How ‘digitally mature’ retailers can stand the test of a digital-first marketplace

Let me start by defining ‘digitally mature’ retailers. They have a solid commerce platform that enables new and existing customers to easily find products on the device of their choice – and ensures that promises regarding delivery, pricing and availability can be consistently met. But the advantages of this type of platform are huge for business intelligence. It allows a business to collect insightful customer data, process it faster and adapt to meet...

By Mark Bennigsen, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Solving the CRM headache with AI: Finding the missing pieces of the data puzzle

CRM has the potential to be an extremely useful tool for sales teams. It has transformed the way businesses store their data, interact with customers and prospects, and forecast growth. However, it has also presented sales reps with the headache of manually collecting all the data.

This is a mundane and often neglected task that has resulted in organisations having incomplete and broken data in their CRM systems and a massive...

By Oleg Rogynskyy, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, CRM, Data-driven marketing.

Selling with a plan: Bridging the gap between customer experience and expectations

Despite the paradigm shift that CRM brought to the world of sales, enterprises are still struggling with failure rates wildly disproportionate to the sales teams’ talent and hard work.

Customers and prospects today are smart, data savvy and very well informed before they even speak to a salesperson. This makes them more educated and demanding than ever before. However sales teams are having a hard time adapting to the needs of the digital era: many still tend to approach customers and prospects without...

By Nigel Cullington, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to build the best martech stack for data-driven marketing: A guide

20 years ago, when Salesforce launched its SaaS CRM platform, times were simpler. The majority of customer relationships were managed by a single sales team who manually added their (copious) customer notes to the CRM. 

We’ve since evolved to a multi-channel world, where customers engage with brands across everything from mobile to social media. The sales team’s input into a CRM platform no longer captures the whole customer relationship and doesn’t give marketers what they need to...

By Tido Carriero, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Big Data, CRM, Customer Experience.

Salesforce dives into blockchain with low-code CRM offering

Salesforce has announced the launch of Salesforce Blockchain, a CRM product which aims to let users share verified, distributed data sets across a network of partners and third parties.

The low-code offering, aimed at developers working on the Lightning platform, has its theory in exploring how CRM can extend beyond direct customer relationships to creating business models around ecosystems. The blockchain technology is used...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

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.

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.

Moving from AI to ‘applied intelligence’ to identify revenue sources and deliver business value

As companies increasingly adopt CRM technology and improve their data governance, they now have more customer and prospect data than ever before. They have reams of sales and marketing metrics. Yet in the post-GDPR era, with plummeting data confidence, growing numbers now admit the sales funnel is broken.

With a challenging economic climate and Brexit looming, it is not poor products or services...

By James Isilay, 22 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Automation, CRM.

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.

The era of fluidity: How to achieve genuine customer-centricity in a post-CRM world

We’re in the era of fluidity. As the Experience Economy has exploded, there has been a seismic shift in the power base from brands to customers and, with that, a series of dramatic changes in how we enable brands to successfully bond with people. We must now meet emotional, tangible and functional needs seamlessly in every, and any touchpoint the customer desires.

Accompanying this change is a raft of continually emerging technology solutions that can be utilised to plan and deliver the highly connected...

By Andrew Smith, 31 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM.

The top trends shaping CRM in 2018

The concept of CRM has shifted over the years from a Rolodex of business cards to a digital sales contact management system to its current incarnation as a fully-realised sales and marketing enablement solution. But as markets grow and fragment, and consumer behaviours and technologies evolve at a rapid pace, CRM must keep up with those changes in order to remain valuable to sales-driven organisations.

So what will CRM look...

By Dimitri Akhrin, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Will the SaaS revolution stifle digital marketing innovation?

It’s a common perception that software as a service (SaaS) now drives digital industry innovation.

Companies like Salesforce, MailChimp, Kenshoo, Marin and Impact ushered in SaaS revolutions in their respective industries by introducing new technology and pricing models. But some people question, will SaaS really be good for digital innovation over the next decade?

The growth and popularity of SaaS...

By Anthony Clements, 07 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data-driven marketing, Marketing Cloud.

CRM software giant Salesforce appoints Keith Block as co-CEO

Enterprise software giant Salesforce has promoted its former chief operating officer, Keith Block, to the role of co-CEO.

Reporting directly to the board and working alongside the cloud CRM specialist’s founder and CEO, Marc Benioff, who will remain chairman, Block’s move puts Salesforce in a very small camp of co-led companies which, funnily enough, includes rival Oracle - where the two originally met.

Block has served as the company’s vice chairman, president and director since joining in...

By Mark Jones, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, CRM, Data-driven marketing.

Salesforce snaps up Israeli cloud-based AI group Datorama for $800m

Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Israel-based Datorama, a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) company.

While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, reports suggest the deal could be worth approximately $800m (£602m), as the US sales and marketing cloud tech giant looks to keep pace with rivals such as Adobe and Oracle.

Datorama enables more than 3,000 leading global agencies and brands - including PepsiCo, Ticketmaster, Trivago, Unilever, Pernod Ricard and Foursquare, make sense of...

By Mark Jones, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, CRM, Customer Experience, Data Science.

How many marketers truly understand the customer journey – and if not, how can you quickly?

It may be a popular buzz-phrase but how many marketers have really got their heads around the role – and components – of a savvy customer journey, and what’s the answer to getting up and running if they’re a little behind?

‘Customer experience’ (CX) is without a doubt the most important phrase for anyone responsible for an organisation's service levels. And in the world of marketing, the phrase 'customer journey' should be just as pivotal.

A mechanism to ensure...

By Andy McCaul, 29 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Nine in 10 marketers admit their marketing automation is not up to scratch

For all the talk of marketing automation software’s power to streamline menial tasks, it seems few marketers are actually getting it right.

In fact, a survey by GetResponse and SmartInsights on the activities of 585 marketers across B2C and B2B firms, spanning 19 industries, found that less than one in 10 (8%) considered their use of marketing automation software to be meeting a high rate of effectiveness, while 28% rated their expertise with the software ‘basic’.

A further 19%, meanwhile,...

By Mark Jones, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, CRM, Email marketing.

Salesforce and Google ramp up data sharing partnership for CRM marketing

Following integration between their CRM and analytics products late last year, Salesforce and Google have announced that they will now share data between Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360.

The tie-in between the two cloud-based products, which is already in trial with brands including Ticketmaster, would allow Salesforce customers to access insights from both platforms to build highly-personalised and reactive campaigns based on cross-channel insights.

Speaking to TechCrunch,...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Marketing Cloud, Personalised Marketing, Web Analytics.