The Relevancy Group releases their Email Marketing Buyer’s Guide and Issue 17 of The Marketer Quarterly

The Relevancy Group releases their Email Marketing Buyer’s Guide and Issue 17 of The Marketer Quarterly

BOSTON – March 19, 2018 – PRLog — The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm today released “The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2018 – Enterprise Edition.”  The research evaluates six enterprise EPSs (Email/Everychannel Service Providers) including Adobe, Cheetah Digital, Epsilon Agility Harmony, MessageGears, Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Zeta Global. Vendors are evaluated on customer satisfaction, product functionality, services capabilities, innovation, and breadth.

The massive 38-page report also provides details on every aspect of vendor selection and market analysis on email marketing trends as well as deep inspection of the platforms evaluated.

The Relevancy Group CEO and Founder, David Daniels said, “This is our fifth annual ESP Buyer’s Guide and this year the Relevancy Rings are specific to each vendor which measures their functionality and satisfaction against participant and industry averages. The functionality highlighted relate to three key themes that are most important to enterprise marketers. They are — Automation, Analysis/Attribution, and Real-time.”

Some of the research findings include:

– ESP continues to mature from Everychannel to Experience through the enablement real-time contextual-rich information that mechanized the delivery of an improved customer experience. This data-driven approach to automation across every channel can embody location, preference, behavioral, attitudinal and other data important to the customer experience.

– AI and machine learning are a fixture in many ESP solutions. The ability to leverage machine learning to improve offers, predict the best journey, automate data integration, and simply take over tasks that a marketer used to have to do are present in many of the enterprise ESPs that we reviewed.

– Progressive profiling had related to capturing customer preferences over time. Now in the age of site tags to capture customer signals and apply AI/machine learning, it is possible to target and segment customers at the individual level in real-time. Many marketers and ESPs are moving to an approach that utilizes real-time data and automation to deliver highly relevant individualized experience

The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2018 Enterprise Edition is available for purchase at $2495.00 and is included in The Relevancy Group’s Research Subscriber Series.

An excerpt of the research is also included in issue 17 of The Marketer Quarterly, the digital magazine, and app for marketers by marketers. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android, and Amazon.

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Email Marketing Mobile Readiness in 2018

How Mobile Ready is Your Email Marketing Program?

In Q4 of 2017, The Relevancy Group (TRG) conducted research on the mobile usage, preferences, and habits of over a thousand U.S. consumers. The research also utilized TRG executive surveys from 2017 and a questionnaire that captured the mobile capabilities from the ten leading Email/Everychannel Service Providers (ESP). Thank you to those ESP vendors and to the sponsors of this research, Branch, BrightWave and Moloco.

Download the research for free with registration.

Enjoy the on-demand webinar Email Marketing Mobile Readiness in 2018.

Key Questions:
What consumer behavior trends should influence email marketing mobile strategies?
How are marketers utilizing mobile apps and what is necessary to optimize that experience?
How important is deep linking and deferred deep linking and what are the benefits they offer?
How mobile ready are the leading ESPs (Email/Everychannel Service Providers)?

Report Excerpt:
For consumers across the US, the mobile phone has quickly become the vehicle of choice for communicating with brands and marketers online. Consumers today engage with brands through mobile apps and email on their mobile devices, more often than they do through their desktop or laptop computers. On the mobile device, itself, consumers clearly prefer apps to the mobile web as demonstrated by metrics like time spent, conversion rate and average order value – all significantly higher in apps than on mobile web, or, in many cases, even desktop. This paradigm shift away from the desktop has come with big opportunities as marketers can now leverage real-time data and location variables to drive more relevant an immersive experiences at the times and places where they can create the most value. Capitalizing on the opportunities can, for many marketers, be challenging, but data indicate that the major vendors in the Email Marketing/Everychannel space are now beginning to provide the tools, technology, partnerships, and services to enable marketers and delight consumers.

This research highlights the importance of addressing audiences away from the desktop, explores and compares the features, functionality, partnerships, and services that are important to various buyers of marketing technology for email, and provides analyst insight into how brands and marketers can best position themselves for mobile success.

The Research: 18 pages, 7 Charts, 4,241 words. Sponsored by Branch, BrightWave and Moloco. Learn more about the sponsors in this research document.

Research Subscriber Series – 2018

The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series – The 2018 Offering

What is it? An annual subscription to our 2018 research The Relevancy Groupthat includes access to our back catalog of original hypothesis driven research.  The Research Subscriber Series includes our Relevancy Ring Buyer’s Guides, market landscapes, industry specific research and tactical advice that is based on case studies, executive and consumer surveys.  Each report comes with inquiry access to go one-on-one with the analyst(s) that authored and/or contributed to the research. We provide direct access to answers.

Company Wide Access: With an annual subscription to The Research Subscriber Series, you get company wide access to the latest and best thinking from The Relevancy Group (TRG). Topics cover Martech and Adtech strategies and tactics as well as provide detailed survey analysis of thousands of executives and consumers. $15,000.00 Annually.

Benefits of The Research Subscriber Series:

  • Inquiry access to our tenured TRG analysts.
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  • Company wide access to research.
  • Custom analysis of TRG survey data.
  • Exclusive access to quarterly trend webinars solely for research subscribers
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2018 Research Topics

  • Email Marketing, Customer Experience
  • Everychannel, Omnichannel Marketing
  • Madtech (Martech + Adtech)
  • Customer Data Platforms, Data Management, Data Onboarding (CDP, DMP)
  • Identity Management/Resolution
  • Personalization, Targeting and Retargeting
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobile
  • Video
  • Social
  • Automation, Campaign Management
  • Data Hygiene and Acquisition
  • Attribution and Analytics

Primary Industries Covered

  • Financial Services
  • Media/Publishing
  • Retail
  • Travel/Hospitality

2018 Report Titles

  • Consumer Email Marketing Trends
  • Consumer Mobile Marketing Trends
  • Consumer Social Marketing Trends
  • State of The Email Marketing Industry 2018
  • Email Marketing Forecast
  • ESP Buyer’s Guide
  • Email Agency Buyer’s Guide
  • Customer Data Platform Buyer’s Guide
  • Identity Management Buyer’s Guide
  • Personalization Machine Learning Buyer’s Guide
  • Analytics Buyer’s Guide
  • Video Platform Buyer’s Guide
  • Digital Agency Buyer’s Guide
  • Madtech Acquisition Trends
  • Email Marketing Acquisition Benchmark
  • State of Retail Marketing
  • State of Financial Services Marketing
  • State of Media/Publishing Marketing
  • State of Travel/Hospitality Marketing
  • Martech Innovators
  • Adtech Innovators
  • Mobile Apps Benchmark
  • State of Digital Video Advertising
  • State of Identity Management
  • People Based Marketing Benchmark
  • Everychannel Attribution, End of The Last Click
  • Advertising Trends in 2018
  • Social Marketing Innovators   *Titles subject to change

Who are the authors? The Relevancy Group is proud to have the most tenured research staff of any analyst/research firm in the industry. They are the best from Forrester Research, Jupiter Research, The IAB, NPD Group, eMarketer and App Annie. All of our analysts have at least 15 years of experience in their coverage area as a practitioner, industry analyst – or both. Learn more about our team.

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Holiday Planning: What Do U.S. Consumers Want This Year?

Holiday Planning: What Do U.S. Consumers Want This Year?

By David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group

Holiday PlanningWhat are U.S. consumer behaviors and attitudes this holiday season? Zeta Global recently partnered with The Relevancy Group to answer this question. Register to listen to a recording of the webinar, which highlights the attitudes and behaviors of consumers in the U.S. this holiday season.

We’ve highlighted the five most significant findings below, along with last minute tactics that marketers should embrace for the all-important holiday season.

1. U.S. Consumers are Engaged with Email All Day Long
Ninety-two percent of U.S. consumers are engaged with email every day. Fifty-four percent stated in a Relevancy Group survey that they check email multiple times a day. Another 17 percent state hourly or more frequently and still another 21 percent state daily. Email is a fixture in consumers’ daily life. It serves as the online digital fingerprint that is required to transact will retailers, banks and just about everything that is represented online: a fact that I have stated for a long time. Consumers state that non-relevance and high frequency will drive email marketing avoidance stressing how important it is for marketers to be relevant in order to stand out from their competitors.

2. Phones & Tablets are Increasingly the Primary Email Inbox and Shopping Device Among Consumers
Forty percent of U.S. consumers state that their mobile phone is their primary email inbox (i.e. phone first) and another 10 percent say the same for their tablet. The other half state that it is a mix of laptops and desktop computers. Overall 86 percent of U.S. consumers state they access their email account via a mobile phone, which is a well-known ubiquitous behavior. This behavior and the growing number of phone-first email users requires marketers to be well-versed in designing for these screens. Marketers must embrace responsive design, deep linking app technology and mobile measurement to understand this profound shift of email consumption on mobile.

3. Focus on Hygiene to Advance Holiday Email Campaign Results. Address Churn and Inactivity.
Consumers are nomadic. Twenty-nine percent of U.S. consumers stated in our survey that they have changed or created a new email address in the past year. Most change their email address not because of a life event like marriage, divorce or graduation but instead because of the promise of better security, speed and solutions, i.e. a better app features. Marketers must recognize this churn and have an ongoing win-back campaign, as well as target non-response email subscribers in other channels such as display and social. This is all made possible by leveraging identity resolution and implementing people-based marketing tactics (See The Future of Relevance).

4. Holiday Spending Attitudes
Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers state they will spend the same as they did last year, 21 percent will spend less than last year and 15 percent state they will spend more. These numbers are up slightly from what U.S. consumers told us in 2016. For those of us that are more exclusively online, we are warmed by the intent that U.S. consumers have told us: 46 percent state they will spend half or more and another 10 percent state that all their holiday budget will be spent online. Just 10 percent state that they will not be shopping online. As of today, 47 percent of U.S. consumers already started their holiday spending and we will see the rest explode onto the shopping scene the last week in November and early December.

5. Self-Spending: The Often Forgotten Indulgence Gift Marketing Tactic
Who among us doesn’t love to buy themselves a gift or two? The Relevancy Group often notices that marketers forget to utilize this tactic, the notion of self-giving, that is unless you are a Zeta Global client. Zeta Global’s work with many clients on this topic is interesting but we love the bold work they have done with Ann Taylor where the email plainly states, “Everyone Else’s Gifts Can Wait,” and then there is a time-limited offer to get a significant self-shopping discount. The tactic is genius, as the discount is not going to be policed as who can tell whom you are spending on, but most important supports self-indulgence. U.S. consumers tell us that on average, they intend to spend $264 on themselves this holiday season. Personally, I like to order from gifts for myself from Amazon throughout the year. I get them gift wrapped with a note to myself, and by the time I get around to opening it on Christmas I often forget what I purchased. This year, I need to remember not to do Amazon Fresh this way: unwrapping old organic eggs on Christmas morning can make for an unpleasant unboxing.

Wishing you all a successful holiday season.
Until next time, Happy Holidays.

David

 

 

David Daniels

Steven Hawking Mulls AI at Web Summit: Will It Save Us or Destroy Us?

Steven Hawking Mulls AI at Web Summit: Will It Save Us or Destroy Us?

by Dianna Dilworth

The tech community must adopt responsible AI development in order to ensure that advances in technology benefit humanity and don’t destroy it.

This theme of responsibility towards the promise of technology and awareness of the perils, echoed through the presentations during the opening night at Web Summit in Lisbon this week.

Keynote speaker Steven Hawking, who was teleconferenced in to the show, said that AI could either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity. The reknowned scientist pointed out that AI computers could surpass humans intellectually within a few decades, which means that we have to begin to establish regulatory and ethical rules today.WebSummit

“I am an optimist and I believe that we can create AI for the good of the world,” he said. “That it can work in harmony with us. We simply need to be aware of the dangers, identify them, employ the best possible practice and management, and prepare for its consequences well in advance. Perhaps some of you listening today will already have solutions or answers to the many questions AI poses.”

Nuno Sebastião, Feedzai CEO and co-founder, who introduced Hawking said that his company is pushing the industry to adopt an AI code of ethics to build systems which “are fair, verifiable, benefit society, and do no harm,” but did not elaborate on what those look like.

Bryan Johnson, founder of Kernel, a company which is developing tools to better understand the brain in order to treat neurological diseases, called for data privacy rights. He compared the innovations coming in the next decade or so to a category 5 hurricane about to bear down. He stressed that if we prepare for the upheaval, we can make the most of the new opportunities. In the new era, in which he imagines interfaces will be able to stream thoughts and fantasies in real time, that data privacy should be a human right.

But practically speaking, will companies actually embrace rules or will they claim that regulations stifle innovation and competition? Kara Swisher, executive editor of Re/code, interviewed Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for competition at the European Commission, about her tough challenges. One of the major issues facing the Commission today is the fact that corporate taxation was invented when a company was physically present in a country. In today’s digital world, in which companies can exist in a country with only a server, the rules need to be rewritten, said Vestager.
As we saw in the revelations in the Paradise Papers this week, tech leaders like Apple can move their money to avoid taxation. The group is working on new ways to write regulations that takes into account the modern economic world, which involves more transparency in the full history of a company in order to establish fair taxation.

As a European, Vestager is confident that people want democracy more than they want technology and says that technology must work for us or it won’t work at all. She says the next issue is whether we can trust technology or not. “If we don’t relearn to trust technology then we’ll never make the most of the potential,” she warned.

Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the UN, called for the tech industry to team up with governments, academia, scientists and citizens in order to plan for the changes technology will usher in. As technology takes away jobs previously done by humans, we must prepare for the consequences. “Science and technology are not value neutral,” he said.

But Guterres warned that traditional forms of regulation can’t respond to the fast changing world we are facing with new technologies, so we must establish new forms of discussion groups to help respond to the inevitable change that tech will bring.

The opening night ended on a hopeful note. António Costa, the prime minister of Portugal and Fernando Medina, the mayor of Lisbon, presented Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit CEO, with a compass. Speaking about Portugal’s rich history of ocean exploration, they called on the technologists in the audience to set out on the next “great adventure to connect humankind.”

The Marketer Quarterly Issue 15

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Enter The Marketer Quarterly 2017 Marketing Awards

Submit your best marketing and advertising efforts of 2017 and you may be recognized as The Marketer Quarterly Award winner in Issue 16 of The Marketer Quarterly (TMQ) digital magazine, a magazine by marketers for marketers.

Submissions will be judged by the market analysts and consultants from The Relevancy Group in a quantifiable scorecard driven process. Submissions will be judged on variety of attributes including relevance, utilization of data, creative, strategy and results among other category specific characteristics.

You can submit to more than one category. To do so, you will need to fill out this form multiple times, one for each category you want to enter. Each submission is subject to an entry fee.

Each entry fees is $225.00
Upon submitting this form, you will be asked to enter a valid credit card for processing.

Each category will have at least one winner, however some categories may have industry winners, i.e. travel, retail, etc. TMQ AwardsWinners will be recognized in Issue 16 of The Marketer Quarterly and will receive one lovely glass award for each entry won. Additional glass awards for clients or partners can purchased after the winners have been announced.

The submission deadline is 11/17/17.

Submission Categories – Email Marketing Awards 2017
1. Best Newsletter
2. Best Welcome Email/Email Series (i.e. Onboarding, lifecycle messages to convert actions)
3. Most Innovative Email (i.e. Utilization of video, animation, real-time data, location data)
4. Best Triggered Email (i.e. Browse abandon, abandon cart, re-targeting, alerts)
5. Best Offer (i.e. Coupons, daily deal, promotion)
6. Best Loyalty Member Email/Offer (i.e. Statements, offers, redemption)
7. Best Subject Line (i.e. Results oriented, your open/read rate has improved)

Submission Categories – Digital Marketing and Advertising Awards 2017
8. Best Display Ad
9. Best Retargeting (i.e. Display targeting)
10. Best Madtech (i.e. use of CRM data in advertising efforts, i.e. Facebook Custom Audiences)
11. Best Social Marketing Campaign
12. Best Use of Video (i.e. YouTube, or general usage of Video in advertising)
13. Best Cross-Channel Campaign (i.e. Coordinated marketing across channels)
14. Best Mobile Campaign (i.e. Utilization of mobile app, location, push messages, deep linking)

Entries are closed for 2017.