How Slack can streamline your marketing channels – rather than being just another headache

Marketing has changed forever. Your customers now own your brand experience, not your marketing department. And, with a multitude of touchpoints at play, gone are the days when marketing and sales could map out a clear path to reach customers. Instead, ever-changing technology trends are opening up new possibilities, enabling customers to engage with brands in ways that would have been unimaginable, even a decade ago. Today, instant customer interaction...

By Laura Hauser, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How advanced data analytics will continue to streamline digital marketing strategy in 2020

It’s not controversial to suggest that talk of data analytics, over the last two decades, has far exceeded the examples of its successful implementation. We aren’t talking here about basic Google Analytics, but of programmes of activity and technology that really delves deep into improving insights and targeting, and dramatically impacts commercial decision making.

Perhaps the best...

Why despite the hype AI could be failing your customer experience strategy

Though 80% of senior decision makers in the UK rate their customer service as ‘excellent’, their customers aren’t feeling quite the same. Our report ‘The Good, The Bot and The Customer Experience’ found there is a significant disconnect between what customers expect and what brands think they are...

By Arun Mani, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Making your marketing more sophisticated: Engage customers and save time with intelligent output

Many marketing departments will say there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, however, the problem is that quite often they’re focusing on the wrong things.

For example, most marketers report that building an email takes between 30-50 minutes and landing pages up to two hours. Others simply don’t have the time to complete such tasks. Why is this still the case?

By Adam Oldfield, 10 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Content Marketing, Email marketing.

The rise of ‘algorithm hacking’ – and how it may be leading marketers astray

Even though Robert Burns wrote the line “the best-laid schemes o’ mice a’ men/gang aft agley” more than 200 years ago, it still resonates. In the age of artificial intelligence (AI), many brands are learning this the hard way as a new generation of algorithm hackers subvert their use of cognitive technologies.

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MarketingTech 2019 year in review: Influencer regulations, CMO battles, and social change

2019 in digital marketing, through the reporting eye of MarketingTech, has seen something of a two-pronged approach. While the exploration of emerging technologies and their use cases, from voice search to AI to blockchain, continues, it has been tempered with a more measured and nuanced focus.

While this publication found plenty of column inches to tell the stories those making the most of their technological bets this year, from

From AR to AI: The emerging technologies marketers can explore to enable and disrupt

The entire written works of mankind in all languages from the beginning of recorded history is around 50 petabytes. One petabyte is about 20 million four drawer filing cabinets filled with text. Google processes about 20 petabytes per day so in three days they would have processed everything we have written – ever.  Meanwhile, data centres now annually consume as much energy as Sweden.  By 2025 they’ll consume

By Max Eaglen, 13 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

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’...