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Research Summary: Why Live Engagement Marketing Supercharges Event Marketing

Digital Transformation Shifts Static Event Marketing to Live Engagement Marketing  Event marketing often represents 21 percent to 33 percent of most marketing organization budgets. While success criteria remain murky at worst and sparse at best, organizations have an opportunity to digitize event marketing using live engagement marketing techniques. Live engagement marketing provides marketing teams with […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2016

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Monday’s Musings: The Four Personas Of The Modern CMO In A Digital World

Marketers Face Massive Challenges In Making The Digital Shift In interviews with over 100 digitally focused, modern CMO’s, Constellation identified shared common challenges in the transformation of their roles.  More importantly, with the support of new digital business models, an emerging set of challenges highlight the need to move beyond the classic 4P’s.   The top […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 11, 2016

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Event Invitation: Webinar on The American Eagle Story- Competing On Experiences And Outcomes In A Mobile World

DELIVERING IN-STORE EXPERIENCES TO DIGITAL CUSTOMERS Join me Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm PT for a webinar on customer experience in a mobile world. Only 37% of US brands rate their ability to achieve their eCommerce goals as very effective. As a result, most brands lack the ability to convert a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 15, 2015

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News Analysis: Inside The Rationale Behind @LinkedIn Turning Off Its CSV Connections Download Tool

@LinkedIn Fighting Off Scrapers Inadvertently Angers Users Over the weekend, Michael Korcuska, VP of Product Management at LinkedIn, responded to customer complaints with a series of blog posts explaining their rationale (see Figure 1 and 2). Figure 1. Turning Our CSV Connections Download Tool Back On Figure 2. Access to Your Account Data The Bottom […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 25, 2015

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News Analysis: How @LinkedIn Is Creating A Personal Data Hostage Crisis For Its Users

Curtailment Of @LinkedIn Downloadable Contacts Breaks Sacred Rules Of Digital Business On July 23, 2015 11:46 AM, Emil Protalinski at Venture Beat broke the story that many users of LinkedIn had noted on social media outlets.  The easy to use, immediate download of one’s contacts in a number of flexible formats had been removed and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 25, 2015

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Trends: 9 Actions to Consider Before 2015 For Digital Transformation

Digital Strategy From The Analysts At Constellation Research Constellation’s year end checklist offers suggestions designed to enable you to take control of your digital strategy in 2015. Consider these actions to ensure you dominate digital disruption in the new year. 1. Matrix Commerce: Scrub your data By Guy Courtin When it comes to Matrix Commerce, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 18, 2014

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News Analysis: SalesLogix Given New Life With Infor Acquisition

Infor Acquires SalesLogix To Expand Vertical CRM Footprint On August 14th, New York City headquartered, enterprise software giant, Infor, announced the intent to acquire the assets of Scottsdale AZ, Saleslogix for an undisclosed sum.  For those keeping track of CRM history, Saleslogix was last owned by Sage Group and sold off to Swiftpage, an existing […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 14, 2014

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News Analysis: Going Deeper Into The Apple And IBM New Business Model Alliance

Global Partnership Signals Expansive View Of Digital Business Disruption On July 15th, 2014 IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Apple’s Tim Cook announced in Cupertino, CA a strategic partnership to transform enterprise mobility (see Figure 1).  IBM has committed up to 100,000 employees to the initiative.  Apple has not disclosed its investment effort.  The announcement, made at […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on July 23, 2014

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Event Report: Customer Experience Management Alive and Well At Clarabridge Customer Connections #C3Rocks14

Customers Celebrate Success With Customer Experience Management (CXM) Around 450 customer experience professionals gathered at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort at Clarabridge’s Customer Connections Event April 28th to April 30th, 2014.  The event brought together professionals passionate about best practices, trends, and techniques in improving customer experience management.  Key customers at the event include major […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 3, 2014

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News Analysis: Vertical Solutions Extends Customer Experience And Field Service Footprint With Three Partnerships

Vertical Solutions Partnerships Showcase Why Complex Field Service Is A Critical Glue Between ERP and CRM In Improving Customer Experience Announced March 4th, 2014 at the Microsoft Convergence event, Vertical Solutions, made three significant partnerships with Blue Horseshoe Solutions, Cincom, and Vidcie.  The Cincinnati, Ohio based customer experience software vendor provides cloud contact center and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 6, 2014

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Event Report: Microsoft Convergence 2014 Day 1 Demonstrates Solid Momentum and Mindshare ( #CONV14 )

Microsoft Convergence Kicks Off In Atlanta The annual Microsoft Convergence customer event kicked off on March 4th, 2014.  Far from the days of the Stampede in Fargo, North Dakota, the event shows how far the Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners, and products have progressed.  Over 12,000 attendees including customers, partners, staff, and prospects gathered in Atlanta, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on March 4, 2014

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News Analysis: HootSuite Acquires uberVU For Analytics And Enterprise Growth

