How the GDPR Will Revolutionize Retail Marketing

Note: a version of this article originally appeared in Internet Retailer. We’re now several months removed from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) dropping across the European Union — and the Y2K-esque panic accompanying its debut turned out to be more bark than bite. Sure, the first few weeks saw an initial burst of consumer …

Without Identity, Retailer Ad Retargeting Misses the Mark

Note: a version of this post originally appeared in Marketing Land. “Are we there yet?” As any parent who has endured a summer road trip with young, easily bored children can attest, there is no question more annoying. Especially after hearing it repeated ten times… within the first half hour. Sound familiar? If you’re a …

It’s Identity’s Big Moment, But Most Martech Still Comes Up Small

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in MarTech Today. Have you noticed anything different about the LUMAscape lately? Recently, the imposing cluster of logos representing the marketing technology landscape grew a little denser. Nestled under the data management platform (DMP) category, and to the right of the increasingly hyped customer data platform (CDP) grouping, …

Smart marketing still hinges on humanity, not technology

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in MartechToday. Remember what life was like before we had smartphones? We scrolled through inches of white pages without a thought, carried impossible-to-fold maps wherever we traveled and never left home without pocket change. Now it seems as if we think everything would work better if it were …

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 …

The Most Under-Tapped Marketing Opportunity: Existing Customers

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes. Call it “The Retail Apocalypse.” Call it “The Amazon Effect.” Call it what you will, but the facts are plain: the retail industry is in crisis.  Bankruptcies are skyrocketing, and Amazon is gobbling up market share and expanding capabilities at a nigh-unbelievable rate. Some consider the current shakeout …

3 Foolproof Tricks to Identify Your Customers This Halloween

Every day is Halloween for brands who can’t recognize their customers. Failing to identify customers across devices and channels is like failing to identify Halloween revelers obscured behind masks and makeup. If you don’t know who you’re engaging, you have no context for interaction, and the conversation inevitably takes a frightful turn. But every day …

3 Tactics for Brand Survival in the Age of the Customer

We are all living in what Forrester Research famously proclaimed “The Age of the Customer.” But some brands are living better than others — for that matter, many are just barely hanging on. The Age of the Customer heralds a decisive, disruptive shift in the balance of marketplace power. Consumers now control relationships with brands, not …

Winning with CX, Part 1: How Top Brands Improve Convenience

There’s no such thing as “convenient enough.” As fast as we learn to swipe instead of type, or tap to pay, we’re already looking for a faster, shinier option — or complaining about why it doesn’t exist yet. Who could possibly can keep up with this unending demand for faster, more hassle-free customer experiences? Guess …

Another Big Idea for Marketers from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report (Part 2 of 3)

Venture capitalist Mary Meeker just released her annual review of internet trends, and Signal has distilled her slides into a few big ideas for marketers. You can read about our first big idea here: Customer Conversations Beyond the Keyboard. Our second big idea is: The Intersection of Addressable Advertising and Customer Identity Ownership. What’s happening? …