Friday Sep 21, 2012

B2B Commerce Best Practice Round Table

Are you struggling with delivering customers a consistent B2B multi-channel commerce experience?

If yes, then you will want to join us for a panel discussion featuring Oracle customers and B2B commerce experts on Thursday, September 27th to learn how leading B2B companies are succeeding in the new age of commerce.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Moving B2B data and content online
  • Multiple site management
  • Mobile platforms
  • Merchandising and personalization

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the latest trends, challenges and successes in B2B multi-channel commerce.

Learn more and register!

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Webinar: Oracle Commerce Best Practices for the Communications Industry

In today’s volatile economy, Communications Service Providers are challenged to offer a complete, cross-channel commerce experience. With Oracle Commerce solutions, CSPs can get closer to customers and gain valuable insight to maximize ROI across all commerce activities. Join us for a  live webcast on September 26th with featured speakers Raghavendra Ademane, Omni-Channel Commerce Consultant at Professional Access and Brenna Johnson, Product Manager, Oracle and learn how you can manage and deliver commerce experiences for Communications that engage customers and promote loyalty.

The panelists will guide you through a number of topics including:

  • Current Communications market trends, opportunities and challenges
  • Introduction to the Oracle Commerce solution with case studies
  • Demonstration of the solution for Communications with live Q&A

Register today and learn how Oracle's latest innovations for Communications can help you increase online sales and enhance cross-channel commerce interactions.

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Social By the Numbers




Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

Who is Jeremiah Owyang?

Jeremiah Owyang

Q: What’s your current role and what career path brought you here?

J.O.: I'm currently a partner and one of the founding team members at Altimeter Group.  I'm currently the Research Director, as well as wear the hat of Industry Analyst. Prior to joining Altimeter, I was an Industry Analyst at Forrester covering Social Computing, and before that, deployed and managed the social media program at Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara.  Around that time, I started a career blog called Web Strategy which focused on how companies were using the web to connect with customers --and never looked back.

Q: As an industry analyst, what are you focused on these days?

J.O.: There are three trends that I'm focused my research on at this time:  1) The Dynamic Customer Journey:  Individuals (both b2c and b2b) are given so many options in their sources of data, channels to choose from and screens to consume them on that we've found that at each given touchpoint there are 75 potential permutations.  Companies that can map this, then deliver information to individuals when they need it will have a competitive advantage and we want to find out who's doing this.  2) One of the sub themes that supports this trend is Social Performance.  Yesterday's social web was disparate engagement of humans, but the next phase will be data driven, and soon new technologies will emerge to help all those that are consuming, publishing, and engaging on the social web to be more efficient with their time through forms of automation.  As you might expect, this comes with upsides and downsides.  3) The Sentient World is our research theme that looks out the furthest as the world around us (even inanimate objects) become 'self aware' and are able to talk back to us via digital devices and beyond.  Big data, internet of things, mobile devices will all be this next set.

Q: People cite that the line between work and life is getting more and more blurred. Do you see your personal life influencing your professional work?

J.O.: The lines between our work and personal lives are dissolving, and this leads to a greater upside of being always connected and have deeper relationships with those that are not.  It also means a downside of society expectations that we're always around and available for colleagues, customers, and beyond.  In the future, a balance will be sought as we seek to achieve the goals of family, friends, work, and our own personal desires.  All of this is being ironically written at 430 am on a Sunday am. 

Q: How can people keep up with what you’re working on?

J.O.: A great question, thanks.  There are a few sources of information to find out, I'll lead with the first which is my blog at web-strategist.com.  A few times a week I'll publish my industry insights (hires, trends, forces, funding, M&A, business needs) as well as on twitter where I'll point to all the news that's fit to print @jowyang.  As my research reports go live (we publish them for all to read --called Open Research-- at no cost) they'll emerge on my blog, or checkout the research tab to find out more now.  http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/research/

Q: Recently, you’ve been working with us here at Oracle on something exciting coming up later this week. What’s on the horizon?

 J.O.: Absolutely! This coming Thursday, September 13th, I’m doing a webcast with Oracle on “Managing Social Relationships for the Enterprise”. This is going to be a great discussion with Reggie Bradford, Senior Vice President of Product Development at Oracle and Christian Finn, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle WebCenter. I’m looking forward to a great discussion around all those issues that so many companies are struggling with these days as they realize how much social media is impacting their business. It’s changing the way your customers and employees interact with your brand. Today it’s no longer a matter of when to become a social-enabled enterprise, but how to become a successful one.

Register NOW! Managing Social Relationships for the Enterprise

Q: You’ve been very actively pursued for media interviews and conference and company speaking engagements – anything you’d like to share to give us a sneak peak of what to expect on Thursday’s webcast?

 J.O.: Below is a 15 minute video which encapsulates Altimeter’s themes on the Dynamic Customer Journey and the Sentient World.

I’m really proud to have taken an active role in the first ever LeWeb outside of Paris. This one, which was featured in downtown London across the street from Westminster Abbey was sold out. If you’ve not heard of LeWeb, this is a global Internet conference hosted by Loic and Geraldine Le Meur, a power couple that stem from Paris but are also living in Silicon Valley, this is one of my favorite conferences to connect with brands, technology innovators, investors and friends.

Altimeter was able to play a minor role in suggesting the theme for the event “Faster Than Real Time” which stems off previous LeWebs that focused on the “Real time web”. In this radical state, companies are able to anticipate the needs of their customers by using data, technology, and devices and deliver meaningful experiences before customers even know they need it. I explore two of three of Altimeter’s research themes, the Dynamic Customer Journey, and the Sentient World in my speech, but due to time, did not focus on Adaptive Organization.

Monday Sep 10, 2012

Managing Social Relationships for the Enterprise – Part 1

Reggie Bradford

By Reggie Bradford, Senior Vice President, Oracle 

Today, Mark Hurd, President of Oracle, Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President of Oracle and I discussed the strategic importance of how social media is impacting the enterprise and how it is changing the way customers, prospects employees and investors interact with brands worldwide. 

Oracle understands that the consumer is in control and as such, brands must evolve and change to meet growing needs. In addition, according to social media thought leader and Analyst from Altimeter Group, Jeremiah Owyang, companies now average 178 corporate-owned social media accounts. When Oracle added leading social marketing, listening analytics and development tools from Vitrue, Collective Intellect and Involver to its Oracle’s Cloud Services Suite we went beyond providing a single set of tools. We developed an entire framework to include a comprehensive social relationship management suite to help companies move beyond the social enterprise and achieve the social-enabled enterprise. 

The fundamental shift from transaction to engagement means that enterprises need not only a social strategy, but should also ensure that the information and data received from social initiatives flow back to marketing, sales, support and service. Doing so enables companies to deliver a proactive and compelling experience and provides analytics to turn engagement into opportunity – and ultimately that opportunity into revenue. 

On September 13, 2012, I am delighted to sit down with Jeremiah to further the discussion about how enterprises are addressing social media strategies and managing content. 

In addition, we will be taking your questions after the webinar via Twitter (@Oracle, @ReggieBradford, @cfinn, @jowyang). Use #oracle and #socbiz to submit questions and follow the conversation. I look forward to speaking with you and answering your questions online. 

For more information about becoming a social-enabled enterprise, visit www.oracle.com/social. And don’t miss the insights of other social business thought leaders at www.oracle.com/goto/socialbusiness.

Thursday Sep 06, 2012

Webcast: Oracle's Vision For The Socially-Enabled Enterprise

Smart companies are developing social media strategies to engage customers, gain brand insights, and transform employee collaboration and recruitment. Oracle is powering this transformation with the most comprehensive enterprise social platform that lets you:

  •     Monitor and engage in social conversations
  •     Collect and analyze social data
  •     Build and grow brands through social media
  •     Integrate enterprise-wide social functionality into a single system
  •     Create rich social applications

Join Oracle President Mark Hurd and senior Oracle executives to learn more about Oracle’s vision for the social-enabled enterprise.

 Click here to register.

Friday Aug 24, 2012

What is the ROI of Customer Experience?

By delivering exceptional customer experiences, companies can acquire new customers, retain more customers, and improve efficiency.

What would that be worth to your company? How we you evaluate the return on your investment?

