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.

Barclays: Agencies need to evolve as digital marketing spend rises – but don’t get too close to the behemoths

Digital advertising spend in the UK is set to beat £15 billion in 2019 – but we’ll still have to wait a while before commercial applications of machine learning and augmented reality (AR) will seriously bolster the figures.

That’s the primary finding from Barclays in its latest report. Titled ‘Adtech ascendancy: The next wave of digitalisation in marketing’, the study focused on various...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Why content creation is nearing a tipping point – and what you can do about it

Content creation is nearing a point where a machine-first approach is becoming a reality. This is largely due to the fact that going global has never been more important for companies, yet despite the opportunity that comes with accessing untapped markets and driving exposure in unchartered territories, expansion overseas is not without its challenges.

Deloitte Private recently launched its first

By Peggy Chen, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

Get ready for the future content supply chain to be autonomous, brands warned

If you’ve got a well-oiled content strategy in place – or indeed several content strategies all vying for attention and wishing to become the chosen one – then a new report from SDL may be of interest. The study, called ‘Enabling the Future State of Content’, has advocated that brands need to rip up their current initiatives and look ahead to an automated future.

Naturally, it’s worth noting...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

Predict the future then act upon it: 10 ways AI is transforming sales

In the world of commerce, AI has grown to become a useful and vital tool. One area of business where AI is having the most immediate effect is sales. Traditionally a skillset that relies on human interaction and persuasion, it is being gradually transformed by technology. According to the 2018 State of Sales Report, by Salesforce, UK sales leaders anticipate AI adoption in their industry to grow by 155% by 2020. But how exactly is AI transforming sales?

By James Isilay, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Effective email marketing for millennials: How to make the most of the opportunity

Millennials are a top priority for marketing teams. Their long-term spending potential makes them a valuable target, with World Data Lab revealing that global millennial spending power is set to overtake its preceding generation X by 2020. It’s subsequently unsurprising that marketers are recognising the importance of catching...

By Guy Hanson, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Data-driven marketing, Email marketing.

Going for gold: How The Royal Mint tapped into consumer behaviour

As marketers understand well, driving the path to purchase on any product is far more complex and nuanced than a simple case of ‘find person, show ad and the rest will follow’.

The motivations that drive consumers are intricately layered. Take my recent acquisition of a copy of Pride and Prejudice. I’d recently watched the film and had been considering rereading the novel. That day, I had read an article that told...

By Alessandra Alari, 12 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Case Studies, Search Marketing.

How CMOs can keep themselves in the boardroom – and get the CRO out

The role of a chief marketing officer (CMO) can often turn out to be one filled with uncertainty. At the moment, the average tenure of a CMO sits at only 44 months, and the job is often regarded as the most at risk within the C-suite. The question is: why? There are many reasons, but one common view is that CMOs struggle to prove to the rest of their C-level colleagues how...

By James Fletcher, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Best Practice, Branding.

How to move from content creation to content automation – and improve engagement

Content marketing is naturally a vital process in terms of telling your customers – existing or potential – about your message, as well as become a lead generation tool in itself. But the content method can be industrialised through an ‘intelligent content supply chain’, according to a new study.

The findings appear in a report from content management firm SDL and analyst Forrester. The study, titled...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

Salesforce wants you to get some AI and visual search into your eCommerce game

Salesforce has announced a series of new updates to its Commerce Cloud platform which aims to encourage organisations to ‘go beyond eCommerce sites and modernise every shopping experience.’

The move includes adding artificial intelligence and visual search capability into APIs and developer services with the goal of giving an insightful experience across various customer touchpoints.

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Three interesting ways that AI is changing the hiring process

You can barely turn around these days without hearing something about artificial intelligence or big data technology. Many experts predict that AI tech is going to be one of the most influential developments of the modern age, touching every part of people’s lives from their health, to the way they buy things, all the way to how businesses are run.

Chances are that you have heard about how

By Manish Dudharejia, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Three key ways predictive analytics can improve social performance

AI is gaining significant readership. Businesses of all sizes, all over the world, are becoming conscious of the rise in AI in the marketing field. Why is this happening? Put simply, every single business needs the same thing: getting clients. Reach an audience, the right one, and sell. No tricks on that.

All executives know that to be profitable companies need to sell – but over the last few years they are facing a...

By Ester Liquori, 27 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

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.

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

Where will technology take us – and what role will be play in the creation of our own future at work?

There is a point of time somewhere around 2045, according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, when our lives will be profoundly and irrevocably changed. At this point, computers, or rather AI, will surpass humans as the smartest kids on the block – a super AI intelligence that has long since passed the Turing test (when a human is unable to distinguish a...

By Max Eaglen, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Lack of tech skills could hamper $11.5 in global industry growth, finds Accenture

Today’s education and training systems are not keeping up with the current demand for skills and the emergence of new technologies, and the result is a widening skills gap that threatens to hamper $11.5T in global growth.

That’s according to an analysis by the global management and professional services firm Accenture, which concludes that new approaches to learning are desperately needed if businesses are to achieve the growth...

By Mark Jones, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.