Author: Seán Donnelly

Seán Donnelly

What marketing leaders can learn about professional development from the military

While conducting research for Econsultancy’s How Marketers Learn report, I spent some time wondering about what company or industry represented best practice in terms of providing development opportunities to its staff which in turn would result in a more effective organisation.

Fortuitously, at around this time I bumped into a retired member from the British Armed Forces. It turns out that there's quite a lot that professional organisations can learn from the military.

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Programmatic in 2017: An interview with Getintent’s George Levin

Programmatic advertising continues to grow rapidly, but despite a lot being written about it and a range of conferences dedicated specifically to the topic, it would seem that marketers still need to educate themselves on what programmatic is, how it can be deployed strategically and how best to manage it.

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Why marketers need to consider the difference between training and education

Econsultancy has just published a new report titled How Marketers Learn. The research sought to identify how marketers are approaching their professional development and whether they are getting the necessary support from their employers.

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Get a free copy of our report on how marketers learn by completing this short survey

Econsultancy would like to invite marketers working at all levels to participate in a short survey about how marketers learn.

The link to the survey is available here

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How the Internet of Things will fundamentally change marketing

A few weeks ago I wrote a post that looked at why marketers need to pay attention to the Internet of Things (IoT).

An Econsultancy subscriber posed some interesting questions in the comments section of that post, so this article is an attempt to respond to his points.

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The case for chatbots being the new apps - notes from #WebSummit2016

 “Bots are the new apps” according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a keynote given at a Microsoft developer conference in March 2016.

On the basis of the amount of start-ups working on bot related activities at Web Summit 2016, it would seem as if bots may be about to become mainstream after all.

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Why marketers need to pay attention to the Internet of Things

Last week I attended Web Summit, now one of the world’s largest tech conferences.

Most of the talks that I attended were at the digital marketing stage although I did make time to attend talks at the data and analytics stage, the content maker’s stage and design stage. 

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Three ways to avoid being disrupted in an age of innovation

Last week I attended Wired 2016, along with other assorted academics, scientists and all sorts of curious minds in between.

This two-day affair is designed to encourage attendees to abandon their comfort zones, discover the world’s most disruptive minds and organisations and examine future technology.

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Making the business case for programmatic advertising

The first banner ad appeared on Hotwired.com, the original website for Wired Magazine all the way back in 1994.

Since then, the time and attention that consumers have to see and consider advertising has reduced significantly.

This is for a number of reasons.

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Getting started with programmatic? Here are some tips from the experts

Last week we hosted Get With The Programmatic 2016 (GWTP), a conference designed to demystify programmatic and examine some of the technology steering its use cases.

A key theme that came up several times throughout the day was what marketers require to get started.

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How programmatic advertising is helping drive the digital transformation agenda

Programmatic may be the most exciting thing to happen in marketing since brands started to advertise on the internet.

The promise of programmatic is that mass advertising can be individually tailored to create personalised, one-to-one communications. 

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How are marketers dealing with the martech onslaught?

At Econsultancy’s Festival of Marketing in 2015, attendees packed out the main hall to listen to a keynote from Colonel Chris Hadfield.

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, Colonel Hadfield talked about overcoming challenges and excelling under pressure, topics that modern marketers, or at least the successful ones, are familiar with. 

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