Welcome to Adobe Summit – Day 1
Anne Russell, Digital Marketing Manager, Adobe ANZ – LinkedIn
I can’t believe I’m back again at the Adobe Summit, the Digital Marketing conference exactly one year later, where a multitude of top thinkers and leaders are coming to continue to innovate and push boundaries in digital marketing. Time flies when you are having fun and technology has certainly continued to take off! Digital marketing seems to have taken a life of its own in the last year; maybe not quite as speedy as the fall from outer space by Felix Baumgartner – one of the amazing luminary speakers due to speak tomorrow at Summit, but still the digital marketing tools continue to evolve to better serve marketers today.
With over 5000 attendees coming from all over the world (27 countries present and 120 just from the Asia Pacific region), Adobe is definitely demonstrating fast technological developments and strong leadership. I am not referring to the stratosphere but to the Digital Marketing space which has come a long way and now definitely seems to catch the attention of many of today’s seasoned marketers and analysts.
During this morning’s keynote, Brad Rencher, Adobe’s Senior VP of Digital Marketing together with his core Product Team shared through great story telling on the theme of “the last millisecond” the Adobe Marketing Cloud’s new technological enhancements to help marketers make, measure, manage and monetize their campaign content. One of the issues experienced by marketing campaign teams worldwide is that it can take many days or sometimes weeks to get a campaign out of the door. The many email exchanges and comments back and forth cause delays to marketers in delivering relevant content to their customers.
In order to make marketers more agile and allow the content, analytical, social team and web teams to work seamlessly and more efficiently, Adobe’s new Marketing Cloud now includes a new touch-based user interface bringing business data collected from your company’s online marketing campaigns and allows your teams to collaborate in the cloud for timely changes and faster approval processes. This also helps CMOs gauge the results and success of their marketing spending faster.
For those customers who have witnessed some of Adobe’s various technology acquisitions over the last few years, such as Day Software and Efficient Frontier and who knew of the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, Brad Rencher and his team have simplified and re-branded it in five key solutions under the Adobe Marketing Cloud:
Adobe Experience Manager that now includes responsive design, social communities and a stand-alone digital asset management to help customers change their websites faster.
Adobe Target pulls data from the Marketing cloud to deliver one-click targeting for better personalisation.
Adobe Social now seen as the next generation buzz marketing tool with social campaign attribution and predictive publishing that interprets data from social marketing campaigns across mobile devices.
Adobe Media Optimizer upgraded to help marketers manage their budget spending towards search, display and social media.
Adobe Analytics pulls data from the Marketing Cloud to allow for on the fly segmentation shared across the cloud.
As well as attending great sessions today, I have also had the pleasure of networking with customers and based on today’s interactions but also on what many customers are doing around the world, it is clear that many organisations are very much embracing Digital marketing tools. As an example Dupont, one of the world’s largest manufacturers in the world is busy rolling Adobe CQ, across its 12 different business units to allow for better content, greater interactions across its different units and better digital experiences for its customers. The digital team is making the most of Summit to continue its digital journey
Condenast uses the power of analytics every day to deliver better targeted content to its customers as is Fairfax in Australia. We are also seeing large banks such as NAB investing in the Adobe Marketing Cloud. Top companies such as Coca- Cola, Barclay Card, Sony Electronics and Hyatt are here in Utah for the whole week to share, learn and amaze us with what can be done in the digital marketing space.
After a full day of interesting conversations, I better go and watch the Black Keys concert that Adobe has organised tonight for all Summit attendees- I can’t wait! See you all tomorrow for more exciting times.