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Shaping Consumer Buying Habits In A Post-Choice World

Shady Ghattas

Have you noticed how stressed-out many marketing professionals have become over the past few years?

Or, if you’re a marketer who’s been in the game for a while, have you reflected on how much more hectic and challenging your job has become since social media forced you to drink through the data firehose?

The explosion of Internet media has introduced more customer touch points than marketers can possibly keep up with. When TV, magazines, billboards, and the like were the only ways to be seen by consumers, it was manageable. Today, not a chance. CEOs are pushing CMOs harder and harder to prove the ROI of their marketing investments—something most marketers still struggle with.

At its core, the role of the marketer has always been about choice/rejection. Choose our brand, reject the competitor. Marketers target the “moments of truth” to achieve this. In the digital world, there are many more moments of truth to manage. Think of all the interactions on social media and how brands need to get defensive really quickly in some situations. In the past, marketers had a good idea of when those moments were, and they were largely in control during those moments.

While most marketers continue to grapple with these new realities of today, let’s look at how you’ll need to do marketing to be successful 5 to 10 years from now—and how you can start laying the foundations today so you don’t get caught unprepared again.

The next wave of marketing—which has already begun in some areas—will be based on automation. Automation will create a new paradigm for marketers, one where choice/rejection is removed from the equation. The digital age expanded the number of touch points for choice/rejection, whereas the automation age has the potential to eliminate them. The question becomes: “What is the role of the marketer if there is no opportunity to influence?”

Think for a second about Amazon Dash, a device that enables you to purchase products by simply pressing a button. Think about that smart fridge that might be in your kitchen a few years from now, ordering a new carton of milk for you when it recognizes that you’re running low. Imagine that each virtually mindless, purely habitual purchase you make is no longer even that – the possibility of you breaking the mold and choosing something new has gone from 1% to 0.1%. To marketers, that is a world of difference. Unilever is one company that seems to understand this thread, given its $1B acquisition of Dollar Shave Club.

When you no longer go into the store to select your brand of laundry detergent, how does a competing brand tempt you to choose their product instead? If a brand can no longer tempt you with an attractive promotion, superior product placement, better pricing or product (the traditional 4Ps of marketing), how does a marketer get you to switch to their brand?

The answer is the marketer can no longer be about just marketing. The marketer needs to become an expert on the entire customer experience.

The complete customer experience is in part about how the front office and the back office work together. If you press the Dash order button but your order never arrives or arrives late, that’s not a positive experience. If you order but your billing is out of whack, that’s not a positive experience either. The entire shopping experience, from ordering to receiving, must link together perfectly. Automation will provide an opportunity for brands that can offer a better overall experience to win in the market. Brands that get the automation piece right, integrate their front and back office, and offer that amazing customer experience will see their margins rise and the risk of losing customers fall significantly.

Ivey Business School marketing professor Niraj Dawar explains, “Spending billions to remind consumers to buy your brand will seem inordinately wasteful. Instead, advertising dollars will be redeployed to building relationships, challenging incumbents, increasing rates of consumption, and influencing algorithm designers and owners. Brand loyalty will be redefined, forcing marketers to differentiate much more clearly between mere repurchase and actual loyalty. Marketers of incumbent brands will need to ask whether the algorithm is “loyal” or the consumer is. For challengers, the critical question will be what they need to do to compel consumers to change the algorithm’s default settings.”

The companies that succeed in the digital age will not just get the customer experience right, they’ll also understand that it’s about the power of connecting the business and the brand at every node. With this comes an opportunity for emerging players to steal market share, but also an opportunity for incumbents to keep a firm grip on theirs.

Join SAP Hybris at The Gathering, an exclusive union of the world’s bravest brands, in Banff on February 22-24. You can also register for the online-only SAP Hybris LIVE: Digital Summit happening on March 8.

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Shady Ghattas

About Shady Ghattas

Shady Ghattas is Customer Solution Director of SAP Hybris Canada (SAP). He is a digital transformation leader with a focus on customer experience from marketing to commerce.

The Death Of The Water Cooler Moment: Advertising In The On-Demand Landscape

Michael Brenner

The water cooler moment ranks among the unsung cultural drivers of modern corporate life. Imagine it’s Monday morning in the office, staff are arriving and preparing for the working week ahead, but leaving their desks for a minute or two to grab a glass of water or a cup of coffee or tea, and lingering around the water cooler discussing the weekend’s news or must-see binge-worthy series on Netflix.

