Amazon’s Echo and its competitors were at the top of shopping lists this holiday season. And now, social media is buzzing with videos of mishaps and rants from frustrated parents whose kids are ordering expensive toys by voice demand. But if you get past the giant teddy bears in your living room, Echo and other IoT devices carry an important reminder for marketers: know your customer.
According to Forrester, 53% of companies chose mobile marketing as their top digital marketing priority. This attention to mobile marketing is driven by the need to reach customers where, when, and how they most prefer.
Because marketing automation helps companies run complex campaigns with fewer resources, the software is growing in popularity. According to MarTech, a marketing technology forum, more than 50% of companies currently use marketing automation. 70% of companies, they say, plan to institute it in the next 12 months.
After 7 years of marketing research, Adobe compiled their findings into their Digital Marketing Survey, which turns a spotlight on companies that have achieved digital maturity.
Effective customer engagement is not about overwhelming consumers with generic offers and promotions. Customer engagement is about building a long-term relationship with customers by gaining their trust and loyalty. True engagement can only take place when there is a give-and-take between your company and the customer.
We’re finally far enough away from the holiday season to take a good look back at what worked and to catch a glimpse of where we’ll go from here. And now we’re seeing retailers making big shifts for the new year, further illustrating the importance of going back to basics.
You’ve decided to redecorate your living room. The sofa is creaky, the rug is stained and worn, and the curtains are faded. You start browsing the websites of some of your favorite furniture and department stores using your smartphone.
It’s time to start thinking about how approaches to marketing strategy will be changing in the new year. If you want to gain an edge over your competitors, it’s never too early to jump-start new initiatives.
With brands competing for a slice of the marketplace amidst direct competitors, new channels, and instant gratification, customer feedback can mean the difference between success and failure. And while there’s no arguing that data holds the keys to marketing strategy, the magic really lies in the quality of that information and our ability to interpret it into actionable insights.