How essential are push notifications today in the modern marketer's arsenal?

You have to go way back to 2003 to find what is often credited as the first ever push notification - BlackBerry’s Push Services, designed to inform users of their incoming emails. Back then, the only way to read an email on a train was with a BlackBerry in hand, but fast forward 16 years and push notifications are a part of everyday life.

Research has found that the average opt-in rate for push...

By Maxime Chevallon, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience.

Fashion retailers have multi-channel elements in place – but need to accelerate to omnichannel

Omnichannel may be the buzzword du jour right now when it comes to retail – but like many of these here-today terms there is often more than a kernel of truth. Where omnichannel differs from multi-channel is through its threading. A multi-channel retailer may have distinct presences both in its website, on social media as well as its physical store – but omnichannel truly links them together for a seamless customer experience.

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

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’...

Why empathy is the most underrated weapon in the marketer’s arsenal today

In a 2014 New York Times article, Sam Tanenhaus argued that millennials were ‘Generation Nice’. He pointed to shopping habits (millennials prefer chemical-free goods and ‘disposable’ clothing) and food choices (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free eating has become increasingly popular). He concluded that ‘these habits and tastes look less like narcissism than communalism. Its highest value isn’t self-promotion, but empathy.’

By Daniel Andrews, 08 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Five key tips to drive value from content and martech experimentation

Customer behaviour changes every month, every week and every hour. If brands want to prosper, they need to move at the same speed. The most successful digital companies are using experimentation to make this a reality. Experimentation is a mindset adopted by organisations enabling them to constantly progress their online platforms, driving the customers digital experience.

By using tools such as design and coding to trial new features on their online platforms, businesses can...

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.

Zero likes given: Kahlua’s latest campaign was true to its roots – but portrayed a serious message

Last month, a curious exhibition took place in New York. The photographs showcased would have, by conventional standards, led to the exhibition being a complete dud.

Yet this pop-up showcase, put together by liqueur brand Kahlua and actress Jackie Cruz, proffered to showcase a different form of creativity. The pictures (below) had been uploaded to the ether of Instagram but had not received a single like between them.

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

How to maximise marketing initiatives in AI - without alienating your customers

Data mining is undoubtedly transforming marketing as we know it. Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only automating some of the most mundane and time-consuming processes, but it’s also solving the once unsolvable issue of how to turn terabytes of consumer-generated interactions into personalised experiences for each individual. AI does this at a scale beyond a marketer’s wildest dreams. 

By Tim Stone, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

The fluctuating fortunes of Britbox and Netflix: What does the future of OTT look like for marketers?

Last week, Britbox finally nailed its colours to the mast, pricing its wide range of British content at a very reasonable monthly fee of £5.99 – a full £3 cheaper than Netflix’s most popular subscription. That announcement is just the latest news in a year of serious changes in the OTT landscape, including slowing Netflix growth, the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+ launches and more.

These...

By Dallas Lawrence, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why marketers need to engage rather than enrage to solve the mobile advertising divide

Keeping a lid on problems doesn’t solve them — as the publishers still losing almost £1 million to ad blocking can confirm. Over the years, the ad block fight has slipped from the number one spot of industry problems; with declining general levels of blocked impressions and increasing advertising investment creating a perception the issue...

By Andrew Buckman, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Mobile Marketing.

The three barriers stopping marketers investing in AI - and how to knock them down

Marketers love a buzzword. It makes sense - our industry is all about promoting and selling the latest thing. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the marketing industry has well and truly been taken in by what has to be the buzziest buzzword of the past couple of years - AI. The irony? For all the talk at industry events and in the media - never mind sales material - only 27% of marketers in the UK are actually using AI or machine learning in their jobs.

By Parry Malm, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

How Amazon's ad network fuelled the 2019 Prime Day - and will continue to do so

The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, has even more reason to celebrate. Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day event this year just provided a glimpse of what ecommerce — and most likely, all commerce — might look like in the years to come.

Almost half of online shoppers in the US now begin their product searches on Amazon, compared with 35 percent who turn first to Google. Bezos is also pushing to broaden Amazon’s influence in brick-and-mortar operations, offering Prime member discounts...

Older demographics are great for social media companies - so why aren't they being catered for?

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok: generally speaking, younger generations are more likely to recognise and engage with the platforms at the latter of this list.

Social media platforms all started out as the domains of teenagers and young adults. Facebook was only for college kids back when it began in 2004. In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for the famous $1 billion price tag – partly because it was young and hip. In 2013, Snapchat’s core audience was 13-25-year olds – and its CEO was...

By Emily Knox, 23 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why virtual reality needs to become the new reality for marketers

Virtual reality (VR), an immersive computing technology that submerges consumers in a virtual world, is predicted to completely transform the shopping experience. Goldman Sachs estimates that investments in VR, along with augmented reality, will reach a staggering $1.6 billion by 2025.

While brands are clambering to become part of the virtual environment, there is very little known about how to enhance the brand experience for all consumers and where to employ VR technology. Thus, marketers may be asking...

By Kirsten Cowan, 22 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Video & Audio Marketing, Wearables.

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.

How digital asset management takes immersive marketing strategies to the next level

It’s arguably more difficult for marketers to do a good job in today’s digital economy. Gone are the days of relying solely on promotional catalogues, stuffed through letterboxes, or batch-and-blast emails, sent to a mailing list.

While traditional tactics still have a time and a place, the business landscape today is hyper competitive. Technology has flooded every industry, making it easier to...

By Jake Athey, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

'Halo effect' reveals importance of mobile ads in high quality environments

How does the environment in which an advert resides influence its performance? According to a new report from Integral Ad Science (IAS), adverts viewed in high quality mobile web environments were perceived significantly better than those in lower-grade versions.

The study, titled 'The Halo Effect: Ad Environment & Receptivity', observed 50 participants and their reactions to articles and creative content across 30 minutes. 

The report found three quarters (74%) of participants perceived ads...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Mobile Marketing.

A pertinent question: Do we put convenience before ethics when it comes to brand loyalty?

Most of us would like to believe that sound ethics and corporate responsibility is important to us when choosing a brand. But how many of us would say it matters more than convenience and cost?

We may not like to admit it, but it is purpose that attracts us to a brand. To grab the attention of consumers and progress past the courting phase of a relationship, a brand has to convince people that...

By Jamie Anderson, 16 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Case Studies.