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Posts tagged with Technology

New Year marketing resolutions you shouldn't break in 2014

It’s February and already, according to a number of statistical sources, around a quarter of us have failed to uphold our New Year’s resolutions.

Interestingly, 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution each year compared to only 14% of people over 50. That’s interesting given the prevailing attitudes towards younger generations.

In the same vein, marketers are mapping out the conversations they want to have this year to stay ahead of the curve. Given the influx of ‘2014 Trends’ in January, I thought it would be a useful point to review the best and highlight a few that might follow New Year’s resolutions.

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wordcloud of ecommerce tech problems

Ecommerce technology is failing to meet merchant needs: report

Companies are reporting the underperformance of ecommerce solutions in critical areas of functionality such as site search, product management, SEO and mobile-supported commerce.

These deficiencies, coupled with difficulties with integration, have led many merchants to replatform, according to Econsultancy’s first survey-based Technology for Ecommerce Report.

The reports, carried out in association with Neoworks, shows that only a minority of respondents say their technology performs well across each of the key functionality requirements.

In this post I’ll look in more detail at some findings of this new report based on a survey of more than 500 client-side and agency respondents

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Marketing automation: challenges and barriers for APAC marketers

Marketing automation is of growing interest to APAC marketers, but what hurdles do they face and how can they overcome them?

A fifth (21%) of APAC-based marketers reported earlier this year that they planned to increase their investment in marketing automation technology over the next 12 months.

To address this growing area of focus for the region’s marketers, Econsultancy teamed up with emarsys to produce the Marketing Automation in Asia Pacific Best Practice Guide.

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Why the modern marketer must embrace technology

Technology is one of the twelve core elements of the Modern Marketing Manifesto formulated by Marketing Week and Econsultancy.

We propose that to be a modern marketer you must be comfortable and adept at procuring and using technology to its best advantage. We believe modern marketers will have increasing ownership of technology.

But it isn’t just about the technology solutions or platforms. It is becoming increasingly important that marketers, and certainly digital marketers, have a good grasp of technology fundamentals to be most effective in their jobs.

Having a better technology understanding allows us to understand the ‘art of the possible’ and give us ideas, it helps us work more productively with colleagues in technology teams. 

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Seven innovative new technologies set to revolutionise marketing

“There must be an easier way.” Lots of great ideas have been born from that simple phrase, and judging by the entries to The Digitals Innovative New Technology category, it’s not a trend that’s set to die down at any point soon.

From collecting multiple device data to search optimization, getting all your marketing ducks in a row is hard work. Here are seven new technologies set to make your life a little easier in future…

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A look at Nesta's 'Manifesto for the Creative Economy'

Image taken from Nesta.org.uk

Point eight of Econsultancy's Modern Marketing Manifesto (#MoMaMa) regards creative.

Last month, Nesta published its 'Manifesto for the Creative Economy', so let's take a look through this impressive publication and see where Nesta thinks we're at.

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How we buy technology

Organisations like to pretend that they're objective. It's not that simple.

Technology is tricky stuff. We respond emotionally to it. It changes the power balance between people, provoking political reactions. Vendors obfuscate about what their technology really does.

Most organisations recoil from this. They place a premium on “objective” decision-making, on measuring their options against some careful breakdown of functionality. By weighing each technology option against clear criteria, they reckon they’ll end up with the objectively “best” solution.

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Taking charge of the Australian digital economy

If Australia wants to take a leadership position in the increasingly global and digital economy, corporations and corporate leaders must make changes to their business plans and direct their resources accordingly. 

This view is expressed in a recent report co-produced by Telstra and Deloitte Digital, which discusses the expected growth rate of the Australian digital economy and highlights the best ways for corporations to cope and respond to the change that will come from this. 

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Changes in technology for 2013

One of the biggest drivers for change often comes from the advances in technology. This is true for us as a society and us as marketers.

For instance, with the invention of smart phones, a whole industry bloomed and our behaviour changed. I, like most people, feel lost without that tiny computer in my pocket. Who prints off maps anymore?

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New report: mobile and social boost growth in paid search technology

This week, Econsultancy published an update to its PPC Bid Management Technology Buyer's Guide. The report estimates that the market for PPC bid management technology will grow by 17% in 2012, in line with the overall North American search sector, which is predicted to grow from a value of $22.9 billion, to $26.8 billion in 2013.  

The report shows that many areas of digital are increasingly integrated, with the biggest opportunities for growth in this sector coming from mobile paid search, a focus on multichannel retailing and the continuing forward march of social media. 

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Example of Focus on Experience not Features

Six tips for becoming a marketing-oriented technology company: part two

The question of how to define marketing, especially in a technology organisation, as opposed to sales, remains one of my favorite questions.

The best answer I’ve heard was from a former SVP Marketing as SPSS, “As a company goes in to battle, marketing is like the bombers whereas sales are the infantry. Marketing bombs ahead and provides the air support to sales”.

I love this analogy and to take it a step further I believe the sooner you expect an activity to pay back the less likely it is to be true marketing as opposed to selling. 

Being at the heart of two tech organisations I can now share six tips from my experience on how to become a marketing oriented technology company.  

I hope you've put the tips from part one into practice; this is part two with my three final tips.

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Marketing Oriented Technology Organisation

Six tips for becoming a marketing-oriented technology company: part one

“What is Marketing?” Mark Ritson asked me when I took his course at London Business School ten years ago.

Ironically, marketing has an image problem and dispelling these myths is the enabler to great marketing decisions.

Being at the heart of two tech organisations I can now share six tips from my experience on how to become a marketing oriented technology company. This will come in two parts with these three tips now to start you off...

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