Two-thirds of organisations plan to up spend on martech, but struggling to keep pace

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of marketing organisations plan to up their spend on martech in the next year while just 5% intend to curb it, according to Walker Sands State of Martech Report 2018.

Right now, though, they’re struggling to keep up.

According to the report, based on responses from 300 marketers of varying company size, level and experience, martech certainly doesn’t suffer from a lack of interest of...

By Mark Jones, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Marketing Cloud, Personalised Marketing.

What’s next for attribution when two-thirds of cookies are rejected?

In the early days of digital advertising, hopes were high that the industry was entering a new era of accountability. And, for a while, it did. When everyone used one browser and one device, tracking tools such as the cookie functioned as a viable approximation of individuals that powered accurate measurement and attribution.

However, times have changed.  

Not only do consumers make their activity harder to trace by using multiple connected devices — at least three per...

By Peter Falcone, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Personalised Marketing, Publishing.

Over a third of banner ads across Europe weren’t seen last quarter

Less than two-thirds (61%) of banner ads were considered viewable in Europe last quarter.

The technical criteria for an ad being viewable is being at least 50% within the visible area of a browser for at least one second, and yet 39% of banners failed to meet this standard across the continent.

The findings from ad verification company Meetrics suggest three things; advertisers need to produce better creative, ad exchanges need to acquire better inventory, and that marketers are wasting a lot of money.

But while the study gives support...

By Mark Jones, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Personalised Marketing.

Consumer data responsibility lies with head of IT, say third of marketers

With consumer data now considered the fundamental bedrock of digital advertising and minds sharpened by the recent introduction of GDPR, you’d think marketers would have a firm grasp on where responsibility for it sits within their organisations. Wouldn’t you?

In fact, while the majority of marketers consider data use a “very important” aspect of business growth, there seems to be an ongoing conflict when it comes to who should be in charge of it.

A study by the global association for...

Why empowered marketers will own the customer experience by 2020

By 2020, customer experience is expected to overtake both price and product as a key brand differentiator. A 280-character Twitter post, Instagram snap or Facebook update from a disgruntled consumer can destroy a brand’s long-built reputation and performance in an instant, so brands must deliver a consistent, connected, competitive customer experience. Those businesses that get this right are rewarded: 68% of UK consumers in a

By Andy Berry, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Google & Facebook are still beating small ad techs on consumer data trust

Despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a new study has revealed that consumers are much more likely to entrust their personally identifiable information (PII) to Facebook and Google than smaller ad tech firms.

Based on a study using replica websites featuring various opt-in request types on over 1,200 adults, the findings from Smartpipe and PSB Research found that consumers were more likely to opt-in to their data being used by big names.

In every scenario, the ‘duopoly’ came out on top, gaining...

By Mark Jones, 05 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Google’s delayed entry into GDPR consortium puts ad-funded sites at risk

Google has delayed its entry into a consortium of ad tech companies, hampering the group’s efforts to comply with the new European law for data privacy.

The information was reported to Reuters by sources involved in the programme.

The search giant’s decision to join in August will have left some firms that use its advertising services, particularly “unwitting owners” of ad-funded websites and apps, exposed to fines.

Hundreds of ad tech companies came together to build consent...

IPG to acquire data-driven marketing firm Acxiom for $2.3 billion

Interpublic Group (IPG) has confirmed the acquisition of the data-driven marketing arm of Acxiom Corporation in a deal worth $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion).

The cash deal for the Acxiom Marketing Solutions (AMS) unit has been “approved unanimously” by both company’s boards of directors.

With the transaction expected to complete by the end of the year, AMS will become part of the IPG’s media agency network MediaBrands, while the acquisition will not include Acxiom Corporation’s

Adobe adds batch of new marketing tech & analytics features

Adobe has announced a suite of updates to its cloud marketing stack, including attribution improvements and the ability to hyper-personalise ads for marketers in the travel sector.

The software company launched Attribution IQ at Cannes Lions earlier this week, an update to its Analytics Cloud that will offer marketers a 10 different models for measuring the effect of their marketing campaigns.

In a blog post, Adobe Analytics’ senior...

Connecting head and heart: The new anatomy of advertising personalisation

Personalisation in the advertising industry probably began 60 years ago when Lester Wunderman first invented the idea of direct mail and the concept of targeting messaging to individual consumers.

