Recapping Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience

By Peggy Reinders  Principal Analyst – The Relevancy Group

For years I’ve been listening to my husband talk about Oracle Open World. Ever since he joined the Business Intelligence Consulting industry 20 years ago, he’s been religiously attending the event and bragging about the concerts at Treasure Island.

Oracle MMEI, on the other hand, have been part of the Digital Marketing industry for 18 years. This includes working for the famed DoubleClick in New York City back in the early days of Internet advertising.

Our industries have been siloed for years. Digital marketing people don’t generally work with data warehousing people. But in 2014 Oracle acquired BlueKai. And that’s when I turned to my husband and said, “Our worlds are colliding!”

So last week it was my turn. For the first time I attended Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas. And quite the experience it was! We heard a fantastic keynote from CEO Mark Hurd who talked about corporate revenue growth coming from “share shift” as opposed to market growth. And the 3 keys to share shift? Lower prices, better products, or better service.

We also heard from Troy Carter, a talent manager in the music industry as well as tech entrepreneur. Troy helped catapult Lady Gaga’s career to legendary success. He credits “artistic democracy” to the rise of social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter which allowed Lady Gaga to reach audiences outside of radio. He ended by saying that “People remember how you made them feel. You need to nurture that relationship.”

Oracle Social LoungeIn addition to hundreds of sessions from well-known brands such as Lexus and Intuit, we also had a social lounge with nitro coffee on tap! And musical performances from Bastille and the GooGoo Dolls.

But the biggest takeaway from Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience was recognizing the position they’re in to potentially lead the Marketing Cloud providers with their breadth of integrated products. Over the last several years, Oracle has been acquiring industry-leading best of breed technology and data providers. And the depth and strength of their product offerings really came through at the event.

Last week Oracle announced their integration between Maxymiser and Responsys. They also announced the ability for Responsys customers to leverage their Business Intelligence product to allow for easier performance reporting (hello BI husband!). If “share shift” will drive growth, Oracle’s product suite can help organizations nurture their customer relationships through better products and service. If they continue to integrate their acquisitions, Oracle’s full tech and data stack could be poised to lead the marriage of AdTech and MarTech. Better yet, that union will ultimately drive marketers to fulfill the holy grail of one to one marketing. Exciting stuff for marketers like me that have been waiting for this moment for almost 20 years!

Great job with the Modern Marketing Experience event Oracle! My first experience was a memorable one.

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