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Top 4 Takeaways from the 2015 Forrester Marketing Leader’s Forum

Posted by Rachel Eisenhauer on Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Forrester’s Marketing Leaders Forum took place in New York City for the first time, after previous years in northern California. The theme of this year’s conference was “Connect, Engage, Deliver,” and the resounding focus of discussions was to put people front and center, not the marketer nor the business. In the age of the customer, individual people are the focus, which is why the following takeaways all speak to the power of engaging with individuals. 

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Tags: CMOs, data-driven marketing

Retailers’ Customer Satisfaction Hinges on Data-Driven Marketing

Posted by Rachel Sullivan on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

More retailers – along with brands in just about every other industry – are using data to inform their marketing and customer service decisions. The benefits of a data-driven marketing approach are clear. A Forbes Insights survey of data-driven retail marketing executives found the majority achieved a competitive advantage in three key areas:

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Tags: ecommerce, CMOs, data-driven marketing

Cookies & Creative: Keys to Programmatic Advertising

Posted by Candice MacDonald on Tue, Mar 03, 2015

Last week in sunny Santa Clara, Calif., LiveRamp hosted its annual RampUp! Summit with more than 1,500 brands, agencies and industry insiders in attendance. In addition to the excitement about the sun and warmth from the folks who had traveled from harsh winter weather, there was a buzz in the air about using data to run more efficient, cross-channel marketing programs. The morning kicked off with LiveRamp’s CEO, Auren Hoffman, and a fireside chat with Kevin Akeroyd, the GM and SVP of Oracle Marketing Cloud. Kevin made a significant statement that set the stage for the rest of the day: “There is zero reason why any advertising shouldn't be performance-based given all the data that is available.” 

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Tags: CMOs, personalized video advertising

Relevant, Personalized Ads Solve Global Marketing Challenges

Posted by Elad Ben David on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

As a global marketer, how do you effectively address cultural differences among your customers across regions?

Globally, we’ve shifted to a customer-centric world in which consumers choose to do business with the brands that speak to them as individuals. As such, marketers are adapting their ad programs to better relate to consumers on an individual level, but those targeting a global customer base still need to heed cultural differences to make their ads more effective across continents.

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Tags: CMOs, personalized video advertising

Super Bowl 2015: How to Make the Most of a $4.5 Million Ad

Posted by Elad Ben David on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

30 seconds. $4.5 million. 111.5 million viewers.

The Super Bowl is the year’s biggest opportunity for advertisers to reach an audience of enthusiastic and focused viewers – but that opportunity comes with a steep price tag. Each year we hear grumblings about the high cost, yet networks continue to sell out their inventory and the number of new advertisers getting in on the game continues to grow. According to eMarketer and Kantar Media, first-time advertisers increased from six to nine brands between 2013 and 2014, and will reach 15 this year. But why are the brands willing to pay such a steep price?

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Tags: CMOs, personalized video advertising, data-driven marketing

Misusing Big Data and Other Online Marketing Mistakes to Avoid in 2015

Posted by Mark Flaharty on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

This post originally appeared on Internet Retailer on January 13, 2015. 

In the retail world, we live by the statement, “With big data comes big opportunity.” Few, if any, industries are as rich in data as retail. Today, so much is being done to use this data to market retail businesses with greater effectiveness and efficiency. With an eye toward 2015, here are the mistakes you must avoid in order to ensure that you take full advantage of the big data opportunity and that your brand’s marketing focus is in the right place: on quality.

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Tags: ecommerce, CMOs, personalized video advertising, data-driven marketing

The Power of Storytelling with Personalized Video

Posted by Jim Dicso on Tue, Dec 09, 2014

This post originally appeared on CMO Essentials on December 8, 2014. 

On a matrix of customer profitability and advocacy, every brand has an ideal customer profile. The ideal customer is more engaged, more loyal, transacts more frequently, costs less to serve, and is more willing to recommend the brand than the average customer.

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Tags: customer experience, customer loyalty, CMOs, data-driven marketing

Leveraging Big Data Via Personalized Videos

Posted by Deirdre Mills on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

This article was first published on Multichannel Merchant, on November 18, 2014.

Savvy marketers recognize that big data plays a critical role in a brand’s ability to identify, reach and address customer needs on a one-to-one level. On the flip side, brands that do not take advantage of real-time big data will create sub-optimal experiences and incur unnecessary costs, negatively impacting customer relationships.

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Tags: customer experience, ecommerce, CMOs, data-driven marketing

Customer Intimacy Across the Pond: What Matters to U.S. and European Customers

Posted by Deirdre Mills on Thu, Oct 02, 2014

European_shopperThis article was first published on, October 1, 2014. 

In today’s age of the customer, companies find success from engaging with empowered consumers who demand a certain level of customer obsession. 

With the rise of social media over the past decade, friend recommendations and referrals are more trusted by consumers than the brand’s message. How likely will your customers recommend you to a friend or colleague? 

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Tags: customer experience, CMOs, data-driven marketing

Weekly News Roundup - CMO-CIO Collaboration, NA-EUR Differences

Posted by Joanna Strick on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

Here to send you off for the weekend is our weekly news roundup, recapping last week's highlights including: the psychological science behind storytelling, turning data into actionable personalized communications, plus thought leadership gems on the CMO-CIO relationship and cultural advertising clashes across the pond.

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Tags: customer experience, CMOs, personalized video advertising, data-driven marketing

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