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Rethink The In-House Agency Hype

Jay Pattisall November 13, 2018

CMOs Should Rethink Their Efficiency Argument For An Effectiveness Strategy Headlines blustering about in-house agencies have marketers buzzing and agencies fretting. While the in-house trend has grown in popularity, it still lacks in maturity. Forrester partnered with leading industry association In-House Agency Forum to track the progress of in-house development. Here’s what we know. Popularity Soars […]

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What To Expect On Singles' Day 2018

Xiaofeng Wang November 8, 2018

Singles’ Day, the world’s largest online shopping festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. There’s no doubt that we will see another record-smashing year, although gross merchandise volume (GMV) will no longer be the highlight. Singles’ Day has always been Alibaba’s testbed for new business models and technologies, and this year is no exception. AI and […]

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Introducing The Forrester Wave™: Marketing Measurement And Optimization Solutions In Asia Pacific, Q4 2018

Xiaofeng Wang November 8, 2018

I am excited to announce the publication of “The Forrester Wave™: Marketing Measurement And Optimization Solutions In Asia Pacific, Q4 2018.” In our first 36-criteria evaluation of marketing measurement and optimization solutions in Asia Pacific (AP), we identified the seven most significant vendors — Analytic Partners, Data2Decisions, Datalicious, Fractal Analytics, Impact, Neustar, and Nielsen — […]

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Predictions 2019: Brand Commands Renewed CMO Attention

Keith Johnston November 5, 2018

Customer experience (CX) was at the forefront of CMOs’ minds in 2018. They shifted ad budgets (under siege thanks to trust and transparency issues) to even more technology and CX initiatives. Good news: The focus is creating more emotionally resonant and useful brand experiences such as Disney’s MagicBand. Bad news: The competitive advantage these experiences […]

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Join Us At CX Europe 2018 For Insights Into Customer Understanding And Other Key CX Priorities

David Truog November 1, 2018

Forrester’s customer experience Forums are in their 10th year — from our first one in 2009 in New York, they’ve grown and spread to San Francisco, London, Singapore, and other cities around the world and have become yearly destinations for CX pros far and wide. CX Europe 2018 is just 12 days from now — Tuesday and Wednesday, […]

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Turn Voice And Language Innovation Into A Conversational Strategy

Thomas Husson October 25, 2018

To shift from brand monologues to two-way dialogues, many brands are embracing live chat and piloting marketing initiatives on new conversational interfaces such as chatbots and voice-based assistants. However, conversational marketing is not new: It is simply based on listening to your customers, incorporating feedback into your marketing strategy, and communicating back to them in […]

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This I Tell You, Brother; You Can't Have One Without The Other: Brand And CX Together At Long Last

Dipanjan Chatterjee October 24, 2018

“Love and marriage, love and marriage They go together like a horse and carriage This I tell you, brother You can’t have one without the other” – Frank Sinatra The New Yorker once wrote of Sinatra that “he sounds the way you would sound if you could speak the things you feel.” In my line […]

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Digital Myth No. 4 — Your Company Needs A Digital Strategy

Nigel Fenwick October 17, 2018

When your CEO asks you for your digital strategy, you could go away and huddle up with your team for a month and produce some voluminous document full of TLAs, only to have it sit on the shelf for the next two years. Instead, simply give your CEO a copy of your business strategy. After […]

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Marketers — Get Your Heads Out Of The Clouds!

Rusty Warner October 16, 2018

It’s frustrating when a customer exhibits purchase intent but doesn’t buy because of friction in the customer journey. It’s worse when a store manager or contact center agent is unaware of a digital promotion. Nearly 40% of CMOs say that a lack of consistent customer experience (CX) prevents greater online sales revenue. Empowered customers now […]

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Digital Transformation: Why Culture Is So Key

Thomas Husson October 11, 2018

I am really honored to have represented Forrester in the jury of the eCAC40/Les Echos Index measuring the digital maturity of the largest French companies quoted at the French stock exchange (CAC 40 Index). The results are as follows (top 10 only): Société Générale  Total Schneider Electric Air Liquide Orange BNP Paribas Atos ENGIE AXA […]

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One To One — Digital Marketing Conference In Biarritz

Thomas Husson October 10, 2018

I am very excited to have been invited for the third time to give the opening keynote speech at One to One, a great marketing conference taking place on October 10–12 in Biarritz in the southwest of France. To summarize my talk in a few points, I have shared some global marketing trends and how […]

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Myth No. 3 — Digital Transformation Requires A Chief Digital Officer

Nigel Fenwick September 27, 2018

Do you see the chief digital officer (CDO) as some kind of digital superhero, swooping in to rescue a dysfunctional business and transform it into a digital powerhouse? The truth is that chief digital officers can be very effective with strong CEO backing, but they are not always necessary. A business-savvy, customer-obsessed CIO can be […]

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Nine AI Marketing Use Cases That Have The Potential To Deliver Business Value

Xiaofeng Wang September 25, 2018

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in specific marketing applications such as programmatic real-time bidding is now commonplace. Although marketing has yet to adopt it more broadly, new use cases are gathering momentum. My latest report, “Leverage AI To Improve Marketing Efficiency,” covers the nine AI marketing use cases that have the potential to deliver […]

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How To Use Emotion To Deliver Your Brand Promise

Thomas Husson September 24, 2018

In a recent workshop with the marketing team of a large European brand, we discussed the importance for marketers to deliver their brand promise. About 45% of marketers now report to be in charge of the customer experience. Whether they officially own CX or simply orchestrate CX talent and resources does not matter. In that […]

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Nike Scores A Customer-Values Touchdown

James L. McQuivey September 21, 2018

Unless you were on the Appalachian Trail for a few weeks, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll start with this paragraph from our newly published analysis of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, called “Nike Makes No Sacrifices“: Judging Nike’s decision is difficult because there’s so much conflicting evidence. In concept, values-based appeals […]

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Adobe Changes Its Marketing Cloud Trajectory With Marketo Acquisition

Lori Wizdo September 21, 2018

I am still catching my breath. Adobe has agreed to acquire Marketo for $4.75 billion. The deal is the biggest in Adobe’s history and a massive encore to the acquisition of Magento for a mere $1.7 billion in May. On the one hand, I find myself proud to be a B2B marketer — to think that […]

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Media Consultancies Come Of Age

Jay Pattisall September 18, 2018

The first Forrester Wave™ on global media agencies reveals the category-adding technology, services, and capabilities to leap beyond conventional media planning and buying. Media agencies are beginning to transform into media consultancies. However, who’s leading might surprise you. The Conventional Approach Of The Media Agency Is Deteriorating Media agencies are no longer just media planning […]

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Stay Ahead Of Your Customers With Continuous Delivery

James Staten September 17, 2018

If you regularly follow the financial markets, it’s hard to ignore the growth generated by the FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google). When you look more closely at the “ANG” part of this quintet, it’s not hard to see how continuous delivery and rapid creation of customer value and corporate growth go hand in […]

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Forget Everything You Think You Know About Marketing Planning

Joe Stanhope September 10, 2018

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about marketing planning? An annual rite of corporate governance? A forced march of endless meetings and spreadsheets? Guessing what your customers will want and where they will want it in 18 months? Existential dread? The exact opposite of why you became a marketer in […]

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Forget Everything You Think You Know About Marketing Planning

Joe Stanhope September 10, 2018

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about marketing planning? An annual rite of corporate governance? A forced march of endless meetings and spreadsheets? Guessing what your customers will want and where they will want it in 18 months? Existential dread? The exact opposite of why you became a marketer in […]

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