Northumberland Zoo turns to technology to transform the customer experience

Maxine Bradley with a racoon.

Owners at Northumberland Zoo believe an innovative technology platform they have introduced will be a gamechanger for the sector – growing income while also educating.

The family-run zoo, sat in 17 acres, near Felton, Morpeth, has partnered with County Durham-based n-gage.io, to implement the company’s audience engagement platform and attraction management software, created to improve the visitor experience.

Maxine Bradley, founder and zoo curator, explained:...

Don’t underestimate the power of AI in marketing

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Matt White, VP EMEA of Quantcast, discusses how marketers can effectively employ AI to create a better customer experience and meet buyers where they’re at.

Bringing AI up in conversation can stir up a lot of different opinions. Hollywood has prompted an entire generation to fear AI thanks to Black Mirror, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ex Machina - just to name a few.  This perception misses one crucial detail about AI though - when used correctly, it can revolutionise a...

Post Office partners with Yext to improve digital customer experience

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Yext, the self-proclaimed 'answers company', has partnered with Post Office, the UK’s largest retail network.

Yext will support Post Office by providing its customers with consistent and accurate information across all of its digital touchpoints. With over 11,500 branches, Post Office will leverage Yext to improve online visibility, drive footfall, and improve branch profitability. Post Office will also more efficiently monitor, analyse and respond to reviews using Yext’s...

87% of marketers say their work provides greater value now than a year ago

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Salesforce has released the eighth edition of the State of Marketing report. Drawing from a survey of 6,000 marketers across 35 countries and an analysis of trillions of outbound marketing messages sent using the Salesforce platform, the report explores how marketers are:

working to meet customers’ digital-first expectations doing more with less in the face of macroeconomic uncertainty adapting to new privacy regulations while still delivering exceptional customer...

UK marketers are embracing hybrid working to deliver creativity in customer experiences 

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More than two thirds (68%) of UK marketers are embracing a hybrid approach to work to support their teams in the creation of new ideas having overcome the challenges of the past two years.

This is according to research from digital experience platform (DXP) provider Optimizely, which concluded that creativity is critical in driving strong customer experiences.

The Marketer Experience study, based on a global survey of in-house marketing professionals, including...

Junior marketers are driving customer experience innovation

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Junior marketers are playing a leading role in driving innovation, with 50% saying that trying out new techniques and ideas to improve customer experiences is a major part of their day-to-day activities, according to a survey from digital experience platform provider Optimizely.

In its Culture of Experimentation report, based on a survey of 200 UK in-house marketing executives, assistants and managers, Optimizely also highlights that 50% of marketing assistants are directly...

Mastercard acquires Dynamic Yield to strengthen consumer engagement services

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Mastercard has completed its acquisition of Dynamic Yield, a state-of-the-art personalisation platform and decision engine company, from McDonald’s.

It is hoped that Dynamic Yield will strengthen Mastercard’s suite of consumer engagement and loyalty services that help brands deliver more effective and trusted customer experiences across channels.

Raj Seshadri, President of Data & Services, Mastercard, said: “Every day, we safely connect billions of people with...

Infosys acquires digital experience and marketing agency, oddity

Infosys, a specialist in next-generation digital services and consulting, has agreed to acquire oddity, a Germany-based digital marketing, experience, and commerce agency.

The move strengthens Infosys' creative, branding and experience design capabilities, and demonstrates its continued commitment to co-create with clients and help them navigate their digital transformation journey.

With more than 300 digital experts located in Stuttgart, Berlin, Cologne, Belgrade,...

Consumers prefer private messaging with brands

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60% of EU customers and 51% of US customers prefer messaging over email or phone calls as they believe it is faster and more convenient.

This is according to a study by Spectrm, a marketing platform businesses use to automate one-to-one conversations with consumers on messaging channels.

The State of Social Conversational Commerce report surveyed 1,726 consumers: 780 from the EU and 946 from the U.S. with the purpose of better understanding their experiences messaging...

80% of firms plan to implement conversational customer engagement

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Nearly 80% of companies have, or intend to implement, conversational customer engagement technologies - the ability to communicate interactively with customers from one digital channel to another while retaining context.

The companies believe this will improve customer experience, according to a new collaborative study from IDC and Sinch. 

Of those, more than half will do so using a Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) to deliver the efficient,...