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Adobe Announces Primetime 2.0; Drives TV Everywhere Forward

Our team has been busy at The NAB Show in Las Vegas this week and we’re excited to announce some major updates to Adobe Primetime – the industry’s most advanced TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. This latest release of Adobe Primetime takes advantage of the latest industry innovations and introduces new capabilities that drive strong viewer engagement and greater flexibility for monetization.

With Adobe Primetime 2.0, broadcasters and pay-TV providers can tap into a new cloud ad insertion service (available today) to insert ads into live, linear and on-demand content across any platform/device. We also unveiled Concurrency Monitoring as an extension to our Emmy award-winning Primetime PayTV Pass service, allowing customers to manage the number of streams accessed across each device. Aside from desktop operating systems, SmartTVs, Android and iOS devices, Adobe Primetime 2.0 now supports XBox 360 gaming consoles and Roku devices.

Additional capabilities in Adobe Primetime (coming later this year) being demonstrated at The NAB Show include support for MPEG-DASH and the new ultra high definition television (UHDTV) standard, which will allow media companies to deliver content across 4K enabled SmartTVs and other IP-connected devices. Check out our full announcement for all the details.

A Preview of 4K UHDTV Support, Powered by Adobe Primetime

A Preview of 4K UHDTV Support, Powered by Adobe Primetime

It’s been a year since Adobe Primetime launched at The 2013 NAB Show and it’s now been adopted by major customers worldwide including Comcast, NBC Sports, Turner Broadcasting, Tennis Channel, and M6 RTL Group – and has supported massive events such as the Sochi Olympics for NBC Sports. The latest customer wins include Shaw Media and Bell Media in Canada. In the U.S., Major League Baseball (MLB) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) have started using Adobe Primetime to deliver live and on-demand video content across desktops and XBox 360 gaming consoles.

If you’re at The NAB Show, stop by the Adobe booth (#SL3910 in the Lower South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) to see a demo of the latest innovations in Adobe Primetime coming to a screen near you!

Adobe Summit 2014 Explores Reinvention in the Digital Marketing World

Adobe Summit 2014, The Digital Marketing Conference, kicks off Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an expected crowd of more than 5000 digital marketers, publishers, agencies and technologists.

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The theme of this year’s conference: marketing reinvention, which underscores major changes happening in the marketing industry that are compelling marketers to develop new skills.

To illustrate how quickly the digital marketing world is evolving, Adobe released a study exploring the rapid transformation of the industry that shows how marketers are looking to reinvent themselves and the way they approach their work. Some interesting stats:

  • More than 8 out of 10 marketers believe that their role will change in the next three years.
  • 40% of marketers stated that they want to reinvent themselves, but 14% actually know how to go about it.

Answering the marketer’s call to reinvent themselves, Adobe unveiled the newest technology breakthrough in Adobe Marketing Cloud. This includes a host of new core services spanning all six solutions, such as:

  • Industry-first capabilities introduced using the Master Marketing Profile, which gives companies a single view of their customers and prospects to deepen relationships and offer highly personalized experiences across all marketing channels.
  • Shared Assets, which enables companies to sync, store, search, and share digital assets from a central repository across Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions. Marketers can take advantage of Adobe’s industry-leading tools in Creative Cloud and collaborate directly with creative professionals to accelerate the production of content across all marketing channels, all from one user interface.

More innovation introduced in Adobe Marketing Cloud includes:

  • Marketing Mix Planning technology, for marketers to assess, optimize and execute their offline and online mix including TV, PR, print and events, as well as paid search, display advertising, social and email.
  • A set of new mobile app development solutions and capabilities that help companies create, manage and deliver highly personalized mobile app experiences to their customers and prospects in real time without having to worry about multiple app stores, fragmented operating systems, and different device sizes.
  • A major new release of Adobe Experience Manager, the market leader in Web experience management, offers innovations for simplification of website re-platforming, dynamic asset delivery, and mobile app developments.
  • Adobe Target Premium, a new personalization solution that leverages predictive technology to unlock valuable insights and take the guesswork out of marketing.

Adobe Summit attendees will hear from master marketers at brands including Audi, FedEx, MGM, REI and Sephora as well as celebrity speakers who have used digital to reinvent themselves and their careers. Stay tuned to all that’s happening at Summit by following along on the Summit 2014 blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation with #AdobeSummit.

