Marketers: keep it cool, not creepy

“We are living in the era of the connected customer - one in which normal customer behavior is to capture moments and share it in near real-time.” - from "Customer Love - it's All About the Connection" by John Balla One message does not fit all anymore. Remember the days when marketing would use one […]

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We're ready to do big data. Where do we start?

A question often asked by marketers about big data is “Where do we start?” For newcomers and seasoned experts alike, there is no shortcut to finding the “signal” in the “noise” of today’s big data. What I recommend is a structured, methodical approach to meet the challenge. Here is a suggested […]

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Strategy shift: How CMOs are leading data-driven marketing (part 1)

Technology has dramatically changed the way people communicate, do business and generally lead their lives. It’s increasingly online, and it’s increasingly mobile. In turn, those technologies have created tons of data-driven marketing opportunities, and it turns out that there are some recurring themes in how CMOs are leading the charge. Big […]

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4 steps to formalize your social monitoring and response program

Brands like Comcast, Dell, and Nike have made names for themselves on Twitter as customer service pros. Their responses to customer mentions in the social sphere are known for being useful, timely and fun. At SAS, we were hoping to develop a similar program for monitoring and responding to our […]

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Integrated marketing management: manage the customer experience

Thanks for joining us for the final post in our series detailing out the Integrated Marketing Management visual that describes what it takes for marketing departments to deliver long term profitable growth to their organizations. In our previous posts we detailed the full visual, and then the first two sections […]

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Why focus on integrated marketing?

Integrated marketing is a very broad view of marketing as a circular ecosystem that integrates people, processes and technologies in a process from concept/idea, through planning and resource allocation to execution, evaluation and analysis that feed back into ideas and planning. That definition comes from Gartner's "Magic Quadrant" report on Integrated Marketing Management. […]

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Should pharma companies try to delight customers?

Pharmaceutical companies (“Pharma”) operate in a very complex environment – to begin with, their customer is usually referred to as “the patient” and it gets more complicated from there. The relationship between Pharma and the patient is not always a direct one, and whether or not the customer is “delighted” often […]

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Why you should be careful with LinkedIn connection requests

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Linkedin. To folks who do not know LinkedIn, I always describe it as a "serious social network." When you are on LinkedIn, you post the equivalent of your résumé, add other details, join groups that are usually professionally-oriented and connect with […]

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Shifting marketing to meet mobile customers

Mobile customers have the potential to change our business in profound ways. Advanced mobile communications is coming of age at a time when other technologies and societal shifts are working in parallel to radically transform whole industries. Some of these shifts have shown up in the marketing realm in the form of social media,  customer […]

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B2B engagement supports overall marketing success at Coca-Cola

Springtime...Baseball...Hot Dogs...Peanuts...Coke...  I remember growing up on the south side of Chicago watching my beloved Chicago White Sox play at the old Comisky Park.  My father would take me to a few games during the summer and I would remember the refreshment vendor walking up the aisle saying "Things go better […]

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