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Jahia Hires Web CMS Veteran to Grow Global Partnerships

For Piyush Patel, the proof was in the proverbial web content management pudding.

Back in 2009, he helped a client maneuver into the Jahia open source Web CMS platform. That client is still a happy customer today.

Patel, a veteran Web CMS and digital experience industry player, is the new executive vice president and general manager for the Americas at the Geneva, Switzerland-based Jahia. His formerly worked as a consultant, helping customers implement the Jahia platform.

“My model is very much in line with Jahia's,” Patel told CMSWire, “and it just made sense to join the company.”

Are You Heading to the #AdobeSummit?

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Adobe will spotlight its Marketing Cloud and digital experience enhancements on a full stage here -- fuller than ever.

There will be record attendance at the annual Adobe Summit Digital Marketing Conference this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center. More than 6,000 digital marketers, technologists, e-commerce and omnichannel professionals will attend — about 20 percent more than last year.

There are good reasons for the record attendance. The $1 billion Adobe Marketing Cloud is getting kudos from top industry analysts at Forrester and Gartner. Both company's rated the platform No. 1 in their latest marketing cloud industry reports.

"We've talked about marketers needing to reinvent themselves last year," said Loni Stark, senior director of strategy and product development for the technology at the heart of Adobe's digital platform, Adobe Experience Manager. "We know that just doesn't happen. Reinvention is a journey around the customer journey. It's a personal journey, and we'll be talking about what that journey looks like and the future of digital marketing."

What's New for You This March in Open Source CMS

Is open source the next big thing? At least that's what it seems, based on a burst of unrelated news in the past month. As CMSWire writer Miles Kehoe explained a few weeks ago, "Open source software has gone from quirky and free to mainstream for the enterprise."

Just think about it. 

  • Open Whisper Systems announced the latest iteration of its secure open source messaging app
  • Pivotal Software announced the Open Data Platform (ODP), an initiative that brings together GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, AltiScale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Teradata and VMware (and is open to other companies that want to join).
  • And SiteSupra, headquartered in Riga, Latvia, released its software as an open source CMS and development framework.

What else is going on in the open source world, specifically related to open source CMS? Let's find out.

2 Research Firms Think They Can Serve You Better Together

San Francisco-based Constellation Research and Digital Clarity Group of New York City have formed a "strategic alliance" to better compete with legacy research firms like Forrester and Gartner. 

The arrangement combines Constellation's strength in enterprise research and advisory work with DCG's brand and customer experience knowledge. 

It is not a merger, but a partnership that focuses on helping organizations on the buy-side.

"We feel like it's ripe for disruption," Scott Liewehr, CEO and co-founder of three-year-old Digital Clarity Group (DCG), told CMSWire about the research landscape. 

Do You Believe in Digital Experience Magic? #cxmchat

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No matter how many acronyms get thrown around, a few truths lie at the center of the digital experience: 1. it's complicated, 2. it's about to get more complicated and 3. if you're basing it on anything other than a customer-centric focus, it's back to the drawing board for you. 

During the future of digital experience Tweet Jam the participants debated the finer points of rip and replace approaches vs. incremental integration, the need (or lack therein) for standards and in general tested the boundaries of the 140 character limit. Read on for some highlights.

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a CMO?

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CMOs today require different knowledge and skills from those needed just five years ago. We are accountable for revenue and results and for crafting a compelling customer experience across the buyer journey.

Do you have what it takes to be the top marketing leader in your organization?

Building Customer Communities with Yammer

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The last few years we've seen customer service evolve as social business continues its advance into mainstream business.

Online customer communities have changed the days of a customer calling a 1-800 number to get help or fumbling through a website searching for documentation. Online customer communities connect customers to a rich support community where your employees, technical specialists and customers collaborate to get help, solve issues and answer questions about the products and services you provide.

This approach transforms the way companies interact with and maintain customer relationships, and builds deeper connections.

The Year of the Predictive Marketer

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Welcome to 2015: The Year of the Predictive Marketer.

In the year ahead, CMOs will need to not only build and foster teams that are data-savvy, but they will also need to embrace advancements in data analytics as core to their strategy and decision-making.

It’s not an option -- it’s a need for survival.

You, Too, Can Be A Data Scientist, Courtesy of Airbnb

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No, Airbnb won’t be providing you with a bunch of clean data sets and algorithms when you arrive at your destination. But the rental lodging site is doing something that will delight analysts a whole lot more.

