Have phablets ushered in a new era of mobile CRM?

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Phablets recorded their highest volume of sales in the last quarter of 2014 according to a GFK study and it has caused the CRM software industry to sit up and take notice.

These smartphones with a screen more than 5.5” in size now account for 12.8% of total device sales. It is a percentage that has been fuelled by drops in cost as average prices fall. For instance, in Europe prices decreased from $820 in Q4 2012 to $761 in Q4 2014.

All of which contribute to conditions that are...

Brands must do more to embrace customer lifecycle

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For all brands managing the customer lifecycle – rather than simply a one off transaction – is a challenge. A new survey suggests that many B2B organisations could be doing much more to understand how their marketing efforts should be supporting the customer lifecycle, missing out on revenue as a result.

Marketing professionals in 750 companies were surveyed in the last quarter of 2014 and first of 2015 by Gleanster Research, on behalf of Act-on Software, to understand...

Five questions for companies that want to survive in the age of the customer

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For Forrester, the last hundred years of commerce is defined by eras. The ‘Age of Manufacturing’ came first where large industrial companies, such as Ford and GE, made their names. 1960 to 1990 was the Age of Distribution when globally connected transportation systems, the jet engine and advances in logistics made household names of UPS and Toyota. Then, from 1990 to 2010 the Age of Information saw the likes of Amazon and Google become huge successes through globally...

By Adam Poole, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

A tribute to the legendary B2B Marketer John Lennon

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Time to pay homage to one of the unsung B2B marketers of the ages: John Lennon.  Yes, outside of his music hobby, he was quite the digital marketer. He was just before his time, that is all. In fact, I like to think the iconic classic ‘Revolution’ was the anthem to B2B marketing: “You say you want a revolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the world. You tell me that it's evolution. Well, you know. We all want to change the world.”

Yes, changes –...

By Steve Gatto, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Born digital or not: 1:1 personalisation sets new standard for marketing

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It is the entertainment awards season again as the industry confers recognition on music and moviemakers in the Grammys and Oscars. But let us switch arenas. If we were to give awards in personalised, 1:1 marketing, who would get the nod?

Clearly companies like Amazon and Netflix would end up on the red carpet. These “born-digital” companies have been pioneers in personalisation, creating marketing algorithms, gathering intelligence and then delivering relevant content to...

Using customer insights for better engagement

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For many companies, the very thought of harvesting big data and analysing this to maintain and improve their customer engagement strategies can cause them to break out in a cold sweat.

The truth is that although the concept can seem daunting, the desired outcome is actually fairly simple. Think about all the times you feel engaged and connected to a favourite brand. The operative word here is feel.

A recent study shows 50% of customers cite how they felt about their interaction with a...

By Kate Nicol, 23 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

Why digital plus human equals great customer experience

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If you listen to many experts, around one in two jobs in Europe is under threat from automation. In the digital world huge companies are able to service millions of customers with only a handful of staff, and the level of digitalisation will only increase, so what does this mean for the future of relationships between customers and companies?

While some books are predicting an end to the human face of companies, I am convinced that in 15 years’ time it will actually be the human...

Software should do more to infiltrate the sales and marketing divide

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Sales and marketing departments are not collaborating enough and the onus should be on software companies to bring these silos together for the good of their business.

New research from CallidusCloud states that only 15.7% of respondents have aligned the two departments in their organisation, 63% do not fully share data and 62.5% have all or part of their lead data in systems that are only visible to marketing.

An abysmal 41% of sales and marketing representatives admitted using...

Why customer profiles are the key to personalisation

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Personalisation has been around for a number of years now. Brands tend to focus on a single channel (often email or web) and concentrate on adjusting the content for a superficial personalisation experience.

Meanwhile the challenges brands face around the disparate state of their customer data are not addressed, resulting in a preference for broadcast marketing. Creating actionable customer profiles allows brands to break down their data silos, focus on the evolving data streams and...

Bridging transactional and attitudinal insight to engage customers for the long term

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The subject of customer engagement and experience is becoming increasingly important within modern businesses, as today’s brands continue to fall over themselves in order to win customers and grow a loyal fan base. However, in doing so many are in fact turning consumers away by failing to properly engage with them. Indeed, Gartner suggests that brands have been disengaging them for over a decade, in a bid to lower costs.

Our recent research revealed that 50% of customers...

By Adam Goran, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.