The phrase “big data” most commonly might be associated with the tech side of marketing – analytics broken into charts and spreadsheets. But marketing executives should consider another aspect of digital marketing when putting analytics insights to use: the creative side. The trick is marrying digital and creative into one seamless marketing campaign. Collecting and …

Marketing modernization is allowing brands to connect with customers with more agility and scale than ever before. But to what end? With all this power and capability – from machine learning and data-driven decision-making, to personalized content experiences – marketers have had to rethink their engagement approach. They can no longer blast message after message into the …

Technology. It’s all around us. Here to (supposedly) make our lives better, both personally and professionally. Sometimes it does, and sometimes, let’s face it, it’s just a bad case of ‘shiny new thing syndrome.’ As we’ve been preparing the Technology Issue of Brand Quarterly, I’ve spent a lot of time considering what technology means to …

You only need to rewind about 15 years or so to remember a time when marketers were limited to communicating with their audiences across just three channels: Television, newspapers, and mail. This meant that marketers could communicate the same message across all three platforms with minimal detrimental impact, but the explosion of new channels and …

If your business is not up to speed on offering consumers a personalized digital experience, then it’s time to catch up quickly. Personalization is no longer trendy or optional. On the contrary, personalization is rapidly becoming a consumer expectation. Businesses are seeing the rewards of capturing and analyzing data, which includes both consumer advocacy and increased revenues. They …

Research shows that consumers are willing to pay a ‘simplicity premium’ for products and services, like cars, cell phones, and travel and fitness offerings that make life easier while delivering premium performance. Yet, the majority of products, services, and messages consumers get from business, health and financial services, and the government tend to have the opposite effect – …

Companies are good at creating a lot of noise. Marketing departments easily gain attention, but the organization often falls short when it comes to the part that matters: converting interest into results. The problem, of course, is putting too much focus on the beginning of the funnel and not enough towards the end. Like a …

As brands expand globally in search of new growth opportunities, the diverse number of buyer personas and ways to reach them rises at an exponential rate. At the same time, customers now expect relevant brand touch points to be delivered to them in real-time, and across multiple channels and platforms. The need to generate a …

Is the foundation of your brand strong enough to support a lasting success? Are you authentically delivering on your brand promise? Or are you suffering from what research calls the current “crisis of trust” in business? If you answered “yes” to that last question, it’s time to do some digging down to your brand’s base …

My grandfather is a retired cotton farmer, so growing up I heard a lot about rain. I was familiar with what happened to our grass when the Texas skies withheld moisture, but it turned out, crops are equally imperiled by oversaturation. For my grandfather’s cotton plants, flooding was just as dangerous as drought. And now, …