6 Tips for Turning Big Data into Great Customer Experiences

The phenomenon of big data certainly comes with big promise. […]

Amazon vs. Wal-Mart: How Online Strategy Can Meet In-Store Opportunity

When Wal-Mart announced plans to use its retail locations to fulfill online orders last week, the media and business community broke into a collective game of word association. The word? Amazon. […]

3 Ways Social Media can Boost Sales Success

A new RAIN Group report proves otherwise and shows that sales people that truly “connect” with buyers in this “always on” environment we live in to win more often […]

The Social-Shake-Up: A New Breed of Marketer is Coming

Gartner is predicting that by 2015, 25% of organizations will have a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) […]

5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Business and consumer brands have traditionally approached marketing from two totally different vantage points. And it’s obvious why: buying cycles are longer, buyer mentalities are different, and products typically require more investigation before a purchase. But the reality is that B2B buyers are very similar to B2C consumers— whether it’s buying a new car […]

IROI: Immediate Return on Investment

This is the era of Social Media. With over a billion consumers offering opinions, sentiments, and insights online, Social Media has in a few short years eclipsed many traditional forms of expression in terms of volume and importance. As a result, the professional world is abuzz with discussion of this new form of communication […]

Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process

Social data is becoming increasingly important in the new product development processes of many companies. In particular, manufacturers are tapping into social conversations as they explore new product ideas in order to learn what consumers are interested in and talking about. Later, when launch is imminent, social channels are becoming a key factor in […]

Gut Feeling or Analytics – which is better?

So I was talking with a CMO buddy of mine the other day over dinner and this topic came up. Of course you know as a CMO of a leading Social Media analytics firm – I think you can guess which side of this argument I was on. But seriously, my buddy honestly wanted […]

How important is real-time data? It’s all relative

The speed with which social media spreads ideas and information has led many marketers to place a premium on capturing data in real time. But should real-time data be such a priority?

Real time means different things to different people when the term is used as a proxy for recency. To an evolutionary biologist, […]

Making Marketing Agility Cool

Chief Marketing Officers take pride in being the trendsetters around the corporate corral – the arbiters of hip, the sharpest dressers, the consummate gadgeteers. But when it comes to using data to support decision making, the CMO is likely not to be the smoothest operator.

Each year the Marketing team works hard to distill […]