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  • CMS and Marketing Automation: 5 Things to Remember When Considering Integration

    CMS and Marketing Automation: 5 Things to Remember When Considering Integration

    These days, everyone in the industry is talking about the importance of making eCommerce and CMS work together. Rightfully so. But I see another hot topic on the horizon, a bridge of sorts between content and marketing automation.

    Content Marketing and Marketing Automation are in many ways continuations of the same process: whereas content marketing focuses on getting visitors to your website, and engaging them meaningfully in the web environment, marketing automation is about lead nurturing- where the end goal is to hand over hot(ter) opportunities to sales. These two systems can reinforce one another to help your site generate revenue. Below are some key points to keep in mind when considering integration.

    By jmadej
    Posted June 13, 2014
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  • 5 Worst Mistakes When Selecting a CMS

    5 Worst Mistakes When Selecting a CMS

    So your business has finally taken the crucial step of selecting a Content Management System. Perhaps it’s your first CMS, or perhaps you’re ready for the switch from a solution that just isn’t cutting it anymore. You want to get the most value you can out of your solution. You’re probably making lists of expectations, or products to compare. As you go through your selection process, don’t get overly wrapped up in processes only to lose sight of the bigger picture. Take a step back and make sure to avoid these pitfalls.

    By jmadej
    Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Simplifying the Benefits of Cloud Computing

    Simplifying the Benefits of Cloud Computing

    There has been a lot of talk about big data recently, especially big data in the cloud. Often times both of these points — big data and cloud computing — are confusing to people. Fortunately, while they might be confusing elements to them, the essence of each of them is very simple, and when put together they form a very powerful combination. Cloud computing is the future, both for individuals and businesses. That being said, there’s a lot of confusion about how cloud computing works and what it can do for businesses and if it’s really safe or not.

    By Gil Allouche
    Posted June 06, 2014
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  • Acquia acquires TruCentric for Content Personalization

    Acquia acquires TruCentric for Content Personalization

    Acquia, the digital business company, today strengthens its offerings for big data marketing and commerce, signing a definitive agreement to acquire Toronto-based TruCentric and its SaaS solution for real-time customer profiling and user engagement. TruCentric uses situational and historical data to drive deeper understanding of site visitors and provides insight in a way that marketers can make use of it.

    By CMS Report
    Posted June 03, 2014
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  • Acquia Completes $50 Million Financing Round

    Acquia Completes $50 Million Financing Round

    Digital Business Optimization Drives Growth for America’s Fastest Growing Private Software Company

    Acquia has closed a $50 million financing round, bringing total investment in the company to $118.6 million. Led by new investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the round includes new investor Split Rock Partners as well as existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Investor Growth Capital, and Tenaya Capital. Ravi Viswanathan, general partner at NEA, will join Acquia’s Board of Directors. With the new funding, Acquia will scale its sales and marketing, increase investments in the channel, and double down on key growth areas including big data marketing, personalized engagement, and commerce.

    By CMS Report
    Posted May 28, 2014
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  • Bryan Ruby: Taking a 3 Month Blogging Sabbatical

    Last month, CMS Report celebrated eight years of providing stories to readers focused on content management systems. Over the years, I've told you how grateful and even surprised I am of the success CMS Report has seen. All true, but for fear of sounding ungrateful I've never acknowledged the negatives of blogging over such an extended period of time. Today, I'm acknowledging the costs and the need to take a break from my routine of waking up before sunrise and going to bed late to maintain this site. Starting today, I'm taking a three month sabbatical away from blogging here at CMS Report.

    CMS Report will still be publishing articles from our contributors during my sabbatical, but you likely won't be seeing any articles written by me. I still plan on continuing working as editor but my office hours for the site will be reduced. I'm doing all this simply because I have responsibilities to the "day job" and myself that are begging for higher priority. In the draft for this article, I originally provided three reasons that I'm doing this sabbatical but deleted them from the published article. My reasons for taking such a break are not important but only the outcome. The end result is CMS Report will be fine without me and will likely be a better website as a result of my sabbatical.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 16, 2014
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  • Ryan Merkley, Former Mozilla Foundation COO, Named CEO of Creative Commons

    Ryan Merkley, Former Mozilla Foundation COO, Named CEO of Creative Commons

    Creative Commons announced this week the appointment of Ryan Merkley to the position of chief executive officer. Ryan was recently chief operating officer of the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit parent of the Mozilla Corporation and creator of the world’s most recognizable open-source software project and internet browser, Firefox. At the Mozilla Foundation, Ryan led development of open-source projects like Webmaker, Lightbeam, and Popcorn, and also kicked off the Foundation’s major online fundraising effort, resulting in over $1.8 million USD in individual donations from over 44,000 new donors.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 16, 2014
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  • Top Exec: Why separate “known” and “anonymous” visitors, when they're really on a spectrum?

    This data is powerful. Even with the “unknown” visitors, I can start to aggregate information and see if patterns based on the content they engage with develops. If they do, I can start creating specific content for southern California visitors and deliver better experiences.  Portals and web are one—it’s time to start treating every visitor as an individual.

    By jmadej
    Posted May 07, 2014
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  • Avoiding Pitfalls: Common Mistakes Made When Implementing A CMS For Your Website

    Avoiding Pitfalls: Common Mistakes Made When Implementing A CMS For Your Website

    By using a Content Management System (CMS) web application; the creation, customization, and management of your website information becomes faster and much easier. You no longer need to master the web programming language just to be able to edit, preview, and publish content and web elements to your blog such as texts, animations, images, and video content. That is why a lot of businesses are now considering the need to leverage a CMS solution for their online presence.

    CMS software applications come in various types and are offered by different vendors -- proprietary CMS tools hosted by web IT companies and open source systems such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal. Not choosing the ideal CMS and not implementing the solution wisely can cause trouble once your website is officially launched. These pitfalls include slow speed, no available updates and support, the tendency of getting hacked (due to unsecure framework), and frustrations brought about by not meeting the expectations and demands of your business.

    To avoid these pitfalls, we’ll discuss with you the top mistakes you must avoid when choosing and implementing a CMS solution.

     

    By Kyle H. Albert
    Posted May 06, 2014
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  • Social Human Resources Matters Now More Than Ever

    Big data and social media, individually and together, are changing the world in so many different ways. Not only are Facebook and Twitter some of the biggest developers in big data technology, but the information they gather is so important to so many different companies.

    One of the more important ways that big data and social media are changing the world landscape is through their effects on Human Resources (HR). They totally change how companies do business. Big data in the cloud is making it easier and more affordable than ever for companies to implement big data technology.

    By Gil Allouche
    Posted May 06, 2014
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