Signal Recognized in Gartner’s 2019 Hype Cycle for Digital Marketing and Advertising

Digital marketing and customer relationships are constantly evolving, and marketers looking for innovative strategies to distinguish themselves and provide genuine customer experiences can often feel overwhelmed with the proliferation of technology choices available. Enter: Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Digital Marketing and Advertising, 2019, which prioritizes the key technologies that marketers need to provide the omnichannel, …

Restraint Is the Key to Relevance — Sometimes It’s What You Don’t Say

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in MarTech Series. Ask any CMO about the formula for winning with digital advertising, and the answer will inevitably center around “relevance” — the ability to leverage data to achieve that state of marketer nirvana bringing together the right person, right message, right time and right context. …

Why the Ads Retailers Don’t Send Are Just as Important as the Ads They Do

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in Retail Dive. Dads always seem to get the short end of the stick, even on holidays. Case in point: Father’s Day gift spending, which trails about $10 billion behind the pace set by Mother’s Day spending, according to the National Retail Federation. Even so, Father’s Day …

Five Steps to Building a Customer-Obsessed Brand

What brands want and what their customers want are two very different things. “Every brand says ‘We’re customer-obsessed.’ What does it really mean, though? What does it mean to say ‘I want to know the customer so intimately that I can serve their needs at a deep, meaningful level’?” asked Forrester vice president and principal …

Webinar: Marketing in the Moment

The relationship between brands and customers continues to grow closer… and more complex. Make no mistake: Your customers want to hear from you, and they want to engage on a more personal basis. But their expectations for meaningful, contextually relevant interactions have never been higher — and if your brand doesn’t consistently meet or exceed …

The GDPR Thaw: Marketers Tiptoe Back to Data-Driven Strategies

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in The Drum. Months after the panicked scurry to come into compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation effectively froze many marketers’ data-driven strategies, the true impact of the regulation on consumers and companies is coming into focus… and it’s much more promising than some …

Suppression Explained: How Off-Target Messages Erode ROAS and Customer Goodwill

Sometimes, less is more — especially in digital marketing. Ask Marc Pritchard. Procter & Gamble’s CMO made international headlines in 2017 when he slashed $200 million from the CPG goliath’s digital ad budget, returning to the spotlight when the gambit boosted reach by 10 percent. “We were annoying the hell out of people,” Pritchard admitted, …

Direct-to-Consumer Brands Are Redefining Marketing in the Age of Authenticity

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in The Drum. Direct-to-consumer brands have disrupted nearly every industry. Names like Warby Parker, Uber, Allbirds, Stitch Fix, and HelloFresh are inescapable, with plenty more coming into the collective American consumer consciousness on a regular basis. These brands are also the subject of intense interest — even …