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.

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.

#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

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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