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Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium Singapore 2014: Marketing’s role in real-time enterprise

What role does marketing play in building real-time enterprise? Watch what some attendees from the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium in Singapore had to say:

Digital Disruption Trends Revealed at Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium Singapore 2014

The latest digital disruption trends revealed at the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium Singapore 2014:

Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium Singapore 2014: Key Takeaways

If you missed out on the biggest digital marketing event in the region or just want a recap, here’s a short video on the key takeaways from some of the attendees:

Conversation, not Content, is King

Michelle Gautrin, Senior Social Media Strategist, Digital Marketing, APAC, Adobe Systems @mgautrin

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Last week I attended a Social Media Branding event in Singapore where brands like StarHub, SingTel, Domino’s Pizza, Lenovo, Marina Bay Sands and more, talked about the ways they’re using social media to elevate their brand and reach customers. One concept really stuck with me and was the underlining theme of everyone’s presentation: Conversation is King.

Social has given brands an opportunity to listen and connect with their customers on a deeper level. Rather than focusing on pushing out content, brands need to shift, and start listening to the conversations happening about them and join the discussion with value add input. We need to start humanizing our brands. No more should we focus on B2B or B2C but consider that all brands should engage on the basis of H2H (human to human).

The way I see it, there are 3 steps to a successful social media brand strategy. First, begin by and tapping into conversations happening about your brand; second, build on those conversations; and finally, convert those conversations into conversions.

Social must really be an ART: Authentic, Responsive, & Timely. Brands that master this art will start to see the true value social can bring to their business, and one such brand is Lenovo. Nazia Hayat from Lenovo talked about the importance of humanizing your brand and treating followers as equals. A lot of the time brands like to thump their fist on their chest, shouting and demanding “we are the leaders, follow us”. What they forget is that, the initial few followers are the true leaders and are key to nurturing and gathering more followers – Derek Sivers explains it beautifully in his Ted Talk, “New followers emulate followers not the leader”. That’s why it is so critical for brands to be part of conversation; not just about their brands but about topics that are related to their brands as well.

This brings me to my second point – the importance of community marketing. Conversations about your brand are taking place whether you like it or not, so why not facilitate it? It’s actually scary how many people are now more likely to make a purchase decision based on a complete stranger’s review! Daren Choo, AVP of Social CRM at Starhub shared that 75% of Singaporeans read people’s comments online before making a purchase decision. Instead of focusing on building followers, brands should focus on building a community; a community of avid fans, advocates and influencers that will help to protect and promote your brand.

Finally, once those conversations have been created, identified, and executed, turn them into conversions. Domino’s Think Oven campaign is a great example of how an innovative social campaign can engage consumers and drive sales. Rose Lam, Marketing Manager, APAC, of Domino’s Pizza explains how Think Oven acts as a virtual suggestion box, allowing the company to engage their audience, listen to their customers, interact with them, and drive sales all at the same time. Reaching out and involving your customers, offers a personal touch that will allow them to relate to your brand on a human level and proves to them that you care.

So remember to listen and join in on the conversation. Make sure you also humanize your brand by creating a brand voice that is authentic. And lastly, don’t be afraid to take risks – as I said before, conversations are happening about your brand whether you like it or not, so why not join in! You could even turn those complainers into advocates just by giving them a little extra loving.

Singapore Showcases Top Trends and Innovations in Digital Marketing

Lauren Power – @LSP2Japan

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More than 1,000 marketing and advertising professionals gathered at Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands for Adobe’s Digital Marketing Symposium 2014, the premier event for APAC’s digital marketing industry, nearly doubling the attendance from 2013. The Singapore and APAC regional markets have exploded with Adobe across many key industries, according to Paul Robson, Adobe President of Asia Pacific.

“Adobe’s heritage is creativity,” says Robson, and Adobe has been transforming the digital experience for over 30 years. This legacy of innovation has reinvented digital marketing and communications possibilities again and again, solidifying Adobe’s role as an industry leader. With the Singapore Symposium’s theme of reinvention, Adobe President and CEO, Shantanu Narayen called for organizations to meet the challenges of “always on” marketing through Adobe solutions in analytics, cloud, mobile and social media. Data is the voice of the customer, but “success over the long term doesn’t come just from the biggest data,” Narayen says. The question of how to manage “big data” continues to intimidate and torment marketers, and the division of the data and creativity business silos within organizations drags down productivity.

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“The digital age is not impersonal,” says Narayen, “Digital is redefining business, but it’s creativity that still drives innovation and success.” The content cycle generated through Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud allows organizations to make, manage, measure, and monetize “big data” seamlessly, blurring the lines between solutions. Data should both inform and reaffirm the creative side of digital marketing by providing instant quantitative analytics on any marketing platform.

The intricate technological advances and break-neck speed of “big data” may seem overwhelming even to seasoned marketing professionals, but with the right acquisition of new digital skills and tools, any organization can become proficient and benefit from this new digital landscape.

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For the first time, digital marketers can track and manage customer profiles in an instant, adapting marketing strategies to fit individual profiles. “Digital wakes.” Tracking every click, interaction, and abandoned cart, for every customer, every time, in real time, paints a clearer picture of the customer for digital marketers, and it’s all thanks to “big data” mediated by a more intuitive analytics solution.

According to John Mellor, Adobe’s Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, implementing these solutions through traditional marketing channels is not enough. The spike in Singapore and APAC regional markets’ mobile usage and social media engagement makes it vital for digital marketers to use data and analytics to optimize their approach.

Mellor urges organizations to bring mobile into the core of their marketing strategies and to recognize the possibilities of properly postured social marketing. To demonstrate his point, Mellor invited corporate representatives from Maybank and Tourism Australia to discuss their implementation and results from building a new, data-driven digital campaign using Adobe solutions, including interactive web, mobile and social media, with profile matching and customization. In both cases, customer engagement soared from the beginning and the numbers are continuing to go up.

Adobe practices what it preaches. Throughout the Singapore Symposium, the social marketing teams boosted audience engagement through personalized mobile updates, apps, quizzes, polls, videos, and other interactive media across multiple platforms. Creative and analytical audience members alike were convinced that the potential applications of these innovative social marketing solutions, as well as Adobe’s digital marketing solutions in analytics, cloud, and mobile more broadly, could redefine and enhance their own organizations.

With customers being connected 24/7, organizations cannot afford not to harness the power of “big data” and transform their capacity into “real-time” with speed of digital personalization across all channels. At the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium in Singapore, global innovations and local applications of digital marketing solutions inspire APAC’s best to build new collaborations and even greater success.