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Digital Marketing and Drupal Take Shape in Japan

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson has shared his passion for Japan, along with his view of Drupal expansion in the country (in Japanese, by the way!). Two years have passed since that time and things have dramatically changed. Now, at the start of 2015 as the challenge of taking on “Digital Transformation” weighs on everyone's mind, it is a great time for some updates on the current state of Drupal in Japan. For the... More

日本のデジタルマーケティングと Drupal について

編集者より: 本日のゲスト投稿では、CI&T ASPAC ビジネスディレクターの上田善行氏より、日本における Drupal の現状をお伝えします。CI&T はグローバルソフトウェア企業であり、Acquia の戦略パートナーとして、企業のデジタル変革を支援しています。同社の Drupal サービスについてはウェブサイトをご覧ください。 この投稿で僕は、日本における Drupal の現状について書いてみたいと思っている。2015年を迎えて、誰もが、デジタル変革について考え始めていること、そして、Acquia CEO の Tom Erickson がこのブログ上で、日本についての情熱を表明(しかも、日本語で!)してから、すでに2年が経過し、ちょうど良いタイミングでのアップデートだと思ったからだ。 僕は過去15年間、主にマーケティングに関わる情報技術の仕事をしており、IT 部門やマーケティング部門の方々を支援してきた。それを踏まえて、Drupal には、並ならぬ期待を寄せている一人であり、2010年からは、日本での企業向け導入プロジェクトに関わっている。 Drupal は早い段階で日本に上陸し、コアなファンやリーダーシップのあるコミュニティが存在する。一方で、企業向けユースの観点では、ここ最近まで、外資系企業と一部の国内企業以外では利用されておらず、... More

The Price of Increasing Page Weights

Last November at Acquia’s inaugural Engage customer conference, web design pioneer Ethan Marcotte gave a 30-minute talk on responsive design -- the influential design concept he pioneers in his 2011 book ‘Responsive Web Design’ -- and the consequences of ever-increasing page weights: the size of a page as measured in... More

Looking for a Lift: Why Clark University Chose the Acquia Platform

Looking for a Lift: Why Clark University Chose Drupal and the Acquia Platform A Q&A with Matt Cyr, Director of Content Marketing I recently had the opportunity to talk to Matt Cyr, Director of Content Marketing at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Clark is one of the most recent higher education institutions to adopt Drupal and leverage the Acquia Platform to deliver on its digital and institutional goals. Matt’s insight into the power of Drupal and the benefit of the Acquia Platform is a must-read for any organization that is looking... More

Dogs and Cats Living Together? Why It's Time to Merge Content and Commerce

This is the fourth post in an 8-part series called “Building a Content-First Organization.” See posts one, two, and three. Putting marketing and commerce teams in the same room isn’t exactly the equivalent of dogs and cats living together, but it’s close. While co-existing under the guise of... More

Getting Started with Multivariate Testing for Marketing

We’ve walked you through the basics of A/B testing and stressed its importance when it comes to maximizing conversion on your website. While A/B testing usually focuses on testing two or more variations of a single element against a Control, you can test more than two elements of a website at the same time to find the right combination to hit your goals; whether that’s engagement, revenue, etc. This is called multivariate testing. What is multivariate testing? In the simplest terms, multivariate testing tests website... More

How Headline Testing Can Drive More Engagement

Whether it’s a novel or a news article, every great story needs something that grabs you and makes you want to read it. When it comes to the web, your content needs a great headline. But what does that mean? That it’s optimized for SEO? Does it mean it most accurately describes the adjoining content? While both are important, the real test for a headline is: Did it make you read the article? Most bloggers, journalists and copywriters are used to the practice of submitting multiple headlines for a single piece of content. But how do you determine which one to use? This is where testing comes... More

Virtual Commerce Upstarts Hit the Bricks

Digital-first commerce pioneers make the move to the storefronts they were supposed to demolish. In 2007 a new outdoor brand burst onto the scene ready to disrupt the retail world forever. An experienced management team comprised of former Patagonia and Nike executives “...set out to reinvent the way people shop, reshape the outdoor category, redesign the corporation—and inspire the wider business community to do the same”, according to FastCompany. They were going to save the world while reinventing retail as we know... More

