Great to open at the Offerpop Participation Marketing Conference

Is there a new term emerging in content marketing, the Participation Marketing Conference will be exploring the changes in our brand marketing ecosystem, from brand centric to consumer centric marketing, what will this mean, how will it effect your brand, what’s the future look-like and how do you need to prepare to drive reach, engagement and conversion in a more authentic, sequential and relevant consumer world!

Always great to be on stage with Shafqat and the Newscred Team

Newscred landed in Chicago with a great team and content from Twitter, Kellogg’s and others “moving the needle” on content marketing. Great break-out sessions, lots of learnings and testing going on to drive brands and consumers into a more connected content experience.

Listen to the Content Panel, Shafqat with Kimberly-Clark and Conagra.

 

Newscred #thinkcontent – Chicago

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Great to appear that the first Newscred #thinkcontent event in Chicago, great overviews from Twitter, Kelloggs, CongraFoods, I am sure everyone learned that they are not as far behind as they think they are, it’s just difficult to keep up!

The rise of Social TV in driving greater consumer interactions with brands

David Parker talks about the emerging relevance of SocialTV for consumer connections. SocialTV is emerging as a platform to deliver addressable TV, imposing social interactions across live video enables brands to understand value points of the content they are providing, delivering key inflection points for brands to develop greater connections with their consumers.

Newscred #thinkcontent @chicago interview 

Newscred interview David Parker for some insights into how brands are tackling and building new content experiences to drive more relevant conversations and brand interactions.

The logic behind Microsoft buying Sitecore?

As the marketing technology arena hots up with the big players like Oracle, SAP, IBM, Salesforce and Google all snapping up “new marketing tech” companies, you ask yourself, why hasn’t Microsoft made a move for Sitecore to strengthen it’s “marketing cloud” portfolio.

After all with Microsoft CRM and Marketing Pilot in it’s portfolio and an increasing move towards “Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud” (SMAC) technology stacks through it’s Azure program, it’s missing one critical component in the marketing platform framework, an omni-channel content marketing platform.

Sharepoint may be a CMS, but in reality it’s really an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, more for corporate collaboration/sharing, than for building consumer experiences. However with Sitecore technology being firmly in the .NET/Microsoft camp, it makes you wonder if Microsoft will be sniffing out a modern “content web” partner sooner or later.

Marketing Technology is booming, look at the vendor growth 100+ vendors in 2011, now stretches to 1000+ in 2014, with no signs of slowing with new vendors diving into Analytics and Social experience platforms in particular – it’s easier to “choose who to buy” than start one for yourself.

So with Sitecore being firmly embedded within the top WEM partners by the likes of Forrester and Gartner, how long will it be before Microsoft makes a move and instills Sitecore within an Azure “on demand stack?”

Microsoft needs an agnostic play in the marketing space, it doesn’t have an “experience platform”, but is building an interesting stack of on demand platforms via yammer, Skype, lync, and Office365 to name a few and Microsoft cannot go for the open-source players like Drupal or WordPress, it just doesn’t sit right.

So investing in a mature WEM platform that drives omni-channel communications agnostic of devices, may be a play to increase adoption of the WindowsPhone/mobile platforms or will it?

What is for certain, I don’t think it will be too long before Microsoft has to go sniffing for some other technology to plug the gaps, or it will be letting the likes of Oracle, IBM and Google steal the lead.