Omni-channel by default

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Today there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people in the world. In fact, looking specifically at mobile, the GSMA reported that global mobile connections passed the 7 billion mark in April 2014; predicting that by year-end, global connections would match the 7.2 billion global population total projected by the United Nations.

Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first go-to device for communications and content consumption, according to Gartner. Its...

The path to purchase: Tracking the consumer journey

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The relationship between shoppers, brands and consumers has changed. The internet, combined with the growth in the number of channels, devices and means by which the average consumer shops and considers purchases, has made the path to purchase a very different process.

Although the five steps, awareness, consideration, interaction, purchase and advocacy are unchanged, the means by which consumers engage with them is very different.

Google have referred to the process as the path...

New tool promises to predict effectiveness of marketing campaigns

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The launch of a new marketing prediction utility could mean marketers throwing away their crystal balls when trying to understand how effective their marketing is.

That is the claim of cloud marketing firm Emarsys, which has launched its new Smart Metrics tool this week. It claims the new solution gives brands the ability to predict revenue, purchase and engagement patterns, making trials and experimenting with campaigns a thing of the past.

The product allows marketers to see,...

By Liz Morrell, 08 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Email marketing.

Why 2015 will be the year of the customer

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As 2014 came to an end, out trotted the year of the horse and shepherded in is the year of the goat according to the Chinese zodiac, that is. By comparison, the advertising tech calendar has its own oft-debated emblems - can you recall each time the year of the mobile was announced?

This new year, I’d like to take a stab in shaping our calendar based on a year’s reflection, a quick study of the LUMAscape movement and an ear to the ground for what is to come.

If 2014...

Google to check if users are watching video ads

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Google’s revelations at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week, that it is to start telling advertisers and publishers to what extent their digital video ads are being seen, has certainly provoked a reaction.

The announcement was one of two made at the show by Neal Mahan, vice president of video and display advertising at Google. He said viewability reporting will be rolled out across Google’s ad platforms – enabling brands to know whether their video...

Case study: How finance brands use data segmentation to improve the customer journey

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As consumer confidence returns, the rise in people looking for credit provides lenders with a real opportunity. Ensuring those consumers can afford the credit remains top of the agenda, with recent regulatory changes designed to provide stronger protection for the consumer.

The key is for lenders to make the checks needed to satisfy the regulators and protect the customer but to do it in a way that avoids damaging customer experience and driving customers away. So, how can...

Businesses must stay ahead of EC Data Protection Reforms, warns IAB

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It may have been a rather long-winded process but the European Commission‘s Data Protection Reforms could move forward dramatically this year and businesses must begin to prepare for the changes they will bring, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB).

The EC originally put forward proposals in January 2012 to harmonise the existing patchwork of different data protection rules across the continent, and replace what is now a rather outdated UK Data...

Eight reasons why 2015 will be a huge year for mobile marketers

The average person checks their mobile as much as 221 times a day and spends roughly three hours and 16 minutes enjoying mobile content each day. With statistics like this it is clear that consumers are desperate for mobile content and this is a trend that is likely to continue to grow into the new year and beyond.

Mobile’s popularity among consumers and brands continues to rise rapidly. However, despite this increase in interest, so many brands are yet to fully capitalise on the evolving relationship....

Taming big data to make it work harder

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“We have to appeal on a personal level.” We hear this with increasing frequency from today’s modern marketer, who is placing customer centricity and personalisation at the heart of their programmes in a time-poor, competition-heavy, digital environment.

In response to these demands, marketing software developers have handed marketers the keys, creating tools and solutions that generate a wealth of data waiting to be tapped into. But how do you know which piece of the data puzzle is the...

By Simon Robinson, 23 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

Where does social commerce go after 2014?

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2014 felt like the movie Groundhog Day. Wake up to the sounds of the song, I Got You Babe (or, in this case, Pharrell’s just-as-incessant ‘Happy’), then open your news provider of choice to read about yet another social network launching a ‘Buy’ button.

Pinterest in January, Facebook in July, Twitter in September - frankly, it was a surprise not to see WhatsApp reinvented as a social assistant that reads your texts, hacks your bank details, then buys...