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Judith Aquino | June 16, 2016
Microsoft took many people by surprise when it announced on Monday that it had acquired LinkedIn for the eye-popping price of $26.2 billion. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner described the deal as a chance to "change the way the world works." For Microsoft though, this acquisition is another example of the company playing catch-up to its competitors. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | May 2, 2016
Digital disruption is happening at lightning speed and only some of the best-in-class businesses are successfully keeping up the pace. In documenting how companies are going through this digital transformation, Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company, developed a maturity model that chronicles the stages and the key areas of focus and change. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | March 28, 2016
Last Monday, Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday. Since CEO and Founder Jack Dorsey sent the first Tweet on March 21, 2006 announcing that he's setting up his 'Twittr,' more than 1.3 billion of us joined the platform to express ourselves in 140 characters or less. Read more »
Judith Aquino | February 3, 2016
Move over TV, real-time digital advertising is the next battleground of Super Bowl marketing. While TV spots still command the most viewer attention during the Super Bowl, digital ads that are delivered on the fly are a rising channel for brands to engage their audiences during big moments. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | February 1, 2016
In today's connected world, it's important for organizations and their leaders to adopt a social networking and collaboration mindset. CEOs, in particular, play an important role in telling their companies' stories via social. The very act of telling them influences their organizations' discussions and engages both employees and customers. With the exception of some influential social players (Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Richard Branson), it's no secret that there is a shortage of "big name" CEOs blogging, tweeting and facebooking. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | January 11, 2016
It's the time of the year again when customer experience leaders everywhere are planning their strategies for 2016. Separating their organizations from their competition is no longer about price; instead it's about providing experiences that are in tune with customers' needs. As leaders analyze their objectives for 2016, here are five key customer experience trends to focus on. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | November 16, 2015
Stephen R. Covey said, "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." The 2015 1to1 Media Customer Champions are doing the former and proving that listening to understand leads to big results. Read more »
Judith Aquino | November 12, 2015
LinkedIn sends a lot of emails. It's common for members to receive email notifications about everything from work anniversaries to contact requests and new posts. But the company seems to have realized that quality is better than quantity when it comes to messages. LinkedIn is finally tailoring the rate in which it communicates with members to better match user behavior. In other words, instead of bombarding members with emails, LinkedIn is trying to be more considerate. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | October 21, 2015
Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone! That's right. Today's the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive from the past to change the course of history once again. Yet, while we probably won't see Doc's DeLorean (or any other car, for that matter) zipping through the air any time soon, fans across the Internet can't stop comparing fictional 2015 with the real thing. Of course, when Universal Pictures released Back to the Future II in 1989, writers Robert Zemeckis Read more »
Anna Papachristos | September 16, 2015
October may be mere weeks away, but Major League Baseball (MLB) fans still have one riveting post-season ahead of them. Thus, it's not surprising that audiences are taking to social media to express loyalty to their favorite team. For marketers, however, amplified data may also serve as an opportunity to knock their engagement strategies out of the park. Read more »
Judith Aquino | September 10, 2015
Yesterday, I did something I haven't done in years: I picked up my phone and called a store to ask a question. A friend told me about a farm that sells lavender but she wasn't sure whether customers could pick their own flowers. Since the information wasn't on the farm's website or Facebook page, I called the farm. Read more »
Judith Aquino | August 27, 2015
Imagine getting a job offer based on your online search activity or the content you've posted on social media. On one hand it's creepy, but just as marketers are using data analytics to deliver relevant content to consumers, similar tactics are being used to find qualified job candidates. Read more »
Judith Aquino | July 30, 2015
Facebook knows who you are. LinkedIn knows where you work. It's increasingly difficult though to tell the difference between LinkedIn and Facebook with both sites offering many of the same functions. This is a problem for LinkedIn in particular as it alienates its core user group of professionals and undermines the site's value. Read more »
Judith Aquino | July 16, 2015
Measuring the return on investment of any campaign, tool, or strategy is crucial, but it can be a murky endeavor. Consider customer experience initiatives. Delivering outstanding customer service is one of the few ways businesses can win loyal customers and increase their bottom line, according to customer experience professionals. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 17, 2015
Every brand has its own story to tell. Yet, when it comes to social media, many companies still struggle to find the right words. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 10, 2015
While many companies have already built a strong social media presence, other brands have only recently come to the conclusion that social media is here to stay. But, as these businesses look to enter the fray, leaders must proceed with caution if they wish to guarantee that these burgeoning efforts garner positive results. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 3, 2015
Every time I scroll through my Facebook news feed, visions of Lamb Chop come to mind. "This is the song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends." Low-quality photos and unsolicited opinions flood the page, hurtling me down an expansive rabbit hole of existential contemplation: Why are we here? Why are we wasting our time? Why must people take pictures of their lunch before they eat it? We seem to be living in an era of Read more »
Anna Papachristos | May 13, 2015
For many companies, social media has become an innovative way to drive brand awareness. However, for TOMS, these interactive channels represent an opportunity to garner attention and increase engagement around social issues across the globe. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | April 1, 2015
In recent years, consumers have become increasingly comfortable with expressing praise and concern via social media. Thus, as external behaviors evolve, so must internal service strategies. Within the hospitality industry, Best Western and its properties have seen an uptick in occupancy rates that can be directly correlated to their social engagement efforts. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | February 18, 2015
Though many social networks have come and gone--R.I.P. MySpace--others have established themselves as key players in the marketing space. Facebook and Twitter, of course, are indomitable forces of nature. But, according to Forrester's recent "Pinterest Is Not Ready For Prime Time" report, this fairly new social network may just be on the cusp of greatness. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | January 5, 2015
What constitutes a great customer experience? According to The Temkin Group, it's a combination of three aspects of a customer's interaction with a company--functionality, accessibility, and emotionality. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | December 1, 2014
Though I've never seen an episode of The Walking Dead, my Facebook newsfeed was abuzz Sunday night when the show's official account spoiled the mid-season finale for many of its devoted followers. While the image (below) was posted immediately after the east coast showing, those who run the account failed to consider DVR viewers and its west coast audience before ruining the deadly twist, causing quite the uproar. Angry fans did not hesitate to express their discontent over said image, Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | November 10, 2014
Visual content is changing social media and marketing campaigns. Businesses are finding that content that contains images is more valuable for businesses, as it has a higher chance of being shared than anything else on social media with statistically more page visits and increased engagement. Read more »
Judith Aquino | November 6, 2014
Love it or hate it, viral news site Buzzfeed's ability to drive impressions and engagement rates via a stream of lists, quizzes, and articles reflects the new ways readers consume content. But Buzzfeed's success did not happen by chance, explained Melissa Rosenthal, senior director of creative services at Buzzfeed, during a keynote speech at Ad:Tech New York. The media giant analyzes the content people share and how they share it to package its content accordingly. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | October 27, 2014
What makes a successful social media strategy? That was the question on many minds at last week's Connect via Hootsuite event in New York City. Panelists addressed concerns regarding engaging audiences and customers in meaningful ways, finding metrics to convince executives of social's value, and empowering employees to participate in social initiatives. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | September 29, 2014
Advertising Week 2014 got underway this morning in New York City, with the organization even ringing today's closing stock market bell. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | July 7, 2014
Last year online wine sales topped out at $5 billion worldwide, according to estimates from the Bordeaux Management School. In fact, of the 3,000 people surveyed, 57 percent had visited an online wine site, while 35 percent had made an online wine purchase. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | June 30, 2014
A couple years ago brands started recognizing social media as a viable channel in which to engage customers, respond to their service inquiries, and foster relationships. Despite their initial and continued investments in technologies and strategies to incorporate service into these emerging channels, the majority of companies today still lack ownership and understanding of social media. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | June 16, 2014
Whether they're raising awareness, engaging with new audiences, or growing sales, marketers will flock to social media during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Social media traffic for the month-long global soccer tournament is already outpacing the Sochi Olympics, with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter at the center of the boom. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | April 23, 2014
Since its inception, social media has evolved to become one of the greatest tools in the modern marketer's arsenal. But, while companies use this emerging medium to disseminate brand messaging and conduct customer service, individual consumers use social media as their personal mouthpiece, sounding off about whatever's on their mind. Yet, while predictive analytics have become the ideal companion tool for marketers looking to gain granular insights into their social consumer base, such technologies have begun to bleed into other Read more »
Anna Papachristos | April 16, 2014
From Facebook and Twitter, to Instagram and Pinterest, social media continues to prove it's not just some trend, but also an emerging platform for individuals and brands to connect and converse. But, as social media expands into an enterprisewide initiative, more companies beginning to consider to pros and cons of bringing their CEO into the mix. While many feel this step would bring an added human element to their business, others worry that exposing their CEO to public scrutiny may Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | April 14, 2014
Digital and social trends are the key factors driving the evolution of retail marketing today. Read more »
Guest Blogger: Vanessa Saulsberry | April 11, 2014
Far too long ago to mention, I listened attentively as my marketing professor elucidated the Four P's of marketing. It was a different world then; smartphones and tablets weren't en vogue, virtual events and Spreecasts didn't exist, and Facebook and Twitter were rarely used for business. Magazines and newspapers flourished and face-to-face events reigned. On that foundation today's marketing leaders are challenged to think differently about the marketing mix. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | March 24, 2014
Today I head to Salt Lake City, Utah, for Adobe's annual Digital Marketing Summit. Last year was my first Summit and I look forward to attending again this year, as it is one of the rare events in which attendees can see first-hand how quantifiable marketing results maximize a company's marketing ROI. The Summit will offer best practices and techniques on topics ranging from how to personalize a cross-channel strategy, best practices for managing a global digital presence, and how Read more »
Anna Papachristos | March 12, 2014
Once upon a time, there was no such thing as the Facebook News Feed. There was no stalker sidebar and the homepage existed primarily to display the names of friends who'd "poked" you back. But, fast forward 10 years to the present day, and you'll see that much has changed throughout Facebook's lifetime. Though it still serves as an incredible tool for reconnecting with old buddies and staying in touch with new friends, advertisements and outside influencers continue to creep Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | February 24, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that January retail numbers are down, 4 percent from the month before. Despite the assumption that winter weather may be to blame retailers must start thinking strategically about how to continue to attract consumers into their brick and mortar locations. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | February 3, 2014
In 1984 Steve Jobs introduced the Apple Macintosh during a Super Bowl XVIII commercial. The computer went on to become the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | January 8, 2014
Most have come to accept that, when people want to have their voice heard, they typically take to the Internet to share their plea or opinion. Yet, while Facebook and Twitter have become the most common places to air one's frustrations, one young girl created a petition to shine light on her cause. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | January 6, 2014
As we enter into 2014, we look for help and advice in organizing our businesses and teams. We also look toward experts' forecasts and trends to help us best prepare for the year ahead and to decide where to focus key investments. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | January 1, 2014
When business becomes crazy during the holiday rush, companies are prone to making the occasional mistake. Luckily, in retrospect, these problems often become teaching moments that influence future improvements and programs. For many, social and mobile tactics still lack the strength necessary to garner loyalty and engagement. These tools offer vast opportunities, but while most brand recognize the potential for success, many have yet to integrate these channels into their overall marketing and sales strategies. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | December 30, 2013
The importance of delivering an optimal customer experience cannot be overstated. This year saw some notable blunders. Here are five that I believe stood out the most. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | December 23, 2013
Whether it's the airlines embracing mobile to assist customers, a bad-boy company promising to make over its service standards, or the launch of new technology that will change how consumers pay for everyday retail goods, these 10 customer experience incidents will change the course of how organizations deliver customer experiences. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | December 4, 2013
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the past week has been filled with nothing but advertisements and promotions galore. Fifty percent off this, 25 percent off that--it's enough to make your head spin! But for Photojojo, the photography fanatic's online destination, garnering attention was not just a gimmick. It was borderline genius. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | November 13, 2013
