Who owns the data? Well, it’s complicated.

I don’t know if Edward Snowden – the NSA contractor turned whistleblower currently living in exile - is a hero, traitor or a schmuck. What I do know is that he has brought the data issue much closer to home for me as a consumer and a U.S. citizen. It […]

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Five ways to drive value through marketing in a digital world

“Companies that make the deep strategic, organizational, and operational shifts required to become effective digital marketers can become more agile, more productive, and accelerate revenue growth.” - McKinsey & Company With all of the latest buzz around digital marketing and the importance of diving in and riding the digital wave […]

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How blogging helps me as a marketer

I started this blog over 4 years ago as a way to give our customers a dynamic source of useful information, and also to help connect the dots for them between the business problems they face and the value propositions of our Customer Intelligence solutions. Along the way, I think I've become […]

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Facebook vs. Orkut – three lessons for marketers

Me:          Hey! Orkut is going away. You:         Oh, bummer! I didn't realize you had one of your cousins from Hungary in town. Me:          *sigh* One of my Facebook friends recently mused in a post about getting a farewell email from Orkut. And she couldn’t remember what Orkut was. To me […]

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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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