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November 1, 2017

Digital is Like Gravity (Thinks Out Loud Episode 205)

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Digital is Like Gravity (Thinks Out Loud Episode 205)

Digital is Like Gravity (Thinks Out Loud Episode 205) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

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Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 15m 35s

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October 13, 2017

5 Fast and Fantastic Content, AI, and Digital Strategy Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

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5 Fast and Fantastic Content, AI, and Digital Strategy Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had an amazing week. Our team has been all over the place this past week, with visits ranging from Oslo, Norway to Kansas City, Kansas. And this week’s edition of the E-commerce Link Digest Series travels far and wide, too, while condensing it all into an amazing list of 5 fast and fantastic content, AI, and digital strategy insights for you. Enjoy:

  1. CMO.com collected a fantastic set of “15 Mind-Blowing Stats About Artificial Intelligence” that you won’t want to miss.
  2. While we’re on the topic of AI, InformationWeek talked about “Artificial Intelligence Today: Time to Act.”
  3. And continuing with that theme, a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud — our ongoing e-commerce and digital strategy podcast — asked, “Will AI Kill Your Brand?” Be sure to give a listen to see how it will affect your business.
  4. We also asked “How You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers.” Don’t miss ’em.
  5. And let’s finish off this list of 5 fast and fantastic content, AI, and digital strategy insights with another recent Thinks Out Loud episode that provided “6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud).”

Have a fantastic weekend, Big Thinkers. Catch you back here next week!

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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September 22, 2017

8 Excellent Content Marketing and Customer Experience Insights: E-commerce Link Digest

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8 excellent content marketing and customer experience insights

Holla, Big Thinkers! Had a good, have you? I sure have. This week’s edition of the E-commerce Link Digest Series mixes things up a bit, with an amazing list of 8 excellent content marketing and customer experience insights for you. Be sure to check out the ones most appropriate to your situation. As always, enjoy:

  1. Leading things off, Brand Quarterly highlights “The Digital Divide Between Leaders And Followers In Global Content.”
  2. Now content holds a space near and dear to our hearts here at Thinks, which is why we’ve covered “Trends for 2017: What Your Content Marketing Strategy Looks Like” and suggested that “Content Marketing is a Powerful Hammer But Not Everything’s a Nail” in past episodes of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast.
  3. Of course, you want to complement your company’s content throughout other steps in the customer journey, too. And as another Brand Quarterly piece notes, “Marketing Budgets Continue Pivoting To Technology And Customer Experience” to support those steps.
  4. Now, in the past, I’ve invited you to “Meet the King, the Queen, and the Crown Jewels: Content, Customer Experience, and Data.” But why not drill down further to understand “Why Content is King and Customer Experience is Queen.”
  5. Marketing Week explains “Why the Future of Customer Experience Depends on Online Data.”
  6. But the King and Queen are nothing without their Crown Jewels, data. And data’s where things start to get a bit sketchy these days, especially with the latest news about the Equifax data breach and Facebook’s issues with unsavory advertisers. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to brush up on “Facebook’s Data Problem” and give some thought as to why “Maybe Facebook’s Data Problem Is Your Data Problem.”
  7. CMO.com highlights the critical role data plays too, noting that “Digital Body Language Speaks Louder Than Words.”
  8. That’s a lot to take in for one week, so why not round-out your list of 8 excellent content marketing and customer experience insights with “A Dozen Don’t-Miss Digital Strategy Posts,” this set of “7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing,” or these “6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud)?” You’ll be glad you did.

Have a fabulous weekend, Big Thinkers. Catch you back here next week!

