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The Growth of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

25 May

Looking for a career with a lot of long-term potential? Then, consider a career path in the management and/or marketing of the digital arena. This field is exploding across industries and around the globe.

In recent years, many companies worldwide have created a new senior job description — Chief Digital Officer (CDO). This is another entry in the alphabet soup of executive positions, which already include CEO, CFO, CMO,  and many more acronyms.

As reported by eMarketer:

“In a report released in May 2015, The CDO Club estimated that the number of CDOs worldwide would double between 2014 and 2015, from 1,000 to 2,000. This was more than four times that of the 488 registered in 2013, and almost 800% more than 2012’s 225.”

“The analysis found that the CDO role was spreading globally. While North America boasted 88% of CDOs worldwide in 2013, its share dropped to 68% last year. This was due largely to a surge in Europe, which expanded its proportion from 7% to 23%. Asia-Pacific was up slightly, from 4% to 6% of CDOs globally, while India and the Middle East rose from 1% to 2% and Latin America joined the playing field with the remaining 1%.”

 Click the chart to see more from eMarketer.

 

 

A Potpourri of Online Marketing Tools

22 May

There are a lot of really good inexpensive marketing tools available that can enhance our strategic and tactical online performance.

Damon Nofar, a freelance marketer, has identified ten such tools — as described in the SlideShare presentation below.

Here are the URLs for these tools:

  • BuzzSumo — “Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor”
  • Mention –“Start listening to what’s being said on the web and social web. React quickly, collaborate, and analyze your online presence”
  • Ducksboard — “All of your data. In one place”
  • Socedo“Automated Social Media Lead Generation”
  • Canva — “Amazingly simple graphic design”
  • Tropical — “Know your customers and increase customer satisfaction”
  • Autosend — “See what each customer does on your website & send messages when they need them – automatically”
  • Oktopost — “Easily manage and measure all of your B2B social media marketing”
  • VWO — “Quickly test landing pages, Web sites, E-commerce pages, and more with minimal IT help!”
  • Primer — Google’s “experimental mobile app to make it easier for you. With our 5-minute lessons, you can learn new topics quickly, get practical advice, and even refresh yourself on marketing basics.”

Revisiting Steve Jobs at Stanford: One of the Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever!

18 May

At this time of college graduations, take a look at one of the gold standards of commencement speeches — Steve Jobs’ 2005 speech at Stanford. It is truly inspiring and has been viewed more than 22 million times at YouTube.

There are great lessons for us all.

 

 

A Video Look at What’s Hot in Tech Marketing

4 May

According to a Tech Marketing Priorities study by IDG Research, “native advertising, social media, and video are what’s ‘hot’ in marketing today. Find out what areas marketers will be spending their marketing dollars over the next 12+ months. This IDG Research survey was conducted of global senior tech marketing leaders providing insights into key marketing priorities for 2015 and beyond.”
 

 

Web Design Tips from the Leaders

20 Apr

We can learn a lot from how the best Web sites get designed.

As Austin Knight writes for HubSpot:

“Style guides have always been a staple of design, with some print versions dating back to over 100 years ago. But as design for the Web continues to become more formalized, style guides have begun to find their rightful place in the digital medium as well. They’re especially useful for Web sites and products that need to produce top-notch user experiences.”

“But, as a UX designer myself, I’ve always been curious … what can you find in the digital style guides of influential companies like Apple, Google, and Starbucks? Believe it or not, a lot of companies actually make this information publicly available — they just don’t make it very easy to find. So, every time that I stumble across one, I bookmark it. Here are some of the best ones that I’ve found so far.”

* Apple

* Google

* Starbucks

* Mozilla

* Yelp
 
Click the image to read more of Knight’s HubSpot article.
 

 

GREAT New Marketing Report from McKinsey & Company

13 Apr

The current issue of the McKinsey Quarterly focuses  on the “dawn of marketing’s next golden age, new ways to create value in the sales channel, the power of people analytics, and more.”

Click the image to access the 112-page report. Lots to learn!
 
McKinsey
 

The State of Wearable Technology

27 Mar

To date, the current popularity of wearable technology seems to be more of a company and media public relations campaign than based on actual sales revenues. In many cases, firms have not met their sales goals for the latest in wearable technology; and consumer interest is far less than expected. This is in some part due to consumers questioning whether they really need wearable technology when they have the most-advanced smartphones which are capable of doing so much.

Although some firms have succeeded with their wearable technology, Google has virtually withdrawn Google Glass from the marketplace. So, it will be interesting to see how Apple fares when it introduces its high-tech watch next month.


 
Take a look at the following infographic on wearable technology to see how far we have come in the last five-plus decades. The infographic is by Mashable.
 

 

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