Artificial intelligence can bring marketing and sales closer together – and improve the buyer experience

B2B buyers’ purchasing criteria are changing and their expectations are now higher than ever before. As the B2B sales cycle gets longer and more complex, sales and marketing need to be more strategic in how they approach, persuade and nurture their prospects and customers. Whilst having a great product at the right price point is certainly important, it doesn’t guarantee success and today’s buyers are looking for more than just a one-stop-shop sales pitch.

By Jim Preston, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

The BBC’s Beeb shows why AI voice assistants are not yet ready for enterprise prime time

Opinion Last week, the BBC announced that it has begun work on a voice-enabled virtual assistant scheduled for 2020. Codenamed Beeb, the new virtual assistant is being seen as an alternative to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, with a focus on helping users find content on the British broadcaster’s services and...

The new marketing jobs which will emerge in the next decade - from creative to data

Once upon a time, the world of the marketer was very simple: acquire people’s attention and then shout the loudest. This approach worked well with fewer channels and longer attention spans. Today, however, we are assailed with literally hundreds if not thousands of messages every day, with algorithms that predict exactly what to serve our audiences and when.

The business of marketing is now fiendishly complex to master. One wrong step and brands that have taken years to build can suffer catastrophic...

By Euan Davis, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

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.

Case study: How omnichannel communication could bring benefits to social housing

“Many people living in England’s four million social homes feel ignored and stigmatised, too often treated with a lack of respect by landlords who appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested in meeting their needs.”

This is the damning verdict of the UK government’s social housing Green Paper, “A New Deal for Social Housing”, which sets out the government’s aim to rebalance the relationship...

By Martin Taylor, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Case Studies.

While JustEat and Uber Eats fight for their share of the turf – restaurants can capitalise

In the last month, JustEat announced more than 100 layoffs as the result of increased competition from Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Meanwhile, Uber just suffered its worst ever financial quarter, losing a staggering £4bn in just three months – even though its share price remained unaffected.

Given the uncertainty surrounding these businesses, predicting the future of the food delivery...

By Patrick Clover, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

How artificial intelligence drives genuine ROI from real customer feedback

Artificial intelligence is transforming the effectiveness of marketing, using insights extracted from content contributed by customers in reviews and surveys.

Until now, however, it has been tough for marketing departments to convince sceptical boards of senior directors that this is an area deserving of investment. What has changed is the ability to demonstrate direct ROI from the use of these insights. Ears prick up when...

By Neil McIlroy, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

From A to I – Amazon to interchangeability: A guide to the future of advertising today

Digital transformation has reframed advertising and marketing to such an extent that the once familiar reference points no longer exist.  Which is why we decided to deep dive into our learnings to date to extrapolate how we believe the next decade of advertising and marketing will shape up.

From ultra-personalised as in ‘Minority Report’...

How to maximise marketing initiatives in AI - without alienating your customers

Data mining is undoubtedly transforming marketing as we know it. Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only automating some of the most mundane and time-consuming processes, but it’s also solving the once unsolvable issue of how to turn terabytes of consumer-generated interactions into personalised experiences for each individual. AI does this at a scale beyond a marketer’s wildest dreams. 

By Tim Stone, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

The three barriers stopping marketers investing in AI - and how to knock them down

Marketers love a buzzword. It makes sense - our industry is all about promoting and selling the latest thing. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the marketing industry has well and truly been taken in by what has to be the buzziest buzzword of the past couple of years - AI. The irony? For all the talk at industry events and in the media - never mind sales material - only 27% of marketers in the UK are actually using AI or machine learning in their jobs.

By Parry Malm, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Salesforce to acquire Tableau for $15.7 billion to combine Einstein’s AI with BI bulk

Salesforce is to acquire business intelligence (BI) visualisation software provider Tableau in a $15.7 billion (£12.4bn) all-stock deal – with the aim to improve customer journeys through the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data.

The acquisition, which was announced by both companies earlier today (June 10), will see Tableau’s data visualisation tools baked into Salesforce in order to further...

New inventory tracker reveals how retail and IoT can be the right fit

California software firm Manhattan Associates has launched an Internet of Things-based (IoT) solution that helps retailers maintain their store inventories accurately.

The average level of inventory accuracy in the warehouse is nearly 99%, says Auburn University's RFID Lab. It says that the accuracy is below 65 per cent in retail stores, which is mostly imprecise and misses order fulfilment commitments, resulting in loss of sales.

The newly introduced IoT-powered solution enhances the store inventory...

By Marketing Tech, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Commerce.

The rise of ‘eception’ and the ethical issues arising from humanising AI in customer experience

You land on a website one day and “Jay” sends you a welcome message and an invitation to chat. Jay has a smiley headshot displayed and seems well-spoken enough. But is Jay a human customer service agent, or a bot?

Even a few exchanges might not be enough to identify Jay’s true nature. You may have to say something completely unexpected to detect any indication of whether Jay is really there or running via...

By Howard Williams, 10 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Customer Experience.

AI in customer communications: Why the need for diversity is key

Technology truly has the power to move society forward—and we’re seeing it being adopted for good across the world. When it comes to healthcare, for example, AI is being used to process medical research in a way we’ve never seen before. In recent weeks, we’ve seen reports from UCLA that a new AI system can detect prostate cancer with the same levels of accuracy as experienced radiologists.

We’re...

By Alice Blair, 08 May 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Grad Conn, CXMO, Sprinklr: On changing CMO strategy and the Copernicus effect for customer experience

Grad Conn, chief experience and marketing officer (CXMO) at Sprinklr, is something of a rare breed: a CMO who has been in it for the long haul.

Prior to joining the customer experience management platform last year, Conn spent almost seven years as Microsoft’s US chief marketing officer. Indeed, Conn laughs as he relates the tale of an interview feature...

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...

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.

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.

LinkedIn explores the ‘enlightened buyer’ and how marketers can influence the purchase process

As emerging technologies continue to pervade virtually every facet of business, technology buyers are becoming more aware and enlightened. A new report from LinkedIn has argued that marketers can be the key to driving customer decisions across the buying process.

The report, titled ‘The Enlightened Tech...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation.