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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

4 Tips to Consumerize Your B2B Marketing

January 16th, 2013
4 Tips to Consumerize Your B2B Marketing

Everyone can see the lines between the business and consumer worlds blurring. In the technology world, this manifests itself in what’s being called the “consumerization of IT” where popular consumer technologies (e.g. smartphones and apps) are bleeding into the enterprise. This trend extends beyond IT and touches many facets of the business and your B2B marketing strategy is no exception. Today, Derek Singleton will show you some ways your B2C marketing strategies can be used…

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Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011

New Internet Launching Today

June 8th, 2011

Wait!  Don’t panic!  If all goes well, you won’t even notice.  Today Is IPV6 Day, Worldwide.  Businesses and organizations are testing a new version of the Internet, Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPV6. (We’re currently using IPV4, in case you didn’t know.)

Why do we need a new Internet?

Apparently, our current version of the Internet is running out of space.  Who knew?  But I guess, if you stop to think about it, it does make…

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FutureNow Post
Wednesday, May. 4, 2011 at 11:31 am

Watson, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Websites

May 4th, 2011

If you’re a regular reader here at Grok, you already know that FutureNow’s Persuasion Architecture methodology hinges on our ability to understand and predict the human behaviors surrounding decision-making, and develop business applications that allow us to apply that knowledge to your website and marketing efforts.  Many of the prospects I’ve talked to over the years thought we did this through technology, such as dynamically displayed information.  But we don’t.  A key component of how we gain insight,…

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FutureNow Post
Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

Who’s Working Your Website Assembly Line?

December 21st, 2009

online workers assembly line

Henry Ford perfected the assembly line concept in the automobile industry many years ago, and it has been utilized successfully in many industries since. Before Ford implemented the highly successful assembly line, instead of focusing on what each skilled worker specialized in and passing the car down the line to the next worker, the skilled workers crafted cars one at a time together as a team. Ford’s introduction of the assembly line resulted in the development of affordable cars (decreased…

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FutureNow Post
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at 9:41 am

Data Diving – What’s In Your Dumpster?

December 11th, 2009

Picture 1In my earlier days with FutureNow, I  was a part of a team that was responsible for transitioning clients from signing the contract to getting work from the analyst. Essentially what I did was “take their temperature” to see what they’ve done so far, what resources they have available internally and externally to implement, and understand what different tools they were already using to aid them in their optimization efforts.

One thing to note is that many, perhaps even most,…

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FutureNow Post
Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

Who Is REALLY Ready for the Online Black Friday?

November 27th, 2009

Well, Grokkers, the Holiday Season is officially upon us–Happy Black Friday! Most of FutureNow’s good advice about optimizing for the Holidays has already been given, and hopefully you’ve been busy acting on it.  Many merchants are about to lock their sites down so no major code changes will put their Holiday transactions at risk.

Amazon.comStaying in a mediocre hotel in Albany, NY (with mediocre WiFi) got me thinking about another optimization tactic that we forgot to post about this year: SITE PERFORMANCE.

[Note:…

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FutureNow Post
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at 9:01 am

Will You Flash Your Visitors in 2010?

November 11th, 2009

I just finished reading a “prediction” post called 9 Digital Trends for 2010. While some of the predictions were pretty expected (e.g. Facebook will continue to have an impact in 2010), a few of them really made me think.

The #9 prediction was that there would be “more Flash, not less” on websites in 2010.  The authors posit that Flash on websites will experience a resurgence online in 2010 due to increased adoption of broadband, improved track-ability, and new options…

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FutureNow Post
Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2009 at 10:55 am

Beware Marketing Automation Without Data Clarification

June 24th, 2009

We marketers are very busy people. In today’s challenging economy, with its rapid digital pace and customers empowered like never before, the demands are never-ending. So, we love things that make our job easier. Or at least appear to.

The Words ‘Marketing Automation’ are Like Music To Our Ears

According to one definition:

Marketing automation is the use of software to automate marketing processes such as customer segmentation, customer data integration (CDI), and campaign management. The use of marketing automation makes processes…

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FutureNow Post
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at 7:22 am

The Power of Persona-lization

February 13th, 2009

Personalization, done effectively, is a lot more than making product recommendations or using technology to welcome a visitor by name. Smart personalization is the process of providing more relevant content and offers to your visitors based on their preferences and behavior.

I call it persona-lization.

Thankfully, today’s technologies have come a long way from those that would recommend “customers who bought my book ‘Call to Action‘ should also buy clean underwear.”

Moving Beyond Demographics

For over a decade, I’ve been railing about demographics’ limited…

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FutureNow Post
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

Early Rumors of Commercial’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

January 7th, 2009

It’s a commonplace on the Internet that the traditional 30-second TV spot is dying.  What with increasing media fragmentation, the new “attention economy,” and TiVo/DVR’s, etc, etc.

Of course, there have always been some level-headed voices of dissent, but it was still interesting to read this bit of research on the effectiveness of fast-forwarded / DVR-ed ads.

Turns out that viewers have to pay attention to their TV Screens in order to fast forward through ads.  A real shocker that…

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