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Digital Marketing

Why SugarCRM acquired AI specialist Node

SugarCRM recently acquired artificial intelligence (AI) outfit Node, which leverages CRM and external data sources to deliver improved predictability across businesses. The acquisition fuels Sugar’s time-aware CX platform by forecasting expected outcomes and highlighting previously unforeseen challenges and opportunities.

Digital Marketing

Salesforce announces customer data platform

Salesforce has announced a new customer data platform (CDP) integrated with Customer 360 to build a single view of customer across marketing, commerce, sales, and service.

Digital Marketing

ADMA launches new behavioural science courses for marketers

The Association for Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) has formally launched its new suite of courses in ADMA IQ, covering key marketing pillars such as digital marketing, data-driven marketing, customer experience along with copywriting, creative leadership and privacy compliance among others.

KPMG acquires Love Agency to strengthen digital services

KPMG Australia has acquired UX, web and mobile app technology firm, Love Agency, which specialises in building solutions for enterprise and government clients. The acquisition will boost KPMG’s digital strategy, AI, machine learning, IoT, data and analytics services.

Digital Marketing

How Forever New boosted online sales

Grabbing a precious few minutes for a spot of online retail therapy has become commonplace and few would give up this convenience and pleasure. Yet sometimes the retail experience can seem a little one-sided, clicking through clothing categories and navigating menus to find desired items.

High-tech school brings learning to life with VR

Just as brands like Volvo are embracing virtual reality (VR) to encourage customers to experience its vehicles virtually, and JCDecaux is seeing the potential to woo advertisers through virtual tours of their airport touchpoints, some schools are realising the opportunities of embracing innovation and technology.

Digital Marketing

Report shows Aussie enterprises not ready for AI

​While the majority of Australian businesses agree AI will provide them with a significant competitive advantage in the coming years, few are prepared for the implementation and risks that go along with AI, a new report shows.

Social Media

Facebook to no longer be the 'town square'

Facebook is expanding upon the privacy announcements it made in March this year, saying it is building a more privacy-focused social platform moving forward.

Digital Marketing

​AI-driven CX delivers Foxtel a cricketing win

Foxtel and Mindshare are taking customer experience to the next level for cricket fans using AI. ‘Monty’, a machine learning (ML) model, has been spotting when and how wickets would fall in live games, in real time, and alerting fans before it happens.

Customer Experience Management

Going beyond chatbots to avatars: the next stage of AI for CX

​Artificial intelligence (AI) and emotional intelligence (EI) and how they can optimise the customer experience (CX) is the focus of an investment by Daimler Financial Services into New Zealand start-up Soul Machines.

Strategy

Panel: The possibilities and pitfalls of AI in CX

Marketing and customer experience professionals looking to artificial intelligence (AI) to improve their organisation’s customer game are going to have to find a way to work with IT or risk missing out on the real benefits of the emerging technology.

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When friction can be a brand’s best friend

I always enjoy those oft-forgotten, in-between moments in any experience. These moments are not necessarily part of any defined experience per se. They likely wouldn’t show up in an organisation’s plans or ideas to help make the customer journey or user flow as simple, easy and seamless as possible.

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How much attention should we be paying to the ‘attention economy’?

There’s been a lot of buzz in the advertising industry lately about what’s coined the ‘attention economy’. And it’s fast becoming the new battleground for media channels to prove their wares and to develop and espouse new attention metrics.

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CEO, Zenith

Sometimes the best solutions are some of the most counterintuitive

Exceptional CMOs do exceptional things for themselves and for those they inspire. At your best you are creative, innovative and inspirational. We have a problem though. We now live in a corporate world that demands sensibility where everything you do is measurable and stakeholders demand predictability – the antithesis of breakthrough and transformation.

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