Interview: Making the marketer’s leap from B2B to B2C with Albert Heijn’s Eva Vree

The differences between B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) marketing can be chasm-like.

On the one hand (if broadly), B2B purchases are more likely to be driven by logic and an eye on demonstrable ROI. B2C purchases, on the other, are more probably driven by a consumer’s emotion.

Eva Vree is a senior creative content specialist for the online arm of Dutch supermarket giant Albert Heijn, and notably made an internal leap from the B2B side of the business - a role she’d held...

By Mark Jones, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, M-Commerce.

Brands are wrestling with personalisation, more than any other marketing tactic

Achieving a fully-personalised customer experience is something today’s marketing professionals dream about, where each customer feels the brand knows them and can anticipate their every need.

Get that right, and sales and loyalty will follow.

But while personalisation is at (or very close to) the top of the digital marketer’s priority list, it’s not proving easy to implement. In fact, a report by...

By Mark Jones, 19 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Personalised Marketing.

Amazon first port of call for nearly half of online shoppers

The brand website is “losing importance” as a source of information for today’s shopper. Instead, Amazon now dominates as the first port of call.

In a report highlighting the retail giant’s growing monopoly in the world of e-commerce - if that were needed - inRiver surveyed some 6,000 consumers across Europe and found that just one in ten (11 percent) of shoppers will head to a brand’s website in the initial stage of purchase. Just 28 percent turned to a search engine.

Instead,...

By Mark Jones, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Search Marketing.

How to unlock your brand’s visual identity

Forget the products and services you’re offering for a minute; your brand’s visual presence is arguably the most powerful way to resonate with your audience.

But don’t think a visual identity is about colour palettes and kerning. In a crowded and noisy digital marketing landscape, brands have to consider frequency, volume and variety across an ever-growing range of customer touchpoints, often spanning multiple markets.

Grant Munro is the senior VP of Shutterstock Custom, and an expert in changing the way...

By Mark Jones, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns.

US telco giant Sprint sells mobile ad arm to InMobi

US telecoms firm Sprint has sold Pinsight Media, its mobile and data advertising company, to Indian-headquartered martech group InMobi.

The all-stock deal, the terms of which weren’t confirmed, comes as the carrier awaits approval from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to merge with T-Mobile.

According to a statement by InMobi, Pinsight works by partnering with leading US telcos and using their data to...

By Mark Jones, 17 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Customer comms giant Twilio to acquire SendGrid for $2bn

Twilio has entered into an agreement to acquire email API platform SendGrid in a $2bn (£1.82bn) bid to build out its leading Platform-as-a-Service, which virtualises the world’s telecoms infrastructure through APIs.

Used by more than 40K companies globally such as Airbnb and Netflix, Twilio lets software developers add capabilities such as voice, video, chat and messaging into their applications, backed by a “Super Network” connecting communications networks around the world.

With the...

By Mark Jones, 16 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Email marketing, Marketing Cloud.

‘Change-maker' consultancies are lagging with their own digital marketing

A “worrying gap” has been discovered between the low adoption of digital marketing by management consultancy firms and the digital-first approaches now demanded by their clients.

As reported by Consultancy.UK and part of the UK-based ‘State of Digital Marketing in Professional Services 2018’ report, a reliance on traditional word of mouth referrals is lingering among professional...

By Mark Jones, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns.

Why retail marketers should sideline AR and VR technology, at least for a while

Marketers are always on the hunt for the latest in innovative tech in a quest to snare prospective customers with the wow-factor.

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two such technologies touted as the next to revolutionise the retail landscape, however, a new study by Censuswide and payments provider Klarna suggests customers don’t share the same enthusiasm.

Interviewing 2,000 shoppers, the study revealed that four in five had no interest in these technologies, suggesting that marketers...

By Mark Jones, 11 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, M-Commerce.

Adobe reveals Magento integrations following acquistion this year

Less than six months after acquiring for $1.7bn, Adobe has announced the first integration of Magento, outlining ambitions to “make every experience shoppable”.  

The announcement was made at Magento Live Europe in Barcelona, where Adobe’s senior VP of commerce, Mark Lavelle (formerly Magento CEO), explained the goal behind the cloud-to-cloud integrations: “Consumers expect every interaction with a brand to be contextual, intuitive and meaningful, but...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Search accounts for half of digital ad spend in first half of 2018, finds IAB UK

Search accounted for half of all digital ad spend in the UK in the first half of 2018, according to the latest Digital Adspend report published by the IAB UK (Internet Advertising Bureau) and PwC.

In total, digital advertising saw a 15% year-on-year increase amounting to £6.36bn. Enjoying the same rate of growth, spend on search advertising amounted to more than half of that (52%), amounting to £3.3bn.

