IT versus marketing: Why blame culture is causing retailers’ budgets to go down the drain

To thrive in the fast-paced, cut-throat environment that is eCommerce, retailers must be agile and able to adapt and transform quickly when technological advances or customer trends demand it. The market is filled with stiff competition, and as we continue to shift into an increasingly customer-centric landscape, where personalised experiences have quickly become the bread and butter of today’s eCommerce sites, retailers are investing in projects that help them...

By Kevin Murray, 18 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

How ‘digitally mature’ retailers can stand the test of a digital-first marketplace

Let me start by defining ‘digitally mature’ retailers. They have a solid commerce platform that enables new and existing customers to easily find products on the device of their choice – and ensures that promises regarding delivery, pricing and availability can be consistently met. But the advantages of this type of platform are huge for business intelligence. It allows a business to collect insightful customer data, process it faster and adapt to meet...

By Mark Bennigsen, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Salesforce explores the rise of the connected shopper – and what retailers need to do

Retail continues to be an area where the consumer is king. Engagement channels are changing, tech-enabled customer experience has never been more vital, and the battle between traditional retail and online marketplaces is well and truly joined.

Salesforce’s latest Connected Shoppers Report aimed to explore the relationship between bricks-and-mortar and digital retailers – and found that while the former still has its...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, M-Commerce.

How AI-enabled marketing can lower website bounce rates and improve accessibility

Marketers always strive hard to boost website traffic. A significant metric which quantifies the performance of websites is the bounce rate, indicating the percentage of users who leave without delving any further than the initial page.

In this context, it is important to understand web accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It...

MuleSoft notes how the ‘coherence economy’ can salvage disconnected customer experiences

It is the mantra of all marketing professionals and the reason they get up and go to work each day: to build the greatest customer journeys they can. This is naturally easier said than done; depending on where your organisation is on its path you may have to knock down a series of silos before you can embark on the path of building seamless customer experiences.

Yet a new report argues this process is going slower than many...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

A whirlwind of emotions: The impact of consumer emotional states on search

Humans are not always wholly rational beings. That is not to infer that we are irrational, but simply that not every decision is based on a set of practical, logical steps. Often, our current emotional state has a huge part to play in how we behave at any given time. 

For marketers it is important to understand that many external influences can impact a potential customer’s emotional...

How digital continues to influence brand strategy in the travel industry

The travel industry is booming. As of February 2019, it was the second-fastest growing sector in the world, ahead of healthcare, information technology and financial services. There are a number of reasons for this. Millennials are growing in purchasing power—by 2020 their spending in the US alone will total $1.4 trillion annually—and already they spend $5,000 more per year on holidays than any other generation. They also take around 35 days of holiday per year on average....

Why CMOs can show the route to a unified data approach within professional services firms

Business practices completely based on precedent can no longer be relied on with today’s market dynamics. The professional services landscape is increasingly client-centric, meaning organisations need to constantly evaluate their business models, leverage the data at their disposal and prioritise effective collaboration to remain competitive.

By Darryl Cross, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Nurturing your customers through powerful communications: A guide

Whether targeting a consumer via an email, SMS or direct mail campaign, the underlying goal for any marketer remains the same – to encourage each person to buy their products or services.

However, in a world dictated by online noise, how can a busy professional achieve the critical cut-through it takes to keep individuals motivated enough to engage with their online channels and continuously purchase from...

By Adam Oldfield, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Email marketing.

For consumer choice paralysis, conversational commerce may be the answer

Regardless of industry, consumers today are faced with an overwhelming array of choice while shopping. When faced with so many options, most consumers fall victim to ‘choice paralysis’, which describes the moment when we are faced with more possibilities than we can easily comprehend.

This phenomenon results in low purchase decision confidence and frustration - and in the worst case - feeling unable to make a decision, meaning no action is taken at all. For brands and retailers choice paralysis...

By Chris Baldwin, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Why it's good to get obsessed about your customer service

Digital channels have become more pervasive for personal communications. Businesses realise they can use them in different ways to influence buyer behaviour, and marketing departments have slowly begun to add digital platforms to their technology stacks.  But with so many choices, the power has shifted to the customer, allowing them to control how, when, and where they want to interact with you.

Look at how many ways younger generations communicate with friends, family and colleagues. Why should it be...

By Julien Rio, 24 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience.

CMOs lacking confidence in their abilities but they deserve a boardroom seat, report argues

You’ve heard of the concept of ‘impostor syndrome’ – but does that feeling still pervade when you get to the highest echelons of your profession?

According to a new study from Deloitte, CMOs periodically suffer from a crisis of confidence – although the good news is that the C-suite has plenty of faith in their abilities.

The report, which surveyed 575 C-suite...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

The cookies crumble: Is enhanced digital privacy the end of programmatic as we know it?

The ad tech industry has faced a flood of challenges — with the GDPR driving stricter data regulation, brand safety concerns sparking the ‘adpocalypse’, and Apple’s Safari ITP limiting cookie use. Add Google’s updated Chrome privacy features to the mix, and many are left wondering:...

By Jeff Meglio, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Customer Experience, Programmatic.

Does real-time marketing need to take an alternative route?

My role at Waze has seen me speak to hundreds of brands and agencies about how to reach drivers when they’re on the move. Increasingly, questions have centred around data and how targeted advertisers can be in reaching drivers.

As the sheer number of ads we experience on many of the services we use every day has increased - often at the detriment of the user experience - the mobile advertising industry has also had to consider the ethical implications of using...

How Talkwalker is aiming to take social listening to the next level

The marketing landscape today is one where data gathering and customer experience continues to increase at an exponential rate. Brands don’t want the fear of missing out on a good customer review, or a positive mention, or even genuine advice on how to improve their offerings.

In the social Wild West however, finding the golden four-leaf clover amid the field of ill-use and irrelevance is...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The BBC’s Beeb shows why AI voice assistants are not yet ready for enterprise prime time

Opinion Last week, the BBC announced that it has begun work on a voice-enabled virtual assistant scheduled for 2020. Codenamed Beeb, the new virtual assistant is being seen as an alternative to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, with a focus on helping users find content on the British broadcaster’s services and...

How to define your social media strategy – in six simple steps

Social media is an immensely powerful tool that, when used correctly, can increase brand awareness and perception, grow a loyal customer base and demonstrate an ‘always on’ customer service.

However, in order to have an established, consistent and successful presence online, there must firstly be a strong strategy in place. Otherwise organisations are missing out on a huge opportunity, and the competition is likely to take full advantage.

But what should marketing managers, and their teams, be...

By Andy McCaul, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

VRJAM and Agora partnership aims to provide sleek - and sustainable - VR event experience

The events industry in the UK is worth somewhere in the £40 billion area today. 2014 figures from BVEP put it just below that figure, while an AV Technology piece from last year spiked it at £42.3bn. 

This includes everything from the events themselves to travel costs - many readers will understand the 'on the road' mentality that comes with frequent executive...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing, Wearables.

Selling with a plan: Bridging the gap between customer experience and expectations

Despite the paradigm shift that CRM brought to the world of sales, enterprises are still struggling with failure rates wildly disproportionate to the sales teams’ talent and hard work.

Customers and prospects today are smart, data savvy and very well informed before they even speak to a salesperson. This makes them more educated and demanding than ever before. However sales teams are having a hard time adapting to the needs of the digital era: many still tend to approach customers and prospects without...

By Nigel Cullington, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.