When the bubble bursts, improved experiences will lead to customer growth

The surge in digital acquisition and content consumption that some brands are experiencing will soon come to a halt with current levels of incremental spending and time spent viewing content simply not sustainable and unlikely to endure long into a prolonged public health crisis and significant recessionary environment.

The new normal will be an even fiercer battle for customers and viewers as people battle to balance their budgets in the face of rising job insecurity and reduce...

Has social distancing helped usher through the age of immersive digital?

As brands around the world respond to the ongoing disruptive trends and scrabble to re-shape the way they engage with their customers, what we are witnessing is an explosion of immersive digital experiences.

It might seem that up until a few months ago immersive digital interactions were more of a cherry on the top rather than the actual bun. Has the recent enforced social distancing changed our daily habits for good?

On the one hand we have seen a surge of digital...

Get ahead of the game: Why ‘earned data’ could be the future for marketers

As a marketer, I always question the wisdom of organisations coming up with their own ‘categories’ or catch-phrases because, as a general rule, there are more than enough of them, and making new ones stick is risky and expensive. But, despite the fact that the advice of my SEO consultant is that it might take a year or more before anyone searches Google for ‘earned data’, I still think it’s worth the investment. And here’s why.

Third party lists have been the bedrock...

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...

The last (third party) cookie: How to prepare for a new era of digital advertising

In a 1984 episode of Sesame Street, Prairie Dawn, the most-level headed Muppet, is faced with a difficult challenge: she must explain the concept of ‘the last cookie’ to the Cookie Monster. The presentation begins well. Prairie asks the Cookie Monster to eat three of the four cookies on the table, and he does so with typical enthusiasm. But the mood changes when Cookie Monster is faced with the last cookie.

“But Prairie! Prairie! That’s the last cookie! After we eat that...

The four pillars of good spend management – a key skill amid the Covid-19 downturn

Spend management is hardly the most glamorous component of marketing, but its impact can be game changing. That fact is particularly important as businesses react to the downturn ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Done well, spend management can free up marketing budget and serve both as a foundation to weather a storm and a catalyst for future growth. Effective spend management enables agile decision making within days (or even hours), allowing marketers to rapidly re-deploy...

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...

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...

Has it taken a crisis for us to embrace the power of broadcast communications?

For many years, technology has had the power to radically alter the live communications landscape. From virtual, augmented and mixed reality to AI, technology that is readily available to us has been in a position to dramatically change the way we engage with live events through broadcast. Often this type of communication has been pushed to the side as facilitating it has not been viewed as “business critical”. Of course, communication is now and always will be business critical but,...

Why you should see artificial intelligence as your top intern, rather than an Einstein

Personalisation is essential for high-quality customer experience. This means that contact points should always be timely and relevant. Services such as Netflix and Spotify have made personalisation an art. You always see songs that you like or the series that are 'made for you'.

How do these companies get to know you so well? This personalisation is thanks to AI, which is crucial for services such as Netflix and Spotify. For them, AI means the difference between a customer who...