websites is by providing compelling, timely content and making it available on multiple devices and across a number of platforms. But is content creation and delivery only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to producing dynamic, customer-facing digital experiences?

Reducing the creation of an engaging customer experience to a simple, easy-to-achieve objective overlooks the complexities and layers that go on behind this task.

Learning from Loss: Forensic Files for Lost Sales

Learning from Loss: Using Data from Deals that Fall Through to Make Your Sales Organization BetterAnyone involved in sales has experienced the near miss. That’s when you’re in what you think is the home stretch of a big sale, with your contact at the company assuring you that only one or two big shots have to sign off on the deal. As you’re icing the champagne, you get a call: the deal’s gone to your competitor.

What Not to Say: Words that Cost You Customers

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Everyone has a pet peeve about customer experience. Persistent pop-ups that ask annoyingly, "Need help?" Websites with music in their hearts.

Videos that start automatically. Hard to find contact information. Contact centers that make you wait on hold ... for what seems like forever. Intricate, thickly branched phone trees. Glitchy self-service kiosks.

It's a multichannel mess, more or less.

But nothing is more maddening — or more contrary to the whole philosophy of CXM — than scripted responses that lack even trace amounts of empathy, understanding or compassion. As customer experience researcher, innovator and entrepreneur John A. Goodman so clearly articulates, some things are better left unsaid.

What else would you expect to hear from the co-author of "Shut Your Mouth! Words and Phrases to Avoid in a Customer-Focused Service Environment"?

Finding the Right Marketing People #AdobeSummit

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The  reinvention of the marketer is the theme at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference in Salt Lake City this week. And reinvention means taking risks — calculated risks, at least.

Even the star of the day, actor Robert Redford, told the audience at the Salt Palace Convention Center that “not taking a risk is a risk.”

So how does reinvention occur?

In his keynote address this morning, John Mellor, vice president of Strategy and Digital Marketing for Adobe, said the right people, processes and products are the keys to success in digital marketing.

“You need people with the skills in digital marketing, but also with the desire to reinvent themselves,” Mellor said.

AOL Unveils Plan to 'Mechanize' Ad Purchases

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Maybe you haven't thought about AOL in a decade or so, but Tim Armstrong has thought about little else.

Today the company's CEO unveiled the culmination of the company's four-year string of acquisitions of advertising technology companies -- a new cross-channel platform called One that he vows will do for ad sales what containerized cargo did for shipping.

The company not only unveiled a "mechanized" platform, but rebranded AOL Networks to AOL Platform just to ensure that the 600-plus marketers in the audience at ad:tech San Francisco got the point. The formal launch of One will follow later this year.

For our 20-something readers, AOL got  big -- really, really big -- when you and the World Wide Web just still toddlers. As use of the Web soared in the late '90s, as many as 30 million people relied on America Online to get onto the Internet.

The Hierarchy of Social Marketing Interaction

The Hierarchy of Social Marketing InteractionSocial marketing has become an integral part of the marketing portfolio ... at least in theory. One of the biggest challenges social marketing faces is the remaining confusion on which metrics are truly important for marketing success and which are more decorative in nature.

Will Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Trigger the SharePoint Effect?

Will Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Trigger the SharePoint Effect?At last month’s Convergence conference in Atlanta, Microsoft revealed what it had been internally assembling around its 2012 acquisition of Marketing Resource Management (MRM) specialists MarketingPilot. The resulting digital marketing suite has the potential to shake up the marketplace just as SharePoint did in the enterprise content management (ECM) market in 2001.

Real World Digital Marketing and Analytics Tales #AdobeSummit

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The numbers don’t lie. Adobe’s digital marketing unit has reached the $1 billion mark in revenue.

The news came out at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference in Salt Lake City yesterday. Adobe also announced updates to its Adobe Experience Manager platform. 

The technology showcased yesterday's ballroom keynote looked promising. The music was great. The color tone in the ballroom was cool. Each speaker Adobe presented was clever and inspiring,  if you’re a digital marketer, that is.

Heck, some of the technology drew major applause from the crowd of a few thousand (more than 5,500 are attending this week): like when in a demo one click changed an entire marketing campaign across multiple devices.

This stuff can work. No doubt.

Adobe Marketing Cloud Partners with SAP HANA #AdobeSummit

Adobe Marketing Cloud Partners with SAP HANA #AdobeSummitSALT LAKE CITY -- The big boys are playing ball. Digital marketing ball.

Adobe and SAP announced today at the Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference the integration of the Adobe Marketing Cloud With SAP HANA and its hybris Commerce Suite. SAP will resell the Adobe Marketing Cloud with the SAP HANA platform and the hybris Commerce Suite.

It’s a move an Adobe official this morning called the bringing together of the marketing and technology departments through the combination of digital marketing and commerce solutions to deliver real time customer engagement across multiple channels.

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