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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August 30, 2017

The Truth About Voice as a Powerful Trend (Thinks Out Loud Episode 201)

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The Truth About Voice as a Powerful Trend (Thinks Out Loud Episode 201)

The Truth About Voice as a Powerful Trend (Thinks Out Loud Episode 201) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

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Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 14m 55s

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The Truth about Voice as a Powerful Trend – Thinks Out Loud Episode 201 (August 30, 2017) Transcript

Well hello again everyone and welcome back to Thinks Out Loud, your source for all the digital marketing expertise your business needs. My name is Tim Peter, today is Wednesday, August 30, and this is episode 201 of the big show. Thank you once again for tuning in, I really do appreciate it. I’ve got a terrific show for you this week. A couple weeks ago, in our 200th episode, I talked about some key trends. I talked about mobile, and content being king, and customer experience being queen, and data being the crown jewels and how those all tied together to create the kind of experience and the kind of business performance that you are looking for. And I got a number of emails and some messages on Twitter and places like that asking about voice, why wasn't it in there.

Now I have talked about voice before; I brought it up in episode 199 talking about how millennials, mobile payments, and voice will serve as key drivers of mobile commerce as we go forward. But it is fair to ask why isn't it a bigger deal, why as I talked about some of these key trends you should be paying attention to, why isn't voice there?

Well, there's a few things we need to cover.

First, let's make a distinction between voice search like you would find with Google, voice search when you're just on your mobile phone and asking Google to find you something; and the kinds of voice applications or chatbots like you'd find with Apple Siri or Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft’s Cortana, or Google's Assistant. They're really two different things for now; whether or not they will be two different things in time is another matter. But right now we need to treat them a little differently.

And when we talk about voice search it is big and getting bigger: about a fifth of all mobile searches are conducted using voice and that number continues to grow so we'll come back to that at the end of the episode and put that aside for the moment.

When we talk about voice-activated tools like Siri or Alexa or Cortana or Assistant, it gets a bit complicated. There was some huge news on this front today when it was announced that Amazon and Microsoft have agreed to connect their Alexa and Cortana voice-based assistants. Now if that seems like a big deal to you it should because it will certainly emerge as a really big deal and you really owe it to yourself to read Brian Roemmele's take on it, which I will of course link to in the show notes. But as big as this will be there's a few reasons you shouldn't be putting too much focus on this type of voice application for your business… at least not yet.

Low Market Penetration for Voice-Driven Personal Assistants

The first reason is that the penetration of these kinds of devices and these kinds of utilities is still relatively low. They’re growing like a weed, the growth is huge, but the actual penetration is still relatively low. Only about 7% of people have one of these devices according to data from Edison Research and that I first heard about my friend Mark Schaefer’s “The Marketing Companion” podcast. Now 7% up from zero in just a couple of years is amazing. It's also really just a fraction of your potential customers. Now these folks are interesting people in that 42% of them say that their device is essential to their everyday lives, while 65% either agree or strongly agree that they wouldn't go back want to go back to life without one. 42% of them owned more than one device and 45% plan to purchase another one.

So these are people really love these things. By the way, I fall into that category; I love it, wouldn't go back, and I own three of them. But we're still only talking about 7% of the population. And more importantly over 70% of those in the study either strongly agree or agree that they don't know enough about their device to use all of its features. And that really leads to the next issue…

No Standard Exists for Developing Chatbots

The next reason why I wouldn't put all my eggs in this basket right now is that chatbots are not standard; they differ by platform. Now the Amazon/Microsoft announcement might change that some, but you know…

If you want to think about it easily, chatbots are essentially just apps for voice; that’s the easiest way to think about it. And right now it's a fairly fragmented marketplace between Alexa, Cortana, Siri and Assistant — which itself can be used on Google Home or on Google Assistant on Android and the like.

Unlike mobile where you have pretty straightforward path to say “okay if I'm going after money I want iOS; if I’m going after scale I want Android,” but there's just not a really clear path forward on chatbots for the moment and building them is not the simplest thing in the world right now now. Those two facts will change but it's not true yet. So if you're thinking about moving forward with these, you have to think about where your customers are, which percentage of that 7% are on which of these things and do you have to create a chatbot for every single one of them. That's a big deal and I don't know that most brands and businesses are ready for that yet.

