Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do. Technology’s biggest impact, however, is not so much on the devices or the apps we use, but on our behavior. Specifically, it affects how we learn, how we buy, how we work, and how we influence and are influenced.
This behavior modification is significant because we take for granted the processes and systems in place to manage employees and customers. Although our personal activities are radically changed by mobile technology, we still tend to base how we work, market and sell on dated principles designed to optimize tasks from a very different time.
A Radical Shift
To date, we’ve built upon legacy investments and operational procedures to adapt to technology and market shifts. In the 1990s, the Internet required new expertise, technology and processes for internal and external governing. The same held true for desktop PCs, notebooks, mobile and desktop phones, and telecommuting. But most of how we’ve managed transformation was done in a command-and-control fashion. IT managed technology; the HR staff led operations; and managers ensured productivity.
With social, mobile, real-time data and cloud now a part of everyday life, how people work in and outside of the office has become radically different. This is bigger than the bring-your-own-device movement. It’s about changing why and how we choose new technologies, how we roll them out, and how we design new processes for working individually and together to accomplish a work objective.
As Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl said, “It isn’t the past which holds us back, it’s the future and how we undermine it, today.”
We, the architects of the future of work, must build upon a foundation from the past, which inhibits our ability to optimally see or plan for our ideal future. Said another way, how we see the future is rooted in how we dealt with things in the past. To counter that, how we need to plan and build for the future requires that we see the human drivers behind how people use technology in their personal lives.
Doing so will help us naturally emulate and foster collaboration and engagement in the workplace in ways that are both intuitive and seamless. Otherwise, we will force people to conform to inorganic practices that will detrimentally affect morale and loyalty over time.
Look to Digital Natives
Success in business today requires new methodologies to engage and scale the infrastructure for a new generation of employees and customers. Rather than rebuff the differences in how so-called digital natives work, we should learn from and be inspired by them. It’s the only way we can truly lead. Otherwise, we’re forever doomed to react to them.
We can’t change everything at once, nor can we continue with business as usual. But we do need to take small steps in a new direction. Change actually begins with us. And it all starts with learning what we do not know. That’s the only way for us to see what it is we can’t see today and to build what doesn’t yet exist.
That future — the future of work — requires architecture, and we are its architects. But as much as our challenge is affected by technology’s impact on behavior, we cannot assume that technology will necessarily be part of the solution.
To design a meaningful and scalable ecosystem moving forward, we have to understand how people’s behavior and expectations are evolving. With technology now part of the fabric of life and with innovation a constant, solving for behavior actually depends on making our future more human.
Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do.
In this one-hour webinar, analyst Susan Etlinger explores the phenomenon of “TV Everywhere” and shares findings from her recent report, Data Everywhere.
Lately I’ve been doing a ton of work around the content marketing vendor landscape: conducting research, as well as helping clients ascertain what their technology needs are and pinpoint the vendors that can solve their problems.
There’s a lot of talk about the future of work… Technology is indeed connecting us in ways that improve communication, discovery and connectivity.
What’s a digital newsroom? Seems like such a simple question, until you start pondering the potential answers.
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.
It’s no corporate HR secret: the greater investment made into employees, the greater the ultimate reward back to the company.
How teens use social media and why it matters to you. Generation Z = (Today’s Teens, Preteens and Children)
Michael Brenner has long been a recognized leader in content marketing in his role as VP marketing at SAP. Very recently, he joined content marketing technology vendor NewsCred to head strategy for that company…
In this one-hour webinar, analysts Andrew Jones and Charlene Li share how insights can be gleaned from social media.
During the past several years, the television industry has changed dramatically, spurred by device proliferation, changing distribution methods, and the increasing popularity of social media.
Murky research collided with lazy journalism last week to create a torrent of #socialmedia + #advertising = #fail link bait.
Silicon Valley is more than a place, it’s a movement. While many debate where the “next” Silicon Valley will gain prominence, the point that many onlookers miss is that innovation is at the heart of the crusade.
