DataOceans at Document Strategy Forum 2017

ATLANTA, GA – April 28, 2017

DataOceans is excited to be the Business Empowerment sponsor at Document Strategy Forum 2017.

We invite you to visit us at our booth (205), where we will be giving away an Amazon Echo! Click here to pre-register for the contest, or stop by our booth during the conference to confirm your entry.

We would also like to invite you to attend our sessions during the conference.

  • In session 105 (3pm Monday 5/1), DataOceans Chief Revenue Officer Randy Beals will explore ways in which business intelligence combined with business empowerment can help drive higher rates of customer engagement. Details can be found here.
  • In session 206 (8:30am Tuesday 5/2), DataOceans client Angelina Colbert will share how re-designing a customer invoice has led to increased eDelivery and revenue acceleration for Apria Healthcare. Details can be found here.

How to Win at CCM Transformation

ATLANTA, GA – January 12, 2017

A November 2016 publication from Forbes, in association with Hitachi, reported the results of a survey of 573 top executives worldwide. The research, appropriately titled How to Win at Digital Transformation, highlighted several important findings concerning the prioritization of digital transformation and outlined how companies should seek to achieve this somewhat nebulous goal. One area that the Forbes team does not avoid discussing is the role of technology in digital transformation, reporting, “digital transformation is not about technology. Rather, it uses technology as a means to an end and goes beyond business.” This is especially true in the Customer Communications Management (CCM) industry, where many businesses are focusing on checking off communications channels and turning of print, rather than driving a strategy of customer engagement using technology and business process improvement.

According to Forbes research, over half of all businesses surveyed plan on investing in digitization and data and analytics capabilities over the next two years. This is critical in light of the findings that most business users outside of IT are starving for analytics capabilities in comparison to their needs for insights. Customer touchpoints are areas of improvement for many companies who are struggling with consumers that are accustomed to excellent experiences from companies like Uber and Amazon. The realm of Customer Communications Management is certainly experiencing this trend, as companies struggle to optimize their customer touchpoints across proliferating channels by investing in technology.

Unfortunately, many companies lack the core competencies internally to be leaders in their own line of business and in CCM technology and processes. Outsourcing CCM is an excellent option for these companies, as it brings a wealth of specialized knowledge to the table in an easily implementable approach that can rapidly transform a company’s CCM capabilities.

To read the full article, click here. To find out more about how DataOceans can transform your Customer Communications Management capabilities, click here to set up a meeting with our team.

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in 90-120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, and highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and its products.

Inlet Predicts Rise in Digital Communications for Utilities

New_Slider_3In a press release on September 14th, Inlet announced the results of two separate studies based on surveys of 3000 customers and 115 industry representatives. The studies, done in collaboration with research and media company Zpryme, revealed that utilities are focused on improving and expanding the digital customer experience in response to growing customer demand for mobile and digital interaction channels. According to Zpryme research director H. Christine Richards, “65% of utility respondents agree that improving the customer’s digital experience is a high priority.” Similarly, Inlet Vice President and General Manager Christopher Johnson highlighted the impact of millennials in saying that “utilities realize that millennials are a significant audience and that meeting their needs will require more digital integration.”

Similar trends are impacting the banking and insurance industries, and utilities may be feeling the impact of increased digital customer interactions in these and other industries. DataOceans Chief Strategy Officer Dave Hickson says that, “customers no longer compare their experiences within industry verticals, but instead compare their experience with your company to the best experience they have ever had – and that now certainly includes digital interactions.” As utilities begin to focus on digital communications, it is important that they take a unified approach to customer communications. Technology advances now enable business users to deliver targeted content direct to the consumer, across all devices, through responsive design and HTML5 capabilities. This greatly improves the customer experience while also allowing utilities to deliver valuable messages to their customers on the devices they want to use.

Click here to learn more about how DataOceans can help transform your customers digital experience.

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in 90-120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, and highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and its platform.

Anticipating Customer Expectations For Online Payments

ATLANTA, GA – August 5, 2016

For years, pundits and prognosticators have predicted the end of times for checks and cash in consumer transactions. However, the reality has been that checks and cash, while declining in use, are still hanging on at the register with checks even in use for some online transactions. Recently, the restaurant industry has started to lead what may be a transition to a cashless society.

According to a July 30th New York Times article, salad chain Sweetgreen, recently stopped accepting cash at several of its 48 restaurants. The chain, which had seen a decrease of cash transactions from 40% to less than 10% over the past 9 years, braced for pushback to this new tactic. However, the result is that “barely anyone noticed” the change, and there was no social media backlash or reduction in patronage. As more companies move to transition their billing and invoicing processes to digital delivery and online payment processing, consumers have demonstrated that they are embracing digital payment options. While Sweetgreen’s avoidance of cash or Starbucks use of mobile apps for payments doesn’t signal a watershed moment in a move to a cashless society, it is indicative of consumer comfort levels and the increased willingness of consumers to move towards a more frictionless experience. This is very important in the real of B2C billing and payment processing, as customers increasingly draw their reference points and expectations from their interactions in other settings.

As businesses (billers in particular) look to address the growing demand for online customer interactions, customer experience management, coupled with the ability of businesses to understand and meet customer expectations, should be the driving forces as businesses transform the way they interact with their customers. Businesses must improve their technological capabilities and business processes in order to achieve this lofty goal, but in many cases they aren’t equipped to make this transition. Businesses should decide whether or not they want to take on the challenge of developing and hosting these capabilities (instead of focusing on their core competencies) or work with Hosted Managed Services providers who can help navigate the complex waters of communicating with their customers in the rapidly evolving world of Customer Communications Management.

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers hosted customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in 90-120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, and highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and its products.

DataOceans, LLC Named 2016 HOT COMPANY by Document Strategy Magazine

ATLANTA, GA – July 7, 2016 DOC

DataOceans is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2016 HOT COMPANY by Document Strategy Magazine. Document Strategy Magazine is a leading publication covering the Customer Communications Management and Customer Experience (CX) space.

As a HOT COMPANY, DataOceans is being recognized for its excellence in Customer Experience and focus on improving the CCM capabilities of organizations of all sizes and across industries. In addition to being named as a HOT COMPANY, DataOceans has been featured in the Summer 2016 edition of Document Strategy Magazine, a copy of which can be viewed here.

Lawrence Buckley, Director of Marketing at DataOceans stated, “we are very excited to be recognized as a leader in the customer experience space. Our focus on the customer experience is core to our business, and we look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of customer experience within the context of CCM.”

 

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in 90-120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, and highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and its products.

DataOceans Adds Real-Time Analytics with Izenda Business Intelligence

ATLANTA, GA – July 5, 2016

DataOceans announces that it has chosen to integrate self-service business intelligence and analytics capabilities from Izenda into its Customer Communications Management (CCM) platform and services.

Izenda’s solution will seamlessly integrate with DataOceans CCM workflow, empowering non-technical users to analyze data in real-time to improve the customer communication experience. While other managed service providers in the CCM industry provide their customers with standard reports and dashboards containing static data or require users to work with a service delivery manager to obtain a data dump which requires additional manipulation, DataOceans enhanced capabilities will place more control and flexibility in business users hands.

“The CCM industry has a strong need for robust self-service analytics and many existing solutions hamper business user’s ability to perform ad hoc analysis. DataOceans is a leader in this industry and we are excited to partner with them as they take business user empowerment to another level,” said Lee Nagel, VP of Marketing at Izenda and a veteran of the CCM industry.

Real-time analytics remain rare in the CCM space, giving DataOceans a strategic advantage in the marketplace with the addition of Izenda’s BI and analytics solution. DataOceans normalizes the data from their clients’ legacy datasets, and puts it in a relational database. With the addition of Izenda’s BI solution, they can leverage data through the DataOceans platform for better real-time decision making.

“Izenda’s technology fits nicely within ours,” said DataOceans Chief Revenue Officer Randy Beals. As for choosing Izenda, “Certain things we need to build, certain things we don’t need to reinvent the wheel when a great option that delivers superior ROI already exists,” he said.

DataOceans Director of Client Services Michele Hawkins stated, “I am extremely excited that we are integrating the Izenda Business Intelligence tool into the DataOceans platform.  It has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that is great for business users.” Hawkins went on to say that “integrating with Izenda will allow our clients to unlock their data and use it to answer the day-to-day questions that arise about their business and customers.  They no longer need to utilize IT resources to get the information they need, which can be time-consuming and costly.  The data is now at their fingertips.”

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in 90-120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, and highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and its products.

About lzenda

Izenda designed its self-service business intelligence platform for independent software vendors, solutions providers and enterprise users. Izenda embeds seamlessly in applications to deliver BI directly to the people who need it most. Our integrated BI platform allows end users to easily create and customize reports and dashboards so they can analyze, visualize, and share valuable data and insights in real time. More than 10,000 organizations use Izenda’s embedded BI and analytics platform on a daily basis. To find out more about Izenda’s platform, visit www.Izenda.com.

DataOceans Signs Agreement with National Media Company

ATLANTA, GA – May 10, 2016

DataOceans, LLC announces that it has signed an agreement with a national media company to provide Customer Communications Management services. The agreement includes the design and deployment of enhanced print and electronic billing statements, a modern customer portal, integrated online payment capabilities, and dynamic multi-modal HTML5 Customer Experience presentation. The online portal will allow customers to manage their delivery preferences, manage their profile information, and manage newspaper subscription services. DataOceans will begin work on this new agreement in May and expects to go live in late October of 2016.

“DataOceans is excited for the opportunity to work with media companies who are looking to expand digital marketing to new mediums,” says DataOceans Manager Lawrence Buckley. “Media companies have advertising in their blood, and are well positioned to bring their mature advertising processes to customer statements and portals.”

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and mobile phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be quickly implemented without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and our products.

Ads Evolve Into New Forms as Media Landscape Shifts

ATLANTA, GA – May 9, 2016

The media landscape is changing as consumer preference for viewing television content shifts from the TV to a viewing experience that involves laptops, tablets, phones and TVs. As consumer preference is shifting, so too is ad spending. In a May 8th article, The New York Times’ Sydney Ember reported that, according to the Interpublic Group’s Magna Global, “digital media is expected to pass TV as the biggest advertising category in the United States this year, with roughly $68 billion in ad sales compared with $66 billion for TV”. But this huge market expansion has necessitated a tactical shift from the 30 second ad spots on TV.

As advertisers shift where they place their advertisements, they are also realizing that they need to shift their design approach in order to capture consumer attention spans. As more and more online users are resorting to ad blocking technology, advertisers are seeking less abrasive means of generating impressions, giving rise to the concept of “sponsored content”. While the article brings up the issue confronting many advertisers that “advertisers want their ads to look less like ads even as they are fighting harder for attention” from consumers in the digital world, another important issue is how to make sure that advertising content is relevant to each consumer.

As organizations like Condé Nast, Hulu, BuzzFeed and The New York Times begin to blur the line between news and “sponsored content”, consumers are faced with the challenge of sifting through information to find relevance. In order for advertisers to regain the power of the “Mad Men” days, they must improve the availability, digestibility, and the relevance of their content without consumers feeling hoodwinked by “sponsored content”. Solving this challenge will help brands achieve greater cross-selling and share of wallet, the ultimate goal of any advertising campaign.

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and mobile phone deliveries.  Newly transformed customer communications can be quickly implemented without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and our products.

DataOceans, LLC Expands CCM Services with National DME Provider

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DataOceans, LLC Expands CCM Services with National DME Provider

ATLANTA, GA – April 27, 2016

DataOceans, LLC announces expanded CCM (Customer Communications Management) services with a national DME (Durable Medical Equipment) provider client including enhanced Patient Demographic Data Management, improved Payment Processing features, and dynamic multi-modal HTML5 Customer Experience presentation.  In addition to these enhancements, DataOceans is also deploying Enhanced Patient/Customer Messaging and new, more efficient and effective Payment History and Year End Summaries. In 2016, DataOceans will kick off a new Digital Engagement initiative with the client to drive higher adoption and higher eStatement utilization.

“We are excited for the opportunity to enable our DME client to digitally engage with their customers” says Lawrence Buckley, Manager of Marketing at DataOceans. “We look forward to partnering with our clients to leverage our best practices and capabilities to drive higher digital engagement and reduce operating costs.”

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing for print, portal, tablet and mobile phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be quickly implemented without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue and decreasing costs.

Visit www.DataOceans.com for more information about the company and our products.

DataOceans featured in Madison Advisors CCM Hosted Managed Service Study

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DataOceans featured in Madison Advisors CCM Hosted Managed Service Study

ATLANTA, GA – October 29, 2015 Madison Advisors released an update to its 2013 study on Customer Communications Management (CCM) cloud providers. Madison Advisors examines the benefits of leveraging a Hosted Managed Service (HMS) offering to streamline customer communications operations and achieve the ROI and strategic outcomes that companies seek. The study profiles DataOceans as one of three leaders in the CCM space, highlights the challenges that internal IT and Operations organizations face, and offers suggestions on how a hosted delivery model for CCM can improve operational efficiency and success. The study also examines which companies and industries would benefit from leveraging a CCM HMS approach.

Madison Advisors highlights seven “Essential Components of CCM HMS” that are necessary “to manage the complete end-to-end customer communications lifecycle” while also examining the evolution of CCM as a Hosted Managed Service and future trends. To read Madison Advisors’ press release, click here. For more information about the report, please contact info@dataoceans.com.

“Madison Advisors has re-defined the landscape for CCM as a Hosted Managed Service in this new paper,” says Randy Beals, Chief Revenue Officer of DataOceans. “DataOceans is proud to be featured as a leader in this space, and we look forward to helping new and existing clients to understand and execute on this service model and provide a better link between our clients and their customers.”

About DataOceans

DataOceans offers customer communications management solutions, delivered as a managed service, that help companies across multiple industries improve existing customer communications, including billing and invoicing, for print, portal, tablet and phone deliveries.  These newly transformed customer communications can be implemented in as little as 90 -120 days without significant involvement of client IT resources and offer interactive experiences, personalization, highly-targeted ads with a focus on increasing revenue, decreasing costs, and improving customer experience and retention.

About Madison Advisors

Madison Advisors is built on honesty and integrity. With over 1000 engagements, over the past 10 years, Madison Advisors provides thought leadership, strategic consulting, and market research to clients in the customer communications management (CCM)electronic delivery, and print industries. Madison Advisors’ industry-neutral expertise enables enterprise organizations, service providers, and technology providers to achieve their strategic objectives around customer communications and publishing services.

Visit www.DataOceans.com and www.madison-advisors.com for more information about the companies and their products.