How Amazon Is Minting a New Generation of Customer Data-Obsessed Companies

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes. No brand is safe from the awesome power of a superior customer experience. Consumers — particularly young ones — have shown that they will rapidly shift loyalties to brands delivering an overall experience that is more personalized and easier to use, both online and offline. Amazon’s …

The Hidden Silver Linings to GDPR Compliance

The GDPR is coming fast. The General Data Protection Regulation, which harmonizes data privacy laws across Europe, takes effect on May 25, 2018, bringing with it a heightened level of scrutiny to the rules of customer engagement for brands on both sides of the Atlantic. But it’s important not to panic, according to Blane Sims, Signal’s …

How GDPR Spells Business Opportunity

In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which harmonizes data privacy laws across the European Union, affected companies will be expected to detect, locate and access all of the EU personal data they control. This includes data that a brand may have shared with others, such as data processing partners or …

4 Strategies to End ‘Remarkably Awful’ CX in the Post-GDPR Era

Brands operate in a marketplace where a consumer’s last best experience sets the bar for the next. Just minor improvements in customer experience can add tens of millions of dollars of revenue by reducing churn and increasing share of wallet. Easier said than done. According to Forrester’s latest U.S. Customer Index Report, 2017 marked the first time not one single industry …

Webinar: The GDPR Evolution

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25, 2018 and is bringing a heightened level of scrutiny to the rules of customer engagement for brands on both sides of the Atlantic. While the GDPR introduces significant changes for data security and compliance, it also compels marketers to forge new and stronger interactions …

5 GDPR Compliance Questions Marketers Must Ask Their Vendors

The effort to ensure compliance with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not stop at your front door or firewall. In recognition of the flow of data throughout the digital economy, the GDPR — which goes into effect May 25, 2018 — includes several provisions that require a company to work …

How Mass Customization Won the U.S. Presidency

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes. When I started out in advertising, no one looked to political advertising as a hotbed of innovation. Political advertising was something like a backwater — a place for the rushed and inefficient implementation of tactics pioneered elsewhere. Nobody would say that today. Thanks to all the …

Why Customer Data Is Trade Marketing’s New Currency

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes. Endcap displays, temporary price reductions, circular ads… Trade promotions aren’t sexy, but they still get the lion’s share of marketing dollars, accounting for nearly 44% of packaged goods companies’ 2017 marketing budgets. Initially popularized by CPGs as a means to drive short-term sales and market share in …

Customer Data Is the Secret to Silicon Valley’s Success

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes.  Scott Galloway’s new book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, does a wonderful job articulating what makes each of these companies so uniquely successful. I’d suggest, however, that the key to their success can be located in their singular competitive advantage: customer data. …

How Stop-and-Go Onboarding Goes Off the Rails

Note: This post originally appeared on The Drum. Given the breakneck speed at which new engagement channels emerge and the dubious incentives that drive manufactured scale and reach, it’s no wonder that the ad tech world is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering. The latest example of waving the “Mission Accomplished” banner too soon is happening …