Marketing’s hidden treasure: How better promotions and engagement can unlock millions to fuel growth

Planning, tracking, and optimising advertising and trade spend has become table stakes for marketers at many consumer-goods companies. Despite those advances, consumer promotions and engagement (CPE) remains something of a forgotten area of marketing spend.  CPE, which includes in-store consumer activation and out-of-store engagement efforts, has too often been overlooked and undermanaged.  However, optimising CPE can, in fact, help businesses...

By Biljana Cvetanovski, 14 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Make solving data fragmentation key for 2019 to deliver a greater customer experience

What do marketers need to do in 2019 to deliver a better customer experience? According to a new industry report, it’s all about ensuring the possibility of conversion at any point in the customer journey.

The study from advertising platform provider Criteo, which polled more than 900 direct response marketers, found – to the surprise of not many – a plethora of applications and accounts marketers have to...

A marriage made in heaven: Why brands and retailers can work things out

Brands versus retailers – a battle that has rumbled on throughout the ages. They’ve competed for our attention, money and loyalty from the High Street boom of the 1860s through to the golden age of the 1960s. The contest is even more magnified now in the digital age with the internet playing host to online discount retailers as consumers look for the cheapest bargains, fuelled by the rise of price comparison sites.

Retailers embrace shopping...

By Steve Martin, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to achieve ‘consumer-first martech’ – and how the marketing clouds don’t quite stack up

If you’re going to invest in marketing technology, then it needs to have the customer experience at its heart. While this may seem a self-evident statement, new research from the CMO Club argues more can be done in aligning a consumer-first approach to marketing technology.

The study, which polled 69 chief marketing officers and was put together alongside Selligent Marketing Cloud, noted that both sides of the...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Marketing Cloud.

Getting into home truths: Why is the experience of eCommerce still so poor?

There’s no denying that the digital world has changed the outside face of marketing. While many of the inner-face principles of marketing have (and always will) remain the same in terms of audience segmentation, targeting and positioning, the way brands now engage with their customers has changed faster in the past 10 years than throughout the rest of history put together.

Now, having a digital presence for large...

By Sylvia Jensen, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Three interesting ways that AI is changing the hiring process

You can barely turn around these days without hearing something about artificial intelligence or big data technology. Many experts predict that AI tech is going to be one of the most influential developments of the modern age, touching every part of people’s lives from their health, to the way they buy things, all the way to how businesses are run.

Chances are that you have heard about how

By Manish Dudharejia, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Three key ways predictive analytics can improve social performance

AI is gaining significant readership. Businesses of all sizes, all over the world, are becoming conscious of the rise in AI in the marketing field. Why is this happening? Put simply, every single business needs the same thing: getting clients. Reach an audience, the right one, and sell. No tricks on that.

All executives know that to be profitable companies need to sell – but over the last few years they are facing a...

By Ester Liquori, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

A marketer’s dilemma: Overcoming the challenges of the data disconnect

Few businesses can thrive without using their data effectively these days — and in marketing, data is particularly foundational. Despite its importance, that doesn’t mean the process of gathering and using this information is easy or simple (few things ever are) and it’s certainly not fail-proof. There’s always room for human error.

When collected and analysed effectively, data delivers insights that...

By Kristin Hambleton, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Improving CX strategies: Get the balance right between technological and staff investment

Get the customer experience right, and the rest will follow, according to a new report from Engage Hub.

The study, put together alongside Sapio Research and which polled 100 UK-based customer engagement decision makers, argued organisations see customer experience as more important than even profit and revenue growth going forward. 36% of those polled said CX was the top business objective, compared with 34% for net profit and...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The five tenets of clean data: Preparing chatbot data for marketing personalisation

Organisations are already using live web chat – and increasingly chatbots – as a critical sales and customer support channel. Gartner says over 80% of companies offer some form of live chat on their website or mobile applications in order to interact with customers, and the chatbot market is likely to grow to $994 million by 2024

Transforming customer experience into an actionable marketing strategy: A guide

The workforce as we know it is changing and companies must be ready to adapt to fast change as we become ever more tech-centric. However, despite the digital noise there is one element that will always remain a constant requirement for success; delivering an excellent customer experience (CX) and maintaining a well-received brand image.

In our highly connected 'always on' digital world, CX...

By Michael FitzGerald, 12 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Web Analytics.

CMOs expect their budget to increase, says Gartner – but ROI needs to be seen first

CMOs are confident about their budgets increasing next year, according to Gartner – but if money is to increase, then it needs to correlate directly to business initiatives.

The analyst firm has put together a missive based on interviews with more than 600 marketing executives, with almost two thirds (63%) of CMOs expecting their budgets to go up in 2019. Budgets have remained steady this year, comprising just over a...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Could machine learning provide the key to measuring a customer journey?

Customer journeys help to increase positive results in all customer related KPIs, but in large enterprises and public organisations, the rule is if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.  How do we measure commitment to a brand and products – and how do we score KPIs that need to be improved upon?

A recent report by McKinsey indicates that customer journeys are 30% more...

By Jean Belanger, 08 November 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Exploring the untapped opportunity of the 'transaction moment'

There is no question that reaching today’s digital-first audience requires a powerful online presence. So it makes sense that digital takes a sizeable 38% share of advertising spend worldwide, equal to $220 billion. But the problem is: it’s not working.

A recent study found that global marketers feel a quarter (26%) of spend will fuel ineffective channels and strategies this year, and 20% of those in the UK are...

By Geoff Smith, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to turn reviews into revenue: Making the most of positive customer feedback

The rise of online communities, peer review sites and social media has forever changed the impact of the customer voice. Customer feedback has evolved from something owned and managed by customer service teams to a force that influences every department across an organisation: product, HR, finance, IT, and marketing.

Marketing agencies are experiencing this shift more acutely than most as often, in these types of companies,...

By Alain Mevellec, 05 November 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Brian Solis: On CMO pressure, nailing customer journey touchpoints and the rise of Influence 2.0

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, explains why the role of the chief marketing officer is one of the most stressful in any forward-facing organisation. “The customer has dramatically changed; they’ve been dramatically much more connected, informed and empowered,” he tells MarketingTech. “Technology in marketing in general – you have cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning now, all these different things you have to simultaneously...

Winning hearts, minds and money - in that order: The full B2B customer journey

Those of us who work in B2B businesses understand that when a customer discovers your brand, it’s just the beginning of a long road to a sale. According to Marketo, 96 percent of people who visit B2B websites aren’t ready to make a purchase -- at least not yet. At that point, potential buyers have only begun their long and intensive research processes, and will not respond...

By Paul Heald, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

If you want to start a loyalty program – avoid these six common mistakes

Starting a loyalty program can lend a major boost to your customer retention efforts — and your bottom line. But it’s a complex undertaking that demands time, strategic thinking and teamwork. To make sure your efforts pay off, get started on the right foot by avoiding these six common loyalty program mistakes. 

Mistake 1: Thinking all loyalty technology providers are the same

When it comes to loyalty platform vendors, one size does not fit all. Besides basic differences like price and...

By Sandra Gudat, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

B2B marketing: It’s time to talk to people, not companies

Over the past decade, the emergence of the digital age has meant that technology has invaded all aspects of our lives — and marketing is no exception. Big data, artificial intelligence, and rapid innovation mean that change is constant, and yet at the same time, we are also experiencing a back-to-basics approach in human-centric thinking.

B2B products and services have a reputation for being boring and hard to understand, and traditional marketing efforts haven’t done much to change this. Now,...

By Joyce Solano, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Customer Experience.