People skills realize the innovative power of technology

It’s never been more important for marketing to speak the language of technology (IT) and for IT to speak the language of marketing. Why? Because technology is radically changing the world and marketing and IT have the opportunity to radically change the enterprise together. Yes, the stakes are high and […]

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How to put the customer at the center of your strategy #SASEC14

Leading your organization to faster, better decisions requires skill, agility, resourcefulness and above all -  analytics. In marketing, that combination allows the CMO to put the customer squarely in the center of strategy, and align operational execution around the customer focal-point. It's no coincidence that leading organizations, such as the world's biggest retailer, […]

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The digitization of everything – its impact on the CMO/CIO relationship

We’ve talked in the first two posts about how the digitization of everything is disrupting marketing and changing the face of commerce. Organizations are having to change the way they operate, and that’s causing roles in the C-suite to evolve. The digitization of everything is doing three primary things: Increasing […]

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Is SoLoMo the new loyalty card?

“Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing our loyalty card program go away, but we’re not there yet.” - A retail CEO I invite you to put on your consumer cap for a minute and answer these questions: How many loyalty cards do you have and how many of those […]

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Workplace culture as a core value statement

Today's announcement of SAS once again being named a Best Place to Work is a point of pride for our company. It's our 17th year in a row on this esteemed list and 11th time in the top 10. I can attest that the recognition is well-deserved, and our workplace culture is more than […]

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Why marketing should speak data - the language of business

Sir Terry Leahy speaks with the clarity and purpose of someone used to speaking the language of data. When he was CEO of global retail giant Tesco, he presided over an organization that became the UK’s biggest retailer and enjoyed sustained robust growth - more than 10% annually over 20 […]

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Strategy shift: How CMOs are leading data-driven marketing (part 2)

As technology has changed the way people communicate, do business and generally lead their lives, CMOs have shifted their strategies to lead data-driven marketing in ways that maximize new opportunities and mitigate new risks. As the second in a two-part blog post, I’m sharing the recurring themes I’ve taken away […]

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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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Four marketing lessons from Microsoft's Bing it On campaign

Who doesn't love a side-by-side taste test?  You get to choose for yourself - awesome! For me, the ultimate taste test is the Pepsi Challenge (Pepsi Cola vs. Coca-Cola), a key feature of the "Cola Wars" since 1975. It's very simple and very effective - even for the audience. So for […]

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Market like Walmart for marketing growth and innovation

It’s very telling that every Walmart greeter has an inviting phrase emblazoned across the back:  “How may I help you?” That simple question and the presence of the greeters in the stores speaks eloquently to the customer-centricity of Walmart, which has been instilled in their organizational culture from the very […]

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