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Content technology

“Content technology” is a form of information technology that uses computing technology to create, retrieve, process, manage, store, share, and distribute unstructured data, such as narrative text and audio visual media, and typically incorporates or integrates with systems that manage structured data . The term emerged as early web content management systems proliferated, but includes any technology that processes some form of unstructured data, such as authoring, publishing, natural language processing, search and retrieval. 

Content marketing

“Content marketing” emerged when social media marketing was losing a bit of gloss, and was a bit controversial since content is the raw material of all marketing. But the term has stuck, and is largely used to suggest the use of educational content as a marketing tool.

See:

What is Content, Context, and Educational Marketing?

Gilbane Advisor 6-4-19 — Martech metrics, B2C AR, B2B AR, machine talking

Martech stack metrics

Scott Brinker: “Martech stack utilization is a misguided metric… (when it’s disconnected from value)”. This is certainly true. Products/tools in your stack usually have many features, only a subset of which actually provide value for your needs. Identifying and

Martech stack value

focusing on those features can save resources and provide more accurate ROI calculations. Read More

4 questions retailers need to ask about augmented reality

It seemed like AR was poised for rapid adoption (beyond Pokémon Go) a couple of years ago when apps started appearing from Ikea and others. Indeed I thought so. There has certainly been a lot of activity and some very useful applications, but as usual the use-case specifications, cost justifications, integrations, and learning curve take a time-toll. Bain & Company has some good advice for execs creating or reviewing a plan. Read More

Google announces a new Glass augmented reality headset for B2B

Much of the advice in the Bain article we reference above is also relevant to non-consumer AR applications. Whether B2B AR deployments are ahead of B2C or not, project planning should be informed by research into both. ROI calculations will be very different, but technologies and user experience design considerations largely overlap. Google Glass was a consumer flop but their Enterprise Edition is making some progress and what they are learning is valuable. After all, employees and professionals are consumers too. Read More

Can we trust machines that sound too much like us?

David Weinberger raises a good point. He is not asking whether we can trust machines. He is asking whether we want to loose the trust signals we get from talking with humans when we can’t tell the difference between machine and humans voices. He also wonders about the efficiency and how our preferences will evolve. Human sounding machines will not always be the right choice. Read More

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How to make a business case for voice and chatbot experiences

Gilbane’s Digital Experience Conference

Washington DC April 28 – 29, Workshops May 1

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For all the promise of voice and chatbot applications, widespread adoption has been limited to fairly simple use cases, and even then getting the usability and appropriate scale right is a learning experience. This shouldn’t be surprising given the dependence on natural language processing. Nonetheless, the potential for well-designed voice and chatbot experiences is large. Erin Abler can help you understand why some organizations have been successful, and how you can get started with a business case. 

B205. Making the business case for voice and chatbot experiences

Conversational voice and chatbot experiences are rapidly becoming the new norm in our houses, cars, and even some workplaces. Getting your news, weather, and driving directions is now as easy as asking for them aloud. But if you’re wondering what the business case is, you’re not alone. For many product owners, strategists, and marketers, it’s still hard to envision a viable way to get started. We work with clients every day who’ve taken on this exact challenge and found success. Through real-world examples, this presentation will show you how to identify and pursue the right opportunity for your next conversational design project. We’ll cover why people choose conversational interactions over other digital experiences, how to uncover legitimate use cases for your business, and how to avoid common stumbling blocks in the design and development process. You’ll walk away knowing how to identify a compelling conversational experience for your brand, and be ready to navigate the challenges and opportunities of working with emerging conversational interfaces.

Tuesday, April 30: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Erin Abler

Erin Abler
Principal Conversational Designer
Mobiquity

 

 

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Learn how to create connected experiences

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Washington DC April 28 – 29, Workshops May 1

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Connections are core to digital experience initiatives at every level. At the top, your organization needs connections with customers that are genuine, consistent, on-target, and fast. Delivering this requires that connections with partners, and employees, have similar qualities and smooth supporting processes. And technology systems also need to be connected in ways that enhance the experiences of each of your audiences. Jeff Cram will help you get a handle on how all this connects!

A106. Creating Connected Experiences

Stop acquiring more marketing technology and start better connecting it to your digital customer experiences. This session helps you realize the full potential of your existing martech investment by better aligning it to your customer experience strategy and digital execution. Drawing from decades of experience leading complex, digital experience initiatives, Cram and team share practical frameworks and models to find and fix the cracks in your digital customer experience and better connect your marketing technology to support the customer journey.

Monday, April 29: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jeff Cram

Jeff Cram
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder
Connective DX

 

 

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How do you “do” personalized experiences?

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Washington DC April 28 – 29, Workshops May 1

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Personalization is hard, and not getting it right isn’t an option — we’ve all experienced what that can look like. Colin Eagan provides a road map — what an “experience designer” needs to do throughout the process from technology selection through to iterative improvement. 

B104. Designing Personalized Experiences 

It’s now estimated that some 45% of organizations have attempted to personalize their own homepage in some way — but fewer than a third think it’s actually “working.” If that scares you, you’re not alone: As personalization technology races from niche to mainstream, the design community is racing to catch up. It’s time for a UX intervention. This highly practical talk focuses on the role of experience designer in influencing user-centered personalization design, including technology selection, user data models, and, of course, wireframes. Specifically, it covers what the well-versed designer should know about the latest personalization technology; what to do when you get a request to “do personalization” (either at your organization or your clients’); how to fit personalized user content into a larger information design system; how to use your role in UX to influence technical product selection; grow to translate actual user needs into a real-time user data model (“living personas”); wireframe-level guidelines for introducing personalized components in web and email; and creating a measurement framework based on “quick-wins” and iterative improvement.

Monday, April 29: 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Colin Eagan

Colin Eagan
Principal, User Experience Design, ICF NEXT

 

 

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What’s your organization’s core narrative?

Gilbane’s Digital Experience Conference

Washington DC April 28 – 29, Workshops May 1

 

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Our conference is followed by in-depth, half-day workshops by well-know experts providing detailed guidance on how to get a head start on key strategies, including…

Understanding (and building) your organization’s core narrative

A well-constructed and well-organized corporate narrative is a powerful thing. It explains what you do and why you matter. It can do the following:

  • Build market impact.
  • Drive a more cohesive marketing program.
  • Create a more cohesive business.

It speaks to the market in clear, resonant terms. It supports fluid, coherent corporate communications. It ensures that employees have a shared understanding of what they’re working for, and it plays a key role in business and product decisions and road maps.

Core narratives are a structured approach to organizing core beliefs, truths and facts about your organization. It starts with examining four elements:

  • Why – What is your aspirational value—why does it matter?
  • How – What is your methodology or approach that lets you deliver that aspirational value.
  • Offer – What is it that you sell? What do you do?
  • Proof – Why should I believe you?

The workshop begins with a discussion of the meaning of “narrative,” how it is different from “story,” and how to measure its strength. Then the fun begins:

  • We walk each participant through his or her own narrative strength assessment.
  • We start you on the way toward organizing your narrative.
  • We spend time on how narratives help to foster constructive discussion and help to bring different voices in the company together.
  • You leave with a clearer way of thinking about narratives and a set of tools designed to help you move forward with yours.

Wednesday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Deb Lavoy

 

Debra Lavoy
CEO, Narrative Builders

 

 

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CDP or Multi-Channel Hub? A Martech Journey

Gilbane’s Digital Experience Conference

Washington DC April 28 – 29, Workshops May 1

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The easiest way to deal with the vast number of marketing technology tools for digital experience initiatives is to narrow your scope by identifying the type of solution that most directly addresses your core requirements. You can then build around this hub with supporting integrations. For example, you might start with a CMS and then integrate CRM, or e-commerce. Though a sensible strategy, this is easier said than done because of shifting product scope and confusing marketing. In this presentation you’ll hear what the Business Development Bank of Canada learned on just such a journey.

A101. CDP or Multi-Channel Hub? A Martech Journey

This is the journey of a bank that was looking for the new shiny thing, a customer data platform, and ended up choosing a multi-channel marketing hub. How did it happen? What did we discover along the way on our journey about these types of tools? We follow through the steps of this discovery voyage where not a lot of people have gone before … (Hey, it sounds like a new Star Trek episode!).

Monday, April 29: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.​

Richard Tea, Development Bank of Canada

 

Richard Tea
Director, Analytics & Marketing Automation
Business Development Bank of Canada

 

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