How AI could help marketers with future pandemics

When you have a hammer, it is tempting to look for the nail in every situation. This temptation doubles when the tool is as powerful and multi-faceted as AI.

Much is currently being said about AI and how it’s helping with solutions during the pandemic, for instance in contact tracing, maintaining social distancing, or the search for a vaccine. AI is also helping some companies to cope with commercial disruption, for example Walmart has turned to robot cleaners. Behind the...

Four key strategies to create successful immersive meetings

Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sea change in the events industry.

As headlines published surrounding lockdowns across the globe, those organising upcoming events scrambled to assuage eventgoers. They also had another difficult task at hand: deciding whether to move fully to digital versus cancelling their carefully planned meetings entirely. For those who decided to move online, the question was about engagement: How would they replicate the immersive touchpoints that...

What if your virtual agent could read? The benefits of integrating conversational AI for the enterprise

Automation is changing the way the enterprise operates and how people work across a broad range of business processes. So much so that organisations who still lack an ambitious and rigorous automation agenda risk being left behind. The benefits of automating many business processes are clear, with time-savings and efficiencies leading the list of benefits for many businesses. External and customer-facing businesses are automating much of their customer service operations, with some...

Salesforce State of Marketing report promotes empathy, AI, and more focused KPIs

Salesforce has published its latest global State of Marketing Report, which has explored the rate of transformation within marketing and the data and organisational goals needed to achieve it.

The report, which collected data from almost 7,000 marketing leaders globally, had three overarching findings:

Marketing transformation is taking on new urgencyMore empathetic marketing is being achieved due to greater data and personalisationMarketers are doubling down turning...

Q&A: Ashling Kearns, VP EMEA marketing, Salesforce: Why AI can help marketers now

Artificial intelligence, as well as more general automation technologies, is impacting marketing in a significant way. The promise of getting more analysis done on marketing data - as well as gleaning greater insights from it - is an irresistible one.

Yet it is not merely a case of flicking a switch and letting the good times roll. Writing for this publication in January, Arun Mani, president of Freshworks Europe, warned of a 'significant disconnect' between what customers expect...

AI retail software market set to touch $10bn by 2025, says Omdia

Analyst firm Omdia has predicted that the expenditure on AI software for retail uses across the world will grow to $9.8 billion (£7.96bn) in 2025, compared to $1.3bn in 2019.

The report, titled Artificial Intelligence for Retail Applications, also says that retailers will have invested $37.3bn on AI-driven solutions from 2019 through 2025 globally.

Plenty of use cases are driving the artificial intelligence market within retail, such as reducing cost and improving the...

Not in a silent way: How Jazzed launch represents alternative to ‘all-you-can-eat’ streaming culture

Have you ever been in a position where you’re on the well-known video streaming platform of choice and find yourself utterly unable to decide what to watch next? The algorithm and lazy load web design is happily combining to give you suggestion after suggestion, but nothing seems to fit.

If so, you’re not the only one to have the same feelings. For those saturated by the era of all-you-can-eat for £9.99 in the music industry, there are increasingly new...

The Language Effect book extract: Why tech gets a bad rap – and exploring the future of copywriting

In this exclusive extract from The Language Effect: Why AI-Powered Copywriting Is A Marketer’s (New) Best Friend, Parry Malm, CEO of marketing automation startup Phrasee, assesses why copywriting has been the last old-school marketing tactic to be touched by technology – and what can be done about it.

Why tech got a bad rap

The quest to connect with consumers has taken brands down some pretty dark paths of late.

Big Tech’s relaxed attitude toward user...

How Slack can streamline your marketing channels – rather than being just another headache

Marketing has changed forever. Your customers now own your brand experience, not your marketing department. And, with a multitude of touchpoints at play, gone are the days when marketing and sales could map out a clear path to reach customers. Instead, ever-changing technology trends are opening up new possibilities, enabling customers to engage with brands in ways that would have been unimaginable, even a decade ago. Today, instant customer interaction is the new gold for marketers....

How advanced data analytics will continue to streamline digital marketing strategy in 2020

It’s not controversial to suggest that talk of data analytics, over the last two decades, has far exceeded the examples of its successful implementation. We aren’t talking here about basic Google Analytics, but of programmes of activity and technology that really delves deep into improving insights and targeting, and dramatically impacts commercial decision making.

Perhaps the best example is the billions of pounds historically flushed down the toilet by big businesses...