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Gigya Aims to Take Your Community Data Out of IT and Into Marketing

  |  October 19, 2012   |  Comments

Gigya aims to centralize companies' user data into one cloud-based storage system to allow marketers to put the data to use instantly.

Gigya LogoLast month Gigya launched User Management 360 which is a revamp of their previous social login infrastructure. The change heralds three important new features for content publishers who want to build an online community. The first change is called Registration-as-a-Service (RaaS) which allows anyone to create registration pages within minutes. Anyone who has had to build their own registration form will know that this is no mean feat. Businesses have previously needed to build custom registration systems on their own, but now someone without any technical know-how could get this system up and running in no time. The instant registration system supports both social login and also your own custom form to provide users with a choice of sign-in options and benefits.

The second change is "Identity Access" which allows marketers to query a users complete activity profile on your site and also look at their social information shared on other networks. Essentially you can search for any registered users on your site by name, email, User ID and view the shared social data alongside the individual record. This enables the community manager in order to reward gamification behavior like commenting or sharing, or worst case, better validate whether a user account is a spammer or troll. Community admins can edit, reset, and delete site-specific user data as well as inject or revoke gamification points and rewards.

The third change enables companies using social login to stay in compliance with social network policies. Gigya have automated the social network compliance to be in step with the control users are demanding over their data. In particular, the system allows the user of your site to download any stored social data and edit or delete their account from within their profile in your community. Also, should the update or delete their own Facebook accounts, that will update in your system too (unless the registered separately for your own community in which case they have to delete that manually from your user interface).

ClickZ's sister publication, Search Engine Watch, spoke to Victor White, Marketing Manager at Gigya to discuss their latest product announcements, "We're trying to do for B2C data what Salesforce.com did for B2B data by centralizing a company's user data into one cloud-based storage system and allowing marketers to put the data to use instantly. This takes IT departments out of the equation and gives marketers direct access to this treasure-trove of user data. All with the explicit permissions of the users."

This article was originally published on Search Engine Watch.


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Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is the President of Longneck & Thunderfoot, an agile content company based in New York City and part of the Columbia Startup Lab.

Formerly, the Director of Search Engine Watch, he joined Incisive Media's editorial team in December 2009, and was responsible for setting the editorial agenda, sourcing talent and delivering a brand new site design in May 2011. In May 2012 Search Engine Watch won the Gold Azbee National Award for "Online Excellence, New or Relaunched Web Site" from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

Jonathan has spoken at the largest search conferences – SES New York, SES San Francisco, SES London, SES Chicago – as well as PubCon, KoreaComm and SIPA. His presentations are focused on topics such as the future of SEO, video optimization, and marketing automation. He has also provided industry commentary on breaking news for the BBC, the Boston Globe and Deutsche Welle.

Before Incisive, Jonathan worked as an SEO consultant and also co-founded Moblog:tech, an award-winning mobile social networking software provider and owner of the mobile social network Moblog. In 2009, Moblog won the Experimental & Innovation Webby award for a collaborative mapping project with Shozu and in 2008, Moblog:tech's build of Channel 4's Big Art Mob won the community engagement award at MediaGuardian Awards for Innovation (MEGAS), The Royal Television Society's On The Move Award, and 3 BAFTA nominations.

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