Trends to Watch in 2014 from Altimeter Group

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As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year. Below is a link to each post as well as a synopsis of some of the top themes we are exploring. As you read through each post, you’ll see that there are commonalities and overlap. This isn’t a surprise, as we have multiple people researching different aspects of customer experience, big data, innovation, and digital marketing. The diversity of thought and … [Read more...]

The Six Business Cases for Real-Time Marketing

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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. The payoff? That digital marketing ideal: the right message to the right person at the right time. The right instant, even. Real-time marketing (RTM) can add tremendous value to customer interactions; making brands appear relevant, with-it, informed, dynamic … [Read more...]

New Research: “Defining and Mapping the Native Advertising Landscape”

Not since the legislative debate over spam back in the early part of the millennium has a digital marketing term been so riddled by obfuscation and misunderstanding as native advertising. A quick search of the term on Google returns an impressive 219 million results, yet to date there’s been no real definition of what marketers, publishers, agencies, social media platforms, or any other players in the digital ecosystem mean when they bandy it about. With so much discussion centered around … [Read more...]

New Workshops Take Flight!

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I've taught more than 300 professionals Social Business through hands-on workshops, and happy to announce new workshops from Altimeter Academy focused on Content Marketing and Social Business Analytics. Having been both a change agent in organizations and now an advisor for those facing change, I know how important skill development is to thrive in times of disruption.  Our ability to succeed is not based on our own skills alone, but perhaps most important, through the knowledge of key … [Read more...]

Consider Attending Our Content Marketing Workshop (Sept. 9, Milbrae CA)

Content marketing has gone from nearly zero on marketers’ radar to about a billion mph in just a few short years.  Organizations are realizing that content is effective - and cost-effective - for marketing as quickly as it becomes abundantly clear that content doesn't just happen by itself. We’re here to help. On September 9 in Milbrae, CA, Altimeter Group will host our first half-day content marketing workshop (as well as other Academy offerings).  Drawn from our research reports, books and … [Read more...]

New Research: Organize for Content

More than a handful of brands publish more content now than a major media property such as Time Magazine did 25 years ago. Despite the overwhelming and ever-increasing trend toward content marketing, and the need to continually feed an ever-increasing portfolio of content channels and formats, most organizations haven’t yet addressed content on either a strategic or tactical level. It’s high time they did, and hopefully my new research report, Organizing for Content, will help. It provides … [Read more...]

SXSW 2013: Altimeter Group Wrap-Up

It's been a week since SXSW 2013 and here at Altimeter Group, we’ve had a chance to reflect on what we saw. Check out our coverage from analysts, consultants, researchers, and even media. We'll be updating as more coverage comes in. Our Coverage: Altimeter’s Take: The Technologies that Matter from SXSW 2013, by Jeremiah Owyang & Chris Silva, Analysts SXSW is a Festival, Not Just a Conference, by Jeremiah Owyang, Analyst SXSW 2013: Data, Data Everywhere!, by Jaimy Szymanski, … [Read more...]

The Mobile Experience, Tables, Chairs and Screens

This post originally appeared on Chris Silva's MakeMobileWork blog. We talk a lot about screens these days, so much so that for me to type the word "table" without appending a "t" onto the end has become somewhat of a difficult task. That said, there's much talk about how it's important to converse with customers across the multiplying number of screens we interact with daily, but little thought given to what the experiences on each screen, each surface really are. In a meeting this week, … [Read more...]

The Converged Media Imperative

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, and didn’t even accord the digitals a place at the table. So ingrained was the silo grudge that no one, but no one, grew to understand silos better than the digitals. In a scant decade, more … [Read more...]

Beyond the IPO: Ten Implications of a Public Facebook

By Susan Etlinger, Charlene Li and Rebecca Lieb The run-up to Facebook's IPO reminds me a bit of a wedding: everyone's attention is on the big day (expected to be Friday May 18), without much regard for the weeks, months and years afterward. Charlene Li, Rebecca Lieb, and I sat down to discuss some of the implications of a newly public Facebook: on shareholders, business and Facebook itself. -- SE Whether or not Facebook's IPO ends up being one of the world's largest (this Washington Post … [Read more...]