Will Eagle, Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous author: On authenticity, attitude and audience

“Video is an acquired skill,” explains Will Eagle, author of Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous. “It’s not the same as Instagram – anyone can take a picture and apply a filter.”

Eagle, who spent four years as a brand strategist at Google working primarily on the video platform, put together his new book based on a survey which found three quarters of young people interviewed wanted to become...

As influencers increasingly create video content, what does this mean for brands?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must equate to millions. At least, that’s what social media users are banking on. The number of videos being created and shared across social platforms has soared in recent years.

Photo sharing platform Instagram has shifted its focus to video recently, with the Instagram Stories feature - and over on YouTube, 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube...

Why market research and marketing research are very different disciplines - and how to utilise them best

Market research and marketing research are not the same, yet many marketers use the terms interchangeably. Both are important components in marketing efforts and sound similar, but they are inherently different.

The distinction between these types of research is when each occurs. Business owners and marketing leaders conduct market research during the earliest phases of product or business model development. Marketing research, on the other hand, happens later.

By Nick Chasinov, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why project management and communication are the secret weapons of successful agencies

Sometimes, working in silos is essential — especially in an agency, where certain teams handle certain clients. If team members aren’t on the Coca-Cola account, they don’t have to go to the Coca-Cola budget meeting. However, silos can do more harm than good when it comes to collaboration between colleagues and teams. If you aren’t careful, they can impair healthy communication.

By John Furneaux, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How advanced data analytics will continue to streamline digital marketing strategy in 2020

It’s not controversial to suggest that talk of data analytics, over the last two decades, has far exceeded the examples of its successful implementation. We aren’t talking here about basic Google Analytics, but of programmes of activity and technology that really delves deep into improving insights and targeting, and dramatically impacts commercial decision making.

Perhaps the best...

The evolution of the inbox in 2020: Combining seamless customer experience with security

In recent years we’ve experienced a great shift in the way in which businesses are engaging with their customers. Giants of the gig economy, like Airbnb and Uber, have created highly potent customer engagement mechanisms right at the very heart of their operations. Today, because of this, UK consumers have come to expect contextualised, seamless and highly relevant communications.

Whether ordering food, looking for...

When retargeting means additional app revenue: A guide

Marketers working within the mobile ad industry know how fierce the competition for user acquisition can be in the app promotion space. It’s expensive to acquire new users and many times the cost per install or cost per action that advertisers get in their campaigns is higher than the goal itself.

Under these conditions, it’s no surprise to see marketers dedicate a lot of time and effort to user acquisition: they...

Why despite the hype AI could be failing your customer experience strategy

Though 80% of senior decision makers in the UK rate their customer service as ‘excellent’, their customers aren’t feeling quite the same. Our report ‘The Good, The Bot and The Customer Experience’ found there is a significant disconnect between what customers expect and what brands think they are...

By Arun Mani, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Making your marketing more sophisticated: Engage customers and save time with intelligent output

Many marketing departments will say there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, however, the problem is that quite often they’re focusing on the wrong things.

For example, most marketers report that building an email takes between 30-50 minutes and landing pages up to two hours. Others simply don’t have the time to complete such tasks. Why is this still the case?

By Adam Oldfield, 10 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Content Marketing, Email marketing.

2020 resolutions for influencer marketing: Taking responsibility and control

2019 was a tricky year for influencer marketing. It started with the release of Netflix’s ‘The Greatest Party That Never Happened’ which documented how Fyre Festival’s organisers used influencers to dupe consumers, and then it ended with three well-known UK influencers unknowingly promoting a diet drink laced...

The rise of ‘algorithm hacking’ – and how it may be leading marketers astray

Even though Robert Burns wrote the line “the best-laid schemes o’ mice a’ men/gang aft agley” more than 200 years ago, it still resonates. In the age of artificial intelligence (AI), many brands are learning this the hard way as a new generation of algorithm hackers subvert their use of cognitive technologies.

AI is...

By Kate Muhl, 09 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to deliver the experiences the CMO craves – through the systems the CIO needs

The collaborative relationship between a CMO and a CIO is crucial and has increasingly become a hot topic. Forrester recently stated that a CMO’s collaboration with a CIO is one of the four essential steps for a CMO planning their marketing evolution, while according to IDG’s State of the CIO research, 55% of CIOs are spending

By Laurence Parkes, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Attribution, CMO, Data-driven marketing.

2020 in digital marketing: From brand-based to people-based identity and privacy pushes

Opinion 2020 is shaping up to be the year of people-based identity. Marketers are becoming increasingly engaged with trying to understand what this means to them, and how they should be incorporating a notion of identity into their business strategy. Across conferences this year, we’ve noticed heightened engagement from significant, game-changing brands - talking about identity on stage and running people-based marketing campaigns.

MarketingTech 2019 year in review: Influencer regulations, CMO battles, and social change

2019 in digital marketing, through the reporting eye of MarketingTech, has seen something of a two-pronged approach. While the exploration of emerging technologies and their use cases, from voice search to AI to blockchain, continues, it has been tempered with a more measured and nuanced focus.

While this publication found plenty of column inches to tell the stories those making the most of their technological bets this year, from

Consumer-data privacy and personalisation at scale: Strategies to get it right

Personalisation at scale is where retailers and consumer brands are competing to win. But in focusing on “playing offense” to capture value, executives are often overlooking their “defence”: preserving, protecting, enabling, and accelerating the hard-won gains of their digital efforts by ensuring that personalisation at scale keeps personal data secure and private.

2020 needs to see the end of short-termism and clickbait digital marketing tactics

The end of clickbait digital marketing tactics has come. The signs are everywhere, if you know where to look for them.

We’ve spent years chasing short-term performance metrics and battling competitors for the fleeting attention of the world’s huge digital audience. The result? A clickbait race to the bottom. An insatiable thirst for consumer attention has lead brands toward a frightening (and unsustainable) marketing...

Why the greatest gift retailers can give consumers this shopping season is time

The busiest shopping season is well and truly upon us; Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday and the inevitable slip into the Christmas and New Year sales. Renowned as the most critical period for retailers and brands - make or break in some instances, the period will bring the usual bombardment of advertising, pop ups, offers and emails across every channel and medium. Consumers are not immune from the stresses and pressures that such a period of concentrated shopping brings.

Finding the right gifts remains one of...

By Sarah Assous, 23 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Instagram and Facebook introduce features to combat fake news and bullying

Instagram and Facebook have announced the introduction of new features to help combat fake news and bullying.

In 2019, Instagram introduced a feature that filtered comments. This new AI-powered feature is an extension of the earlier one which alerts users with a warning that their caption looks similar to others that have been previously reported based on the words that are used in the caption.

The Instagram team wrote on...

By Marketing Tech, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.