What is the future of marketing? Not far away, but only 5 years from now. Not the future according to futurists and dreamers, but realistic: what can we expect with great likelihood?
And what is the impact on marketing organizations, the job of marketers and the skills we need within 5 years?
I have been researching this subject for a while now, and it’s impressive to see how marketing will change in just 5 years. Everyone in marketing should prepare and “buckle-up” as things are going to go fast !
Despite a huge surge in adoption of content marketing, measuring the business impact or calculating the ROI of content marketing is complicated.
“How do I calculate content marketing ROI” is one of the questions I get the most from people wanting to start with content marketing. Often, when it comes to content marketing, marketers are struggling to build their own business case internally.
With this post I want to demystify the field of content marketing ROI, and provide some practical help on how marketers can measure things that have a quantifiable impact on the results of the brand.
In this post I cover the following subjects:
- what is important to measure?
- how do I select the right metrics and KPI’s?
- how can I setup a dashboard? how do you calculate ROI?
Are you ready? Here we go !
As marketing becomes more and more advanced, personalized marketing is critical.
Personalization in marketing is real, needed and possible. It re-enforces your brand, and can mean the difference between being competitive or disappearing into oblivion.
But how do you that ?
In this blog post I want to discuss a methodology and a personalization model that helps you to:
- segment your audience, beyond demographics and geographic
- link your business objectives with 1-1 personalization campaigns
- understand how personalization actually works
Let’s get started!
Marketing is changing rapidly. Do you also have the feeling that marketing has changed more in the past 2 years than the past 50 years?
Marketing is changing faster, I agree. Even stronger, most marketers today feel overwhelmed with the speed of change happening in the job we are passionate about.
On top of that, marketers do not have a clear consensus on what areas to focus on in the future. And when they want to introduce new marketing innovations into the organization, they hit resistance to change, lack of budget and lack of skills.
In this blog post I want to cover the following:
- The entire history of marketing and technology through time: how fast are things going?
- Why you need to go faster when introducing change,
- How you can speed up the introduction of these changes into your organization.
Okay, let’s get started… Read more
We are now at the dawn of the Fourth Digital Transformation. The disruption brought by digital is impacting existing business models like never before. And it is not likely to stabilize any time soon. The next wave of digital transformation is just around the corner…
In this blog post I want to cover the following subjects:
- the fading of classic interfaces and the rise of new customer touchpoints
- the new-middle-man platforms, introducing new middle-man functions
- how to build a platform strategy that embraces this change.
Predicting digital trends is something many bloggers turn to as we move from an eventful 2016 into the new year.
When this type of content hits my inbox, I’m interested, but also often disappointed. The digital trends usually are a repeat of the obvious trends like “mobile is still hot”, or declaring the year 2017 as the “year of virtual reality”. Or they hit me at the other side of the spectrum: the predictions are way too futuristic or advanced for any brand to adopt and monetize in a single year, or a couple of years from now.
Most trend predictions are useless, because they aren’t really objective. They are often self-serving, meaning the vast majority of them has some type of product or strategy to cash in on this hot trend.
Coincidentally, I recently discovered a book written by Rohit Bhargava, that has some strong foundations that build against the idea of these obvious trends.
It covers a methodology to uncover trends, which makes an interesting read. In this blog post I want to cover that methodology, and link that to modern marketing and content marketing strategy building. Read more
Online competition is intense. Soon, great content is only going to make it to page 3 of Google. Bigger competitors have more content and better content. And bigger budgets to promote that content.
To compete, you need to focus on a topic, and keep focussing on that topic to create a compounding effect. A content hub, along with a content hub strategy, helps you to focus on a topic, by publishing focused content on a central place.
This blog post covers some fundamental questions that need to be answered to build your content hub strategy:
- What decisions you need to make before starting a content hub.
- The concept of a content hub, and the different types of content hubs (branded and native),
- a special case: e-commerce and content hubs.
- and how to run a content hub operation.
Let’s get started! Read more
In most organizations, digital marketing grew up in a silo, separate from the rest of the marketing department. That’s because initially digital touch-points like websites, email and online advertising were not seen as the heart of the business.
But today the world has changed.
Digital channels, content and technology are influencing people’s buying decisions in all markets, at every stage of the customer life-cycle.
In this blog post I want to share you my thinking on how IT and marketing should forge a partnership to keep up with the challenges of the modern organization, doing business in an evermore digitalizing world. Read more
“Our website is not mobile yet.” Or “We do not have a mobile app yet, but we’re working on it.” Many think that a mobile marketing strategy is about having an app or a website that works well on a smartphone or tablet.
What fewer people see is that current and future mobile technology definitely has or will have a much greater impact. Mobile is having a drastic impact in the way consumers and businesses make decisions and make purchases.
Marketing in the eyes of CMO’s is becoming increasingly complex. Embracing this complexity is not easy, as it requires changes in your organization, skill-set and technology. Embracing this change requires a digital marketing transformation.
But it’s a necessary change: the technology revolution and the increasing power of large dominant internet players are forcing modern CMO’s to rethink their strategy.
The action required required boils down to 3 strategic pillars of change:
- building a customer centric organization
- Introducing a broad new skillsets
- Investing in backbone marketing technology
Let’s take a deep dive in each of these strategic pillars of change…