The great data trade-off: Why consumers will still share details – but only for a true value exchange

What do the NHS, Fortnite and US Customs and Border Protection all have in common? The answer may surprise you, but they have all had major data breaches since November 2018.

These sorts of privacy scandals never seem to leave the headlines, and people are right to be concerned about who they share their data with and why. Indeed, data ownership has been a major public concern since the Cambridge...

Sisca Margaretta, CMO, Experian APAC: On increasing customer expectation – for insight and privacy

“I’ve always believed that anything fuelled by data, whether you’re trying to win an argument over dinner or building a business case to invest in marketing, means you have a lot more grounds to stand on.”

Sisca Margaretta, chief marketing officer of Experian Asia Pacific (APAC), speaks from experience on this. While it was already a maxim of hers before joining the company, the numbers Experian crunch...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Web Analytics.

The CMO’s blurred lines: Power without influence means innovation is needed to secure value

The CMO’s role continues to adapt and evolve. While crafting a compelling story out of a brand’s narrative remains the goal, the method has changed, from creative to numbers-focused. This changing focus has long been the fulcrum on which the value the CMO brings to the leadership team, as well as the wider value of marketing to the business as a whole.

A new report from The CMO Club, alongside Deloitte, has...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CMO, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How web accessibility will improve your eCommerce website’s performance

The primary goal of any eCommerce website is to attract as many visitors as possible, and keep them coming for more. As a result, most online stores tend to include various functionalities and features.

What the majority of eCommerce stores forget, however, is that their potential customers also include a large number of people with disabilities.

Web accessibility often takes a...

By Manish Dudharejia, 03 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Trends, tribes and tolerance: The factors governing audience digital behaviour in 2020

Forward planning for brands and marketers is never an easy proposition and the task is getting more complex year after year. Technology has advanced faster in the last 50 years than all the preceding years of human history put together. This is predicted to happen again in the next 25 years.

In this environment, we need to be able to identify the right technology to invest in and that’s where macro analysis comes in. We...

By Callum Gill, 29 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Customer Experience.

Staying competitive in tomorrow’s retail space: Seven technologies for 2020 and beyond

2020 will see the rise of experience as a differentiator. Gartner predicts 81% of all purchases in 2020 will be based on customer experience and this is largely due to the boom of eCommerce. Today, logistical issues of shopping such as lengthy queues, limited opening hours and heavy bags have seemingly vanished.

Shoppers are armed with extensive product and...

By Rebecca Guest, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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

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.

How high quality data can either be the Holy Grail or Achilles heel for marketers

Marketers today are navigating in an era of ongoing technological disruption. Digital transformation and the influx of smart technologies have evolved customer expectations and led to an unprecedented demand for instant gratification and high-quality, personalised experiences across all channels.

At the same time, there is a growing need for transparency, accountability and ethics in marketing, especially as additional states continue to introduce new data privacy laws. These rising standards bring a new...

By Kristin Hambelton, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CMO, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why marketers need to be clever with context to get their 2020 advertising strategies right

Which user data works best for marketing? A consensus has never been reached, so advertisers have always had to keep multiple plates spinning, from behavioural data and location data to IP addresses, cookies and beyond.

However, since GDPR came into force, it is no longer a question of whether advertisers have enough data points, but whether they are using them correctly. The Europe-wide legislation has suddenly made everyone conscious of the fact that companies are collecting and using their personal data...

How AR has gone from a buzzword to an effective communications tool

Augmented reality is not a new phenomenon, the concept has been bandied about for the past five years as ‘the next big thing in marketing’ with varying degrees of promise. What is now changing, that could be the difference between buzzword and buzzkill, is the advances in technology that are making AR more user friendly, accessible and realistic as a legitimate marketing and communications tool for brands.

2020...

By Adam Cox, 05 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Customer Experience, Gamification.

Does retail automation signal the end of personalisation?

Over the last two decades, technology has changed the face of retail, from the in-store experience and the payment process, to the advent of ecommerce and omnichannel retailers. But much as technology has revolutionised the shopping experience, it has also had a significant impact on jobs in the retail sector.

As far back as 2016, Deloitte predicted that 60% of retail jobs would be automated within the next 20 years. While this estimate is not...

A veritable feast: How advertisers need to make the most of extra Black Friday opportunities

Black Friday is right around the corner, with adverts everywhere reminding shoppers to grab a great deal on everything from gym wear to vacuum cleaners. As one of retail’s biggest spending milestones, it provides a significant opportunity for advertisers to engage with shoppers when they’re in the mood to splash some cash.

So, what can advertisers do to make the most of the “retail festival” that Black Friday has become?

By Mike Klinkhammer, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.