Safeguarding brand value: Why brands should take a data-first approach to audience integrity

2019 has been another important year for influencer marketing, as more and more brands wake up to the advantages of using influencer marketing to connect with their customers and drive business.

According to a recent study, the spend on influencer marketing is expected to reach $15 billion by 2022. The combination of an increasingly sophisticated consumer pool, massive upsurge in social media consumption and the rise in ad blockers that has made traditional advertising progressively difficult. Step forward...

It’s crunch time for cookie bashers: Why we need cookies to protect the open Internet

Cookies came onto the scene in the mid 90s, and, like most millennials, they’re a little misunderstood. But this time, it’s got nothing to do with avocado toast.

For many of us, the word ‘cookie’ has become a bit of a byword for peskiness – associated with annoying ads and relentless targeting, not to mention clumsy permission-based puns (guilty as charged.) This...

By Joel Livesey, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Publishing.

NetBase: On using social listening and influencer marketing to ‘get more with less’ for campaigns

When the concept of social listening platforms first came about, it was that rarest of things in martech: a ‘solution’ which actually solved people’s problems. As data created on the social web reached ever-increasing levels, this made sense – but what’s more, being able to take this data and create insights from it was the real jam in the sandwich.

Gartner’s latest report reveals the top three barriers to marketing innovation

There are three major hurdles in marketing innovation: risk-aversion, limited talent, and an inability to measure impact, according to Gartner's latest ‘Brand Strategy and Innovation Survey 2019’ report.

According to the report, the field of marketing still lags behind in terms of innovation despite commanding 16% of marketing budgets and maturing as a core discipline. It points out measurement as the major issue to new innovation.

Gartner for Marketers Practice senior research...

By Marketing Tech, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Is data-driven marketing in rude health? Why CMO opinion may not tell the full story

The annual Gartner CMO Spend Survey isn’t just about marketing spending. While this survey digs into the budget and financial priorities of chief marketing officers (CMOs) across a range of industries and geographies, it does much more than that. The survey seeks to understand the capabilities that CMOs define as vital to the delivery of their strategies and how they define and measure success.  

In the

By Ewan McIntyre, 11 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CMO, Data-driven marketing.

How personalisation will look in 2020: What do marketers need to do now?

Personalisation has long been a ‘fantasy’ most marketers indulge in where they’re able to directly interact with individual consumers, whilst controlling the context and timing of the content that’s delivered.

But as technology has improved – and data has become easier to generate – what might’ve been somewhat of an illusion before, is in fact now more real for marketers.

By Jonathan Thirkill, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Starbucks flips the equation with Deep Brew – by using AI for a more humanised customer experience

Starbucks has been making noise about its artificial intelligence (AI) projects of late – and specifically how they can be applied into marketing and customer experience activities.

Speaking to analysts following the company’s Q4 2019 earnings release at the end of last month, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson noted how Deep Brew, an initiative focused on the coffee house’s AI investments, is taking shape.

The importance of becoming a ‘unifier’ CMO – and building relationships in the C-suite

There has arguably never been a better time to be a CMO. After years of defining marketing primarily as the “brand” or “advertising” arm of the business, many CEOs now regard it as an investment and rely on it to drive growth. To deliver on that growth expectation, CMOs need to form bonds with other members of the C-suite. Cross-functional collaboration is essential. 

By Biljana Cvetanovski, 31 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why voice search is where the puck is going for digital

Continually riding the wave of the next ‘big thing’ in social media is certainly a roller coaster ride, and we are now on the cusp of another major change. Voice search has been growing in popularity and is starting to have a transformational impact on the way marketers can influence people to know, like, trust, and eventually buy from a specific brand.

Today’s social media landscape is driven by text and images but this is already shifting as an increasing...

It’s finally time to ditch the vanity metrics – and focus on these measurements instead

Today’s marketers have oceans of data at their disposal that they can use to track a nearly endless array of metrics to measure performance. Being able to eliminate assumptions and objectively evaluate campaigns is something marketers have always wanted. If they’re going to use data effectively, however, they need to acknowledge that not all metrics are created equal.

Vanity metrics are...

Salesforce explores the rise of the connected shopper – and what retailers need to do

Retail continues to be an area where the consumer is king. Engagement channels are changing, tech-enabled customer experience has never been more vital, and the battle between traditional retail and online marketplaces is well and truly joined.

Salesforce’s latest Connected Shoppers Report aimed to explore the relationship between bricks-and-mortar and digital retailers – and found that while the former still has its...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, M-Commerce.

MuleSoft notes how the ‘coherence economy’ can salvage disconnected customer experiences

It is the mantra of all marketing professionals and the reason they get up and go to work each day: to build the greatest customer journeys they can. This is naturally easier said than done; depending on where your organisation is on its path you may have to knock down a series of silos before you can embark on the path of building seamless customer experiences.

Yet a new report argues this process is going slower than many...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

A whirlwind of emotions: The impact of consumer emotional states on search

Humans are not always wholly rational beings. That is not to infer that we are irrational, but simply that not every decision is based on a set of practical, logical steps. Often, our current emotional state has a huge part to play in how we behave at any given time. 

For marketers it is important to understand that many external influences can impact a potential customer’s emotional...

How digital continues to influence brand strategy in the travel industry

The travel industry is booming. As of February 2019, it was the second-fastest growing sector in the world, ahead of healthcare, information technology and financial services. There are a number of reasons for this. Millennials are growing in purchasing power—by 2020 their spending in the US alone will total $1.4 trillion annually—and already they spend $5,000 more per year on holidays than any other generation. They also take around 35 days of holiday per year on average....

Why CMOs can show the route to a unified data approach within professional services firms

Business practices completely based on precedent can no longer be relied on with today’s market dynamics. The professional services landscape is increasingly client-centric, meaning organisations need to constantly evaluate their business models, leverage the data at their disposal and prioritise effective collaboration to remain competitive.

By Darryl Cross, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

For consumer choice paralysis, conversational commerce may be the answer

Regardless of industry, consumers today are faced with an overwhelming array of choice while shopping. When faced with so many options, most consumers fall victim to ‘choice paralysis’, which describes the moment when we are faced with more possibilities than we can easily comprehend.

This phenomenon results in low purchase decision confidence and frustration - and in the worst case - feeling unable to make a decision, meaning no action is taken at all. For brands and retailers choice paralysis...

By Chris Baldwin, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Is pre-emptive shopping the next step in personalised eCommerce?

In the age of the customer, personalisation is a more pressing need than ever before. In the age of data, it’s becoming increasingly possible to feed that need. Indeed, data-led personalisation is one of the hottest trends in ecommerce.

But are we getting ahead of ourselves? A new wave of customer-led personalisation known as pre-emptive shopping suggests so.

By Howard Williams, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Artificial intelligence can bring marketing and sales closer together – and improve the buyer experience

B2B buyers’ purchasing criteria are changing and their expectations are now higher than ever before. As the B2B sales cycle gets longer and more complex, sales and marketing need to be more strategic in how they approach, persuade and nurture their prospects and customers. Whilst having a great product at the right price point is certainly important, it doesn’t guarantee success and today’s buyers are looking for more than just a one-stop-shop sales pitch.

By Jim Preston, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Does real-time marketing need to take an alternative route?

My role at Waze has seen me speak to hundreds of brands and agencies about how to reach drivers when they’re on the move. Increasingly, questions have centred around data and how targeted advertisers can be in reaching drivers.

As the sheer number of ads we experience on many of the services we use every day has increased - often at the detriment of the user experience - the mobile advertising industry has also had to consider the ethical implications of using...