Reaching customers where they are with Facebook’s click-to-Messenger ads: A guide

For years, marketers have pushed messages out to their customers and then sat back and hoped for a response. This form of “conversation” is incredibly limiting because it’s one-way — customers can’t tell you why they ignored an ad or responded to a call to action. That’s all changed with the arrival of Facebook’s click-to-Messenger ads.

These ads send users into a Messenger conversation with your business with a call to action that reads, “Send Message.” They are...

Four ways AI can help you keep pace with changing consumer behaviours

Consumer behaviour looks entirely different than it did a year ago. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders gave people more time to browse online, discover, and fall in love with existing and new brands. More than ever, consumers expect relevancy — and their tolerance for unpurposeful experiences has plummeted.

In other words, spray-and-pray marketing tactics no longer work. Burying consumers in content also won’t work. Loyal customers don’t want every last bit of your...

Brandwatch: On ‘rethinking and rebuilding’ digital marketing amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has made many businesses suffer - and for marketing teams and agencies, where proving value has almost always been a bunfight, the impact has been especially hard.

According to a study from performance marketing provider Uplers in June, polling CEOs and senior management in agencies, more than half (57%) believed the impact of Covid-19 would last more than six months. Two thirds (66%) had seen a decrease in overall revenue.

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Personalisation for ABM campaigns: Tackling challenges and getting a progressive approach

Session Getting the right personalisation strategy, to ensure a great customer experience but avoiding any privacy pitfalls, is vital to virtually any digital marketing initiative. For account-based marketing (ABM), it is even more important.

As a Lead Forensics article puts it, "great ABM content that will help you win clients is content that is relevant, timely, and highly personal." This involves a lot of groundwork, but it can be worthwhile - indeed, the difference...

How to use emojis in digital marketing – but not overdo it

Have you texted “😀” to a friend or co-worker recently? Believe it or not, you’ve used a form of language that’s been compared to Egyptian hieroglyphics. And millions of people do this every day.

Hieroglyphics and emojis are actually considered writing systems, not languages. However, pictograms are still powerful symbols that illustrate the way people think, speak, and communicate. For example, “😂” is used to convey not only extreme hilarity but sarcasm,...

How marketers can use personalisation to tap into consumers’ ‘autumnal intentions’

September has always marked the end of summer and the start of a new chapter, but in light of the strangest year many of us have ever experienced, it’s safe to say that right now more than ever many of us are craving a breath of fresh air in our lives.

And as children finally get back into the classroom, it’s clear the usual ‘back to school’ feeling extends far beyond families. With students also going to university (albeit with restrictions in place), and office workers...

Why the connected consumer is at the heart of the digital world

When industry experts were making predictions for 2020, little did they know that this would be a most disruptive year for global markets, with ongoing adversities and anomalies. Covid and the rapid spread of the pandemic have added to the challenges marketers already face, while uncertainty has forced many organisations to put their focus upon their strongest asset: the customer. Customer engagement and loyalty have always been two very important metrics; even more so in today’s market...

Beyond the traditional: How YouTube is looking to turn lockdown viewing habits into a marketing win

Lockdown measures have been continuing to ease across the UK and beyond - albeit with some caveats - but there are some habits formed over the past few months that are here to stay. Being stuck behind closed doors led many people to try new things for the very first time, whether that was baking bread, a self-haircut, or working out at home instead of down the gym.

While the evidence on the streets suggests hairdressers won’t be replaced by DIY jobs any time soon, all three of...

DOMO: On cloud-enabled customer journeys and ensuring marketers aren’t chasing their tails

It is always interesting to note the propositions of companies who specialise in software for marketers. For many of the executives leading from the front, it creates a strong narrative. Having been marketing leaders at their previous employer, they understand the problems their compatriots are going through - and, more importantly, how they can be solved.

Mark Green, EMEA marketing director at cloud-based business intelligence firm DOMO, is a case in point. Having spent half a...

Don’t just address compliance as part of your marketing strategy – embrace it

Session When it comes to marketing, trust is sometimes considered something of a dirty word. Pre-GDPR, it was almost laughable. Yes, you can trust us not to hawk your data to any Tom, Dick or Harry going. You can also trust us that our product does exactly what we say it does, and that you won't get a few bills down the line because you neglected to read the small print.

The wheels are in motion for those who blatantly transgress, though the cogs can take a while to whirr. For the...