As we did last year we’ve posed some of our attendees’ most frequently asked questions to speakers who will be at this year’s Gilbane Conference. Today we’re spotlighting Jake DiMare, Digital Strategist at Agency Oasis. You can see all Speaker Spotlights from our upcoming conference as well as last year’s event.

Speaker Spotlight: Jake DiMare, Digital Strategist

Agency Oasis

Follow Jake: @jakedimare

Given that there are more smartphones than PCs on the planet and both will be important for the foreseeable future, how should organization’s content delivery priorities and technologies change? How is yours changing?

It sounds cliche, but I am constantly reminding anyone who will listen to take a ‘mobile first’ approach to every customer and employee facing digital property. All front-end experiences should be responsive and native apps may be an appropriate consideration whenever the customer experience will be enhanced by the ability to leverage deeper hardware features or if the overall strategy calls for an installed app on the user’s device.

Marketing is the most talked about discipline that needs to take on more responsibility for technology to be effective. What can other departments learn from the discussion around marketing technology and marketing technologists.

It’s a really interesting time for marketing because both marketers and technologists are making a concerted effort to better understand the depth of each other’s experience and strengths. The result of this confluence is organizations’ marketing goals are better served by the emergence of better new technology while marketers are growing able to leverage the powerful features and functionality becoming available to them. At the same time organizations have stopped ‘rushing in’ to the adoption of new technology and we are seeing overwhelming demand for strategic planning around digital transformation.

This new desire to think strategically before taking action is the biggest lesson the back office can learn from marketing when undergoing digital transformation. We all know new technology is ‘disruptive’ but I think there are still organizations who fail to understand this disruption doesn’t only apply to the hopeful effect transformation will have on the competitive environment.

Although sometimes used interchangeably ‘content strategy’ and ‘content marketing’ refer to very different though often connected disciplines. How and where should these activities be organized?

This is an interesting question that’s come up a few times in the last year. The clear difference between Content Marketing and Content Strategy is one is limited in scope and highly focused on marketing goals, while the other could be applied to any aspect of organizational content from annual reports to training manuals. The other important distinction is content marketers are content producers, curators, and amplifiers. Content Strategists are, as the title implies, strategists, planners, and enablers.

Does the ‘internet of things’ have an immediate or near-term impact on your organization’s information or collaboration infrastructure? How so?

Yes, we are thinking about the appropriate content strategy to ensure content is future friendly and available across devices on all our own digital properties, as well as when advising the clients we serve.

Catch up with Jake at the Gilbane Conference:

Track T: Re-imagining the Future: Technology and the Postdigital Experience

T3: Marketing Automation, Data, and Multichannel Marketing
Tuesday, December 3: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

T5: Multichannel Content Management – How do you do it?
Wednesday, December 3: 9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

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