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September 28, 2017

Will AI Kill Your Brand? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 204)

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Will AI Kill Your Brand? (Thinks Out Loud Episode 204) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

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:

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: 12m 23s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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September 1, 2017

5 Fast, Fascinating E-commerce Insights to Help You Succeed: E-commerce Link Digest

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5 Fast, Fascinating E-commerce Insights to Help You Succeed: E-commerce Link Digest

Happy Labor Day weekend, Big Thinkers! I hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday, no />matter where you may be. This week’s edition of the E-commerce Link Digest Series rounds-up 5 fast, fascinating e-commerce insights to help you succeed — and I hope they help you do just that. Enjoy:

  1. So, here we go. According to Recode, “Amazon Will Lower Whole Foods Prices Right Away and Prime Members Will Get Special Discounts.” This was announced on the day the deal closed, so Amazon clearly isn’t wasting any time with this one. The Atlantic has a fantastic piece that outlines “Why Amazon Is Such a Threat to the Grocery Industry” that you’ll really want to check out.
  2. Building on that theme, in two separate episodes of Thinks Out Loud, our weekly e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, our own Tim Peter took a look at why Amazon is such a threat to most other retail sectors to boot. The episodes, called
    “Amazon Goes Grocery Shopping” (Thinks Out Loud Episode 197) and “Amazon Go Shows How E-commerce Will Work in the Future,” are well worth your time.
  3. And in one of the most popular posts ever here at Thinks, we took a look at the question, “Will E-commerce Kill Retail?” Even better, we offered up some answers too.
  4. Meanwhile, the fine folks over on CMO.com talked with “Adobe’s Julie Hoffmann About Envisioning What Customers Can’t Imagine” in an outstanding episode of their marketing podcast.
  5. Finally, let’s finish off this list of 5 fast, fascinating e-commerce insights to help you succeed with two posts that deliver the goods. The first asks “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next Year? 17 Great Posts Offer Answers” and the second provides a fantastic roundup of “6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud).”

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 25, 2017

7 Expert CX, AI, and Digital Tips to Boost Your Bottom Line: E-commerce Link Digest

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7 expert CX, AI, and digital tips to boost your bottom line

Hei, hei, Big Thinkers! I just got back from Norway and that’s everyone says “hello” there. Hope you get to use that in all your travels. This week’s edition of the E-commerce Link Digest Series rounds-up 7 expert CX, AI, and digital tips to boost your bottom line — and I hope you get to do just that too. Enjoy:

  1. The fine folks over at Brand Quarterly have outlined “The Importance Of Consistency Within Omnichannel Marketing” for us all… and done a nice job of it to boot. Well worth your time to read.
  2. While thinking about getting things right, CMO.com has a terrific piece that asks “Do You View Your Customer As A Name Or A Number?” Guess which one works better.
  3. Sticking with our friends at CMO.com, here’s a fantastic round-up of “7 Digital Trends That Will Change Business Forever” for you. While I don’t know about the “forever” part, they’re all worth checking out.
  4. On a highly-related note, we rounded up “6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends in The Best of Thinks Out Loud recently. Give ’em all a listen when you get a moment, OK?
  5. Yet another outstanding CMO.com article connects two of my favorite topics with these “4 Ways Machine Learning Boosts The Customer Experience.” Much like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial claimed, these are two great tastes that taste great together.
  6. Since I may have mentioned before that “AI Makes Big Data Little” — and getting your “data house” in order represents a key first step for your AI strategy — you’ll probablby appreciate this quick refresher on “Finding and Following Your Customer’s Digital Footprint.”9 Great Posts Focused on Digital Transformation, Strategy, and AI: E-commerce Link Digest
  7. Finally, let’s close out this week’s look at 7 expert CX, AI, and digital tips to boost your bottom line with a post that asks — and answers — “How Can You Succeed at Digital Marketing Next 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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August 11, 2017

6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud – Episode 200)

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6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud)

6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud – Episode 200) – Headlines and Show Notes

Digital Transformation

Mobile

Content

Customer Experience

Future Trends

You Can Do It

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

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:

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: 13m 44s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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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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July 14, 2017

8 Killer Posts Connecting Content, E-commerce, and Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest

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Customers checking out 8 killer posts connecting content, e-commerce, and customer experienceHey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had an amazing week and are ready for a great weekend ahead. We’ve rounded-up an amazing set of 8 killer posts connecting content, e-commerce, and customer experience. And I hope you do too. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, we’ve got “A Dozen Don’t-Miss Digital Strategy Posts” from the E-commerce Link Digest series for you to explore.
  2. A key part of that digital strategy? Connecting content and customer experience. That’s why we say, “Content is King, Customer Experience is Queen.”
  3. We also asked the key question, “Customer Experience is Queen? What Does That Mean?” so you don’t have to. Check it out to see what it’s all about.
  4. Of course, it’s not just us. Brand Quarterly reports on “Generation UX,” and explains why customers now expect great experience everywhere they go.
  5. McKinsey & Company also offers a near-perfect primer on how to connect customer experience and digital with “The CEO Guide to Customer Experience.” Great stuff. I highlighted this link once before in our round-up of “10 Posts Showing How the C-Suite Views Customer Experience,” but it’s well-worth another look.
  6. Building on that theme, We Are Social looks at “How Brands Can Make Social Commerce Work.” The key quote highlights how “Photo-centric platforms like Instagram and Pinterest offer attractive options here, allowing brands to showcase a lifestyle and build up their brand story.” In other words, selling the entire customer experience in a manner consistent with your customer’s expectations on his or her favorite platform.
  7. Given this shift, it’s fair to ask, “Is There a Future for Marketing?” as the fine folks over at Marketing Tech News. They also claim, “The change will come quicker than we think.” I agree, but would argue it’s already here, further emphasizing why we’ve got to create great experiences everywhere our customer connect with our brands.
  8. Finally, a past post asked, “Will E-commerce Kill Retail?” In a word: No. At least not if you do it right. So be sure to check out the whole post to see how to do just that.

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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  • Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?
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    June 16, 2017

    6 Posts Featuring Fantastic Future Digital Marketing Trends

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    6 Fantastic Future Digital Marketing Trend PostsHey, Big Thinkers! How’s your week going? I’ve been all over the place, with visits to three different cities up and down the East Coast this week. And to commemorate those travels, here are 6 posts featuring fantastic future digital marketing trends for you to check out this weekend. Enjoy:

    1. Social Media Today takes a look at “Why the Buyer’s Journey is the Hero of Content Strategy.”  Really good read that’s well worth your time.
    2. Chiefmarketer has a great piece outlining “Wharton’s Marketing Guru Call for New Approaches for the CMO.” Here are some clues about what matters for you: Collaboration, tenacity, and tech all play key roles.
    3. Vala Afshar from Salesforce highlights “AI Revolution — 20 Key Business Findings” that you won’t want to miss while our look at “AI for Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little” makes a pretty great complement to the piece.
    4. Continuing the theme of digital’s future direction, we’ve put together a fantastic st of “7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing as part of the E-commerce Link Digest series for you.
    5. Hey, speaking of digital marketing directions, check out “Digital Marketing Directions 2017: The Key Digital Marketing Trends Driving Your Business” when you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did.
    6. Finally, we’ll round out this week’s recap with these “7 Must-See Digital Strategy Posts from the Past Week.” Seems like a fitting way to finish out the week–as well as the 6 fantastic posts featuring future digital marketing trends, don’t you think?

    If you want to 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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    June 9, 2017

    7 Must-See Digital Strategy Posts from the Past Week: E-commerce Link Digest

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    Holla, Big Thinkers! Had a good week? I hope so. 7 Must-See Digital Strategy Posts from the Past Week: E-commerce Link DigestAnd while you’re taking time to relax on a lovely early-summer weekend, spare a few moments to review these 7 must-see digital strategy posts from the past week. Enjoy:

    1. Brand Quarterly explains “Evolve Or Die: Why Digital Transformation Is More Important Than Ever.” If you’re looking for more info on this topic, don’t miss “Digital Transformation: A Brief Introduction” from our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast Thinks Out Loud, and from the E-commerce Link Digest series, these 9 Great Posts Focused on Digital Transformation, Strategy, and AI and this set of “6 Insights Into Customer Experience and Digital Transformation.” Good stuff all around.
    2. While we’re looking at the E-commerce Link Digest series, be sure to check out this collection of “7 Sensational Insights into the Future of Digital Marketing.”
    3. My favorite tweet this past week comes from JM Alvarez-Pallette, who posted this gem:

    4. JM’s tweet references slides from the 2017 Mary Meeker Internet Trends report. And you can check out our recap of that report right here.
    5. AI represents one of the trends in Mary Meeker’s report. And a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud
      outlined “AI For Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little.”
    6. CustomerThink has an amazing piece featuring the “Top 3 Challenges Every CMO Faces & How to Resolve Them” that you won’t want to miss.
    7. Finally, let’s wrap up these with another look at “7 Stellar Insights Into Mobile, Content Marketing, and More” 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:

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    June 7, 2017

    AI For Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little (Thinks Out Loud Episode 196)

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    AI for Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little (Thinks Out Loud Episode 196)

    AI For Marketers: AI Makes Big Data Little (Thinks Out Loud Episode 196) – Headlines and Show Notes

    NB: Credit for this weeks title to Ed St.Onge of Flip.to

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    June 4, 2017

    7 Can’t Miss Hospitality Marketing Insights: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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    7 can't miss hospitality marketing insights

    Hey, everyone! Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. What do you say we close it out with these 7 can’t miss hospitality marketing insights. Enjoy:

    1. Tony Loeb writing at The Blog of Experience Hotel asks “Is Guest Experience the Future of Hotel Marketing?” The answer, as you might imagine, is “yes.” But you should read the whole post for Tony’s great insights. It makes a great companion piece to this recent episode of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast that explained why “Content is King, Customer Experience is Queen.”
    2. Tnooz explores the “What, When and Why of Downloading an App for Travel.”
    3. Net Affinity looks at “Attribution Models: The Secret Ways Guests Discover Your Hotel.”
    4. Skift has a great episode of their Backstage Podcast that’s all about “Travel Search, Bargain Hunting and the Future of Booking” that’s worth a listen.
    5. Koddi says that “Google is Testing A New Mobile Experience for Hotel Ads” that you’ll definitely want to know about.
    6. With all the changes going on in digital for hospitality marketers, it’s reasonable to ask, when it comes to “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?” I’d argue “no.” But be sure to read the whole post to see why.
    7. Finally, you won’t want to miss these “7 Sensational Posts for Hospitality Marketers” and this set of “5 Must-See Hospitality Marketing Hot Topics” 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: