Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Talking Cloud in the Big Apple

Oracle held CloudWorld yesterday in New York City. You didn’t have to look far to see how important the cloud is to everyday life. It’s Spring Break for many schools across the U.S., and teens and tweens flocked to the Big Apple with their parents. It was hard to not to run into one of these young tourists, as they all seemed to be walking and using a smartphone at the same time.[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

See Oracle CX and CRM at Collaborate 2012 in Las Vegas

The Collaborate conference takes place next week, April 22-26, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. You'll see some great speakers, such as Oracle's CIO, Mark Sunday, speaking on IT at Oracle: The Art of IT Transformation to Enable Business Growth. Another great speaker is Captain Mark Kelly, Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

But that's not all. We will have great CRM/CX sessions and product demos. Our sessions will present overviews and roadmaps about Fusion, Siebel, and mobile CRM applications. Our demos will present Fusion CRM and Oracle Optimized Solutions, Customer Experience (CX) for Commerce and Marketing, and CX for Service and Support. The CX demos will showcase Oracle Commerce (ATG), Oracle Guided Search and Navigation (Endeca), Oracle Knowledge (InQuira), and RightNow CX.

Learn more and plan to join us!

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.

Friday Feb 17, 2012

Why Consumer Goods (CG) Companies Must Act More Like Retailers

Pushing traditional media through new media channels is no longer enough to succeed in today’s Consumer Goods market. A new approach is needed - one that puts brands wherever consumers are, in a way that encourages consumer participation. CG manufacturers need to increase their engagement with consumers and improve their direct-to-consumer initiatives. They are now aggressively exploring ways to integrate new channels and adopting strategies, processes, and technologies so they can act more like retailers.

Sponsored by Oracle, The Economist published an Economist Intelligence Unit report titled New Directions: Consumer goods companies hone a cross-channel approach to consumer marketing.  The study is the result of a global survey of 221 consumer goods (CG) executives.

Brandchannel, an online exchange dedicated to branding, wrote their perspective on the study:

Consumer Goods companies need to think and act more their retail partners as their participation in social media and online storefronts increase.  The Economist Intelligence Unit report, New Directions, sponsored by Oracle, reveals that 41% of respondents surveyed plan to sell products directly to consumers in 2012, a 24% increase over those currently offering direct sales.

“Consumer goods companies can no longer merely push traditional campaigns through new media channels to reach today's more product-savvy consumer. They need to integrate multiple channels to put brands where consumers are, in a way that encourages a more interactive relationship between consumer and producer, not passive consumption of marketing messages.”

Key findings include:

  • The social media opportunity is finally catching the attention of senior management: 74% of CEO-level respondents say social media is a priority for increasing loyalty over the next 12 months
  • Nearly a quarter of CG executives envisage direct-to-consumer replacing retail.
  • Nearly half of survey respondents and other CG executives see their nascent e-commerce efforts as complementary to, rather than alternatives to, existing retail channels

Another perspective on the same study can be found here.

Wednesday Jan 11, 2012

Attending eTail Palm Springs, Learn How Mobile And Social Are Impacting Commerce

Mobile commerce (or m-commerce) and social commerce are emerging as significant trends in the way customers interact and ultimately purchase from companies.  While mobile phone users have a tendency to purchase in a store, growing percentages use their mobile phones to comparison shop.  And social commerce is generating interest as well but the key is monetizing this new customer touchpoint.

If you are attending eTail Palm Springs, make sure you come to the February 28th session at 12:40pm (Track D: Optimizing The Mobile & Social Commerce Experience) to hear from Michael Hylton, Director, eCommerce Product Marketing at Oracle.  You will learn about trends in both mobile and social commerce and how you can address these important new ways customers interact with your brand.

Wednesday Nov 02, 2011

Are You Ready For Mobile Commerce?

comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, released its Q2 2011 U.S. retail e-commerce sales estimates, which showed that online retail spending reached $37.5 billion for the quarter, up 14 percent versus year ago.  As part of this, companies need to ensure that their commerce strategy includes mobile.  This is especially important as most consumers use two or more channels to browse, research, and purchase products.

There’s also been a lot of press recently around mobile and the battles over smartphone platform dominance.  The backside is that mobile commerce, or m-Commerce, is here to stay in a big way.

The results of an Oracle study of 3,000 worldwide mobile phone users found that 30% of customers have comparison shopped using their mobile phone, but still prefer to make the ultimate purchase in a store.  So the key is that customers expect companies to deliver a consistent, cross channel journey that includes mobile.  Click here to read the Oracle white paper “Consumer Views of Mobile Shopping and Mobile Service Providers.”

