Adobe Marketing Cloud and Magento Commerce – is this marriage right for you?

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adobe magentoMay 21, 2018 is a big day for Adobe. It announced it’s purchase of Magento Commerce for 1$1.6B, and the stock market responded with enthusiasm. Shopify – Magento’s competitor, saw it’s shares sink and Adobe’s valuation go up. An indication that investors see this as the right move. Is a good investment strategy for Adobe, also a good investment for Adobe’s existing customer base? Should customers using Adobe’s Experience Cloud also choose Magento as their Commerce Solution? Is there a synergy between the products now that they are both under the same umbrella? These are some of the questions that customers should be asking and evaluate their choices carefully.

No doubt, with this acquisition, Adobe adds a significant product line to it’s Experience Cloud platform -and fills a long overdue gap in it’s portfolio of offerings. We have seen customers integrate Experience Cloud products – especially AEM and Analytics with SAP Hybris, Elastic Path and also Magento (prior to the acquisition news). Technically, all these eCommerce integrations involve setting up OSGi properties within AEM and deploying the appropriate AEM bundles. However, most realistic, production ready Digital Engagement + Commerce systems require a lot more strategy and implementation effort beyond just connecting the two systems together. The integrations involve two loosely coupled systems with very little context-awareness between the systems. Add to that these integrations cost a lot with prolonged development lifecycles.

With this acquisition, it appears that Adobe is also addressing a key frustration that is inherent to customers implementing a Digital Engagement+ Commerce solution. If Adobe provides a seamless integration between it’s Marketing Cloud products and Magento Commerce – perhaps by expanding Adobe I/O Commerce integration platform specifically for Magento’s own eco-system, it will be a great step in the right direction for both Adobe Customers and Partners alike! However, if the technical integration is very peripheral (like it is currently) and the future integration with Experience Cloud has long implementation cycles, customers are bound to be frustrated. Only time will tell how successful this marriage will turn out!

To evaluate if Adobe Marketing Cloud + Magento Commerce is the right solution for you, just drop us a line and we will bring our experience to your strategy.

 

Adobe Summit 2018: It’s all about that (customer) base.

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Pardon our saucy title, but Adobe’s 2018 Summit was all about increasing a brand’s customer base. Whether it’s enhancing your customer’s digital experience, seamlessly tracking customer/visitor behavior or converting anonymous users to loyal customers, there was a session to cover it. Which is what makes this annual conference a very rich experience in itself for marketers around the globe.

With 332 sessions – ranging from sessions on digital strategy to tactically tying together Audience Manager, Analytics and Campaign into a single solution, there was a session for the techies and business folks alike.

No single person can attend all the sessions. Luckily for Adobe Solutions Partners like Autowoven – the Partner Day provided a huge opportunity to review the product roadmap and vision ahead of time. Many attendees we met had come in groups – with team members attending different tracks and sessions simultaneously – very smart!

Among all the sessions, labs and strategy sessions, there were a few key takeaways:

  • Adobe continues to emphasize that the (customer) Experience economy, driven by Adobe Experience Manager is the future of digital experience transformation.
  • A new Experience Cloud ID Service (aka People Service) that can connect real-time analytics, segments and experiences with legacy customer touch points. This is the key for unifying today’s multi-channel, multi-device customer profiles.
  • Hello Watson, meet Adobe Sensei – Adobe’s AI technology! Adobe predicts Sensei will drive automated experience curation among other tasks.
  • Migrating to Adobe’s Cloud hosted platforms while taking care of security and privacy, will take the pain away from on-premise hosting.

 

Let’s talk about how Adobe approached each of the above hot topics:

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360-degree Customer View w/ Adobe

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Also called Customer Centricity or Single Customer View (SCV), a 360-degree view of your customers is probably the single most important aspect of Enterprise Marketing.

 

Adobe Single Customer View

The Business need for SCV

Today’s enterprise organizations have a need to understand their customers at a personal, individual level to keep up with customer expectations. Traditional mass-market approaches are proven to be less effective for several reasons:

  • Today’s customers have access to multiple media and market channels and unless organizations market in all such channels, they will be at a disadvantage.
  • Customers have more choices today and expect more personalized and consistent experiences
  • Brands cannot compete on price alone because of low margins, so organizations must compete on experience and better service.

 

How should Organizations adapt?

To stay ahead of their competitions, organizations need to adapt to meet the business challenge. To become a customer-centric and experience-focussed brands require a new approach to marketing. This involves:

  • Stop organizing around product lines and break down organizational silos. Personalized, consistent experiences have to follow the customer’s experience end to end, and an organization structured in silos cannot achieve such expectations.
  • Let Information flow across the organization by breaking down Information Silos.
  • Get granular in how customer traits are analyzed and segmented
  • Use real-time and historical context to engage in interactive marketing.
  • Use Technology tools such as Adobe Audience Manager, Adobe Target, Adobe Analytics, Adobe Campaign and AEM to analyze, segment and target your customers.

 

An Adobe reference model for achieving SCV

So, how can enterprise organizations implement Adobe tools to achieve the customer-centric marketing approach?

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So, what exactly happened in Vegas… I mean Adobe Summit 2017?

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The Clouds split! Literally. If you don’t know what I mean, here’s a visual.

Of significance is the introduction of the new Adobe Advertising Cloud. Here’s the live tweet that is relevant:

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Getting Vanity URLs right in an Adobe AEM implementation

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So your friendly marketing executive calls to say he needs a Vanity URL for a page on your AEM hosted site. And you cringe. How do you get this done right without getting penalized by Search Engines? Should you do this at the Load Balancer level? Within AEM Dispatcher configurations? within AEM Publish instance? What about horizontal replication of these configurations? And oh, who’s going to maintain this? It’s not like your Dev Ops team is necessarily twiddling their thumbs waiting for work.

This post will address a few different ways to accomplish Vanity URLs within an Adobe AEM implementation and discuss some pros and cons.

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6 takeaways from Adobe Summit 2015 #AEM6

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Even before the Adobe Summit, that took place in March 9th to 13th, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT, Forrester had this to sayAdobe was a runaway winner across a broader digital experience delivery portfolio”. 

Adobe put a great show (including a concert by Imagine Dragons!) and displayed a wide range of digital marketing products and integrations. It was fun. It was Radioactive!

“Marketing” for marketing aside, there was a lot of ‘meat’ in the conference as well. So, without much ado, here are our 6 takeaways from Adobe Summit 2015.

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