Internationalisation continues to be key priority for retailers

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Internationalisation is a more important priority for retailers than ever, according to ecommerce experts Space 48.

The company’s research amongst its own customer base has shown that one in four (25%) of its customers are now planning international expansion, compared to one in five (20%) two years ago in 2013. 70% of the company’s new business prospects cite global growth in their expansion plans.

The results are supported by a Santander business growth survey which showed...

By Liz Morrell, 28 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

How authentic consumer content helps businesses deliver a highly personalised shopping experience

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With the rise of new technologies and the growth of mobile usage worldwide, today’s consumers have plenty of tools to research a brand and its products and services before making a purchase decision. With increased opportunities to interact and connect, consumers have become more proactive and their expectations for brands to listen to their voice and meet their needs have risen.

At first, this might look like an overwhelming challenge to brands and retailers, but the shift in...

By Prelini Udayan-Chiechi, 28 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Why broadcasters must embrace smart advertising technology

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Broadcasters must embrace new smart advertising technology if they are to remain relevant, according to Dan Wagner, CEO and founder of Powa Technologies.

It’s a market that is ripe for opportunity. Strategy Analytics claims that nearly £8 billion will be spent on digital advertising this year and the UK is also on track to become the first country where spending on digital advertising is set to surpass all other traditional formats.

This means that broadcasters must react...

By Liz Morrell, 27 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

How multi-device campaigns have been proven to be the most effective

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For brand marketers deciding which platform to concentrate their efforts can be a challenge but a new report suggests that cross device brand advertising – focusing on two devices rather than just one – can increase ad awareness by as much as 60%.

The results come from a study by The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) in conjunction with PHD, Manning Gottlieb OMD and Celtra which looked at the impact of cross devices advertising using two recent campaigns from John...

By Liz Morrell, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Big data: A marketer’s best strategy for driving relevant personalised interactions

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Even though data is what powers the insights and actions that drive meaningful customer engagement, most marketers don’t understand how to manage – much less capitalise on – their data.

Now along comes big data. We’re not just talking about a lot of data with big data; we’re talking about data in formats like real time click streams, geo data, social conversations, and images that don’t easily fit into traditional data formats.  What are marketers...

By Carol Wolicki, 24 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Science, Data-driven marketing.

Why there's still life in the old email marketing dog yet

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Email marketing is enjoying a resurgence according to a new report from the DMA which says that ROI, delivery rates conversion rates and open and click-through rates all increased in 2014 compared to the year before.  As a result more than half of those surveyed (51%) expect to increase their budgets on email campaigns this year. Only 4% predict their email marketing budgets will decline.  

The results, from DMA’s National Client Email Report, shows that ROI on...

By Liz Morrell, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Email marketing.

Lush goes mobile with its first iOS app

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For a brand such as Lush that relies heavily on the look - and more importantly smell - of its products to draw customers in, recreating the brand online and on mobile is a challenge. But the company hopes that the launch of its first mobile experience will be a success.

The company has launched its first mobile app for iOS in conjunction with digital product studio ustwo with a focus on both the company’s full product range and its environmental advocacy work to draw...

By Liz Morrell, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Businesses failing on internal marketing

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Whilst companies may spend small fortunes on their marketing budgets promoting themselves externally to customers, it seems many are failing to market themselves properly to their own employees.

The results of a new survey from marketing and sales messaging, tools and training company Corporate Visions, showed that 70% of more than 500 B2B marketing and sales professionals polled worldwide do not follow...

By Liz Morrell, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Location-based services: How brands walk the fine line between clever and creepy

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Imagine two people have ordered two products online and they’re being delivered today.  One gets a text from the provider which reads: “Your parcel will be delivered in the next hour. You do not appear to be at your home address. Would you like us to redeliver it or deliver to another address?” The other gets a text which reads: “Your parcel will be delivered in the next hour. We see that you are 15 miles away from your home...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

From personalisation to contextualisation: Enhancing the customer journey

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It’s official - personalisation matters. The concept of personalisation has reached beyond the digital marketers and into the boardrooms and business functions of many types of organisations across the globe.

Digital personalisation is designed to provide a better customer journey by tailoring content, offers and even the web site experience itself to the needs and interests of the customer. This is done by leveraging both the...

By David Mennie, 17 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Report reveals how retail is lagging on mobile opt-in rates

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Retail marketers need to do more to engage their customers in the mobile experience, according to a new report released by Urban Airship. The study, which looks at how consumers engage via mobile and apps, shows that of six industries analysed retail saw the steepest decline with average opt-in rates dropping from 46% to 37% year on year.

The report claims to be the industry’s largest study into notification opt-in rates and spans nearly 3,000 apps and 100 billion push...

By Liz Morrell, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

New partnership promises better understanding of impact of video content

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Marketers wanting to understand and measure the value of video content in their marketing programs have a new resource at their disposal thanks to the partnership of cloud services for video provider Brightcove and engagement marketing software and solutions provider Marketo.

Brightcove will initially integrate with Marketo to allow customers to easily track user engagement and performance of video marketing campaigns for enhanced lead scoring, segmentation and content nurturing...

By Liz Morrell, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Coca-Cola takes visitors on new brand journey with site relaunch

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Do you remember when company websites were just about the product and the company? Boring, boring, boring. Brands have been on a journey to raise the bar in terms of content onsite and with its launch of Coca Cola Journey this week the fizzy drinks giant may have got there sooner than most.

The company has launched Coca-Cola Journey – what it claims is “a new multimedia platform with a greater focus on storytelling". In truth it is simply a...

By Liz Morrell, 14 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

New programmatic native advertising exchange launches

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A new programmatic native advertising exchange has been launched across Europe this week to give advertisers access to premium in feed native advertising inventory, to be bought and sold programmatically for the first time across desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The new exchange has been enabled thanks to a partnership between native advertising specialist Adyoulike and AppNexus. The Adyoulike exchange aims to further streamline the process of buying and selling native advertising in a...

By Liz Morrell, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

How personalisation and the disruptive economy changes the game for marketers

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Uber. Airbnb. Facebook. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’ll know about the sharing economy and how it’s disrupting business models. The big names in tech no longer own the content, services or products that their multi-billion pound businesses revolve round. But how has mobile and this ‘digital layer’ transformed our role as marketers, and how can we prepare for increasing disruption over 2015 and beyond?

Getting personal

First...

By Rebecca Martin, 13 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Personalised Marketing.

From customer to brand ambassador: The power of social

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Customer service is now the heart of marketing. Don’t believe me? Today consumers rely much more heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations – so much so that a great customer experience can become a company’s strongest marketing asset. In other words, getting the entire organisation aligned around the singular objective of creating a consistent, excellent customer experience is an integral part of marketing best practice.

Of course, aligning an entire brand with this...

By Fabrice Etienne, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Branding, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

API launch enabling brands to engage through chat apps aims to change face of digital marketing

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The launch of the world’s first API that will allow brands to engage consumers through chat applications promises yet again to change the current face of digital marketing.

Cloud communications specialist Nexmo has launched the Nexmo Chat App API as the latest addition to its cloud communication portfolio of communications APIs and services meaning that brands are now able to choose whether to engage with mobile consumers via voice, SMS or chat applications.

The functionality...

By Liz Morrell, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience.

The correct use of data for marketers: Big, little, or nearly any thing in between

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As a dedicated integrated media and marketing technologist long supporting the advent of personalised marketing (aka database marketing, perhaps aka as scientific marketing), I clearly see the use of data, clearly see the advantages of correctly applied data, and also see the confusion that may be widespread throughout our industry when the following question is asked: “Is there a correct process, methodology for the use of data – big or little?”

Two sides of the...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data Science, Data-driven marketing.

Meerkat and Periscope for brands 101: Where to go...and what not to do

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For today’s marketer, the birth of a new social platform is akin to being a kid in a candy store. Despite the social best practice ringing in their ears, it’s impossible to resist. Yes, you know it’s a futile exercise to be on everything, you know your offering might not fit with the platform’s USP, you know you need to be customer-first. But there’s only one way to find out whether something will work.

Enter, stage left, live streaming video apps Meerkat...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Here's why you can't just ignore user-generated content

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You’ve got to feel sorry for retailers – where once they were in sole command of their brands now they are largely at the mercy of their customers and their ability to share anything, anywhere about their brand.

Reviews enable consumers to take marketing in their own hands – no longer simply trusting what they are told about a product but generating, curating and sharing their own content around products.

It’s something that scares the hell out of retailers...

By Liz Morrell, 07 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.