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.

What CMOs need to address today to protect their digital marketing efforts

Digital brings vast opportunities for CMOs to reach consumers anytime, anywhere, on a variety of devices and channels. But continuous evolution and innovation makes digital a fast-moving landscape, creating a plethora of challenges from technological understanding and financial accountability, to tackling hot topic issues such as, ad fraud and brand safety.

The rapid rise of digital has put CMOs on a steep learning curve and some are struggling to keep up...

By Victoria Chappell, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, CMO, Data-driven marketing.

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.

Six killer marketing metrics that really matter: Segmentation and engagement

The life of a digital marketer is rarely straightforward. Whilst other communicators may perhaps argue it’s easier for their digital peers to evidence ROI, those within the world of email marketing, for instance, may be quick to defend their position. Because yes, they have a wealth of metrics at their fingertips, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Death by data anyone?

Focusing only on open and click...

By Adam Oldfield, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data-driven marketing, Email marketing, S-Commerce, Search 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...

Why cleaning your brand’s data is to key to improving accuracy and relevance

The goal of marketers is to provide customers with an outstanding experience that delights at every touchpoint and exceptional enough to ensure each individual’s journey ends with a purchase. But sometimes, we find that even when marketers think they are putting their best foot forward, some customers never respond.

Are brand marketers missing the mark? Or is their brand’s poor data-keeping practices...

By Grant Coleman, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Branding, Data-driven marketing.

Embracing marketing creativity through collaboration: Partnerships for retail and data

Companies struggle to know their customers. This is the harsh reality for all marketers. Achieving a full view of their customers’ data is almost impossible especially when analysed in isolation. So how can brand-side marketers collaborate with retailers to bring creativity to the table and make the most of multiple sets of data?

The current challenge for brands that interact with a...

By Steve Martin, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The four-part plan for 'hiring' the perfect AI customer service agent

The interview with a customer service applicant is underway. After looking at skills and background, it's time to determine whether the applicant will be a good fit. You’ve conducted hundreds of interviews before, but this one’s a little different — you're interviewing an agent that could handle thousands of conversations simultaneously and respond to customers in a personal way, without delay.

By Fang Cheng, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

What are the real effects of data breaches on consumer trust?

Numerous high-profile data breaches have made customers question their trust in brands in recent months and years. Although the costs associated with regulatory fines and lawsuits following a data breach can be severe, perhaps no effect is quite as long-lasting or harmful as the loss of consumer confidence that accompanies these breaches.

Consumer trust is not built, nor can be earned back,...

By Marty Greenlow, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Salesforce and Oracle show off more AI-flavoured goodies around service and finance respectively

Salesforce and Oracle have been wiggling their proverbial tails and showing off a bit of plumage in an attempt to woo potential customers with their latest AI-flavoured offerings.

Salesforce has announced an extension to its Service Cloud Einstein AI product set. New use cases include reply recommendations, using natural language processing to suggest the best responses to agents over chat and messaging, article recommendations,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The 2019 data outlook sees spending rocket and multi-channel key amid regulatory concerns

Data spending continues to go up - but getting fresh, gleaming, actionable insights remains a challenge. According to a new survey published by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), organisations are looking to multi-channel to create those harmonious experiences users will love.

The study, which polled 105 professionals focused across marketing service providers, developers and publishers, found cross-channel campaign measurement and attribution - cited by 57.3% of those polled - was a top priority, as...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Web Analytics.

Barclays: Agencies need to evolve as digital marketing spend rises – but don’t get too close to the behemoths

Digital advertising spend in the UK is set to beat £15 billion in 2019 – but we’ll still have to wait a while before commercial applications of machine learning and augmented reality (AR) will seriously bolster the figures.

That’s the primary finding from Barclays in its latest report. Titled ‘Adtech ascendancy: The next wave of digitalisation in marketing’, the study focused on various...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Why content creation is nearing a tipping point – and what you can do about it

Content creation is nearing a point where a machine-first approach is becoming a reality. This is largely due to the fact that going global has never been more important for companies, yet despite the opportunity that comes with accessing untapped markets and driving exposure in unchartered territories, expansion overseas is not without its challenges.

Deloitte Private recently launched its first

By Peggy Chen, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

AI and automation in marketing: The role for knowledge management

In 2018, companies invested in chatbots and self-service technologies to help their helpdesks manage the volume of customer requests they were experiencing – according to research by Forrester, 46 per cent of enterprises were investing in AI for sales and marketing, followed by 40 per cent for their customer service teams. However, these investments were typically aimed at filled specific gaps in the customer interaction, rather than being part of wider strategies...

By Simon Johnson, 28 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The benefits of aligning your business around the customer engagement life cycle

Your customers are engaging with you in every possible way — through social media, by email, in person, and even through online reviews. But just because a customer is trying to interact with you doesn’t mean you’re connecting with her in the way she'd prefer. For example, while over 50% of customers expect companies to reply to their online reviews within...

By Severine Griziaux, 21 February 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Case Studies, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Mobile marketers seeing ‘significant’ gains in data initiatives and investments

If you’re a mobile marketer and not putting a laser focus on data-driven campaigns, then where have you been? According to new figures from marketing platform YouAppi, almost all mobile marketers have increased focus and investment on data over the past five years – with the vast majority seeing improvements as a result.

The study, which polled more than 500 global in-house and agency marketers, found an...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Predict the future then act upon it: 10 ways AI is transforming sales

In the world of commerce, AI has grown to become a useful and vital tool. One area of business where AI is having the most immediate effect is sales. Traditionally a skillset that relies on human interaction and persuasion, it is being gradually transformed by technology. According to the 2018 State of Sales Report, by Salesforce, UK sales leaders anticipate AI adoption in their industry to grow by 155% by 2020. But how exactly is AI transforming sales?

By James Isilay, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Effective email marketing for millennials: How to make the most of the opportunity

Millennials are a top priority for marketing teams. Their long-term spending potential makes them a valuable target, with World Data Lab revealing that global millennial spending power is set to overtake its preceding generation X by 2020. It’s subsequently unsurprising that marketers are recognising the importance of catching...

By Guy Hanson, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Data-driven marketing, Email marketing.