When it comes to AI for marketers – less haste means more speed

AI is one of the most exciting innovations in the ad industry. Not a day goes by without a new story about the latest AI product, what the tech can do, and where it’s set to go. And the promises aren’t just limited to our industry alone – AI is set to revolutionise the world we live in.

Given the boundless opportunities, it’s tempting to jump in right at the deep end and pick the glitziest AI solution...

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.

A guide to digital communications for cockroaches and unicorns alike

As a long-time fan, I was delighted to see that bakery firm Greggs had recently hit £1bn in revenue. As a brand with ballsy comms, solid stunts and tasty baked goods, the recognition is well-earned. Now, over the course of our years in PR, we’ve come across many a high-growth firm and even represented our first travel service unicorn, Klook, last year.

At the same time, many of our firms are born and bred in the...

By Christian Sharp, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

Assessing blockchain for marketers: Potential is there but caution advised

Blockchain, like artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality, is a buzzword which currently produces more utopian dreams than use cases right now. A new report from advertising media behemoth GroupM aims to get past the fudging and explore the facts of how blockchain technologies can benefit marketers.

The report, authored by GroupM investment chief product officer Jack Smith, argues at a wider context the role of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Programmatic.

Marketing and niche networks: Why people are taking refuge in intimate social media

People had high hopes for the internet, but the dream of interconnected and democratised communication has been shaken-up. Openness online is intertwined with cyber abuse and data privacy woes, and people have become wary of the threats brought by vast global networks. With the revelation of filter bubbles, it’s become apparent that we’re not speaking on an open world stage after all.

Now that people are turning...

By Mira Kopolovic, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media 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...

The twilight of Net Promoter Score: Why NPS is failing CX professionals

It is widely accepted that superior customer experience (CX) drives revenue growth. Ever since Frederick Reichheld introduced the Net Promoter Score (NPS) in the 2003 Harvard Business Review, marketers’ focus has been seeing how customer experience can be captured. Often by managing the answer to the seminal question “On a scale of zero to 10, with 10 being highest, what’s the likelihood that you would recommend us (our company/brand) to a friend or...

By Dr. Alain Briançon, 27 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Embracing marketing creativity through collaboration: Partnerships for retail and data

Companies struggle to know their customers. This is the harsh reality for all marketers. Achieving a full view of their customers’ data is almost impossible especially when analysed in isolation. So how can brand-side marketers collaborate with retailers to bring creativity to the table and make the most of multiple sets of data?

The current challenge for brands that interact with a...

By Steve Martin, 26 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The big ‘tech-tonic’ shift: As Amazon begins to break the advertising duopoly – what’s left for anyone else?

Google and Facebook have held a well-documented, vice-like grasp over digital advertising budgets for over a decade, commanding 56% of global digital ad spend in 2018. That’s a fairly lucrative share of a market worth £470 billion. Viewing these figures, it is easy to regard the incumbent digital...

By Eric Visser, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Search Marketing.

New research explores increasing importance of dark social in content engagement

As more and more users prefer to share content through private messaging apps, the question for marketers is – how can you get the most out of ‘dark social’?

A new study from We Are Social, alongside market research firm GlobalWebIndex, found Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram’s direct messaging functionality were the most popular private messaging platforms. Of the more than 3,000 internet...

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.

What are the real effects of data breaches on consumer trust?

Numerous high-profile data breaches have made customers question their trust in brands in recent months and years. Although the costs associated with regulatory fines and lawsuits following a data breach can be severe, perhaps no effect is quite as long-lasting or harmful as the loss of consumer confidence that accompanies these breaches.

Consumer trust is not built, nor can be earned back,...

By Marty Greenlow, 22 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Why it’s high time to embrace internal comms during moments of crisis

On a global level, we’re at a time of great change and, some would say, immense uncertainty. We are living in times of uncharted territory, where sudden 360 turns are happening and, in terms of business, trying to steady the turbulent tide seems to be getting even tougher.

During such times, when events are completely out of their hands and also their workforce’s hands, businesses...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Blink and you’ll miss it: How to get the most out of short-lived social content

It is no secret that social media marketing is an ever-moving target. Up until recently there was a firm belief that the longer content remained accessible the more impactful it would be. Now, as counterintuitive as it may sound, there is a swing towards short-lived content, which has to do with Instagram’s rise in popularity.

Instagram is increasingly being seen by brands as a dynamic platform from which to share their more informal...

Google slapped with €1.49bn EU fine for antitrust in advertising

Google has been fined €1.49 billion (£1.28bn) by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules for its online advertising services.

The Commission concluded that the search giant had abused its market dominance – exceeding 85% for most of the analysed time period – for favouring its own price comparison results for searches through its AdSense for Search platform.

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Search 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.

Mobile understanding and holistic experiences: What marketers can learn from MWC19

The great and the good of the telecoms industry descended on Barcelona at the end of February for this year’s MWC. The tech hype that surrounds this landmark event is hard to miss, but still, it was clear from the many delegates that we spoke to that marketers are primarily focused on addressing their current business challenges.

The frequency and regularity that new channels, platforms...

By Daniel Kahtan, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Consumers will walk away from brands who go against their values – but brands have their heads in the sand

It’s time for brands to shape up or ship out when it comes to ethics with two in five consumers already having walked away from organisations which have violated their personal values, according to a new industry report.

The study from agency Hotwire, which alongside Sapio Research polled more than 6,000 consumers, as well as more than 1300 CMOs and business decision makers, argued that while consumers are willing to start...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding.