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Our spiffy new tablet app

In case you missed it, Cisco now has a tablet version of our flagship app.  And it’s great. Some new features include:

  • Products use a ‘touch’ visual navigation structure
  • Quicker navigation through ‘bookmarking’  without the need to login
  • Video Datasheets delivered via the tablet app
  • Comprehensive Internet of Everything and social media coverage
  • Partner content, such as incentives, promotions, and support
  • Push notification services
  • Faster updates to navigation and content from Cisco in real time

Get it at:

Some pictures:

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Enjoy!

 

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Giving attention, not getting attention

This recent post in the Harvard Business Review, Your Digital Strategy Shouldn’t Be About Attention, is a good reminder that the best digital experiences come from listening to your visitors and then anticipating what they want.

We’re tried to follow that philosophy on Cisco.com and in our mobile apps, through observing by listening, invisible change,  and continual improvement.

Good read!

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Gamification on Cisco Blogs

Cisco blogs is excited to announce the updated and improved Social Rewards program! We think you’ll love the new features. Here’s a short list of the changes; check out the video for more details. Oh, and don’t forget to login—using Cisco.com login—or join today so you get credit for reading this post and watching the video!

Updated and new features:

  • Log In – We moved to Cisco.com login. If you don’t have an account already it’s easy to register, just click on the “Join Today” banner found on the right column of each blog page.
  • Notifications – You will receive a pop-up notification each time you earn a new badge! You can also share your accomplishment on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Missions – Learn what you need to do to earn your next badge by hovering over the icons under the “Earn More Badges” section of your Rewards console.
  • Leaderboards – See how you rank on the “My Leaderboard” widget found on each Members profile page. See who the top ten members are for the week and month on the “Learn More” page.
  • News Feed – Populates whenever anyone becomes a member, earns a new badge, or progresses to the next level.
  • Engagement Score – Replaces the Reputation meter; you can now earn points for everything you do. As your points add up you progress to the next level!
  • New Look – We updated the badges, added some new badges, and refreshed the overall look of the program.

We plan to add new challenges throughout the year; you will want to continue to participate so you don’t lose out on all the fun! Let the games commence!

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New Year = New #SocialRoundup Series

Happy New Year and welcome to our first #SocialRoundup. In this new blog series, we will be bringing you more highlights on our social media efforts and best practices. Here’s a recap on what you might have missed since the start of the New Year. Feel free to give us feedback on whether the information is useful.

Cisco at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we developed several creative social assets during show week that helped tell our service provider story and highlight our participation in various conference events. Some of my favorites include an Instagram teaser video and promoting our campaign hashtag, #VideoInCloud, via airplane skywriting over the event center! Check out some of the great work below:

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Marketing Automation Tools forcing Data Scientists to higher ground

The game is afoot – and this time around, it pits marketing automation tools against data science driven data products. Specialized digital marketing service providers against dyed-in-the-wool data geeks. Campaign management tools versus correlation driven, random forest, gradient boosting, data products.

Marketing automation tools have, in their short history, focused on delivering specialized services (serving up display advertising, managed paid search ads et al). But over the last few years, these tools have broadened their reach and gained access to considerable data – emerging beyond their specific channel of interest. Tools such as Tag Management Systems, with their data layer, seek to become the data-broker of record. Offerings such as Data Management Platforms (DMP) integrate deeply into re-targeting platforms as well as with first party data and deliver fine-tuned audience segmentation and other behavior profiles in near real-time which can be acted upon immediately to serve better content and deliver richer engagements with the visitor.

Data Scientists in the digital realm have often prospered by:

  • A cross-channel online focus – bringing together online data that, until now, was siloed and typical marketing automation tools had no visibility to
  • Combining online and offline (company owned) data sources to generate insights that an online-only focus will not be able to deliver
  • Adding third-party data (frequently purchased) to further embellish information about their customers and using the same for yielding further insights

The new wave of marketing automation tools are beginning to step into the first of these areas – by beginning to combine data across multiple online channels (website, mobile, social media, email et al). Offerings such as Audience Stream from Tealium are an example of such a product.

The marketing automation tools are also beginning to tap into the third space – bringing in third-party data to combine with company owned data – though the scope is presently limited to third-party online behavior of the visitors the company is interested in. This is the specialization that DMP from companies such as BlueKai offers.

How long before these marketing automation tools provide a method for pulling in offline data to significantly improve the analysis they can provide? And once the data is available, several push-button models can be added on top to deliver interesting insights. Some variation of this is beginning to happen already and by 2020, we may well be dealing with marketing automation tools that cover multi-channel online data as well as online + offline data – with all of it leveraged by push-button models that yield interesting new insights.

So then, where to for the Data Scientist of the Digital proclivity?

For now, there is plenty of gap still remaining that the home-grown (or consultant-driven) Data Science team can deliver insights through the gaps identified above. But then, the team has to continue to expand focus – both onto new data sources (in the world of IoT), in discovering new relationships (graph like approaches to discover and ask more interesting questions), processing larger amounts of data to generate new insights (using new statistical approaches as Math begins to catch up with Big Data), and really spending more time answering the frequently asked, but seldom answered, questions (“what is the customer’s intent when they arrive at a site”, “how best to move the customer along the conversion funnel”).

The age of marketing automation has arrived – coinciding with the increased burden on digital marketing to generate revenue producing leads. The scope and reach of marketing automation will continue to grow and will continuously challenge data science teams to move up the value-chain and deliver deeper insights and focus on answering the harder questions for the marketer.