2017

Build vs. Buy: The Top Factors for Brands to Consider

CIOs and CTOs have generally moved past denial and into ‘acceptance’ that they need to make changes to their marketing stacks to compete and win in an omnichannel-24/7-personalized world. The question is now ‘How?’. Central to unpacking that critical decision is the ‘Build vs. Buy’ dilemma. What follows are but a few of the key issues to weigh before embarking down a path:

2017

2017

How to Achieve a Dynamic, Single View of the Customer

Many brands are struggling to meet customer expectations because technology is changing at such a rapid rate. This is changing how consumers are capable of engaging with a brand and their perception of a brand's ability to engage with them. Many of the problems and barriers that prevent a brand from meeting those expectations start with data silos and bottlenecks across the different systems that a brand uses for customer engagement.

2017

What's Real-Time Marketing?

Traditional marketing has been slow and static, limiting marketers’ visibility into customer behavior. Marketers are stuck with slow data in batches, manual, list-based segmentation and scheduled campaigns. This doesn’t work and isn’t sustainable for a couple reasons. One--working with legacy systems means things take marketers way longer than they should. Two--these systems prohibit brands from delivering on customers’ expectations that brands meet their needs, recognize who they are across every channel and value them for their business and advocacy. What’s the alternative? Real-time marketing. In this blog post, we’re discussing some of the main challenges facing marketers at enterprise B2C companies and taking a closer look how real-time marketing can help solve them.

2017

How to Prevent and Mitigate Backlash from Loyalty Program Changes

A number of notable brands, including Sephora, Target and Pampers have recently rolled out changes to their loyalty programs. These changes have not been received positively by consumers. Many members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Rewards Program have threatened to take their business to Sephora competitors like Ulta. Consumers took to Facebook to voice their frustration with Pampers’ new app. One consumer posted, "This new app is a joke right? Pampers really dropped the ball on this one!!!! Epic app launch fail award goes to Pampers!!!!!" These sentiments raise an important question: What can brands do to prevent or mitigate backlash when implementing a loyalty program change members won’t receive favorably?