Adobe DPS announces strong readership metrics, free license to .folio file specification

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Today, Adobe made several announcements about the Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) – where it is today and where it’s heading. And the news is exciting. With more than 150 million digital publications built with DPS downloaded – some 80% of all digital issues on mobile devices – DPS has been changing the way publishers and companies connect to their readers and customers around the world.

And even better, we’re offering a free license to our .folio format for digital magazines in 2014. This free license will enable any newsstand licensee to implement its own .folio viewer and increase the availability of DPS magazine apps.

For full details, take a look at the announcement on the Adobe Digital Publishing blog.

No more Email CPM? Yes! We’re accelerating cross-channel marketing

No More Email CPM

If you’re a direct or digital marketer, you’re probably no stranger to email marketing. You’re also probably very much aware of the costs associated with using email to reach your customers. Email marketing firms have long relied on email CPM (cost per thousand emails sent) to price the value of their services to the marketing organization. And in a push-based world where one size fits all, CPM did its job. It was simple and based on a critical, and often times flawed assumption: that email volume was directly proportional to effectiveness.

We’ve realized that up until now marketers have been held hostage by email CPM. They are in effect paying to talk to their own customers. After all, CPM is the main cost driver for this industry, and at a time when single channel, push-based marketing was the norm, email CPM worked just fine. But increasingly, it is an anachronism in a world that is rapidly headed towards cross-channel orchestration. I started writing about cross-channel marketing back in 2009 when I led the Customer Intelligence practice at Forrester Research. It’s now been more than four years, and marketers still have way too many hurdles in delivering a truly consistent cross-channel experience. We want to remove the roadblocks and help marketers get there faster.

Today, Adobe announced a new approach that will help marketers embrace cross-channel marketing once and for all. Starting in January, we are changing the way brands will be charged for communicating with their customers. We will no longer rely on email CPM or for that matter any channel messaging costs. Instead of CPM, we will charge based on the customer profiles that marketers have in their database.

No longer will marketers have to worry about email volumes, and associated overages, and penalties related with marketing communications. We want marketers to do whatever is right by their customers. If this means sending them more email then they should be able to do that. But if this means reducing email and amping up mobile and social messages, well that’s fine too. We want marketers to use all the channels at their disposal to deliver compelling, personalized marketing messages, offers, and experiences.

Customer profiles provide invaluable information on end-consumers, including their preferences, behaviors, attitudes, and value. This new approach allows marketers to not only look at whether email is the right vehicle to reach their customers, but to try new channels (social, mobile, etc.) and scale marketing efforts to do what is right for their customers and the business. This is about freedom and flexibility. Essentially, by evaluating multiple channels marketers can pick and choose the mix that best serves their customers and their business objectives.

Only Adobe Campaign offers this flexibility. As a world-class, cross-channel campaign management solution, Adobe Campaign enables marketers to harnesses the intelligence of an integrated customer profile to build meaningful relationships with their customers, deliver relevant offers and messages, and orchestrate great experiences. And Adobe Campaign is the only solution that lets you scale email, direct mail, social, and mobile communications without worrying about your Cost Per Message.

Want to learn more? Please turn to our press release with additional information.

Announcing Mobile Services for Adobe Marketing Cloud

It’s been a busy year for us in digital marketing and our momentum with Adobe Marketing Cloud continues. Today, we’re excited to announce Adobe Mobile services for Adobe Marketing Cloud to help marketers better manage, optimize and monetize their mobile apps. Available today through initial integration with Adobe Analytics and Adobe Target, the new cloud-based Adobe Mobile services offer a series of app-centric capabilities including a new user interface for mobile teams, app experience geotargeting (via GPS), and audience testing to maximize the user experience.

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With these new services, we’re offering capabilities that drive ROI across mobile apps and eliminate having to integrate multiple point solutions across operating systems, devices, and app stores. Even better is that developers can rapidly deploy Adobe Mobile services and have customers up and running with apps in minutes. Additional support for solutions that provide mobile capabilities including Adobe Campaign and Adobe Experience Manager is expected in 2014. Check out the website for the latest capabilities Adobe Mobile services can offer – including geo-location targeting, app analytics, app optimization, broad platform support, ease of deployment, and data privacy. Also, Adobe’s Ray Pun discusses the app-centric user interface of Adobe Mobile services in his blog post, “Mobile Marketing Just Got Easier” (part one of a three-part series), and the video demo will let you see things in action.

