Context is everything in video advertising, states Oxford paper

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Even the most enthralling video advert on the planet would be worthless if it was emotionally at odds with the media it showed up in, according to a new report from the University of Oxford.

Six studies were performed on 900 people, who were asked to watch a number of video advertisements while having their responses monitored. If an ad that oozed high energy appeared during moment of tension in a movie, it would be a big turn-off for consumers.

For example an ad featuring...

Marketers at loggerheads with consumers over personalisation effectiveness

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Most marketers may believe that they are delivering effective personalised experiences to their online customers, but this is at odds with the views of the very consumers they are targeting.

Predictive data service Lytics has released a report detailing how 53% of marketers are convinced by the competency of their personalisation strategy, however 80% of consumers insist brands show little evidence that they are familiar with their online purchasing needs.

Indeed, the same...

Six ways to capture the power of positive personalisation

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A recent statistic from analyst firm Gartner revealed that by 2016 89% of marketers expect to compete primarily on the basis of the customer experience their brand, product and service delivers to the client or the consumer. I am not surprised by this stat given that a truly personalised user experience can make a customer feel highly valued, which is almost impossible to achieve through print or billboard adverts.

If organisations use consumer data in a smart way, they can ensure that the information they share is always relevant to...

Data collection: Consumers demand transparency, relevance and convenience

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Developing a captivating online user experience for any brand depends on understanding what appeals to your customers.

The ability to engage and rapidly translate learnings into action is fast becoming the ultimate competitive advantage for organisations, but it is no longer enough to implement a strategy based on good ideas, intuition, or even what has worked in the past.

The consumers of today are complex and demanding. They want to be understood and valued as individuals, yet...

By Patrick Salyer, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

Effective use of data still a pipe dream for some businesses

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In the world of marketing data should rule – the likes of Tesco Clubcard for example has been showing us for years what we can learn from customers and how using data correctly can bring huge wins.

And yet a new report from Rosslyn Analytics suggests that many businesses are failing to exploit the opportunities of data, relying instead on gut instinct rather than making informed decisions.

The research, which comprised a survey of 600 UK organisations during January of...

By Liz Morrell, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Web Analytics.

Do marketers need an automation education?

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Technology is at the heart of everything digital marketing is achieving today, but there are still some subjects that are beyond a subset of marketers.

Automation is one such topic where there is evidence of a knowledge, that is according to research by marketing technology provider Adestra, which revealed more than a quarter of marketers have never heard of marketing automation.

In an era when customer experience is at the heart of everything a marketer does, automation has...

Why shoppers love personalised marketing

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It was a marketing tactic that when first introduced often freaked internet shoppers out. Although product recommendations still surprise some consumers, most have realised that this is not some big brother happening, but a modern marketing technique that can benefit them.

Evidence of this trend can be found in new research that shows how shoppers are increasingly appreciating it, in the US at least. The survey asked US consumers about their views on personalisation and...

By Liz Morrell, 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Email marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Emojis and video: Does your comms strategy need an overhaul for the mobile consumer?

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The emoji heart was, perhaps not surprisingly, the most used ’word’ of 2014. It is the first time that the Global Language Monitor has awarded the title to a symbol, a significant moment for the English language.

New digital formats continue to change communications; text speak was the first widespread digital vernacular and, although it might be out of fashion now, we still use words derived from that language today. We live in an era of images and video,...

How marketers need more integrated tools for cross-channel success

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Marketers want to move away from the complex array of tools they currently use to more interoperable tools for improving their deployment of customer engagement data across devices and channels.

The conclusion comes from a study by Winterberry Group and the IAB entitled Marketing Data Technology: Cutting through the complexity. It found that opinion is divided when choosing between suite or best-of-breed solutions and that marketers say neither completely serves their needs of...

Mobile in omni-channel marketing: A purpose-driven design paradigm

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Janet, a working mother who is elbow deep in household chores, suddenly remembers that her kitchen has run out of cereal. She quickly grabs the tablet lying nearby, and adds cereal on her tablet app, knowing it will sync with the mile-long shopping list she was already building on her smartphone. She loves how she can pick up the experience exactly where she left off, regardless of the place or time. Almost like a conversation with an old friend.

Now, there is a marketer who is...