Lack of customer data is major obstacle in reaping rewards of AI

Research from customer engagement platform Twilio has found that businesses are making good progress on implementing artificial intelligence (AI) to help power customer interactions, but are finding both a lack of customer data, as well as transparency in how they’re using that data, to be significant challenges.

Twilio’s fifth annual State of Customer Engagement Report has revealed the growing importance of brands disclosing how they use customer data to deliver AI-powered...

Digital Marketing Institute launches AI in Digital Marketing course to plug AI skills gap 

The Digital Marketing Institute (DMI), a provider of Digital Marketing Certification, has launched its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Digital Marketing course, following overwhelming demand from marketers. 

The decision to launch the course comes following DMI’s latest Membership Survey in 2023, which found AI to be the top skill members are looking to develop over the next 12 months.  

The course will bridge the AI knowledge gap for marketers of all...

Two thirds of SMEs have no marketing plan

After a long period of economic stagnation, a study of almost 2,000 decision-makers has found that 67% of businesses have no marketing action plan, and more than half don’t even have a business plan. 

The Marketing Maturity Report, by The Marketing Centre, asked people from hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses across the UK to mark themselves against 60 statements, to understand what companies are doing to grow their business.  

The majority of...

itsu picks TMW Unlimited as new CRM agency

itsu has appointed TMW Unlimited, part of UNLIMITED, as its new CRM partner - the first time the brand has appointed an external CRM creative agency.

The company, which sells Asian-inspired, healthy food, recently reported record monthly revenues, 73% growth in year-on-year restaurant sales and a record number of restaurant openings.

TMW Unlimited will begin work immediately on evaluating itsu’s existing loyalty programme and defining the new customer engagement...

1 in 3 customer service agents may quit soon

Two-thirds of customer service agents report that their job is as difficult or more difficult than it was a year ago. More than one in four agents say they are unhappy in their roles, and one in three is considering quitting in the next year.

This is according to research carried out by the Call Centre Management Association (CCMA) and supported by Intradiem.

The survey uncovered a disparity between the intentions of businesses and the reality of agent life. When asked,...

Digital marketing skills show positive growth but sector demands outpace professional development 

Core digital skills marketers rely on have improved but that the growing demands of new and evolving technologies are contributing to a skills gap across the majority of industries. 

This is according to research published by the training body Target Internet, in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

This year’s report analyses data from more than 10,000 marketing professionals, gathered between 2018 to 2023 and highlights key short and...

HubSpot CRM introduces AI-powered tools to boost productivity

HubSpot, the customer relationship management (CRM) platform for scaling companies, today announced the launch of two new tools powered by artificial intelligence (AI) - content assistant and ChatSpot.ai - to help its customers save time while creating better connections with their audiences.

The introduction of content assistant and ChatSpot.ai builds on HubSpot’s earlier investments in AI including conversation intelligence, data quality tooling, data...

ClickUp and HubSpot form strategic partnership

ClickUp, a productivity platform that brings work together in one place, and HubSpot, a customer relationship management (CRM) platform for scaling companies, have teamed up to help customers create more efficient workflows and better collaborate across teams.

By bringing together ClickUp's and HubSpot’s powerful capabilities, stakeholders throughout the customer lifecycle benefit from increased productivity and are better equipped with the knowledge they need to foster and...

Outsystems enables Sodexo Engage to better deliver customer rewards

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OutSystems, a specialist in high-performance application development, has revealed that Sodexo Engage has deployed its platform to deliver a robust and secure, fully managed service for its public sector customers, in just 12 weeks.

The future-proof platform allows public sector customers of Sodexo Engage to offer both eVouchers and Bulk Voucher Cheques to their employees via desktop and mobile devices, as well as the ability to process high volumes of vouchers. It also removes...

monday.com launches monday sales CRM

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monday.com, a work operating system (Work OS) where organisations of any size can create the tools and processes they need to manage every aspect of their work, has introduced monday sales CRM.

The solution is described as a fast, intuitive and fully customisable customer relationship management (CRM) system built to unify all customer processes under one platform. It is the first of five new product solutions built by monday.com to support a variety of teams working in sales,...