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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: customer engagement, big data, personalized video, CMOs, online retail, advertising

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 engagement, big data, personalization, CMOs

Can't You Just Get Along? CIO, CMO = No Strong Bond

Posted by Rachel Eisenhauer on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

SundaySky president and chief revenue officer Jim Dicso spoke with CMSWire's Kelly Bilodeau recently on improving CMO and CIO collaboration and alignment, as a result of Accenture's recent report "Cutting Across the CMO-CIO Divide." Below is the full article by Kelly Bilodeau, which was first published August 28, 2014 on CMSWire

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Tags: customer lifecycle, best practices, CMOs

Telefónica Taps SundaySky as Personalized Video Partner

Posted by Aviv Goren on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

We recently announced a partnership with one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, Telefónica

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Tags: SmartVideo, customer experience, personalized video, telecommunications, real time, CMOs

HITEC 2013 Shows There is a Home for SmartVideo in Hospitality

Posted by Rachel Eisenhauer on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

This is a guest blog article by Mike Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer at Clairvoyix.

The annual show for everything financial and technical in the hospitality space, HITEC, reminded me that it doesn’t matter what state the economy is in, you better lead, follow or get out of the way! The hospitality world is finally showing very robust signs of life with the rebounding economy, but that doesn’t mean the easy days of high occupancy and high ADRs (average daily rates) are back. Of course, tough economic times are the true test of a marketer. I believe the CFO rules when sales and profits are down, and for a CMO that means those three other letters – ROI – are the most important when requesting funds for marketing initiatives. To drive incremental ROI, marketers need to find new and exciting ways to communicate with past guests and future prospects. What is a hospitality marketer to do? You definitely want to “lead.”

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Tags: SmartVideo, personalization, CMOs, Clairvoyix, hospitality & travel

Think from the “Outside In” to Boost the Customer Experience

Posted by Jim Dicso on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

I always look forward to Forrester’s annual Customer Experience Forum East in NYC. Last year’s conference confirmed we had entered the Age of the Customer, and brands across industries recognized it, too. Still, only 8% of the 150+ brands on Forester’s Customer Experience Index (CEI) received grades of “excellent.” What’s everyone doing wrong?

This year, Harley Manning, Forrester’s vice president and research director, kicked off the two days by presenting the key concept to developing a great customer experience: think from the “outside in.” Specifically, companies need to design their customer experience and process from the customer’s perspective. 

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Tags: innovation, customer experience, insurance companies, customer preferences, wow experience, ecommerce, Forrester Customer Experience Forum, CMOs, Forrester, financial services, omnichannel, healthcare

9 SmartVideo Performance Gems To Make Every CMO Smile [Infographic]

Posted by Jim Dicso on Thu, May 09, 2013

“I’m investing in SmartVideo for NPS impact, and am paying for it with the financial ROI it’s delivering.” This is one of my favorite anecdotes said by the CMO of a Fortune 500 company. More than ever, the C-suite is implementing video for both financial impact and deeper levels of brand engagement. Yet, companies recognize if they only focus on financial ROI, they can easily miss the boat on customer experience.

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Tags: call reduction, smart video, SmartVideo, measuring business impact, customer engagement, customer experience, customers, measuring value, SundaySky, customer lifecycle, customer acquisition, customer care, CMOs, brand engagement, measuring ROI

Creating Brand Advantage with Perpetually Connected Customers

Posted by Bill Palmer on Wed, Apr 24, 2013

Last week I attended Forrester's Forum for Marketing Leaders in Los Angeles, focused on strategies for leveraging big data to better manage marketing communication programs in a world where half of adults globally will be perpetually connected to the Internet by the end of 2013, as Forrester predicts. The bottom line: every moment is a chance to connect and service customers. The opportunities for creating brand affinity and value are truly boundless in this hyper connected, hyper personalized global techno-village. However, these opportunities simultaneously carry an overwhelming capacity to bombard and frustrate customers and brands managers alike, who fail to properly plan and/or harness the great power of data-driven communications.

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Tags: customer engagement, big data, customer experience, contextualization, online engagement, connected customer, real time, CMOs, Forrester

Smarter Video: Higher Engagement in 2012; What's Next for 2013 [NEW REPORT]

Posted by Kelly Ford on Thu, Dec 06, 2012

This week, SundaySky released our annual State of Online Video Report, collective research from industry leaders and experts, as well as our own trend data and perspective. It will probably come as no surprise that 2012 was a record-breaking year for video: an all-time high of viewers (182 million), content videos consumed (456.6 million) and video ads viewed (105.4 billion). But my favorite finding from the report? Personally relevant video is fostering higher viewer engagement.

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Tags: smart video, insurance companies, customer loyalty, personalized video, personalization, online video, SundaySky, telecommunications, ecommerce, CMOs, personally relevant video, Forrester, financial services, video engagement, video by email, email, click-to-play

Take Five from Digiday Video

Posted by Kelly Ford on Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Yesterday, I attended Digiday’s Video annual conference here in NYC where roughly 300 digital citizens convened to reflect on the state, growth, opportunities and challenges of the online video market. Admittedly, I skedaddled with still yet a couple of sessions to go, but can sum up my five takeaways from the event as follows:

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Tags: TV and video, connected consumer, generation C, CMOs, multi-screen, Digiday Video, programmatic buying, video ad spend

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