[Blog Abstract] Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent McKinsey Quarterly article, “Digital strategy: The four fights you have to win” by Tanguy Catlin, Laura LaBerge and Shannon Varney.

This article starts off boldly, “Yesterday’s tentative approaches won’t deliver; you need absolute clarity about digital’s demands, galvanized leadership, unparalleled agility, and the resolve to bet boldly.” Their main point is that most successful corporations ultimately decay into incrementalism as a strategic approach and this – unfortunately – will not cut it when digital has the potential to disrupt a business down to its core. The sad reality is that it is usually a newcomer to an industry that has the risk appetite to take the bold, yet necessary, moves.

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2019 Trends in Data & Data Management for Marketers

Discovering the new answer to the age-old question of “How can I generate more sales at a lower cost” will be key for marketing managers to master in 2019. More than ever before, this year data will lead the way.

Without a doubt, the future of marketing is intimately connected with the future of Big Data. At this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) it was noted that 2018 really was the culmination of a number of key tech breakthrough into the mass market (like AI and 5D), and observing how they will play out for business.

In 2019, tech and marketing experts say we’re moving from a focus on connecting people to the Data Age to a new phase, one in which the way consumers behave will determine the way we use technology to engage with them. For sure, being able to use the latest data advances to sell more products and services in 2019 is top-of-mind for smart B2C and B2B marketers everywhere. This article discusses some of the data trends you’ll want to be aware of – and begin to implement – during 2019. Continue reading “2019 Trends in Data & Data Management for Marketers”

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The New Transparency: Are You a Data ‘Have’ or ‘Have-Not’?

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent AdAge article, “THE NEW TRANSPARENCY: ARE YOU A DATA ‘HAVE’ OR ‘HAVE-NOT’?” by Julie Fleischer, Neustar.

Love the tone of this article, just a little cheeky. But she is right when she point out this stark reality:

“Let’s reflect for a moment on some of today’s biggest business stories:

  • Amazon has crushed retail
  • Uber and Lyft have changed the taxi game
  • Dollar Shave Club got acquired by Unilever for $1 billion
  • Facebook and Google dominate media

All these brands have one thing in common: they are the ‘haves,’ companies founded on and built by data. Those without a direct link to customer data? They are today’s brand ‘have-nots.’ “

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Full Digital Marketing Attribution and Choosing the Right MarTech Solution

Marketing Technology is just exploding these days. It is amazing to hear the statistic that on average, B2B companies with robust marketing groups use over 90 MarTech tools. Wow!

Marketing technology has the purpose of furthering the attainment of marketing goals. However, just as with many new tools and processes, there can be a subtle shift from reaching the goal that MarTech tool is designed to help with to fully and robustly using the MarTech tool. This is certainly true with tools that are designed to help a marketing manager make sense of the attribution data generated from digital marketing such that it can be actionable. So once a CMO or marketing leader has obtained these tools, he or she probably has some new problems.

This problem had originally cropped up because marketers had engaged in digital marketing, which held great promise to not only deliver results, but also to … Continue reading

Use Marketing AI to connect your channels, devices, platforms. No cookies, no ad fraud.

If you are an executive at a company that is looking to significantly improve the performance of your marketing programs, things could radically change for the better in a relatively short amount of time through new technology-based marketing tools that make use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). What’s more, our solution is cookie-free, it is not challenging to implement, it is not expensive, and it doesn’t take a long time to begin seeing results. Say what?

The basics: AI, or machine learning, uses powerful technology to sift through mountains of data to find patterns (learn) that are associated with specific outcomes, which – for many companies – are greater conversions. As a result of this learning, marketers and strategists can pare down and focus their efforts to deliver precise and specific digital content – at the right time in the right place in the sales process – that will lead to … Continue reading

3 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Marketing with Predictive Analytics

To stand out from the ever increasing competition in the market, businesses need to have an eye on the future.  It is every marketers dream to be able to know their target market’s current and future needs. While tracking and addressing the current needs is rather easy, it is predicting the future that can seem bewildering. Fortunately businesses can now leverage big data and predictive analytics to correctly identify the likelihood of future outcomes. No more guessing games. Your business can get the best assessment of what will happen in the future and use this knowledge to determine customer purchases, promote the right product or services to the right audience, cut down on wastage of resources and manage business expenditure more efficiently. Continue reading “3 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Marketing with Predictive Analytics”

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Shape Your Marketing Strategy With Google Analytics

It is rather surprising to imagine how advanced computing systems have become within a very short time. Considering that not even a century has passed by since the modern computers were first created, Information Technology has become very sophisticated and there are several extraordinary technologies that are capable of accomplishing tasks that would take centuries for the collective human population to complete. 

Google Analytics is one such extraordinary friend for any businesses interested in shaping an optimal marketing strategy. It makes use of effective algorithms and uses its ‘computer brain’ to map an effective and optimal method for you to succeed in your business. Even though it can be hard at first to understand the technical concepts underlying Google Analytics, with time and experience it can become your best friend in the field of business. Here are some effective tips you can use to shape your business marketing strategies.

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Differentiate Yourself in 2017 – 4 Tips to Break Through Content Noise

With only a week to go before the year ends, marketing leaders from around the world are gathering their teams together in an effort to interpret 2016 trends in a manner that will result in success in 2017. In many circumstances, the question being pondered is how to break through content noise in order to deliver to the consumer the content he or she will need to make buying decisions this coming year.

By now you’ve probably heard (maybe even to ad nauseam) that content is king. But do you realize that according to the Content Marketing Institute 88% of B2B marketers in North America depend on some form of content marketing? Savvy marketers know that the ability to differentiate their company is dependent on how well they speak to and interact with their consumer.

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Using Google Analytics to Find Topics For Your Next Blog Post

The success of a coherent content strategy often depends on the performance of your blog posts. You want to provide your visitors with high quality content that they read, like and share with their peers. You want your blog readers to come back to your website in search of relevant content to gain more knowledge about their area of interest. The success of creating such highly compelling blog posts is not by any random hit and miss method but through data science. In this blog post, we discuss some of the ways in which you can use Google Analytics to generate ideas about your next blog post.

Analyzing the Content of Interest on the Website

Analyze the pages on your website which have garnered highest number of views and the pages which have high user engagement. You can see this report under Behavior > Site Content > All Pages. Continue reading “Using Google Analytics to Find Topics For Your Next Blog Post”

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Harness The Power of Intent Data To Supercharge Conversions

intent-marketingWhat Is Intent Data and Should It Matter?

When your prospects take a series of online actions, their digital footprints can be knitted together to tell us a story about their purpose – or intent. These footprints can come from many sources, such as search queries, website visits, downloads or even engagement with various social platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube or blogs.

Not only can we discover their current objective but we can also surmise their future intent.

Each individual signal already tells us a lot, but when we group them together, live and in order, we are able to extrapolate dynamic and powerful engagement patterns that can tell us even more about their preferences, information needs, propensity to take an action and finally, their intent to make the purchase. This not only helps us with an individual prospect, it informs us about similar audiences.

Live intent data goes … Continue reading