With each passing day, the official holiday season grows closer and closer. While malls are already playing Christmas tunes and department stores are all decked out in twinkle lights, the true rush has yet to begin. Soon, Black Friday deal-grabbers and last-minute shoppers will flock to the store and clutter the aisles, while others will hop online to research sales and avoid these crazy crowds. But, as shoppers seek an ideal parking spot, marketers are out to find new ways Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | November 4, 2013
During Facebook's Q3 earnings call on Wednesday, CFO David Ebersman quietly announced a decrease in teenage daily users during the quarter, especially with younger teens. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | September 9, 2013
I didn't think there was a single marketer on the planet who hadn't taken seriously the viral effect that being unresponsive in social media can have--a painful reminder exemplified by United Airlines and Dominos Pizza. When an angry and creative customer took to social media because of a broken guitar and raunchy employees uploaded videos of themselves doing disgusting things to a sandwich, the lack of response was worse than no response at all. Read more »
Anna Papachristos | September 4, 2013
If you get the chance to go to the movies this weekend, you might want to consider seeing Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's final installment in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, The World's End. Though seemingly focused on the main character's determination to reclaim his youth by dragging his old friends along for a nostalgic pub crawl, one cannot ignore the social implications of this science fiction comedy. I don't want to pack this post full of spoilers, but for Read more »
Anna Papachristos | August 28, 2013
When Facebook announced its plan to enable hashtags, many may have thought the popular social network was simply hopping on the bandwagon. With Twitter and Instagram being notorious for hashtags, Facebook users were already tagging posts and statuses to no avail, allowing the network ample opportunity to extend its reach even further by embracing the popular trend. Yet, while hashtags enable users to engage in conversations and interact with the rest of the Facebook community, this tool also provides brands Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 26, 2013
Marketers and IT professionals constantly express their concern over Big Data, yet they neglect to realize that consumers are being bombarded by information, as well. From Facebook and Twitter, to email and text messages, the average human cannot seem to escape the ever-present flow of words and images. Whether we're reading articles or watching YouTube videos, one bit of content usually trickles into another until we have distanced ourselves so far from our initial intent that we cannot even remember Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 19, 2013
Just as brands need consumers to purchase their goods and services to stay afloat in today's competitive market, social networks would be nothing more than online ghost towns without the people who populate these pages with their thoughts and experiences. But, while social media offers consumers an outlet for their opinions, such channels also open up the opportunity to build relationships that exist beyond the company's traditional offerings and cultivate the strong trust and loyalty behind brand advocacy. Read more »
Elizabeth Soltesz | June 17, 2013
I spent the past two days at the Corporate Social Media Summit in New York City, hearing from companies like Dunkin' Donuts, Chobani, Adobe, General Mills and others about how they have built and continue to build their social media strategies. While every speaker provided insight on how to maximize each social channel- what made my heart skip a tweet was Adobe Director of Strategy Jeff Feldman's concept that social doesn't equal social networks. What a groundbreaking concept for this Read more »
Anna Papachristos | June 12, 2013
Facebook has revolutionized the way consumers interact with friends, family, and brands. But, just as these shoppers have incorporated the social network into their daily routines, companies must also work to make social media an integral part of their customer strategy. For Migros, winner in the Social and Mobile Engagement category of this year's Gartner & 1to1 Media CRM Excellence Awards (EMEA/APAC region), Facebook now represents the key component behind the brand's interactive loyalty program. Read more »
Mila D'Antonio | June 5, 2013
I recently came across an interview with Amazon Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos, in which he was quoted this: "What's dangerous is not to evolve...You have to have a willingness to fail.... It's not enough to just listen to customers; you have to invent on their behalf." Read more »
Anna Papachristos | May 22, 2013
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Mothers may be fountains of wisdom, but in today's social world, Facebook and Twitter encourage many to rebel against the astute words of yesteryear. Though many bite their tongue in person, they rush to social media to vent their frustration, as offline interactions become online conversations. But, as Simon Palmer, chief technology officer at Empathica, highlights, negative feedback that can be used to uncover areas of weakness Read more »
Anna Papachristos | May 15, 2013
Technology continues to evolve each day, but unlike children, we do not document this growth with pencil marks on our doorframe. We measure technology's lifecycle through tweets, apps, and upgrades. But, just as teenagers test their boundaries, technology frequently pushes the envelope when it comes to innovation and creativity. In Huggies' case, the latest gimmick truly hits below the belt. Read more »