More than half of social media influencers participate in the metaverse

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As many as 56% of social media influencers are working in the metaverse with 60% of influencers viewing themselves as creators in virtual worlds.

This is according to a study by IZEA Worldwide, a provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for brands. The study, which polled 1,034 US internet users ages 18 to 60-plus examined how social media influencers are leading the way into virtual worlds.

The report is the first in a series of research studies...

Verve and Alida aim to transform customer experiences together

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Alida, a specialist in Total Experience Management (TXM), has partnered with Verve, a company that works in community panels and smart digital research.

As part of the Alida Partner Network, Verve delivers elevated customer experience (CX) and insights to organisations across the globe. Alida’s premium partnership tier is for partners who have a high level of expertise with Alida solutions and have achieved a strong standing with new business. 

Ross Wainwright,...

Three quarters of marketers find B2B engagement harder than ever

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As many as 73% of marketers say that capturing the attention of B2B audiences is harder than it was a year ago, indicating a heightened problem in the B2B landscape.  

This is according to research from independent design consultancy The Frameworks, which surveyed 150 B2B marketers at organisations of more than 500 people, and explored the value of great design in the B2B sector and the barriers that prevent B2B marketers from making bolder creative...

How The Langham Hotels boosted discoverability and gained 3m+ clicks

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Synonymous with luxury, The Langham Hotels and Resorts operate globally, delivering a five-star experience since the opening of its London location in 1865. The Langham Hospitality Group now has an extensive hotel portfolio with more than 4,721 rooms in properties in countries including the UK, Australia, China and the USA.

The problem:

The Langham needed a sophisticated platform that would allow them to seamlessly update business information and monitor and respond to...

Kevin the Carrot ranked most Googled Christmas advert character

Kevin the Carrot.

Aldi’s Kevin the Carrot is the most Googled Christmas advert character, according to data from Google trends.

The friendly little vegetable has been crowned the best Christmas advert character, after data comparing Google searches over the last five years revealed that Kevin the Carrot is the most Googled Christmas advert character.

The data as compiled based on the top six UK retailers, who release hotly anticipated Christmas adverts every year, including John Lewis,...

Marketers’ digital skills have declined during the pandemic

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Digital marketing skills have stagnated or declined during the pandemic, research from training body Target Internet, in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), has revealed.

Their report has found that unlike many other sectors - which saw digital skills accelerated by the pandemic - the majority of digital marketing skills stagnated or declined between 2020 and 2021. This decline has occurred across almost all sectors, and at all job levels, with skills in...

Majority of marketers more likely to use influencers in campaigns since pandemic

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, seven out of 10 marketers (70%) are now more likely to use creators in brand campaigns, while a similar figure (69%) agree that influencer marketing budgets represent a larger proportion of their overall marketing budget.

This is according to research from global influencer marketing agency, TAKUMI. The firm recently published its annual industry trends analysis, ‘Influencer marketing in the pandemic era’, comparing the viewpoints of more than...

Quartile creates ‘largest cross-channel e-commerce advertising platform’ with Sidecar takeover

Quartile, an ad optimisation platform for top e-commerce marketplace sellers, has acquired Sidecar, a performance marketing technology provider for e-commerce retailers and brands.

The two companies will combine under the Quartile name, growing the brand into the world’s largest cross-channel e-commerce advertising platform. Both platforms apply machine-learning and natural-language processing to provide data-driven strategies and best practices to brand marketers while also...

Build-A-Bear reinvents online shopping experience with 3D workshop

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Global retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up with multicloud computing firm Nutanix, Buzz3D and TierPoint to develop the tech behind its Bear Builder 3D Workshop, an interactive online shopping experience that virtually brings furry friends to life during the purchasing process.

As a part of the iconic brand’s effort to accelerate its digital transformation, Build-A-Bear began exploring opportunities to create an immersive and engaging online experience that builds on...

How Cortech Developments improved customer journeys by taking its CRM to the cloud

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Established in 1992, Cortech Developments is a privately owned, premier provider of software integration solutions for smarter building, fire, and security systems.

The company offers software development and management systems across the globe, working with building owners, consultants, integrators, and manufacturers to maximise safety and efficiency.

The problem:

Cortech Developments has been integrating systems for nearly 25 years and is well-versed in the...