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Don't Misuse Proof of Concept in System Selection

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Call me a c**k-eyed optimist, but marketers may actually be getting better at buying software. Our research has long shown that the most satisfied buyers base their selection on features, not cost or ease of use.

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Understanding Adobe Real Time CDP

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Adobe fully released its Real Time Customer Data Platform last November. Although they had briefed me on it before then, it was only this week that I finally caught up with them to discuss the final product. Since this is a topic of great interest – and confusion – it’s worth sharing what I learned.

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Why Are There So Many Types of Customer Data Platforms? It's Complicated.

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I spend much of my time these days trying to explain Customer Data Platforms to people who suspect a CDP could help them but lack clear understanding of exactly what a CDP can do. At the end of our encounter they’re often frustrated: a simple definition of CDP still eludes them.

Here's a Game about Building Your Martech Stack

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I’ve recently been running workshops to help companies plan deployment of their Customer Data Platforms. Much of the discussion revolves around defining use cases and, in particular, deciding which to deliver first.

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Explaining Martech to a Five Year Old

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One piece of paper stands between me and ending the year with a clean desk: a list scribbled on hotel stationery that compares different customer data systems to different types of motor vehicles. Richard Scarry meets CDP Institute , you might say.

Tableau, Looker, and Origami Logic Acquisitions Show Analytics Is In Fashion

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One of the unwritten laws of punditry is that one event is random, two events are interesting, and three events make a trend.

Do Customer Data Platforms Need Real-Time Processing?

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Is real-time processing a requirement for a Customer Data Platform? It’s a deceptively simple question that can’t be answered without resolving two additional questions: What do we mean by real-time processing? How do we decide what is and isn’t a requirement?

Salesforce Buys Evergage But Not For CDP

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The CDP Institute published its semi-annual Industry Update report today, which you download here for free. Although every word and image in the report is a jewel, there’s no question that the main story in this edition is CDP industry consolidation.

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What's Next for the CDP Industry?

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It’s been quite fascinating to watch the Customer Data Platform industry develop over the past few years. So far, we’ve seen two main trends emerge: extension of CDP product scope beyond the core of building the customer database itself and expansion into new industries.

Adobe, Microsoft and SAP Announce Open Data Initiative: It's CDP Turf But No Immediate Threat

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One of the more jarring aspects in Adobe ’s briefing last week about its Marketo acquisition* were several statements that suggested Marketo and Adobe’s other products were going to access shared customer data.

What Happens When Everyone Has a CDP?

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October 22 was a landmark day for the CDP industry.

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How to Build a CDP RFP Generator

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Recent discussions with Customer Data Platform buyers and vendors have repeatedly circled around a small set of questions: what are the use cases for CDP? This really means, when should you use a CDP and when should you use something else?) what are the capabilities of a CDP?

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Reflections on the CDP Revolution in France (and the Rest of Europe)

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The CDP Institute just published a report on the CDP Industry in Europe (download here ). This was based primarily on the global Industry Update released last month.

Companies Scramble to Report on COVID-19 Business Impact

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As marketers finish their initial emergency adjustments to coronavirus lockdowns, they are starting to think about longer-term plans. While the shape of things to come is impossible to guess, reporting on industry changes has become a marketing trend of its own. Here are a dozen-plus studies I’ve seen in the past week, most of which are on-going. Retail Behavior Data Adobe this week launched their Digital Economy Index , a long-term project that gained unexpected immediate relevance.

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Oracle CX Unity Looks Like a Real Customer Data Platform

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I finally caught up with Oracle for a briefing on the CX Unity product they announced in October. Although it was clear at the time that CX Unity offered some version of unified customer data, it was hard to understand exactly what was being delivered. The picture is now much clearer.

The Privacy Multiverse: A Fantasy in Three Acts

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Jamie knew something was wrong when his alarm clock didn’t greet him by name. Weird, he thought. Things quickly got weirder. The water in the shower wasn’t set to the right temperature. The traffic report mentioned an accident nowhere near his route to work.

2018 Was a Great Year for Customer Data Platforms

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The CDP industry had a great 2018, growing by 60% and reaching $740 million revenue, according to the CDP Institute’s just-released Industry Update (click here to download ). The industry added 29 vendors and 2,653 employees, slightly more than the 26 vendors and 2,233 employees added in 2017.

What's Next for the Customer Data Platform Industry?

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Customer success platform Gainsight recently released a Customer Data Platform module for its system. This followed Freshworks’ acquisition of Natero , another customer success platform that builds a unified customer database. Totango, another customer success platform, also positions itself as CDP.

Privacy Regulations Will Lead to Advertising Innovation

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Naysayers doubted that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy rules, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and related privacy regulations would have any real impact on the flow of consumer data.

Purpose-Driven Marketing Comes to Town

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“If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made” runs the old joke.

Acquia Buys AgilOne CDP

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Acquia , which is moving past its roots in Web content management to become a multi-channel “digital experience platform” (DXP), took a big step in that direction today with a deal to buy the AgilOne Customer Data Platform.

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Third Party Data Is Not Dead Yet

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Third party data is not dead yet. It was supposed to be.

Customer Data Platforms vs Master Data Management: How They Differ

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My wanderings through the Customer Data Platform landscape have increasingly led towards the adjacent realm of Master Data Management (MDM). Many people are starting to ask whether they’re really the same thing or could at least be used for some of the same purposes.

It's CDP Time for Marketing Cloud Vendors

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Adobe, Salesforce and Oracle all made announcements regarding Customer Data Platform products this week. None are world-changing: Salesforce described a planned extension of Customer 360 ; Abobe announced triggered journey campaigns that draw on its “real time CDP”, and Oracle described CDP services from systems integrators. But the fact that all three vendors are addressing the topic raises some interesting questions. Why does this matter to technology and marketing professionals?

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Privacy-Protecting Systems Are The New Green

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Let’s take a break from Customer Data Platforms to do some trend-spotting. I spy with my little eye…privacy systems! Specifically, there's a crop of systems that are privacy-safe alternatives to dominant social, search, email and other common consumer technologies. One well known example is DuckDuckGo , which positions itself as “a search engine that doesn’t track you”. But there are plenty of others.

CDP Myths vs Realities

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A few weeks ago, I critiqued several articles that attacked “myths” about Customer Data Platforms. But, on reflection, those authors had it right: it’s important to address misunderstandings that have grown as the category gains exposure. So here's my own list of CDP myths and realities.

State of Customer Data Platforms in Europe

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The Customer Data Platform Institute will be launching its European branch later this month with a series of presentations in London, Amsterdam and Hamburg.

Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

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It’s clear that 2015 has been the breakout year for predictive analytics in marketing, with at least $242 million in new funding, compared with $366 million in all prior years combined. But is it possible that predictive is already approaching commodity status?

Informatica Buys AllSight and What It Means for the CDP Industry

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Informatica announced last week that has purchased AllSight , a Toronto-based Customer Data Platorm vendor. This is interesting on several levels: A CDP vendor is being bought by an established enterprise data management firm.

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Consumers Aren't As Into Personalization As You Think, and Other Survey Results

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I review a lot of surveys -- easily a dozen each week. Mostly they go into a big file which I mine occasionally for helpful factoids to spice up a paper or presentation. Sometimes I take a more thorough tour to look at some bigger issues. Today is one of those days.

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Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

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It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems.

MDC DOT Provides Marketing Automation for Direct Salespeople

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I briefly mentioned MDC Dot in an earlier blog post about giving sales people access to marketing automation capabilities. This may not have done them justice since they are more specialized than that general description implied.

Will GDPR Hurt Customer Data Platforms and the Marketers Who Use Them?

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Like an imminent hanging, the looming execution of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has concentrated business leaders’ minds on their customer data.

Campaign Management Is Dead. Here's What Next-Generation Marketing Automation Looks Like.

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Scientists tell us that the attention span of the average human is now shorter than the attention span of a goldfish.(1) 1) In such a world, the chances of anyone reading this 2,000 word blog post are pretty much nil.

Marketing Technology of the Future: Beyond the Customer Data Platform

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The last three minutes of my MarTech Conference presentation are driving me crazy. The preceding portions cover the current state of Customer Data Platforms. I have no trouble talking about that.

Will New Marketing Automation Tools Let Sales Climb Back Up The Funnel?

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Trends are signposts of the future: they point to where we’re headed. But the signposts are unreliable because trends are often interrupted – the classic example being the “ Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894 ”, when experts predicted that major cities would soon be buried beneath horse droppings.

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Why Time Is the Real Barrier to Marketing Technology Adoption and What To Do About It

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I was out of the office all week, splitting my time between two conferences: Sailthru LIFT and Marketing Profs B2B Forum. Both were well attended, well produced, and well worth while.