Wednesday Oct 05, 2011

5 Keys to Building a Successful CRM Strategy

OOW logoSix megatrends that are disrupting business as usual are customer-driven and cross-channel interactions, cloud computing, pervasive mobility, real-time decisions, and social media.

As Kirk Mosher shared in the OpenWorld CRM session on "Building a Successful CRM Strategy," five keys to CRM success are in the areas of industry, insight, innovation, integration, and infrastructure.

Learn more about this and other sessions by browsing our full content catalog. Registration is still open for the final sessions of Oracle OpenWorld 2011, San Francisco, October 2-6. We look forward to seeing you at OpenWorld!

Saturday Oct 01, 2011

What to See at OpenWorld for CRM and eCommerce

OOW logoYou can browse the OpenWorld content catalog via our mobile app or by visiting www.oracle.com/openworld.

Better yet, view our full "Focus On" program guides for CRM and eCommerce, where we have aggregated key information on all of these great sessions and demos into  convenient reference guides

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2011, San Francisco, October 2-6. View CRM Conference activities, browse our Focus On CRM program guides and full content catalog, and build your online / mobile schedule. We look forward to seeing you at OpenWorld!

Capitalize on Technology Disruptions

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Don't miss this thought-provoking CRM General Session: How Technology Disruptions Catalyze Customer Relationships!

Led by CRM thought leader and Oracle senior vice president of CRM, Anthony Lye, this session will discuss ways that you can catalyze customer relationships to take your business to the next level.

Furthermore, this OpenWorld General Session will include demos of current and next-generation Oracle CRM technology that can help turn 'disruptions' into competitive advantages. When? Monday, October 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Where? Moscone West Conference Center, Room 2002. What? Session ID 18024 -- How Technology Disruptions Catalyze Customer Relationships.

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2011, San Francisco, October 2-6. View CRM Conference activities, browse our Focus On CRM program guides and full content catalog, and build your online / mobile schedule. We look forward to seeing you at OpenWorld!

Thursday Sep 22, 2011

How to Increase Sales? Learn from the Experts at Oracle Open World 2011

OOW logoHere are some great opportunities to learn from the experts about how to increase sales. You will hear success stories, learn about proven best practices, and gain insights from thought leaders.

 Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Increasing Sales Effectiveness and Closing More Deals with Oracle's Complete CRM for Sales
Kirk Mosher, Divya Malik, Oracle
Moscone West
Room 2012
 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Best Practices to Maximize User Adoption Rates for Siebel Sales Implementations
Stephen Fioretti, Oracle; Philip Philippides, Cognizant; Jerry Lekhter, Intuit; Jeff
Mackay, GE Healthcare
Moscone West
Room 2003

 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Integrated Sales and Marketing in the Cloud with Oracle CRM On Demand
Justin Anderson, Sundeep Parsa, Oracle
Moscone West
Room 2005
 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Making Sales Reps More Effective and Efficient with Oracle Fusion CRM Sales
Wiebke Wiedemann, Rachel Scales, Oracle; Lynne Herbert, Green Mountain Coffee
Roasters
Moscone West
Room 3016
 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Optimize Sales Planning and Sales Performance with Oracle Fusion CRM
Francis Chang, Len Wolfenstein, Oracle
Moscone West
Room 3016
 Wed Oct 5th, 2011

 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Oracle's CRM for Life Sciences: Strategies for Sales Innovation
Piers Evans, Raj Aggarwal, Charles Knapp, Oracle
Westin Market
Stanford Room
 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Increase Sales Partner Effectiveness and Efficiency with Oracle’s PRM Solutions
Stephen Fioretti, Oracle; Scott Rowell, Optus
Moscone West
Room 2010
Thursday, October 6th, 2011


 9:00 am – 10:00 am Attain Superior Sales Performance Through Oracle’s Insight-Driven Sales
Analytics Anand Dodd, Oracle; Rashmi Grover, Experian
Intercontinental
Hotel, Grand
Ballroom A
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Life Sciences CRM On Demand for Sales Force Effectiveness
Piers Evans, Jennifer Cain, Oracle
Westin Market St.
Franciscan II Room
 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Offline Sales Force Automation Client for Life Sciences
Arvindh Balakrishnan, Harsha Murthy, Oracle, Alok Verma, ITC Infotech
Westin SF Hotel
Franciscan II Room
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Transforming LSP Sales, Rating, and Operations with Siebel CRM / Oracle Transportation Management
Sundar Swaminathan, Greg Smith, Oracle
Westin SF Hotel
Concordia Room

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2011, San Francisco, October 2-6. View CRM Conference activities, browse our Focus On CRM program guides and full content catalog, and build your online / mobile schedule. We look forward to seeing you at OpenWorld!

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