Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Web Experience Management: Segmentation & Targeting - Chalk Talk with John

Today's post comes from our WebCenter friend, John Brunswick. 

Having trouble getting your arms around the differences between Web Content Management (WCM) and Web Experience Management (WEM)?  Told through story, the video below outlines the differences in an easy to understand manner.

By following the journey of Mr. and Mrs. Smith on their adventure to find the best amusement park in two neighboring towns, we can clearly see what an impact context and relevancy play in our decision making within online channels.  Just as when we search to connect with the best products and services for our needs, the Smiths have their grandchildren coming to visit next week and finding the best park is essential to guarantee a great family vacation.  One town effectively Segments and Targets visitors to enhance their experience, reducing the effort needed to learn about their park.

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Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

How the New Release of Oracle WebCenter Sites Keeps Marketers in Step with Digital Experience Trends

Today's guest post was contributed by Joshua Duhl, Senior Principal Product Manager for Oracle WebCenter Sites.

Over the past few years, Digital Experience has tended to be a fast moving market. Driven by changing online consumer behavior, and fueled by key trends which include the demand for engaging mobile experiences that maximize efficiencies, simplification of multi-channel content management that support the reemergence of the brand site, and the personalization of individual digital experiences, it presents a challenge to marketers attempting to keep pace.

Web Experience Management or WEM, the product category focused on the creation and management of digital experiences, is rapidly changing as well. WEM has grown out of simple web site management or web content management, to include personalization, social engagement, mobile engagement and support for multi-channel marketing experiences. Now more than ever before, marketers are increasingly and actively seeking WEM solutions that enable them to keep pace with the rapid evolution of digital marketing, and the relentless demand for engaging, and cross-channel digital experiences.

Oracle’s WebCenter Sites has long been a market leading WEM solution. With the release of WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8, Oracle continues to expand the power and impact of WEM solutions, and keeps marketers in step with these key trends. Let’s take a look at how WebCenter Sites addresses them.

The ability to manage and deliver engaging mobile experiences is currently the most pressing need we hear from our customers. Mobile site management is now seen as an integral part of managing their overall online experience, yet it comes with a distinct set of requirements that may need to be met separately, depending upon specific objectives.

WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8 new mobile site management option offers marketers the ability to manage their mobile sites with the same ease as managing their traditional online experience, while providing flexibility to deliver device-optimized sites as needed. By allowing content reuse, the utilization of the same tools and experience for site authoring and publishing processes across web and mobile, and by leveraging responsive design to reduce site development and speed time to market, marketing can maximize efficiencies for mobile site development, and deliver a consistent cross-device brand experience. In addition WebCenter Sites allows marketers to meet mobile-specific requirements when needed, providing mobile template and site plan customization, device management, and in-context preview and editing of mobile sites. It also enables full mobile content targeting, to drive personalized mobile experiences across any mobile device.

Mobile sites can be edited using drag-and-drop tools and previewed within the same business user interface as the traditional web presence. 

Over the past few years, consumers have turned the tables on brands, dictating how, when and where they want to experience the brand. As more online channels have emerged to meet this demand – from brand sites, to micro and multilingual sites, to email campaigns, through to mobile and social – the more complex content management has become for online marketers. What we’re seeing now is the reassertion of the importance of the brand site; the idea of the corporate .com as a center point of digital experience. The content that drives activity on other online touch points (email offers, social promotions, microsite landing pages) ultimately points back to the brand site, where all of these channels converge.

In response to this trend, WebCenter Sites now enables marketers to search and access content originating from other channels such as YouTube, Brightcove and other cloud-based stores, or from enterprise content management systems, like WebCenter Content – in other words regardless of where it is stored – from within the WebCenter Sites authoring environment, and incorporate it within brand sites to produce a more unified, cross-channel experience.

The Oracle WebCenter Sites visual contributor interface provides web marketers with an easy-to-use site authoring experience, aggregating content that can originate from a wide variety of sources .

The trend to drive personalized digital experiences has finally reached the tipping point, where every organization we engage with has some sort of personalization initiative on their short list of digital experience priorities. In this new release, WebCenter Sites addresses a broad range of personalization capabilities including:

  • Targeting content and experiences to different customer segments
  • Making online search more relevant and intuitive through incorporation of Endeca guided navigation
  • Providing tools that enable site visitors to tailor their own online experience
  • Targeting specific content to mobile sites and devices
  • Integration with a fully automated predictive system
  • Advanced vanity URL management to enable better SEO targeting and campaign landing page management

Of these, the latter two are of greatest interest to our customers. The ability to deliver engaging mobile experiences is in part dependent on delivering personalized, targeted content to specific mobile site visitors. Lastly, our customers are beginning to see the power of connecting WebCenter Sites native targeting engine to a predictive solution. It can offset the labor associated with managing segmenting and targeting through automation, while delivering higher success rates for metrics like click-throughs and conversions, or driving bottom line results like recommending higher margin items. We expect to see the most interest and growth in fully automated predictive system integrations in the coming year.

Lastly, this release also supports the broader trend of social interaction. Building on the prior 11gR1 release, WebCenter sites provides expanded social capabilities for faster and easier development of social pages, and customer login from social sites. These features include:

  • Drag and drop of social components (polls, ratings, rankings, comments) directly into pages, with no coding required
  • Expanded social login support enabling login to WebCenter Sites using credentials from over 30+ social sites
  • Support for Oracle Access Management (OAM) platform for web single sign-on and access management
  • Publishing directly to Google+ from WebCenter Sites

The demands of digital experience continue to deepen and expand. Marketers need WEM solutions, like Oracle WebCenter Sites, that enable them to address the changing needs of their visitors, keep up with the rapid evolution of digital marketing, and meet the relentless demand for engaging, and cross-channel digital experiences.

Monday Feb 11, 2013

Oracle Forums: Learn How to Transform Your Online Customer Experience

Your customers expect a brand experience that is engaging, consistent, and connected across Web, mobile, and social channels. To deliver on these expectations, you must transform your online customer experience into one that is personalized and relevant, social and interactive, and optimized for multichannel delivery.

Attend one of Oracle's Forums to learn how Oracle’s Web experience management solution can help you develop a connected and engaging online customer experience that drives sales and loyalty. You’ll learn:

  • Why the online channel is an ideal place to begin connecting customer touch points
  • How personalization and targeting improve the effectiveness of online customer experience initiatives
  • How to get social by creating an interactive online customer experience that builds community engagement
  • How to optimize the online customer experience for anytime, anywhere engagement

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Monday Jan 14, 2013

Holland America: Optimizing the Online Customer Experience with Oracle Real-Time Decisions

Prior to the holidays, we spent some time on the WebCenter blog focusing on how to optimize the online customer experience using segmentation and targeting with Oracle's web experience management solution, Oracle WebCenter Sites.  We also introduced you to Oracle's real time decisioning engine, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, which can be used in combination with Oracle WebCenter Sites to enable automated targeting and segmentation.You can check out those posts using the following links:

Today, we're expanding on this theme and featuring a guest post from Oracle sales consultant, Sumeet Prasad.  Sumeet is part of the Oracle Real-time Decisions strategy team. Sumeet has been with Oracle for six years and has twelve years of experience in the real-time decisioning space. This post will give you a very good sense of the truly powerful capabilities of Oracle Real-Time Decisions for optimizing the online customer experience.

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Holland America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp. It is recognized as a leader in the cruise industry’s premium segment. Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports of call in more than 100 countries and is expected to have carried over 750,000 cruise passengers in 2012 that visited all seven continents.

Like many in the travel industry, Holland was looking for ways to increase revenue and margin in a poor economy. Maximizing the revenue from their passengers was important to increasing overall revenue. The travel industry is trending towards more online bookings and customers are increasingly more web savvy. Holland’s existing websites for both cruise booking and shore excursion provided a one size fits all approach in regards to customer experience.

Holland America decided to utilize Oracle Real Time Decisions (RTD) to help achieve their goals. They went live with RTD in June of 2012 within their Online Shore Excursion booking process. They had 2 primary business goals for this initiative:

  • Leverage Real-Time Decisions to help increase booking revenue for Shore Excursions, Indulgences, Spa and Dining by optimizing cross-sell and up-sell offers in the web channel through adaptive learning and multi goal arbitration
  • Leverage Real-Time Decisions to improve the overall customer experience by providing personalized and targeted content, and product recommendations throughout the Shore Excursion selection experience.


RTD provides Holland America with a cross channel, centralized decision management service for Customer Experience Optimization. RTD enables real-time intelligence to be instilled into any customer interaction, thus Holland is able to learn and predict which shore excursions, indulgences, and dining options are most appropriate to deliver to a customer. By learning from every single interaction and adjusting their processes in real-time, Holland America always takes the best course of action and optimizes the value of each opportunity.

The RTD Decision Management Framework provides for user-defined business rules, automated segmentation, real-time predictive models, test and control capabilities and user defined performance goals for optimizing decisions. Both rules and models can operate on historical, transactional and contextual real-time information.  This allows Holland America to treat every customer coming to the Shore Excursion site as a “segment of one” and provide for personalized and optimized customer experiences.

There are four optimized decisions that RTD makes as part of the Shore Excursion Booking Process. 90% of visitors have the optimized experience (RTD) and 10% of the visitors have the control experience (status quo):

  • Decision #1: Show/No Show shore excursions landing page:  Determine which flow is best for each customer.
  • Decision #2: Which landing page image is best to display?
  • Decision #3: Rank order the top excursions on the catalog page for each customer?
  • Decision #4: What are the best additional shore excursions, indulgences and spa and dining offers to recommend on the shopping cart page?

Within one month of being live, Holland America saw booking rates increase by 14% for the optimized experience (RTD) vs. the Control Experience (status quo). The success of this first project is helping pave the way for future RTD projects, as well as the adoption of Web Center Sites for building and managing their websites.


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Thursday Dec 20, 2012

Optimizing the Online Experience with Oracle WebCenter & Oracle Real-Time Decisions

Earlier in the week, we took a closer look at two different approaches to segmentation and targeting, manual and automated. While manual segmentation and targeting gives marketers a great deal of control, this approach can become time consuming and complicated when dealing with high volumes of segments and content. In these situations, automated segmentation, which relies on predictive intelligence, may be an appropriate choice for optimizing your online customer experience.

Oracle’s web experience management solution, WebCenter Sites, already includes robust capabilities for marketer managed segmentation and targeting, however, a whole new level of optimization can be achieved by combining WebCenter Sites with Oracle’s decision management solution, Real-Time Decisions. Using the power of statistical data models and historical and real-time analytics, Real-Time Decisions automates what would otherwise be the manual task of sifting through volumes of customer data, determining likely and potential customer segments, and determining the best content to present to a given site visitor. As customer interactions take place, Real-Time Decisions continuously refines its data models, automatically adjusting and learning over time to achieve the optimal content selection for each site visitor.

Marketers have multiple levels of control when using Real-Time Decisions. They can opt for full automation and let Real-Time Decisions handle all of the decision making. In this case, Real-Time Decisions infers segmentation and uses automation to make decisions about what content to display to the site visitor. Or, marketers can opt for a more controlled approach and specify performance goals that will help steer the Real-Time Decisions model in the direction of desired business objectives such as maximizing revenue or maximizing conversions.

Together, Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Real-Time Decisions provide marketers with the ability to determine the best approach for realizing their segmentation and targeting objectives, whether that means managing the process manually or by instituting some level of automation. Download this white paper to learn more about how WebCenter Sites and Real-Time Decisions combine to create a truly powerful solution for optimizing the online customer experience to meet your business objectives.

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Defining Your Online Segmentation and Targeting Strategy

A lot of times, companies will put online segmentation and targeting on the back burner because they don’t know where to start. Often, I’ve heard web managers say that their segments aren’t well understood yet, so they can’t really deliver personalized online experiences that are meaningful. This lack of complete understanding means that they don't really bother to try. But, I don’t think you necessarily need to have an elaborate segmentation and targeting strategy already in place to start delivering a more relevant online customer experience. Sometimes it helps to think of how segmentation and targeting might solve some of the challenges your sites visitors are currently experiencing on your web presence, rather than doing nothing and waiting until a fully baked segmentation strategy lands in your inbox. 

For example, perhaps you have a broad and varied service offering that makes it difficult for site visitors to easily find the solutions that are most relevant for them.  How can segmentation and targeting help solve this problem?  Or maybe it’s like the airline I described in Monday’s post where the special deals featured on the home page are only relevant to site visitors from a couple of cities.  Couldn’t segmentation and targeting help them to highlight offers on their home page that are relevant to a larger share of their site visitors?


Your early segmentation and targeting efforts do not need to be complicated.  There are simple ways to start delivering a more relevant online customer experience, even if you’re dealing with anonymous site visitors.  These include targeting content to site visitors based on:

  • Referral: Deliver targeted content to your site visitors that is based on where they came from or the search term they used to find your site
  • Behavior:  Deliver content to your site visitors that is related or similar to content they’ve clicked on already
  • Location:  Deliver content your site visitors that is most relevant for their geographic location (this would solve that pesky airline home page problem described above)

So as you can see, there really are some very simple ways in which you can start improving your online customer experience using very basic segmentation and targeting methods. 

One thing to keep in mind as you start to define you segmentation and targeting strategy is that there are many different types of attributes or combinations of attributes upon which you can base your segmentation and targeting strategy.  In addition to referral, behavior and location, other attributes that you should consider are:

  • Profile Information:  What profile information do you know about this customer already?  Perhaps they provided some information on their interests and preferences when they first registered with your site.
  • Time:  What time is it and how does that impact what my site visitors are looking for or trying to do?
  • Demographics: What are my site visitors’ ages, incomes or ethnicities?

Which attributes you select to include in your segmentation strategy will depend on your unique business needs and objectives.  Attributes such as behavior or referral may not be the most important targeting criteria depending on your situation. For example, if you’re a newspaper you might know that certain visitors are sports fans based on their profile information.  You can create a segment for sports fans and target sports related content to that segment of your readership online.  Or perhaps, a reader is browsing stories that are related to politics; you can use that visitor’s behavior to assign him or her to a segment for those interested in politics. From there you can recommend more stories to that visitor based on their interest in politics. For an airline, the visitor’s location may be a more important attribute. By detecting the visitor’s location, you can assign them to an appropriate segment and then target special flights and offers to them based on their likely departure airport.

As you can see, there are many practical ways that you can start improving the experience your customers receive on your web presence using fairly basic segmentation and targeting techniques. If you want to learn more about segmentation and targeting using Oracle’s web experience management solution, check out this helpful video that demonstrates these powerful capabilities in Oracle WebCenter Sites.

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Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

Segmentation and Targeting: Your Tools for Personalizing the Online Customer Experience

In order to deliver the kind of personalized and engaging online experiences that customers expect today, look to segmentation and targeting.  Segmentation is the practice of dividing your site visitors into distinct groups based on shared characteristics or behavior – for example, a segment may consist of site visitors who have visited pages related to certain product type, or they may consist of visitors within the same age group or geographic area.  The idea is that those within a segment are more likely to have common needs, problems or interests that can be served by your business. Targeting is the process by which the most relevant content, whether an article promotion or other piece of content, is delivered to your visitors based on their segment membership.

Segmentation and targeting are used to drive greater engagement on your web presence by delivering content to your site visitors that is tailored to their interests, behavior or other attributes.  You may have a number of different goals for your segmentation and targeting efforts:

  • Up-sell or cross-sell to your customers
  • Conduct A/B testing on your offers and creative
  • Offer discounts, promotions or other incentives for the time and duration that you specify
  • Make is easier to find relevant information about products and services
  • Create premium content model
There are two different approaches you can take toward segmentation and targeting for you online customer experience initiatives.

The first is more of a manual process, in which marketers manage the process of determining which segments to create and which content to target to those segments. The benefit of this approach is that it gives marketers a high level of control over the whole process which works well when you have a thorough understanding of your segments and which content is most likely to serve their needs.  Tools for marketer managed segmentation and targeting are often built right in to your WEM platform, as they are with Oracle WebCenter Sites. The downside is that the more segments and content that you have, the more time consuming and complicated in can be to manage manually.

The second approach relies on predictive intelligence to automate the segmentation and targeting process.  This allows optimization of the process to occur in real time. This approach helps reduce the burden of manual segmentation and targeting and can result in new insights into segments that you may never have thought of on your own.  It also provides you with the capability to quickly test new offers and promotions on your site.  Predictive segmentation and targeting can be achieved by using Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Real-Time Decisions together.

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Get a taste for how Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Real-Time Decisions combine to deliver powerful capabilities for predictive segmentation and targeting by watching this on demand webcast introducing Oracle WebCenter Sites 11g or by reading IDC’s take on the latest release of Oracle’s web experience management solution.  Be sure to return to the Oracle WebCenter blog on Thursday for a closer look at how to optimize the online customer experience using these two products together.

Monday Dec 17, 2012

Why It Is So Important to Know Your Customer

Over the years, I endured enough delayed flights, air turbulence and misadventures in airport security clearance to watch my expectations for the air travel experience fall to abysmally low levels. The extent of my loyalty to any one carrier had more to do with the proximity of the airport parking garage to their particular gate than to any effort on the airline’s part to actually earn and retain my business. That all changed one day when I found myself at the airport hoping to catch a return flight home a few hours earlier than expected, using an airline I had flown with for the first time just that week.  

When you travel regularly for business, being able to catch a return flight home that’s even an hour or two earlier than originally scheduled is a big deal. It can mean the difference between having a normal evening with your family and having to sneak in like a cat burglar after everyone is fast asleep. And so I found myself on this particular day hoping to catch an earlier flight home. I approached the gate agent and was told that I could go on standby for their next flight out. Then I asked how much it was going to cost to change the flight, knowing full well that I wouldn’t get reimbursed by my company for any change fees.

“Oh, there’s no charge to fly on standby,” the gate agent told me.

I made a funny look. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This airline was going to let my fly on standby, at no additional charge, even though I was a new customer with no status or points. It had been years since I’d seen an airline pass up a short term revenue generating opportunity in favor of a long term loyalty generating one.  At that moment, this particular airline gained my loyal business.


Since then, this airline has had the opportunity to learn a lot about me. They know where I live, where I fly from, where I usually fly to, and where I like to sit on the plane. In general, I’ve found their customer service to be quite good whether at the airport, via call center and even through social channels. They email me occasionally, and when they do, they demonstrate that they know me by promoting deals for flights from where I live to places that I’d be interested in visiting. And that’s part of why I’m always so puzzled when I visit their website.

Does this company with the great service, customer friendly policies, and clean planes demonstrate that they know me at all when I visit their website? The answer is no. Even when I log in using my loyalty program credentials, it’s pretty obvious that they’re presenting the same old home page and same old offers to every single one of their site visitors. I mean, those promotional offers that they’re featuring so prominently  -- they’re for flights that originate thousands of miles from where I live! There’s no way I’d ever book one of those flights and I’m sure I’m not the only one of their customers to feel that way.

