Adobe and Google Partner to Create a Better Mobile Experience

What is the mission of Adobe?  To change the world through digital experiences.  The pace of change in how consumers engage with content is accelerating. So their mission is more relevant than it has ever been before. Consumers expect to connect with content immediately no matter where they are or what they are doing. In the personal, always-connected mobile world we now live in, the inability to deliver the right experience to the right person at the right time directly impacts engagement and the consumer relationship.

Why Did Adobe Partner with Google? Adobe has partnered with Google, alongside many others in the technology and publishing industries to support the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project and help solve the problems that are adversely affecting the mobile web experience –  namely the slow speed at which content loads and understanding audience engagement with mobile content. AMP will enable content to load instantaneously and provide a better mobile web experience for all.

What will Adobe Analytics Be Able to Measure? It will be able to measure the reach and impact of AMP experiences for publishers, while providing blazing fast speed for mobile web user experiences. For publishers, Adobe Analytics has become a fundamental part of understanding audiences, creating loyal viewers, and monetizing content, and Adobe is committed to making sure that publishers have access to the best data possible. A better mobile user experience means more browsing and content discovery for users, and quality revenue streams for publishers.  Additionally, Adobe Analytics will enable publishers to link up AMPs with their existing web data for deeper cross-channel audience understanding, and integrate this insight directly with the rest of Adobe Marketing Cloud for content and advertising optimization.

Adobe Analytics customers interested in getting started, you can download their How to Guide now: Adobe Analytics for Accelerated Mobile Pages Project

@Drnatalie petouhoff, VP and Analyst, Constellation Research Covering Customer-Facing Application

 

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IoT In the Auto Industry: Automakers Choose Microsoft as Connected Car Partner

What Does Mobility Mean? To Microsoft mobility means the mobility of the person, not of any single device. People now want their technology experience to move with them, from place to place and device to device, at home, at work, and on the move. And this is also true in the automotive industry and in today’s connected cars. People expect their car’s computing power to match its horsepower. And automakers are leading the way, bringing mobility solutions to their cars to meet drivers’ changing expectations, as well as enhance safety. These automakers see their cars as technology platforms, and they are choosing Microsoft as their partner.

Why are Are Automotive Giants Choosing Microsoft for IoT and Cloud? They are choosing Microsoft because we uniquely deliver end-to-end solutions from the cloud, to the device, to predictive analytics, and do so in a way that allows all our partners to innovate on top of their existing systems. Nobody else offers this breadth and depth to the auto industry.

Which Car Companies Have Chosen Microsoft for Cloud and IoT? Volvo Cars, Nissan, Harman and IAV announced  details about their partnerships with Microsoft to enhance their connected car strategies. They join Toyota, Ford, Qoros, Delphi, and other companies already working with Microsoft to bring their cars into the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

What’s the Future of The customer’s Relationship and Experience with These Connected Cars? In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer. The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life. And so our strategy is to be the ultimate platform for all intelligent cars.

At CES there were many demonstrations of a variety of mobility solutions available today and reveal new prototypes. They showed ways people can be more productive in their cars, how cars can monitor what’s happening in their surroundings to improve safety, and how cars can adapt to unique users to deliver a more personal driving experience.

  • Volvo Cars showcased new concepts that integrate Microsoft Band 2 with a Windows 10 smartphone and the Volvo on Call Universal App, creating new ways for customers to interact with their vehicles. From the new Microsoft Band, a Volvo owner can press and hold the action button and say, “Volvo, start the heater of my car,” among many other options.
  • Harman announced a collaboration with Microsoft that will integrate Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite capabilities into Harman infotainment systems. Drivers will be able to access Office 365 services and interact with them through intelligent personal assistant software to schedule meetings, hear and respond to important emails, and make Skype calls when in park, or when on the road in autonomous vehicles.
  • IAV will use Windows 10 Continuum to stream Windows 10 via a mobile device directly to a car’s dashboard, giving drivers access to Windows 10 features and apps such as Cortana, Skype for Business, Calendar, Outlook and Groove Music while the vehicle is in autonomous driving mode or parked. This integration allows drivers to use the devices they already own. Microsoft and IAV will also demo how to use Cortana Analytics and data from a vehicle’s surroundings to improve safety by anticipating and mitigating potential vehicle and pedestrian accidents.

In addition, Nissan Motor Company and Microsoft announced that all Nissan LEAF and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure.

Why Is Microsoft A Good Partner for the Auto Industry, IoT, Cloud Computing and Awesome Customer Experiences? Automakers are choosing Microsoft as their connected car partner to help them transform the consumer experience with a platform for intelligent cars that complements their own strategies and ambitions. With this partner focus, they are able to leverage their cloud-based intelligence technologies, productivity services and tools, and even personal assistant technologies like Cortana in a neutral manner.

They are able to strike the right balance between using data to create both intelligent and personal experiences, while helping maintain privacy and security. They are also able to create more natural, human computing interfaces. And, they are able to develop and deploy secure platforms and infrastructure to enable innovation on top of existing systems.

My POV: Why Are Partnerships The Path to Innovation? It’s simply that when we collaborate we are a better we, than a single me. At least that’s my saying. I am always a better me when I collaborate. With respect to Microsoft and the auto industry they are partnering to build mutual value, not to compete. The value of a true partnership comes when one is able to help automakers accelerate their mobile and cloud strategies and unlock new experiences for consumers, like no one else can.

