Four ways in which marketing automation is evolving

Marketing automation has been somewhat of a blessing to many employed in the field; it’s freed up a lot of time and reduced the tedium associated with repetitive tasks.

Automation swooped in providing a range of tools to save time and effort needed day to day. Still, the digital marketing landscape is evolving further, driven by changing consumer behaviour and demands; on average, consumers now spend more time online...

By Matthew Walker-Jones, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Email marketing.

WhatsApp launching pay-to-use tools for brand marketers

WhatsApp is launching a pay-to-use advertising service for brands looking to engage their customers directly on small screens.  

The move opens up a new revenue stream for the Facebook-owned messaging app since removing subscription fees in 2016 and allows businesses to send information or services updates, such as delivery information or tickets.

According to BBC news, the fee will be based on confirmed delivery, on which advertisers will pay between 0.5 cents to 9 cents (0.3p to 7p), depending which...

By Mark Jones, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Four key aspects of customer review management that marketers need to know

Every day the customer experience becomes more important to brands who aim to capture their audience’s attention. A better CX can be the competitive advantage a brand needs to push themselves above the crowd, considering the fact that 86% of customers would be willing to pay more for a better experience with a business.

Smart marketers know that honest customer reviews are

By Manish Dudharejia, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Search Marketing.

Consumer 2.0 – how the internet changed everything

Some of the fresh-faced marketing grads reading this will be too young to recall the biggest shift in consumer behaviour for generations.

It happened right under our noses, and if like me, you’re long enough in the tooth to remember a time before smartphones and super-fast broadband, you lived right through it.

Back then, people didn’t all carry powerful supercomputers around in their pockets. When you needed to buy something, you’d ask a salesperson for advice. And the role of CMO was...

By Abe Smith, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Customer, interrupted: Second-guessing digital marketing’s most effective tactic

Most sensible marketers — and everyone but the worst of the worst — left pop-up windows behind ages ago. While that move was welcome news to, well, everybody, similarly intrusive tactics still exist in modern marketing playbooks.

While interruptive tactics can be effective, marketers must first weigh short-term benefits with long-term costs. Full-screen overlays, modal windows, and interstitials, for example, could do more harm than good. They might be highly visible, but they can damage the...

By Sean Schroeder, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Salesforce snaps up Israeli cloud-based AI group Datorama for $800m

Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Israel-based Datorama, a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) company.

While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, reports suggest the deal could be worth approximately $800m (£602m), as the US sales and marketing cloud tech giant looks to keep pace with rivals such as Adobe and Oracle.

Datorama enables more than 3,000 leading global agencies and brands - including PepsiCo, Ticketmaster, Trivago, Unilever, Pernod Ricard and Foursquare, make sense of...

By Mark Jones, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, CRM, Customer Experience, Data Science.

Why empowered marketers will own the customer experience by 2020

By 2020, customer experience is expected to overtake both price and product as a key brand differentiator. A 280-character Twitter post, Instagram snap or Facebook update from a disgruntled consumer can destroy a brand’s long-built reputation and performance in an instant, so brands must deliver a consistent, connected, competitive customer experience. Those businesses that get this right are rewarded: 68% of UK consumers in a

By Andy Berry, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

7 secrets for managing tech-driven change

Digital transformation is a crucial consideration for many SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in their business strategies. 

With technologies emerging at a fast pace and business models continuing to evolve, new revenue streams and opportunities for previously technophobic companies are now becoming a reality.

For SMEs, digital transformation is seen more as a business transformation as it is not just about technology, but also people, including staff, customers and stakeholders.

Research by 

By Paul Whitelam, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

How to enhance your UX design with micro interactions: A guide

User experience (UX) is the most important part of any app. If a user finds an app difficult to use then it doesn’t matter how well it’s built or how good it looks – they won’t use it.

There are many areas within user experience, but the one we will focus on is micro interactions, which closely link to motion design and to the user interface (UI). Micro interactions are sometimes overlooked or viewed as a ‘nice to have’, however more and more people are seeing the benefits...

By Sarah Preston, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Why ‘the customer is always right’ is more applicable than ever in today’s data-driven business

“The customer is always right” is a popular phrase with interesting origins. While there is no conclusive evidence of when the quote first came to exist, most credit its early popularisation to Chicago retailer Marshall Field. More importantly, though, is that the phrase is an abbreviated version of the original, which stated “right or wrong, the customer is always right.”

Only three words longer, the full quote adds some needed context – that the customer can of course be wrong....

How many marketers truly understand the customer journey – and if not, how can you quickly?

It may be a popular buzz-phrase but how many marketers have really got their heads around the role – and components – of a savvy customer journey, and what’s the answer to getting up and running if they’re a little behind?

‘Customer experience’ (CX) is without a doubt the most important phrase for anyone responsible for an organisation's service levels. And in the world of marketing, the phrase 'customer journey' should be just as pivotal.

A mechanism to ensure...

By Andy McCaul, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why design-driven companies cut through to customers

Twenty years ago Joseph Pine and James Gilmore welcomed us all to the “Experience Economy” in the Harvard Business Review (HBR). They claimed that ‘services’ alone were not enough to satisfy experience-hungry consumers, and that “staging experiences” would generate more value. Although the examples they used were more physical experiences (aka Niketown) than digital experiences, they had rightly identified a pivotal moment in history.

One month after the HBR article was...

By Adrian Gans, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Publishing.

Connecting head and heart: The new anatomy of advertising personalisation

Personalisation in the advertising industry probably began 60 years ago when Lester Wunderman first invented the idea of direct mail and the concept of targeting messaging to individual consumers.

It took the rest of the industry a few years to catch up but catch up it did and so began half century of mailboxes piled high with “personal offers” addressed to you, or similar(ish) to you, or someone who lived in your house three moves ago.

While it was understood that the more personalised the...

By Kieron McCann, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Are structure and process the glue that holds marketing, technology and creativity together?

Consumers like to feel a human connection to the brands they love. Whether it’s through empowering athlete endorsements like Nike or connection to an inspiring founder like Virgin, humanity is a critical element in successful marketing. That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that while a human touch in brands is more important than ever, the behind-the-scenes technology that makes marketing scalable has also exploded in recent years.

According to a prediction made in 2016 by

By Frazier Miller, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why we need to use tech to amplify human ambition – rather than turn it off

Stop me if you are still in helplessly in love with the culture and practices of 80s adland, but there’s an inherent decadence in the agency sector these days, as technology surges on and humans lag behind. And it’s not helping anyone.

You can see it on the media side, where so many seem to switch on the tech and go to lunch, not worrying about the detail, because it’s all clever stuff and if it doesn’t get the job done, the offline media probably will. That’s the seductive peril...

By Dan Thwaites, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Native ad leader Outbrain acquires AdNgin for automated ad content optimisation

New York-based native ad firm Outbrain has acquired AdNgin, a UI (user interface) optimisation specialist built to enhance the reader experience.

The buyout - made for an undisclosed fee - marks the sixth for Outbrain since its founding in 2006, including the more recent purchases of content discovery platforms Zemanta and Revee as part of the company’s aggressive growth efforts and continued leadership in the native advertising sector. 

According to the announcement, Outbrain was attracted to...

Imagine – a chatbot you actually want to chat with? Here’s how it’s possible

As consumers, do we look to the experience or do we look to the result when dealing with brands?

An enjoyable interaction with a brand counts for nothing if we don’t end up with what we want, no matter how charming the sales person was. However, the same can be said if we end up with the thing we want but only after a charmless, cold and unenjoyable experience to get to that point.

Being able to balance the two has always been the ultimate goal of most brands, especially within key consumer led...

Five ways marketing automation won't help your business

Marketing automation, as an industry, is growing phenomenally. In fact, the inaugural Marketing Automation Technology Forecast, 2017 to 2023 (Global), produced by Forrester at the end of April, predicts that annual spend on such martech will reach $25bn in five years’ time.

The reason for this is – in a large part – due to the fact that many brands are yet to adopt automation...

By Adam Oldfield, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Joining the VUI conversation: The challenges and benefits of voice user interfaces for marketers

Voice user interface (VUI) development has been opened up to brands, people and developers vying for a share of voice in this new, noisy marketplace by both Amazon and Google who have created free ‘skill’ or ‘action’ building platforms for their market-leading personal voice assistants. Although this accessible technology is exciting, it is still in the early stages of adoption and presents a steep learning curve - for both brands and customers. In this world, everyone’s a...

By Iain Millar, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why “romanticising the loss of jobs to technology is like complaining antibiotics put grave diggers out of work”

“Romanticising the loss of jobs to technology is little better than complaining that antibiotics put too many grave diggers out of work. The transfer of labour from humans to our inventions is nothing less than the history of civilization. It is inseparable from centuries of rising living standards and improvements in human rights.

“What a luxury to sit in a climate-controlled room with access to the sum of human knowledge on a device in your pocket and lament how we don’t work with our hands...

By Jeremy Waite, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.