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Top 5 APAC Digital Marketing Priorities 2014

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Check out the region’s top digital trends in the APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard report.

Adobe Campaign joins forces with Adobe Experience Manager to give great customer experience and drive customer loyalty

Adobe is kicking off 2014 by announcing the latest release of Adobe Campaign which will provide marketers more scale and sophistication for cross-channel marketing programs. Today’s  announcement follows momentum from the acquisition of Neolane,  the rebranding of Adobe Campaign and our new simplified pricing and packaging strategy.

In the new release, Adobe Campaign will join forces with Adobe Experience Manager allowing marketers to create a seamless and personalised customer experience. The integration will permit marketers to work from a single digital asset management repository and integrate data from both anonymous visitors and identified customers.

Adobe Experience Manager is a world-class web experience management solution, and a Leader in the most recent, relevant  Gartner and Forrester reports while Adobe Campaign is a Leader in cross-channel campaign management in Forrester. The integration of both solutions combines the best content with cross-channel customer engagement.  This means we can now deliver personalised content to each customer at the right time through the right channel, while driving customer loyalty.

Creating quality content has always been a major challenge for marketers. It’s even harder to utilizing that content within the same marketing tools. Until now,  marketers have had to work with external agencies or different organisations,  using manual processes or an external content management system, that do not allow them to execute messages or make changes easily. Now, with the integration, marketers can simply create an email, embed dynamic personlisation fields into the content, publish and execute the content across multiple channels all within a few clicks.

In addition to the integration of Adobe Campaign and Experience Manger within the Adobe Marketing Cloud, the latest release of Adobe Campaign also features:

  • Real-time marketing and scalability enhancements
  • Improvements in distributed marketing for local entities
  • Reporting enhancements for transactional messaging
  • German language support
  • More technical platform enhancements

Interested in learning more? Visit the Adobe Campaign page and check out our new explainer video. You can also check out Patrick Tripp’s blog here.

APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2013: Content & Data

In this episode of the APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2013 video series, Paul Robson from Adobe and Liz Miller from the CMO Council discuss the the importance of content and data for marketers.

Interested to find out more about APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2013? Check out the links below:

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5 Biggest Mistakes In Digital Revamps

Siva Ganeshanandan, Director, Adobe Marketing Cloud, APAC – LinkedIn, @sivagatwork

Siva's BioI had recently held a webinar session where I shared the 5 biggest mistakes companies make when they revamp their content management platforms. For those of you who have missed out on the webinar (or even for those who attended), here is a brief summary of what was discussed:

 

1)      Forgetting about Interdependencies

The first one is actually a combination of 3 similar mistakes people make, that I have grouped together. The first one is spending too much on technology and not enough on people, skill or allowing enough time.  The Ying to that mistake’s Yang, is companies that don’t spend anywhere near what they should on technology, and expect developers and services to make up for it.  The third of these is when designers have no sense of how the Content Management platform works, or developers of things like template on the system have no idea what the design is/will be.

What does it look like when it’s happening? Well, the first symptom based on the lack of investment in time & skills, is that what you saw in the demo and what you get are wildly different. If the balance has gone too far the other way, and you haven’t bought a robust enough platform,  every time you want something change, it requires new development. When this happens – you know you’ve made this mistake. If you hear anyone in the team say ‘that design is not supported’, or if small design changes cause a lot of development effort, you know you have made mistake number 1.

What can go wrong?  You have a great tool but it’s not going anywhere and you’re not getting a return on our investment.  You might have initially gone for lower cost solution, but years down the line you end up spending more than if you bought the premium product at the beginning due to development cost. In addition, you get an unmanaged part of customer experience where your design is compromised as well as usability.  Businesses units start rolling out lots of little sites, hosted elsewhere, because your platform slows them down.  What’s wrong with that ?  The biggest challenges are around customer experience consistency, gaps in marketing data and unnecessary cost.

How do you avoid it? Scope out the market and understand which solutions are best suited to you. The platform that you have is important to your business like it never has been before.  Look again about the business case.  Invest more technology, in the people and  skills and don’t forget to include the agency and design right from the start.

