Location-based services: How brands walk the fine line between clever and creepy

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Imagine two people have ordered two products online and they’re being delivered today.  One gets a text from the provider which reads: “Your parcel will be delivered in the next hour. You do not appear to be at your home address. Would you like us to redeliver it or deliver to another address?” The other gets a text which reads: “Your parcel will be delivered in the next hour. We see that you are 15 miles away from your home...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Meerkat and Periscope for brands 101: Where to go...and what not to do

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For today’s marketer, the birth of a new social platform is akin to being a kid in a candy store. Despite the social best practice ringing in their ears, it’s impossible to resist. Yes, you know it’s a futile exercise to be on everything, you know your offering might not fit with the platform’s USP, you know you need to be customer-first. But there’s only one way to find out whether something will work.

Enter, stage left, live streaming video apps Meerkat...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

How Micro Focus transformed its legacy marketing platform and enhanced sales

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Micro Focus is certainly an intriguing company from a branding perspective. Its tagline is “application modernisation and management”, yet many will recognise the company as the de facto arbiter of the 55 year old COBOL language, made famous by Grace Hopper, as well as its Borland portfolio and IBM mainframes.

The company admitted there was a ‘lack of market awareness’ of the Micro Focus brand and turned to Oracle Marketing Cloud to transform its marketing...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Customer Experience, Marketing Cloud.

Apple dominates ‘most loved brands’ list: Understanding consumer preference

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Enterprise social media analytics provider NetBase has released its Brand Passion report, with Apple taking home four of the top six rankings.

The iPhone finished top of the pile, with Apple itself finishing third, and the iPad and MacBook Air taking positions five and six. Sandwiched between them were Disney (#2) and boutique online retailer Etsy (#4), while rounding out the top 10 were Starbucks, Netflix, Chipotle and McDonald’s.

The methodology in putting this report together was a tad...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

Why the in-store customer experience is key for marketing wearable tech

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Almost half of Britons surveyed by experiential agency Fizz Experience are willing to spend £111 ($164) on a piece of wearable technology, with a majority saying the in-store experience is key to their making a purchase.

Even though online research was the most common method of looking up new products, according to 41% of respondents, 84% will ultimately purchase in-store,

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, Wearables.

Brightcove CEO David Mendels on wearables, video and the CMO outlook

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If anyone’s ever had a campaign which hasn’t gone quite right, it’s always reassuring to know the marketing technology providers can also make the same mistakes.

Take video. B2B video marketing platform providers, such as Brightcove and Nideo, offer vital services to show brands where their campaigns are going wrong. Analytics readings tell marketers where customers are switching off, so they can rejig the length and message of the video.

As Brightcove CEO David...

AOP offers best practices for native advertising in wake of survey results

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One in three consumers are more likely to trust native advertising than traditional advertising, according to a report from the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The report, which focuses on the impact of native advertising, or advertorial, uncovered a series of interesting statistics. Three in five (59%) consumers claimed to find native advertising “interesting”, while 42% more consumers said they found native ad drivers more interesting than traditional...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Native Advertising.

Are your email marketing campaigns matching up to the industry standard?

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An industry benchmark report from email marketing provider Sign-up.to has found open rates at nearly a quarter across all campaigns analysed and an increase in 17 sectors across 2014, with click rates declining at a small rate.

While overall opens hit 24.45%, mean click through rates were at 3.13% and unsubscribes at 0.55%, with median click through rates at 2.36%, and median opens at 24.22%. Mobile opens, at 53.9%, has overtaken the desktop.

Yet the devil is in the detail; the public...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Email marketing.

Salesforce aims to take personalisation to the next level with Predictive Decisions

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Cloudy software provider Salesforce has released Salesforce Marketing Cloud Predictive Decisions, a feature set which aims to fuse marketing and CRM data with contextual data and predictive intelligence to increase conversions and engagement.

The move follows a piece of research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Salesforce in August, whereby 42% of respondents admitted they had difficulty analysing data from all customer interactions.