This new report and webinar by the Temkin Group, based on a survey of top companies and 13,000 consumers across the US and the UK, explains how.

Want to learn more from global leaders of the Experience Revolution such as Anthony Lye, Seth Godin, and Bruce Temkin? Join us at the Customer Experience Summit at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco, October 3-5. Early Bird registration discounts end September 5.

Monday Aug 13, 2012

Live Q&A with Marriott International: Enhancing the Customer Experience through Personalization

Effective personalization lies at the intersection of customer and business goals – and for Marriott, creating a personalized customer experience for travelers is critical to their business.  Join Marriott International on Tuesday August 21st at 1pm ET as they walk through how they are using personalization on Marriott.com to a deliver a completely user-centric experience – targeting the right traveler at the right time with the right experience. This includes tailored promotions and hyper-personalized recommendations based on individual preferences and propensities. Tim Streightiff and Amanda Skura will discuss how Marriott International leverages search and navigation technology, share best practices on how to track effectiveness, and highlight how they continually deliver site content that feels customized for every unique visitor. The Marriott team also will discuss their approach to building and managing Marriott.com including technology they leverage to drive the site experience, and merchandise effectively and efficiently to each customer at every step along the way.  

Don't miss this one hour event which will open with a brief overview, followed by discussion, and an open question and answer session. 

Register today!

Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

Oracle Unifies Oracle ATG Commerce and Oracle Endeca to Help Businesses Deliver Complete Cross-Channel Customer Experiences

Today, Oracle announced Oracle Commerce, which unifies Oracle ATG Commerce and Oracle Endeca into one complete commerce solution. Oracle Commerce is designed to help businesses deliver consistent, relevant and personalized cross-channel customer experiences.

“Oracle Commerce combines the best web commerce and customer experience solutions to enable businesses, whether B2C or B2B, to optimize the cross channel commerce experience,” said Ken Volpe, SVP, Product Development, Oracle Commerce. “Oracle Commerce demonstrates our focus on helping businesses leverage every aspect of its operations and technology investments to anticipate and exceed customer expectations.”

Click here to learn more about this announcement.  

Monday Jun 18, 2012

The “Customer” Experience Revolution is Here

A guest post by Anthony Lye, SVP, CRM, Oracle

The Experience Revolution is here, and we are going to explore and celebrate our new customer experience (CX) ventures and strategy in an extraordinary way. In true Oracle fashion, we are hosting an exceptional event, bringing together customer experience advocates, visionaries and practitioners to discover and define Oracle’s Customer Experience vision.

At The Experience Revolution, Oracle President Mark Hurd will detail the vision of where customer experience is going and how Oracle will help you get there. He will introduce for the first time Oracle Customer Experience, a cross stack suite of customer experience products that enable organizations to:

  • Engage customers with a consistent, connected and personalized brand experience across all channels and devices
  • Deliver exceptional cross-channel order fulfillment and customer service through web, call centers and social networks
  • Connect and analyze data from all interactions to better personalize experiences and identify hidden opportunities

The Experience Revolution will also include an interactive gallery of customer experience interactions, featuring videos, touch screens and near field communication technology that will guide each attendee through an individualized event experience.

We hope you will join us for an incredible evening on June 25, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City.  You can register for The Experience Revolution here.

And if you haven’t already joined the conversation on Twitter, please do:  #OracleCX, #ExperienceRevolution

Thursday May 31, 2012

“Big Data” Is A Small Concept Unless You Can Apply It To The Customer Experience

There’s been a lot of recent talk in the industry about “big data”.  Much can be said about the importance of big data and the results from it, but you need to always consider the customer experience when analyzing and applying customer data.

Personalization and merchandising drive the user experience.  Big data should enable you to gain valuable insight into each of your customers and apply that insight at the moment they are on your Web site, talking to one of your call center agents, or any other touchpoint.  While past customer experience is important, you need to combine that with what your customer is doing on your Web site now as well what they are doing and saying on social networking sites.  It’s key to have a 360 degree view of your customer across all of your touchpoints in order to provide that relevant and consistent experience that they come to expect when interacting with your brand.

Big data can enable you to effectively market, merchandize, and recommend the right products to the right customers and the right time.  By taking customer data and applying it to product recommendations, you have an opportunity to gain a greater share of wallet through the cross-selling and up-selling of additional products and services.  You can also build sustaining loyalty programs to continue to engage with your customers throughout their long-term relationship with your brand.

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Engage Customers At The Point Of Need

Where do people often turn to when they need immediate help on a web site?  As consumers spend more time online shopping and managing banking, bills and more, they want easy access to service and support. When they need to ask a question or solve a problem, consumers worldwide said they prefer to get help online, ranking Live Help options like Live Chat and “Click-to-Call” second only to toll-free 800 numbers.

A recent Oracle study found that consumers prefer Live Help for specific reasons such as convenience and the ability to multitask rather than waiting on the phone. Survey results suggest that the more consumers are online, the more comfortable they are communicating with companies there.

In addition, by next year, three-quarters of the online shopping population will have engaged in a live chat with a retailer, researchers predict.  A survey of U.S. and U.K. consumers conducted online by eMarketer researchers in partnership with the retail consultants at the e-tailing group found that 1 in 5 shoppers said they preferred live chat as their communication method of choice for contacting a retailer regardless of the circumstances.

Click to learn more about the study and Oracle's Live Help solutions.

Thursday Apr 05, 2012

Webcast: Leveraging Mobile And Social Commerce To Deliver A Complete Customer Experience

  Mobile and social media are emerging as new channels for customers to interact and transact with brands. Mobile users demand experiences that are relevant and engaging and are designed with the capabilities and constraints of devices in mind. Just having a mobile app or mobile-specific website is not a long-term strategy. Brands must invest in an optimized experience, especially as mobile becomes critical to an overall digital commerce strategy.

Debating the merits of using Facebook or not is missing the point when it comes to social media. True innovators are thinking beyond the social channel and are building programs that leverage Facebook data to drive conversions and engagement both on and off Facebook.  Learn how to be more strategic about mobile and social commerce in this informative editorial webcast.

Attend this webcast and you will learn:
  • How to leverage mobile and social touchpoints in digital commerce
  • Why having a Facebook page or a mobile app is not enough
  • The benefits of a consistent, personalized and relevant customer experience
  • Strategies for integrating mobile and social into an overall digital commerce strategy

Featured Speakers:

  • Peter Sheldon, Senior Analyst, eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals, Forrester Research
  • Brenna Johnson, Product Manager, Oracle Commerce

Click here to register.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Attend This Webcast To Learn How CG Manufacturers Are Stepping Up Their Efforts to Sell to Consumers

Going Direct to Consumer is top of mind with executives in the Consumer Goods (CG) industry today. But are companies ready to engage? Recently, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) conducted research sponsored by Oracle to better understand how Consumer Goods companies are engaging directly with consumers today and in the future. The survey involved CG executives across the globe as well as in-depth interviews with corporate leaders in the industry to explore their direct-to-consumer initiatives. Some key findings include:

  • Pushing traditional media through new media channels is not enough to reach today's more plugged in, product-savvy consumer
  • CG companies are experimenting with new ways to establish and enhance direct, two-way relationships with their target consumers across multiple channels to enhance brand loyalty and drive product sales
  • Survey respondents and other CG executives see their nascent e-commerce efforts as complimentary to, not competing with, existing retail channels.

This webinar will review the results of the research and panelists will discuss what CG companies worldwide are thinking as they deploy their direct-to-consumer strategies in an effort to engage directly with today's empowered consumer.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Transforming Customer Experiences Through Agile Commerce With Forrester Research’s Brian Walker – April 4th Webinar

eBusiness today has fundamentally changed. Platforms and technologies must be flexible to support a number of business functions - marketing, merchandising, shopping, customer service - across a variety of digital channels and provide customers with a seamless, well-designed brand experience.

Join us for this complimentary webinar on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 12:00pm ET as Forrester Research’s Brian Walker provides expert insight on:
  • The latest innovations, best practices, and industry trends in agile commerce, and how brands can maximize efforts
  • How forward-thinking companies today are leveraging technology to deliver powerful customer experiences across touchpoints 
  • The future of eBusiness and agile commerce
Register Now!
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