@DrNatalie Petouhoff, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research
Covering Cloud and IoT That Drive Better Business Results and Awesome Customer Experiences
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Mari Smith Interview – NMX – TheSocialNetworkShow.com

I had a chance to “sit down” with top social media expert Mari Smith. It was a pleasure and a privilege to chat with Mari while we discussed the future of Facebook (Brands, you don’t want to miss Mari’s insight here, especially on what she would like to see on fan pages!)

Mari Smith is passionate about people! She is a Relationship Marketing Specialist and one of the worlds foremost experts on how to use Facebook for both business and personal reasons.

Fast Company dubbed Mari, the Pied Piper of the Online World. With her popular blog at MariSmith.com, and her large loyal following on both Facebook and Twitter, Mari is considered one of the top resources and thought leaders in the world of new media. She frequently appears in media locally and nationally. She also travels the United States and internationally to share her wisdom and provide social media keynotes and in-depth training. Through her consulting and training business, Mari helps individuals and business owners to understand and integrate proven social media marketing strategies.

Make sure to follow Mari on twitter: @MariSmith

At Social Business Builders,
we work with brands & software companies to deliver increased revenue and decreased costs.
Our Motto? Learn. Share. Grow!

@DrNatalie L. Petouhoff
310-919-8467

Want to see how to get an ROI from Social Media? Check out these fun videos:
Video 1: Building the Business Case for Social Media
Video 2: How to Measure the ROI of Social Media
Video 3: How Social Media Benefits the Whole Company

Here’s My book on How Businesses can Drive Sales on Facebook: Like My Stuff: How To Monetize Your Facebook Fans

Want to get more info on the business use of social media? Connect with me here:
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 @drnatalie
LinkedIn: DrNataliePetouhoff
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Forces That Drove Social Media Initiatives Before ROI

There are a number of forces that drive a brand’s involvement in social media. Some brands had executives ask, “So what are we doing about Facebook and Twitter?” Often times the leadership wasn’t sure what they wanted, but they knew their competitors were doing something, so they had to join the party. This meant that there wasn’t any real business analysis; it just happened because the boss said so.

Then there are the companies that had to react to planned social media PR disasters. The immediate, negative public attention drove the decisions—so the need for a short-term business case or to calculate the ROI was averted by knowing an untamed disaster could cost much more. But once the disaster has been averted, these types of brands are looking beyond crisis management to justify their expenditures in social media. Here are some examples:

Domino’s Pizza Employee’s Handling of Food

Domino’s Pizza employees posted a video of poor food handling on YouTube. The video quickly went viral on social media channels and was seen by millions of people. The story was picked up by major media outlets. This hurt Domino’s reputation and sales decreased significantly after the crisis.

The Gap Logo Change

The Gap launched a new logo. The social media response was negative, fast and furious. After less than two weeks the Gap changes back to the old logo. The company is then roundly criticized for being indecisive and out of touch.

United Airplanes Breaks Guitars

Dave Carroll’s guitar was damaged on a United Airlines flight. Dave posted a YouTube video about his bad customer service experience with United Airlines. That resulted in the media picking up the story. The media, the CNN’s Situation Room with Wolfe Blizter reported on it.

Some brands are proactive and coordinated about social media, meaning they actively pursued social media as a part of their cultural DNA. Brands like Zappos, Intuit, iRobot and American Express fall into the category of proactive types of early adopters and innovators culture. They didn’t have the business case, but forged new ground in social media regardless. When the leaders of Zappos started the company, they didn’t have money for marketing and sales. They adopted social media proactively because the leadership based the growth of the company on great Customer Service. The leadership intuitively knew that social media could be used to gain customer and press advocacy. They used positive word of mouth to go from $0 to $1 billion company in ten years. But this is not the norm.

Others had people who, without permission or budgets, lead the charge for social media as individuals. In this case, most of the company had not bought into social media. Brands like Comcast and Jet Blue had individual employees- innovators and early adopters, who took it upon themselves to initiate social media programs. These types of people did so before they got permission from upper management or a formal budget.

Why This Is Important To You:

Consider if your brand is more on the proactive or reactive side of social media. This will help you understand what the driving forces are within your organization and within individual functional departments. Realizing that some groups are approaching social media without measurement and others are dead set on it, can help you traverse the political waters and lead your organization to better social media outcomes.

Also note that there are interdepartmental struggles for who should lead the social customer interactions. Each department, whether it’s PR, Marketing or Customer Service all have good reasons why they might feel they should lead an organization’s social media initiatives. The truth is that all departments have key roles to play in this burgeoning field. Try to foster a collaborative point of view on working with other departments. It may not be easy at first, but it does affect the customer experience. Here’s a video on how social media benefits the whole company, which could be the beginning of a discussion around a collaborative approach:

At Social Business Builders,
we work with brands & software companies to deliver increased revenue and decreased costs.
Our Motto? Learn. Share. Grow!

@DrNatalie L. Petouhoff
310-919-8467

Want to see how to get an ROI from Social Media? Check out these fun videos:
Video 1: Building the Business Case for Social Media
Video 2: How to Measure the ROI of Social Media

Video 3: How Social Media Benefits the Whole Company

Here’s My book on Businesses can Drive Sales on Facebook: Like My Stuff: How To Monetize Your Facebook Fans

Want to get more info on the business use of social media? Connect with me here:
Twitter:
 @drnatalie
LinkedIn: DrNataliePetouhoff
G+ : Google Plus posts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natalie.petouhoff

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