 

2)      Mobile

A lot of companies recognise that Mobile is important but have built mobile and ‘web’ sites independently from each other.

What does it look like when it’s happening? You end up having different projects for the mobile site and vendors for mobile apps which end up working in silos. When we think about mobile, most people think of responsive design however this is not enough as there needs to be more thought on mobile user’s situation – what are the majority of people doing on their mobile vs laptop vs tablet etc.

What can go wrong? Customers end up having a bad mobile experience which leads to missed opportunities and low conversion rates. Mobile traffic in the digital space is growing tremendously and companies need to get it right in order to capitalise on it. In addition, if you happen to have built your mobile and website separately, it can mean double the cost of maintenance as well as black spots in your marketing intelligence as you will have two sets of data that are not unified.

How do you avoid it? Have a workflow that automates mobile friendly content. Go beyond just responsive design and think about customer usage and situation.

 

3)      Data

Lots of revamps tend to happen without enough data to back up decisions. This mean there is a poor understanding of customer attitudes and a lack of knowledge of the customer behaviour. Companies are then in dark, not knowing what content is important to their customers and what isn’t.

What does it look like when it’s happening? Many decisions are based overly on design or gut feeling. This on its own is not good enough; basing a revamp purely on design will not allow you to know what content to migrate to your sites. Do not just let the HiPPO (Highest Paid Person Opinion) make a lot of decisions, gather and understand your  data and facts to base your decision on.

What can go wrong? You end up with a pretty site that looks nice but is not what your customer want or need. This might initially lead to positive reviews but followed by flat or lower engagement and conversion. In the end you have wasted effort and useless content that don’t resonate with your customers.

How do you avoid it? The main key is to understand the customer through multiple sources of data – behaviour, attitudes, how they interact with your content and services.  This includes running A/B and MVT tests on relevant experience that you currently have or are considering as part of the revamp.  It is straightforward, very powerful to understand your content effectiveness – which content is making your customers convert (see webinar).

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4)      Usability for Your Users

Companies expect users to bend their business to the requirement of the system – this is frankly, not going to happen. Furthermore users might find it painful to manoeuvre through your web properties which in turn mean they end up having a bad user experience. Another thing is not considering the agency’s role in the experience production cycle.

What does it look like when it’s happening? When describing how to use the system, it requires you and the team to do things differently – log into multiple screens, change processes.  If you only see only IT people gather all the requirements, it’s time to stop and think about who else can be involved in the project and decision making.

What can go wrong? One of the most common things that we see is that content doesn’t get managed which leads to stale content and spiralling agency cost for simple tasks. Another challenge you might get is that non content owners are writing the content which again leads to bland content.

How do you avoid it? Spend time to understand and document the workflow including: content production, approvals, agency, developer, digital assets and apps. Make the experience as seamless as possible, remove every intermediate step that is not necessary. In addition, invest in SSO (Single Sign On), in Custom e-mails for approvals, in Automated Translation Workflows and in Wizards and Forms that help the user. The rule of thumb is keep going until building it in the platform is easier than writing a work document to get someone else to buy it.

 

5)      Personalisation

This is really about companies that think one size fits all. You end up having an experience that is not personalised to the customer or personalised in one dimension.

What does it look like when it’s happening? When there is no data discussed during any of the design decisions, there will be no personalisation as there are no facts on customer behaviour etc.  Then, when you require personalisation, there is a requirement to do development for any targeting.

If you are told there is a release cycle for segments takes a long time, there is no talk of offline data and there is no link to advertising – this is a problem. Most technologies today should be able to provide you with such requests.

What can go wrong? You might lose marketing share/high support volumes or by a slow decline, where it will take you longer to release it has gone wrong.  Your competitors are already doing personalisation and you are missing out on converting customers.

How can you avoid it? First thing is to get the data, this includes offline data and advertising performance data.  Then consolidate the audience persona.  You need to understand your customer in order to better inform your marketing efforts and enable better servicing of your customer. Second is to think about customer segments and designing content for each segment/persona. Lastly, don’t forget about advertising – audience management is a well-established to drive better targeting of ads – it’s a simple step to bring that capability to your owned media.  However, it’s something that is only just being started to be done.

