The power of propensity: Understanding this measure's role in your marketing efforts

Almost every marketing leader and expert will tell you that modern marketing is all about measurement. Being able to estimate the ROI of marketing spend by attributing customer actions to tactics has given companies a reason to allocate bigger budgets to marketing each year.

A 2018 report from Kantar, a global media research consultancy, predicted that the measuring tools and methods marketers rely on will evolve rapidly in 2019. While most marketers remain fixated on standard metrics — cost per click...

By Brian Baumgart, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Attribution, Customer Experience.

How marketers can prepare for the rise of 'hyperpersonalisation'

If you’ve ever noticed an email from a brand addressed directly to you or based on your prior purchases, then you’ll be familiar with marketing personalisation. This was an early broad approach, and we have seen personalisation evolve as organisations have brought new types of data into the mix, including contextual and location specific information, followed by analytics and machine learning for more real-time customer data.

This one-to-one approach was cited as having the power to enhance brand...

By Darshan Shankavaram, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Amazon beats Apple and Google to world’s most valuable brand ranking

Amazon has overtaken Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to a new report from WPP and Kantar.

The 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking was as ever dominated by technology, with five of the top 10 designated as tech providers. Amazon and Alibaba (#7) were designated in the retail space, while McDonald’s – whose recent purchase of personalisation software provider

By James Bourne, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience.

Salesforce to acquire Tableau for $15.7 billion to combine Einstein’s AI with BI bulk

Salesforce is to acquire business intelligence (BI) visualisation software provider Tableau in a $15.7 billion (£12.4bn) all-stock deal – with the aim to improve customer journeys through the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data.

The acquisition, which was announced by both companies earlier today (June 10), will see Tableau’s data visualisation tools baked into Salesforce in order to further...

Let’s get away from ‘digital transformation’ – and move towards key marketing moments

Digital transformation has had its day. In fact, the term ‘transformation’ itself is giving way to a new era as organisations across a wide range of sectors reach what can only be described as digital saturation.

As we move collectively into the post-digital era, the digital capabilities and advantages that were once seen as differentiators are now available to...

By Joel Davis, 07 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The four biggest mistakes eCommerce entrepreneurs are guilty of – and how to avoid them

The eCommerce market has been on a steady upward trajectory for nearly a decade, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. By next year, the online global retail market is expected to reach an all-time high of $4.9 billion, which is more than double what it held just three years ago.

By Manish Dudharejia, 04 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Crownpeak: How to change customer-centricity by 'contextualising' consent

Whether it was Marc Andreessen’s proclamation in 2011 that software was eating the world, or Satya Nadella’s more recent analysis that every business is a digital business, tech ignorance is simply unimaginable today. Yet it’s the biggest open secret in martech: while all the marketing departments talk a great game, they aren’t getting anywhere near the value they should do from their investments across the stack.

By James Bourne, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Salesforce dives into blockchain with low-code CRM offering

Salesforce has announced the launch of Salesforce Blockchain, a CRM product which aims to let users share verified, distributed data sets across a network of partners and third parties.

The low-code offering, aimed at developers working on the Lightning platform, has its theory in exploring how CRM can extend beyond direct customer relationships to creating business models around ecosystems. The blockchain technology is used...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Learning social best practices from industry experts: Find your voice and make ‘clever’ use of data

If you manage your company’s social media accounts today, it is no longer sufficient to send a fun tweet here or a cheeky Facebook post there. Social has become a key benchmark of customer experience; a treasure trove of data ready to be mined. Yet it can also be a living nightmare if you get on the wrong side of Random Internet Strangers.

So what’s a marketing manager to do in the spare time they have from juggling a zillion...

Taking personalisation to the next level – from data, to decisions, to design

Today’s shoppers are impervious to mass marketing techniques and expect personalisation that truly reflects their preferences. These were the findings from our recent research, “The Art of Personalization— Keeping it Relevant, Timely and Contextual”, where consumers in all countries surveyed said that most communications they receive still feel like...

How Sage is using employee advocacy to create a strong voice on social

Last week, Kim Kardashian West - perhaps the ultimate influencer - put digital ink to silicon and tweeted forth. Yet this wasn't quite a case of affirmation-brought-to-you-by-X. The socialite had visited Jack in the Box and wished for a discussion about the experience "pronto." Underneath, rival fast food brands, from Burger King, to Wendy's, to Steak-umm, were queuing...

Personalisation strategies analysed: Potent brand messages found – if not 100% hit rate

To personalise, or not to personalise? Even though it's phrased as a question, personalisation may seem more of a proclamation today - and while only half of consumers are actively signing up for a personalised experience right now, the numbers are only going to go up.

The latest study from Periscope By McKinsey, which polled more than 2000 consumers spread across France, Germany, the UK and the US, found brands who were already trusted by users were more likely to be given permission to personalise. Yet...

The nuts and bolts: Why B2B marketers shouldn't overlook enhancing their CRM today

As marketers, there is always a focus on results and ROI – it goes with the territory. After all, generating value and leads for clients are what ultimately drives their businesses, and keeps customers happy.

And, when it comes to keeping track, it’s a must for communicators to be savvy when measuring the warm conversations they’re having with positive prospects and existing clientele. So, when analysing elements such as goal conversions – for example...

By Andy McCaul, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The rise of ‘eception’ and the ethical issues arising from humanising AI in customer experience

You land on a website one day and “Jay” sends you a welcome message and an invitation to chat. Jay has a smiley headshot displayed and seems well-spoken enough. But is Jay a human customer service agent, or a bot?

Even a few exchanges might not be enough to identify Jay’s true nature. You may have to say something completely unexpected to detect any indication of whether Jay is really there or running via...

By Howard Williams, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Customer Experience.

AI in customer communications: Why the need for diversity is key

Technology truly has the power to move society forward—and we’re seeing it being adopted for good across the world. When it comes to healthcare, for example, AI is being used to process medical research in a way we’ve never seen before. In recent weeks, we’ve seen reports from UCLA that a new AI system can detect prostate cancer with the same levels of accuracy as experienced radiologists.

We’re...

By Alice Blair, 08 May 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

How Dynamic Yield's success was predicated on foreshadowing personalisation as a strategic priority

At the end of March, it was announced that McDonald's had acquired Dynamic Yield, an Israel-based provider of personalisation software. The move made for a fascinating exploration of how brands were not just exploring the martech stack but committing M&A to it. Take Walmart buying adtech firm Polymorph last month, for instance, or Accenture acquiring Adaptly...

Everything marketers need to know about Gen Z: Authenticity with individuality

After years of reading about the woes of marketing to millennials, it’s time for a new group of headlines. We’ve already seen articles that exhort the challenges of connecting with the first generation of consumers who have practically grown up online: Gen Z.

But Gen Z, for all the ways they seem to be changing the world around us, aren’t a mystery. We know exactly what these consumers want and, even better, we know exactly how to connect with them.

This is about to become a huge factor to...