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All-Channel Marketing Is NOT Omni-Channel Marketing

November 12, 2015 by Bill Franks

I was on a panel for the news media community at the Teradata Partners conference a few weeks back. Our discussion centered upon how marketing is changing in today’s big data world. As the discussion started, something hit me like a ton of bricks. Namely, doing marketing across all channels is not at all the same as true omni-channel marketing. While it sounds like a semantic game at first, I will explain why it is much more than that.[read more]

From Master Data to Master Graph

October 6, 2015 by Peter Perera

Today’s CRM and Master Data Management (MDM) technologies don’t enable complete customer knowledge. In fact, they unwittingly turn customer focus into customer tunnel vision. We need an epistemic graph database - a context-aware master graph - to make possible richer, fuller customer stories and expanded 360-degree views for total awareness.[read more]

How Big Data Is Changing the Way You Fly

September 28, 2015 by Mark Ross-Smith

As airlines and frequent flyer programs gather more intelligence on your day to day lifestyle, flying and financial position - they begin to build a data profile on your interests, goals, psychometric assessment, your motivations to engage with a brand at any given every point throughout the day, what has driven you to purchase in the past – and most importantly – where your thresholds are.[read more]

5 Ways That Qantas Is Using Data to Delight Customers and Build Loyalty

June 18, 2015 by Trips Reddy

While many retail, sports, manufacturing, healthcare and entertainment companies are already using data to improve customer experiences, the airline industry hasn’t caught up yet. But a handful of airlines are trying to change both this. By using a customer data platform like Umbel to merge web, mobile and social data from multiple sources, and training their staff to use this data better, airlines like Southwest, United and Qantas are using actionable data insights to deliver personalized customer experiences that delight flyers and build loyalty.[read more]

How Small Businesses Can Use Big Data

June 10, 2015 by Keith Tully

As a small business owner, you may think that Big Data could not be any sort of help to you. After all, that market is for big businesses with lots and lots of resources. In reality that isn’t actually true. As a small business you can make use of Big Data in your own unique way.[read more]

13 Retail Companies Using Data to Revolutionize Online & Offline Shopping Experiences

May 21, 2015 by Trips Reddy

Shopping experience. 

According to a report by McKinsey & Company, despite the e-commerce boom, brick-and-mortar stores will still account for approximately 85% of U.S. retail sales in 2025. While slow to catch up with the digital revolution, retail brands are starting to rethink business models and leverage technology to reinvent the in-store customer experience. Interactive digital displays, touchscreens, digital storefronts, magic mirrors, virtual dressing rooms and in-store kiosks (to order out-of-stock items) are transforming how consumers interact with products in physical stores.[read more]

All Is Not Lost: Finding Value In Marketing Attribution Data

May 15, 2015 by Bill Franks

In my last blog, I laid out some facts that call into question the extensive effort many organizations put into attributing individual customer sales to individual marketing touch points via common attribution methods. To summarize, Suresh Pillai, head of Customer Analytics & Insights for Europe at eBay, showed that all reasonable attribution algorithms led to effectively the same aggregate credit to each marketing lever and also the same credit as a random method.[read more]


Expert Speak: 6 Highlights and Lessons from the 2015 CDO Summit

May 8, 2015 by Trips Reddy

The 2015 CDO Summit.

The CDO Summit 2015 (at the Thomson Reuters office in New York City) hosted Chief Digital Officers, Chief Data Officers and other C-suite digital leaders from a range of industries including retail, finance, healthcare and technology. Organized by the CDO Club, a packed day of sessions, panels and knowledge-sharing highlighted original research, the CDO jobs landscape and the challenges faced by CDOs as they focus on digital transformation at their companies.[read more]


5 Tips for Streamlining the Supply Chain

April 24, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Supply chain.

Supply chain efficiency helps an organization reduce costs and speed time-to-market. Fifteen years into the new millennium, it is clear to see that advances in technology, increasing globalization and rising customer expectations have made streamlining the supply chain more important than ever.[read more]


The Road to (Customer) Success: The First Three Months

April 21, 2015 by Don MacLennan

Road to success.

Get started on the right foot! Though it is somewhat cliche, you should definitely keep this in mind when working with a new customer. The end of a positive sales campaign doesn’t mean the journey has ended; it simply marks the beginning of a new road, one that when approached correctly, will lead to customer success. An impactful road to customer success should follow these steps in the first three months.[read more]

The Perils of Marketing Attribution

April 14, 2015 by Bill Franks

Marketing attribution.

One of the hottest topics in analytics today is marketing attribution. Attribution, for those unfamiliar, is the process of assigning credit to various marketing efforts when a sale is generated. In the modern world, this is no easy task. There are myriad ways to touch a customer today and the goal of attribution is to tease out the impact that each touch had in convincing you to make a purchase.[read more]


Beyond the Bottomline: ERP Tools Are Meant for Ensuring Customer Satisfaction

March 24, 2015 by Daan Pepijn

ERP tools.

Beyond being a mere data analysis tool, another perspective on ERP is that it ultimately serves as a tool for ensuring customer satisfaction. The bottom line in all of these is effective and efficient data management. Better handling of business data to make these more useful in managing business operations will ultimately result in better products or services and improved handling of customer concerns.[read more]

Is the Data in Your CRM a Ticking Time Bomb?

January 16, 2015 by Martin Doyle

Is your CRM a ticking time bomb?

The maturing CRM market is a reflection of our desire for data. Data lets us understand our customers, communicate more effectively with those customers, and segment them for more effective marketing. This is why many businesses harvest massive amounts of data about their customers and store it in their CRM, then leave it to fester, either neglecting it or harvesting even more.[read more]

"Tech Savvy" Means "Customer Savvy" for Midsized Companies

November 26, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Wowing customers

Technology is no longer simply back office automation or work productivity tools addressing the day to day of the business. When companies combine technologies with effective practices and processes around meeting customer needs on every level, competitive edge and revenue growth usually follow as natural outcomes.[read more]

Data Quality: The Secret Assassin of CRM?

November 25, 2014 by Martin Doyle

Data quality

There’s a silent virus lurking in many CRMs. It’s a virus that slowly gets a foothold in the system, then slowly starts to deprive it of oxygen, choking it until it can no longer breathe. As the CRM starts to suffer, the business starts to falter. So what is the virus? The secret assassin of the CRM? It’s poor quality data.[read more]