Customer Experience

The latest customer experience best practice, case studies, trends, training and more. From personalisation and design to user experience and usability

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Customer service and generative AI: a uniquely transformational moment for the industry

Software company Intercom has been implementing generative AI in its customer support toolset. VP Customer Support Declan Ivory speaks to Econsultancy about what the tech means for the industry, from agent support and QA, to customer-facing bots and new human roles.

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Paid Search Integration

Being able to measure the performance and effectiveness of integrated marketing campaigns that combine paid search with other channels is essential for gaining an understanding of what worked, and what can be improved in future campaigns. This chapter looks at what measures to use and the toolkits, such as Google Analytics, that can help. Measuring […]

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Landing Page Best Practice for Paid Search

The previous chapter looked at landing page strategy for paid search campaigns. This chapter considers best practice techniques for creating and optimising effective landing pages. Twelve best practice guidelines for landing pages To be effective, landing pages need to combine the following to improve the user experience and increase conversion rates: Usability Accessibility Persuasiveness Ability […]

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Landing Page Strategy for Paid Search

Destination or landing pages (where clicks are directed) are an integral part of any paid search campaign. Effective landing pages convert more visitors, and in Quality Score-based search engines they make an ad more competitive. In fact, with paid search, securing the click is only the start of the conversion journey. The landing page plays […]

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Social Quarterly: Q2 2024

The latest trends, developments and statistics in social media. Stories this quarter include TikTok’s potential US ban, new AI assistant features from Meta and Snap, and the ways in which the platforms are supporting their influential users, in what has been termed ‘the creator era’.

The Future of Marketing Automation

Marketing automation is an established tool among data-driven marketers, and this trend looks likely to continue as estimates predict the global marketing automation market will rise from $5.2bn in 2022 to $9.5bn in 2027.[1] Increased uptake, particularly on a global level, is attributed to pushing this growth, but changes and improvements in the tools’ features […]

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Implementing Marketing Automation

Once the strategic foundations of a marketing automation approach have been laid, an organisation may progress through to implementing the strategy by following the eight steps outlined in this chapter. Set clear goals and objectives Setting clear goals on what implementing marketing automation is seeking to achieve is a crucial first step in the implementation. […]

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Laying the Strategic Groundwork for Marketing Automation

To effectively execute a marketing automation programme, it is important to spend time upfront scoping out the role marketing automation could play in an organisation. Building a clear strategic foundation makes it easier to create any necessary internal business cases and move to the next step of implementation. Building this foundation can help create an […]

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The Challenges of Marketing Automation

As with all new tools and technologies, the path to adopting marketing automation is not without challenges. Respondents to Econsultancy’s 2022 Future of Marketing survey foresee a variety of issues in implementing marketing automation, as illustrated in Figure 1. This chapter will explore this in more detail. Econsultancy’s 2022 Future of Marketing survey identified limited […]

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Why Organisations Should Use Marketing Automation

Many organisations are using marketing automation to handle tasks that would simply be too laborious or time-consuming for marketers to take on. In this way, marketing automation platforms offer major gains in efficiency, which can translate into greater benefits for the business. This chapter considers the most significant benefits offered by marketing automation, and why […]

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Defining Marketing Automation

By automating tasks that would be impossible to complete manually, organisations using marketing automation tools can free their employees to work on more creative or strategic assignments. This chapter provides a definition for marketing automation, looks at how it works within a marketing strategy and outlines the key features of marketing automation platforms. What is […]

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Marketing Automation: A Summary

Marketing automation refers to a software or set of processes that organisations can use to automate marketing actions such as sending emails, managing customer data or posting social media content that might otherwise be done manually. Marketing automation has been around since the 1990s, when the first automated email campaigns were executed. Since then, the […]

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The empty chair: Why innovation should centre on customer needs

This article is adapted from a section of Econsultancy’s Innovation Best Practice Guide, written by Steffan Aquarone. The guide presents a set of simple, practical ideas, and Aquarone takes the word ‘innovation’ itself to mean ‘finding ways of doing things differently’. The empty chair is a concept synonymous with Amazon’s customer-focus. Despite their importance to the […]


What does user experience (UX) mean?

This article is reproduced from Econsultancy’s report, User Experience and Interaction Design, authored by Steffan Aquarone and Will Grant, and also available as a quick guide. Jakob Nielsen, a UX consultant who The New York Times has called “the guru of web page usability”, wrote: “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end user’s interaction with […]

‘Your brand is your product and your product is your brand’: Kallan & Co’s Luca Picardi on digital design

Luca Picardi is Head of Brand Strategy at Kallan & Co., a design studio with a virtual working model (and offices in Helsinki, Melbourne and Christchurch). He has been working across brands and digital products for the last decade. Given Picardi’s schooling at Central Saint Martins and current teaching work at BAU school of design […]

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Quick Guide to Marketing Automation

This quick guide looks at the business benefits of marketing automation, including the ability to deliver personalised, omnichannel experiences to customers and improve acquisition, engagement and retention. It provides an overview of the main features offered by marketing automation platforms, and the key steps to successful implementation.

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