Are retailers losing control of the customer journey to pervasive social platforms?

The capabilities that social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc.) provide to retail brands today has far extended likes, comments or shares. Through these platforms online visitors can discover more of a retailer’s product catalogue through a curated feed of suggestions based on the user’s browsing and intent behaviour. But with that comes its own challenges for overstretched e-commerce managers and...

By Graham Cooke, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Five steps to avoid wasting your display advertising budgets

There is a myriad of advertising partners available to buy media and help mobile advertisers to reach their target audiences, and advertisers need to follow clear criteria to find the right ones. In the world of data-driven advertising, it is a common (and logical) practice to distribute advertising dollars based on the cost per conversion each partner is delivering, and those delivering the best price, or in other words, the best ROI, will get the bigger budgets.

By Tiago Vila Verde, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Programmatic.

Spend on video advertising set to reach $30bn in 2018, driven by mobile

Advertisers worldwide are expected to spend $29.8bn (£23.2bn) on online video in 2018, according to WARC’s latest global ad trends report.

The figure represents a year-on-year hike of 27.5%, while the majority of ad dollars will be directed at the rise of mobile video bought via social media platforms, but the readiness to spend on the channel comes despite video placements posing an everyday risk for brand safety.

WARC reports that one in 10 placements pose a “negative adjacency” risk for brands....

By Mark Jones, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Keep a step ahead: embrace new social media platforms for influencer marketing

It’s fair to say we’ve evolved significantly from our 18th century ancestors, in every possible area of our lives, but when it comes to influencer marketing…? Well it turns out Wedgewood and the Royals were playing our game long before social media came into the fore. 

Luckily, we’ve amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge about how to make...

By Mark Bassett, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

82% of consumers have made purchases as result of content marketing

The time and skill needed, coupled with a lack of immediate results, means content marketing can often be treated as an afterthought in the composition of a wider digital marketing strategy.

New findings from B2B research, ratings and review company Clutch, however, reveal that 82% of people admit to having purchased a product or service from a company a result of consuming content.

While, at best, content is driving sales and, at least, it’s...

By , 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Facebook rolls out tools for creating video ads on mobile

Facebook has launched a new set of tools to help marketers create mobile-ready video ads on its platform and Instagram, which include the ability to add motion to images and brand logos for simple animations.

Announcing the update on a blog post yesterday, the social media platform cited its findings that mobile-first creative has a 27% higher likelihood of driving brand lift, while message association went up 23% compared to video ads...

By Mark Jones, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

What Darth Vader can teach us about gated content

Gating content – or putting a piece of marketing behind a paywall – is a contentious issue. On the one hand, marketers are often asked to demonstrate the ROI (return on investment) of content beyond stats such as social engagement, article views, or reach. Implementing a gate can add an extra layer of value.

For example, one of

By Tom Chapman, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How Apple and Netflix are tackling their international business expansion goals

Yes – Apple needs China. Who can ignore a country with a population of over 1.3 billion that is experiencing a boom in middle-class incomes?  Not Apple.  And when it comes to business, sometimes concessions have to be made.  Now although this example is a more extreme one, the bigger picture is that for any business to break into any new market, local cultures and policies must be adhered to.  Business expansion is a complex process that...

By Dan Purvis, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience.

The missing EI in AI: Future workforces will still need a human touch

AI (artificial intelligence) technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and some workers are feeling nervous about what it might mean for their job security. But while AI offers many advantages, there is one factor hampering its full-blown adoption – a lack of emotional intelligence. Robots won’t take over from humans until they become advanced in reacting to emotional cues – an inherent aspect of a human workforce which remains very much needed.

AI’s numerous benefits

AI can...

By Tanmaya Varma, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Customer Experience.

UK CEOs facing 'unrealistic expectations' from digital transformation ROI

Chief executives in the UK face “unrealistic expectations” in demonstrating tangible return from digital transformation projects, according to research by professional services firm KPMG.

