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.

Gartner: Four in five marketers will abandon personalisation projects by 2025

Are your personalised marketing efforts going to waste? Campaigns not hitting the spot? If so, you’re not alone – and according to the latest missive from analyst firm Gartner, four in five marketers will ‘abandon’ personalisation efforts by the middle of the next decade.

The primary obstacle respondents faced, according to the survey, was data and its various methods of analysis, from collection, to...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

For luxury brands, the possibilities of programmatic cannot be ignored

For luxury brands, creating customer relationships, and the revenues they bring, is everything. A $25,000 watch or $150,000 vehicle is rarely an impulse buy, but instead a purchase achieved after many different points of engagement. 

An increasingly higher percentage of all ad budgets is being taken up by programmatic advertising, and luxury brands and their marketing efforts need to hop on board with this trend. Digital...

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.

Privacy and real-time bidding: An updated guide for adtech vendors and publishers

Until the summer of 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s privacy regulator, had not been particularly pro-active in enforcing the law on data protection in respect of the use of cookies and programmatic advertising based on real-time bidding (RTB).

This all changed in June and July of this year, when the ICO published respectively a

By Raj Shah, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Programmatic, Publishing.

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...

On Black Friday, try showcasing your values instead of slashing your prices

This Black Friday, French cosmetics startup Typology won’t make a single euro cent in profit. That’s because instead of slashing prices and scrambling for customers, the company is launching a campaign called “#BlackForGood”, donating its profits to environmental charities. “This campaign is intended to be...

By Fred De Gombert, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Like for like? Why the traditional tool of social media affirmation needed to shift

The ‘like’ was unassuming. Few anticipated that a miniature, good-willed icon of a thumbs-up could dictate corporate and cognitive wellbeing. At its best, the like has been massively generative to individual and industry alike. It’s turned people into brands, spawning influencer culture, and has reshaped global marketing.

But the like isn’t always at its best. People have died chasing them (think selfies on railroad...

By Mira Kopolovic, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Content Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

A veritable feast: How advertisers need to make the most of extra Black Friday opportunities

Black Friday is right around the corner, with adverts everywhere reminding shoppers to grab a great deal on everything from gym wear to vacuum cleaners. As one of retail’s biggest spending milestones, it provides a significant opportunity for advertisers to engage with shoppers when they’re in the mood to splash some cash.

So, what can advertisers do to make the most of the “retail festival” that Black Friday has become?

By Mike Klinkhammer, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce.

Gartner finds UK marketing budgets are on the slide – but optimism for the future

Analyst firm Gartner has put together something of a gloomy series of missives around the digital marketing sector in recent months – and its pessimistic look on UK marketing budgets released today is no different.

The company’s 2019-2020 CMO Spend Survey has revealed UK marketing budget allocations are overall ‘significantly’ behind their US counterparts. Yet while spend is cooling off in certain areas,...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, CMO.

Will Black Friday have all the influence in 2019? Why preparation and measurement are key

You’d never think looking at it now that 10 years ago Black Friday was relatively unknown in the UK. However, since the acceleration of the digital age and a more global marketplace Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the key dates in the retail calendar. Last year alone saw UK shoppers spend over £7billion as they hoped to snap up bargains in time for Christmas.

Of course the...

By Rohan Midha, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing.

Why brands need to think small when personalising customer experience

Despite their best intentions, knowing how to use all the insights about customers available to them to build a better understanding of what they interact with and are interested in is a crucial step brands often miss — resulting all too often in a poor user experience filled with misinformed content.

By analysing data like their ‘add to cart’ rate, page views, product views, or...

By Lisa Kalscheur, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Safeguarding brand value: Why brands should take a data-first approach to audience integrity

2019 has been another important year for influencer marketing, as more and more brands wake up to the advantages of using influencer marketing to connect with their customers and drive business.

According to a recent study, the spend on influencer marketing is expected to reach $15 billion by 2022. The combination of an increasingly sophisticated consumer pool, massive upsurge in social media consumption and the rise in ad blockers that has made traditional advertising progressively difficult. Step forward...

It’s crunch time for cookie bashers: Why we need cookies to protect the open Internet

Cookies came onto the scene in the mid 90s, and, like most millennials, they’re a little misunderstood. But this time, it’s got nothing to do with avocado toast.

For many of us, the word ‘cookie’ has become a bit of a byword for peskiness – associated with annoying ads and relentless targeting, not to mention clumsy permission-based puns (guilty as charged.) This...

By Joel Livesey, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Publishing.

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.

Instagram confirms it is hiding likes in the US: The agency and analyst perspective

Instagram has been dabbling in the waters of hiding likes, but with the news last week that the US was being tested the company jumped right in – and certainly made a splash in the process.

Speaking at the Wired 25 event in San Francisco, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed the rollout. The system, which has seen test...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Gartner’s latest report reveals the top three barriers to marketing innovation

There are three major hurdles in marketing innovation: risk-aversion, limited talent, and an inability to measure impact, according to Gartner's latest ‘Brand Strategy and Innovation Survey 2019’ report.

According to the report, the field of marketing still lags behind in terms of innovation despite commanding 16% of marketing budgets and maturing as a core discipline. It points out measurement as the major issue to new innovation.

Gartner for Marketers Practice senior research...

By Marketing Tech, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Using emojis for business communications and boosting customer engagement: A guide

Using images to communicate is not a new phenomenon. After all, images actually pre-date the written word – just think of cave people who painted murals on their walls to tell stories  of their battles and culture. The fact is, images can convey so much more than words; a single image can communicate a tone and emotion that is personal to the recipient.

For marketers, images and...

By Lindsay Willott, 12 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.