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Say hello to the new Salesforce Content Management System

It’s no secret that these days, companies are striving to create, deliver and personalise content for their customers. And according to Salesforce’s latest ‘State of the Connected Customer’ report, 78% of customers expect consistent experiences across departments. That’s why Salesforce has just announced its hybrid CMS!

Salesforce says the trouble with legacy CMS’ is that they’re designed for a single touch-point, rather than the ‘ever-evolving, omnichannel customer journey‘ of today. Salesforce’s CMS is designed to easily help us create and deliver content to any channel or device, and connect that content to your customer data.

What’s different about Salesforce CMS’ features?

It’s flexible

You can choose a content type, or create custom types and quickly draft the content in the app, without really needing any technical skills at all.

For example, if you want to add content to an experience built with Salesforce, you can choose from two of the CMS’ “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” tools: Experience Builder and Commerce Page Designer.

You can build a great experience by simply dragging content components right onto the website, portal, forum, or commerce storefront you’re using. But both tools are developer-friendly too, which is perfect if your design and development teams want to build the experience with code.

If you want to deliver content into a third-party site, experience, or mobile app, you can also use their headless APIs to do that smoothly. And it also has multi-language and translation features to help you scale.

It’s connected

Instead of blindly creating content, your teams will have access to their customer data to help inform their decisions and personalise their content. Plus, Salesforce CMS lets you actually turn your data into content. No, seriously. They say you can take a CRM record from your CRM and translate the rows and columns into rich, visual content, such as a banner or engaging promotional CTA. Pretty cool, that.

Salesforce CMS is also a shared service, meaning you can collaborate across teams who use:

  • Salesforce Platform
  • Service Cloud
  • Community Cloud
  • Customer 360.

And according to Salesforce, soon Commerce Cloud and Marketing Cloud will be added to that list, too.

It’s hybrid

Your teams can create a variety of content in one central location and then distribute it to any digital touch-point. You can also create content collections, which are like playlists of content that can be added to different experiences.

And this can be any format — blogs, news, events, social, email and more. You can start new projects with a single click, visualise that content in every format before publishing, build custom content, and drag components right into your site as needed.

Your content will also be dynamic — adapting to wherever it appears, meaning there’s no need to recreate content for different touchpoints. You won’t need to worry as the experience, branding and assets will stay just as you intended across each interaction.

Connecting a CMS to the world’s best CRM instantly sounded like a fab idea to me, especially since at oe:gen, we’re always looking out for ways to give better, more personalised digital experiences. Learn more about Salesforce CMS via this link!

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I have a few passions in life; one of them is writing helpful articles for sales and marketing folks, and another is horror movies. So, to honour the spookiest day of the year, I’m going to combine (absolutely shoehorn) the two. Let’s see how this turns out…

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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, a phrase you will have heard throughout life, the mantra behind it doesn’t always prove to be true, but in the case of making a first impression with a prospect – it does. It really is worth planning for your first contact. This post will walk through practical and efficient ways to get off to a great start with your prospects. 

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Nurturing leads until they’re ripe for sales picking is a process which you’re likely spend a good amount of time and resources on. So, to retain the value which you’ve put in during the marketing stage, it’s important to make sure your handover of leads to Sales is a smooth and informative process.

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What we’re reading in 2017

If you want to learn about or improve on a particular aspect of your career or business, the cheapest, most satisfying way is to read a good book. That’s why we’ve asked the team what personal and business development books they’d recommend getting stuck into this year.

So, fancy feeding your head? Here’s a selection of reads we think have the potential to transform your business for 2017.

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10 Steps to aligning Marketing and Sales

 

Why can’t marketing be an arm of sales?

– Alan Johnson, ‘Peep Show’, season 4 episode 2.

For those familiar with the above quote, you’ll know that Mark couldn’t solve Johnson’s business riddle. Luckily here at oe:gen — we have!

OK, enough mooning, let’s strap on the nosebag and eat some serious sales and marketing (or, smarketing) alignment with the following 10 steps. 

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Quick Guide: How to identify HubSpot to Salesforce integration errors

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