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Skills of the Modern Marketer

1. Foreword When I ask senior marketers to tell me what marketing framework they are most familiar with, they often suggest the 4Ps (Product, Price, Place and Promotion). This model was first published in 1960 by American marketing professor Edmund Jerome McCarthy in his book Basic Marketing: A Managerial Approach. This was in an era of […]

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Personalisation is all about delivering greater relevance to customers and providing a richer experience by serving the right message on the right channel at the right time. Companies that harness the power of personalisation and offer experiences tailored to each consumer’s specific needs will find their customers are more likely to continue their […]

B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This report is a complementary guide to Econsultancy’s current suite of social media best practice guides, including Social Media Strategy, Social Media Platforms and Paid Social Media Advertising. It outlines the strategic approaches, use cases, considerations and useful guidelines for B2B marketers to consider when devising their social media strategy. 1.1. Executive summary […]

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

Local SEO Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction “Big companies forget about local. Small businesses need local SEO to survive.” Andrew Cock-Starkey, SEO Consultant, Optimisey For single location businesses as well as global franchise operations, location is becoming increasingly important. When done well, local SEO has the potential to drive significant traffic to a brand website or to a storefront or […]

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Foreword Before the launch of the iPhone in 2007, and for some years after that, ‘mobile’ was perceived as a standalone channel, deserving a dedicated strategy, budget and team. Now that ‘mobile’ has become infused into every aspect of digital marketing, no longer considered as a distinct channel, do marketers still need a standalone […]

Neurodiversity and Digital Inclusion

1. Introduction Neurodiversity is considered to be an essential form of human diversity. The idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ type of brain or one ‘right’ style of neurocognitive functioning is no more valid than the idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘right’ gender, race or culture. There is evidence that neurodiversity […]

Advertising

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Demystifying Blockchain: Guidelines for Marketers

1.  Introduction Powerful technological forces are impacting the marketing profession and the companies and industries where marketers work. Econsultancy identifies, analyses and writes about many of these forces; ubiquitous connectivity[1], artificial intelligence[2] and the Internet of Things[3] to name a few. The same technologies are also enabling new and agile innovators to launch digitally enabled […]

Social Media Platforms Overview

Social Media Platforms Overview

1. Introduction 1.1. About this report This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide[1], Implementing Content Strategy[2] and Digital Content Strategy Best Practice Guide[3] and Paid Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide[4]. Its purpose is to provide a snapshot of the major social media platforms and the most pressing considerations for […]

Paid Social Media Advertising

Paid Social Media Advertising

1. Introduction 1.1.  About this report This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s ‘Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide’ ‘Social Media Platforms Overview’ and ‘Paid Search Best Practice Guide’. Its purpose is to provide an overview of the major social media channels and the most pressing considerations for marketers looking to generate the most […]

Content

Storytelling for Marketers

Storytelling for Marketers

1. Introduction 1.1 Executive summary This report identifies best practice approaches, techniques, challenges and opportunities around storytelling in the context of marketing. It explores how marketers perceive the importance of storytelling to the practice of marketing and the best practice application of storytelling principles to support marketing objectives and activity. The following topics are covered […]

Content Strategy Best Practice Guide

Content Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Executive Summary 1.1. About Econsultancy Econsultancy’s mission is to help its customers achieve excellence in digital business, marketing and ecommerce through research, training and events. Founded in 1999, Econsultancy has offices in New York, London and Singapore. Econsultancy is used by over 600,000 professionals every month. Subscribers get access to research, market data, best […]

Online Video Best Practice Guide

Online Video Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Econsultancy’s series of best practice guides have been created for digital professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. The guides steer readers to ensure that projects and strategies are executed in the right way for optimal results. Given the significance of online video to most organisations in 2017, sections of this […]

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The Fundamentals of Email Marketing

1. Email: The Backbone of Your Digital Marketing Programme No tool in your marketing toolbox is as valuable and necessary to you as your email marketing programme. That’s a big statement, but we can back it up with facts: Email pays off. Email generates a generous return on its budget investment, higher than any other […]

Customer Experience

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Personalisation is all about delivering greater relevance to customers and providing a richer experience by serving the right message on the right channel at the right time. Companies that harness the power of personalisation and offer experiences tailored to each consumer’s specific needs will find their customers are more likely to continue their […]

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web

User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web

1. About this Guide 1.1. How this guide is structured Econsultancy’s series of best practice guides have been created for professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. The guides steer readers to ensure that projects and strategies are executed in the right way for optimal results. This guide to mobile and web user […]

Customer Lifetime Value Report - Econsultancy

Understanding Customer Lifetime Value

1. Executive Summary Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) is considered one of the most important factors in determining present and future success of a business. However, less than half of those surveyed for this research said they were able to measure CLV. With it costing less to retain a customer than acquire a new one and […]

Data and Analytics

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Personalisation is all about delivering greater relevance to customers and providing a richer experience by serving the right message on the right channel at the right time. Companies that harness the power of personalisation and offer experiences tailored to each consumer’s specific needs will find their customers are more likely to continue their […]

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

Working Effectively with Data Teams

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary With an increasing number of digital channels, the time, attention and trust that consumers have to give to marketing content is fragmented. To make matters worse, consumers’ unprecedented power to control their media experiences has made it more challenging than ever to reach them. On the other hand, marketers have […]

Ecommerce

Achieving Omnichannel Excellence

1. Introduction This guide has been written to help the retail sector’s heads of customer experience, CCOs, CMOs, senior marketers, heads of digital and CIOs to move along the omnichannel journey towards omnichannel excellence. Its purpose is to give brands an understanding of the current retail landscape, which key challenges they need to address and […]

