Software should do more to infiltrate the sales and marketing divide

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Sales and marketing departments are not collaborating enough and the onus should be on software companies to bring these silos together for the good of their business.

New research from CallidusCloud states that only 15.7% of respondents have aligned the two departments in their organisation, 63% do not fully share data and 62.5% have all or part of their lead data in systems that are only visible to marketing.

An abysmal 41% of sales and marketing representatives admitted using...

Why customer profiles are the key to personalisation

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Personalisation has been around for a number of years now. Brands tend to focus on a single channel (often email or web) and concentrate on adjusting the content for a superficial personalisation experience.

Meanwhile the challenges brands face around the disparate state of their customer data are not addressed, resulting in a preference for broadcast marketing. Creating actionable customer profiles allows brands to break down their data silos, focus on the evolving data streams and...

Why technology is making customer experience more personal

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21st-century customer interaction is often categorised by being increasingly ‘experience’ focused  as market-aware, brand-weary consumers look for easy and efficient responses alongside personalised engagement.

Strong brand statements are no longer enough when communicating with the customer; the entire experience with a brand has to be responsive and perceptibly tailored to their needs.

Customers also now expect their entire journey with a brand to be an...

Bridging transactional and attitudinal insight to engage customers for the long term

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The subject of customer engagement and experience is becoming increasingly important within modern businesses, as today’s brands continue to fall over themselves in order to win customers and grow a loyal fan base. However, in doing so many are in fact turning consumers away by failing to properly engage with them. Indeed, Gartner suggests that brands have been disengaging them for over a decade, in a bid to lower costs.

Our recent research revealed that 50% of customers...

By Adam Goran, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

Marketers at loggerheads with consumers over personalisation effectiveness

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Most marketers may believe that they are delivering effective personalised experiences to their online customers, but this is at odds with the views of the very consumers they are targeting.

Predictive data service Lytics has released a report detailing how 53% of marketers are convinced by the competency of their personalisation strategy, however 80% of consumers insist brands show little evidence that they are familiar with their online purchasing needs.

Indeed, the same...

Personalised marketing: A primer

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We are all familiar with marketing personalisation, even if we don’t think we are. Those emails you get that recommend products or services? On site content suggestions depending on what you have recently viewed? That is all marketing personalisation, and it works thanks to some innovative tech going on behind the scenes.

This is so prevalent online now, that it has become the expected norm. It is no longer enough to simply round up your latest offers and send them over to...

By Oren Greenberg, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Email marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Marketing and the power of personalisation

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There has been seismic change in the last decade alone. The development of new technologies, new tools, new channels and new rules has led to the emergence of increased consumer demands, more savvy customers and bigger requirements from the marketing profession than ever before.

Widespread reduction in budgets and the changing nature of customer communication demands more of marketing to generate better response rates and more effective engagement with consumers.

I want to discuss...

By Thomas Brown, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Retailers struggling to come to terms with unified commerce

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Retailers have long struggled with disparate, legacy systems that have hampered their ability to integrate true omni-channel strategies.

Yet despite the recognition that a unified commerce platform can pay dividends, little more than half of retailers (53%) expect to implement a unified commerce platform in the next few years. However over the next ten years 86% of retailers plan to implement a unified commerce platform.

The conclusions have been drawn from a survey of nearly...

By Liz Morrell, 02 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Is personalised video the future of marketing?

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Video has ranked number one as the big marketing trend for about as many years as I can remember and this year, analysts and commentators have started acknowledging that the real trend to watch for 2015 is not just video, but personalised video.

It is an attractive idea, combining the unarguable power of video with that of personalisation. After all, personalising emails can improve click-through rates by 14% and conversions by 10%, according to research group Aberdeen.

If you add the...

By Ben Moore, 02 February 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Video & Audio Marketing.

Marketing reimagined: From cost centre to revenue generator

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Perception is everything in marketing and a new study supplies evidence of the tainted view many employees have of their marketing department, however there are visible traces that this stance is weakening.

Forecast and advisory firm the Economist Intelligence Unit, which conducted research on behalf of Marketo, discovered that 68% of marketers believed the rest of their company viewed the marketing department as a cost centre.

Likely fuelled by misinformation, the study reports that...

By Simon Holland, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Email marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Marketing technology industry set for explosive revenue gains

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Companies investing in marketing technology will continue to raise their budgets, with global vendor revenue forecasted to touch $32.2 billion by 2018.

The projections, part of an IDC webinar on the marketing software revolution, reveal a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.4% and total spend of $130 billion across the five-year stretch between 2014 and...

Do marketers need an automation education?

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Technology is at the heart of everything digital marketing is achieving today, but there are still some subjects that are beyond a subset of marketers.

Automation is one such topic where there is evidence of a knowledge, that is according to research by marketing technology provider Adestra, which revealed more than a quarter of marketers have never heard of marketing automation.

In an era when customer experience is at the heart of everything a marketer does, automation has...

Emojis and video: Does your comms strategy need an overhaul for the mobile consumer?

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The emoji heart was, perhaps not surprisingly, the most used ’word’ of 2014. It is the first time that the Global Language Monitor has awarded the title to a symbol, a significant moment for the English language.

New digital formats continue to change communications; text speak was the first widespread digital vernacular and, although it might be out of fashion now, we still use words derived from that language today. We live in an era of images and video,...

Is this the definitive marketing technology landscape graphic?

Lumascape kicked off the trend for bringing an entire industry together on a single graphic while others have followed too, but Scott Brinker’s latest offering adds some vastly improved organisation to this bustling industry.

Brinker’s marketing technology supergraphic manages to incorporate almost 2,000 different companies without ever looking too chaotic. It is no mean feat given how his annual project...

Customer experience: Strategy vs reaction

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Despite the increased competition caused by global commerce and social media empowering the regular consumer, chief marketing officers (CMO’s) are not doing enough for customer experience.

Findings from Gartner for senior marketing executive community The CMO Club alluded to such as only 3% of the 105 respondents said that their business’ customer experience strategy was where they wanted it to be.

Customer experience was on the agenda for most CMOs, with 90%...

By Simon Holland, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience.

Why 2015 will be the year of the customer

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As 2014 came to an end, out trotted the year of the horse and shepherded in is the year of the goat according to the Chinese zodiac, that is. By comparison, the advertising tech calendar has its own oft-debated emblems - can you recall each time the year of the mobile was announced?

This new year, I’d like to take a stab in shaping our calendar based on a year’s reflection, a quick study of the LUMAscape movement and an ear to the ground for what is to come.

If 2014...

Case study: How finance brands use data segmentation to improve the customer journey

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As consumer confidence returns, the rise in people looking for credit provides lenders with a real opportunity. Ensuring those consumers can afford the credit remains top of the agenda, with recent regulatory changes designed to provide stronger protection for the consumer.

The key is for lenders to make the checks needed to satisfy the regulators and protect the customer but to do it in a way that avoids damaging customer experience and driving customers away. So, how can...

Six personalised marketing predictions for 2015

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2014 has been a huge year for marketing technology, with offline promotional targeting in retail innovating faster than online.

We are seeing a shift in consumer behaviour – the fear of data sharing is diminishing as the awareness of its benefits increase. Our research found that more than half of Britons (58%) say they are not concerned about the amount of data they share with brands, and fewer than a quarter (23%) of 18-24 year olds believing data sharing will be viewed...

By John Fleming, 19 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

What will be the big trends for data-driven marketing in 2015?

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In 2014 online retail sales in the UK rose by 15.8% in 2014 (fetching a healthy £45 billion ). In 2015 this figure is expected to grow even further, increasing a burgeoning part of the UK’s economic recovery.

This rise in sales is not just due to global economic factors technology advances in data-driven marketing, mobile and in-store technology have truly transformed online storefronts and the local high-street.

2014 was certainly the year when multi-channel,...

The evolution of email and CRM in 2014

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There were many big changes in 2014 in the world of marketing technology, however the change that really stands out for me was the bold and high profile acquisitions of specialist email businesses made by some of the biggest players in CRM.

Oracle bought Responsys, while IBM snapped up Silverpop. Meanwhile, Campaign Monitor raised a hefty $250,000. This is evidence, were it needed, that 2014 was another big year for email.

The big CRM providers are not only realising the need for...

By Dela Quist, 12 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Email marketing.