Why it’s time to stop the scaremongering and tell the whole story on data

At the end of October, enforcement action was taken against French start-up, Vectaury, by the French Data Protection Authority, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL). The news, both accurately and inaccurately reported, has spread like wildfire – causing negative repercussions for many data handlers and the IAB; raising concerns over its data consent framework.

Whilst it has been...

By David Snocken, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing.

Yannic Pluymackers, CMO, Lastminute.com: On management and creating moments for users

You don’t have to be a data scientist to be a CMO these days, but it helps.

That might be stretching the idiom a bit – but a data-centric background certainly hasn’t hindered Yannic Pluymackers. The chief marketing officer of Lastminute.com for more than two years – while admitting he is no data scientist himself – studied economics and statistics at university, and feels being conversant in these disciplines is...

Tabloid news and false positives: Examining the brand safety cycle

Earlier this year, broadcast giant Sky declared it is yet to resume spending with YouTube after stopping advertising on the site 18 months ago. This delivers a clear message: while the dust may have settled on those infamous ad misplacements, brand safety remains paramount for the big spenders. Moreover, protecting brands is still...

By Nick Welch, 05 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding.

How to achieve ‘consumer-first martech’ – and how the marketing clouds don’t quite stack up

If you’re going to invest in marketing technology, then it needs to have the customer experience at its heart. While this may seem a self-evident statement, new research from the CMO Club argues more can be done in aligning a consumer-first approach to marketing technology.

The study, which polled 69 chief marketing officers and was put together alongside Selligent Marketing Cloud, noted that both sides of the...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Marketing Cloud.

Getting into home truths: Why is the experience of eCommerce still so poor?

There’s no denying that the digital world has changed the outside face of marketing. While many of the inner-face principles of marketing have (and always will) remain the same in terms of audience segmentation, targeting and positioning, the way brands now engage with their customers has changed faster in the past 10 years than throughout the rest of history put together.

Now, having a digital presence for large...

By Sylvia Jensen, 30 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Jon Buchan: On how to secure leads and meetings by disarming – then charming – your prospects

It’s 9am on a regular working day, sometime around 2012. The computer has just been fired up, the coffee is starting to cool, and you ease yourself into proceedings with a cursory scan of your inbox. The vast majority of what you find is not to your taste. Emails that are full of jargon, with a cliched call to action, and so lacking in personalisation that they all blur into one dirge of dullness.

It certainly...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Email marketing.

Three interesting ways that AI is changing the hiring process

You can barely turn around these days without hearing something about artificial intelligence or big data technology. Many experts predict that AI tech is going to be one of the most influential developments of the modern age, touching every part of people’s lives from their health, to the way they buy things, all the way to how businesses are run.

Chances are that you have heard about how

By Manish Dudharejia, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience.

Three key ways predictive analytics can improve social performance

AI is gaining significant readership. Businesses of all sizes, all over the world, are becoming conscious of the rise in AI in the marketing field. Why is this happening? Put simply, every single business needs the same thing: getting clients. Reach an audience, the right one, and sell. No tricks on that.

All executives know that to be profitable companies need to sell – but over the last few years they are facing a...

By Ester Liquori, 27 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

A marketer’s dilemma: Overcoming the challenges of the data disconnect

Few businesses can thrive without using their data effectively these days — and in marketing, data is particularly foundational. Despite its importance, that doesn’t mean the process of gathering and using this information is easy or simple (few things ever are) and it’s certainly not fail-proof. There’s always room for human error.

When collected and analysed effectively, data delivers insights that...

By Kristin Hambleton, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

How to create clickable Pins that will actually get you results

Pinterest bamboozles a lot of marketers and brands. It’s clear that brands can get amazing results on the platform, but they don’t always understand how.

Pinterest, after all, is so different from other social media platforms, and with audiences using it in different ways, businesses need to adapt in order to get results. The best way to do this, hands-down, is to create clickable pins that users are excited to view and...

By Maria Raybould, 23 November 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Moving from AI to ‘applied intelligence’ to identify revenue sources and deliver business value

As companies increasingly adopt CRM technology and improve their data governance, they now have more customer and prospect data than ever before. They have reams of sales and marketing metrics. Yet in the post-GDPR era, with plummeting data confidence, growing numbers now admit the sales funnel is broken.

With a challenging economic climate and Brexit looming, it is not poor products or services...

By James Isilay, 22 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Automation, CRM.

Improving CX strategies: Get the balance right between technological and staff investment

Get the customer experience right, and the rest will follow, according to a new report from Engage Hub.

The study, put together alongside Sapio Research and which polled 100 UK-based customer engagement decision makers, argued organisations see customer experience as more important than even profit and revenue growth going forward. 36% of those polled said CX was the top business objective, compared with 34% for net profit and...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How to find the right Instagram hashtags for every post: A guide

Instagram is a visual-first platform. When you log on, you’ll see image after image of jaw-dropping scenery, drool-worthy dessert, and high-quality pictures of everything you could ever want to buy. The images and videos being shared are the focus, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the text altogether.

Hashtags are an important part of that text on both feed posts and in...

By Maria Raybould, 16 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The five tenets of clean data: Preparing chatbot data for marketing personalisation

Organisations are already using live web chat – and increasingly chatbots – as a critical sales and customer support channel. Gartner says over 80% of companies offer some form of live chat on their website or mobile applications in order to interact with customers, and the chatbot market is likely to grow to $994 million by 2024

How to make your agency more agile: Real-time collaboration and uniting workflows

It’s never been more important for agencies - digital, creative or marketing - to be agile. With tight deadlines and requests constantly coming in, it's important to stay on top of each and every project. But even in a digitally-focused agency, information tends only to travel at the speed of meetings, and tasks are often treated like hot potatoes - bandied around from one person to another.

By Patricia DuChene, 13 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Case Studies.

Transforming customer experience into an actionable marketing strategy: A guide

The workforce as we know it is changing and companies must be ready to adapt to fast change as we become ever more tech-centric. However, despite the digital noise there is one element that will always remain a constant requirement for success; delivering an excellent customer experience (CX) and maintaining a well-received brand image.

In our highly connected 'always on' digital world, CX...

By Michael FitzGerald, 12 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Web Analytics.

CMOs expect their budget to increase, says Gartner – but ROI needs to be seen first

CMOs are confident about their budgets increasing next year, according to Gartner – but if money is to increase, then it needs to correlate directly to business initiatives.

The analyst firm has put together a missive based on interviews with more than 600 marketing executives, with almost two thirds (63%) of CMOs expecting their budgets to go up in 2019. Budgets have remained steady this year, comprising just over a...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Could machine learning provide the key to measuring a customer journey?

Customer journeys help to increase positive results in all customer related KPIs, but in large enterprises and public organisations, the rule is if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.  How do we measure commitment to a brand and products – and how do we score KPIs that need to be improved upon?

A recent report by McKinsey indicates that customer journeys are 30% more...

By Jean Belanger, 08 November 2018, 3 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Data Science.