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Every day, artificial intelligence is becoming more empathy than pure logic, more face than interface. Soon, AI will be able to listen to the tenor of a customer’s voice, analyze their emotional state, and use this information to deliver appropriate responses – and become more finely tuned through each of those interactions. For brand marketers, …

For many of us, our experience with artificial intelligence (A.I.) may be, for a lack of a better way to put it, “helpfully cool.” That can mean asking Amazon’s Alexa to play a particular song or querying Google’s Home to see if butter is a suitable replacement for vegetable shortening. But the potential for A.I. …

CEO’s have been prominent figures in business for as long as they’ve existed, but starting in the 1980’s something else began to happen too. After Hollywood gave us Gordon Gecko and Miranda Priestly, reality seemed to fight back. Inspirational CEO’s like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Vicki Escarra (to name but a few) changed the …

The reasons why startups and businesses fail have been written about exhaustively. But what about what makes them succeed? The media makes us firmly believe that the main ingredient of a successful startup has to do with its product or industry, namely that in order to get an idea off the ground and into the …

Marketing is about so much more than turning a prospect into a sale: it is about getting inside the mind of the consumer, and turning an indifferent, disinterested person into a loyal, long-term customer who is passionate about your brand. Incentives are one of the most effective ways of doing this – but only when …

Business Dictionary details the Silo Mentality as a mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This mentality will reduce the efficiency of the overall operation, reduce morale and could potentially contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. Let us consider the …

, something that could have saved myself and others a great deal of time earlier in our careers. Which, as we’ll see, is ironic because many businesses regard ethnography itself as time-consuming and costly. The Wrong Research Methodology To appreciate the role of ethnography in creating brand experience, it’s important to first consider how research …

During any periods of economic uncertainty, it is often the retail sector that is hit the hardest, particularly the high-end brands, as cost-conscious consumers become more reluctant to invest in luxury items. While genuine products at discounted prices can indeed be found on the Internet, consumers can often find themselves unknowingly caught out by counterfeit …

Content Marketing is here to stay.  There is a broad and compelling consensus that content is the key to unlocking thought leadership, brand leadership, market leadership, and effective demand generation programs. In most B2B marketing approaches, this means blogs, e-books, white papers, case studies and compelling email and demand generation programs built around these. However …

In the world of targeted marketing, we often tread the line between being personalised and being personal. On the one hand, using a consumer’s data can lead to marketing that is tailored to the individual, helping them to cut through the noise and get to the products or offers relevant to them. However, if that …

The simple adage “think like your customer” might have guided business decisions since the world’s first sale was made, but these four words are charged for companies operating on a global scale. Not only do global brands need to adapt to the rapidly evolving digitization of multiplying customer touchpoints, but in delivering their message, there’s …

Consumer perception of brands has evolved greatly since we have entered into the digital age. Traditionally, there was a simple formula for how brands could project an image through the combination of three basic things: have a great product, toss in some good values, and present it all through a compelling advertising campaign. Fast forward …

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 …

The social media tools and techniques we have at our disposal are making marketers smarter, more effective, and more efficient each day, making days of “post and pray” a thing of the past. Or, at least, one would hope. The truth is, when it comes to social media marketing, a brand’s first priority must be …

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