How good design can influence return on investment online

It’s very easy for organisations to look at design as an added expense, rather than an investment.

A company’s business plan will typically include the costs of staff, infrastructure, and products and services – but why should the creative be seen as an ‘extravagance’ or overlooked entirely?

In fact, design can be the accelerator needed to generate company leads – it can be the difference between brands retaining customers, and their key targets venturing to...

How to stop spending money on paid search and get noticed organically

Paid search advertising is a digital marketing tactic that remains popular today. Its appeal largely stems from its pay-per-click model that guarantees that advertisers pay for actual traffic rather than mere visibility. But how effective is advertising on popular search engines like Google and Bing?

Teknicks surveyed more than 1,000 internet users to get a better sense of how they find what they’re looking for online. Their answers suggest that search engine advertising - and...

Getting to grips with social media intelligence – and how brands need more empathy post-Covid-19

DMWF Whether it is social media intelligence, social media monitoring, or social 2.0; call it what you will, the need for speed and clarity has never been greater to ensure your competition does not rush over the hills and far away.

Take McDonald's as an example. The company analysed five years' worth of social mentions and tallied up thousands of requests from customers who couldn't understand why pancakes were served for lunch. As product launches went, it was a...

Five ways marketers can leverage personalisation – without violating privacy

In today’s digital-first marketplace, personalising the customer journey matters more than ever. As personalised marketing tools become increasingly intelligent, companies gain unparalleled insight into how their customers behave, which helps these brands better understand and cater to their target audiences.

In some cases, this insight can be a double-edged sword. People appreciate personalised customer experiences, but some users rebuff marketing tools that access information...

Disrupting the eCommerce status quo: Covid-19 and digital transformation

There is no doubt there is a sense that the Great Retrenchment is upon us; yet as ever, where there is a crisis, new opportunities arise.

As Ian Altman, business-to-business growth expert and bestselling author of Same Side Selling, reminds us, the underlying product or service hasn’t changed, but the way it’s presented now has to.

Up until Covid-19 most organisations believed they had reached the pinnacle of digital transformation, when in fact they were nowhere...

The CMO’s role in a post-pandemic world: Flexibility with authenticity

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the chief marketing officer (CMO) role was already in a state of flux, with several high-profile brands moving away from the position. Early this year, Gap’s CMO left without a direct replacement. Shopify’s chief marketer departed in February 2020, and the e-commerce firm announced it would not fill the vacancy. Uber went through two CMOs in 2019, ultimately leaving the CMO role unoccupied.

Fast forward to March 2020, and the CMO role experienced...

Know your data – and your limits – before utilising automation to drive campaign ROI

Brands are sitting on millions of pieces of data about customers and their behaviours – and yet many marketers are still failing to effectively apply it to their digital comms.

As a result, it’s leading to an array of lost opportunities. But why is that the case when organisations are exposed to even more ways to analyse their performance, speak to audiences on a deeper level and positively impact business growth?

Perhaps organisations aren’t providing marketing...

Gartner’s CMO advice: How to create value-based martech for uncertain times

I’ve worked on Gartner’s annual CMO Spend Survey for a number of years, but 2020’s survey has been the most interesting to work on by far. It captures marketing in a time of upheaval, as it struggles to understand how to respond to COVID-19’s immediate challenges and forge a path towards recovery and renewal.

Uncertainty abounds, and CMOs vacillate between wild optimism (almost 80% believe that COVID’s impacts on business performance will be short-lived) and deep caution...

Affiliate marketers share their insight: When is the pain worth the gain with automation?

Automation is revolutionising the digital marketing world, as with many other industries, changing the scope of what is possible, the way teams are structured and the expectations we have.

However, the affiliate universe faces an additional dilemma: How to bring this powerhouse of technological change into an industry built on a foundation of human relationships.

Inhabiting a world somewhat separate from display, search and other digital marketing offerings means that...

CMOs maintain optimism for post-Covid marketing budgets despite fears, says Gartner

Marketers are adopting a 'stoic' attitude to their marketing budgets post-Covid-19, but it is an opinion not widely shared by their C-suite colleagues.

That is the top line finding from the latest Gartner CMO Spend Survey, which found almost three quarters (73%) of CMOs expect the pandemic's negative impact to be 'short-lived.' The after-effects, according to heads of marketing, are expected to turn positive within 18-24 months, with CMOs reporting increased investments across...