Innovate with AI, Overview of AI Market Spotlight Guide

Innovate with AI, Overview of AI Market Spotlight Guide

Join us 1/16/19 at 1PM ET.  

During this sixty minute session, principals from The Relevancy Group will review data from the recently published AI Market Spotlight Guide, The Relevancy Group analyzes the latest trends in the utilization of AI in marketing and spotlights four vendors that are delivering exciting AI innovations. This guide provides executive marketer survey data on the attitudes and adoption of Artificial Intelligence and showcases four leading vendors with a diverse set of AI offerings. five email marketing agencies and documents vendor selection as well as market trends. AI vendor spotlight sponsors include Adobe, OneSpot, Return Path, and Selligent.

Speakers Include the Authors of This Research, including:
David Daniels – CEO & Founder, The Relevancy Group
Nicholas Einstein – Chief Research Officer, The Relevancy Group

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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.

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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

Consumer Holiday Expectations Are In

Consumer Holiday Expectations Are In

By David Daniels, CEO and Founder – The Relevancy Group

This week we had our annual Consumer Holiday Behaviors and Attitudes Webinar which was as always was sponsored by Zeta Global. The event was full of data and featured excellent discussion and insight from Zeta’s Tim O’Leary.  You can watch the webinar on demand here.

Some of the interesting findings include:

  • Consumers utilize email every day, 89 percent of them are checking their email daily. Email remains our digital fingerprint and shows no sign of being replaced by other communication modalities.
  • Mobile dominance is increasing. Forty percent of consumers state that their primary email device is their mobile phone and 26 percent state that it is their primary online shipping device. Retailers must ensure that their messages and websites are optimized for mobile viewing.
  • Self-gifting is up year-over-year from $264 in 2017 to $279 in 2018. Retailers should be utilizing BOGO offers and messaging that encourages to be self-indulgent.
  • More consumers intend to shop on Cyber Monday. Eighteen percent report that they are going to do most of their holiday shopping on Cyber Monday which is up about ten percent from last year.
  • Women are more engaged on themed shopping days, nearly half of women state that they will do most of their shopping on Black Friday as opposed to 39 percent of men. Fourteen percent of women say they will do all their holiday shopping on Black Friday.
  • On average consumers will comparison shop across three sites; but 20 percent of consumers state that they don’t do any comparison shopping. On the webinar we discuss the reasons why that is, one of them being the impact of Amazon Prime as increasing spot for buyers to go to.

There are many more findings, tactics, and tips including how to leverage mobile real-time data to improve the customer experience.

Tune in and check out this wonderful webinar.

Wishing you success this holiday season!

All the best,

David

 

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.

What do Consumers Want from Retailers This Holiday Season?

What do Consumers Want from Retailers This Holiday Season?

To better understand purchasing motivations, attitudes and behaviors, The Relevancy Group and Zeta Global are conducting a survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S. We will be sharing these results and last-minute holiday recommendations on Wednesday 11/14 at 1 PM. Register for the webinar and get a link to a recording of the webinar that will be filled with data and recommendations.

Looking Back on 2017
In 2017 just 15 percent of consumers stated that they planned to spend more on holiday spending than they did in 2016 while 64 percent stated about the same as year over year. While the economy in 2018 is good, Chinese Import tariffs are raising prices at big-box retailers, i.e. Walmart, that rely on offshore goods. This likely won’t impact overall spending, but the consumer’s dollar may not go as far in 2018 as it did last year. In 2017 consumers under the age of 39 were more likely to spend more on holiday purchases a trend we expect that we will see again in 2018.

Consumers continue to shift their holiday spend online. Last year 56 percent of consumers stated they would do half or more of their holiday shopping online. Overall ten percent of consumers shop exclusively online, a trend we expect will grow to 12 to 14 percent in 2018. Last year consumers aged 27-53 are most likely to do the majority of their holiday shopping online.

Year-over-Year Consumers are consistent with their holiday shopping plan, with 29 percent already shopping for the holiday season. Eighteen percent start after Halloween and the majority start after Thanksgiving. Last year 20 percent stated they have no set plan. Half of women start their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving a trend that we expect to continue to see this year.

Holiday self-gifting was up year over year from 2016 to 2017 increasing from $243 to $264. We will likely see an increase again in 2018, but we don’t expect it to be as large in years past. This is likely because of the higher cost of products and the general impact of the dollar.

Next time we will look back on what motivates consumers to purchase and what opportunities exist for marketers this 2018 holiday season.

Join us on November 14, at 1 PM ET for the 2018 consumer holiday results.

Until next time,
David

Take Off, Let Email Automation Do the Work for You

Email Automation ImperativeAs we enter the Labor Day weekend, I am reminded of how hard email marketers work.  Earlier this year we published “The Email Marketing Automation Imperative,” and we found that marketers automate just thirty percent of their email marketing messages.  While this has increased year-over-year the data indicates that email marketing remains labor intensive.

The research answers these key questions:
• How are marketers embracing email automation?
• How does email automation transcend triggered mailings in 2018?
• What role does real-time data have in automation and does such an approach make a difference?

The research’s key findings:
Triggered email marketing utilization increased slightly year-over-year. Of those marketers utilizing triggered mailings, the majority automate less than 30 percent of their email efforts. Triggered mailings are ideal for customer journeys that have pre-set events or actions. Email automation transcends triggered mailings. Many ESPs have advanced to deliver solutions that leverage real-time data, which personalize the customer experience at the individual level. Given these solution enhancements, marketers must think about email automation more broadly and data indicates that they are. When asked about their top email marketing tactics, targeting email subscribers with online advertising was No.2 on their list. Email automation via real-time data creates head-count efficiencies, but also improves effectiveness. Email automation via real-time data outperforms a traditional segmented email send.

Buy the report or get it with a subscription.  Enjoy a well-deserved labor day holiday weekend!