Northumberland Zoo turns to technology to transform the customer experience

Maxine Bradley with a racoon.

Owners at Northumberland Zoo believe an innovative technology platform they have introduced will be a gamechanger for the sector – growing income while also educating.

The family-run zoo, sat in 17 acres, near Felton, Morpeth, has partnered with County Durham-based n-gage.io, to implement the company’s audience engagement platform and attraction management software, created to improve the visitor experience.

Maxine Bradley, founder and zoo curator, explained:...

23% of Gen Z avoid Google Home, Alexa and other Bluetooth devices

A Google Home device on a kitchen worktop.

Almost a quarter (23%) of Gen Zs avoid technology like Google Home, Alexa and other Bluetooth devices because of privacy concerns and only 35% want to see it in their homes.

This is according to a survey of 2,500 Gen Zs conducted by The Property Marketing Strategists. However, Gen Zs answers to other questions point the way to the future, suggesting that where they perceive a clear benefit and few downsides, they are ready to embrace the latest tech. 57%, for example, would...

Don’t underestimate the power of AI in marketing

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Matt White, VP EMEA of Quantcast, discusses how marketers can effectively employ AI to create a better customer experience and meet buyers where they’re at.

Bringing AI up in conversation can stir up a lot of different opinions. Hollywood has prompted an entire generation to fear AI thanks to Black Mirror, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ex Machina - just to name a few.  This perception misses one crucial detail about AI though - when used correctly, it can revolutionise a...

Post Office partners with Yext to improve digital customer experience

Iona's Post Office.

Yext, the self-proclaimed 'answers company', has partnered with Post Office, the UK’s largest retail network.

Yext will support Post Office by providing its customers with consistent and accurate information across all of its digital touchpoints. With over 11,500 branches, Post Office will leverage Yext to improve online visibility, drive footfall, and improve branch profitability. Post Office will also more efficiently monitor, analyse and respond to reviews using Yext’s...

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...

Customers willing to sacrifice delivery and brand loyalty for quicker path to purchase online

As post-pandemic consumer expectations continue to skyrocket, so too does their need for digital shopping speed.

Nearly one-half of U.S. online shoppers now say it’s more important for them to be able to buy something quickly than it is to have a large selection of items to choose from, according to the inaugural eCommerce Trends Report released by headless commerce solution, Pack. The report also illustrates the impact website speed and ease of use have on consumers’ path to...

How Joules improved customer data quality to drive profitable acquisition

As a premium British lifestyle brand in an ever-changing retail landscape, Joules needs to ensure that every aspect of its marketing efforts is market leading.

The problem:

Joules wanted to improve its customer data quality, drive profitable acquisition campaigns and deliver insight to enable the segmentation of the Joules customer base.

Previously work of this nature was conducted by a third party with the data and systems held externally to Joules. Joules...

Consumers want digital interactions with brands to feel like personal conversations

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Businesses have technology gaps that prevent them from making meaningful connections with customers, according to a study by Vonage, a specialist in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation.

After two years of nonstop digital transformation among businesses, only 45% of consumers are “very satisfied” with the way they connect with companies, revealing opportunities to enhance digital transformation efforts with omnichannel communications...

One in four now make majority of purchases online

More than a quarter of Brits now make the majority of their purchases online - an increase of 18% when compared to shopping pre-pandemic, according to new data. 

In a survey of 4,000 international shoppers, in seven different territories, it was found those living in the UK were most likely to have changed their shopping habits over the past few years.

Global business messaging provider Esendex surveyed customers in the UK, United States, Australia, France, Germany,...

Marketers predict wide-spread metaverse adoption

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Marketers are gearing up to take full advantage of the metaverse, according to Sitecore’s 2022 Perceptions of the Metaverse report.

However, despite bullish intentions to invest heavily, there is clear acknowledgment that consumer education is needed and 78% of marketers plan to work harder to educate consumers on the benefits of the metaverse. The survey asked almost 700 global marketers (including over 300 based in the UK) and 2,001 consumers about their perception of the...