As a cultural phenomenon it was almost unique. There was no broadcasting taking place, no additional message being transmitted, just groups of people gathering together to discuss key moments in popular culture and current events. But to dismiss this sort of occurrence as simple is to miss out on the bigger picture altogether.

It was the social and psychological complexity of the water cooler moment that made it so valuable for advertisers and digital marketers. People don’t want to be socially excluded. They don’t want to miss out on the cultural products du jour or appear ignorant on the issues of the day.

This psychology exerts pressure; it pushes media consumers and television watchers to follow the herd, bunching up and collecting themselves into one place. This makes the life of a media services provider much easier.

The end of an era

Two things torpedoed the water cooler moment: advances in technology and shifting attitudes towards television consumption. Homes that once had a single central television set are now not so limited. Several decades ago, as televisions became cheaper, households often bought second or third sets for other rooms. In recent years, computers have found pride of place in the home, providing more screens on which to view broadcasts traditionally reserved for the television.

Tablets and smartphones now proliferate, as do on-demand media services. Consumers can watch whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, and wherever they want. The water cooler moment hinged on communal experience; it required groups of people gathering in front of devices – not necessarily in the same place – but certainly at the same time. This doesn’t happen in the same way it used to.

Attitudes have shifted, too. To understand this, we only need to look at news coverage. News was once carefully regimented. Unless you were close enough to an event to hear about it through word of mouth or even witness it for yourself, information was fed to you via newspapers in the morning and evening, and via 25-minute bulletins at set points throughout the day.

Again, this delivered us a sense of communal experience, of witnessing the unfolding of events together, en masse. The audience was unified in their consumption of facts and figures, delivered at regular intervals.

Not anymore. Now there is rolling news, there is 24-hour connection via smartphones and other devices, there are news websites, there are live blogs, there are Twitter accounts and Medium posts, there are even dissident blogs giving you unfiltered, unrefined versions of alternative news.

Your understanding of the world is now solely your own; and no one else’s.

Beyond the cooler: What’s next for digital marketing?

Broadcasters must adapt. There is a new status quo, and media products must be positioned to fit into this renewed conception of what is normal. However, marketers must remember that this is not – or not yet, anyway – a complete revolution.

In 2013, Business Insider reported that television remains the dominant device in living rooms, at least in America, although it continues to lose ground to other pieces of tech. Statistics released by Marketing Charts in 2016 show that this is still the case and that the majority of U.S households are still loyal to the schedules, with 13 hours of scheduled television for every hour of “time-shifted” content.

We exist now in a state of transition in the media. The water cooler moment is gone, simply because users can now catch-up or re-watch key moments at any time, and so the sense of commonality is removed from the process. The water cooler moments that remain – such as the Super Bowl – are priced so far out of the market for advertisers that they might as well not exist at all.

So, what can broadcasters do? They need to create new water cooler moments, facilitating new conversations and new meeting points, tying the different mediums together. As digital marketers, we cannot afford to turn our backs on traditional forms of television just yet; instead, we need to integrate our efforts and connect with our audience en masse, across all channels.

While the water cooler has fallen, social media has risen. Social platforms may lack the human element of water cooler conversations, but they make up for this in power and scope. Look online; people are talking, discussing television shows and other cultural products in vast numbers, creating a powerful flow of discourse. The next step for broadcasters is to position their products at the heart of that discourse.

A new type of conversation around the digital water cooler

The conversation is still there; it has just moved online. In many ways, social media has become the digital water cooler, providing a forum for information exchange and cultural communication.

We can view this as a web, stretching out, linking, and uniting all the different positions in which the media engages with the public.

For digital marketers and broadcasters – now bereft of the water cooler moments they once tapped into – this represents a whole new space in which to build momentum and to spark conversation. Marketers can accompany traditional television content with hashtags and social media information to help start the discourse online, deploying directly clickable share buttons when the content is posted on a smart device.

Interaction can be incentivized with competitions and other giveaways or nurtured by opening up strategizing sessions to collaborative effort. Such interaction enhances the profile of a broadcast or a media product, while also breeding data that can then be fed back into the planning process and used in outlining future objectives.

Platforms come and platforms go, but some things remain constant; humans are social creatures and there will always be a market for discussing popular culture. In this sense, the water cooler moment never went away at all, it just changed form.

To find out more about shaping the digital water cooler, click here.

This post is the third of a seven-part series, “Reimagining Media in The Digital Age.” Check back weekly for further blogs in the series.

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Michael Brenner

About Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, author of  The Content Formula and the CEO of Marketing Insider GroupHe has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael shares his passion on leadership and marketing strategies that deliver customer value and business impact. He is recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Business Keynote Speaker and   a top  CMO influencer by Forbes.

SMBs: Seize The Moment! In Marketing, Timing Is Everything

Bernard Chung

What’s the dominant trend in marketing right now? Personalization. It’s the ability to identify customers and prospects, and capture enriched information on each individual to develop a deeper profile.

I believe there’s another major evolution right around the corner, which I call “marketing in the moment.” And no marketer can afford not to seize the opportunity.

From building the brand to building a relationship

To elaborate on this concept, let’s think about the evolution of marketing. Not long ago, companies were able to rely on the strength of their brand and on marketing to the masses. Marketers devoted most of their effort to building the brand. Consumers recognized “Coke,” for instance, and bought it.

Then Coca-Cola recognized that not everyone wanted a traditional Coke; some preferred caffeine-free, others wanted low-calorie and sugarless. Marketers began to differentiate their buyers, segmenting the different target audiences, tweaking the product offerings and the message and the advertising channel.

Today, marketers have refined this approach to the point of individualized interactions – because they can. Digital technology offers enormous power to capture and analyze behavioral data for deep insight into each customer’s intents and motivations.

The next wave: knowing when to engage

The idea of marketing in the moment is to deliver exactly the right message to a single individual – at exactly the right time. That’s not a green light to bombard the consumer at every moment, but instead to identify the right moment to have a discussion.

For example, if I call my bank to complain about an overdraft fee or report a lost ATM card, the representative would be ill-advised to pitch a product while I’m in that negative frame of mind. The rep doubtless has a few data points about me, and knows that I am currently considering remortgaging my house. But the context is wrong for trying to engage me in a discussion about refinancing.

Delivering instant response

The emerging model of customer engagement is known as “empathy marketing,” where the objective shifts to becoming empathetic to the individual. A key aspect of being empathetic is timing. There are moments in everyone’s life when they are open to influence and value information that meets their needs in that instant. And those needs change very fast.

To return to my banking example: I can do a Google search for information about refinancing, and very quickly identify a few companies I might do business with. Within seconds, my smartphone will buzz with a response from one or more of those sources with interest rates and terms.

If that information arrives the next day, it’s too late. Consumers today expect immediate gratification. They expect it not only for major financial decisions like this, but in their everyday activities: where to grab a pizza, get cash at an ATM, buy a Mother’s Day card, catch a screening of the latest 3D movie.

The three essential pillars for marketing in the moment

How is it possible to meet these expectations? Putting it simply, there are three fundamental pillars.

First is the ability to collect and analyze huge amounts of data and convert it to actionable insight. Since consumers use multiple channels to engage with organizations, the second pillar is to maintain a strong, consistent presence in all key marketing and commerce channels for a seamless customer journey from one channel to the other. This involves building a consolidated view of the customer across all relevant touchpoints to discover the customer’s real-time intent, and what information that person needs to move forward in the journey. The third pillar is the ability to work collaboratively within your organization to effectively manage and qualify leads, measure results, and make midcourse adjustments to your strategy on the fly.

Digital solutions designed for SMBs

Enabling this approach is what we call a digital core, which combines transactions and analytics on a single platform. Instead of relying on multiple applications for different processes, a single platform centralizes your customer data—CRM, financial information, and so on—and brings in external sources as well. Everything is connected: internally, marketing campaigns, sales data, and customer payment info, for example; and externally, the web, social media, and the Internet of Things. Powerful tools allow you to analyze and visualize enormous amounts of data to gain the type of insights I’ve described here.

While this approach may appear out of reach for small and midsize businesses, there are in fact digital solutions available – and economically accessible – that allow you to seize the marketing moment. And advisors are at the ready to support you with evaluation, implementation, industry-specific functionality, and ongoing services.

