A new technology has now captured the imagination of CX directors everywhere – chatbots. Their promise is attractive.  They can be used to automate the way in which customers interact with brands, meaning that huge costs of human labour can be avoided.   Of course, the movement of customer service to online channels is nothing …

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 …

We have tools to measure every dollar spent on digital marketing. But when it comes to assessing the value of live events, most businesses still operate in a pre-digital age. Companies spend 25% – 30% of their entire marketing budget on meetings and events1 for a total spend of $565 billion/year globally2. Yet historically marketers …

In days gone by, targeted advertising was a costly and time-consuming venture. For a brand to reach its desired audience, it would first have to commit to extensive market research, significant media spend, and an endless stream of calls and emails between its media buying agency and media sellers (publishers) claiming to reach the wanted …

Over the last few years, digital transformation has been one of the hottest topics at just about every business conference and event. It’s a subject which keeps the CEO awake at night yet is not always clearly defined or understood. While I think the term can be somewhat divisive, it is good that it exists …

The boycott of Google’s YouTube platform didn’t just crack the door open on digital advertising; it blew it off its hinges. Exposed to the spotlight of ire, analysis boomeranged around the industry and left data providers scrambling to provide better data for brand safe solutions. But all the new solutions and analysis overlook the fact …

Disruptive technologies like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and high-velocity marketing platforms are on the rise. They are being used as the gas that fuels the customer engagement engine to drive memorable user experiences globally. The hope is that customers will intrinsically tie the feeling of innovation, excitement and efficiency that they’ve obtained with …

Point-of-sale marketing tactics have historically been limited to basic placards displaying outdated graphics along with some small print pushing today’s hot items. Some marketers take it one step further and recommend pyramids of precipitously stacked products, which a child on a sugar rush inevitably topples. Suffice it to say that for brand marketers, in-store advertising …

Data released in January by GlobalWebIndex showed that 34% of Facebook’s 1.8 billion users had visited a brand’s Facebook page in the previous month and 24% of users had shared some brand content with their friends. These statistics prove that anyone doubting the importance of social media marketing for brands is wrong. The sheer numbers …

Econsultancy founder Ashley Friedlein recently made a bold prediction for the marketing industry’s year ahead: “The guiding star in 2017 will be focus”. An outside observer might reasonably wonder why a simple – even obvious – idea like focus merits so much attention. But if you’ve been paying attention to the state of the marketing …