David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Why E-Mail Sucks and How to Make it Smarter

Many of us live in email. I get hundreds per day and I need almost every message. I am also a source...

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The Contact Center's Seemingly Oxymoronic Play: How to Decrease Costs Yet Improve Customer Service

I was recently asked to talk to some of our many contact center customers about the new contact center trends.  It...

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The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-Lucent

Traditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Field technicians engaged in maintenance activities were simply a part of the cost of doing business.  More recently, the communications industry in general and the field service arena in particular, has been disrupted by immense changes in the customer profile, service expectations, and behaviors.

Field service is often the only face of the company that a customer will ever see, so it’s not a surprise that CSPs are striving to make a positive impact on customers in this realm. Achieving full potential in field service saves CSPs a lot of time and money. Productivity and efficiency reviews targeted at field service operations, done correctly, can reinforce other areas of the business by increasing customer satisfaction and improving safety and quality. 

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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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When Donuts Rule

August 20, 2013

Just over a year ago I joined ANPI as their CMO and one of the first things I noted was our domain name, “anpisolutions.com”. Why? A squatter had the domain and was waiting for a payday. We were fortunate that the squatter had seen little interest in “anpi.com” and was quite willing to negotiate for a sum much less than the initial offer.

Improving Email Open Rates

August 16, 2013

Email blasts are an everyday occurrence and a bane on work productivity. However, as a CMO, I have to acknowledge that emails are the one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to communicate with a large number of people concisely and quickly. Consequently, it is often misused and, therefore, fails in meeting a key objective; getting opened and read.

Earlier this year I pointed out that email marketing had an ROI of $38 for every dollar spent so it is very cost effective.

Knowing a SMB when You See One

August 12, 2013

Last week I heard a comment regarding the size of a small business being around ten employees. That is not a definition either I use or any credible source. However, it pointed out a need to define what we mean when we use the terms “SMB” and “enterprise”.

The Small Business Administration has a very complicated definition of what characteristics a small business should have.

Mobility is Influencing Email and U.S. Broadband Ranking Falls

August 9, 2013


As a marketing executive, I will not dismiss the effort marketers are putting into improving marketing automation utilizing targeted email, however, recent research shows that people are opening emails at increasingly significant rates. In just over the last 12-15 months, people are opening marketing emails 35% more. In 1Q2011 the open rate was 23.3% rising to 31.1% in 1Q2013. This is a significant change over a very short period of time.


The Value of the Cloud Hits New Highs

August 1, 2013

As an industry, we have focused our discussion of trending data along the lines of customer adoption of various cloud services and applications. However, a complete view of the value of the cloud also includes understanding the growing value of companies that provide cloud platforms, applications and services.

According to the Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) the market value of the top players in cloud computing has crossed $100 billion. BVP released the following quote, “With 30 large public companies collectively representing more than $100 billion in market capitalization and $12.5 billion in estimated 2013 revenue, the cloud computing industry has officially come of age.” In reaction to the growth, the venture group has released the “BVP Cloud Computing Index.

Burn Fewer Calories, Make More Money

July 30, 2013

Although I am mostly known for my marketing acumen, I have spent years developing, managing and supporting sales. Through the years I have learned that qualifying opportunities is one of the most important and difficult tasks for a sales person. Often emotion, false relationships and the desire to please potential business customers prevent objective decisions regarding the pursuit of valid business. Unqualified leads cannot be closed.

Generations Working together Well (Part 2)

July 25, 2013

Understanding the uniqueness of each generation provides a platform for developing multiple approaches to a given value or set of values requirement

Generations Working together Well

July 23, 2013

I have worked purposely to build a marketing team that is multi-generational.

A growing dependence upon the Cloud

July 15, 2013

It has been five years since the launch of Apple iTunes and the world of cloud services has benefited from it ever since. That is not to say that iTunes has been accepted by everyone, but as familiarity with cloud based apps and micro purchases has increased so too have the opportunities for business based cloud services. There are many examples both large and small of cloud service providers offering IT services, applications and business support solutions. Microsoft, Google, Intuit and Amazon are probably the best known.

It's All about Mobility and Consumption

July 2, 2013

It’s not too soon to note that ANPI will be participating in the upcoming IT Expo and Cloud Partner conferences. They came to mind as I was reading about the state of PC shipments worldwide. According to an IDC forecast PC shipments will decline -11.7% in 2Q13, -4.7% in 3Q13 and -1.6% in 4Q 2013. Overall, 2013 will continue and accelerate the trend away from PCs to other computing devices.

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