By now, you’ve probably heard that data scientists at Facebook recently published a study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science…
Social Media Examiner’s 2014 annual Marketing Industry Report found that while 97% of marketers use social media in their marketing efforts, only 37% are able to measure the ROI of those activities.
Modern marketing requires deeper customer understanding to drive meaningful engagement. With social media — and the abundance of social profile and activity data — brands can glean this insight to identify and better understand prospects and customers throughout the customer lifecycle.
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.
In this one-hour webinar, Rebecca Lieb will share findings from her recent research report on how content marketers should select content marketing tools.
Twice a year, we publish our planned research agenda. You can see the first half of the year’s agenda and what’s already been published here. Today, we’re excited to announce our planned research for the remainder of the year.
This month, we need your help with two reports that will be publishing in July. We’re fielding two surveys – on social business governance and employee engagement.
You know about ad stacks, right? Get ready to say hello to the next big thing in content marketing technology: the content marketing stack.
Our new research report, The Content Marketing Software Landscape: Marketer Needs & Vendor Solutions, published today to help marketers navigate the tangled and complex content marketing software landscape.
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).
A key factor to creating and delivering a great customer experience is the ability of a company’s workforce to modernize, use new technology platforms to connect with each other and customers, and most importantly, adopt a new mindset of openness and transparency.
Marketing has changed substantially in the past few decades. With the proliferation of CRM, ecommerce, cookies, loyalty programs, etc. marketers have more customer data than ever.
IBM officially joined the Marketing Cloud battle today, with the news that it is acquiring marketing automation vendor SilverPop.
“Digital transformation” isn’t a trendy moniker to signify an increase in technology investment. It’s a renewed focus on the customer and the human side of business.
To learn more about the state of social media command centers, Altimeter Group spoke with three organizations — MasterCard, eBay, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Late last year, I started wondering about social media command centers. Salesforce had launched one, as had Brandwatch, but I wondered: were they really still relevant? Were companies investing in command center deployments, or had interest subsided since their heyday in 2010?
When Google bought Wildfire for $350M, it took many by surprise. What did Google want with a Social Relationship Management company? Google is in the ad business, not the SRM business.
Your refrigerator has a message for you — and no, it’s not that you need more orange juice– it’s an ad for belly fat pills. Thanks, Refrigerator. This post was originally posted on Wearable World News. The original can be found here.
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.
At the most basic level, the Internet of Things (IoT) is connectivity between people, processes and things. While this is as vast as it sounds — spanning all industries, the enterprise, and consumers — one of the central-most challenges facing…
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.
It’s almost that time of year again: Altimeter’s analysts are mapping SXSW plans and schedules. Making the trip to Austin this year are Brian Solis, Susan Etlinger and Rebecca Lieb.
Large enterprises are rolling out social media at scale – and training and education for employees is critical. Well-developed social media education programs can help companies achieve business goals by reducing social media risk and activating employees for engagement and advocacy.
One question Altimeter hears frequently is “What’s next?” A better way to ask this is “What should we care about?” Often with emerging technologies, there is a disconnect between what people are excited or care most about versus what they will actually invest in.
Digital, Social, Content Strategists: We want to hear from you! Would you be willing to participate in our latest survey? Click here to get started: http://bit.ly/1bK8TRE Wondering how other organizations are mapping their customer journeys?
Last week, Charlene Li, Ed Terpening, and I hosted a webinar on how large enterprises — like ARAMARK, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, RadioShack — are rolling out corporate social media education, and why.
Take a look around our site today, you might notice a very subtle change. We’ve seen a lot of change in our industry, not to mention at Altimeter, since we started five years ago. It felt like the right time to refresh our brand.
Facebook may be losing teens (/the cool kids), but contrary to some beliefs, 2014 will not be a dire year for the company.
Real-time content synchronization between offline and online media has become the darling of social TV, frequently serving as its very definition for companies looking to marry traditional and digital marketing experiences.
As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year.
Customer attention will continue to fragment in 2014, making it harder than ever for brands to engage with customers. But it will also be the year in which brands capitalize on a largely untapped opportunity presented by social media…
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.
