Why it’s high time to embrace internal comms during moments of crisis

On a global level, we’re at a time of great change and, some would say, immense uncertainty. We are living in times of uncharted territory, where sudden 360 turns are happening and, in terms of business, trying to steady the turbulent tide seems to be getting even tougher.

During such times, when events are completely out of their hands and also their workforce’s hands, businesses...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Blink and you’ll miss it: How to get the most out of short-lived social content

It is no secret that social media marketing is an ever-moving target. Up until recently there was a firm belief that the longer content remained accessible the more impactful it would be. Now, as counterintuitive as it may sound, there is a swing towards short-lived content, which has to do with Instagram’s rise in popularity.

Instagram is increasingly being seen by brands as a dynamic platform from which to share their more informal...

Google slapped with €1.49bn EU fine for antitrust in advertising

Google has been fined €1.49 billion (£1.28bn) by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules for its online advertising services.

The Commission concluded that the search giant had abused its market dominance – exceeding 85% for most of the analysed time period – for favouring its own price comparison results for searches through its AdSense for Search platform.

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Salesforce and Oracle show off more AI-flavoured goodies around service and finance respectively

Salesforce and Oracle have been wiggling their proverbial tails and showing off a bit of plumage in an attempt to woo potential customers with their latest AI-flavoured offerings.

Salesforce has announced an extension to its Service Cloud Einstein AI product set. New use cases include reply recommendations, using natural language processing to suggest the best responses to agents over chat and messaging, article recommendations,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Mobile understanding and holistic experiences: What marketers can learn from MWC19

The great and the good of the telecoms industry descended on Barcelona at the end of February for this year’s MWC. The tech hype that surrounds this landmark event is hard to miss, but still, it was clear from the many delegates that we spoke to that marketers are primarily focused on addressing their current business challenges.

The frequency and regularity that new channels, platforms...

By Daniel Kahtan, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Consumers will walk away from brands who go against their values – but brands have their heads in the sand

It’s time for brands to shape up or ship out when it comes to ethics with two in five consumers already having walked away from organisations which have violated their personal values, according to a new industry report.

The study from agency Hotwire, which alongside Sapio Research polled more than 6,000 consumers, as well as more than 1300 CMOs and business decision makers, argued that while consumers are willing to start...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding.

LinkedIn explores the ‘enlightened buyer’ and how marketers can influence the purchase process

As emerging technologies continue to pervade virtually every facet of business, technology buyers are becoming more aware and enlightened. A new report from LinkedIn has argued that marketers can be the key to driving customer decisions across the buying process.

The report, titled ‘The Enlightened Tech...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation.

Brand suitability: Exploring the next generation of brand safety

Brand safety is big news. It is one of a trinity of major issues facing the advertising industry today, the others being fraud and viewability. But dig beyond the headlines and it is bigger news still – it’s time for advertisers to take a stand and look beneath the waterline.

News publishers risk being unfairly penalised and the industry is at risk of losing quality, independent journalism if advertisers are...

By Nick Welch, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.

Instagram beats YouTube as top influencer platform as brands see rewards for better disclosure

Instagram has topped YouTube as the number one platform for influencer content – with brands heeding consumer interest and moving towards ‘honest disclosure’ of partnerships.

That’s according to new research from Rakuten Marketing. The company, in its 2019 Influencer Marketing Global Survey which polled 3500 consumers and 700 marketers globally, saw Instagram cited by 65% of those polled as where they most...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook looking to remove ad relevance score to come up with more ‘actionable’ metrics

How relevant is relevant when it comes to advertising, exactly? Facebook is hoping to have the answer to this question with an update of its metrics.

The social giant is updating three of its ad metrics, focusing on improving relevance and reach as well as eschewing some of its lesser-used options.

The updated, more ‘granular’ ad relevance diagnostics, will focus on three...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

How is automation changing the face of brands' social media conversations?

It’s no secret how quickly advancements in technology are changing the digital landscape and diversifying how people talk to one another online – and automation is very much at the forefront.

But as more organisations look into enhancing their everyday communication, it’s important to remember that such systems have been developed to – among other reasons – further assist instant, social media conversations with customers.

There’s no doubt that with the rise in social media...

By Micha Nielsen, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The 2019 data outlook sees spending rocket and multi-channel key amid regulatory concerns

Data spending continues to go up - but getting fresh, gleaming, actionable insights remains a challenge. According to a new survey published by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), organisations are looking to multi-channel to create those harmonious experiences users will love.

The study, which polled 105 professionals focused across marketing service providers, developers and publishers, found cross-channel campaign measurement and attribution - cited by 57.3% of those polled - was a top priority, as...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Web Analytics.

Mind your language: Using multilingual websites to increase eCommerce engagement

In the quest for customers the battlegrounds for online retailers tend to be rooted in SEO, PPC campaigns and, for those who can afford it, above-the-line ad campaigns. But there are also more organic ways to increase engagement and conversions via a website, particularly where international brands are concerned.

One technique that is often disregarded by all but the biggest players due to fears over cost and complexity is a true multilingual online retail experience.

Historically, there are two ways of...

Barclays: Agencies need to evolve as digital marketing spend rises – but don’t get too close to the behemoths

Digital advertising spend in the UK is set to beat £15 billion in 2019 – but we’ll still have to wait a while before commercial applications of machine learning and augmented reality (AR) will seriously bolster the figures.

That’s the primary finding from Barclays in its latest report. Titled ‘Adtech ascendancy: The next wave of digitalisation in marketing’, the study focused on various...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Exploring the state of small business advertising in 2019: Tangible trends without the ‘millennial’ hook

Settle down, one and all, for yet another piece of research which aims to study the habits of millennials, the mythical catch-all marketing category. Yes, someone who was born when Joe Dolce topped the UK charts is part of the same group as someone born when the Spice Girls hit the summit with Wannabe. But can this latest study tell us anything aside from tiresome platitudes?

In this instance, yes – but you have to look away from the...

Why content creation is nearing a tipping point – and what you can do about it

Content creation is nearing a point where a machine-first approach is becoming a reality. This is largely due to the fact that going global has never been more important for companies, yet despite the opportunity that comes with accessing untapped markets and driving exposure in unchartered territories, expansion overseas is not without its challenges.

Deloitte Private recently launched its first

By Peggy Chen, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

AI and automation in marketing: The role for knowledge management

In 2018, companies invested in chatbots and self-service technologies to help their helpdesks manage the volume of customer requests they were experiencing – according to research by Forrester, 46 per cent of enterprises were investing in AI for sales and marketing, followed by 40 per cent for their customer service teams. However, these investments were typically aimed at filled specific gaps in the customer interaction, rather than being part of wider strategies...

By Simon Johnson, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How the increasing popularity of voice search is helping redefine SEO in 2019

Google Voice Search was launched back in 2012, but it’s only been in the 12-18 months that people have really started to sit up and listen. With the introduction of voice assistants such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, voice search has been pushed to centre stage for marketers.

The growing popularity of voice assistants and the increased use of voice search has changed the dynamic of SEO roles. Now, more than ever, we have to think about things such as mobile optimisation, ranking for featured...

By Siobhan Congreve, 26 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Search Marketing.

For brands with purpose, the future is authentic

Brands are increasingly expected to make a difference to more than the corporate bottom line. Organisations have been so successful at articulating their brand values, that brand leaders now feel the weight of consumer expectation to make a positive difference in the world – environmentally, socially, politically. This expectation is reshaping brand marketing, requiring a new authenticity, new channels, new technologies—and fundamentally, a new attitude to brand risk.

Consumers reward brands with...

By Brett Zucker, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Case Studies, Customer Experience.

Is tone of voice being diluted in digital communications today?

There’s no doubt tone of voice is a powerful tool and absolutely vital when engaging with customers – it could be pivotal when attracting prospects.

A strong tone of voice is central to successful brand building. It is the backbone of all written communication and helps to boost recognition and perception when creating engaging, digital messages that resonate with an organisation’s target audience.

By Andy McCaul, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.