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International, Familial, Successful – dotSource Wins the i-work Business Award 2019 [On Our Own Behalf]

International, Familial, Successful i-work Business Award 2019
Cecilia-Maria Lang and Christian Grötsch at Villa Rosenthal, Jena

There are many awards. Every single one of them has its justification and you are always as pleased as Punch if you are amongst the lucky winners. Of course it is brilliant when you are »Agency of the Year« or when your clients win top awards in digital business. This motivates and strengthens visions and missions, makes you incredibly proud and makes you want more. Time to step up your game and then try to win awards which focus on soft skills such as the sense of togetherness and the faces behind the scenes. For example the »i-work Business Award«. Therefore, we are all the more pleased that we were able to take home this honourable award yesterday. Thanks to JenaWirtschaft and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

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Salesforce Commerce Cloud provides smooth shopping experiences on EMP [Case Study]

EMP Salesforce Commerce Cloud
Quelle: dotSource

Customers expect not only lightning-fast loading times, but also personalised product presentations in order to find the exact product they are looking for as quickly as possible, regardless of whether the purchase is made on a smartphone or a desktop or regardless of how many people access the website at the same time. Many customers nowadays take purchasing in efficient shops for granted.

By migrating to Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the biggest mail-order retailer of rock and entertainment merchandise products EMP wants to meet these demands even better. In cooperation with dotSource, the online shop was migrated and the existing heterogeneous system landscape was streamlined.

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Content Management Systems: Four Basic Questions, Four Great Answers

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Today, brands are made more visible with websites, we look at blogs about home furnishing, and fashion brands for inspiration, we Google services, and that’s how we all end up on a corporate website. The importance of creative content for customer acquisition and retention is undeniably high. There’s competition for users’ attention as well.

So it’s important to show off a company again and again, as well as its products and brands, in a fun and informative way. But good web content requires good content management software behind it all.

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Consumption w/o Guilt

Conscious Consumption, Nachhaltigkeit
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Consciously living and consciously consuming are trends that are no longer confined to a clichéd edge group. This new attitude to dealing with resources, oneself, and togetherness affects the individual as a private person, but also as a client, colleague, partner and entrepreneur.

In the German-speaking world, within the last few years, a packaging-free shop has joined others. Even supermarkets »without packaging« are a trend in the purchasing behaviour of more and more customers of all generations. How are retailers, manufacturers, and brands reacting to these demands?

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B2B marketing: A little personality, please!

B2B-Marketing, Emotionalität
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What’s easy to do in B2C is hard to do in business-to-business. Excite users, create loyalty, and have them as returning shoppers. But why is that so tough? Quite simply, it’s because you can assume that people have a wall up when they come through the office entrance.

With a view to creative marketing strategies and close customer relationships, this attitude is completely counterproductive. After all, even in B2B, decisions are made by people who don’t want to forget their gut feeling from 8 am to 5 pm, but want to be inspired by a similarly good experience as with private online shopping. B2C strategies and measures can also work with business customers.

A perennial favourite among optimisation suggestions: personalisation. Haven’t tried it? You’re gonna. In the digital business, what employees have to do with personal consulting services in local commerce has to be tackled differently.

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Digital Transformation: Challenges for Marketing, Sales, and IT [Updated White Paper]

Source: dotSource

15 terabytes of mobile video traffic is generated and US$20,928 is sent over PayPal worldwide in 10 seconds. Our lives are rapidly being digitised.

Cutting-edge technology (like smart thermostats, virtual assistants, and personalised services) are available to consumers. This results in new and increasing customer expectations that companies must meet in the context of digital transformation.
The processes and roles in digital commerce should change to respond to these new circumstances. Not only is a new mentality needed, but new positions and methods as well. They need a great ability to change as well as agility and team spirit to achieve business success in the digital era.

In our updated white paper »Digital Transformation Challenges for Marketing, Sales, and IT« we provide a comprehensive and pragmatic overview of the current state of digitisation. Then we show which success factors of digital transformation companies should use to win the digital race.

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»Innovation through creative spaces« – from hipster cafés, co-working spaces, and the chill offices

Innovation durch kreative Räume dotSource Valley
Christian Otto Grötsch, Frank Ertel und Christian Malik in dotSource’s Valley

When a new employee starts at dotSource, they get a computer, a desk, a chair, nice colleagues, and a bag of candy. It’s grass green, about 45 centimetres long, big enough to stand out and small enough not to make schoolchildren jealous.

The gesture has a two-sided. On one hand, the German tradition of giving bags of candy on the first day of school was invented in Jena. Secondly, dotSource’s headquarters are there. And at the other two locations in Leipzig and Berlin, it’s important for us to promote creativity, impartiality, and curiosity in every day at work. And this succeeds not least through creative concepts in which there is literally room for innovation.

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Coming from or going to online commerce – Going where the money is

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With the digitisation of retail, many niche businesses are coming to fruition. And many others are finding that they’ve needed to change and go online and go farther than before. Globalisation and digitisation aren’t just challenges, but an opportunity for companies to take the next step and gain market share in ways thought impossible. The goal along the way is to eliminate pain points for customers.

What’s happening more and more often is that new companies are coming out of the woodwork and often start with an online presence and want a physical one as well. And there is also the opposite happening with traditional companies. Both are looking to keep their share of the market, take back the share they once had, or be a dominating force to be reckoned with.

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Big data for big players: How Krones wants to create the beverage factories of the future [Case Study]

Data Log Dashboard Krones Case Study Cover
Source: dotSource

Soft drinks and water in PET (plastic) bottles, canned beer, or canned food. Without the right packaging, our daily shopping would be a lot more environmentally friendly, but also much more exhausting. Not to mention the logistics, which would have to be completely rethought.

Hundreds of millions of beverage and food packaging products are produced in Germany alone and largely recycled thanks to a reusable deposit system. One of the biggest players in this field is Krones AG, which develops complete production lines and employs more than 16,500 people worldwide. With a data import via a B2B online shop newly developed by dotSource, Krones is taking a decisive step in the direction of the Industrial Internet of Things.

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Selecting E-Commerce Software – Comparing Providers and Technologies [Updated White Paper]

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As for e-commerce in 2019, there are two important pieces of news: Good and bad. First, the good news. E-commerce is growing and growing, it is and remains one of the strongest growth markets in the DACH region’s economy. From 6.4 billion euros in 2005 to 35.6 billion euros in 2014 and 53.4 billion euros in 2018.

But with or without growth, online commerce is also a competitive market, especially in B2C, but also increasingly in B2B. What to do to maintain competitiveness or even become a pioneer? One of the most important success factors is selecting and implementing a tailor-made e-commerce system. But which e-commerce software suits whom? And what developments are there?

The answers lie in our updated white paper »Selecting E-Commerce Software – Comparing Providers and Technologies«.

 Not only do we describe the leading providers for different sizes of companies from start-ups to Enterprises but we also explain why online stores are evolving towards e-commerce functions as part of a DXP and how technologies such as Framework or SaaS differ.

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