Salesforce says marketers will be...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

How the Internet of Things is set to break the mould for customer experience

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The customer experience process is rapidly changing. For brands, getting the customer to return again is not new, whether through incentivisation or simple brand loyalty. But the landscape is being turned on its head – and it’s through such new technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT) driving what is being described as the new services economy.

Companies are recognising this. Instead of buying standalone products, it’s now about buying services. Take Netflix...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Scott Roth, Return Path CMO: What I learned from my mentor at ExactTarget

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Earlier this week, email marketing intelligence provider Return Path announced the appointment of Scott Roth as its new chief marketing officer. As reported, it was a particularly interesting move: Roth had been at ExactTarget, which was hoovered up by Salesforce, and was also partnered with Return Path for several years.

Roth’s new job spec includes everything from brand...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Marketing Cloud.

Return Path appoints ex-ExactTarget man Scott Roth as CMO

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Email intelligence provider Return Path has hired Scott Roth, formerly of Salesforce and ExactTarget, as its new chief marketing officer.

Roth was most recently vice president of global marketing for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, and was responsible for seeing through a successful IPO with ExactTarget, which was then acquired by Salesforce. Return Path and ExactTarget have been partnering for almost four years, with Roth helping to set it up.

Roth’s remit for the 400 employee-strong firm...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns.

On the mobile web, brands can’t rest on their laurels for loyalty

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If a customer’s at a bricks and mortar store and the service is a little slow or the card machine doesn’t work, most of the time they’ll probably accept it. They’ve already made the effort to go all the way to the store, and a few more seconds waiting around isn’t likely to hurt.

If they’re on a mobile device, however, and the m-commerce app times out or the site is a little slow, then patience is a virtue which most customers don’t have....

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns.

Here’s how junk food brands are targeting kids on Facebook

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A study from the University of Sydney has revealed how junk food brands are targeting young adults on social media.

The report, entitled ‘Digital Junk: Food and Beverage Marketing on Facebook’, was authored by seven academics in response to the growing obesity issue in Australia, with more than a third of Australians aged 15 to 24 considered overweight or obese.

The research involved analysing 27 food and drink brand Facebook pages on their marketing techniques,...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

The reputation gap: Why your mistakes are getting more and more magnified

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The vast majority of companies are aware that, in the social age, mistakes they make could have nightmarish consequences if it gets picked up. Take Kenneth Cole’s tweet using the hashtag #Cairo back in 2011, oblivious to the protests in Egypt.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. A new report from MSL Group, entitled “Reputation: With or without you”, has found that most firms (86%) are...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Are luxury brands more alluring to banner ad clickers?

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Are luxury brands more alluring for banner ads? According to ad platform provider Sizmek, they are: luxury brands get much better click through rates (CTR) for rich media and polite banners when compared to benchmark figures.

The study, entitled Luxury Benchmarks 2014, found that for rich media luxury brands had a CTR of 0.36%, compared to 0.22% benchmark, while for polite banners – banners which replace the main image with a featherweight replica during page loading to avoid...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns.

Video marketing: This is why you’re doing it all wrong

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Feature Video is becoming more and more important to content marketing. More often than not, a quick video pitch will last far longer in the memory than a block of text or a generic press release.

Some companies are doing video very well. Plenty more, though, are making a right pig’s ear of it.

One company which aims to change that is Nideo, a B2B video content platform.

By James Bourne, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

Shell and Nestle top charts of best “online estate” for global brands

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The largest global firms are rushing to social media, but are hampered by “poor management and disjointed strategies”, according to a study.

The Financial Times Bowen Craggs Index of corporate online effectiveness, which published its eighth edition today, found that Shell, Eni and Nestle run the top three “web estates”. Unilever, Siemens, BP and SAP all made the top 10.

What do...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns.

Lego ends branding partnership with Shell after Greenpeace pressure

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Lego has released a statement confirming it will not renew its partnership deal with oil firm Shell, after a series of attacks from Greenpeace regarding Shell’s proposed plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

“Children are our major concern and the central focus of our company,” said Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO of the Lego...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns.