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.

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.

MuleSoft notes how the ‘coherence economy’ can salvage disconnected customer experiences

It is the mantra of all marketing professionals and the reason they get up and go to work each day: to build the greatest customer journeys they can. This is naturally easier said than done; depending on where your organisation is on its path you may have to knock down a series of silos before you can embark on the path of building seamless customer experiences.

Yet a new report argues this process is going slower than many...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Opinion: Have marketers learned anything since Cambridge Analytica?

When the Cambridge Analytica story broke last year, it represented a real turning point. All across the country, Facebook users downloaded their data files and expressed shock at the information collected - especially considering these details could have been used by the consultancy firm to influence their voting behaviour.

However, I – and many other marketers – were not surprised by the contents of our

By Tom Chapman, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to build the best martech stack for data-driven marketing: A guide

20 years ago, when Salesforce launched its SaaS CRM platform, times were simpler. The majority of customer relationships were managed by a single sales team who manually added their (copious) customer notes to the CRM. 

We’ve since evolved to a multi-channel world, where customers engage with brands across everything from mobile to social media. The sales team’s input into a CRM platform no longer captures the whole customer relationship and doesn’t give marketers what they need to...

By Tido Carriero, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Big Data, CRM, Customer Experience.

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...

Marketing dashboards matter: Why marketers must go beyond traditional BI tools

Data is the currency of the modern marketer. The ability to analyse and leverage data from a wide number of sources is crucial when reviewing revenue generation and other key performance indicators tied to greater business goals. With an increasing number of data sources – think social, search, email, events, SMS campaigns and more – and greater demand for interconnectivity, how can marketers best approach data analysis and create the most value beyond the...

By Mike Marriage, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Taking personalisation to the next level – from data, to decisions, to design

Today’s shoppers are impervious to mass marketing techniques and expect personalisation that truly reflects their preferences. These were the findings from our recent research, “The Art of Personalization— Keeping it Relevant, Timely and Contextual”, where consumers in all countries surveyed said that most communications they receive still feel like...

The nuts and bolts: Why B2B marketers shouldn't overlook enhancing their CRM today

As marketers, there is always a focus on results and ROI – it goes with the territory. After all, generating value and leads for clients are what ultimately drives their businesses, and keeps customers happy.

And, when it comes to keeping track, it’s a must for communicators to be savvy when measuring the warm conversations they’re having with positive prospects and existing clientele. So, when analysing elements such as goal conversions – for example...

By Andy McCaul, 16 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How privacy has become the new competitive advantage in a world of personalisation

It is almost a year since GDPR came into effect, and what started life as another annoying EU regulation has become a global catalyst for change. Perhaps its most unexpected consequence has been to shine a light and expose the often questionable - but at the same time highly profitable - practices of big tech’s data-by-stealth business model.

GDPR marked out some...

By Peter Matthews, 07 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Don't overlook domains as part of your brand security plans

Cyber threats are having a significant impact on businesses — that much is clear. Budget and resources are being dedicated to securing infrastructure and applications, and educating staff on the dangers of phishing, malware and social engineering. For marketers, cyber security is quickly encroaching on brand protection as a whole, and rightly so. The lines between the two areas are blurring and in the future it is conceivable that the two disciplines are far more integrated than they are now.

But what...

By Akino Chikada, 02 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Branding, Commerce.

Why cleaning your brand’s data is to key to improving accuracy and relevance

The goal of marketers is to provide customers with an outstanding experience that delights at every touchpoint and exceptional enough to ensure each individual’s journey ends with a purchase. But sometimes, we find that even when marketers think they are putting their best foot forward, some customers never respond.

Are brand marketers missing the mark? Or is their brand’s poor data-keeping practices...

By Grant Coleman, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Branding, Data-driven marketing.

Getting big data with your Big Mac: McDonald’s acquires personalisation firm Dynamic Yield

McDonald’s is moving into greater personalised customer experiences and automation with the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Dynamic Yield.

The company, which offers a platform analysing data around recommendations, personalisation and targeting and behavioural messaging among others, said it was ‘thrilled’ to join McDonald’s and play a ‘critical role’ in the fast food chain’s digital transformation...

B2B marketing: It’s time to talk to people, not companies

Over the past decade, the emergence of the digital age has meant that technology has invaded all aspects of our lives — and marketing is no exception. Big data, artificial intelligence, and rapid innovation mean that change is constant, and yet at the same time, we are also experiencing a back-to-basics approach in human-centric thinking.

B2B products and services have a reputation for being boring and hard to understand, and traditional marketing efforts haven’t done much to change this. Now,...

By Joyce Solano, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Customer Experience.

#DMWF Europe: Crimson Hexagon on the endless possibilities of social data for marketing

There’s a galactic amount of data being produced on social media, but the ability to categorise it into meaningful information is “near impossible” without Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is the challenge that Crimson Hexagon is taking on, and a brief demo of its abilities at #DMWF by senior sales executive Yugen Moodley shows the “deep insights” platform is doing a scarily good job.

Crimson uses a combination of Natural Language Processing, image recognition and sentiment...

By Mark Jones, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Social Media 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...

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

Apple releases GDPR privacy features

Apple has provided details on a number of new privacy features it will be rolling out in order to comply with the incoming GDPR regulations.

CEO Tim Cook said that the company would be implementing the four privacy management tools so that consumers have the ability to obtain a copy of their data, can request a correction of data and deleting or deactivating their account.

The tools will be available on the Apple ID account page in the EU in May, before they are rolled out globally. Cook said that aside from...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data.