Unlocking Business Growth Through a Unified Content and Commerce Strategy

This is the third post in an 8-part series called “Building a Content-First Organization." See posts one and two. Developing a unified online experience is an important step for any company trying to hit what Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker termed the Internet Trifecta (content+community+commerce) to differentiate its brand in an increasingly digitally dominated economy. That’s why creating a shared vision... More

A/B Testing: What It Is and How to Do It Right

No one likes to waste time or money on a web experience that doesn’t perform and convert. As marketers, it’s our job to determine what our audience wants to see and how they want to engage with us online. That’s where A/B testing comes in. What is A/B testing? A/B testing (often called split testing or A/B/n testing because you can have “n” variations as opposed to just two) allows you to compare different website experiences to see which one is resonating better with your visitors and will help you achieve the ultimate goal for your site, whether it’s revenue, email signups, ad clicks, etc... More

6 Steps Toward a Unified Content and Commerce Organization

This is the second post in an 8-part series called "Building a Content-First Organization." See post one here. More retailers and branded manufacturers are acknowledging the importance of integrating digital content and commerce operations. They realize they need to move away from the classic “two-site syndrome” -- where the brand site and the online store are separated by different technology... More

Acquia retrospective 2014

As is now a tradition for me, here is my annual Acquia retrospective, where I look back at 2014 and share what is on my mind as we start the new year. I take the time to write these retrospectives not only for you dear reader, but also for myself, because I want to keep a record of the changes we've gone through as a company and how my personal thinking is evolving from year to year. But I also write them for you, because you might be able to learn from my experiences or from analyzing the information provided. If you would like to, you can read my previous retrospectives:... More

Full Circle: A Field Marketer’s Perspective on Digital Transformation

Last night, I was sitting on my couch checking up on email and saw this: Helping organizations to be successful with digital transformation is the core of what I work on everyday. Last night, I was able to experience the full lifecycle of an Acquia site-deployment with a customer. I remember hearing when the opportunity was discovered; progress as our sales organization worked to identify what Intuit wanted to achieve; and reading the win report; and it all came full circle when a personal site-launch notification to help “take control of your money and get more out of life” came across my... More

Explaining Drupal, the pragmatic choice – meet David Aponovich

David Aponovich knows the web content management business far beyond just the "Drupalsphere". I was thrilled when he joined Acquia from Forrester Research in 2014, since I believe his voice, experience, and insight can help convince more businesses of the benefits of using Drupal, especially given the upcoming release of Drupal 8. He and I sat down at DrupalCon Amsterdam – David's first Drupal community event – and talked about digital transformation from the "information superhighway" to today, corporations and open source software as a pragmatic choice, and how the definitions of... More

Why Retailers Need to Reorganize for Effective Content-Driven Commerce

This is the first post in an 8-part series called "Building a Content-First Organization." Storytelling has long been a staple of good brand marketing. But the concept has taken on more urgency in the digital space, where brands now have the power to engage directly with their customers through web and mobile channels. The mandate for more sophisticated brand content has introduced a new set of challenges for online retailers – namely, how to integrate traditionally... More

Recent Highlights of Drupal in Media and Entertainment

When people ask me about the last year in my role as a director in our media entertainment and publishing practice, I tell them it was “Ludicrously busy”. The pace is furious as we help major media companies transition to Acquia and Drupal, most times away from custom, in house developed web content management (WCM) platforms. Before I get to the trends that will drive media companies to adopt new WCM platforms and other digital media technologies in 2015, let’s look at highlights from 2014 with the use of Drupal and Acquia in the industry. I added links to webinars and case studies so you... More

Lift Taking Off...

It's been awhile since I've written an update about my integration of Lift into the Acquia.com site (you can read my last post here), but recently I've been getting some results that are worth sharing. The numbers aren't big, because I've only been running this latest test for about a month, but they are impressive enough that the sales team here took notice. In fact, Tom Murdock, head of worldwide inside sales here at Acquia, got very excited when he saw the latest Lift results. The small numbers didn't stop him from... More

The New Real-Time Globalization and How to Keep Up

Going global is no longer a privilege, but a necessity. Between outsourced labor and localization, apps and analytics, the global economy is a busy place, and can challenge even the most prepared of companies. In order to keep pace with today’s real-time world, you need the skills and tools to make smart decisions in a market where there is little room for anything else. With the right care and pruning, you can not only keep up with the new globalization, but succeed. New Strategies for International Business When globalization burst onto the scene in the 80s, it included mostly big name... More

New Forrester Study Shows 944 Percent ROI with Acquia Cloud Site Factory

944 percent return on investment. Unheard of, right? Until now. Today, Acquia released a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting that shows the huge financial impact of implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory, which can: Reduce site development and support costs Save IT and digital marketing resources Improve standardization and governance Accelerate time-to-market Increase scalability Deliver better web experiences It’s no secret that delivering... More

Announcing the Prescribed Products Promotional Standards Distribution

Acquia has long relied on the insights and efforts of its many partners in the wide world of Drupal “shops,” digital agencies, and system integrators to create transformational digital experiences for customers around the world across dozens of industries and specializations. When it comes to assembling the designs, content, and branding around today’s most remarkable digital experiences, those partners bring to bear a breadth of experience gained over years of client work to transform Drupal into the centerpiece of their clients’ online strategies. One agency partner,... More

Introducing Acquia Cloud Shield

Today, Acquia introduced a new level of service that offers our customers dramatically improved network security. Acquia Cloud Shield provides a completely isolated private network through which all intra-system traffic is routed to prevent infiltration by an intruder, as well as secure IPsec tunneling to offsite systems. Shield combines the security benefits of a private network with the ease of operation of a managed platform-as-a-service. Never before have organizations been able to this easily bridge their corporate network with the cloud and launch applications that connect securely to... More

Lush: A Digital Love Story

We’re about to release a case study on Lush.co.uk, and I hate to spoil the fun, but I just can’t help it. As I write this post I’m on a flight back across the pond from London, where I had the pleasure of meeting, first-hand, the team behind Lush.co.uk. iKOS Digital, one of my favorite agency partners and the strategy team behind Lush.co.uk, co-hosted a Digital Transformation breakfast briefing with Acquia last week. Myles... More

Building a Great DX: Make Shopping an Experience

It was an enviable assignment, a challenge that I was happy to accept: check out the Friday night shopping experience at a Bass Pro Shop. Jason Thibeault, a co-author of Recommend This!, suggested the idea when we were discussing the evolution of Internet shopping. “Online shopping is no longer a button -- a separate place to make a transaction,” he said. “Now it’s an experience, a community with multiple opportunities for interactions.” It’s the difference, Jason said, between buying a fishing rod at Walmart, and buying one at Bass Pro Shop on a Friday night. “You should check it out,”... More

Building a Great DX: Get Started with “Smarter Data”

There’s one word that comes up in every discussion about Big Data: “overwhelming.” Because it is. A recent Economist survey of global corporations revealed that only 19 percent felt that they were effectively managing and utilizing their big data. Feel better? Okay, now let’s regroup and get started on smarter data -- data you can actually use to deliver great digital experiences. Here’s one small, smart, real-world model worth bringing into the digital realm: the way the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain gathers data. Every employee of the Ritz-Carlton helps to maintain a company-wide database... More

A Recap of Acquia Engage, as told through Twitter

*/ @acquia Thanks for letting me be part of the 1st #AcquiaEngage conf. Perfectly executed. Congrats! — Holly Bounds (@hollymbounds) November 5, 2014 It’s hard to believe only one week ago, I was kicking off Day 2 at Acquia Engage, Acquia’s first conference at the Westin Copley in Boston. We had nearly 500 people attend, a fantastic outcome! Acquia Engage started off with a keynote from Acquia’s own Tom Erickson... More

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