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Digital Marketing

COVID-19 drives global ad spend down

Global ad spend will fall by almost 12 per cent this year (excluding US political advertising), but this will be followed by growth of 8.2 per cent on a comparable basis next year, according to GroupM’s twice yearly This Year, Next Year report.

Strategy

Study finds freemium won’t get paid customers

Providing a free or lower cost trial of a paid version of a service for a short period helps the take-up of the paid version. But freemium models aren't quite so successful, a new paper, Experience Effect in the Impact of Free Trial Promotions, published in Management Science, claims.

Strategy

Why top customer support needs technology and humans

Customers want phone, email and online help, plus new tools like messaging and chat bots with help from real human agents, according to BT’s Autonomous Customer 2020 research. The report said, while technologies come and go, the message from customers is unchanged: Make it easy, make it secure and we will reward you.

Digital Marketing

Dos and don’ts of advertising during COVID-19

Half of Australians (51 per cent) say it's okay for brands to continue advertising during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research conducted by Dynata. And when asked which messages resonate most, almost half (47 per cent) said ads communicating how a brand is contributing to the needs of the crisis were among the most appealing.

Digital Marketing

COVID-19 dampens business and consumer sentiment

As the COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease across the country, two separate measures of business sentiment and consumer confidence show the ongoing negative effects of the crisis.

Strategy

Most trusted brands during COVID-19 lockdown revealed

In times of crisis, Australians turn to their homes, focusing on food and maintenance, according to the results from a Roy Morgan survey. It’s revealed that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians nominated Bunnings and Woolworths as their most trusted brands.

Customer Experience Management

Study: Loyalty programs need to reward social good

Loyalty program members are increasingly interested in rewards for social good, according to the 8th annual Australian customer loyalty and loyalty program research study, For Love or Money 2020.

Customer Experience Management

Marketing 2030 and the rise of the machines

The future of marketing and advertising over the next 10 years will be shaped by AI, data ethics and environmental responsibility, according to a new report.

Leadership

COVID-19 effect: Business may never be the same

Two surveys out this week show the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has impacted business, with local business leaders revealing a slightly more positive outlook than globally.

Digital Marketing

Report: Covid-19 tech winners & losers

Cloud services and virtual collaboration software vendors along with IT infrastructure businesses may get a bounce from the effects of Covid-19, while IT services and consumer electronics brands may be hardest hit, according to the revised GlobalData Tech, Media & Telecom Trends 2020 report.

Digital Marketing

Why content marketing can make the difference amid the COVID-19 closures

With events and roundtables being cancelled in all industries across the globe in the wake of COVID-19, and no indication when they may be able to start up again, content marketing is going to be vital for lead generation. However, according to a new report, only 12 per cent of marketers believe their content marketing programs target the right audiences with relevant and persuasive content.

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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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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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