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Additionally, Adobe’s Digital Index team released some new findings around mobile app trends after measuring engagement on apps versus websites for more than 600 brands. Some key takeaways:

  • Compared to those browsing websites, tablet and smartphone users spend 3-4 times more time with apps – with app usage outpacing mobile web visits by an average of 100 minutes per month
  • Android apps are used 40% more often than iOS apps, but iOS apps get twice as much ‘time spent’ per month
  • Banking and investment apps are used 30% more frequently than other apps

The data goes to show that mobile app users are more loyal to brands opposed to those who just visit a brand’s website from their mobile device. Full commentary and findings are available here. And for the latest digital marketing trends and insights, visit the Adobe Digital Index portal on CMO.com.

Follow Adobe Marketing Cloud on our blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates!

The New Adobe Target – Live!

The ability to test offers and target digital content just got easier for marketers. Today we released our newest version of Adobe Target—part of Adobe Marketing Cloud. We’re really excited about Adobe Target’s new features: easy deployment; step-by-step workflow; visual experience composer; and our integrated custom audience library. Customers will now access Adobe Target through their Marketing Cloud login, which will not only allow users to access all their Adobe digital marketing solutions, but also gives them a great environment in which they can collaborate with peers and share their optimization successes.

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Whether you’re an existing Adobe Target customer or just starting to look into increasing the impact of digital through optimization, we encourage you to learn more. You can browse some of the resources on our website or check out the new interface through an interactive tour. If you’re an existing customer, you will have received a special notification—including an invitation to a webinar taking place tomorrow, Oct. 2, at 10am PDT.

We look forward to continuing the conversation as you dive into the new version or have questions as you’re learning more about the solution. Leave a comment or follow and ping us on Twitter @AdobeTarget.

KEEP CALM and optimize on!

Note: This was previously posted on the Adobe Digital Marketing blog on October 2.

Adobe Delivers TV Everywhere for Turner Broadcasting with Adobe Primetime and Unveils Major Solution Innovations

We’ve experienced great success and customer momentum since our launch of Adobe Primetime, the industry’s most advanced TV publishing and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. From Comcast to NBC Sports, customers are adopting Adobe Primetime’s video publishing, player, DRM, advertising and/or analytics solutions to deliver TV and reach audiences beyond the living room. It’s all about delivering the content consumers want, seamlessly and securely, when and where they want it.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) is the latest Adobe Primetime customer delivering TV across screens. TBS, Inc. is a leader in driving TV Everywhere adoption and it will be using Adobe Primetime to power its new TNT and TBS apps (iOS and Android) and websites. Cartoon Network, truTV, NBA League Pass, AdultSwim, and others are expected to leverage Adobe Primetime in the near future.

We also released some updated TV Everywhere stats showing that viewing broadcast TV online continues to grow in popularity. Based on our Adobe Digital Index data:

  • The number of authenticated streams increased by 400% in the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2012.
  • The average number of unique visitors to sites with online TV content grew nearly seven fold in the first six months of the year, compared to same period in 2012.
  • Adobe Primetime’s authentication technology is now used by more than 50 TV channels powering more than 100 apps and websites across all major device platforms including iOS, Android, Windows 8, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV and SmartTVs.

Check out our blog post around TV Everywhere momentum for more stats and insights.

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We also announced a series of technology innovations in Adobe Primetime – including new video analytics and a new cloud DRM service. Now part Adobe Primetime, Adobe Analytics Essentials for Video will improve the viewer experience by giving content owners access to a broad set of data to better understand their digital audience, including viewer engagement with both content and ads. Additionally, the new cloud DRM service will dramatically simplify the deployment of content-protected videos across devices. Adobe Primetime’s DRM component is already being used by major TV programmers and pay-TV service providers worldwide including AT&T, DirectTV, Fox, Scripps Networks, Turner Broadcasting, Walt Disney Pictures, Vudu and others.

Stay tuned for more updates and momentum around Adobe Primetime and TV Everywhere!

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Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night?

Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night
In conjunction with Advertising Week 2013 starting today in New York, we released some striking research about how marketers are feeling about digital. The study, Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night?, reveals insights about how 1,000 U.S. marketers feel they’re doing – as individuals, in their companies and relative to their industry peers.