It took the rest of the industry a few years to catch up but catch up it did and so began half century of mailboxes piled high with “personal offers” addressed to you, or similar(ish) to you, or someone who lived in your house three moves ago.

While it was understood that the more personalised the...

By Kieron McCann, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

The new retail frontier: Next level personalisation

The best retailers will embrace new digital tools that make it easier to personalise every encounter from that first moment of inspiration to finally taking action. In spite of this, it’s surprising to see that almost two-thirds (62%) of UK marketers say they do not incorporate personalisation into their campaigns, according to a recent State of Digital Commerce report from Episerver.  

Whether you work for an eCommerce brand, mass retailer, or the next great direct-to-consumer business, we can all...

By Amy Vener, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised 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.

Native ad leader Outbrain acquires AdNgin for automated ad content optimisation

New York-based native ad firm Outbrain has acquired AdNgin, a UI (user interface) optimisation specialist built to enhance the reader experience.

The buyout - made for an undisclosed fee - marks the sixth for Outbrain since its founding in 2006, including the more recent purchases of content discovery platforms Zemanta and Revee as part of the company’s aggressive growth efforts and continued leadership in the native advertising sector. 

According to the announcement, Outbrain was attracted to...

Imagine – a chatbot you actually want to chat with? Here’s how it’s possible

As consumers, do we look to the experience or do we look to the result when dealing with brands?

An enjoyable interaction with a brand counts for nothing if we don’t end up with what we want, no matter how charming the sales person was. However, the same can be said if we end up with the thing we want but only after a charmless, cold and unenjoyable experience to get to that point.

Being able to balance the two has always been the ultimate goal of most brands, especially within key consumer led...

How time spent in apps can give you back time in real life

With three hours a day on average worldwide spent in apps, it’s no wonder that our smartphones have become intrinsic to our everyday lives. With the multitude of apps available, our smartphones are overwhelmingly personal – glancing at a few pages of someone’s chosen apps provides a uniquely intimate snapshot into their daily life and personal interests. From mobile banking and retail shopping apps, to Google docs, social messaging and publisher apps, our smartphone is the primary platform...

New ways of selling: Understanding the changing landscape of customers

While there is no doubt that improving customer service quite rightly lies at the top of the page of every business mandate, stopping the problem in the first place – prevention rather than cure – surely must have a place on the list; and investment in that option must be considered as a nearer term strategy?

Understanding the changing landscape of our customers and being able to adapt to their needs requires a different approach to more traditional sales interactions – and means creating...

By Max Eaglen, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

The mighty power of the micro-influencer: Going beyond the generic brand ambassadors

There’s little doubt that influencer marketing is now a bona fide part of the marketing mix. A recent study by Affilinet found that UK consumers aged between 18 - 30 were five times more likely to purchase something promoted or reviewed by an influencer or a brand ambassador. It is the ability to bring authenticity to sponsored posts which has seen brands generate success from their influencer marketing...

By Amir Jirbandey, 18 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Personalised Marketing.

Overcoming the B2B conversion hurdle: What are digital marketers missing?

A recent article on Forbes.com revealed that B2B customers progress more than 70% of the way through the decision-making process before engaging a sales representative. For many organisations, this will have made for a frightening read. And the immediate, almost knee-jerk reaction, will have been to panic about how to ‘seal the deal’ in the final 30% of the time they’ll dedicate to their pre-purchase assessment.

But the trick here isn’t to rush into offering crazy discounts or...

Why omnichannel is the answer to the retail apocalypse

2018 has seen UK retail undergo a catastrophic shakeup, as High Street shops close at an increasing rate, big brands like Toys ‘R’ Us and Maplin go under and others like Prezzo and Carpetright struggle to stay afloat.

It is now a cliche to say that digital has had a big role to play in this potential retail armageddon. Several major market changes, such as the proliferation of mobile devices and Amazon’s meteoric rise...

By Sam O'Meara, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Four ways to maximise Amazon's social marketing power

Whilst Google is known for dominating search marketing, Amazon has started giving the search giant a run for its ad revenue – something that astute marketers will have seen coming for some time now.

According to WPP, 55% of product searches in the US now emanate from Amazon, and advertising has been a key contributor to their strong growth - 60% year on year.

This should come as little surprise; after all,  the e-retail giant has not only completely transformed the way we do business, both in...