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...

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...

Grad Conn, CXMO, Sprinklr: On changing CMO strategy and the Copernicus effect for customer experience

Grad Conn, chief experience and marketing officer (CXMO) at Sprinklr, is something of a rare breed: a CMO who has been in it for the long haul.

Prior to joining the customer experience management platform last year, Conn spent almost seven years as Microsoft’s US chief marketing officer. Indeed, Conn laughs as he relates the tale of an interview feature...

Integrating AI to instil customer loyalty: From business use cases to bottom line

Personalisation is a key part of the customer experience. If done correctly, creating a journey that is unique to each person’s needs can influence a buyer to make a purchase and even to return again. However, those brands that fail to get this right, run the risk off turning their potential customers off.

The fact is, shoppers have come to expect higher levels of personalisation, with

By Simon Farthing, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to plan content for the digital product buyer’s journey: A guide

When it comes to selecting digital products, consumers today tend to shop around a fair amount and conduct substantial research before making a purchase. There are simply too many options on the market to pick a product randomly.

In order to sell a digital product, your content must answer the buyer’s burning questions and fit into their

Why brands need to drill into data to cure customer loyalty decay

It’s not uncommon for a brand to roll out a customer loyalty programme to strengthen relationships, grow the business and remain relevant in a very crowded marketplace. Today’s advancements in technology and the evolution of how shoppers prefer to buy goods and interact with services has changed dramatically.

The rise of omni-channel has pushed brands to operate across digital and mobile channels,...

How Starbucks is looking to dark social for greater engagement – and how you can do the same

In the marketing world, the phrase “dark social” has sometimes been used as a threat or a warning. Many see it as impenetrable and too difficult to evaluate ROI from. But it’s a topic that has only become increasingly timely after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s planned pivot from a public-facing platform into one built on private messaging.

How to increase demand generation through your website: Optimise throughout the customer journey

In an age of digital marketing with social media, marketing automation, email marketing and CRM, marketers often forget that their website remains the most important of their digital assets.

Research by SiriusDecisions shows that both sales and marketing underestimate the importance of the website as a communication channel at key stages of the sales cycle. The research shows that marketers and...

By Sylvia Jensen, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Boosting business competitiveness with behaviour-based marketing: A guide

We all recognise how significantly technology and the internet specifically have changed our lives. As consumers we live by the mantra faster, easier, more. We can book our holidays, manage our finances and socialise with friends and family all over the world from anywhere with a strong Wi-Fi or 4G/5G signal on any one of our multiple devices.

This same attitude has spilled over into our business lives, especially when it...

By Jon Clarke, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

When it comes to AI for marketers – less haste means more speed

AI is one of the most exciting innovations in the ad industry. Not a day goes by without a new story about the latest AI product, what the tech can do, and where it’s set to go. And the promises aren’t just limited to our industry alone – AI is set to revolutionise the world we live in.

Given the boundless opportunities, it’s tempting to jump in right at the deep end and pick the glitziest AI solution...

Getting big data with your Big Mac: McDonald’s acquires personalisation firm Dynamic Yield

McDonald’s is moving into greater personalised customer experiences and automation with the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Dynamic Yield.

The company, which offers a platform analysing data around recommendations, personalisation and targeting and behavioural messaging among others, said it was ‘thrilled’ to join McDonald’s and play a ‘critical role’ in the fast food chain’s digital transformation...