Marketing technology and departments have become specialized and fragmented. Just look at the Marketing Technology Lumascape or ChiefMarTech graphic. In part, this has happened to address an increasingly complex customer journey that is difficult to track across channels and devices. Another reason is that, although that journey offers increasing insight as consumers create more data throughout it, finding and using the right data is not easy.
The proliferation of disparate tools and silos—meant to help address complexity—has become part of the problem, limiting marketing efficiencies and coordination. Vendors have taken note. Although they are not alone, Oracle, Salesforce, and Adobe in particular have been busy building their Marketing Clouds. Although no single vendor will ever be complete or fit for all, marketers need better integration of their data and customer engagement capabilities.
Especially at a time when marketing itself is being reinvented, what are marketers to do?
This is not a question with a definitive answer and it would be great to hear from a spectrum of marketing professionals and vendors across industries. Please share your thoughts in the comment section or email me directly at email@example.com.
What goes into the marketing process today, and what technology is required? Will a “Marketing Cloud” help coordinate efforts and drive efficiency? What are the alternatives?
According to Wikipedia, “marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product to customers, for the purpose of selling that product (goods or services.)” But that is what marketing used to be
Marketers are struggling with a customer journey that has become more complex than ever. The journey is difficult to track across channels and devices. The infographic below illustrates the modern marketing cycle…
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In this one-hour webinar, Brian Solis shares research on how businesses explore digital transformation, including results from a 2014 survey of leading digital strategists.
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Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments.
How teens use social media and why it matters to you. Generation Z = (Today’s Teens, Preteens and Children)
Today, I’m happy to announce the publication of my research report, Leveraging Social Identity: Know and Engage Customers Better to Build More Valuable Relationships.
Salesforce just announced the release of its Social Studio, an enterprise social relationship platform.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Tuesday’s webinar on Digital Transformation. We had an excellent turnout from around the globe and received a lot of great questions throughout Brian’s presentation.
Today Sprinklr is announcing the availability of a paid media offering as well as a $40M in series D funding led by Iconiq Capital (which notably manages money for many of Facebook’s early employees, among others).
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IBM officially joined the Marketing Cloud battle today, with the news that it is acquiring marketing automation vendor SilverPop.
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Rebecca Lieb shares findings from her recent research report on real-time marketing, including the top 6 use cases, the benefits and risks, and 12 best practices.
Two things: To stay competitive with (or arguably ahead of) the giants in the social world—Salesforce, Adobe, and Oracle—Sprinklr needed to build out its analytics capabilities. Sprinklr’s customers increasingly need custom consulting services, especially for implementation and training.
Facebook may be losing teens (/the cool kids), but contrary to some beliefs, 2014 will not be a dire year for the company.
As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year.
As digital channels operate increasingly in the ‘now,’ all marketing organizations must consider to what degree they will function in real-time, and even define what real-time is relative to their operations and marketing organization.
Adobe Marketing Summit and Oracle OpenWorld both took place recently. It’s another month until Dreamforce, but I expect similar announcements to be made there.
What is native advertising and, by extension, what is it not?
In this report, industry analyst Susan Etlinger demonstrates how leading organizations are deriving actionable intelligence from a holistic view of social and enterprise data.
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By now you’ve more than heard about Yahoo’s massive $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr. The deal is done, another Internet entrepreneur and early employees become multimillionaires, Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo earns a new shot at digital relevance, and hundreds of millions of Tumblr users go about their Tumbling life as if it were just another day.
Over 30 Technologies Have Emerged, at a Faster Pace than Companies Can Digest. If you think social was disruptive, it was really just the beginning.
In the late 20th century, when the commercial internet was in its infancy, there was no end to the griping about “silos.” Back then silos referred to That Which Is Digital and That Which Is Not Digital. The gripe (from the digital side of the equation) was that the not-digital team got all the budget, […]
The potential for social influence is enormous on both sides of the equation. Services that rank and identify “influence” open the door to new opportunities for businesses to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with digital tastemakers and authorities.
Have you read my report, “Make An App For That, Mobile Strategies For Retailers” yet? If so, and you didn’t have a chance to tune into today’s webinar, I want to share the content with you to use, share and discuss.
2011 was the year of the mobile shopper, so why aren’t retailers doing more to serve them? Today Altimeter Research has published its latest report, Make An App For That: Mobile Strategies For Retail.
Get account control now –or risk a career of continual social media sanitation. To match the growing consumer adoption of social media, many companies have launched social media efforts with little planning.
The End of Business As Usual explores each layer of the complex consumer revolution that is changing the future of business, media, and culture. As consumers further connect with one another, a vast and efficient information network takes shape and begins to steer experiences, decisions, and markets. It is nothing short of disruptive.
Engage! examines the social media landscape and how to effectively use social media to succeed in business—one network and one tool at a time. It leads you through the detailed and specific steps required for conceptualizing, implementing, managing, and measuring a social media program.
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Putting the Public Back in Public Relations is a crucial guidebook for helping brands navigate the social economy, while enhancing your career and future in the process.
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