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It’s not quite over yet, but 2016 has been busy. As I predicted last year, mobile has been a definite focus for almost every marketer and we’re slowly starting to see VR and wearable technology take off.
I've found it interesting to see how businesses have started to scope out new and creative ways to incorporate all of these technologies and opportunities into their marketing strategies.
Digital technology has increased the pace of change in consumer and patient expectations, but most pharma and healthcare organisations haven’t moved quickly in response.
Consumers are taking control over their own healthcare and driving change, preferring a more convenient way to get medical services and access information.
Marketers are adding to or overhauling their technology stacks, media and channels have proliferated and people and processes have had to adapt.
This is the root of the need for digital transformation.
But is the talk of agile change just lip service? What is it? And what are its benefits?
Mondo has been billed as "a bank that’s as smart as your phone. Built for your smartphone, this is banking like never before."
The "easy-to-use' app apparently updates your balance instantly, gives intelligent notifications and aspires to be the best bank on the planet.
Well, how could I resist?
In a recent Econsultancy report, survey respondents revealed that the CMO is spending more than the CIO in almost a third (32%) of companies in Australia and New Zealand.
How are marketers using all of this technology, then, to address the pressing issue of improving customer experience (CX)?
The union between marketing technology and advertising technology is strengthening, like it or not.
I see two major meta-trends this year that are impacting technology and how marketers are going to apply it.
I was struck by the news that Adam & Eve/DDB has dropped 'digital' from its job titles.
Firstly, what a perfect piece of PR. But there's more to it than that; the agency is an early mover in the next stage of an ideological regression that has been happening for a while now.
There's a backlash against technology, against third-party solutions, corrupt ad models, poor creative and even content marketing.
Agencies want to get back to 'the work'.
Let’s face it, it’s not too unusual to run into corporate communications that feel impersonal and distant from a customer’s point of view.
So, it's no coincidence that agencies use the word ‘humanising’ over and over again when providing advice on brand messaging.
Putting aside any possible scepticism towards the seemingly volatile concept, humanising customer interactions must be the ultimate mission of any modern brand, which should empower its brave employees to shake off any robotic feel customers may perceive in their interactions with the company.
As the shift towards digital continues, Marketers are quickly having to embrace new technology and learn to integrate these new tools and channels into their strategy.
How does technology impact the decisions marketers make during this process? What is their attitude towards technology? What is its level of importance, perceived benefits and barriers?
I've been eating tapas in Barcelona at Microsoft Convergence.
One area I was keen to discuss with Microsoft was retail, an industry the tech giant is doing more in, not just with vanilla CRM but also POS, end-to-end solutions and web.
I spoke to Seth Patton, senior director of marketing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Here's what he had to say about change in this sector.
Snow Fall is a beautiful, interactive and immersive multimedia experience about the avalanche at Tunnel Creek in the US.
It was lovingly crafted by The New York Times in 2012 and was heralded as setting new standards in digital storytelling.
Seventeen months later, the publication’s internal innovation report was leaked. It points out that while projects such as Snow Fall are extremely popular, with more than 21m page views, they are not easily replicable.
This year’s Google I/O conference, held weeks after Apple’s WWDC, showed the world that Google really is taking over every aspect of our lives, and challenging its fiercest rivals.
As Android users have increased from 530m last year to more than 1bn this year, Google announced its ‘biggest ever overhaul’ with a completely new set of Android products.
Read on for my top five developments (plus a dose of healthy rivalry)...