Amazon beats Apple and Google to world’s most valuable brand ranking

Amazon has overtaken Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to a new report from WPP and Kantar.

The 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking was as ever dominated by technology, with five of the top 10 designated as tech providers. Amazon and Alibaba (#7) were designated in the retail space, while McDonald’s – whose recent purchase of personalisation software provider

By James Bourne, 11 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience.

Salesforce to acquire Tableau for $15.7 billion to combine Einstein’s AI with BI bulk

Salesforce is to acquire business intelligence (BI) visualisation software provider Tableau in a $15.7 billion (£12.4bn) all-stock deal – with the aim to improve customer journeys through the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data.

The acquisition, which was announced by both companies earlier today (June 10), will see Tableau’s data visualisation tools baked into Salesforce in order to further...

Crownpeak: How to change customer-centricity by 'contextualising' consent

Whether it was Marc Andreessen’s proclamation in 2011 that software was eating the world, or Satya Nadella’s more recent analysis that every business is a digital business, tech ignorance is simply unimaginable today. Yet it’s the biggest open secret in martech: while all the marketing departments talk a great game, they aren’t getting anywhere near the value they should do from their investments across the stack.

By James Bourne, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Salesforce dives into blockchain with low-code CRM offering

Salesforce has announced the launch of Salesforce Blockchain, a CRM product which aims to let users share verified, distributed data sets across a network of partners and third parties.

The low-code offering, aimed at developers working on the Lightning platform, has its theory in exploring how CRM can extend beyond direct customer relationships to creating business models around ecosystems. The blockchain technology is used...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Learning social best practices from industry experts: Find your voice and make ‘clever’ use of data

If you manage your company’s social media accounts today, it is no longer sufficient to send a fun tweet here or a cheeky Facebook post there. Social has become a key benchmark of customer experience; a treasure trove of data ready to be mined. Yet it can also be a living nightmare if you get on the wrong side of Random Internet Strangers.

So what’s a marketing manager to do in the spare time they have from juggling a zillion...

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...

Personalisation strategies analysed: Potent brand messages found – 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, 1 comment. 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.