Content Matters More than Voice… At Least for Now

The third one, and this is where this gets really interesting: Voice depends on content. So this is something you can do today to be ready for chatbots and be ready for voice and it helps you with voice search, which as I said at the beginning is really, really important. So this is kind of key. When you're thinking about what you should do for voice, you really should be thinking about, “What should I be doing about my content? How can I get my content house in order?”

AI is going to do increasingly positive job of determining which content you, um, see, right? So if I ask a question of, “find me a great restaurant near here,: or if I say, “What book I should read?” or “What's the weather going to be?” or “Where should I go for my next trip?” or things along those lines, the AI’s in these devices will do a better job over time answering those questions.

They will also depend on content. There's a terrific article in The Verge today about how YouTube improved its content feed that shares content to keep you on the site. Which is a classic example of a case of AI making big data little, something I talked about in episode 196. But if you don't have good content and if that content isn't well structured for the needs of the chatbot, you never get the game.

Importance of Long-Tail Keywords to Chat and Voice

So if you want to do something for voice, you want to start thinking about content. And I mentioned customer experience being such a key trend, well, obviously context is a key component of that customer experience. Content depends upon that context. So if you're thinking about voice, first you need to think more about what's your searchers’ intent, what’s your customers’ intent when they're asking questions, what's the actual problem there trying to solve, and what are the conversational phrases that they’ll use to get the answer to the question? You want to ask yourself does your content answer your customer’s question, not In the figurative sense, but literally.

Think, “Hey Siri, what's a great Thai restaurant around here?” or “OK, Google, where should I buy a pair of pants?” Right? You’ve got to think about these longer-tail keywords and these sort of conversational elements that your customers are to use when they're looking for the products or services you offer. The search queries tend to be longer so what a focus on that and think longer tail. You also want to think about making sure that you've got sufficient content that answers any number of the questions that they will have. Where they will be in their journey will determine a big piece of that. Delivering a great chatbot experience, by the way, depends on the same reality, so you’ve really got to cover both bases. Or to put it another way around, if you don't cover these bases your chatbot and your voice search will both be terrible. So you’re going to have to think through that whole process:

  • What is the customer's journey?
  • What is their intent?
  • What are the conversational phrases that they’re going to care about and going to use?
  • How well does your content answer those questions?
  • And have you thought through the longer tail keywords that you will need to be able to address to do just that?

Now from a purely voice search perspective and as we get deeper into voice as a platform, you also should start really looking into using schema for your SEO. Now that's a bit technical for the podcast but look at the references that I’ve linked to in the show notes and talk about them with your developers. That’s something you should be doing today anyway and can really help you to go forward.

The Truth About Voice as a Powerful Trends

So, when we talk about the truth about voice, voice is not hype. Earlier this year I talked about whether voice, VR, AR, and AI represent hype or hope for marketers, and voice is definitely not hype. It will be huge. And there are activities you can start today. But voice in the sense of Echoes and Siri and Google Assistant and the like aren't critical to your growth right now.

Building the right kind of content that answers your customers questions whether they type it or whether they talk it is. Winning, when we talk about marketing, often depends not on chasing the latest and greatest, but on prioritization and execution. If you can do a good job of creating great content, if you can think through the customer's journey and answer their questions with intent at each stage, if you actually have the right keywords that match up — the longer tail keywords that match up with the problems they're trying to solve — you’re going to be in a much better position both for voice search now… and for voice as we get into more sophisticated chatbots later.

And I can tell you in all sincerity that's the truth about voice as a powerful trend.

