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How We Topped YouTube Search Results

2014-04-September-Cat-Balloon-Guess-What-Happens-Next.jpgYouTube processes more than 4 billion searches a month, making it the second largest search engine of today. While you might think of YouTube as a platform for entertaining cat videos, the fact that YouTube videos often make it into Google's natural search results pages makes them an increasingly important part of your marketing strategy. If your videos aim to educate your market about new services or features and provide guidance about how to use them, this channel becomes essential.

The Evolution of a Digital Marketing Technologist

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Daryl Hemeon's an IT guy. Web guru. Software creator. A technical architect. He's implemented content management systems of various flavors.

The next logical venture for Hemeon? Marketing, of course. What, you say? It's happening. With Hemeon -- and many others.

Technology is converging with marketing -- just as they said at last month's first Marketing Technology Conference at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

And here is Hemeon, the poster boy for this convergence. A true technician diving into digital marketing now at his organization -- Unum.

"Technical architecture is my background, and web development is where I started," said Hemeon, who caught up with CMSWire at the #MarTech conference. "And now I'm figuring out how to connect the dots. The job's very new."

Design Efficiency into Your DAM Workflows

2014-04-September-Flow.jpgAre you maximizing the value of your digital asset management (DAM)? Understanding the complexities of DAM lifecycles and building efficient workflows can be a daunting task. DAM vendors often do a very good job of getting the DAM up and running, but do not have the deep understanding of your assets and business needs.

It's Time to Adopt Customer Journey Thinking

2014-04-September-Gas-Station-At-Night.jpgMost companies don’t really understand their customers. “Big data” is not the answer. Even if organizations collect piles of data from every customer interaction, they still aren’t getting a full picture of what’s going on. 

What’s the path to deep customer insight? Customer Journey Thinking. Organizations must stop looking at customers through their internal lens of interactions and focus their attention on customers’ overall journey.

Red-Hot Hootsuite Acquires Social Marketing Campaign Platform

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The Hootsuite social media dashboard made big news when IBM Connections announced Hootsuite's integration into its enterprise collaboration platform last December. The industry took notice.

Eyes are on Hootsuite again today. It announced the acquisition -- and immediate deployment -- of an engagement platform for creating customized social marketing campaigns. Hootsuite acquired Brightkit for an undisclosed amount and launched Hootsuite Campaigns that officials say will help organizations extend the reach of social media programs. 

"Hootsuite Campaigns is designed to create customized social marketing campaigns and allows businesses to reach new audiences through engaging contests, sweepstakes and galleries, all managed from their Hootsuite dashboard," a Hootsuite spokesperson told CMSWire.

Magnolia CMS Partnership Aims to Boost Creative Campaigns

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A European digital platform provider is teaming with Magnolia CMS on a cloud implementation of the open source content management platform. Company executives claim it will arm digital marketers with the ability to fire off creative campaigns.

Magnolia CMS's partnership is with ETECTURE@Ogilvy, the technology arm of Ogilvy & Mather UK. 

ETECTURE@Ogilvy was founded in 2003 and now has 100 employees across offices in London, Frankfurt, Munich, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf. Execs there said the platform provides specialized technical and digital marketing expertise to support large organizations that routinely roll out integrated marketing programs, such as product launches, on a global scale. 

In Web Analytics Ranking World, Another Choice Emerges

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Who's got the best web analytics software?

Forrester Research stands by these guys in its Wave for web analytics released in May. Forrester's not the only one ranking analytics. Or ranking anything, as we just learned this week with Gleanster Research.

The latest to flex its ranking muscles is TrustRadius, an Austin, Texas-based forum for professionals to share "candid insights about business software."

And TrustRadius feels it has 230 good reasons for being a trusted source for analytics rankings --  the 230 reviews by analytics software users that ultimately led to the crowdsourcing firm's TrustMaps™ for Digital Analytics software.

"It's performed by market segment -- company size -- others are one size fits all," Vinay Bhagat, CEO of TrustRadius, told CMSWire when asked what makes his company's ranking style unique. "It's based upon real user information vs. a survey of vendors, a typical analyst approach. Analysts generally do a very poor job of collecting real user feedback. Their surveys are long feature checklists, and are often driven by historical relationships with vendors."

If You Build It, Will They Convert? 3 Content Marketing Steps

2014-03-September-Drinking-Tea-Wonka.jpgMarketers spend a lot of time and energy on content marketing initiatives -- understanding our customers, developing content that speaks to their needs, establishes our credibility, and distributing it through multiple channels. Our goals in doing all of this are to drive demand for our products, traffic to our site and leads into our funnel. Pretty straightforward, right? Well, success (or failure) to engage and convert web visitors with content all comes down to relevance and timeliness.

Sitecore Ups DAM Ante, Partners with Picturepark

Sitecore is boosting the role of digital asset management (DAM) in its web content management system (WCMS) offerings.

Earlier this summer, the CMS provider of customer experience management formed a partnership with DAM vendor ADAM Software. The alliance aimed to integrate ADAM's ability to bring up the correct version of media files with Sitecore's workflow aimed toward specific targets, like a social media ad campaign in a specific country.

Today, the company announced Sitecore website editors can also use Picturepark DAM systems to find and place digital assets onto websites. Picturepark offers on-the-fly image editing, live link updates and Adaptive Metadata management, according to officials at the Aarau, Switzerland-based provider.

Sprinklr Makes Its Third Buy This Year

Sprinklr, a New York City provider of social media management tools, has acquired highly targeted advocacy influencer platform, Branderati. The deal marks Sprinklr's third acquisition in about six months — a continuation of what the firm calls its strategy to grow "aggressively and smartly."

In February, Sprinklr bought Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, a social analytics company, and formed the largest independent end-to-end social relationship platform in the market.

And just last month it bought TBG Digital, a company that considers itself a pioneer of corporate advertising on Facebook and Twitter. The acquisition was designed to amplify Sprinklr’s reach across social media.

Now it's bought Branderati, a company that boasts that it helps brands identify their most passionate “advocate influencers” and take those relationships to the next level to drive brand advocacy and loyalty. Ekaterina Walter, Branderati's co-founder and CMO, told CMSWire this morning that the deal capitalizes on the complimentary strengths of both companies. "As we've watched Sprinklr grow and transform to a provider of a robust, all in one platform, it became very, very obvious to us that Branderati was a key part that solution," she said.

iPipeline's New Platform Powered by Salesforce1

Digital marketing and sales provider iPipeline has announced an alliance with Salesforce.com that will provide sales agents across the enterprise with one-stop access to iPipeline’s integrated solutions.

The alliance means iPipeline's new AgentOne Desktop Solution will be delivered with the Salesforce1 platform. 

The Exton, Pa.-based provider plans to arm insurance-selling agents with integrations between the Salesforce Platform, iPipeline’s marketing, selling and processing solutions and other proprietary applications. The platform will debut for enterprise-wide deployment in the late fall/early winter. 

See the Whole Customer to Guide the Decision Journey

2014-02-September-Watermelons.jpgThe basis of the customer decision journey is that the customer follows a decision path that leads to a purchase. Vendors provide small pokes, prods and nudges along the way, often in the form of engaging content that keeps the customer moving toward buying something. The content needs to be highly personalized and based on demographics, individual buying patterns and other aspects of the buying experience.

While “the journey” is a better metaphor than many previous ones used by marketers, especially the militaristic “campaign” or industrial “funnel,” it tends to belie the complexity of the process of turning interest into purchase.

Amazon Widens Its Moat

2014-02-September-Forbidden-City.jpgLast Christmas Eve, Amazon received an early gift in the shape of a patent for "anticipatory package shipping." The patent describes a method for shipping a package of one or more items to an end destination’s geographical area without specifying the delivery address at time of shipment -- the final destination is defined en route. While last Christmas may have been good to Amazon on several fronts, this patent and some other actions it's pursuing indicate how determined Amazon is to expand the already sizable moat between it and other retailers.

Counterproductive Search Engine Optimization

If search engine optimization brings the wrong customers to the wrong pages then everybody loses.

Discussion Point: Will the CMO Replace the CIO?

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You've heard it at technology conferences, you've read it in research reports, maybe you've even shared it at the water cooler.

CMOs drive technology decisions today. The CIO's job is obsolete. Soon we won't need CIOs.

It's not a new debate. By now, the topic is covered regularly in the media, including CMSWire. Take a look at headlines like "Goodbye CIO? Why the Role May Ultimately Disappear" and "Should the CIO Report to the CMO?"  Sometimes, it's a plea for survival: "Hey, CMO! Hey, CIO! Work Together or Lose Everything."

Yes, today's CMOs are expected to be technology-savvy managers with a hunger for big data, digital asset management, marketing automation and predictive analysis. They will own revenue goals and formulate sales projections for the CFO based on dashboards they monitor by the hour. 

But, honestly, do they even want to take on the responsibilities of an enterprise CIO? We decided to put the question before four experts who deal with this issue every day -- two technologists and two marketers. 

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