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. …

What does a new reality mean to you? At H+K’s Creativity + New Reality on 26 September 2017, speakers explored this question and provided insight into the changing landscapes of business, PR, culture and consumerism. “The theme of this year’s conference is new reality. This is a theme that was unavoidable in my mind, given …

Website, mobile app, social media, online marketplace, in store, at a pop-up or concession: the shopping options available to today’s consumer are plentiful, with the internet providing access to a retailer even after its store doors close. This provides convenience for the consumer, who is able to browse and buy when and where they want, …

Poor customer support costs businesses $1.6 trillion in lost opportunities, according to an Accenture estimate. While most articles on customer support focus on companies that serve consumers directly, customer churn affects companies that serve other businesses too. Business people are also consumers. They develop expectations about customer service based on their experience as consumers, and …

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 …

Following its launch on July 6th, 2016, Pokémon Go quickly became a global sensation, breaking app download records within its first week. By the turn of the year, its creators, San Francisco-based software developer Niantic labs, had generated $1 billion in revenue. As a result, summer 2016 was seen by many as the breakthrough moment …

In banking today, the advice of Theodore Levitt (an American economist) holds true: people don’t want a quarter inch drill, they want a quarter inch hole. Banks must solve a problem not sell a product. To do this, they need to be customer-centric, understand the customer journey and the different touch points, and offer customer …

Sixty percent of people think chatbots will make companies feel less human. But industry insiders disagree. Back in January 2016, Chris Messina (tech guru and inventor of the #hashtag) predicted: Computer-driven bots will become more human-feeling, to the point where the user can’t detect the difference, and will interact with either human agent or computer …

With technology evolving seemingly at the speed of light, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends. Just when you feel like you’re up to date with current trends, it turns out that you’re actually one step (or perhaps a few steps) behind everyone else. Fear not, new isn’t always best. There …