Webinar Wednesdays are Back!

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After a brief summer hiatus, Webinar Wednesdays will be back on September 5th with a much-anticipated broadcast sponsored by RedPoint Global. Steve Zisk from RedPoint will join David and me to dig into some of the key findings from our recent research on Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) and explore some key customer use cases.

As my last several blog posts indicate, I’m extremely excited about the CDP landscape at the moment and will do my best during this webinar to articulate exactly why.

If you have any specific questions you’d like to address during the webinar, feel free to reach out to me in advance, and please join us next Wednesday [register for the webinar even if you can’t make it live; we’ll be sending all registrants a copy of the research and a link to the webinar recording].

Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday!

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

#RampUp 2017 – the Oscars of the Madtech World

By Peggy Reinders, Principal Analyst

The who’s who of the Madtech world attended Liveramp’s RampUp17 in San Francisco this week. When looking beyond the sea of blue sport coats and black sweaters, it was apparent that everyone was there. CEOs, CMOs, and VPs of Marketing from over 2000 premium brands, adtech vendors, media publishers, analysts, and industry trade organizations were in attendance. Even sales people with no conference badge were hanging out in the Fairmont Hotel lobby waiting to catch a glimpse, or better yet a meeting, with those top execs.  RampUp17 was the Oscars of the Madtech world! A premier event that brought together a glamorous network of players who all contribute in some way to our digital marketing ecosystem.

“Wow” is the leading exclamation used in Oscar speeches.  At RampUp17, “Identity” was the word.

Identity is the connective tissue that allows for coordinated customer experiences and can enable people-based marketing. As much as we love this ideal, after listening to the various sessions at RampUp17, it was evident that we still need to lay the groundwork for it to be understood.

At the end of the day, many Marketers are confused about Identity and how they should approach it within their organizations. There’s an opportunity for the industry to create a common language around Identity, as well as standards, similar to what we have for ad creative. This puts everyone, Marketers and vendors, on the same playing field.

In addition, Marketers can start tackling Identity with their own use cases. Every organization is unique so they should start with building enough of a customer Identity to generate the insights and engagement required for their business. For some, this may be resolving mobile device IDs and physical address.  For others, marrying cookie IDs with their CRM file may suffice.

The Relevancy Group did research on Identity Management methods and found that adoption is increasing.

Here’s to hoping that as we look back at the Best of 2017, the winner is Identity.

Peggy

Webinar Wednesdays from The Relevancy Group – 2017

Join The Relevancy Group every Wednesday for a free webinar on the latest marketing topics. Webinar WednesdaysRegister for all events so that you can hear the recording later.  Many of our webinars come with a research white paper as well.  All Webinar Wednesdays start at 1:00 PM ET. Register for these upcoming webinars.

1/25 – The Value of Adaptive Content: Tactics to Optimize Email Marketing. Join this free webinar with The Relevancy Group’s David Daniels and PowerInbox’s Jeff Kupietzky present new data on the value of adaptive content. You will learn: New data on email marketing trends, Details on contextual marketing, Value and ROI models when implementing contextual marketing and more.

2/1 – The Future of Relevance and it’s Impact on Attribution Trends.  Join this free webinar with The Relevancy Group’s David Daniels and Nicholas Einstein as well as Zeta Global‘s John Polcari. We will dicuss two of the latest research white papers which will also be sent to all registratiants.  We will discuss segmentation tactics, the rise of People-based Marketing and it means for data management and attribution. This will be a tactic rich discussion.

Web Summit Puts the Arena Rock in Tech: Inside Europe’s Biggest Web Conference

Web Summit Puts the Arena Rock in Tech: Inside Europe’s Biggest Web Conference

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When you think of the Iberian Peninsula and digital conferences, one town comes to mind: Barcelona, home of the Mobile World Congress. But the government of Portugal didn’t get the memo. Lisbon is hosting the Web Summit this week for the first time (it’s previously been held in Dublin) and 53,000 plus people from 166 countries showed up.

Droves of Portuguese youth stood in lines wrapped around the FIL arena for hours on Monday night and it wasn’t to see Radiohead or Beach House. WebSummit LinesThey were lined up to hear politicians discuss economic policy and the role that technology will play in the future.
The prime minister of Portugal, the president of the United Nations and the mayor of Lisbon were among those that took to the stage to talk about the future role that technology will play in the global economy. (The live stream of the event drew one million viewers, according to conference organizer Paddy Cosgrave, founder/CEO of Web Summit).

The consensus on the stage: governments need to commit to creating the framework that opens the way for innovative technologies to succeed in all aspects of society. The Portuguese government is putting their money where their mouth is: Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa revealed a public fund of 200 million Euros designed to attract the best investors to help Portuguese start-ups become more global.

Web SummitBut tech innovation is not going to come over night in Europe where there are 28 different digital markets due to differing laws, unlike the US where there is one. Resistance to one true digital market is a problem for startups who can’t afford the cost of legal compliance issues against the big tech players, said José Manuel Barroso, Non-executive Chairman, Goldman Sachs International and former Prime Minister of Portugal and former president of the European Commission, arguing that European governments could do more to help.

To inspire European technology entrepreneurs, the conference programmers brought out the tech heavyweights and Hollywood actors. Leaders from Facebook, GE, Tinder, LINE Corporation, Reddit and even Hollywood actor/entrepreneur Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Director, Founder, hitRECord, took to the stage to talk about digital disruption.

