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 Principal Conversational Designer Mobiquity
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 Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder Connective DX
It hasn’t always been easy for governance and compliance issues to get the attention they need in organizations. This has been especially true with regard to digital content. In today’s global environment they are not something that can be easily ignored. Also, businesses are realizing that governance is not just about legal protection. There are customer experience, brand, market reach, and operational benefits as well. Join expert Kristina Podnar to learn more…
B106. Delivering digital excellence with global compliance & integrity
Faced with complex multi-site, multi-language, multi-channel digital presences, many organizations struggle to provide exceptional digital customer experiences, especially those on a large, distributed digital team. With the growing number of compliance requirements and international regulations, can you successfully deliver a digital strategy with repeatability and integrity? This talk defines policies and standards that can be leveraged throughout the enterprise for digital success—whether that is a website redesign, technology re-platform or implementation of mobile applications and social software.
Monday, April 29: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Kristina Podnar Digital Policy Consultant, NativeTrust Consulting LLC
Jay Brodsky is a senior executive equally versed in business and technology, who has been through multiple digital transformations. This is just the type of person you want for a large-scale digital transformation initiative, and he must like them because he recently signed up to take on another at the American Geophysical Union. Learn what Jay and AGU are thinking and planning for their modern digital membership organization.
B201. Building a modern digital membership organization
American Geophysical Union (AGU), a global scientific association promoting discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity, is on a 3-year path to implement a modern, flexible digital framework supporting its efforts. AGU’s vision to “galvanize the collaborative work of their members and communicate their work and its power to ensure a sustainable future” is empowered by digital tools. But key to this transformation is the adoption of a new culture and operating model for AGU to become a “platform for science,” delivering services wherever discovery and connections take place. AGU is rethinking the experience of its 25,000-person annual conference; building new ways to interact with the content of 20 peer-reviewed journals, a science magazine, and numerous books; fostering collaboration and dialogue; and doing all of this with the highest ethical standards and an eye to diversity and inclusion. This presentation speaks to this journey, discussing some of the parallels between our digital transformation and that of others adopting membership-based models to replace their traditional, subscription-oriented businesses, and addressing to the challenges faced along this path.
Tuesday, April 30: 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jay Brodsky Chief Digital Officer, American Geophysical Union
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 Principal, User Experience Design, ICF NEXT
Technology and operational integration remain the most difficult and costly implementation issues for digital experience and digital transformation initiatives. Understanding the integration technologies and practices most critical for your project is a requirement for success. Integrating open source and proprietary technologies can save cost, but what’s involved? Does open source add additional challenges? Veteran Joe Bachana describes a current project integrating a mix of five different systems. This is bound to be interesting!
A201. Case study in integration of open source with proprietary technologies for AGBU, a global not-for-profit
In this talk, Joe Bachana presents how open source technologies such as Drupal (CMS), Entermedia (DAM), OpenKM (records management), and CiviCRM (CRM) are being implemented with an Intacct Accounting System for the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). The resulting system manages the entire customer relationship, from inception through to management of donations and membership activities.
Enterprise digital transformations are not for the feint of heart. Technologies, practices, workflows, customer expectations, and market and business requirements are constantly evolving, and technical and operational integrations need to somehow keep up. That’s why case studies from experienced pros like this one are a critical part of your strategy due diligence.
B101. Transforming your digital ecosystem successfully: why & how it is possible
Can you build a digital ecosystem that enables your organization to delight its customers at every touchpoint, while delivering effective personalization and omni-channel engagement? Can you meet the needs of your customer’s journey across all channels to deliver her relevant content at any given point? For many, a successful customer experience relies on an affirmative answer to both questions. But the “transformation” required to support such efforts presents brands with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Where do you even begin? Our session helps you kick-start a digital transformation initiative by showing you how it can be done, even if you are starting with disparate systems, processes, and disconnected customer experiences. We show you an effective strategy and road map, including best practices in its execution. We offer you real-world examples of what has worked and led to a 400% increase in customer engagement—and what has not—and how you can succeed.
Monday, April 29: 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Vijay Hanumolu Vice President, Digital Strategy, Unum
Kevin P Nichols Executive Director, Experience, AvenueCX and Global Content Strategist
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…
Leveraging best practices & technology leadership in digital transformation to shape & enrich digital experiences locally
Digital customers are disrupting established practices and processes internationally. Product and service leaders must understand, analyze, meet, and exceed local requirements to enter and grow in their target markets. The digital age has set the stage to amplify local reach, relevant resonance, and personal reaction. Whether you are in a globalizing startup or in a multinational organization you have to overcome challenges and seize opportunities to make the most of that borderless stage and deliver effective content and products while demonstrating much agility, velocity, and customer centricity. More than ever, there is no great local experience without global excellence. Digital customers are in the driver’s seat, and know what they look for as well as where, when, and how they want it. Therefore, it is crucial to engage them linguistically, culturally, and functionally before they switch to your competitors in one click or with one word. Join this workshop to unleash the power of the fast track to create and increase digital globalization value. We cover how to do the following:
Consider a robust framework to execute digital globalization plans end to end, maximize customer experiences, and sustain value matching local customer journeys.
Build a road map to develop assets, showcase quick wins, and deliver on your business objectives in a time and cost-effective way across multiple markets.
Drive the transformation of digital content and product supply chains into experience value chains by optimizing creation, development, internationalization, translation, localization, testing, certification, and personal customer experiences globally.
Benefit and profit from technology enablers that help you turn automated intelligence into intelligent automation and augment local customer reality, specifically within AI-driven ecosystems.
Capture and measure content effectiveness globally and locally through tangible performance indicators and datadriven operations.
Develop and elevate digital globalization in your organization as a global profit driver by establishing a collaborative business partnership model across teams, disciplines, and functions.
Innovate with snackable content to boost micro experiences for international customers.
Wednesday, May 1: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bruno Herrmann, Global Leader, Expert Advisor in Digital Experiences, Products and Content, Independent Consultant