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The Future of SEO is Not SEO

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Search engine optimization, as all traditional definitions describe it, is going to become obsolete. And the change has already begun.

The Internet has always been a landgrab. It started with domain name poaching and infrastructure oligopolies. Then we moved onto gaming search engines. Which, in turn, created a whole industry, built on one basic premise:

Figure out how to make Google put you on the first page.

While that strategy was relevant for its time (and still mostly is), it’s not what Google ever intended. And it’s not what the future of the Internet holds. 

Weebly Releases Enterprise Web CMS Solution

Weebly is making a play for the enterprise market with a new offering created specifically for companies that develop and manage 100 or more websites.

Weebly for Enterprise, which begins rolling out today, builds on the current consumer version of the Web CMS by adding a layer of business tools on top, including API support and administration tools to handle account creation and permissions needed for multi-site deployments.

1.75B Reasons You Should Redesign Your Website

2015-24-February-mobile.jpgThere are a lot of good reasons to redesign your website. It's dated. It's slow. It's hard to navigate. 

But there are 1.75 billion more.

That's the number of people who use smartphones or tablets, according to HP. And if your site isn't winning over customers on small screens, well, let's just say those people have a lot of choices.

BlueConic Platform Updates Connect Siloed Data Stores

Boston-based digital marketing platform provider BlueConic released updates today that are designed to help marketers connect "siloed data stores" and applications across their stacks.

The five-year-old, 28-employee company features a platform that company officials also claim enables brands to "identify, understand and interact" with customers on an individual basis.

The update is supposed to make it easier to connect marketing systems, "allowing marketers to construct a dynamic profile of any individual in real-time that pulls from a number of available sources," said Dan Gilmartin, chief marketing officer at BlueConic. "This in lieu of trying to reconcile disparate data into a cobbled together source of the truth about the customer." 

The Coming Collision of Brick and Click Commerce

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As e-commerce continues to explode across the retail world, brick and mortar (BAM) retailers are facing mounting pressure to stay relevant in a world increasingly focused on the internet. Not all of them are succeeding.

4 Signs You Profited from Your Business Event

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About this time last year, we tried to crack the code of getting worth out of trade shows.

Perhaps no one said it better than Stuart Chapman, head of telemarketing for Aetorius Marketing Ltd, a B2B telemarketing firm in Wiltshire, England. He wants to gain a "real understanding of what drives these businesses and what makes them stand out from everyone else."

Also, he added, "At the very least I look to gain new members of my network."

Trade shows are, after all, about making connections. But what about the other side of the spectrum -- the conference organizers. What makes a good show for them? Profit? New customers? Exposure?

We caught up with Alon Alroy, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Bizzabo, a New York City-based provider of event-planning software, about making shows a success.

You Can't Run a Company on 'Tips & Tricks'

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An ever-growing number of customers have the potential to engage with your company on digital channels in real time. You have only seconds to attract and engage these buyers. Most companies can’t ignore the need for top notch digital marketing -- and marketers must quickly gain proficiency for interacting with customers on digital channels.

Digital marketing isn’t that new. A whole lot of people have been publishing all kinds of useful content to help you understand, implement and measure digital marketing -- as well as how to strategize, connect to customers and support customer journeys through to purchases.

But many of you aren’t getting it -- why?

Or is it that you get it -- but the company that you work for doesn't provide a culture or infrastructure that supports marketing as a strategic function?

Ex-Kodak CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett Warns: Adapt, Change or Die

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Jeffrey Hayzlett describes himself as a maverick marketer in cowboy boots ... among other things.

A primetime TV and radio host, his eclectic career includes mentorship, corporate governance, brand building — and a three-season stint as a judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.

A best selling author and public speaker, he was the CMO of Kodak from 2006 to 2010. I met him in 2009, when he was helping the photography pioneer reinvent itself for a world dominated by digital competition.

During his tenure, he was responsible for Kodak's worldwide marketing operations including the design and implementation of all marketing strategies, investments, policies and processes, as well as brand development, corporate communications and public relations.

Hayzlett left Kodak in 2010 and capitalized on decades of experience in business growth, communications and marketing to create his own marketing empire.

5 Predictions About Marketing Technology

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Two decades ago, a spunky little start-up called Netflix indirectly gave a big boost to marketing technology.

"This tiny company was spending more than half of its engineering dollars building its own tools in-house for marketing automation," recalled Ashu Garg, general partner at San Francisco, Calif.-based Foundation Capital, an early Netflix investor. "We thought that made no sense. Since most companies can't afford to spend that much money on engineering tools, we thought 'why don't we invest on companies that do this?'"

About a dozen marketing technology investments later, Foundation Capital is very much invested in the MarTech space.

And it's a space the VC firm predicts will undergoing "radical transformation." In 10 years, in fact, it predicts it will be worth $120 billion yearly.

"It is a shift to an all-digital world," Garg told CMSWire. "All advertising will be digital by the end of this decade. The role technology plays in marketing is changing dramatically because of the opportunities."

B2B Marketers: It's Time to Adapt, Be Brave, Embrace New Ideas

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Stephen Liguori wears multiple hats. He's the CEO and founder of his own consulting firm, an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and former executive director of Global Innovation and New Models at General Electric.

He's also the global chairman of the 90-year-old Business Marketing Association, which made news late last year when it became a division of the Association of National Advertisers. The Business Marketing Association has 2,500 members in B2B marketing. The Association of National Advertisers, which has more than 630 member companies, represents business-to-consumer marketers.

CMSWire caught up with Liguori this week to get his take on the state of marketing — the good, the bad and the chaotic.

LinkedIn's Connected: A 'Selectively Useful' App?

LinkedIn has extended the functionality of an app designed to help you stay in touch with your network to Android users. The Connected app debuted on iOS in July.

The professional social network boasts the app is a "fast, easy and smarter way" to strengthen your professional relationships and get "relevant updates" about the people you know.

But Kamal Ahluwalia, CMO at Apttus, was less enthusiastic. "It's selectively useful," he said.

Jadu Claims Its Latest Update Will Disrupt the CRM Space

A Leicester, UK, web experience management provider has launched a cloud-based case management system that its CEO claims will disrupt the "the large IT CRM space with a secure cloud platform that is built around users and people.”

Jadu, founded in 2001 on the Jadu CMS platform, just released Jadu Q, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), multi-tenant product for managing the customer experience. Company officials said it includes strong collaboration capabilities with a focus on customer retention. It also includes a full messaging system and time-based ticket and enquiry management functions.

The new offering "provides the end user of a service with the ability to manage and present their case proactively," Jadu CEO Suraj Kika told CMSWire. "When customers make complaints, applications or 
requests online it is normally a ‘fire and forget’ exercise. Q gives the customer access to a portal where they can requests updates, upload ‘evidence’ and see the case unfolding."

Paul Sagan: The Trick Is to Understand What Customers Want

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The fact that Paul Sagan is a very smart guy shouldn't surprise anyone. It runs in the family: He's a second cousin of the late Carl Sagan — the astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist. 

A pioneer of the broadband and digital media industries, Paul Sagan is a three-time Emmy Award winning newsman who helped build Akamai Technologies into an S&P 500-listed tech giant. 

He joined Akamai in October 1998 as employee No. 15 and Chief Operating Officer, became President the following year, and joined the Akamai board of directors and became CEO in 2005. He held that post until he became Executive Vice Chairman and was succeeded as CEO in 2013 by Tom Leighton, the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist.

Today, in addition to his role as Vice Chair of the Akamai board, he's Executive in Residence (XIR) at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Mass.-based venture capital firm that makes early stage and growth equity investments in rapidly growing companies.

'Managing Chaos': The Long, Winding Road to Digital Governance

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Governance is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For records managers it's all about metadata. For C-level managers it's a way of preventing lawsuits. For others it's an organizational straitjacket.

This week Lisa Welchman published her much anticipated book on digital governance, "Managing Chaos." Welchman is a recognized expert in the digital governance field and president of Digital Governance Frameworks at ActiveStandards. I could't wait to read this book. And (spoiler alert) -- I was not disappointed.

How to Get Customers to Not Hate Self-Service

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Self-service portals are springing up everywhere.

Some customers love them, while others shudder at the thought of involving a database in their problems. At the same time many companies are doing a poor job of implementing self-service or avoiding it altogether for fear of driving customers away.

It doesn’t have to be this way. By understanding the potential benefits of a well-integrated self-service portal, you’ll be able to make sure yours doesn’t suck (and even pick up some new customers in the process).

So why consider a self-service portal?

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