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Month: September 2013

Speaker Spotlight: Lindy Roux – Multi-channel Content

In our second installment of Speaker Spotlight, we pose a few of our frequently asked questions to speaker Lindy Roux, Principal Content Strategist at Siteworx. Be sure to see additional Speaker Spotlights from our upcoming conference.

Lindy Roux Siteworx | Gilbane Conference speaker
Speaker Spotlight: Lindy Roux

Principal Content Strategist

Siteworx

What is the best overall strategy for delivering content to web, multiple mobile, and upcoming digital channels? What is the biggest challenge? Development and maintenance cost? Content control? Brand management? Technology expertise?

With the explosion of digital devices and channels, the need to centralize content delivery is increasingly important. Create once, publish everywhere, but in a contextually relevant way. This requires an integrated content strategy, a versatile or flexible organizational structure and the right technology suite. A multi-channel content approach allows for:

  • Efficiency –  a way to streamline the overall editorial process
  • Consistency – seamless messaging, voice, and tone across the digital landscape
  • Agility – ability to adapt to new channels and technologies more quickly

Major challenges that we have observed are:

  • A siloed organizational structure that is not conducive to integrated strategy
  • A lack of, or minimal investment in content strategy and governance
  • A less-than-clear understanding of user context to help to drive digital strategy

Catch Up With Lindy at Gilbane:

Workshop B – Engineer Seamless Experiences Across Every Digital Touch Point
Thursday, December, 5: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Find out more about this workshop and our conference sessions here.

Be sure to follow Lindy and Siteworx on Twitter @lindroux and @siteworx 

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Guide to “Virtual tracks” at the Gilbane Conference

Many of you will have already seen the program for the upcoming Gilbane Conference, which is organized into four tracks. But with 38 conference sessions and workshops, 90 107 speakers, and the variety of overlapping and related topics associated with content, marketing, and digital experience, it can be challenge choosing which sessions to attend. So in addition to our formal tracks, which are the best place to start, below we have created some informal suggestions for “virtual tracks” based on specific topics. These are meant to help you create your own custom program, but you will still need to check the conference schedule to make sure individual sessions don’t conflict.

Note that the Keynote sessions are not included below since they touch on a wide range of topics and are designed for all attendees.

Formal tracks

See the conference program for details on our formal tracks:
Keynotes
Track C: Content, Marketing, and the Customer Experience
Track E: Content, Collaboration, and Employee Engagement
Track T: Re-imagining the Future: Technology and the Postdigital Experience
Track P: Digital Strategies for Publishing and Media.

Virtual tracks

Mobile:

C2. Responsive Design and the Future of Digital Experiences
C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
T1. Are You Leveraging All the Mobile Technologies Required for Competitive Mobile Engagement?
T5. How Should Your CMS Fit into Your Mobile Strategy?
T6. How to Build an Enterprise Mobile Strategy for Content Applications
T7. Have You Talked To Your Refrigerator Today? Content and User Experience Design for the Internet of Smart Things
P2. Multi-channel Publishing and Content Reuse
Workshop F. Designing Modern Innovative Intranets – From Good to Great and Mobile Too!

User Experience, Visualization, & Design:

C2. Responsive Design and the Future of Digital Experiences
C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
C9. Your Site Needs Improvement!
T1. Are You Leveraging All the Mobile Technologies Required for Competitive Mobile Engagement?
T2. New Techniques for Designing Digital Experiences: Empathy, Animation, Visualization
T7. Have You Talked To Your Refrigerator Today? Content and User Experience Design for the Internet of Smart Things
Workshop F. Designing Modern Innovative Intranets – From Good to Great and Mobile Too!

Content Strategy:

C5. Content, Context, and Educational Marketing
C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
C10. Content Strategies: Customer Experience, Competition, Content Marketing and Curation
E3. Metadata Enhancement for Improved Content Management – Taxonomies and Governance – a Panel Discussion
E5. Incorporating Content Strategy into Your Project: Why and How?
T3. How to Make Authors and Content Strategists Happy, and Content Creation Efficient
T7. Have You Talked To Your Refrigerator Today? Content and User Experience Design for the Internet of Smart Things
P2. Multi-channel Publishing and Content Reuse
P3. Content Optimization for Publishers – Two Under-appreciated Approaches
P4. Two Ways to Improve Content Monetization – Big Data Personalization and Long Tail Reuse
Workshop B. Engineer Seamless Experiences Across Every Digital Touch Point

Content Marketing:

C5. Content, Context, and Educational Marketing
C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
C9. Your Site Needs Improvement!
C10. Content Strategies: Customer Experience, Competition, Content Marketing and Curation
P1. Digital Strategies for Publishing and Media Track Opening Panel

Content Monetization:

E6. Knowledge Integration through Collaboration among Healthcare Stakeholders
P1. Digital Strategies for Publishing and Media Track Opening Panel
P4. Two Ways to Improve Content Monetization – Big Data Personalization and Long Tail Reuse
P5. The Future of Digital Advertising – What Publishers and Marketers Need to Know
Workshop E. Great Ideas Need the Right Metrics to Flourish; Building the Analytics You Need to Monetize Your Innovation

Data and Analytics:

C6. How Digital Marketers Must Move Beyond Business as Usual to Succeed
C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
T4. When do You Really Need Big Data Technologies versus More Familiar Information Management Tools?
P4. Two Ways to Improve Content Monetization – Big Data Personalization and Long Tail Reuse
Workshop E. Great Ideas Need the Right Metrics to Flourish; Building the Analytics You Need to Monetize Your Innovation

Marketing Technology / Technologists:

C1. Q&A with Real Live Marketing Technologists
C8. Pardon the Digital Interruption
E4. Evaluating Collaboration and Social Software Options for Your Digital Workplace
T2. New Techniques for Designing Digital Experiences: Empathy, Animation, Visualization
P5. The Future of Digital Advertising – What Publishers and Marketers Need to Know
Workshop A. Insider’s Guide to Selecting Web Content & Experience Management (WCM) Technology

Technology Decisions:

C7. Building Next Generation Web Content Management & Delivery Digital Experiences – A Panel Discussion
E4. Evaluating Collaboration and Social Software Options for Your Digital Workplace
Workshop A. Insider’s Guide to Selecting Web Content & Experience Management (WCM) Technology
Workshop D. POCs with a Pay-off; Staging Product Proofs of Concept for Successful Outcomes

Globalization:

C4. How Do You Implement Global Digital Experience Management?
Workshop C. Unleashing the Value of Global Information Management

 

Speaker Spotlight: Brian Makas – Marketing Technologist

We recently posed some of our attendees’ most frequently asked questions to speakers who will be at this year’s Gilbane Conference in December. Between now and the start of the event, we’ll be sharing their answers with you. Be sure to see additional Speaker Spotlights from our upcoming conference.

Brian Makas - Gilbane Conference Boston 2013Speaker Spotlight: Brian Makas

Director of Marketing Technology & Business Intelligence

Thomas Publishing

Follow Brian on Twitter @BrianMakas

Is there a “Marketing Technologist” role in your organization or in organizations you know of? Should there be? What should their responsibilities be?

I’m the Director of Marketing Technology & Business Intelligence for ThomasNet, does that count? While I’m very fortunate to work for a company that realizes the importance of a formal marketing technology team, I can’t say that I know of many other people with marketing technology in their job title.

The most important responsibility of any marketing technologist is to act as a trusted advisor and navigator. A marketing technologist needs to be aware of marketing’s goals at all times, be on constant lookout for hazards that may arise on the way to those goals and always be looking for alternate means of achieving those goals.

For example in my own role, when I’m looking to help our clients to prove (and improve) the ROI of their investment in ThomasNet, I’m always listening to their concerns and looking for a connection to technology:

  • What applications already exist that we can leverage?
  • What can be tracked and quantified?
  • When technology alone simply can’t connect the dots, how can we prove the influence their investment had or modify their program to maximize their likelihood of getting a strong ROI

Over the years I’ve found that unless you’re aware of what’s available and what’s going on behind the scenes it’s often impossible to even realize opportunities you’re overlooking or to notice seemingly minor details that can haunt you for years to come. Likewise, if you wait until a project is fully scoped out before involving IT, they may be able to develop what you ask for but rarely are able to develop what you really wanted. On the flip side by working as a part of the marketing team, and keeping my ears open at all times, I’m able to jump in months before IT would typically become involved to explain said opportunities and risks.

While it will certainly take time for the title to be broadly adopted, I feel the role itself is very common. I found my own start in marketing technology by inviting myself to meetings no one thought I needed to attend and offering suggestions that no one asked for. I have no doubt that as marketing’s success continues to rely on its use and understanding of digital technologies, more people will continue to champion the cause and the formal role will quickly become a critical part of every successful team.

Where You Can Find Brian at the Gilbane Conference:

Track C: Content, Marketing, and the Customer Experience
Session C1. Q&A with Real Live Marketing Technologists
Tuesday, December, 3: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Gilbane Conference Program Posted

The Gilbane Conference program has been posted.

The Gilbane Conference on Content and the Digital Experience will be held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, December 3-5, 2013. Join the content managers, marketers, marketing technologists, technology and executive strategists, and other industry thought leaders who are defining and building next generation digital experiences.

The conference includes 80+ speakers, 6 keynote presentations, 30 breakout sessions, and 6 half-day in-depth workshops. Also, in addition to the technology showcase there are 11 Product Lab or Case Study sessions open to all visitors.

You can also download a PDF of the advance program, just remember the website is more up-to-date with all the latest additions to the event.

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