Miss our recent report, The State of Social Business 2013? If you’re looking for a cheat sheet, here’s a visual of the key findings: The graphic below shows how companies are formalizing, organizing, and growing their social media efforts. For example, three out of four large companies now have a dedicated social media team — […]
Miss our recent report, The State of Social Business 2013? If you’re looking for a cheat sheet, here’s a visual of the key findings: The graphic below shows how companies are formalizing, organizing, and growing their social media efforts.
Last year, we asked companies about their top social strategy priorities. The second top response was “Developing Internal Education and Training.” Yet, when we surveyed companies earlier this year, we saw that only 38% had any education program in place, beyond ad hoc efforts.
In the past year, social data has continued to wend its way into organizations of all types, from large enterprise to small business to media and entertainment and the public sector. We’ve seen use cases far past marketing into product and service quality, entertainment programming, customer service, fraud detection and a host of other examples.
Last month, we published our report, The State of Social Business 2013, based on data and analysis from four years of Altimeter’s annual digital strategists’ survey. Today, we’re happy to release the data charts from that report, in a downloadable, easy to share PowerPoint presentation that you can take and inject in your own presentations.
If you’re a marketer who has evaluated native advertising offerings, then you’re likely already familiar with Facebook’s suggested posts, Twitter’s sponsored tweets and hashtags, or sponsored content on any number of online publications.
Each year, Altimeter surveys social strategists and executives, and shares our findings and analysis in Open Research reports. In our most recent report, we looked at our survey findings from the last four years, 2010 to 2013, to share our analysis of the state of social business.
On Tuesday, Sprinklr raised $17.5M in series C funding. That follows additional rounds raised by other enterprise social media management vendors in the past year, including: Spredfast raised an $18M series C in February, Hootsuite raised $165M in its series B in August, and HearSay Social raised $30M in its series C in September. What […]
The concept of using game mechanics to achieve desired outcomes may not be new, but to many brands, the use of gamification across the enterprise to drive business value is gaining speed. In our latest research, Altimeter has found that gamification is quickly evolving to become an important component in many organizations’ internal and external […]
I am thrilled to announce the promotion of Andrew Jones to Analyst at Altimeter.
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.
Co-written with: Susan Etlinger, Rebecca Lieb, Andrew Jones, Linda Saindon, Brian Solis, and Ed Terpening The not-so-long awaited Twitter S-1 is out and now the intense scrutiny begins.
What is native advertising and, by extension, what is it not?
Jeremiah Owyang will be leaving Altimeter Group at the end of September to start a new company focused primarily on his passion for the Collaborative Economy.
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.
As the founder of a small business, I know that the hiring and departure of each and every person makes a huge impact of the firm — and that this is an evitable part of the business.
In this report, industry analyst Susan Etlinger demonstrates how leading organizations are deriving actionable intelligence from a holistic view of social and enterprise data.
In this webinar, they discuss the seven factors that successful social businesses share and how their strategies are designed to deliver business value.
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.
I spend a lot of time reading and thinking about social data: what it is, what it isn’t, how to measure it, where it’s going.
In this 1- hour webinar, industry analyst Jeremiah Owyang presents his research on the business disruption, and share examples of companies that are already moving into the Collaborative Economy.
Altimeter analysts Charlene Li and Brian Solis proudly introduce their new book The Seven Success Factors of Social Business Strategy. It was written to help readers learn how to better align social media strategies with business objectives to deliver real results and ROI.
In this webinar, Altimeter Group’s Charlene Li and Brian Solis review the six distinct stages that organizations move through as they evolve their social business strategy.
Five years ago, I started a company. At the time, it was simply just me deciding I wanted to do something different. I learned it was by far the hardest professional decision I have ever made, to strike out on my own.
This report defines the Collaborative Economy, looks at companies that are already moving into this space, and provides a framework, the Collaborative Economy Value Chain, which companies can use to help rethink their business models.
Watch this webinar with industry analyst Rebecca Lieb, to explore scalable organizational models for addressing content needs across the enterprise.
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.
This post originally appeared on my Altimeter analyst Jeremiah Owyang’s Web Strategy Blog By Chris Silva and Jeremiah Owyang, Industry Analysts at Altimeter Group Last year’s over hyped skydiving was replaced by down to earth by grounded product enhancements.
Watch this webinar and learn how prepared your company is for social business.
More than a handful of brands publish more content now than a major media property such as Time Magazine did 25 years ago.
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.
We all gathered amidst the rain and clouds at Facebook HQ, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA to see what would be unveiled. A new flagship Android phone, tailored toward Facebook users? A new branch of the Android OS? A groundbreaking partnership?
SXSW Interactive—or what I like to call it, “Geek Mardi Gras”—is over, and the dust is settling.
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.
Technologies are Emerging at an Increased Rate –Making Tracking Harder than Ever SXSW is no longer about disruptive technologies being launched, instead, it’s a mainstream, it’s a mainsteam festival, actually) and digital leaders at today’s large corporations are already present, and you should be too.
Is SXSW for Business or just a Boondoggle? That’s the wrong question. More than ever, I heard more folks debating if SXSW was good for business, or just a big party.
In its latest research, Altimeter Group’s Charlene Li and Brian Solis uncovered a distinct gap between organizations that execute social media strategies and those that are truly a “social business.”
My colleague Brian’s blog is abuzz with comments about mobile strategy, so key to success he urges readers to “[f]orget about social media,” at least for a moment. Brian’s comparison of social to mobile is apt, both began as fragmented, bootstrapped efforts, then social got the attention of the CMO.
Yesterday’s Burger King brandjacking was an important reminder to brands and their agency and software partners about how vulnerable social media accounts are.
Last week, Jeremiah and I published Altimeter Group’s first “short doc,” focused on in-depth case studies that illustrate how large brands are managing complex, distributed social media programs.
That Time of Year is rapidly approaching: “Will you be there?” “Are you speaking?” “When are you in town?” The Altimeter Group analysts attending SXSW 2013 next month are Jeremiah Owyang, Brian Solis, Susan Etlinger, Chris Silva and Rebecca Lieb.
For the last few years (see 2012 data). This analysis is a bellwether on how brands will spend on an integrated experience for the year.
Businesses may be seen as having a “successful” social strategy by virtue of citations in case studies and speaking at conferences. But, by far, the best metric of success is concrete examples of how the organization creates business value via social technologies across multiple departments and dimensions of their business.
Altimeter continues to grow with the addition of Ed Terpening as Senior Consultant, where he will be leading Altimeter’s client engagements and develop Altimeter Academy the company’s new training offerings.
It’s a nightmare scenario. You get a frantic text or call from a co-worker that someone tweeted a tasteless joke or profanity from your corporate Twitter account.
One of the major themes in our research this year is Adaptive Organization. As we think about what makes organizations adaptive, it’s not just the tools and services that they embrace but also their ability to adapt to change to stay in touch internally and to reach customers and prospects proactively.
Advertising and media are converging. The results will disrupt how companies must deploy their marketing efforts.
The volatility of social data and the pace of change mean that tried-and-true measurement methods are no longer enough. Social data is different.
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In the wake of the Samsung/Apple trial verdict the news is crawling with hyperbole about how disruptive the verdict will be to the mobile OS ecosystem, specifically Android’s momentum.
Social media is the modern Pandora’s box: it has had a meteoric rise as a tool to interact and engage with customers, but also a dark underside exposing companies to new types of risk.
Google announced Google+ for Enterprises today with Hangouts integration into Docs and Calendar as well as administrative controls such as default posting to only within the company.
Real-world case studies of best practice training programs are discussed, as well as outcome-oriented training strategies that will keep all levels of employees engaged.
Thanks to all those who helped us make our #AGMobileUP Tweetup a success last night in Boston. We had a great and varied group of attendees hailing from agencies, mobile startups and the VC community as well.
What we found was that social media is the modern Pandora’s box – It has great value but almost two-thirds of companies we surveyed say that social media is a significant or critical risk to their brand reputation.
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 […]
Everyone talks about the challenges of measuring the revenue impact of social media, but how are top brands actually doing it? And are they successfully measuring ROI?
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, […]
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