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Optimizing the Journey: An Acquia Engage Recap

14 Nov 2018, Ashley Kinder

The stage during Acquia Engage Innovation Showcase with a keynote speaker in front of the crowd

Backed by the power of open source, Acquia is driven by its vision to create the world’s greatest digital experiences. At its annual Acquia Engage conference, that theme that was seen, heard, and shared by hundreds of digital leaders.

Customer Experience Trends Report

It’s all about the customers. On Day 1, Acquia released its Customer Experience Trends Report that analyzes the perspectives of marketers and consumers on open source innovation and what makes or breaks customer experiences. There’s a lot of work to be done with 66% of global consumers stating that they “don’t remember when a brand experience exceeded my expectations.” And with 86% of marketers who plan on increasing their CX budgets in 2019, it’s important to keep in mind that CX is more than simply bringing customers in the door; it’s about fostering long-term, meaningful relationships.

Acquia Experience Platform: Updates Galore

Over the course of 2018, there have been 50+ new product features added to the Acquia Experience Platform. Updates include strengthened GDPR readiness, improved asset synchronization between DAM and Drupal, machine-learning similarity content recommendations, and single site staging for Acquia Cloud Site Factory. We’re most excited about the potential for learning behaviors. “Acquia Lift is providing Open Source with a solution that is common to the big pay platforms,” says Michael Crawford, Technical Architect at Hero Digital. “This gives our Drupal more weight to compete with the expensive systems in the market.” Learn about these new enhancements in this recorded webinar.

Breakout Session: “Show and Tell: How to Turn a Data Driven Strategy into Dynamic Experiences”

Learn how to develop and execute a data driven experience strategy with Acquia Cloud, integrating cross-channel data sources to create user-optimized experiences. In this popular session, Carl Agers, SVP Marketing Services at Hero Digital, explored how to define the foundation and create an execution plan for measurement and real-life optimization.

Women in Digital Talk Digital Transformation

We thoroughly enjoyed hearing from two incredible executive digital leaders Felicity Carson, CMO at IBM Watson Customer Engagement, and Linda Albornoz, VP Digital Cross-Enterprise Platforms at Charles Schwab. Carson discussed how the role of the modern CMO has changed and how partnering with IT to harness the power of AI can sharpen business and customer insights. Albornoz gave an inside look at Schwab’s transformation journey, offering insights of how people and technology best serve clients when deployed together.

Houston Methodist Wins

Congratulations to our client, Houston Methodist who won the Acquia Engage award for “Working Towards a Better Tomorrow” for its “Power of M” campaign, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the hospital and their $500 million capital campaign. With a lean approach with smaller expert teams, Hero delivered the site in just six months.

Finally, congratulations to the winner of our kiosk giveaway, Mary Hackbarth of Millennium Trust Company!

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