A few of my favorite stats:

  • Only 40% of marketers think their company’s marketing is effective.
  • Seventy-six percent of marketers believe measurement is important vs. 29% who believe they are doing it well.
  • 66% of marketers feel digital is critical to their company’s success and yet less than half feel highly proficient in digital marketing.  Worse, only 9% of marketers feel they know their marketing is working.

Check out the full study and infographic as well as the animated infographic with more details on the research. We think it will get conversations started about how marketers can not only keep up with the pace in the industry, but really get ahead and know what their marketing is working.

So marketers: we’d love to hear what you think about the research – does this capture your experience? Join our  Twitter chat about the findings. We’re calling it a Marketing Group Therapy session because it appears that all of us feel we need some help to get better.

When: Monday, Sept. 23 at 1pm PT
Where: Twitter
Hashtag: #DigitalDistress

One other thing: we have a new ad that launched today that humorously (we think!) demonstrates why marketers have this “digital distress.” Check it out:

One Hundred Million.

It’s a big number……more than twice the number of US households that have a pet dog and five times more than the distance in miles between stars in the sky.  And today Adobe can proudly claim a 100 million milestone: in a little over the past 2 years, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) has driven 100 million digital publication downloads, including magazines, newspapers, corporate publications and apps.

Superstar publishers like Fast Company, Hearst Corporation, National Geographic, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Rodale, Scientific American and Time Inc. as well as newcomers like F+W Media/Interweave, Foreign Affairs and The New Republic are using DPS to publish digital editions of their publications.   Additionally, the rapid adoption of tablet devices (Pew Research Center reports that a third of American adults own a tablet), has well-known brands like Renault, Sotheby’s International Realty, Stryker, and U.S. Soccer using Digital Publishing Suite to power their brands’ mobile applications.  Continuous innovation is empowering publishers and brands to drive readership, commerce and customer loyalty while tablets and smartphones have become new mediums for publishers of every type of content.

The growth of brands and corporations using Digital Publishing Suite to accelerate their mobile marketing has increased 30% in the last 6 months alone. From sales tools and training materials to brand engagement, retail catalogs and customer communications, businesses are using mobile devices to engage their customers and shoppers with immersive, interactive apps.  David Granger, editor in chief of Esquire, told us that since they started using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, they’ve been able to do more funny stuff and crazy interactivity in a stable environment while Wendy Purvey, CMO of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC mentioned lower production costs and the ability to deliver brand messages to clientele in a unique way as key features of working with DPS.

You can read today’s full press release here or more on the Digital Publishing Suite blog.

For more detailed information about product features, pricing and language versions, please visit

www.adobe.com/digitalpublishing

Connect with the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/adobedigitalpub and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adobedigitalpub.

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Adobe 2013 Digital Marketing Optimization Survey: How do you stack up to peers?

We’ve just released the results of our 2013 Digital Marketing Optimization Survey, after compiling data from over 1,800 respondents around the world. Based on the premise that engaging customers online and optimizing their digital experience across channels can mean millions in revenue, the survey was designed to find out if digital marketers are implementing programs to maximize investment or, in some cases, still just talking about it.

Some of the findings are eye-opening, like data showing a majority of the companies surveyed spend 5% or less of their marketing budget on optimization activities. Five percent or less, even though it’s also clear from the data that companies investing more get more in return. For example, companies allocating more than 25% of marketing budgets to optimization are twice as likely to see high conversion rates.

With data like that, it’s logical to ask, “what’s holding companies back”, and almost half of respondents indicated two primary challenges are budget and resources. While companies are starting to invest and advance in digital marketing optimization, there still is much to be done, as indicated by data showing more than half of respondents are unaware of the impact of site search techniques beyond the baseline functionality of keyword matching. Nearly half do not optimize their recommendation strategies and rely significantly on manual updates, with only 18% using an automated approach.  And, even though Adobe Analytics saw a doubling of traffic from mobile devices last year, 45% of marketers still do not have a mobile-optimized site.

The results of the Survey provide insight into areas where digital marketers need to excel – key areas like testing, optimized targeting, leveraging consumer data, social, site search, and automated recommendations.  It doesn’t matter if a company is just getting started with basic optimization practices or mapping out complex strategies to maximize conversion, it’s never been easier – or more necessary – for business to up their game.

To learn more and understand how you compare with your marketing peers around the world, check out our Kevin Lindsay’s post with further details and download the full survey here.

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