A survey of 150 CEOs from leading British businesses found that the majority (72%) are frustrated by pressure at board-level to prove return on investment (ROI) from multi-year digital transformation projects, which can include the integration of technologies such as cloud services, artificial intelligence and...

By Mark Jones, 22 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Best Practice.

Less than half of businesses in the US claim to use SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is falling out of favour with marketers, a new study by Clutch suggests, with less than half of businesses claiming to invest in the channel.  

A US-based survey of more than 500 digital marketers found that just 44% claim to invest in any kind of SEO strategy, despite 83% of respondents claiming to be satisfied that their digital marketing efforts were paying off in achieving their...

By Mark Jones, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Why even the biggest brands are favouring the power of micro-influencers

The rise of social media has seen a big increase in the use of brand influencers. In the last two years, “influencer marketing” as a search term on Google Trends has risen by 400%. But working with the right sort of influencer is critical – you must choose one which fits well with your brand and has an authentic voice. Biggest is certainly not always best when it comes to influencers.

Pepsi’s controversial...

By Roberta Fuke, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why brands have been left wondering how to make friends and manage influencers

At the Cannes Lions festival in June, Unilever’s CMCO Keith Weed demanded urgent action to rebuild consumer trust before, like an ephemeral puff of smoke, it’s gone forever.

Unilever’s focus is on retaining trust amidst the rapid rise of influencer marketing and the concomitant issues of transparency, integrity and measurement. Now brand marketers everywhere are sharing the FMCG giant’s concerns and...

By Pau Sabria, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Focus on these four areas to improve your marketing using AI

When it comes to marketing, the goal of this game is not to win; it's to keep playing and to leverage data to improve your play over time. 

Great marketers use new tools to enhance their ability to do this efficiently and effectively, and the world is changing faster and faster. No matter how much technology evolves, marketing will always have a human element. Artificial intelligence (AI) might seem like a silver bullet or an elusive capability, but if you're trying to influence people, you...

By Brian Baumgart, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

CMA probe to ‘name and shame’ celebrities in breach of influencer guidelines

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into whether celebrities and influencers on social media are making paid promotions sufficiently clear.

Guidelines enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) require influencers, who can have millions of followers, to clearly disclose commissioned or incentivised posts with tags such as ‘#ad’ or ‘#sponsored’. As part of the investigation, the CMA has contacted a large number of influencers -...

By Mark Jones, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Young marketers in UK favour high salaries over 'meaningful' startups

As school leavers in the UK receive their A-level results, new research has found that the next generation of marketers prioritise job security over working for ‘cutting-edge’ brands.

A survey by CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) found that 41% of 17-19 year olds who have left school in the last six months are indeed interested in a career in marketing.

However, nearly two-thirds (64%) favoured working in a...

By Mark Jones, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice.

Why we’re missing the mark with consumer sentiment analysis

Sentiment analysis is widely used to supplement the analysis of text data in surveys, complaints, reviews and other customer feedback. In theory, sentiment analysis categorises opinions expressed in a piece of text just as a human might. 

However, as the volume and complexity of customer data grows, growing issues with sentiment analysis are providing flawed information and stopping companies from getting the full picture from their data; key customer feedback that could drive positive business change is...

By Dan Somers, 16 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Web Analytics.

Amazon’s advertising revenue could triple in less than three years

In its recent record-breaking quarterly earnings call, Amazon reported that its “other” revenue, which chiefly comprises that of ad sales, had grown by a massive 132%, accounting for a $2.2bn injection that was enough the firm’s CFO to concede that advertising was “starting to make an impact” on profits.

According to...

By Mark Jones, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, E-Commerce, Search Marketing.

What does good personalisation look like to the consumer?

Creating personalised shopping experiences has long been a priority for retailers.

‘Personalisation’ started out as the in-store sales assistant who could instantly infer basic information about their customers – gender, age, etc – as well as learn about their preferences and offer them advice throughout the browsing and buying journey.

As customers complemented – or replaced – in-store with online experiences, retailers sought ways to replicate this one-to-one approach,...

By Meyar Sheik, 15 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.