David Daniels Honored as EEC Thought Leader & Other News From Crescent City Conferences

C-17ZNzW0AAKLyMLast week The Relevancy Group and The Marketer Quarterly hit New Orleans for the Email Experience Council’s Email Evolution Conference. The sun was shining, the music was nonstop, and the email marketing brainstorming was lively.

The event kicked off with a big reveal. EEC showed its new stripes with a new logo and branding effort, a modern look reflecting the future of email.

The big news for The Relevancy Group came during the opening day luncheon. Our very own founder & CEO David Daniels was named EEC’s Thought Leader of the Year and was presented the trophy over wedge salad and rare steaks. IBM’s marketing evangelist and former award recipient Loren McDonald handed the award to David in a jovial manner, joking that David invented email, and accurately highlighting the fact that David coined the term ESP way back when. During his acceptance speech, David explained his own history with the medium: He sent his first email back in 1988 and has been emailing ever since. We’re so proud of his accomplishments and couldn’t think of a better person to hold the title.

Genevieve Longtin, director of email marketing and engagement of Sharecare, took home the Stefan Pollard Email Marketer of the Year Award. Aspen Dental won Best Makeover of an Existing Email Program. Alaska Airlines won Most Innovative use of Customer or Other Data, including Automation and Triggers. Nestle Waters North America won Best Subscriber Acquisition, Reactivation or Integration Program. Lysol Mommy Mail won Best Use of Humor, Personality, Content or Brand.

The EEC show had some compelling content. Shutterstock shared their beautiful interactive carousels inspired by children’s fashion plates. Justine Jordan’s Litmus busted some of emails biggest myths (spam words in subject lines will not land you in the spam folder). Kathryn Minshew, founder of The Muse, gave an inspiring talk on how tech has transformed the job search business. Her advice, HR needs to become employment marketers if companies want to find good candidates.

As if this wasn’t enough, Collision aka, “America’s fastest growing tech conference,” was taking place simultaneously at the New Orleans conference center next door. The event attracted leading tech companies, thought leaders and CMOs from the likes of GrubHub, WellsFargo and eBay. On stage, Suzy Deering, who is profiled in the latest issue of MQ, gave her advice: Think beyond email and know your customer.

YouTube used the show to reveal its push into the home entertainment market, and a desktop redesign with a black background (watch out Netflix). About.com rebranded to Dot Dash and has seen major increases in traffic.

You can’t go to New Orleans without digesting some music. You could find EEC and Collision goers all over town from Frenchman street to the French Quarter. A marching band even showed up at the Hilton and the entire EEC conference danced and marched along the river walk to the Steamboat Natchez where Adestra sponsored a night of good times on the Mississippi River.

The party didn’t stop at the New Orleans airport. Exhausted EEC attendees got off their feet and drank beer at the bar. My gate was decked out for Mari Gras, Dixieland jazz band, beads and all to celebrate Condor’s first direct flight between New Orleans and Europe. Passengers barely noticed the rain delays as the band played on.

The Intelligent Email Event – EiQ

It has been a busy few weeks and this conference season is just getting started.

The week before last, I was the keynote signature speaker at EiQ, The Intelligent Email Gathering #EiQGathering. BrightWave and their founder, CEO Simms Jenkins were the guiding force behind this event. My own The Marketer Quarterly (TMQ) was a sponsor of the event that entitled all participants to a  branded slap bracelet that includes a 2 GB USB drive, some of that space is packed with our research and the latest issue of TMQ.

I was honored to be askedDrumming to keynote the innagural event, where I presented new research, “The Connected Consumer.” Just before I took the stage, EiQ kicked off with a local drum core marching band (right).

Then after a lovely introduction from Adobe’s Bridgette Darling, I marched on stage. What was most interesting to me as the signature speaker was William Warren, Founder of The Sketch Effect.

William was stage left and there he listened to my presentation, coloring, capturing it and turning my presentation into a work of art.  If I had seen what was going on while I delivered my talk I would have lost my place. I knew William was doing something, but was not told by the event organizers what he was doing. William went on to do this all day long for every speaker and/or panel.  Well done, EiQ. Sketch Effect

After my keynote presentation, Simms Jenkins started the Q&A, one of the questions included “Is Privacy Dead?” My answer may shock you – and you can find much of that Q&A on my David DanielsTwitter handle under #EiQGathering. That was a fun, quick discussion on the state of affairs.

The event was sold out to capacity, 300 people for a first time event in Atlanta (ATL) is a great turnout.  There were many local brands but The Relevancy Group VP of Research Nick Einstein and I were not the only ones to fly into ATL for the event. There were great cocktail parties and speaker dinners. Thanks @Brightwave.

With little exception, the event went onto be very tactical with lessons and innovations from brands including Staples, Pinterest, Zillow, CarMax, Panera Bread and many more. We all enjoyed that level of detail and these learnings were ultimately integrated into a final Jeopardy Game.

Next up, the Bill McCloskey’s “Only Influencer” Email Innovation Summit in Las Vegas, where I will be keynoting day 2.  After that I hope to see you in New Orleans at the eec’s Email Evolution Conference … and if you are not there, err; see our events page as we continue to travel.

Until next time,

All the best,

David

 

 

David

A Week With Adobe

I had a great week at Adobe Summit, where I was joined by 12,000 marketing executives.  Summit The theme this year was Experience.  Adobe pointed out that businesses that are experience driven have higher net promoter scores and revenue than those that do not have an experience focus.  They defined Experience as the sum total of interactions with a brand. This aligns with The Relevancy Group research, most particularly findings in our latest consumer research, Handle with Care – Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors.

They went on to define an Experience business as one that 1) knows and respects the customer 2) speaks in one voice 3) the technology is transparent 4) is focused on customer delight

The big announcement was the introduction of Adobe Experience Cloud, an overarching cloud platform that ties together, their Creative, Document, Marketing, Analytics and Advertising Clouds.  This unifies the data structure, user interface and includes a number of enhancements to share information across the previously disparate clouds.

Machines Everywhere

They discussed the value of real-time data and their machine learning AI framework Sensei took center stage.  Almost every part of their clouds is now or will be benefiting from the Sensei framework. IBM had their event at the same time and similarly was discussing the same things their Watson tool, which TRG’s Nick Einstein writes about here.  Adobe Sensei is built into the platform, harvests data across the cloud, compares patterns; creativity, intelligence, content.  It also creates a virtual analyst, provides automated anomaly detection and alerting.  The Sensei demos were impressive. In one demo in store ads changed based on facial recognition, different offers were displayed based on gender. It was something out of the film The Minority Report.

More Adobe Summit announcements included:

  • New, Adobe Advertising Cloud, combines the Media Optimizer products along with recently-acquired TubeMogul offering.
  • Experience data model is a common language across their cloud and provides for an open ecosystem, utilizing Adobe I/O.
  • Adobe introduced Launch, their next gen tag management system, fast connections at the experience layer.  Launch, Adobe’s tag management partners include Facebook, Twitter, Zendesk and more, it offers fantastic reach.  This data will also feed into their Adobe Cross Device Co-Op  to enhance their Identity Management solution.
  • Adobe Cross Device Co-Op growth, Information on 850 million devices are now in the co-op which was announced at the 2016 Adobe summit. That is big year-over-year growth.
  • Adobe Analytics now includes a virtual analyst that can spot and analyze anomalies and bring audiences, behaviors & ad data together.  Lots of powerful analytics and insights in one place, on one canvas.  That’s impressive.  The text alerts for anomaly also provides likely root causes.  These are smart alerts and this is something that TRG has been advocating for some time.  It is great to see this in production.
  • Their Advertising Cloud is integrated with the rest of experience cloud, same measures and audiences for re-targeting and on stage, they suggested that they deliver higher match rates.
  • They demo’d ability to use first party customer data in a linear TV buying with one click.  This is a first and impressive.  While this has existed for digital and OTT TV, but never has linear TV buying been so easy to combine with first party data. The targeting potential is enormous.
  • New Marketing Cloud: Fluid experiences using fragments content. Snippets that can be used across screens and channels.  This should improve the marketer’s ability to test and create more personalized messages and experiences.
  • New to Marketing Cloud: Adobe Dreamweaver integrated into Adobe Campaign, one click content dropping, this is a big efficiency gain for email marketers.
  • Expanded Adobe and Microsoft partnership, including new integrations with Dynamics CRM, Azure and Power BI.

Sneaks

Their annual summit favorite, Sneaks did not disappoint.  Hosted by SNL’s Kate McKinnon it was an entertaining way for Adobe to sneak preview some of the items they currently have in development.  The item that seemed to capture everyone’s attention was the ability to inject advertising into VR experiences. Interesting stuff but, future forward for sure.

As always it was great to catch-up with the Adobe team, partners and mutual clients. Thanks to the Adobe AR and Marketing Cloud team for making me feel so welcome.

You can watch the Adobe keynotes and presentations here.

Until next time,

 

 

David

A Week With Watson

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Last week I joined the tens of thousands of customers, partners, and employees who descended on the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the IBM Amplify and InterConnect conferences. It was a valuable opportunity to get the latest from one of the most respected companies on the planet and proved to be time very well spent.

It’s no secret that IBM has had challenges growing revenue in recent years as the tectonic shift towards cloud computing disrupted many of their core businesses, but times are changing, and the tech behemoth presented a compelling case this week that they are well positioned to help today’s enterprises capitalize on tomorrow’s opportunities.

Enterprise Strength + Security

When Ginny Rometti took the stage on Tuesday to interview business leaders and IBM partners [including Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce, Randall Stephenson, CEO, AT&T, William Cobb, CEO, H&R Block, and others], she made it quite clear that the IBM cloud was built to support the enterprise at scale. With the volume of mobile data on AT&T’s network growing at a pace of 40% month over month, Ginny illustrated that tomorrow’s challenges present big opportunities for businesses that can manage this growth with agile and scalable solutions. With the vast majority or the world’s credit card transactions, airline tickets, and stock trades running through IBM systems, the crew in Armonk certainly knows scale and has proven that they’re serious about security.

Cognitive is Here

Watson is at the core of virtually everything IBM does, and this week in Vegas we saw a lot of exciting ways in which artificial intelligence and cognitive processing have been implemented to drive value across business verticals.

Most of us are aware that Watson is a great chess player and has beaten some of the best in the world. Many of us have read about how Watson has helped doctors more easily identify anomalies in huge data sets and aid in the diagnosis of diseases of all sorts. Few of us, however, realize that Watson has learned the US tax code, line by line, and marries those data with those of virtually every tax return ever prepared by H&R Block [nearly 700 million] to find incremental deductions and help H&R Block customers proactively plan for their upcoming tax year to minimize tax exposure.

Watson has also begun to learn marketing. Watson Content Hub uses cognitive intelligence to automatically tag content in ways that make it easier for marketers to ID and leverage it, driving efficiency and efficacy. Watson Marketing Insights [which just went live in GA on Friday, Mar. 24], leverages a cognitive engine to help marketers more easily identify and activate specific customer segments. It can, for instance, comb through cross-behavioral customer data, select those most likely to churn, and then build segments to be passed along to Watson Marketing or to any number of partners for omnichannel activation. While in its infancy, I believe it could very well grow into an indispensable tool for marketers who are increasingly forced to deal with more data than they can effectively manage.

Smart Technology + Smart People

It was easy to get swept away this week by the almost science fiction like possibilities of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, but everyone from Ginny on down reiterated that it takes smart people to leverage smart technology. Watson is an excellent pupil, but only learns when he is taught by good teachers who leverage a solid curriculum. Marketers looking for a silver bullet may be disappointed, but those in search of tools to better manage their business in the age of ‘big data’ may very well find a perfect partner in Watson.

Kudos + Thanks

Kudos to the team at IBM for producing an epic event, and thanks to all the team members who made the time to meet with me and give me the latest. Special thanks to Stacy Kirk and Silvia Galgano on the AR team for the hospitality and access; this Einstein had a great week with Watson.

For those who wish to dig deeper into the event, check out the recordings and resources online.

New Issue of The Marketer Quarterly

Issue 13 of The Marketer Quarterly is available with registration

This issue includes:
– An excerpt of TRG’s ESP Buyer’s Guide
– A day in the life of eBay’s CMO
– How Campbell’s Soup is using social
– Ikea talks about its American Dream
– Rue21 CMO’s digital trek
– 5 Steps to master mobile video
– 21st Century A&R Rules in the Music Business
– and much much more …

Get The Marketer Quarterly online or via The Apps.

Webinar on Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors

Webinar: Handle with Care: Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors

Join The Relevancy Group’s CEO & Founder David Daniels and VP of Research Nicholas Einstein on 2/22 at 1PM when they will take you through this latest research.

We wilWebinar Wednesdaysl Answer these key questions and more:
– Is email still a pervasive communication tool and if so are millennials utilizing it?
– On which devices is email consumed?
– What are the primary concerns for consumers when getting email marketing messages?
– What drives email marketing subscriptions and how many brands do consumers subscribe to?

We’ll talk relevance and what consumers love and hate about the email inbox and email marketing messages. This webinar is based upon new research from The Relevancy Group. Register today and get a copy of the webinar recording which contains new consumer data.

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We Love Email

America Loves Email

In our recent research “Handle with Care: Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors” we found that US consumers across age groups love email and almost all of us use email daily.Heart shaped candies for Valentines Day

Join our free webinar on 2/22 at 1PM ET when we will present and discuss this research.  In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the report that demonstrates Americas affection for email.

America is Hooked on Email

The Relevancy Group surveyed 1,000 consumers in October 2016 and found that 93 percent of US consumers check their email daily with most accessing it multiple times days (Figure 1). Nearly a quarter of consumers are engaged with their email hourly or more frequently. There is little to no difference in email usage by gender or by age: everyone uses email (Figure 2). The notion that millennials (ages 18-34) do not utilize email is patently false. Data proves that email is not dying or being replaced. Email remains our digital fingerprint and is necessary to communicate, transact, bank and join any online community. It is doubtful that Bank of America will ever allow people to authenticate their account with a Snapchat handle. Email is here to stay. Email marketers should celebrate the fervent use of email, while approaching the channel with relevance since adoption breeds message overload.

TRG Research