Back to basics: Three building blocks for nailing personalisation

Personalisation has been the holy grail for many marketing organisations for what seems like forever. While at its surface, for many marketers, personalisation seems straight forward, and with modern technology, seems it would be easy to implement. Unfortunately, these assumptions couldn’t be further from reality.

As with many modern marketing efforts, organisations must grow through a maturity model in order to reap the benefits of their efforts. Personalisation is no...

How to choose the right CMS for your organisation

A Content Management System (CMS) is the backbone of your websites or mobile sites and enables your business to drive better customer experience (CX) and engagement with your brands. A wrong decision in choosing the CMS can derail your plans to achieve your long-term business goals. Once you choose a CMS, it is never going to be easy to change it overnight. This makes it even more important that you select the “right” CMS, so that you do not regret the decision later. Here, I have...

Getting beyond the buzzword of ‘agile’ digital marketing to improve your customer relationships

Mention the word “agile” in a business setting, and it may lead to furrowed brows and scratched heads. Agility creates a lot of buzz — and a lot of misinterpretation.

To clear up any confusion, agile generally refers to optimizing and managing workflows. According to McKinsey & Co., it involves “using data and analytics to continuously source promising opportunities or solutions to problems in real time, deploying tests quickly, evaluating the results, and rapidly...

Joining the dots: How to keep your brand consistent—online and offline

Coronavirus has swept across the world and everyone is feeling it. Individuals are in self-isolation and brands are having to adapt. Entire industries are having to rethink the way they operate from top to bottom in order to weather the storm and emerge on the other side ready to serve their customers. And though it’s understandable that there’s a lot of pessimism around, the crisis will pass, and businesses should be preparing as best they can so that they’re ready to bounce...

Marketing and brand purpose in Covid-19: Getting social media right while social distancing

Call it a 'new normal', an adjusted reality, or whatever you will; for many businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the show has to go on. But with it comes extra nuance; the standard off-the-shelf marketing messages may not cut it right now.

Or could they? Tom Goodwin, of comms agency Publicis Groupe, recently wrote on LinkedIn that 'by now, what [he] really wants in advertising is for [companies] to ignore the current crisis, rather than pretending to care about it.' "I don't...

Carolyn Corda, CMO, ADARA: On empathy as a marketer – with Covid-19 hitting travel hard

Carolyn Corda, chief marketing officer (CMO) at data co-op ADARA, notes the importance of empathy in marketing. This is not just in terms of campaigns, but also in becoming a better marketer.

“What’s really worked for me is I understand the business not just from the marketing angle,” Corda tells MarketingTech. “I’ve been deep in the different elements of airlines.”

For Corda, who prior to becoming CMO at ADARA was managing director for digital travel and...

Managing the content explosion: How to maximise your impact

Enterprises, or more specifically marketers in enterprises, are increasingly dependent on good content to influence the purchase decision making process of their customers. With the proliferation of social media and the sheer volume of branded activity, it can be difficult to effectively engage with buyers. A recent study from Venngage showed that two-thirds of marketers find producing consistently engaging, well-designed and visually appealing content their biggest struggle. As channels...

How micro-influencers can become integral to impactful marketing campaigns

The influencer marketing industry has been subject to great scrutiny in recent years with concerns about trust, transparency and authenticity looming over brands and influencers alike. As a result, consumers have become more skeptical, the Advertising Standards Authority has enforced much stricter rules on the discipline, and social media giants have introduced new measures to keep their platforms free from fraud. It’s no wonder then that micro and nano-influencers have become the...

How to combine your people, your brand and your technology for game-changing disruption

What makes a truly transformational and disruptive idea? The answer is two-fold. Firstly, these ideas understand and respond to new behaviours while leveraging new or underutilised technology. And secondly, they often come from ambitious organisations who understand how to integrate the right people and skills to stretch a vision and deliver on a single, motivating purpose or mission.

In short, game-changing ideas create real-world impact for people and businesses. And this...

The CMO’s viewpoint: Marketing during a pandemic is not business as usual

Organisations are struggling to adjust to the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. Revenue is being impacted in retail, travel and hospitality industries among others. Companies are figuring out how to keep the business moving while employees are adjusting to working from home. And cyber criminals are having a field day feasting on all of the disruption and uncertainty.

So, what does that mean for marketers? Do we simply carry on with our 2020 game plan? I believe that would not...