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Financial services companies tap personalisation & CX in 2018 [stats]

The financial services sector in 2018 is more competitive than it has ever been before.

From innovative fintech companies revolutionising the way that banking and payments are carried out, to Amazon and Facebook foraying into financial services, the pressure is on for traditional financial institutions to be more agile, more modern, and provide a better service in order to stay in the game.

What are the key digital trends in IT in 2018?

For customer-focused companies, the role of the IT department has never been more important. 

Last year, 2017, Econsultancy’s Digital Trends in IT report highlighted how cybersecurity and achieving a single customer view were two pressing priorities for leaders in the field.

Adobe’s hilarious stock photo campaign: Why it works

We all know what every woman looks like when eating a salad, right?

The image below is just one example of the hilariously bad stock photos we all love to hate – and it has now become immortalised as part of Adobe’s new creative marketing campaign.

Despite big data investments, retailers struggle with inventory issues

Retailers are collecting more data than ever, but putting that data to good use is apparently proving to be more challenging than many anticipated.

According to a study conducted by IHL Group for DynamicAction, retailers around the world lost well over half a trillion dollars in the past year due to out-of-stock inventory.

That’s a jump of nearly 40% from 2012. At the same time, they lost just under $500bn due to overstocks, an amount nearly a third greater than in 2012.

50+ key takeaways and soundbites from the Festival of Marketing

Last week, thousands of marketers attended our Festival of Marketing at the Tobacco Dock in London.

It was a two-day celebration of the modern marketing industry, featuring speakers from brands including LEGO, Marks and Spencer, Coca-Cola, Buzzfeed, KLM and many more industry experts sparking discussions in a unique mix of Q&As, debates, case studies and workshops.

Although it would be impossible to condense one session into a single quote, or even cover every single session in each strand (there were 10 stages featuring approximately 120 sessions plus five keynote speeches), here’s a quick round-up some of the key takeaways from our event.