A guide to making marketing human in the age of artificial intelligence

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There is no denying that we are entering a new phase in how technology helps to connect brands with consumers.

We are moving from visual interfaces to text and voice. Language. Speaking to our devices like we speak to our friends, family and colleagues.

As messenger apps secure the lion’s share of our connected time, customers will increasingly expect and want to interact with brands in these channels.

It’s easier, effortless and convenient. And Facebook, and Viber, and Kik,...

By Dom Duhig, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Campaigns.

Why the next big thing in marketing is...simplicity (part two)

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Editor’s note: The first part of this two-part article, available here, explained the concept of ConOps – the concept of operations – in a marketing communications program to communicate the quantitative and qualitative system characteristics of the effort to the brand, as well as prospects, clients, and customers. This piece expands on the need to keep marketing efforts simple with various...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Social Media Marketing.

The 10 things you need to ask for in a marketing automation demo

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Marketing budgets continued to rise in 2016, advancing to 12% of company revenue, on average, according to Gartner. This ongoing investment in the profession has left the majority of marketers optimistic about the year ahead. However, with increased spending power comes heightened scrutiny from those holding the purse strings, and an even greater focus on ROI.

So, whether...

By Adam Oldfield, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Email marketing.

Why does customer engagement matter for retailers?

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The retail industry is a fiercely competitive one. The rise of eCommerce means that consumers can, and do, easily shop around for better deals, while today’s desire for speed and convenience risks eroding any sense of customer engagement and loyalty. In 2016 we saw a number of high street casualties falling into trouble as they struggled to keep pace with customers’ expectations and offer the right products.

This means marketers need to find ways to both retain their existing customers and...

By Karen Wheeler, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

A full board issue: How should CMOs get a grip on information security?

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Huge quantities of data pass through the marketing department. While collaborating with colleagues, ad agencies, agency partners and marketing tech providers, marketers are often required to share confidential information, from strategic presentations to brand images. As flexible working explodes and marketers handle major campaigns from both the office and home, we need to consider how this information is being shared and controlled over time.

Consumer grade platforms such as...

By Jay Muelhoefer, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Vine loops its last as service closes to move into Vine Camera

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The ephemeral world of social media rumbles on: today represents the last day that social media video platform Vine remains a standalone app before being folded into a wider part of Twitter.

The news has been coming since January 4 when Vine tweeted that its app will become the Vine Camera on January 17. At the time of publication, videos can still be viewed and downloaded. Not surprisingly, the most popular videos on the left-hand column...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Customer management in 2017: How better data could make us more human

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For several years there’s been a lot of chat in the marketing world about how technology has brought us to the age of the ‘empowered customer’.  A quick Google search for the phrase shows that some observers were making claims for this label to apply to the year 2014, only then to append the same to 2015 and then again to 2016. As we stand on the eve of yet another new year, I think we can work a little smarter in our predictions for trends in customer...

By Clint Oram, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Four ways to create a unified customer experience in a post-channel world

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Every marketer knows the route to true consumer engagement no longer runs along a single path. An explosion of innovative technologies, channels, and formats has created a complex, connected ecosystem where interactions are fragmented and unrestricted. Keeping up with the needs and wants of today’s consumers through the delivery of timely, relevant marketing communications requires marketers to convert ever-expanding streams of user data into actionable strategies.

Yet by...

By Joanna O'Connell, 16 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How Charlotte Tilbury listened to customer feedback to transform customer service

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“Beauty is not an exclusive club—there are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know they can be beautiful. They don’t understand the power of makeup and how it can transform their outer beauty, but also their inner confidence.” Charlotte Tilbury for Byrdie.

Charlotte Tilbury aims to make "every woman the most beautiful version...

By Matt Eames, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Case Studies, Customer Experience.

Entering a new age of customer experience: Data, programmatic, and more

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While machine learning itself is nothing new, the speed at which data can now be processed, analysed and actioned has completely changed the machine-learning game. Readily affordable computing power, the quantity of data available, and algorithms we never thought we could use are now possible.

While the fundamental concept remains the same, machine-learning is now far more sophisticated, efficient and easily deployable – and the potential it offers to revolutionise customer...

Don’t be afraid to embrace the new ‘vampire economy’

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Another Halloween may have been and gone, but it seems that the UK population is still rife with vampires – vampire shoppers, that is. According to Barclaycard, there is a growing ‘Vampire Economy,’ as one in three Brits now spend more money shopping online at night, compared to five years ago. The evolution of technological devices has given...

By Saima Alibhai, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Getting data management right: Using data to understand your customer base

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Fragmentation – it’s one of digital marketing’s biggest hurdles. As defining customers becomes increasingly difficult, brands across the UK are looking to understand and segment their audiences recognising that it is essential for brands.

With so many channels available for businesses to speak to their audience, there is more data available on customers than ever before. But where do businesses begin when it comes to breaking down all of this data to truly understand...

By Wojciech Bednarz, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Salesforce becoming ever more valuable for marketers – but data integration still a problem

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Two in three UK companies say Salesforce is more valuable to them today than this time last year, according to a report from Bluewolf.

Bluewolf – an IBM company but also a Salesforce strategic partner – issued its global State of Salesforce study, which this publication duly covered back in September. Yet the company’s latest missive shows UK...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Marketing Cloud.

Why the next big thing in marketing is...simplicity

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Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part article on ‘simplicity’ in marketing: the second piece will appear on MarketingTech later this month.

Opinion A question to kick off 2017: have you ever thought how complex marketing has become?

I think about that all the time and attempt to relay to my client base that simple is better. I also emphasize a few of the fundamentals of marketing that need to be followed when developing a marketing communications plan. A tenet that I follow,...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Act now to benefit from a programmatic future

Programmatic is marketing’s biggest buzzword. It’s been discussed and rehashed time and time again; covered by every half respectable marketing publication, blog, and social media page trying to stay relevant. On the one hand, this coverage is warranted because programmatic represents the next big industry shift in communicating with customers. However, it has also brought on a sense of confusion with an underlying tone that programmatic is a complex approach for marketers of the future. The...

By Mark Ash, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Programmatic.

It's time to stop thinking like a salesperson - and start thinking like a marketer

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The sales cycle has completely changed over the past decade - and you may not have even realised.

What do I mean? Consider how you might buy a television. 10 years ago, if you wanted a new TV, most of us would walk into a Best Buy and ask the salesperson what the options were, and what were the pros and cons of each different make and model. Nowadays, if you were to make the same purchase, before you even go to the store you’ve read third-party reviews, examined specs online, found...

By Joe Hyland, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience.

Mobile payments: What marketers need to know in 2017

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It was inevitable that the next big step in mobile payments was going to come from Amazon. Yes, with the announcement that they will be launching a checkout-free store in 2017, the omnichannel customer experience is set to be transformed (admittedly on a small scale, for now).

The technology in the Seattle-based Amazon Go shop will allow customers to choose their products and then leave without the pain of queuing – the bill will be charged back to their Amazon accounts. Innovation indeed, and...

By Guy Chiswick, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

How the younger generation is shaping data protection

According to one keynote speaker at the DMA’s Data Protection Update, social media is dead. This half-day event showcased the challenges and successes of various businesses’ data management strategies, and this statement really grabbed my attention.

As an avid Instagrammer, Twitter follower and Facebook fanatic, this was news to me. Whilst I don’t personally agree with the speaker’s comments, I do believe that the way we use social media has changed.

I’m part of the...

By Louise Read, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Social Media Marketing.

Why visual marketing should be a 2017 focus

If anyone doubted that the internet is becoming a progressively more visual medium, two deals announced last month should have enlightened them.

Instagram revealed plans to create a live video function on its Instagram Stories platform, taking it up against Snapchat and Facebook Live. Unlike Facebook Live though, the short videos recorded by Instagram's users will disappear as soon as they are recorded – friends will only be able to watch them live.

Meanwhile, Facebook is...

By Ed Preedy, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Personalised Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Bridging the gap between static and dynamic

Video has been capturing the hearts and minds of ambitious marketers for some time now, and with good reason — the statistics surrounding its levels of growth and engagement are astounding.

A third of all online activity is spent watching video. 80% of consumers recall a video ad they saw in the last 30...

By Jose DeCabo, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.