Where will technology take us – and what role will be play in the creation of our own future at work?

There is a point of time somewhere around 2045, according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, when our lives will be profoundly and irrevocably changed. At this point, computers, or rather AI, will surpass humans as the smartest kids on the block – a super AI intelligence that has long since passed the Turing test (when a human is unable to distinguish a...

By Max Eaglen, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Lack of tech skills could hamper $11.5 in global industry growth, finds Accenture

Today’s education and training systems are not keeping up with the current demand for skills and the emergence of new technologies, and the result is a widening skills gap that threatens to hamper $11.5T in global growth.

That’s according to an analysis by the global management and professional services firm Accenture, which concludes that new approaches to learning are desperately needed if businesses are to achieve the growth...

By Mark Jones, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Wake up call for retailers: My car realised I’d moved, but Amazon didn’t

I recently moved into a new home and in a two-month stretch spent a significant amount of money on Amazon.com buying numerous furnishings, decorator items and appliances.

It struck me that despite being a loyal customer and Prime member, Amazon never figured out I was moving nor suggested any items or services I might consider for my new home. I wasn’t offered any...

Global martech spend is estimated at $100bn, according to WARC

Global marketing spend is booming, according to a new study by marketing intelligence firm Warc, and traditional media is “paying the price”.

According to the group’s Martech: 2019 and Beyond survey based on responses from more than 800 brands and agencies in the UK, North America, Asia Pacific (APAC) and continental Europe, spend on martech is now worth an estimated $99.9bn (£76bn).

In the UK and North America, brands upped their budgets on marketing technology - email and social...

By Mark Jones, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Adobe’s purchase of Marketo’s B2B martech ‘resets the playing field’

Adobe has confirmed that it will be acquiring the privately-held cloud marketing software group Marketo from Vista Equity Partners for $4.75bn (£3.6bn). The sale price is a near $3bn (£2.3bn) mark-up on Vista’s 2016 purchase price of $1.8bn (£1.4bn).

The announcement yesterday followed rumours of an impending deal last week as reported by Marketing Tech, and speculation around the impact the...

By Mark Jones, 21 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Customer Experience.

Adobe could be gearing up for a multi-billion dollar bid for Marketo

The multinational computer software company Adobe, which carved out its name with image-editing programme PhotoShop, is rumoured to be in talks to acquire Marketo, a privately-held cloud marketing software group.

If the murmurings come to fruition - which were originally reported by Reuters and are so far unconfirmed by each company - Marketo’s purchase price would likely be in the multi-billions. Vista Equity Partners paid $1.8bn for the company in 2016 and a new deal on the table is expected to be...

By Mark Jones, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, E-Commerce, Mergers and acquisitions.

The missing EI in AI: Future workforces will still need a human touch

AI (artificial intelligence) technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and some workers are feeling nervous about what it might mean for their job security. But while AI offers many advantages, there is one factor hampering its full-blown adoption – a lack of emotional intelligence. Robots won’t take over from humans until they become advanced in reacting to emotional cues – an inherent aspect of a human workforce which remains very much needed.

AI’s numerous benefits

AI can...

By Tanmaya Varma, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Customer Experience.

UK CEOs facing 'unrealistic expectations' from digital transformation ROI

Chief executives in the UK face “unrealistic expectations” in demonstrating tangible return from digital transformation projects, according to research by professional services firm KPMG.

A survey of 150 CEOs from leading British businesses found that the majority (72%) are frustrated by pressure at board-level to prove return on investment (ROI) from multi-year digital transformation projects, which can include the integration of technologies such as cloud services, artificial intelligence and...

By Mark Jones, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Best Practice.

Focus on these four areas to improve your marketing using AI

When it comes to marketing, the goal of this game is not to win; it's to keep playing and to leverage data to improve your play over time. 

Great marketers use new tools to enhance their ability to do this efficiently and effectively, and the world is changing faster and faster. No matter how much technology evolves, marketing will always have a human element. Artificial intelligence (AI) might seem like a silver bullet or an elusive capability, but if you're trying to influence people, you...

By Brian Baumgart, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.