Facebook- Web SimmitFacebook CTO Mike Schroepfer opened up the show with the first official keynote on Tuesday morning revealing the social network’s plans for the next 10 years. Facebook’s plans are centered around connectivity (for the 4.1 billion people on the planet that don’t currently have access to the Internet), artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Schroepfer discussed both the challenges and advances of machine learning and why robots are still a long way from being as intelligent as humans. He also showed some pretty impressive advances in virtual reality, like how Oculus and robotics combined are helping people that have lost the ability to walk, reactivate neurons that weren’t damaged so that they can walk again.
When it comes to advertising, leaders from the space discussed that while digital has disrupted transmission, storytelling is still at the core of all good messaging. Facebook CMO Gary Briggs said that while fundamentally you still have to get to the core of what the story is, the number of executions you have to build and how fast you have to build these iterations has changed. He also pointed out that today brands have the ability to target to much narrower audiences stressing the importance of knowing who you are talking to.

Maurice Levy Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe concurred that digital has changed the speed with which advertisers must work, and said that data is changing how advertisers understand their audiences. Still, he stressed that machines could never replace human creativity.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, spoke about the importance of privacy Facebookin an ever more connected world. While he praised the advances of technology (the group used drones and crowd sourcing to help expose human rights violations in Darfur and they have also live streamed living conditions of Syrian refugees to help raise money, he also pointed out the dangers lack of privacy presents – dictators running the show and jailed journalists to name a few.

In a debate with Shetty, technologist Robert Scoble (who went glove to glove while outfitted in VR glasses) played devil’s advocate arguing that people will be willing to give up privacy in order to benefit from the bells and whistles that VR has to offer. He says people will be willing to let devices access their LinkedIn page so that you can see who people are on their VR glasses or contacts as you walk by them at a conference or give access to your camera so that you can see guided pathways to the bathrooms with the shortest lines in the baseball stadium and so that your hotdog can be delivered to you.
Whether we’ll be wearing VR gear while riding in self-driving cars to our offices that are half staffed with robots, remains to be seen. The startups that filled the massive halls might influence the direction it goes in, or they might not. What is clear is that Lisbon wants a piece of the tech business and they rolled out the red carpet to prove it. From Web Summit check in desks at the airport and billboards plastered throughout the city to parties in the Barrio Alto (whose hills will give any San Franciscan a run for their money) and packed subways and the news radio in the taxis, one thing was clear: everyone in Lisbon was abuzz about Web Summit.

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“The is not the new Silicon Valley. This is Portugal,” read a billboard outside of the FIL, boasting nationwide broadband 400million Euro for co-investments with business angels and VCs, as well as tax benefits. “We rolled up our sleeves to take businesses global since the 16th century and we’re doing it again.”

Recapping Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience

By Peggy Reinders  Principal Analyst – The Relevancy Group

For years I’ve been listening to my husband talk about Oracle Open World. Ever since he joined the Business Intelligence Consulting industry 20 years ago, he’s been religiously attending the event and bragging about the concerts at Treasure Island.

Oracle MMEI, on the other hand, have been part of the Digital Marketing industry for 18 years. This includes working for the famed DoubleClick in New York City back in the early days of Internet advertising.

Our industries have been siloed for years. Digital marketing people don’t generally work with data warehousing people. But in 2014 Oracle acquired BlueKai. And that’s when I turned to my husband and said, “Our worlds are colliding!”

So last week it was my turn. For the first time I attended Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas. And quite the experience it was! We heard a fantastic keynote from CEO Mark Hurd who talked about corporate revenue growth coming from “share shift” as opposed to market growth. And the 3 keys to share shift? Lower prices, better products, or better service.

We also heard from Troy Carter, a talent manager in the music industry as well as tech entrepreneur. Troy helped catapult Lady Gaga’s career to legendary success. He credits “artistic democracy” to the rise of social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter which allowed Lady Gaga to reach audiences outside of radio. He ended by saying that “People remember how you made them feel. You need to nurture that relationship.”

Oracle Social LoungeIn addition to hundreds of sessions from well-known brands such as Lexus and Intuit, we also had a social lounge with nitro coffee on tap! And musical performances from Bastille and the GooGoo Dolls.

But the biggest takeaway from Oracle’s Modern Marketing Experience was recognizing the position they’re in to potentially lead the Marketing Cloud providers with their breadth of integrated products. Over the last several years, Oracle has been acquiring industry-leading best of breed technology and data providers. And the depth and strength of their product offerings really came through at the event.

Last week Oracle announced their integration between Maxymiser and Responsys. They also announced the ability for Responsys customers to leverage their Business Intelligence product to allow for easier performance reporting (hello BI husband!). If “share shift” will drive growth, Oracle’s product suite can help organizations nurture their customer relationships through better products and service. If they continue to integrate their acquisitions, Oracle’s full tech and data stack could be poised to lead the marriage of AdTech and MarTech. Better yet, that union will ultimately drive marketers to fulfill the holy grail of one to one marketing. Exciting stuff for marketers like me that have been waiting for this moment for almost 20 years!

Great job with the Modern Marketing Experience event Oracle! My first experience was a memorable one.