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Advantages of Integrating Sitecore and Microsoft Dynamics CRM

November 6, 2015 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

Integrating Sitecore and Microsoft Dynamics CRM can give marketers access to tools to make their jobs easier while providing benefits to front-line employees. From this integration, you can gain detailed knowledge from customer visits to your website, as well as create new contacts and leads that you can leverage to target different visitor segments. 

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Topics: Enterprise CMS, CMS Implementation, sitecore cms

What Are the Best Ways to Use Sitecore's Print Experience Manager?

November 3, 2015 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

Decades ago, there was a lot of discussion involving the paperless business. The predictions called for consumers to universally embrace digital billing, files that would reside only on hard drives and virtual catalogs that could be accessed through any computer. Although all of these have been implemented to some degree, not every consumer has been willing to ban the printed word from their lives. 

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Topics: Enterprise CMS, CMS Solution, sitecore cms

6 Tips for Making a Sitecore Implementation Easy

October 23, 2015 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

As a marketing professional, you are undoubtedly aware that the landscape has changed rapidly in recent years. Consumer expectations have increased dramatically, especially when it is necessary to leverage technology to deliver the kind of engaging, personalized experience they demand. Choosing the right technology can be daunting, and it may make little difference if the implementation is poor or users fail to adopt it. Although Sitecore can be an effective and powerful marketing technology, it — like every other tool at your disposal — must be implemented properly and used correctly to achieve the desired results.

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Topics: CMS System, Enterprise CMS, CMS Solution, CMS Implementation, CMS, sitecore cms

Logging Changes in Sitecore Made by Content Authors

May 8, 2015 | Posted by Adam HerrNeckar

Troubleshooting Sitecore data changes can be problematic - especially if versioning and workflows are not utilized, you are contending with a number of minimally trained administrative users, and/or the system relies on multiple data integrations (both inbound and outbound).  Out of the box, Sitecore does not provide full logging of everything that happens within the system - nor would we want it.  However, there are times when creating an audit trail of system changes can be helpful.  Although I have seen various implementations for recording and reporting selected audit detail, I decided to create a new implementation to match my particular needs.

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Topics: sitecore cms, Sitecore 7

Why Content Management Systems are a Vital Part of Providing an Omnichannel Experience

May 8, 2015 | Posted by Adam Graham

Today's consumers have more freedom to choose how to interact with businesses than ever before. Smartphones, desktop computers, tablets, kiosks, wearable tech and laptops are just some of the options consumers can choose to conduct research, make purchases or discuss a company's products, customer service or brand reputation. It has become increasingly common for customers to jump between devices as they progress through the various steps of their journeys from mild interest in a product to completing its purchase.

However, customers demand an experience that is engaging as well as seamless when they switch from one channel to another. This is where an effective content management system can help. Content management systems were once little more than a tool to make it easier to upload images and text. Over time, however, they have evolved to become the foundation upon which all Internet-enabled processes are built.

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Topics: CMS System, Content Management System, Enterprise CMS, CMS Solution, CMS Implementation, CMS, sitecore cms, Kentico CMS

Adding a Field to the Sitecore Media Upload Dialog

March 10, 2015 | Posted by Adam HerrNeckar

A customer recently requested a field added to the upload media dialog.  The stated intent was to facilitate the content administrator’s preferred workflow.  Specifically, as the admin user was interacting with a content item, they also added images to a content field.  This worked great, except when the user also needed to edit data on the newly uploaded media item.  For those occasions, the user would periodically forget - if not given an opportunity at the time of the upload.

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Topics: sitecore cms, Sitecore 7, Sitecore Media Library

Choosing Between Sitecore Analytics and Google Analytics

January 13, 2015 | Posted by April Rios

To be successful, marketers need robust, accurate and timely analytics. Advances in technology have helped empower marketing by providing an ever-increasing number of tools for measuring performance. Two excellent tools are Google Analytics and Sitecore DMS. Both do their job very well -- but they do not do the same job. Deciding when to use one or the other -- or whether to use both -- requires evaluating each.

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Topics: sitecore cms, Sitecore 7

9 Things to Consider when Deploying Sitecore

December 18, 2014 | Posted by Lisa Carolan

Sitecore has earned a well-deserved reputation as a powerful and flexible content management system. One attractive feature has always been the ability to choose a complete deployment on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid installation. With the option to implement Sitecore on Microsoft Azure, a platform-as-a-service, the advantages of deploying Sitecore in the cloud outnumber the disadvantages. Here are 9 things you should take into consideration before choosing a sitecore deployment method:

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Topics: Enterprise CMS, sitecore cms

Why We Like Sitecore 7.0 as a CMS

February 13, 2014 | Posted by Adam Graham

The world today makes real time communication with you customers absolutely essential. To remain relevant businesses must create engaging content at a rapid pace, without sacrificing a consistent and cohesive voice across platforms, departments and the organization.  This new norm makes a robust Content Management System imperative for any business aiming for success.

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Topics: sitecore cms

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