Ecommerce: Third-Party Marketplaces for Retailers

Ecommerce: Third-Party Marketplaces for Retailers

1. Introduction In the space of 20 years, Amazon has grown into a $200bn company[1], selling everything from books to health foods. It is now the fifth largest retailer in the UK according to Verdict, beaten only by four supermarkets.[2] It is estimated to have accounted for a third of all UK spend online in […]

Visual Search: A Guide for Marketers

Visual Search: A Guide for Marketers

1. Executive Summary This report will look at the history of visual search, how different companies are using it, and explain how marketers can take advantage of visual search and other tools that make use of machine vision. It will also cover the following: The benefits of visual search in ecommerce In a commercial context, […]

Lessons from Black Friday

Lessons from Black Friday

1. Introduction The concept of Black Friday being a single in-store shopping day, taking place the day after US Thanksgiving once the clock has struck midnight, is close to becoming a distant memory. In recent years sales have extended over the entire week around Thanksgiving, also moving online to encompass Cyber Monday too. And last […]

Email and eCRM

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

Customer Lifetime Value Report - Econsultancy

Understanding Customer Lifetime Value

1. Executive Summary Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) is considered one of the most important factors in determining present and future success of a business. However, less than half of those surveyed for this research said they were able to measure CLV. With it costing less to retain a customer than acquire a new one and […]

Email Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. About this report Econsultancy’s series of Best Practice Guides have been created for internet professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. The guides steer readers to ensure that projects and strategies are executed in the right way for optimal results. Given the ongoing significance of email to most organisations in […]

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Innovation and Trends

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

A Marketer’s Guide to AI and Machine Learning

A Marketer’s Guide to AI and Machine Learning

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive Summary Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of technology that has suffered from over-hyping and confusing language, but clarity is finally developing. AI is the ability of technology to make smart decisions in a human way in relation to such things as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. […]

Mobile

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Foreword Before the launch of the iPhone in 2007, and for some years after that, ‘mobile’ was perceived as a standalone channel, deserving a dedicated strategy, budget and team. Now that ‘mobile’ has become infused into every aspect of digital marketing, no longer considered as a distinct channel, do marketers still need a standalone […]

Social Media Platforms Overview

Social Media Platforms Overview

1. Introduction 1.1. About this report This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide[1], Implementing Content Strategy[2] and Digital Content Strategy Best Practice Guide[3] and Paid Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide[4]. Its purpose is to provide a snapshot of the major social media platforms and the most pressing considerations for […]

Search Marketing

Local SEO Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction “Big companies forget about local. Small businesses need local SEO to survive.” Andrew Cock-Starkey, SEO Consultant, Optimisey For single location businesses as well as global franchise operations, location is becoming increasingly important. When done well, local SEO has the potential to drive significant traffic to a brand website or to a storefront or […]

Visual Search: A Guide for Marketers

Visual Search: A Guide for Marketers

1. Executive Summary This report will look at the history of visual search, how different companies are using it, and explain how marketers can take advantage of visual search and other tools that make use of machine vision. It will also cover the following: The benefits of visual search in ecommerce In a commercial context, […]

Search PPC

Paid Search Marketing (PPC) – Best Practice Guide: Paid Search Optimisation

Introduction Econsultancy’s Best Practice Guides help organisations improve their results from digital marketing through improved planning and execution. Our guides explain best practice for successfully implementing digital marketing on a large scale in medium and large organisations, but best practice guidelines also apply for smaller organisations. The guides have been developed to be the definitive […]

Video advertising

Paid Search Marketing (PPC) – Best Practice Guide: Video Advertising

Introduction Econsultancy’s Best Practice Guides help organisations improve their results from digital marketing through improved planning and execution. Our guides explain best practice for successfully implementing digital marketing on a large scale in medium and large organisations, but best practice guidelines also apply for smaller organisations. The guides have been developed to be the definitive […]

Strategy

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Foreword Before the launch of the iPhone in 2007, and for some years after that, ‘mobile’ was perceived as a standalone channel, deserving a dedicated strategy, budget and team. Now that ‘mobile’ has become infused into every aspect of digital marketing, no longer considered as a distinct channel, do marketers still need a standalone […]

Achieving Omnichannel Excellence

1. Introduction This guide has been written to help the retail sector’s heads of customer experience, CCOs, CMOs, senior marketers, heads of digital and CIOs to move along the omnichannel journey towards omnichannel excellence. Its purpose is to give brands an understanding of the current retail landscape, which key challenges they need to address and […]

Social

B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This report is a complementary guide to Econsultancy’s current suite of social media best practice guides, including Social Media Strategy, Social Media Platforms and Paid Social Media Advertising. It outlines the strategic approaches, use cases, considerations and useful guidelines for B2B marketers to consider when devising their social media strategy. 1.1. Executive summary […]

marketers guide to chatbots

A Marketer’s Guide to Chatbots

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary Chatbots have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, with the cost of implementing the technology going down and the curiosity around AI taking off. Nevertheless, the definitions around what a chatbot is and what a chatbot can do are still blurred. For the purpose of this […]

Demystifying-Blockchain-Guidelines-for-Marketers

Demystifying Blockchain: Guidelines for Marketers

1.  Introduction Powerful technological forces are impacting the marketing profession and the companies and industries where marketers work. Econsultancy identifies, analyses and writes about many of these forces; ubiquitous connectivity[1], artificial intelligence[2] and the Internet of Things[3] to name a few. The same technologies are also enabling new and agile innovators to launch digitally enabled […]

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