HootSuite Prepares For Enterprise Growth On January 22nd, 2014, Hootsuite announced its acquisition of analytics provider uberVU for an undisclosed sum. The Bucharest, Romania and Cambridge, MA based software company brings 42 employees and over 200 customers to HootSuite. Key insights for customers and prospects include: uberVu provides Hootsuite with enterprise class analytics. uberVU’s technology […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 22, 2014

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News Analysis: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Acquires Parature For Customer Service Capabilities

Dynamics CRM Gains Key Technology and Team To Take Existing Customer Care Assets To Next Level On January 7th, 2014, The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team announced a definitive agreement to acquire Herndon, VA based Parature for an undisclosed sum.  This acquisition is Microsoft Dynamic’s CRM’s largest to date. Parature is an East Coast software start-up […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 6, 2014

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News Analysis: Verint Announces Intent To Acquire Kana For $514M

Verint Adds to Vovici and Contact Center Assets To Expand Customer Engagement Offerings On January 6th, Melville, NY based Verint® Systems announced a $514M intent to acquire Sunnyvale, CA, KANA Software.  Verint is a software vendor with a core in analytical software.  Verint’s core offerings provide enterprise intelligence and security intelligence.  The acquisition is significant […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 6, 2014

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Tuesday’s Tip: Seven Lessons Learned In Customer Experience Strategies During A Data Breach (such as Target’s)

Every Brand Should Have A Plan For A Data Breach The confluence of centralized personally identifiable information, reliance on digital channels, ease of hacking of magnetic stripes, and the application of the Willy Sutton rule ( a.k.a. you rob banks because that’s where the money is) improve the odds that many organizations will face a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 24, 2013

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Trends: Real World Lessons In Optimizing The Customer Service Experience From Kana Connect

Workshop On Optimizing Your Customer Service Experience Identifies Eight Strategies At the 2013 Kana Connect event from September 15th to 17th, 2013 in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of co-leading a workshop with Scott Hays a Sr. Director, Product Marketing for KANA Software.  The goal of the session was to explore eight strategies to […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 20, 2013

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News Analysis: Clarabridge Raises $80M in Funding For Expansion

General Catalyst, Summit, and Yuchun Lee To Take Clarabridge To Next Phase Of Growth Rapidly growing Reston, VA based Clarabridge, announced on September 10, 2013 a $80 million round of capital.  Founded in 2006, Clarabridge is a leading provider of customer experience solutions.  The funding announcement is significant as Clarabridge: Invests into global expansion and […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 10, 2013

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Event Report: CRM Evolution 2013 – Seven Trends In The Return To Digital Business And Customer Centricity

Market Leaders Refocus On Digital Business and Customer Centricity The annual gathering of the industry’s top thought leaders, users, and vendors of CRM converged at the Marriott Marquis in New York this past August 19th to 21st.  As with any good conference, the speaker tracks and the corridor conversations provided a glimpse of where market […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 23, 2013

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News Analysis: Kana Express 13 Addresses Omni-Channel Customer Service for Mid-Market

Just 14 months after announcing the acquisition of Trinicom, Kana has revealed the latest release of its cloud customer service suite for the mid-market, Kana Express.   Released on June 27, 2013, the new product reflects the company’s mission “To provide leading customer service solutions that empower our customers to create experiences that count, for their […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 29, 2013

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Monday’s Musings: The Controversy Surrounding Gartner’s CRM Market Share Analysis

The Gartner Market Share Analysis:CRM Software Report Raises Questions On Accuracy of Market Sizing Reports The recent Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2012” has generated some controversy among the enterprise software set.  The report and other reports such as these, are often used for bragging rights by vendors and for […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 6, 2013

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Market Maker 1:1: Steve Miranda, Oracle Fusion Applications Update – The Inside Story

The Inside Story On Oracle Fusion Apps At The End of 2012 Constellation sat down with Steve Miranda, Oracle’s Executive Vice President of Oracle Applications Product Development to discuss the state of Oracle Fusion Apps in a no-holds barred honest conversation about what’s working, what’s not, and what to look forward to in 2013. R […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on December 31, 2012

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Event Report: The Tweet Stream From #DF12

Enjoy the tweet stream from #DF12.  It’s all in here. The Storify Tweet Stream

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2012

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Event Report: Dreamforce X (#DF12) Emerges As The South By Southwest (#SXSW) For The Enterprise

Dreamforce Represents The Mecca For The “Art Of The Possible” In The Enterprise Whether Salesforce.com’s flagship conference at Moscone Center was the most attended conference (~48,000) or the most registered for event (~90,000), matters not.  When examined in context of the magnitude of what was accomplished, the impact of this 10th annual event transcends attendance […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on September 23, 2012

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Event Report: CRM Evolution 2012 #CRME12

CRM Continues To Evolve In A World Of Engagement The CRM industry’s major non-vendor customer focused event kicked off at the Marriott Marquis in New York from August 13th to 15th.  Conversations with prospects and practitioners at the event highlighted a few emerging trends: Shift from transaction to engagement. CRM traditionally focused mostly on the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 14, 2012

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News Analysis: IFS Acquires Metrix To Boost Mobility And Service Management

Mobility and Scheduling Play A Key Role In IFS Service Management Strategy On May 23rd, IFS acquired Metrix, a service management and mobility vendor headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  IFS adds 90 customers with Metrix.  Key highlights of the acquisition include: Expansion into new markets. Metrix Service Management provides a field service management and depot repair […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on June 13, 2012

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Friday’s Features: Using Attensity Analyze 6.0 To Compare Customer Sentiment For @united @southwestair @virginamerica

A Travelers’ Tale of Two Airlines (@united vs @southwestair) A hurried shower, followed by a hastily packed bag.  Then, the race to the taxi stand (Figure 1).  Should be easy to get a cab at 5:45 am in Las Vegas, right? Only the late night crew roll into a casino this late or early in […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 18, 2012

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Event Report: Lithium Network Conference 2012 #LiNC

Lithium Technologies Shows Continued Customer Momentum And Success In Social Marketing And Support To the tune of over 500 customers and prospects, Lithium kicked off LiNC on May 2nd, 2012, at the always stunning Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco.  Compared to previous years, the audience was not only bigger, but also more experienced and energized.  […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on May 9, 2012

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News Analysis: KANA Enters MidMarket With Trinicom Acquisition

Acquisition Brings A Proven Multi-Channel Cloud Based Service Offering To The Growing Mid-market Sunnyvale, CA based KANA announced on April 24, 2012 it’s acquisition of Netherlands based Trinicom, a multichannel, customer contact software provider serving over 200 companies in the BeNeLux market.   Trinicom’s flagship T5 all-in solutions addresses multichannel customer service through email response management, […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 25, 2012

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Event Report: Clarabridge Customer Connections 2012 #cbc312

Clarabridge “Turns Up The Heat” On Delivering Context For Customer Experience CEO, Sid Banderjee, opened up Clarabridge‘s 4th annual user conference to 350 customers at the Doral Golf & Spa in Miami, FL on March 5th, 2012.  Clarabridge, a sentiment and text analytics software provider helps companies discern insight from their text based customer feedback […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on April 9, 2012

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Research Summary: Best Practices: Consolidated CRM Deployments Drive Paths to Modernization And Social CRM (SCRM)

Forward And Commentary As with any maturing product category, CRM applications have evolved over time from point applications to best of breed solutions to end-to-end suites. This report examines some common styles of modernization as CRM emerges from the systems of transaction era to the systems of engagement era and beyond. A. Introduction With the […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on February 13, 2012

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News Analysis: Lithium Technologies Adds $53M in Financing

New Funding Shows Strength In Social Business Market And Lithium’s Business Model Emeryville, California based Lithum Technologies announced today that it raised $53.4M in financing.  The lead round is from New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Other investors include SAP Ventures. NEA leads the round with Peter Sonsini joining the board. Peter‘s been active with ecommerce play […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on January 5, 2012

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News Analysis: Oracle Buys RightNow For $1.43B

The Acquisition Machine Heads To The Public Cloud Users gathered at the Customer Summit 2011 at the Broadmoor Hotel woke up to the shocking announcement that Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) announced a $1.43B acquisition of leading SMB CRM vendor RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ: RNOW) today.  According to Thomas Kurian, “Oracle is moving aggressively to offer customers a […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 24, 2011

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Executive Profiles: Disruptive Tech Leaders In Social Business – Rob Tarkoff
, Lithium Technologies

Welcome to an on-going series of interviews with the people behind the technologies in Social Business.  The interviews  provide insightful points of view from a customer, industry, and vendor perspective.  A full list of interviewees can be found here. Rob Tarkoff, President and CEO Lithium Technologies Biography Rob Tarkoff is president and CEO of Lithium […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on October 4, 2011

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Research Summary: Introducing The 43 Use Cases For Social Business (Social Enterprise)

The Social Business (Social Enterprise) Moves Beyond The 18 Use Cases Of Social CRM As social media adoption continues to move from mainstream to pervasive ubiquity, enterprises will begin to benefit from these advancements in the consumerization of IT (CoIT).  Just 18 months ago, early adopters identified 18 Use Cases for Social CRM (SCRM).  These […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 28, 2011

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Monday’s Musings: A Working Vendor Landscape For Social Business

Confusion Persists In The Social Business Market As with any new disruptive technology, the social business solution landscape faces a dynamic, confusing, and converging market. As vendors seek to grab mind share and market share, customers and prospects remain confused as to what are the right business problems to address with social business. However, rampant […]

Posted by R "Ray" Wang on August 15, 2011

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