A Valentine’s Day Without Sweethearts

necco.pngMarketers planning Valentine’s Day campaigns, listen up! This is the first year in 100 without Sweethearts, a consumer favorite for sharing with paramours.

The New England Confectionary Company aka Necco sold to Round Hill Investments for $17.33 million in May, effectively closing its doors. While the Spangler Candy Company purchased the brand from Round Hill in July, they did not get it together to produce the high-demand Sweethearts candy for this year’s season. As marketers, there is an opportunity to fill the gap.

How will you take on the challenge to connect with consumers in this candy drought? #love #crazy4u #adoreme #truelove

Upcoming Webinars: Insight On Demand

Webinar WednesdaysThe Relevancy Group is ringing in the new year with new webinars and research.  We have already delivered two webinars which can be viewed at any time on our on-demand webinar site, WebinarWednesdays.Online

Join us for these upcoming live webinars and get the research papers associated with them.

Feb 6, 2019 – 2019 Marketing Trends – The Rise of Individualization, Sponsored by Zeta Global | Join The Relevancy Group and Zeta Global at 2 PM ET, while we discuss our latest research, 2019 Marketing Trends – The Rise of Individualization. The webinar will cover the following topics – How email will continue to dominate other communication modalities – The role of identity management in driving individualized experiences. – How real-time data and AI will accelerate marketing optimization in 2019. Speakers include:

  • David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
  • Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
  • Michael Lewis – Group VP, Zeta Global

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

Feb 13, 2019 – Making the Case for an Email Marketing Agency Partner, Sponsored by Trendline Interactive | Published in January 2018, The Relevancy Group explores how email marketers are developing their marketing campaigns in-house and we investigate the benefits of utilizing an email marketing agency. The Relevancy Group in collaboration with Response:AI reveals how marketers are prioritizing investments in outside specialized expertise.

Speakers Include:
David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
Morgan Stewart – CEO & Co-Founder, Trendline Interactive

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

Feb 20, 2019 Reaching Subscribers Beyond the Inbox – Bridging the Gap Between Offline and Online Data, Sponsored by LiveRamp | During this sixty minute session sponsored by LiveRamp, principals from The Relevancy Group will be joined by LiveRamp’s Managing Director of New Verticals to dig into how marketers are currently leveraging customer data and explore the opportunities presenting themselves in 2019.

Speakers Include:

  • David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
  • Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group
  • Kevin Dunn – Managing Director, New Verticals, LiveRamp

Register and get a copy of the webinar recording and research paper.

2019 Marketing and Martech Predictions

2019 Marketing and Martech Predictions

Join on us on 1/9/19 for a free webinar to hear The Relevancy Group discuss 2019 martech and marketing predictions as well as the best of 2018. Register and get a copy of the webinar recording. We will be discussing this research that was published in on 1/8/19. The following takes on what the industry can expect in 2019 are based on the briefings we took, data we generated, and analysis we conducted in 2018. We are extremely excited about the year ahead and believe that the following forces will drive improved efficacy and efficiency for marketers and enable more valuable and positive customer experiences.

Key Questions:

• What does The Relevancy Group expect from martech in 2019?
• Which technologies will most directly impact marketers in 2019?
• How will the adoption of key marketing tactics impact the customer experience in 2019?

Report Excerpt:
Marketers Will be Laser Focused on Driving Positive Customer Experiences
Marketers will focus on improving the quality of the customer experience by adopting individualized marketing. In 2019 marketers will meet the new opportunities of the velocity of marketing data. In 2019 we see meaningful AI/ML advancements for marketers that will create efficiency and reduce the need for production staff. Brands will continue their digital transformation journey, but more will rely on outside experts and embrace certification such as SOC 2. Identity matching will reach critical mass propelling advancements in relevancy, individualization and revenue optimization.

The Research: 4 pages, 1,314 words. Part of our Research Subscriber Series, Subscribe and Save | TRGSS2518 | Watch The Webinar.

The Best of 2018

Spotlighting 2018 Martech InnovatorsSpotlighting 2018 Martech Innovators

This year The Relevancy Group recognizes four vendors that stood out to us in 2018. The 2018 Martech Innovators are LiveRamp, MessageGears, OneSpot, and Return Path. We recognize these vendors for their unique and innovative approach to delivering solutions that optimize and digitally transform their client’s businesses.

This research is part of our Relevancy.AI Research Subscription and available for direct purchase.

Each year The Relevancy Group takes hundreds of briefings with enterprise vendors and category innovators. Our research touches on vendors across the martech and adtech (Madtech) sector, many of which whom we enjoy a client relationship. At the end of 2018, our analysts nominate vendors that they thought were particularly innovative. This year we are recognizing four vendors that stood out to us in 2018. The 2018 Martech Innovators are LiveRamp, MessageGears, OneSpot, and Return Path. We recognize these vendors for their unique and innovative approach to delivering solutions that optimize and digitally transform their client’s businesses. The four martech innovator solutions complement each other as well as meet marketer challenges and aspirations. In 2018 marketers aspired to utilize more real-time data, improve their relevancy through more individual targeting, improve the integration and data management, optimize email deliverability and the customer experience. These vendors address one or more of these ambitions. Continuing to add AI/ML (Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning) capabilities is a universal development that we expect to see from these innovators in 2019.

We congratulate the 2018 Martech innovators and wish you all happy holidays and a prosperous and healthy 2019.

Best,

David

Webinar: 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide Review

Webinar: 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide Review

Join us on Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1 PM for results of our 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide. During this sixty minute session, principals from The Relevancy Group will review data from the recently published 2018 Email Agency Buyer’s Guide – exploring the methodology, the participants, and digging into the specific attributes that differentiate these agencies from their peers.

Attend this webinar to explore and discuss:
• Key trends driving agency adoption
• Which email agencies excel in which areas
• How brands and marketers are leveraging email agencies to maximum benefit
• Top challenges and considerations when selecting an agency

Speakers:
• David Daniels, CEO & Founder – The Relevancy Group
• Nicholas Einstein, VP of Research – The Relevancy Group

Register and get a recording of the webinar.

The State of Personalization

The State of Personalization

Which industries are embracing personalization and what are they spending to do so? I recently authored four reports that dive into how B-to-B, ecommerce/Retail, Financial Services, and Travel/Hospitality marketers are embracing personalization.

Part of our Relevancy.AI Research Subscription, these reports provide insight into the state of personalization including the aspirations, budgets, and tactics of these marketers.

This collection of industry insights offer benchmark data for those marketers in these key industries and a valuable perspective for vendors that offer personalization technologies.

Across industries, one thing is clear; personalization works and more marketers across industries need to advance their targeting tactics to capture and convince prospects and clients alike.

If you are a subscriber to our research, you get these four reports.  Ask us about how to become a subscriber. All of the reports are available for one-off purchases.

Einstein Says: Send Smart!

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Last week, David blogged about our upcoming webinar with Zeta Global during which we’ll be digging into our 2018 consumer survey data and highlighting buying patterns, attitudes, and behaviors. It’s going to be an excellent session – we’ll go deep and wide – but I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a single data point that all marketers need to be mindful of, especially during the holidays: message frequency.

Many consumers do not appreciate the increased volumes of irrelevant email they receive over the holidays, especially as more consumers engage with their email predominantly through their mobile device. Over half the consumers we surveyed reported that they received messages from brands at too fast a cadence and 36% said that the messages they received were not relevant and thus irritating. Twenty-three percent reported that messages they received on their phones weren’t formatted optimally for the small screen, which is surprising to me and concerning, to say the least.

Tune in next week to get the full picture and our take, but until then, send smart: manage your message cadence carefully and ensure the content you share is engaging and driving positive customer experiences – this holiday more users are going to be on devices and reaching for wallets after they’ve reached for their phone.