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Everything you need to know about customer communications and customer experience!

John Zimmerer

John Zimmerer is the senior director of marketing at Topdown, where he leads market research and outreach efforts for the company's customer communications and customer experience products. Most recently, John has been researching and writing about the future direction of the technologies that power customer experience, and is regarded as a thought leader in this area. John has nearly 20 years of software product marketing experience. His areas of expertise include market research, analyst relations, public relations and digital marketing.

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Digital Experience

Understanding the Digital Experience Platform (DXP) Market

By: John Zimmerer
February 13th, 2019

Customer communications and the digital experience (DX) have become so closely related that the gap between the two has already begun shrinking in the customer communications management (CCM) industry. As a result, DX integration has risen to the top as a key factor in making digital workplace technology purchases across businesses and industries.

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Content Services | Customer Communications

Thinking Outside the COTS Box for CCM Software

By: John Zimmerer
February 4th, 2019

Is your firm curating your own customer communications capabilities? Or to put it another way, are you leaving this critical piece of your digital customer experience software stack to outside vendors and hoping for the best?

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Research conducted by Forrester on the value of combining CCM and digital experience.

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Digital Experience | Employee Experience

Making Digital Literacy Simple

By: John Zimmerer
January 31st, 2019

Just a brief note to let readers know that I wrote an article that was published today by CMSWiRE. The site's theme this month is "digital literacy". The article explores how the user interface and user experience of digital workplace software can help or hinder the digital literacy of front-line employees.

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Customer Communications | Content Services

How to Tell if Your CCM Solution is Business-Friendly

By: John Zimmerer
January 28th, 2019

Just because a software program gets the job done, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. With a full array of customer communications management (CCM) solutions on the market, making sure your software package is business-friendly plays a key factor in how useful the program is for your brand and how high the return on investment (ROI) on that CCM software will be.

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Customer Experience | Content Services | Customer Communications

The Advantages of a Cloud-Native CCM System

By: John Zimmerer
January 21st, 2019

Many marketing mavens may well be aware of the capabilities of their customer communications management (CCM) software. However, when asked if their solution is cloud-native or just cloud-based, most would probably shrug a shoulder and ask: What’s the difference? Does it really even matter? It’s just a tech jargon nuance, right? Our response would be, YES! absolutely, there’s a huge difference. As we head into 2019, cloud adoption has become more ubiquitous and mainstream, and as a result, the term “cloud” can take on a variety of interpretations. In fact, what we’ve found to be true is that very few CCM vendors have a cloud-native solution. Many are offering a managed service or a SaaS subscription to software hosted in the cloud, but not created for the cloud. Currently, innovative solutions providers have devised a technical shift in favor of systems created specifically for the cloud. The good news: it’s not prohibitively expensive to get on board. Consider these advantages of a cloud-native system when devising your CCM solution.

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Customer Communications | Forrester

Topdown Named in New Analyst Report on CCM Market

By: John Zimmerer
January 14th, 2019

A recently published report from Forrester, “Now Tech: Customer Communications Management, Q1 2019” (Forrester Research, Inc., January 11, 2019) cites Topdown as a future-oriented customer communications management vendor. In the report, Forrester vice president and principal analyst Craig Le Clair examines the Customer Communications Management (CCM) market and identifies the 17 most relevant CCM vendors, categorized by size (annual revenue) and capabilities (defined below). Glenn O'Donnell, Amanda Lipson, and Diane Lynch co-authored the study.

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