The Relevancy Group Expands with the Addition of Tenured Analysts

Boston, March 16 2017

The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm, today announced the TRG Growsaddition of Ross Rubin and Joe Laszlo to its expanding business. Mr. Rubin and Mr. Laszlo bring a combined near 40 years of research and analyst experience to The Relevancy Group.

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ross and Joe when we worked together at Jupiter Research and am thrilled that we will be shaping the market with our research once again,” said David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group (TRG).

Ross Rubin will serve as Director of Research Development. Ross will affect our research instruments as well as author syndicated and custom research. Ross has been a technology industry analyst for over 20 years. In 2012, he founded Reticle Research, focusing on research product development and innovation. Prior to this, he was Executive Director and Principal Analyst at The NPD Group, and Vice President and Chief Research Fellow at Jupiter Research (acquired by Forrester Research in 2008).

“As client technologies grow to play a larger role in digital marketing, I’m delighted to be working with David and The Relevancy Group to develop actionable research that defines thought leadership,” said Ross Rubin. Learn more about Ross.

Joe Laszlo will serve as Research Director and Principal Analyst, primarily covering the mashup of Adtech and Martech, which TRG refers to as Madtech.  Joe brings almost two decades of experience researching and advising companies on the evolution of digital media and marketing.  Prior to TRG, Joe spent almost nine years at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, where he most recently managed all of IAB’s committee-and-council-driven programs and served as Director of Research. Joe started his career in digital media in 1999 as an analyst at Jupiter Research.

“As innovation continues to transform advertising and marketing, I’m excited to help TRG’s clients navigate this fast-changing technology landscape, finding the best ways to reach customers and prospects, wherever and whenever they happen to be,” said Joe Laszlo. Learn more about Joe.

Additionally, Claire Gallagher another Jupiter Research and Forrester alum has joined The Relevancy Group as Business Development Manager. Claire brings over 10 years of consultative sales experience in the market research, media, and digital marketing industries. Learn more about Claire.

The Relevancy Group provides buyer’s guides and research reports via their Research Subscriber Series as well as a collection of sponsored white papers and webinars that can be downloaded for free with registration. TRG also publishes a digital magazine The Marketer Quarterly. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon.

The Relevancy Group releases their new ESP Buyer’s Guide and Issue 13 of The Marketer Quarterly

Press Release

BOSTON, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm today released “The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2017.”  The research evaluates seven EPSs (Email Service Providers) that include Adestra, Epsilon Agility Harmony, Experian Marketing Services, IBM Marketing Cloud, MessageGears and Zeta Global.  Vendors are evaluated on customer satisfaction, product functionality, services capabilities, innovation and breadth. These seven vendors were all named market leaders this year with Zeta Global having the highest customer satisfaction and product functionality scores.

The massive 37 page report also provides details on every aspect of vendor selection and market analysis on email marketer trends as well as deep inspection of the platforms evaluated.

The Relevancy Group CEO and Founder, David Daniels said, “This is our fourth annual ESP Buyer’s Guide and I am very pleased that our clients and the market place continues to seek our insight on vendor selection as well as understand what is most important and challenging for marketers.”

Some of the research findings include:

  • The New ESP Has Arrived: It’s the “Everychannel Service Provider”
  • In 2017, 59 percent of enterprise marketers are utilizing SaaS/Hosted solutions, up from 41 percent in 2016.
  • Utilization of Analytical Services maintains the highest adoption at 64 percent.
  • For the third consecutive year ‘industry expertise’ has topped the vendor selection criteria.
  • Marketers seek reporting, analytics, deliverability tools and security/reliability in their ESP partners.

The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2017 is available for purchase at $2495.00, and is included in The Research Subscriber Services, that includes 12 reports on email marketing for $5,000.00 annually. http://www.relevancygroup.com/shop/the-relevancy-ring-esp-buyers-guide-2017

The Relevancy Group will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday March 8 [th] at 1PM ET to discuss the findings.  You can register for the webinar at www.relevancygroup.com/events

An excerpt of the research is also included in issue 13 of The Marketer Quarterly, The Relevancy Group’s digital magazine.  Issue 13 also includes interviews with the CMO’s of eBay and Rue21 as well as marketer intensive intel from leading brands including Campbell’s and Ikea. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon. www.marketerquarterly.com

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UK Votes to Leave the EU – David Daniels Live Blog

UK Votes to Leave the EU – David Daniels Live Blog

UK-EU2:16am ET 6/24/16 – UK Votes to leave the EU, The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum.  Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.  UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s “independence day” but the Remain camp called it a “catastrophe”.  Read More

2:27am ET 6/24/16  David Daniels writes … Democracy is a lovely thing, but UK leaving the EU will shake up world wide markets, at 2:27am ET on 6/24/16, The Hang Seng is off 959 or about 5% and The Japan Nikkei is off 1286.00 or about 7.92%; early morning trading indicates that markets may/should be closed as SHORTs are raining down right now. (I am not giving stock advice), just reporting the facts of the UK EU exit and Asia markets at this time.  Asia Market Data

2:40am ET 6/24/16  The UK currency (sterling/pound) is taking a beating. The pound is now below 1.37 exchange to US dollar, floor has been 1.34 Follow that 

3:09am ET 6/24/16 Markets are down around from -5% to -9% at this time when the UK markets open, and that site link is down right now … stay tuned.

3:16am ET 6/24/16 hearing that we are waiting on Prime Minister, David Cameron to come out and resign his post because of these measures, this will have tremendous impact not only locally but globally.

3:21am ET 6/24/16 Prime Minister, David Cameron has made tremendous progress in his tenure with equality.  He fought this campaign, thought that UK is better inside the EU union, and the UK people took a different path, but “I do not think that I should be the next captain” to steer them to this choice.  “Delivering Stability will be important, The Bank of England are taking Steps.”   “I have told the Queen … when to act on Article 50”  “Britain is a special country, … and “I love my country and will do what I can do for my country.”   UK Prime Minister Steps Down.

3:40am ET 6/24/16 Labour reaction to Cameron’s resignation, Angela Smith, a Labour MP,  tells the Telegraph: “Labour needs now to show that it can offer constructive opposition in what is going to be a period of terrible political and economic instability for the country. We need leadership that will do that and commit to the very difficult task of helping to unite a very seriously divided nation.”

3:47 AM ET 6/24/16 – Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England (a US man) – talks about raising “$130 billion pounds raise recently and $600 billion pounds of liquidity plus we will add $250 billion pounds additionally if needed. We promise to function in short-term volatility.  That economy will adjust to new trade over time.”  paraphrasing, but there is access to capital and clearly an injection of it to the market immediately.   Market panic? gold is up.

4:08 AM ET 6/24/16 – EU in Country Markets, France and Germany are down – France CAC40 is off-7.99% today, Germany DAX is off 6.17% and UK FTSE is down at this time at -4,71%  They need help but at what cost? margin?

The Relevancy Group Announces First of its Kind Research on Identity Management and People Based Marketing

BOSTON, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Relevancy Group, a leader in market research and advisory, announces a new research report, State of Identity Management and Five Tips to Optimize in 2016.’ The Relevancy Group’s research evaluates the state of Identity Management including the adoption of Deterministic and Probabilistic methods that are necessary to empower People Based Marketing. In the first of its kind research the report determines which method of Identity Management is most effective in driving revenue.

Marketers are rapidly beginning to deploy Identity Management, which is the ability to establish and manage user identity across devices and channels, online and offline, whether using known and/or anonymous user data.

Co-author of the research and The Relevancy Group Principal Analyst Peggy Reinders, said, “Identity Management is necessary to enable People-Based Marketing, which involves targeting a specific individual across channels and devices, as well as more accurately finding look-a-like audiences.” Reinders added, “Identity Management also empowers a more accurate attribution and accounting of marketing results across Everychannel.”

The Relevancy Group CEO, Founder and co-author of the research, David Daniels stated, “I am thrilled to expand our research coverage area into this exciting area of Madtech, which is the phrase that we use to classify the marriage of Adtech and Martech. We are seeing tremendous marketer adoption of Identity Management technologies and significant investment from the vendor community.”

The report features a survey of 301 executives including data on key industries such as Financial Services, Media/Publishing, Retail and Travel/Hospitality. The paper is 6 pages with 4 graphics, 1673 words and is available for $499.00 or a discounted rate as part of The Relevancy Group Subscriber Series. For more information visit http://www.relevancygroup.com/shop.

About The Relevancy Group, LLC | www.relevancygroup.com | @RelevancyGroup

Led by tenured industry analyst and marketer David Daniels, The Relevancy Group (TRG) combines original and thought-provoking market research with unrivaled advisory services. Producing research on email, social, mobile, omnichannel and identity marketing; TRG research helps companies compete more effectively within the broader digital economy. TRG measures consumer and executive behaviors to develop strategies that optimize a return on marketing investments. All TRG Analysts have a minimum of 15 years of experience in digital marketing. As a trusted advisor to leading organizations, TRG works with the largest vendors and brands as well as early stage companies where marketing and advertising intersects. TRG assists vendors in generating leads and developing a market presence. TRG produces dozens of surveys, research reports and webinars annually as well as publishes the digital magazine for marketers by marketers, The Marketer Quarterly, that is available for free with registration online www.marketerquarterly.com, and through the MQ app on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

The Relevancy Group Announces New Research Subscriber Series

For Immediate Release                                Contact: 877-972-6886/ media@therelevancygroup.com

The Relevancy Group Announces New Research Subscriber Series

April 27, 2016 (Boston, MA) – The Relevancy Group, a leader in market research and advisory, announces The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series. The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series provides an affordable way for businesses to purchase a subscription to a bundle of new market research reports.  These bundles provide a substantial discount of what it would cost to purchase these reports individually.

These original reports feature new data and research from our principal analysts and senior staff members.   The research covers three distinct coverage areas and includes inquiry time with the analyst authors.

  • Everychannel Marketing/Email Marketing – Lead by tenured industry analyst and Relevancy Group CEO David Daniels. Topics covered include: Email Marketing, Data Management, Services and Agencies and more.
  • Identity Management – Lead by tenured advertising, marketing expert and Relevancy Group Principal Analyst Peggy Reinders. Topics covered include: Identity Management, MadTech (Adtech meets Martech), DMPs, People Based Marketing and more.
  • Social Marketing – Lead by tenured marketer, business leader, digital anthropologist, and Relevancy Group VP of Research and Principal Analyst Nick Einstein. Topics covered include: Social Marketing, Social Publishing, Customer Experience and more.

“This year we will produce 20 original reports in this series, which is in addition to the dozens of custom research reports that we will publish” said David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group.  Daniels also said “I am thrilled to be collaborating with our team to produce the highest quality research that will document trends and offer optimization strategies.”

Reports already published in the series include The Relevancy Ring, ESP Buyer’s Guide 2016, The Social Landscape: The State of Social Marketing 2016 and State of Email Marketing Industry and Five Tips to Optimize in 2016.

For more information on The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series visit www.relevancygroup.com

About The Relevancy Group, LLC | www.relevancygroup.com | @RelevancyGroup

Led by tenured industry analyst and marketer David Daniels, The Relevancy Group (TRG) combines original and thought-provoking market research with unrivaled advisory services. Producing research on email, social, mobile, omnichannel and identity marketing; TRG research helps companies compete more effectively within the broader digital economy. TRG measures consumer and executive behaviors to develop strategies that optimize a return on marketing investments. All TRG Analysts have a minimum 15 years of experience in digital marketing. As a trusted advisor to leading organizations, TRG works with the largest vendors and brands as well as early stage companies where marketing and advertising intersects. TRG assists vendors in generating leads and developing a market presence. TRG produces dozens of surveys, research reports and webinars annually as well as publishes the digital magazine for marketers by marketers The Marketer Quarterly, that is available for free with registration online www.marketerquarterly.com, as well as through the MQ app on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Adobe Summit 2016: A Fantastic Experience

Adobe SummitAs an industry analyst I have been going to large vendor events for decades.  I am happy to report that the Adobe Summit last week in Las Vegas was one of the best, if not the best events of this type that I have ever attended.

The summit came just after Adobe’s impressive financial results, which certainly added to the positive buzz at the event.  They did a handful of things very well.

  1. They introduced a slew of new products, but the demos and product intros did not come across as a Sales pitch, but instead as mechanisms to enrich the experience and assist marketers.  This was in part to do with the presenters themselves as well as their ability to demo live software when it was needed.
  2. It is hard to get clients to come forward and speak about their challenges and wins, but even harder to find a clients that are also great speakers. Here they did a fantastic job of recruiting client speakers that had great stories but were also expert story tellers. Some notable examples are Richard Dickson of Mattel, Giles Richardson of RBS and Deborah Wahl of McDonalds to name a few. Watch their sessions to see if you agree.
  3. Often these Marketing Cloud providers focus too far into the future.  While Adobe did have the obligatory Tesla drive on stage to show digital app integration to improve drive through ordering, much of the focus was on practical examples for the here and now. Instead of boring interviews with services partners on how these innovations manifested, they demo’d them in mock store fronts and simply gave a tip of the hat to the partners. As they continued to push the importance of the client experience, they actually delivered a very fine experience.
  4. Just enough celebrity to inspire and provide laughs.  Soccer star Abby Wambach, spoke of the need for equality in all things; George Clooney brilliantly and hilariously discussed the pros and cons of Social Media and his passion projects; Donny Osmond didn’t seem to age but was on hand to inspire through singing his song and lastly Thomas Middleditch provided his edgy comedy flare to Adobe’s Sneaks session where they demo future products. Sneaks was certainly _the_ crowd favorite.
  5. Content pacing and the venue.  I have been in the same venue for other vendors (a similar vendor just a year ago); but Adobe seemed to use the space better than others. They leveraged the vendor expo space well to drive traffic to the all important sponsors. Adobe utilized clever attractions such as an oxygen bar, a soccer field, chess board, professional social media head-shots and several other ideas to keep the crowd pacing through the vendor expo.  And there was plenty of comfortable seating for the foot worn pacing that happens at these casino venues (wear comfortable shoes).  Lastly, the content – the vast number of breakouts offered something for everyone.  My session on the email marketing maturity model was well attended with just over 200 participants, which was great showing for the last session of day 1 just before the cocktail party.

Some Facts And Takeaways

  • There were 10,000 people at the event, more streamed the event online.
  • 83% of their Marketing Cloud clients utilize 3 or more solutions in their cloud.
  • 49% of their analytical transactions are originating on mobile devices.
  • The theme was all about “The Experience Era” and positioned that “great experiences start with great content” and that “great experiences are powered by data.”
  • Fireworks CultureRoyal Bank of Scotland discussed the need for organization change to get omnichannel marketing done.  They transformed the organization and previously had said that previously they had a “firework culture.”  See the slide (left) that hilariously discusses that culture, which is what _not_ to do.  They succeed in gaining control, assigning specific journeys to individuals and create specific individual dashboards, shared the learnings across the organization, and implement more testing to drive optimization.   Watch his (Giles Richardson) talk “Becoming an Experience Business”, it is a great recipe on how to get an organization on the same page. And it was rather entertaining.
  • Adobe Campaign introduced subject line optimization, which utilizes, past behavior, natural language processing (machine learning) to suggest the most effective subject lines. Learn more about it here.
  • The big news was around their new device co-op to better identify devices as people.  To date there are five “major brands” that have participated in the beta and at Summit, Adobe opened it up to all participants.  There will be a single consumer opt-out to opt-out of the entire co-op and not individual brands.  Check out the press release.
  • There were many Analytics improvements noted, from better understanding App downloads, to improving content analytics as well as attribution.  There is much to digest and this press release summarizes it well.
  • TV, partnerships and the new frontier of TV Networks and Over The Top (OTT).  Adobe is well entrenched in TV and film, and announced a new comScore measurement partnership but new TV targeting capabilities in the Marketing Cloud. Read more.

CirqueAll and all, it was a great event where I got to catch-up with clients, partners, strike new relationships and catch-up with old industry friends. This not to mention a Adobe Campaign/Merkle small party where we got to see Cirque Du Soleil performances up and close (photo left).

It is conference season, next I am off to the Email Evolution Conference in New Orleans and hope to see you there, or at some show this year.   Until then, all the best,  David … be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest real-time updates.

The Relevancy Group Releases the 2016 Edition of their ESP Buyer’s Guide

BOSTON, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Relevancy Group, a leader in market research and advisory, publishes The Relevancy Ring: The ESP Buyer’s Guide – 2016. The research analyzes eight ESPs (Email Marketing Service Providers) that include: Acxiom Impact, Adobe Campaign, Epsilon Agility Harmony, Experian Marketing Services, Maropost, MessageGears, PostUp and Zeta Interactive.

In a three-month research process, The Relevancy Group evaluated marketers’ challenges, needs and aspirations and how vendor solutions are poised to eradicate obstacles to achieving marketers’ goals.

The research finds that Marketers desire ESP features that transcend email to include “Everychannel” functions. The buyer’s top 10 most important features includes social, mobile and display retargeting functionality.  In the vendor selection process, marketers are also prioritizing solutions that have a high level of redundancy, analytics, industry expertise and delivery and analytical services.

“This Buyer’s Guide utilizes our patent pending Ring research methodology which is based on hundreds of quantifiable measures, client satisfaction and input from multiple analyst contributors,” said David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group

The report can be purchased on The Relevancy Group’s website www.relevancygroup.com. An excerpt of this research is featured in Issue 9 of The Marketer Quarterly, a digital magazine that is available for free with registration online www.marketerquarterly.com, as well as through the MQ app on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

About The Relevancy Group, LLC | www.relevancygroup.com| @RelevancyGroup
Led by tenured industry analyst and marketer David Daniels, The Relevancy Group (TRG) combines original and thought-provoking market research with unrivaled advisory services. Producing research on email, social, mobile, omnichannel and identity marketing; TRG research helps companies compete more effectively within the broader digital economy. TRG measures consumer and executive behaviors to develop strategies that optimize a return on marketing investments. All TRG Analysts have a minimum 15 years of experience in digital marketing. As a trusted advisor to leading organizations, TRG works with the largest vendors and brands as well as early stage companies where marketing and advertising intersects. TRG assists vendors in generating leads and developing a market presence. TRG produces dozens of surveys, research reports and webinars annually as well as publishes the digital magazine for marketers by marketers The Marketer Quarterly, subscribe for free at www.marketerquarterly.com