Non-video display spend was next highest at £1.33bn, a rise of 9% on last year’s...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Search Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

‘Project Dragonfly’: Google's rumoured censor-friendly launch in China

It’s common knowledge that Google, as present as it is in our daily lives, does not enjoy the same ubiquity in China, and hasn’t done for eight years.

Leaked meeting minutes from the corporation, however, suggest that could be about to change.

Codenamed ‘Project Dragonfly’, the search giant is allegedly in the midst of a bid to launch in China in an iteration that would play ball with Beijing’s hardline censorship policies.

According to a transcript from a meeting led by...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google+ finally ‘sunsetted’ for consumers following data privacy breach

Not quite the dignified end we would have expected for Google’s long-ailing social network, Google+ is finally being closed down following a software breach that left hundreds of thousands of users’ private data exposed.

Up to 500K users were allegedly affected by a software bug in the Google+ API, which meant data that people had believed to be private was made accessible to third parties.

According to an internal memo at Google published by the Wall Street Journal, the search giant had been...

By Mark Jones, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

EBay accuses Amazon of poaching third-party sellers for its Marketplace

In a clash of the e-commerce titans, online auction platform eBay has accused Amazon of poaching sellers through its internal messaging system.

Calling the alleged scheme “unlawful” in a statement, the platform has issued a cease and desist letter and cautioned that it would take “appropriate steps” to protect itself from the activity.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, eBay began to take action after discovering that more than 50 Amazon sales representatives had sent...

By Mark Jones, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, E-Commerce.

IAB Tech Lab tests blockchain-based protocol for personal data privacy

The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Tech Lab has announced a blockchain-based protocol that allows companies to track consent users’ personal data.

PrivacyChain, which has been released for public comment and a handful of early pilots, seeks to hand consumers control over the personal information provided to companies using the technology.

If those users choose to opt in, their data will be made available to retailers, and the advertising agencies, publishing partners and exchanges that...

By Mark Jones, 04 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Lack of tech skills could hamper $11.5 in global industry growth, finds Accenture

Today’s education and training systems are not keeping up with the current demand for skills and the emergence of new technologies, and the result is a widening skills gap that threatens to hamper $11.5T in global growth.

That’s according to an analysis by the global management and professional services firm Accenture, which concludes that new approaches to learning are desperately needed if businesses are to achieve the growth...

By Mark Jones, 03 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Facebook has been rumbled using 2FA phone numbers for ad targeting

As if Facebook needed another mountain in user trust to climb this year, evidence has now emerged of it using phone numbers provided for security purposes to target unsuspecting users with ads.

The activity was uncovered by researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton, along with the tech publisher Gizmodo, following controlled trials where an ad was successfully targeted using phone numbers that had been provided for account security and, in one case, had never been explicitly provided to the...

By Mark Jones, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

E-commerce sites focused on returns visits ‘thundering ahead’ of competitors

Getting a customer to your site once is a small feat, but if you want to survive in today’s crowded world of e-commerce, return visits should be your top priority.

A global study of 250m e-commerce websites and €500m (£444m) in online revenue by Wolfgang Digital demonstrates the importance of this in a market where conversion rates stand at a razor-thin average of just 1.8%.

The headline is high return visits lead to higher...

By Mark Jones, 28 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Forget AR: Visual search will be the hottest e-commerce tech among millennials

It’s been a big week for visual search.

In a partnership with Amazon, Snapchat announced it was testing a new tool allowing users to take a photo of a product or barcode and, if recognised, launch an Amazon product page to learn more and (hopefully) make a purchase.

On 20th birthday week, meanwhile, Google announced the integration of its AI-driven Lens into...

By Mark Jones, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Search Marketing.

Google rolls out custom viewability metrics for display & video advertisers

63% of UK display ads were considered “viewable” in the first half of the year according to a study this week by Integral Ad Science. That was considered an “all-time high”, and it means that nearly three-fifths of ad units were in view for one continuous second - or two seconds if we’re talking video.

The findings were based on a widely-used industry standard set by the Media Rating Council...

By Mark Jones, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.

99% of businesses plan to up digital marketing spend next year

Nearly half (41%) of businesses with 100+ employees invest more than $500K in digital marketing every year. That’s according to a US-based survey of 501 marketers by small business publisher The Manifest, at least, in a study which set out to discover how companies invest in digital marketing, and how their investments are set to change in the year ahead.

While respondents hailed from a wide mix of seniority levels and companies, more than three-quarters (76%) agreed that marketing has changed more in...

By Mark Jones, 25 September 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.