Today it announced that it is open sourcing Airpal, an internally developed web-based query execution tool that leverages Facebook's PrestoDB to facilitate data analysis.

It puts data scientist-like powers into more hands, and that’s not just talk. One-third of Airbnb employees have issued a query using the tool.

Listen Up CMOs: Don't Make These 5 Mistakes with Mobile

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Mobile provides a golden opportunity for companies to forge genuine connections with customers.

According to Pew Research Center, 90 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and many of those people are attached to their device. Sixty-seven percent of cell phone users check their phone for messages and alerts even when they don’t hear a ring or notification, and 29 percent say their cell phones are something “they can’t imagine living without.”

Devising an effective mobile strategy that capitalizes on this phenomena requires balancing data-driven insights with creativity and technologies. Together, these can create a transformative customer experience.

How Social Selling Helps Your Company Grow More Profitable

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Social selling will transform the way sales teams do their jobs.

At least that's what a lot of people have predicted over the past few years. They claim sales reps will use social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to identify and engage prospects — and, most importantly, close more deals.

But according to a recent survey by PeopleLinx, only 31 percent of sales reps today use social media in their selling process. And if my experience is any indication, many of these early adopters don't understand a significant point.

The fact is that social networks are best used for networking — not selling.

G/O Digital, Altimeter Partner to Support Your Local Marketing

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A Chicago-based digital marketing agency has formed a research-based collaboration with the Altimeter Group to advance its understanding of local marketing.

G/O Digital, the umbrella brand for Gannett Company's digital marketing services, announced the relationship with San Francisco-based Altimeter today.

"For brands and retailers, connecting digital and physical is tough. With the Altimeter relationship we’re taking on the weighty challenge of understanding how brands think about content and digital assets to drive local store traffic and sales," Jeff Fagel, CMO of G/O Digital, told CMSWire.

Fagel said the arrangement includes a joint research study, which will rely on surveys and interviews with senior brand marketers to assess gaps between the perceptions and realities of local content and digital marketing tactics. The study is scheduled to start in the second quarter this year.

"The idea of local marketing has been elusive, but it seems that local stores and physical retail is a differentiator for folks against pure plays threats like Amazon," he continued. "Today’s consumer is different, but in many ways, the same. About 90 percent of the time, she still shops within three to five miles of her home."

Netbiscuits Claims Update Addresses Your Content Marketing Challenges

Netbiscuits, a provider of analytics tools for the mobile web, has added a tool to its web analytics platform that "goes beyond traditional analytics."

Netbiscuits CEO Daniel Weisbeck told CMSWire the update offers insight about website visitor behavior — information marketers can use to hone their content marketing programs. 

Called Visitor Flow for Customer Journey Mapping, it looks at engagement from referral points such as social media, digital advertising, press and search marketing. It breaks it down by device type and visitor attributes, including location, connection speed and time on site.

"This gives marketers instant insight into which digital content is driving the highest traffic and time spent on site," Weisbeck said.

The 50-employee Kaiserslautern, Germany-based company launched its analytics platform last April.

5 Web CMS Selection Lessons You Can Use

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It was the worst-case scenario in a web content management system (Web CMS) implementation: Project abandoned.

"No project goes without at least a few bumps in the road," said Cathy McKnight, co-founder and vice president of consulting and operations at New York City-based Digital Clarity Group. "It provides you an opportunity to adjust the plan if need be. Just because you cast something down on paper doesn't mean you can't change ... or stop and reassess."

It's one lesson learned for the Web CMS implementation consultants at Digital Clarity Group. They teamed with Copenhagen, Denmark-based Sitecore, a Web CMS and customer experience management company, and interviewed companies that have gone through a Web CMS implementation. You can watch the session by clicking here.

YouMail is $5M Richer and Eager to Grow

YouMail, a visual voicemail provider, plans to use the proceeds from a $5.5 million Series B funding round to expand its user base. The Irvine, Calif.-based company already boasts more than 6.5 million registered users.

YouMail CEO Alex Quilici told CMSWire the company we’ll plans to spend money to "drive awareness and use" in its target markets.

"YouMail has grown organically through a very lean team -- that is, we’ve spent no money to drive user acquisition, and we’ve had a limited development team. We’re now able to much more rapidly iterate on the service," he added.

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