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.

How close are you to a fully personalised customer experience?

Personalisation is a necessary component of customer experience in today’s environment. Providing individualised experiences promises to drive sales and increase loyalty by making each customer feel as if the brand knows them and can anticipate their needs.

Yet many companies still struggle to get this right. What can you do to ensure that your...

By Evanna Kearins, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Facebook has been rumbled using 2FA phone numbers for ad targeting

As if Facebook needed another mountain in user trust to climb this year, evidence has now emerged of it using phone numbers provided for security purposes to target unsuspecting users with ads.

The activity was uncovered by researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton, along with the tech publisher Gizmodo, following controlled trials where an ad was successfully targeted using phone numbers that had been provided for account security and, in one case, had never been explicitly provided to the...

By Mark Jones, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Social Media 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.

#DMWF Europe: Three observations from Digital Marketing World Forum

A former 19th century-commodity exchange standing bold, brick-red, but very much at home in the dead centre of Amsterdam, the Beurs van Berlage seemed a fitting home for #DMWF Europe (Digital Marketing World Forum) 2018.

It was a conference that held a pervasive frankness around industry shortcomings, a respect for tradition and legacy, and a crucial but measured awareness of how the digital world is evolving around us. If there was one lesson to be learned from #DMWF...

By Mark Jones, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

#DMWF Europe: Crimson Hexagon on the endless possibilities of social data for marketing

There’s a galactic amount of data being produced on social media, but the ability to categorise it into meaningful information is “near impossible” without Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is the challenge that Crimson Hexagon is taking on, and a brief demo of its abilities at #DMWF by senior sales executive Yugen Moodley shows the “deep insights” platform is doing a scarily good job.

Crimson uses a combination of Natural Language Processing, image recognition and sentiment...

By Mark Jones, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

#DMWF Europe: How are we really handling GDPR?

Like it or not, consumers are waking up to their right to privacy online. The implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was a catalyst compounded by the high-profile case of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

But four months into GDPR and marketers are still struggling with complex, often ambiguous, guidelines. At the same time, a new wave of uncertainty looms over markets outside of Europe, with the United States and Brazil beginning to weigh up similar measures.

It’s no surprise,...

By Mark Jones, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Why AI alone cannot guarantee better user engagement

It may be one of the buzzwords of the moment, but artificial intelligence (AI) has been a fixture of digital marketing for over a decade now. 

It’s the technology that underpinned the programmatic advertising revolution, which allowed marketers to sit back and let complex algorithms target millions of people at scale based on cookies and demographic data.

By Carl White, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing.

Privacy-browser Brave launches GDPR ad tech ‘test case’ against Google

Brave, a privacy-focused web browser built by a Mozilla co-founder and the creator of JavaScript, Brendan Eich, has filed privacy complaints against Google in what could become a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) “test case” against ad tech data use.

According to a report by Reuters, Brave - which blocks ads by default in place of its own - has filed privacy...

By Mark Jones, 13 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.