For more information, please visit the SAP S/4HANA Partner Packages site here.

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Bernard Chung

About Bernard Chung

Bernard Chung is Head of Audience Marketing for Marketing Line of Business at SAP Hybris.

3 Ways Robots Will Co-Evolve with Humans

Christopher Koch

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Christopher Koch

About Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch is the Editorial Director of the SAP Center for Business Insight. He is an experienced publishing professional, researcher, editor, and writer in business, technology, and B2B marketing. Share your thoughts with Chris on Twitter @Ckochster.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Melissa Friedman

About Melissa Friedman

Melissa Friedman is a senior marketing manager of Global Partner Operations at SAP. She manages SAP Virtual Agency, a multi-language, online demand-generation platform for SAP partners. In her spare time, Melissa is a professional photographer who specializes in wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, and portrait photography. Follow Melissa on Twitter and LinkedIn, or view her photography work.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Adam Winfield

About Adam Winfield

Adam Winfield writes about technology, how it's affecting industries, how it's affecting businesses, and how it's affecting people.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Gavin Mooney

About Gavin Mooney

Gavin Mooney is a utilities industry solution specialist for SAP. From a background in Engineering and IT, Gavin has been working in the utilities industry with SAP products for nearly 15 years. He has had the privilege of working with a number of Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities across the globe to implement SAP’s Industry Solution for Utilities. He now works with utilities to help them identify the best way to run simple and run better with SAP's latest products. Gavin loves to network and build lasting business relationships and is passionate about cleantech and the fundamental transformation currently shaking up the utilities industry.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Kris Hansen

About Kris Hansen

Kris Hansen is senior principal, Financial Services for SAP Canada. He is focused on understanding the financial services industry and identifying new and interesting digital opportunities that create disruptive business value.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Wilson Zhu

About Wilson Zhu

Wilson Zhu is a Marketing Manager at SAP. He focuses on the topic of Digital Supply Chain and IoT. Follow him on Twitter: @thezhu.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Roger Noia

About Roger Noia

Roger Noia is the director of Solution Marketing, SAP Jam Collaboration, at SAP. He is responsible for product marketing and sales enablement for our dedicated sales team as well as the broader SAP sales force selling SAP Jam.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Drew Schiller

About Drew Schiller

Drew Schiller co-founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Validic, the leading digital health platform for connecting patient-generated data from apps, wearables, and in-home medical devices to the healthcare system. At Validic, Drew leads the corporate strategy, drives key day-to-day initiatives, and works closely with senior executives at partner organizations to stay ahead of the innovation curve.

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Donuts, Content Management and Information Governance

Ina Felsheim

I was on vacation for two weeks, which was awesome, and my girls mainly wanted to do two things:

I had my own list of projects, too. The big one was installing glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. (Grout everywhere. That’s all I’m saying.)

After two weeks of glorious holiday, I sat down to take stock. The old technical writer in me came creeping out, and I began to count how many sets of instructions we followed over the course of the two weeks—more than 15, definitely. And the amazing thing? They were all right. Every. Last. One. From proper application of fabric paint to proper frying temperature for homemade donuts, to putting together a shoe rack that came in 20 pieces.

I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t have happened five years ago. The difference comes from an increased awareness in the importance of great user assistance. Without successful “use,” who’s going to evangelize your product?

Information Governance: Part of a Larger Food Pyramid

In EIM, we have a well-seasoned group of information developers. They apply information governance principles every day:

  • Create a single source of master information (in this case, product step-by-step instructions)
  • Manage versioning of master information (as product updates happen)
  • Survey end-users of the information to gauge quality, freshness, and applicability of master information
  • Establish master information Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, or Informed (RACI) models for owners, reviewers, and informed stakeholders.

Sometimes, we group this knowledge management work into other categories, like content management. However, information governance needs to also be inclusive of these activities; otherwise, how can we be successful? No one can live on donuts alone!

Does your information governance program include content management? Do you have comments about the quality of EIM user assistance (online help, PDFs, printed documentation, etc.)?

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Carolyn Beal

About Carolyn Beal

Carolyn Beal is senior director of Solution Marketing for Social Software at SAP. Her specialties include product marketing, marketing communications, CRM, and demand generation.

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