The harm of social media validation: A question of responsibility and protecting the vulnerable

Humans have an innate desire to be liked by peers and to feel a sense of belonging — and nowhere is this more prevalent than social media. The more likes, comments, and shares a post gets, the more socially validated the poster feels.

In fact, studies show that just these online reactions...

Why brands need to drill into data to cure customer loyalty decay

It’s not uncommon for a brand to roll out a customer loyalty programme to strengthen relationships, grow the business and remain relevant in a very crowded marketplace. Today’s advancements in technology and the evolution of how shoppers prefer to buy goods and interact with services has changed dramatically.

The rise of omni-channel has pushed brands to operate across digital and mobile channels,...

FMCG goes direct-to-consumer – but don’t expect a Tony the Tiger Facebook page any time soon

Opinion Last month Kellogg’s – joining a host of established FMCG brands – launched a new foray into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) market as it hired a new director of eCommerce platforms.

I would be surprised if this news made any jaws drop (except maybe

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...

Getting big data with your Big Mac: McDonald’s acquires personalisation firm Dynamic Yield

McDonald’s is moving into greater personalised customer experiences and automation with the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Dynamic Yield.

The company, which offers a platform analysing data around recommendations, personalisation and targeting and behavioural messaging among others, said it was ‘thrilled’ to join McDonald’s and play a ‘critical role’ in the fast food chain’s digital transformation...

New research explores increasing importance of dark social in content engagement

As more and more users prefer to share content through private messaging apps, the question for marketers is – how can you get the most out of ‘dark social’?

A new study from We Are Social, alongside market research firm GlobalWebIndex, found Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram’s direct messaging functionality were the most popular private messaging platforms. Of the more than 3,000 internet...

Exploring the state of small business advertising in 2019: Tangible trends without the ‘millennial’ hook

Settle down, one and all, for yet another piece of research which aims to study the habits of millennials, the mythical catch-all marketing category. Yes, someone who was born when Joe Dolce topped the UK charts is part of the same group as someone born when the Spice Girls hit the summit with Wannabe. But can this latest study tell us anything aside from tiresome platitudes?

In this instance, yes – but you have to look away from the...

More than half of retailers look to utilise Internet of Things in next three years, report claims

A new report released by Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has argued that in order to offer customers a unique personalised shopping experience in every retail channel, stores must blend physical and digital strategies – including the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR).

Customers are interested in trying new technologies if they find improvement in their in-store shopping experience, the report notes. The...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

How businesses can enhance the customer experience through digital to stay ahead of the curve

Retail has witnessed significant change in recent years as the overlap between online and in-store continues to blur. The competition has intensified as technology has created new opportunities for innovators and the overall retail landscape is now more unpredictable than ever before.

Consumers drive the charge behind technological innovation in the British retail sector; indeed, according to the ONS, the average weekly...

By Anshuman Singh, 28 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Why 2019 will be the year that advertisers successfully adopt digital personalisation

As an industry we’ve long discussed the exciting promise of combining data, with adtech and creative possibilities, to enhance the experience of digital advertising. Although frequently discussed, dynamic creative optimisation (DCO) is yet to fulfil the promise of large-scale, relevant digital communications, meanwhile technology has progressed to differentiate between ‘personalisation’ and ‘dynamic...

Helping the CMO deliver creative personalisation at scale: A guide

Data-driven personalisation at scale is not a new concept – it is a fundamental part of programmatic – yet consumers still frequently find themselves bombarded with irrelevant and untargeted ads.

While data-driven thinking is increasingly being applied to the audience and media components of the programmatic equation, it is still in the early stages on the creative side. In fact, a recent study reveals a massive...

By John Mruz, 08 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

The best of MarketingTech in 2018 – and what 2019 has in store for digital marketing

2018 has certainly been an interesting year both for the digital marketing industry and those at the front line. The exciting part – or terrifying, depending on where you stand – is that it is only going to get bigger, with WARC estimating in September that martech spend was at $100 billion globally.

Here, we take a...

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

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.

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.