I’ve written several eBooks about various topics:
- Ektron to Drupal Website Migrations: A Guide
(June 2017 for Acquia)
In January of 2015, Accell-KKR, a private equity firm, combined Ektron and the Swedish company Episerver into a single company and CMS platform. Between the high cost of an Episerver license upgrade and the fact that the open source landscape had evolved significantly over the prior decade to the point where many enterprise organizations (from private and public corporations to government entities) had embraced Drupal and the open source community, this has caused many organizations to choose to migrate off of the Ektron platform and onto a CMS like Drupal.
As one of the top three most-used Content Management Systems across the Web, Drupal is a natural choice for many organizations based on its popularity alone. But there are several other reasons that Drupal earns top consideration. Since you are reading this eBook, we assume you are either considering a switch from Ektron to Drupal or are perhaps already decided and looking for some further advice. Let’s briefly discuss some of the benefits of Drupal versus Ektron, or in choosing a different licensed Content Management System.
- Connecting People to Places
(April 2016 for Carousel30)
As digital marketers, we talk a lot about “mobile” — devices, advertising, websites, you name it — and we often talk about how consumers use these devices as they navigate the real world. Often, however, we are talking about the digital and physical worlds as two separate entities which occasionally overlap and sometimes intersect. What continues to happen is a convergence between the world we see on screens and the world we experience with our senses.
How do we create a deeper connection between consumers and the places that we market? In order to be most effective at this, we need to understand several key aspects of what make places unique and how people find a connection to them.
- The Long view of Customer Experience
Carousel30 is proud to announce “The Long View of Customer Experience: An Engagement Approach for Omni-channel Marketers,” the latest in our series of white paper for digital marketers. Customer experience is a very important topic for any marketer to understand. This white paper is for digital marketers who are looking for a clear, concise way to talk about and address the relationship that their customers have both to their marketing-specific efforts as well as to the larger efforts of the organization as a whole.
A customer-centric view of organizations is not by any means a new thing, but often in our day-to-day job as marketers, we are focused on the immediate and short-term objectives. A long-view customer experience philosophy simply builds upon this by looking at the primary ways that our global audiences relate to our brands, our services and our products and finds ways to engage them in a natural, meaningful, and realistic way. We’re concerning ourselves here with genuine relationships and those that are appropriate to the degree to which a customer is engaged, or willing to be engaged, with our brand. This can sometimes be on a large scale, and at other times can be on a very micro scale, even one-to-one.
- Creating a Digital Strategy for Nonprofits
This guide walks you through an easy-to-follow, 7-step process for creating the building blocks of a digital strategy for nonprofits. It’s a useful tool for any company or organization whose communications or online presences need a solid foundation and course of action, or even those who might just need to refine their existing approach.This includes both parts of a two-part guide written by Greg Kihlström. It is designed to help nonprofits – large and small – to create their own digital strategy from scratch and rethink the relationship between the properties and tactics they are currently being used in terms of their appeal to key audiences, measurable results, and alignment with key organizational goals.
Here are a few white papers I’ve written:
- The Next Generation of Financial Services Customers: A Marketer's Guide
Research and insights on how financial services companies can reach Millennials and Gen Z.
- Elements of a Successful Content Strategy
This white paper is intended to explain how to create an effective content strategy, a critical piece of marketing for businesses of all kinds. Having an effective content marketing plan can yield great benefits that reach audiences you might not otherwise reach. There is not a single organization that can’t benefit from a content strategy, though the complexity and sophistication of yours will depend on the marketing needs, size, and scale of your organization. Carousel30 CEO Greg Kihlström expands on these ideas and walks through five essential elements that comprise a successful long-term content strategy and marketing program. These are written for any type of organization from a large corporation to a small nonprofit.
- Using Tracking Technology: Monitoring Behavior, Action and ROI
From a simple website with Google Analytics installed, to a complex e-commerce website with CRM integration, and marketing automation, we are able to learn a lot about consumers’ buying behavior and path to purchase when the majority of the activity takes place solely online.This approach becomes much more difficult when spanning both online and offline channels. The more the actions lie in the offline world, the more complex this can become. As we’ll discuss later, this is due to the difficulty of finding a mechanism to tie these unique events and actions together. The need for tracking, though, is obvious. When we understand our customers and can understand the effectiveness of our marketing channels, we create an optimal user experience that results in maximum customer satisfaction and sales.
- Optimizing the Mobile User Experience
with Giuseppe Carabelli (July 2013)
With tablet sales outpacing laptops and mobile usage continually on the rise, there’s no question that how your brand addresses the mobile user experience can make a huge impact on your business.There are three primary ways to address the mobile user experience, each with pros and cons that might make it the best (or the worst) solution for your brand. This white paper reviews the those and the cost-effectiveness, limitations, and design benefits or challenges unique to each of them. It walks through how to choose the best option for your brand in order to increase mobile views, conversions, repeat usage, and other important goals associated with your Web assets and the user experiences you provide. This white paper will show you how to determine which solution is the best fit for your needs, make the best investment, and most importantly, provide your users with the best experience when visiting your site – no matter what device they use.
- Introduction to Big Data for Digital Marketers
It’s hard to read a blog, pick up a magazine, or have a conversation about business these days without the term “Big Data” coming up in some form or another. What it is exactly and how it relates to you as a digital marketer can be harder to determine. The purpose of this white paper is to talk about Big Data in terms that relate to marketing and advertising, and more specifically that relate to the digital marketer. There is much more information (or data, if you will) on this subject than this white paper allows, but the objective is to encourage further research and discovery on the areas of the subject that are most relevant to you and your current challenges within your organization or company.Many of the references cited within this white paper provide deeper insights into specific aspects and we recommend reading them in their entirety, especially when they refer to areas of interest to you. We hope that this provides a good introduction to Big Data and is the beginning of a new step in the sophistication of your digital marketing and advertising efforts.
- The Convergence of Marketing, PR and Customer Service
with Kaitlin Carpenter (November 2012)
A paradigm shift has been happening in the world of corporate communications for many years now. For a variety of reasons, the convergence of marketing and public relations is well documented and much discussed. This white paper adds another dimension to that discussion, which is equally important to any enterprise organization: customer service.The white paper places this PR/marketing convergence in context with the growing need for organizations to take customer service, including idea generation, feedback and complaints, into account when planning communication strategies and internal communication structure. This white paper also aims to get a conversation started about how best to do this on both the enterprise and the small and medium-sized business level. The best examples of this type of integration are yet to come, but the hope is that by furthering the conversation we will see continued innovation.
- Social Search for Hospitality and Tourism
While the term began to pop up in 2004, social search didn’t really affect anyone until around 2008, when Google first began displaying Twitter posts in its search results. Since then, a number of developments have taken place along with the expected consumer backlash when new features are rolled out on popular platforms, but it seems that social search is here to stay.Social search incorporates the next evolution of context to a user’s search engine results. This takes into account the social activity related to pieces of content, whether that is in the user’s immediate social network or simply the social popularity of content (based on the number of +1’s or Facebook Likes). Its goal is to add a layer of social relevance that is unique to each user who performs a search. In a way, it is similar to a recommendation engine like Netflix or Amazon, except that it spans the entirety of the Web.