How Sage is using employee advocacy to create a strong voice on social

Last week, Kim Kardashian West - perhaps the ultimate influencer - put digital ink to silicon and tweeted forth. Yet this wasn't quite a case of affirmation-brought-to-you-by-X. The socialite had visited Jack in the Box and wished for a discussion about the experience "pronto." Underneath, rival fast food brands, from Burger King, to Wendy's, to Steak-umm, were queuing...

McKinsey muses on personalisation and finds potent brand messages - if not 100% hit rate

To personalise, or not to personalise? Even though it's phrased as a question, personalisation may seem more of a proclamation today - and while only half of consumers are actively signing up for a personalised experience right now, the numbers are only going to go up.

The latest study from Periscope By McKinsey, which polled more than 2000 consumers spread across France, Germany, the UK and the US, found brands who were already trusted by users were more likely to be given permission to personalise. Yet...

Philip Morris’ influencer campaign goes up in smoke following investigation

The influencer marketing ecosystem is one where a fine line needs to be trodden – as Philip Morris has found out to its cost.

The tobacconist announced earlier this week that it was suspending its social media campaigns after a Reuters investigation found one of the key influencers engaged for a new ‘heated tobacco’ device campaign did not fulfil the company’s internal standards and regulations.

Brian Solis: Digital addiction wounds run deep – but they are being treated like minor cuts

The concept of health when it comes to technology usage is an ever-increasing one – and one where users, brands and vendors need to be equally mindful.

Much of the conversation tends to focus around social or smartphone ‘addiction’, and in particular its effect on younger minds. Yet research on the topic argues that things are a little more complicated. The

How Brandwatch is stepping up from social monitoring - to find a much greater opportunity

Social media monitoring provider Brandwatch has been busier than ever of late. The company continues its regular research studies, from the serious, examining fake news in March, to the more frivolous, exploring the social conversation around Game of Thrones (spoiler...

How Dynamic Yield's success was predicated on foreshadowing personalisation as a strategic priority

At the end of March, it was announced that McDonald's had acquired Dynamic Yield, an Israel-based provider of personalisation software. The move made for a fascinating exploration of how brands were not just exploring the martech stack but committing M&A to it. Take Walmart buying adtech firm Polymorph last month, for instance, or Accenture acquiring Adaptly...

Grad Conn, CXMO, Sprinklr: On changing CMO strategy and the Copernicus effect for customer experience

Grad Conn, chief experience and marketing officer (CXMO) at Sprinklr, is something of a rare breed: a CMO who has been in it for the long haul.

Prior to joining the customer experience management platform last year, Conn spent almost seven years as Microsoft’s US chief marketing officer. Indeed, Conn laughs as he relates the tale of an interview feature...

Users ‘readily recognise’ importance of advertising – but don’t disable adblockers by default

Consumer expectations remain higher than ever when it comes to advertising – or rather, the lack of it. As a result, publishers have had to resort to stronger tactics.

We notice you’re using an ad blocker, the website says, with varying degrees of politeness. We also know everyone hates ads, it continues, but unfortunately our employees do need to feed and clothe their children so we were wondering if you’d be so...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Publishing.

Oh Snap: Snapchat launches new gaming and AR features in bid to play catch-up

Snapchat has announced the launch of various new features focused around augmented reality (AR) and camera search.

The launch, at the company’s first Snap Partner Summit, sees greater integrations with Lenses and Scan. The social media network is updating Lens Studio, its desktop app which enables users to build and distribute Lenses on Snapchat, to include capabilities such as hand and body tracking. The company has...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Programmatic ad viewability outperforming direct ads for first time, says report

A new study from Integral Ad Science (IAS) has noted a potential sea-change in terms of digital advertising, with programmatic desktop display ads in the UK outperforming publisher direct ads for the first time.

The Media Quality Report, which offers UK benchmarks for viewability, brand safety and ad fraud across digital environments and channels, noted that during the second half of 2018 almost seven in 10 (69.1%)...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

LinkedIn explores the ‘enlightened buyer’ and how marketers can influence the purchase process

As emerging technologies continue to pervade virtually every facet of business, technology buyers are becoming more aware and enlightened. A new report from LinkedIn has argued that marketers can be the key to driving customer decisions across the buying process.

The report, titled ‘The Enlightened Tech...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation.

Instagram beats YouTube as top influencer platform as brands see rewards for better disclosure

Instagram has topped YouTube as the number one platform for influencer content – with brands heeding consumer interest and moving towards ‘honest disclosure’ of partnerships.

That’s according to new research from Rakuten Marketing. The company, in its 2019 Influencer Marketing Global Survey which polled 3500 consumers and 700 marketers globally, saw Instagram cited by 65% of those polled as where they most...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook looking to remove ad relevance score to come up with more ‘actionable’ metrics

How relevant is relevant when it comes to advertising, exactly? Facebook is hoping to have the answer to this question with an update of its metrics.

The social giant is updating three of its ad metrics, focusing on improving relevance and reach as well as eschewing some of its lesser-used options.

The updated, more ‘granular’ ad relevance diagnostics, will focus on three...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

The 2019 data outlook sees spending rocket and multi-channel key amid regulatory concerns

Data spending continues to go up - but getting fresh, gleaming, actionable insights remains a challenge. According to a new survey published by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), organisations are looking to multi-channel to create those harmonious experiences users will love.

The study, which polled 105 professionals focused across marketing service providers, developers and publishers, found cross-channel campaign measurement and attribution - cited by 57.3% of those polled - was a top priority, as...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Web Analytics.