Conclusion

Now looking at the clock on the wall we are out of time for this week. I do want to remind you that you can find the show notes for today's episode as well as an archive of all episodes by going to Tim Peter.com/podcast. Again that's Tim Peter.com/podcast. Just look for episode 201. And while you're there you can click on the subscribe link in any of the episodes you find there so you get us delivered to your favorite podcatcher every single week. You can also subscribe in iTunes or the Google Play Music store or Stitcher Radio or whatever your favorite podcatcher happens to be. Just do a search for Tim Peter Thinks, Tim Peter Thinks Out Loud, or plain old Thinks Out Loud, we should show up for any of those. And if you'd be willing to provide a rating on iTunes, the Google Play Store, or Stitcher Radio while you're there, I would really appreciate it. You can also contact me by going to Facebook.com/TimPeterAssociates, on Twitter using the Twitter handle @tcpeter, or via email by emailing podcast@TimPeter.com again that's podcast@TimPeter.com. With that I want to say thanks again for tuning in, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I will look forward to talking with you back here on Thinks Out Loud again next week. Until then take care everybody.

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July 28, 2017

7 Quick E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights You Won’t Want to Miss: E-commerce Link Digest

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7 quick e-commerce and digital strategy insights you won't want to miss: Customers using digitalHey, Big Thinkers! We’ve got another killer edition of the E-commerce Link Digest Series for you featuring this amazing list of 7 quick e-commerce and digital strategy insights you won’t want to miss. Enjoy:

  1. As one quick follow-up to last week’s list of “8 Exceptional E-commerce and AI Posts,” eConsultancy listed “The Mind-Blowing Stats and Facts about Amazon Prime Day 2017”—and they were in fact mind-blowing: A 60% increase in sales year-on-year, a 50% year-on-year increase in purchases by Prime members, a massive increase in Echo device sales with “thousands of Echo devices per minute at one point during Prime Day… [the company] doubled and tripled the total number of Echo devices it sold in the U.S. and globally, respectively, compared to Prime Day last year.” Geez. I’ll have more on this on the podcast later this week, but, again, geez. (By the way, Brian Roemmele on Twitter is someone you really need to follow on this topic; top-notch).
  2. Also worth pointing out that you might want to review “Voice, VR, AR, and AI: Hype or Hope for Marketers?” and “AI For Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little” again when you get a moment.
  3. The Wall Street Journal noted that “P&G Cuts More Than $100 Million in ‘Largely Ineffective’ Digital Ads” and folks on Twitter are losing their damn minds about it. My thought? People are putting too much emphasis on the ‘digital’ of the quote and not enough on the ‘ineffective’ part. Why should P&G keep throwing money into any ineffective marketing tactic, digital or otherwise? Here’s the key quote, from my perspective, in the article:

    “The company about a year ago said that it would move away from ads on Facebook that target specific consumers, after finding that ultra-niche targeting compromises reach and has limited effectiveness. P&G indicated it wouldn’t pull back on overall Facebook spending.”

    Again, for emphasis: “P&G indicated it wouldn’t pull back on overall Facebook spending.” Today’s news doesn’t say what they’re doing with the $100 million. It could be repurposed towards digital that is effective, towards another form or media, or towards their bottom line. Any of those makes sense. Some time back, I’d written a piece called “What Can Proctor & Gamble Teach You About the State of Digital Marketing?” in which I argued that the shift to digital was a bellwether for marketers. Their shifting money away from any ineffective media—digital, print, broadcast, what-have-you—is the true bellwether. And that’s what you should learn from today’s news.

  4. On a somewhat related note, “The 21st Century Brand Meter” looks at possible ways to review the effectiveness of your marketing efforts, in digital and otherwise.
  5. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to my friend Dr. Augustine Fou’s look at the P&G situation where he states “The Promise of Digital Has Not Yet Been Fulfilled.” Augustine is a brilliant guy and well-worth your time on this topic.
  6. Content marketing plays a powerful role in connecting with customers in this new environment, of course, but as argued in “Content Marketing is a Powerful Hammer But Not Everything’s a Nail” that doesn’t mean it’s the right solution to every problem. And given the theme of today’s link digest, it seemed apropos.
  7. Finally, regardless of tactic, let’s round-out our list of 7 quick e-commerce and digital strategy insights you won’t want to miss with this post that asks—and answers—“How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing This Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers.”

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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June 30, 2017

A Dozen Don’t-Miss Digital Strategy Posts: E-commerce Link Digest

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Howdy, Big Thinkers! Had a good week? I sure have. Even better, we’ve got a long holiday weekend to look forward to. But, so you can make the most of your time away from the office, you must check out these dozen don’t-miss digital strategy posts we’ve rounded-up for you. Enjoy:

  1. The biggest news of the week came from the EU ruling Google a.) a monopoly in “general internet search” and b.) illegally leveraging that monopoly to hurt competition. The result? A record $2.7 billion fine. But thinking about the ruling solely in terms of the dollar amount misses the point. What is the point? Our own Tim Peter asked that very question in “OK, Google, After the EU Fine, is Google OK?” the latest episode of Thinks Out Loud.
  2. If you’re looking for lots to read this holiday weekend, this post, “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers” should keep you plenty busy — and up to date too.
  3. Brand Quarterly suggests that when it comes to “Forging Brand Loyalty: Data Is The Key.”
  4. Sticking with data for a moment, another great Thinks Out Loud episode looks at “Why Data Matters for Marketers.”
  5. Marketing Charts highlights data showing that “Marketing Technologies Abundant; AI Use to Rise” among marketers worldwide. Probably worth considering for your brand, too.
  6. Search Engine Watch explores “Marketing With Intent: the Combined Power of SEO and Content.”
  7. On a highly-related note, Econsultancy looks at “Four Brands Pushing the Boundaries of Content Strategy.”
  8. Clearly, content marketing is topic near and dear to our hearts around here as evidenced in this Thinks Out Loud episode, “Content is King, Customer Experience is Queen.”
  9. Axios uncovers unbelievable research showing “People Will Spend 3.5 Trillion Hours on Mobile Apps By 2021.” I don’t know about you, but that seems significant, no?
  10. In other news, you’ll want to give a listen to this recent Thinks Out Loud episode, “Amazon Goes Grocery Shopping” when you have a moment to learn all about why Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods matters for your business.
  11. CMO.com rounded-up a set of “7 Digital Trends That Will Change Business Forever” that are worth your time.
  12. And, finally, we’ll echo CMO.com’s thoughts with a set of “6 Posts Featuring Fantastic Future Digital Marketing Trends” for you.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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May 19, 2017

13 E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest

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13 E-commerce and Digital Strategy Insights from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest

Howdy, everyone! Hope you’ve had an amazing week and are ready for a fantastic weekend. Here are 13 e-commerce and digital strategy insights I found most interesting the past week. And I hope you do too. Enjoy:

  1. Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business
  2. Customer Experience: Are We All United? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 191)
  3. 10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest
  4. Marketers Are (Finally) Rediscovering The Power Of Focus – Brand Quarterly
  5. 7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest
  6. Why researching online, shopping offline is the new norm | Retail Dive
  7. Why Digital Transformation Matters for Your Business (Thinks Out Loud Episode 179)
  8. Customer Experience ‘All Or Nothing,’ Adobe’s CEO Tells Summit EMEA Attendees
  9. Why the digital user experience is synonymous with brand
  10. Jeff Bezos: Artificial intelligence permeates Amazon’s business strategy | Retail Dive
  11. Is Artificial Intelligence On The Brink Of Changing Business Forever?
  12. AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week’s Top Trends: E-commerce Link Digest
  13. Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Google IO 2017

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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May 14, 2017

7 Hospitality Marketing Strategy Insights from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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7 Hospitality Marketing Strategy Insights from the Past Week: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a delightful Mother’s Day weekend. Let’s close out the weekend with a great set of 7 hospitality marketing strategy insights from the past week. Enjoy:

  1. Skift talks about “Why Travel Brands Need To Go Deeper On Content Strategy.”
  2. As you might imagine, I completely agree, having noted not long ago that “For Travel Marketers, Content is Still King.”
  3. Two important forms of content: Ratings and reviews. While this one’s from the archives, they remain “The Single Most Effective Way to Improve Your Brand’s Digital Marketing.”
  4. eMarketer takes a good look at “Marriott’s Take on Digital Marketing: Always Look Ahead.”
  5. Hotel Management looks ahead with its explanation of “How To Use The Internet of Things To Elevate the Customer Experience.”
  6. Of course, with all these changes, it’s understandable if you find yourself asking “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?” The answer, of course, is no. But check out the post to understand why — and how you can both survive and thrive despite the pace of change.
  7. Finally, why not finish out this week’s list with these “7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future” from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series.

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from Tim’s recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including:

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May 12, 2017

7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest

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7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Tons of news this week, so no big setup. Instead, just take a few minutes to review these 7 sensational insights into the future of digital marketing. Enjoy:

  1. Lots of AR, VR, and AI stuff this week. For starters, Sheikh Danish Ejaz from Brand Quarterly looks at “How Augmented And Virtual Reality Will Shape The Brands Of The Future.” Fascinating read.
  2. Clickz follows that up with “The Shock of the New: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Digital Marketing.” While the article makes a handful of fairly bold claims, overall, it provides excellent insights into where AI will lead content and search marketing in particular.
  3. We’ve covered VR and AI a bit in the past, including this look at “AI, VR, and CX: 7 Top Posts About This Week’s Top Trends” from the E-commerce Link Digest series and in an episode of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, called “Voice, VR, AR, and AI: Hype or Hope for Marketers?”
  4. If you’re not sure about the value of AI, Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt Makes the Case That AI Will Be Good for Society in an article on Recode that’s worth your time.
  5. Speaking of chairmen, and the like, we rounded-up “10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience” for you a couple weeks back. Be sure to check ’em out.
  6. Shifting gears to mobile for a moment, Julie Bernard at The Future of Customer Engagement and Commerce says “Brick-And-Mortar Closings: Mobile Marketing’s Opportunity to Fuel Retail’s Future.” That sounds about right.
  7. And finally, let’s close out this week’s list of 7 sensational insights into the future of digital marketing with this look at “Why Digital Transformation Matters for Your Business” and “Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business” for you.

If you want learn even more about how your customers’ changing behavior shapes e-commerce and marketing, be sure and register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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May 7, 2017

7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Struggling with the various changes going ’round the hospitality space? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these 7 must-see posts highlighting how to market your hotel in the future. Enjoy:

  1. There’s lots of change going on within the industry these days, so it seems reasonable to ask, when it comes to “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?” No. But read on to see why.
  2. What sorts of changes are we seeing? Well, for starters, Tnooz reports that “EU Regulators Have Found That Two-Thirds of Travel Websites Are Misleading Consumers.” Seems like a big deal, no?
  3. In other news, Hotel Management shows “How To Use The Internet of Things to Elevate the Customer Experience” while “Adobe Identifies AR, IR and Wearables As Travel Trends to Watch.” That’s almost too much ‘
  4. Another Tnooz article highlights “Travel Content Strategies for a Mobile World,” which is a great idea, since, “For Travel Marketers, Content is Still King.”
  5. On the business travel front, Bloomberg is reporting that “Airbnb Goes After Business Travelers With New Booking Tool.” while “Facebook Begins Retargeting Potential Travelers With Ads Featuring Flight Info.”
  6. Happily, our own Tim Peter appeared on a panel at the Hospitality Law Conference/HotelROI event in Houston to explain “What Hoteliers Can Do to Maximize Their Revenue.” Some of the article details don’t exactly cover what was said, but we’ll have our own report later this week.
  7. Finally, no matter how much things might change, one tactic still remains “The Single Most Effective Way to Improve Your Brand’s Digital Marketing.” Be sure to check it out to see what… and how it can work for you.

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from Tim’s recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including: