What We Loved about Acquia Engage November 11, 2014 by Vidya Shivkumar event VP of Strategy, Vidya Shivkumar discusses Marketing Continuity during the Acquia Engage Partner Lightning Round. Acquia’s inaugural customer conference, Engage, was an incredible success, bringing together marketers and tech enthusiasts from around the country for two-full days of learning, sharing, and professing their love for Drupal. The key themes of the conference were Content, Community and Commerce, with a focus on exploring the implications of an evolving marketing technology landscape and consumers’ increasing demand for personalized, consistent cross-channel experiences. The agenda featured speakers from Forrester Research, as well as innovative brands like Whole Foods Market, Pfizer, and Warner Music Group. I was also excited to have the opportunity to introduce attendees to the “Marketing Continuity” framework during the conference’s Lightning Talks session. HUGE announcement today at #AcquiaEngage made by @Dries! Acquia Lift ContextDB is here! http://t.co/WBhsKTfvCZ http://t.co/jApRetNZCB — Acquia (@acquia) November 4, 2014 Acquia used the opportunity to make their biggest announcement: the introduction of the Acquia Lift ContextDB. ContextDB: Unifies visitor information across all sites and marketing channels Drives cross-channel personalization Allows marketers to derive insights about their visitors by exporting data into BI tools Connects the anonymous visitor to an identified user This last bullet excited Janrain the most—ContextDB enables our joint customers to use the Janrain digital customer identity and data collected at registration to help drive on-site personalization efforts by linking anonymous visitor data to a known, registered customer. Additionally, Acquia’s Target and Recommend service can also leverage the Janrain customer identity to deliver more precise customer segments in support of more relevant, 1:1 experiences. Outside of the conference sessions, Engage attendees met with the Janrain team face-to-face at The Beehive for cocktails, conversation, and networking. Some were old friends, some were new, but we all enjoyed discussing our ever-changing industry (and our mutual interest in seeing George Clinton perform live). Thank you to all we met in Boston, and we look forward to seeing you at the next conference!