My reason for recounting this story is not to pick on the one customer experience flaw I've noticed with this particular airline, in fact, they do so many things right that I’ll continue to fly with them. But I did want to illustrate just how glaringly obvious it is to customers today when a touch point they have with a brand is impersonal, unconnected and out of sync. As someone who’s spent a number of years in the web experience management and online marketing space, it particularly peeves me when that out of sync touch point is a brand’s website, perhaps because I know how important it is to make a customer’s online experience relevant and how many powerful tools are available for making a relevant experience a reality.



The fact is, delivering a one-size-fits-all online customer experience is no longer acceptable or particularly effective in today’s world. Today’s savvy customers expect you to know who they are and to understand their preferences, behavior and relationship with your brand. Not only do they expect you to know about them, but they also expect you to demonstrate this knowledge across all of their touch points with your brand in a consistent and compelling fashion, whether it be on your traditional website, your mobile web presence or through various social channels.

Delivering the kind of personalized online experiences that customers want can have tremendous business benefits. This is not just about generating feelings of goodwill and higher customer satisfaction ratings either. More relevant and personalized online experiences boost the effectiveness of online marketing initiatives and the statistics prove this out. Personalized web experiences can help increase online conversion rates by 70% -- that’s a huge number.1  And more than three quarters of consumers indicate that they’ve made additional online purchases based on personalized product recommendations.2

Now if only this airline would get on board with delivering a more personalized online customer experience. I’d certainly be happier and more likely to spring for one of their promotional offers. And by targeting relevant offers on their home page to appropriate segments of their site visitors, I bet they’d be happier and generating additional revenue too.

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If you're interested in hearing more perspectives on the benefits of demonstrating that you know your customers by delivering a more personalized experience, check out this white paper on creating a successful and meaningful customer experience on the web.  Also catch the video below on the business value of CX in attracting new customers featuring Oracle's VP of Customer Experience Strategy, Brian Curran.

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Friday May 04, 2012

The Power of Automated Targeting

Mariam Tariq, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle WebCenter SitesToday's guest blog post is from Mariam Tariq, Senior Director of Product Management  for Oracle WebCenter Sites. Mariam has worked in the technology space for over 15 years with a focus in web content management, social marketing, and mobility. She has also held roles in product management, strategy and engineering at Zenprise, Interwoven, and Scientific Atlanta. Mariam holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

In this day and age, consumers are bombarded with high volumes of information coming from multiple channels. Therefore, to keep online visitors engaged, it is important for businesses to understand their users and to choose the most relevant content to show each of them. Oracle WebCenter Sites provides targeting capabilities that enable business users to define customer segments from a variety of user behavioral and profile data and then create content recommendations for those segments. This results in a much higher degree of site stickiness and can maximize conversion rates.

In situations with large volumes of content and/or unknown user segments, automation can help business users make decisions about recommended content.  Oracle Real-Time Decisions uses powerful statistical models to continuously learn from visitor interactions. Real-Time Decisions correlates visitor attributes to displayed content and determines recommended content to show subsequent users.

The Decision-Making Process of Oracle Real-Time Decisions
The Decision-Making Process of Oracle Real-Time Decisions


Together, Real-Time Decisions and WebCenter Sites can enable marketing users to create highly effective targeting strategies. There are various possibilities of how to leverage Real-Time Decisions in WebCenter Sites. Marketers could create segments in WebCenter Sites and have Real-Time Decisions select a recommendation for a set of content that marketing has selected for each segment. Alternatively, marketers can choose to have Real-Time Decisions segment users and then select a recommendation from a list of potential marketing specified content.

Oracle WebCenter Sites & Oracle Real-Time Decisions

Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Real-Time Decisions (RTD)

A typical use case would look like this: A marketer first creates a recommendation in WebCenter Sites. This entails first selecting a course set level of content (‘choices’)  for Real-Time Decisions to select from. These choices can be chosen via a query (e.g. ‘show all content tagged ‘ holiday’, created  between 11/1 and present, less than $100.) The content could also be a specific list selected by the marketer.  At runtime, WebCenter Sites will send Real-Time Decisions the attributes for the particular visitor (such as location, age, gender, and preferences). Real-Time Decisions will then determine the best content and send the recommendation to WebCenter Sites at runtime. WebCenter Sites will send feedback back to Real-Time Decisions on the customer decision (clicked, viewed, etc). Real-Time Decisions will incorporate this information to refine its data models for future decisions.

 The following statistics reflect actual results from Oracle customers implementing targeting strategies:

  • Up to 150% improvements in click-through rates for eCommerce Self-Service website
  • 5% increase in average transaction amount for eCommerce customer acquisition
  • 6% improvement in sales conversion rates for eCommerce website
  • 60% lift in self-service registration

Oracle WebCenter Sites and Oracle Real-Time Decisions offers marketers a powerful combination of tools for the automatic optimization of online experiences.   To learn more about automated targeting with these products, download the white paper or register to view the webcast, Introducing Oracle WebCenter 11gR1: Transforming the Online Experience.


Wednesday May 02, 2012

Webcast - Introducing Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1: Transforming the Online Experience

Introducing Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1


Simply Engaging - Optimized Customer Experiences

Enabling marketers and business users is a key requirement for creating and managing contextually relevant, social, and interactive online experiences. Oracle WebCenter Sites transforms the online experience into one that is simple and intuitive to manage as a content contributor, encourages interaction between site visitors and their social networks, and provides marketers with automated targeting options for optimizing online engagement.

Join us for this Webcast and learn how Oracle WebCenter Sites:

  • Enables business users with a new, visual contributor interface for in-context site authoring
  • Encourages social participation among site visitors with social login, social sharing, and other user-generated content enhancements
  • Empowers marketers with powerful and flexible tools for automated targeting and optimization of the online experience



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Tuesday May 01, 2012

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Oracle Unveils New Release of Oracle WebCenter Sites

This just in folks, enhancements to the best-in-class web experience management solution, Oracle WebCenter Sites, were revealed today.  According to a reliable source, this new release helps organizations drive customer acquisition and brand loyalty by simplifying the creation, management and optimization of interactive and social online experiences.

So what’s the scoop? The new release of Oracle WebCenter Sites includes brand new features that help organizations optimize online customer engagement.  The release includes a new user website authoring environment that provides a modern what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface with intuitive drag-and-drop capabilities that fit the way marketers and line-of-business teams work today.  The new tabbed interface enables site authors to open and close tabs and switch between tasks with ease. Additionally, rich search functionality and visual search results simplify the authoring experience by making it easier than ever before for users to locate the content they wish to use and place it within the context of a webpage.
Oracle WebCenter Sites Authoring User Interface

Modern authoring environment with a "what-you-see-is-what–you-get" interface.

Here’s what else our intrepid reporters were able to uncover.  Today’s customers increasingly look to interact with brands socially and to share their experiences with their extended social networks.  To address this need, Oracle WebCenter Sites now offers capabilities for social login, social sharing and a number of enhancements to the platform’s already robust user-generated content capabilities.

These new offerings include out-of-the-box integration with Facebook and Twitter, and more than twenty other social networks including LinkedIn, Google and Flickr. Social login removes barriers to site visitor registration and facilitates social interaction by enabling site visitors to authenticate on an organization’s website based on social network credentials, while social sharing capabilities help organizations extend the reach of their brands and promote engagement by making it easy for site visitors to automatically disseminate site content they like to their extended social networks. With social login and social sharing, site visitors’ on site experience is seamlessly integrated with the rest of their online interactions and networks, driving relevance, engagement, and ultimately customer loyalty.

Oracle WebCenter Sites Social Login

 Enable visitors to use their social network credentials for login and social sharing.

New user-generated content (UGC) capabilities that make it quick and easy for marketers to create and deploy polls on their websites or add new ratings widgets such as Thumbs Up/Down, Like It or Recommend, and more. These additions complement Oracle WebCenter Sites’ existing UGC capabilities for comments, ratings, reviews, and blogs, all with leading enterprise moderation capabilities.

“Acquiring new customers and sustaining their loyalty over the long term is increasingly dependent upon an organization’s ability to deliver rich and engaging online customer experiences,” said Kumar Vora, senior vice president, Product Development, Oracle WebCenter who was willing to go on record. “With the new release of Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle is putting powerful tools in the hands of business users and marketers for creating online experiences that are relevant, social and interactive for site visitors. Oracle WebCenter continues to lead the way in helping organizations to engage customers and empower their business through its combination of web experience management, enterprise content management, portal and collaboration technologies.”

Those interested in learning more about Oracle WebCenter Sites’s new capabilities are encouraged to return to the Oracle WebCenter blog over the coming days and to register to attend the webcast, Introducing Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1: Transforming the Online Experience. And that’s the way it is.

Monday Apr 30, 2012

Two Web Experience Management Trends to Watch

Happy Monday! Welcome to the Oracle WebCenter Blog.  Putting out a list of trends to watch is typically a year end endeavor as analysts, bloggers and other experts put forth their best guesses as to what to expect in the coming year.  And while we’re certainly not nearing the end of the year, we are, in fact, nearing the end of April, so I’ll use the month end as my excuse to take a closer look at a couple of trends in web experience management.

The On Site Experience Will Become More Like the Social Networking Experience
The experience on corporate websites will emulate the experience on social networking sites more and more.  Visitors to corporate websites will increasingly expect to engage, interact and participate in a brand experience, in much the same way that they engage, interact and participate on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. In order to do so, the dialogue between consumers and brands on corporate sites will need to evolve beyond the bidirectional to a multidirectional one as the corporate web presence evolves into a hub for community and brand engagement.  As a result, enabling user-generated content such as comments, ratings, reviews and polls will become must have features instead of nice to have capabilities on corporate websites.   At the same time, organizations will need to remove barriers to social interaction on their websites by making it easy for site visitors to contribute user-generated content.  One way of doing this, would be to enable site visitors to authenticate on corporate websites and contribute UGC using their familiar social networking IDs, thus eliminating the need for customers to register and remember another set of website user credentials. Organizations that successfully foster community engagement on their websites can reap added benefits by enabling social sharing on their websites.  With social sharing, site visitors can easily share content and information that they like with their social networks, thereby extending the reach of their brand to a new audience, with the added power and influence of a social endorsement.

Targeting Methodologies Will Focus Less On Descriptive Attributes and More on Predictive Ones
Much of today’s online targeting and segmentation efforts today are marketer-managed and focused on grouping like customers together based on descriptive attributes such as a user-profile, referring search term, or demographics.  And while targeting and segmenting in this manner is valuable, the burden is on marketers to define segments and make their best guesses as to what site content or offers are most likely to elicit a desired response in a given segment of site visitors.  This becomes trickier to manage and optimize as the volume of visitors, segments, attributes and targeted content options increase.  You might imagine needing an army of marketers furiously segmenting, recommending and optimizing in a room somewhere to make this a reality depending on how ambitious and expansive your optimization goals are. Overcoming these challenges will require moving from targeting methodologies that focus on the common descriptive attributes of segments of visitors, to a learning model whereby visitors are segmented according to attributes that predict desired behaviors and optimize performance of the website automatically, based on specific objectives such as maximum click-throughs, conversions or revenue.

Do you agree or disagree with these trends to watch?  What other web experience management trends should we keep our eyes on? Tell us what you think and join us all week as we focus in on the web experience management capabilities organizations need today to create engaging online experiences that drive sales and loyalty.
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