How to turn reviews into revenue: Making the most of positive customer feedback

The rise of online communities, peer review sites and social media has forever changed the impact of the customer voice. Customer feedback has evolved from something owned and managed by customer service teams to a force that influences every department across an organisation: product, HR, finance, IT, and marketing.

Marketing agencies are experiencing this shift more acutely than most as often, in these types of companies,...

By Alain Mevellec, 05 November 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Brian Solis: On CMO pressure, nailing customer journey touchpoints and the rise of Influence 2.0

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, explains why the role of the chief marketing officer is one of the most stressful in any forward-facing organisation. “The customer has dramatically changed; they’ve been dramatically much more connected, informed and empowered,” he tells MarketingTech. “Technology in marketing in general – you have cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning now, all these different things you have to simultaneously...

Winning hearts, minds and money - in that order: The full B2B customer journey

Those of us who work in B2B businesses understand that when a customer discovers your brand, it’s just the beginning of a long road to a sale. According to Marketo, 96 percent of people who visit B2B websites aren’t ready to make a purchase -- at least not yet. At that point, potential buyers have only begun their long and intensive research processes, and will not respond...

By Paul Heald, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

If you want to start a loyalty program – avoid these six common mistakes

Starting a loyalty program can lend a major boost to your customer retention efforts — and your bottom line. But it’s a complex undertaking that demands time, strategic thinking and teamwork. To make sure your efforts pay off, get started on the right foot by avoiding these six common loyalty program mistakes. 

Mistake 1: Thinking all loyalty technology providers are the same

When it comes to loyalty platform vendors, one size does not fit all. Besides basic differences like price and...

By Sandra Gudat, 26 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

B2B marketing: It’s time to talk to people, not companies

Over the past decade, the emergence of the digital age has meant that technology has invaded all aspects of our lives — and marketing is no exception. Big data, artificial intelligence, and rapid innovation mean that change is constant, and yet at the same time, we are also experiencing a back-to-basics approach in human-centric thinking.

B2B products and services have a reputation for being boring and hard to understand, and traditional marketing efforts haven’t done much to change this. Now,...

By Joyce Solano, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Customer Experience.

Brands are wrestling with personalisation, more than any other marketing tactic

Achieving a fully-personalised customer experience is something today’s marketing professionals dream about, where each customer feels the brand knows them and can anticipate their every need.

Get that right, and sales and loyalty will follow.

But while personalisation is at (or very close to) the top of the digital marketer’s priority list, it’s not proving easy to implement. In fact, a report by...

By Mark Jones, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Amazon first port of call for nearly half of online shoppers

The brand website is “losing importance” as a source of information for today’s shopper. Instead, Amazon now dominates as the first port of call.

In a report highlighting the retail giant’s growing monopoly in the world of e-commerce - if that were needed - inRiver surveyed some 6,000 consumers across Europe and found that just one in ten (11 percent) of shoppers will head to a brand’s website in the initial stage of purchase. Just 28 percent turned to a search engine.

Instead,...

By Mark Jones, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Search Marketing.

Boost your company’s bottom line with secondary revenue streams

For marketing leaders, it’s essential to demonstrate commercial acumen, by having an awareness and understanding of not only your role and department but that of the wider business and its financial growth.

Particularly in the world of retail, which is continually evolving, marketers are hard-pressed to keep up with what their customers what, need and desire. Although competitive pricing and irresistible offers can...

By Richard Piper, 17 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Customer comms giant Twilio to acquire SendGrid for $2bn

Twilio has entered into an agreement to acquire email API platform SendGrid in a $2bn (£1.82bn) bid to build out its leading Platform-as-a-Service, which virtualises the world’s telecoms infrastructure through APIs.

Used by more than 40K companies globally such as Airbnb and Netflix, Twilio lets software developers add capabilities such as voice, video, chat and messaging into their applications, backed by a “Super Network” connecting communications networks around the world.

With the...

By Mark Jones, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Email marketing, Marketing Cloud.

Where will technology take us – and what role will be play in the creation of our own future at work?

There is a point of time somewhere around 2045, according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, when our lives will be profoundly and irrevocably changed. At this point, computers, or rather AI, will surpass humans as the smartest kids on the block – a super AI intelligence that has long since passed the Turing test (when a human is unable to distinguish a...

By Max Eaglen, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Why retail marketers should sideline AR and VR technology, at least for a while

Marketers are always on the hunt for the latest in innovative tech in a quest to snare prospective customers with the wow-factor.

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two such technologies touted as the next to revolutionise the retail landscape, however, a new study by Censuswide and payments provider Klarna suggests customers don’t share the same enthusiasm.

Interviewing 2,000 shoppers, the study revealed that four in five had no interest in these technologies, suggesting that marketers...

By Mark Jones, 11 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, M-Commerce.

Improving the buyer journey by cutting through the noise

No matter where they are in their journey, buyers have access to more information than ever before. While companies think that providing more content is helpful, buyers can find it overwhelming.

For this reason, buyers find it easier to put off a buying decision rather than make one. In order to differentiate from market competitors, organisations need to provide prospects with exactly the right content, at the right time, in a...

By Matt Suggs, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Adobe reveals Magento integrations following acquistion this year

Less than six months after acquiring for $1.7bn, Adobe has announced the first integration of Magento, outlining ambitions to “make every experience shoppable”.  

The announcement was made at Magento Live Europe in Barcelona, where Adobe’s senior VP of commerce, Mark Lavelle (formerly Magento CEO), explained the goal behind the cloud-to-cloud integrations: “Consumers expect every interaction with a brand to be contextual, intuitive and meaningful, but...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Customer retention: How relevance trumps loyalty

Most loyalty programs fail to make the mark as they lack value proposition. According to a recent study, 71% of consumers claim loyalty incentive programs don’t make them loyal. That happens because brands fail to adapt to the rapidly changing digital landscape.

That’s why the next generation of consumers is more interested in relevance. It will be the...

By Manish Dudharejia, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Customer Experience.

Five ways to ensure data capture strategies don’t ruin your CX

The wave of GDPR panic that overwhelmed many digital marketers at the start of the year, has been cited as the reason why UX – and therefore the resulting customer experience (CX) – seems to have gone out of the window for many brands. For others, it is the hunger for leads that has made it almost impossible to navigate some websites without encountering a wall of data capture forms that prevent any action whatsoever.

By Adam Oldfield, 08 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to build brand loyalty in the age of 'hyper personalisation'

Consumers have more power over brands than ever before. Social media gives them the ability to openly scrutinise or share their great experiences directly with a mass audience, while online shopping means brands are in an ongoing battle to cut prices, hold user attention, deliver products quickly and ultimately stay relevant to keep consumers loyal.

Consumers also expect a lot more from brands. We’ve become accustomed to recommendations from companies like Amazon, who have changed consumer expectations...

By Ofri Ben Porat, 03 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

How close are you to a fully personalised customer experience?

Personalisation is a necessary component of customer experience in today’s environment. Providing individualised experiences promises to drive sales and increase loyalty by making each customer feel as if the brand knows them and can anticipate their needs.

Yet many companies still struggle to get this right. What can you do to ensure that your...

By Evanna Kearins, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

How to master a marketing communications audit

You spend valuable time and money crafting your marketing messages, but do you really know what your company is saying? Sometimes the message you think you’re sending isn’t always the one that’s being received. It's important to occasionally take a step back and conduct an in-depth audit of your customer communications plan — particularly where loyalty is concerned — to ensure you’re sending out a cohesive message that upholds your brand...

By Sandra Gudat, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.