How AR has gone from a buzzword to an effective communications tool

Augmented reality is not a new phenomenon, the concept has been bandied about for the past five years as ‘the next big thing in marketing’ with varying degrees of promise. What is now changing, that could be the difference between buzzword and buzzkill, is the advances in technology that are making AR more user friendly, accessible and realistic as a legitimate marketing and communications tool for brands.

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By Adam Cox, 05 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Customer Experience, Gamification.

Why marketers need to be obsessed with AI and machine learning in 2020 – and what can be done

As we edge ever closer towards the beginning of a new year, the next 12 months are set to provide an extraordinarily challenging time for marketers – but it’s certainly not ‘doom and gloom’ by any means.

Not only will they be expected to seamlessly tackle the increasing volatility, data regulation and apathy towards traditional marketing methods, but they must do it all alongside having a clear, robust and...

By Phill Midwinter, 02 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Big Data, Data-driven marketing.

Does retail automation signal the end of personalisation?

Over the last two decades, technology has changed the face of retail, from the in-store experience and the payment process, to the advent of ecommerce and omnichannel retailers. But much as technology has revolutionised the shopping experience, it has also had a significant impact on jobs in the retail sector.

As far back as 2016, Deloitte predicted that 60% of retail jobs would be automated within the next 20 years. While this estimate is not...

NetBase: On using social listening and influencer marketing to ‘get more with less’ for campaigns

When the concept of social listening platforms first came about, it was that rarest of things in martech: a ‘solution’ which actually solved people’s problems. As data created on the social web reached ever-increasing levels, this made sense – but what’s more, being able to take this data and create insights from it was the real jam in the sandwich.

Starbucks flips the equation with Deep Brew – by using AI for a more humanised customer experience

Starbucks has been making noise about its artificial intelligence (AI) projects of late – and specifically how they can be applied into marketing and customer experience activities.

Speaking to analysts following the company’s Q4 2019 earnings release at the end of last month, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson noted how Deep Brew, an initiative focused on the coffee house’s AI investments, is taking shape.

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.