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What CEOs Are Saying to CMOs and CIOs

April 22, 2016 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

What_CEOs_are_saying_to_CMOs_and_CIOs.jpgHistorically, marketing and IT have not always had the best relationships. Marketers often want things done quickly to reap the greatest benefits from a shift in customer attitudes or a competitor's actions. However, IT may not be able to respond as quickly as marketing would like. The IT department may be spread too thin, preoccupied with issues that affect numerous departments or lacking the "hard" resources needed to meet marketing's demands. 

Any organization interested in becoming a digital enterprise must find a way to get IT and marketing to work together in a peaceful, productive manner. This means building a partnership between the CMO and CIO — after all, a digital transformation starts at the top. Although many companies have found ways to build bridges between the CIO and CMO, the partnership is either non-existent or non-functional in many more. A recent survey conducted by the industry magazine CIO found that 43 percent of those responding reported that the relationship between the CIO and CMO had not changed over the past few years, while 49 percent stated that the relationship had become at least "somewhat closer." Barely more than half — 51 percent — reported that the CMO and CIO worked together for the selection and deployment of marketing technologies.

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Topics: Best Practices

Using Attribution Modeling to Connect Your Efforts to Conversions

July 3, 2015 | Posted by Adam Graham

In the simpler days before the Internet, attribution was easy. Perhaps there was an extension after the phone number given in a television ad or a department number included with the address for mail-in orders that could tie the sale to a specific campaign. Back then, sales tended to progress in a linear fashion. Now, however, the sales journey is anything but linear— and so are your marketing efforts. The problem is that this multi-channel approach makes it difficult for you to attribute your ROI to the correct channel or channels.

There are many different types of attribution modeling. Each has its own set of benefits and disadvantages. Most of them rely on the concept of search sessions, which can provide you with insight into the steps followed along the path to a purchase. Not every model is ideal for every business, but one is surely right for you.

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Topics: Best Practices, Content Management Solution, Marketing Technology

5 New Years Resolutions Every Digital Enterprise Must Make

December 22, 2014 | Posted by Krishna Murthy

If you talk to IT professionals who have been in the industry since the 1980s about the "bad old days," you will probably hear a number of unsettling tales. They will tell about the enthusiasm with which they greeted their first 56k modem or how they had to send bundles of floppy disks to corporate headquarters on a daily basis. They might mention that their first PC had no fixed hard drive and a monochrome monitor. Perhaps they will tell you about the company's first computer system and how employees had two monitors on their desks -- one being a terminal to connect to the server and the other connected to a PC (which was not connected to anything else except a dot-matrix printer). As for email -- well, they would have had little concept of what the term meant.

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Topics: Best Practices, Digital Enterprise

Ensuring Your Metro Web Design Paints a Beautiful Picture

May 21, 2014 | Posted by Adam Graham

Metro-style designs have the potential to be sleek, beautiful pages. However, just like city metro vehicles can be shiny and attractive or dented and rusty, a metro site can be poorly planned and offer unsatisfactory results, or it can be well-planned and executed and provide a consistent user interface. When planning a metro design, there are certain key points to consider.

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Topics: Best Practices, responsive web design, responsive design

Why Visitors' First Impressions of Your Website are Crucial

April 28, 2014 | Posted by April Rios

The adage that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression was coined long before the Internet, but when it comes to your website, it is especially true. A recent study from the Missouri University of Science and Technology revealed that visitors form their first impression of your website in under 0.2 seconds. Within the next 2.6 seconds, the visitor will have focused his eyes in a manner that strengthens his first impression.

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Topics: Best Practices for User Experience, Best Practices, design

Why Outsource User Experience and Product Management

July 20, 2012 | Posted by Krystal Berzoza
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Topics: Best Practices for User Experience, Best Practices, Natural User Interface, User Experience, Development, User Experience Design, Software Development, Offshore

Changes to Microsoft Surface Certification

July 9, 2012 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

We recently discovered after submitting this Microsoft Surface 2.0 application for certification there is no longer a certification program for Surface 2.0 as there was for version 1.0.  The Surface Certification program has ended given the prevalence and design of touch devices today.  According to Microsoft:

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Topics: Best Practices, NUI, Certification, Microsoft Surface 2.0

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