 

This is just a brief summary of what was covered; to find out more on what was discussed (including a bonus mistake) listen to the webinar and download the presentation via the links below:

Click here to listen to the recorded webinar.

Click here to download the presentation slides.

Click here to download the Forrester Wave Report & other Whitepapers.

 

Join us at our next webinar, ‘Measuring the Success of Your Mobile Sites and Apps’ taking place on 10th Oct. Click here to register now!

What consumers want: relevant content, community & context

Paul Robson, Managing Director, Adobe Australia & New ZealandLinkedIn

The immense volume and variety of information on the Internet makes it easier than ever for consumers to form opinions about brands and make purchasing decisions. In such a heavily saturated media environment, marketers need to know what the most powerful factors in the purchasing process are, which methods are most valuable, and what Australian consumers want. New research suggests that the answers are: highly-relevant and personalised content, a strong community of peers and a unique social context that binds the community, content and company.

Marketing Myth Busters, a study conducted by Edelman Berland, in partnership with Adobe, shows most Australians are comfortable with online products and services that have been customised for them, but they don’t want to sacrifice their privacy to get it. The study also shows that most Australians prefer to look at traditional ads in magazines or on TV, rather than online. So does this mean digital marketers are failing consumers?

Relevancy and personalization are key to delivering successful digital marketing campaigns. Digital marketers are getting access to more information than ever before but unless they can use that data more effectively they will miss opportunities. At the same time, consumers need to consider how much of their personal information they are willing to share in order to receive products and services that are more relevant to them.

The Myth Busters research has also found that consumers believe the two most effective ways to encourage consideration of a product or brand is through recommendations from someone they trust (69%) and recommendations from consumer reviews (45%). This suggests that through social media, peers have become an influential factor in purchasing decisions.

Consumers are actively using social media to seek out information and reviews of products from peers, but they want content from brands to tell unique stories rather than simply ‘sell’. Their motivations for engaging with brands and products, as well as the types of content they wish to see, are very specific and this means advertisers need to re-consider how they construct their messages and content for social media. Simply mirroring the content or methods used in other media won’t produce results.

The Marketing Myth Busters study also found that:

  • Checking updates from friends is the primary function of social media for both consumers (32%) and marketers (40%)
  • 63% of consumers feel positive or neutral when a company customizes its products or services for them
  • 84% of consumers agree that companies collect too much information on consumers
  • 49% of consumers said they ‘like’ brands on social media that they buy regularly
  • 51% of consumers see the action of ‘liking’ a product or brand on social media equal to communicating tastes or interests, while 41% see it as recommending that product to friends or family
  • 51% of consumers answered “Yes, very much” when asked if they wished there was a ‘dislike’ button on social media sites
  • 75% of consumers believe advertisements should tell a unique story, and not sell.
  • Consumers and marketers prefer to look at ads in their favourite print magazine (consumers: 33%, marketers: 27%) or favourite TV show (marketers: 39%, consumers: 31%), compared to online media.

The consumer perception of marketing’s ineffectiveness may seem concerning, but the fact that consumers prefer to look at ads in printed magazines and on TV suggests they’re still receptive to advertising. Marketers should be more concerned with the context created by the messaging and positioning of content.

To create successful campaigns for the social and digital world, marketing content needs to be created and positioned in a context that is unique and relevant to the social community. But this can only be achieved by abandoning standardised messaging and direct calls to action in favor of content that; fosters community discussion about relevant topics between peers, provides unique brand or product-oriented experiences and leverages in-direct social calls to action.

Consumers want to be social. They want to be a part of a community, and they also want to be involved with brands and products that engage them with their peers in a bigger social context. Is your company creating this context for its consumers yet?

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To read the full findings of the Marketing Myth Busters report, click here.

Discover more about social marketing and business impact at the Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium in Sydney this July 16th. Click here to register now!