What to expect from the advertising industry in 2019: Contextual, converged, and more

With 2019 already underway, we’ve wrapped up what’s been a transformative year for adland. Technology continues to develop at the speed of light, while significant policy changes have earned our industry a spot in the media limelight – not to mention the business break ups and make ups as the market continues to consolidate.

There’s no doubt that 2019 will come with its own raft of trends – here’s what...

By Oli Knight, 02 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Marketers - next year, don’t over target your audience

‘Tis the season to be jolly—not least because conference season is winding down, affording us all a break from interminable discussions about how great programmatic is if only it’d work. There will be many New Year’s resolutions pieces for marketers to digest, of course, but I’d like to offer a counterintuitive one. Next year, brands and agencies should commit to respecting their audiences to build better relationships.

In the realm of digital advertising and marketing...

By Cristina Constandache, 21 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Make solving data fragmentation key for 2019 to deliver a greater customer experience

What do marketers need to do in 2019 to deliver a better customer experience? According to a new industry report, it’s all about ensuring the possibility of conversion at any point in the customer journey.

The study from advertising platform provider Criteo, which polled more than 900 direct response marketers, found – to the surprise of not many – a plethora of applications and accounts marketers have to...

Can social insights truly improve the accuracy of media planning and buying?

You may have encountered the term ‘social listening’ a number of times in your career to date. The practice of monitoring online conversations about brands, products or industries has generally been met with ambiguity – to the point where Dr Jillian Ney has called for the creation of a global steering group for social data handling....

By Anna Kennedy, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

A marriage made in heaven: Why brands and retailers can work things out

Brands versus retailers – a battle that has rumbled on throughout the ages. They’ve competed for our attention, money and loyalty from the High Street boom of the 1860s through to the golden age of the 1960s. The contest is even more magnified now in the digital age with the internet playing host to online discount retailers as consumers look for the cheapest bargains, fuelled by the rise of price comparison sites.

Retailers embrace shopping...

By Steve Martin, 12 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why it’s time to stop the scaremongering and tell the whole story on data

At the end of October, enforcement action was taken against French start-up, Vectaury, by the French Data Protection Authority, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL). The news, both accurately and inaccurately reported, has spread like wildfire – causing negative repercussions for many data handlers and the IAB; raising concerns over its data consent framework.

Whilst it has been...

By David Snocken, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing.

Yannic Pluymackers, CMO, Lastminute.com: On management and creating moments for users

You don’t have to be a data scientist to be a CMO these days, but it helps.

That might be stretching the idiom a bit – but a data-centric background certainly hasn’t hindered Yannic Pluymackers. The chief marketing officer of Lastminute.com for more than two years – while admitting he is no data scientist himself – studied economics and statistics at university, and feels being conversant in these disciplines is...

A marketer’s dilemma: Overcoming the challenges of the data disconnect

Few businesses can thrive without using their data effectively these days — and in marketing, data is particularly foundational. Despite its importance, that doesn’t mean the process of gathering and using this information is easy or simple (few things ever are) and it’s certainly not fail-proof. There’s always room for human error.

When collected and analysed effectively, data delivers insights that...

By Kristin Hambleton, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Improving CX strategies: Get the balance right between technological and staff investment

Get the customer experience right, and the rest will follow, according to a new report from Engage Hub.

The study, put together alongside Sapio Research and which polled 100 UK-based customer engagement decision makers, argued organisations see customer experience as more important than even profit and revenue growth going forward. 36% of those polled said CX was the top business objective, compared with 34% for net profit and...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The five tenets of clean data: Preparing chatbot data for marketing personalisation

Organisations are already using live web chat – and increasingly chatbots – as a critical sales and customer support channel. Gartner says over 80% of companies offer some form of live chat on their website or mobile applications in order to interact with customers, and the chatbot market is likely to grow to $994 million by 2024

Transforming customer experience into an actionable marketing strategy: A guide

The workforce as we know it is changing and companies must be ready to adapt to fast change as we become ever more tech-centric. However, despite the digital noise there is one element that will always remain a constant requirement for success; delivering an excellent customer experience (CX) and maintaining a well-received brand image.

In our highly connected 'always on' digital world, CX...

By Michael FitzGerald, 12 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Web Analytics.

Could machine learning provide the key to measuring a customer journey?

Customer journeys help to increase positive results in all customer related KPIs, but in large enterprises and public organisations, the rule is if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.  How do we measure commitment to a brand and products – and how do we score KPIs that need to be improved upon?

A recent report by McKinsey indicates that customer journeys are 30% more...

By Jean Belanger, 08 November 2018, 3 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Why are marketers still breaking the first rule of marketing?

Now that the end of the year is in sight, many marketers will look back and review the flurry of activity that was 2018. GDPR. Fighting for budget. New platforms. Avoiding potential crises. Metrics. More metrics. 

It’s been a busy year – and for that reason, it’s arguably forgivable that the majority of digital marketers today are still breaking the very first rule of marketing: build the...

By Elliott Clayton, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

Exploring the untapped opportunity of the 'transaction moment'

There is no question that reaching today’s digital-first audience requires a powerful online presence. So it makes sense that digital takes a sizeable 38% share of advertising spend worldwide, equal to $220 billion. But the problem is: it’s not working.

A recent study found that global marketers feel a quarter (26%) of spend will fuel ineffective channels and strategies this year, and 20% of those in the UK are...

By Geoff Smith, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

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.

US telco giant Sprint sells mobile ad arm to InMobi

US telecoms firm Sprint has sold Pinsight Media, its mobile and data advertising company, to Indian-headquartered martech group InMobi.

The all-stock deal, the terms of which weren’t confirmed, comes as the carrier awaits approval from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to merge with T-Mobile.

According to a statement by InMobi, Pinsight works by partnering with leading US telcos and using their data to...

By Mark Jones, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Why context, timing and relevance is key to B2B lead gen success

The B2B sector has changed dramatically over the last few years.

More specifically, the buying behaviours of the industry have changed, largely due to the amount of information that is available about products and services, and the ease of accessing that information. What this means for the B2B marketer is that it is becoming more difficult to engage with the right prospects— and by extension, grow market share.

Add compliance issues, such as GDPR, in the mix and the risk involved in misusing (or...

By Jon Clarke, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Demographics are so pre-GDPR, but that doesn't mean the end of contextual advertising

The unthinkable has happened. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has culminated in Facebook being slapped with a fine to the tune of £500k – the maximum possible under the pre-GDPR Data Protection Act. For Zuck the mighty tech deity, the chickens have truly come home to roost. Or have they? Zuckerberg probably made more than that in the time it has taken to read this sentence…

But should GDPR...

By Emma Lacey, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.