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History And Timeline Of Digital Marketing Online

History And Timeline Of Digital Marketing Online

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Where have we been and where are we heading?

Let's travel back in time and check out the history and timeline of digital marketing and how we got to where we are now in 2020, also where we are heading in the future. This year has seen a remarkable change in habits and a tremendous leap in users online. 

Everything from social catch-ups on Zoom, even viewing your favorite sports game from your lounge chair on the Zoom platform as a part of the live audience at the game’s venue. 

Also, corporate working from home, more recently-unemployed looking to work from home to earn a buck, and an ever-increasing number of traditional offline businesses now have a presence on the net adopting digital marketing strategies.

Pretty much everybody has a connection to the internet in some form or another. Grandmas and grandpas are being urged to get online for their banking needs and grocery deliveries. So, of course, every time you go online, you experience digital marketing where someone is trying to sell you something albeit directly or indirectly. 

It’s fair to say businesses just can’t thrive now without online marketing to help generate sales. All businesses, big and small are increasingly moving online with a direct-to-consumer approach that reaches a huge worldwide audience more easily and takes advantage of an unlimited marketplace.

On a global scale, digital advertising spend was projected to hit $336 billion in 2020, pre- COVID, now adjusted to $332.84, but as you can see by the graph, stronger times are just ahead. 

Worldwide digital ad spending will make up 62.6% of the total media spend by 2024.

Digital Ad Spend

 

The Rise In Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing is an umbrella term for promoting and selling services or products using online strategies as outlined in this article which is beneficial for all types of business and allows companies to; 

  • Reach their target audience wherever they are.
  • Use data to observe their online behavior.
  • Use analytics to understand which marketing messages to send them.

These digital marketing elements outlined in the infographic help you reach your customers wherever they are, engage with them, and encourage them to purchase something from you. You create brand awareness, generate leads, convert new buyers, build trust, and increase sales.

digital marketing infographic

Marketing has always been about connecting with your consumers and potential buyers in the right place, at the right time. Currently and into the foreseeable future the best place to meet them is where they are spending time – on the internet. 

Digital marketing is also referred to as 'online marketing', 'internet marketing', or 'web marketing' however, the term digital marketing has grown in popularity over time. 

Digital marketing is constantly evolving, with new technologies making it faster and easier to master especially for small businesses and marketers, but where and when did it all start? 

Let’s go way back and visit the history and timeline of digital marketing with some of the more major milestones in technology.  

 

Digital Marketing Became A Thing 30 Years Ago

The term “digital marketing” was coined back in 1990 and considered integral to technology development and advancement on the whole. 

One of the first key events took place back in 1971, when Raymond Tomlinson, a computer programmer from New York, USA, implemented the first email program on the ARPNET system, even before the internet launched. 

Tomlinson sent his first test email on a system that was able to send mail between users on different machines that previously could only be sent to others using the same computer. 

He was inducted into The Internet Hall of Fame in 2012 which stated "Tomlinson's email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate".

1990 – Web 1.0 Was Invented

This was a memorable year with the new terminology of digital marketing and that same year, Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, wrote the first web client and server in 1990. Classed as Web 1.0, it was limited to read-only. Meaning the early web allowed us to search for information and read it but very little user interaction or content generation. 

 

1993 – The First Clickable Banner Ad Was Born

The very first true, linked, clickable, paid advertisement on the WWW was from a website called the Global Network Navigator, (GNN) which in 1993 sold a clickable ad to a Silicon Valley law firm. 

However, the first to do rotating banner ads was pioneered by HotWired in October 1994 and the internet has not been the same since. Despite users’ aversion to online ads, particularly pop-ups, the business models of most websites still revolve around advertising. 

Advertisers will spend $52.1m on banner ads in the U.S. this year, according to Statista, with a projected annual growth rate of 7.9% resulting in a market volume of $71.5m by 2024. 

Those ads may annoy some users, however, they help fund many digital publishers. This is what helps keep platforms predominantly free for users. Banner ads were cutting-edge 26 years ago and gave birth to the internet ad industry.


The first banner. Image credit: Wired Formerly Hotwired

AT&T paid $30,000 to run a dedicated placement for this banner for 3 months in Hotwired. It initially got a 44% click-through rate. The metrics in those days consisted of a person manually counting the clicks and the first Web analytics tool was a highlighter pen. 

1994 – Yahoo Hits The WWW Scene

Yahoo, AKA ‘Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”, named after its founder Jerry Yang, launched and to its success, received nearly a million hits within the first year. The human-edited Yahoo Directory provided for users to surf through the Internet became their first product and the company's original purpose. 

This set the tone for comprehensive changes in the digital marketing world, which led to companies to start optimizing their websites to obtain higher search engine rankings.  

Over the years, Yahoo evolved, then in 2000, they made what they thought was a strategic move in the history of search, when they partnered with Google. They let Google power their organic results, so in every Yahoo search result it displayed “Powered By Google”. 

At the time, Google was not well known, so essentially Yahoo introduced their largest competitor to the world and Google became a household name. 

Also in 1994, the first blog was created by Justin Hall of Swarthmore College. Soon after blogs became an opportunity for brands to connect with consumers. The original term was “weblog”, and shortened to “blog” in 1999.

 

1995 – LookSmart Comes Onboard

LookSmart was founded as Homebase in 1995 in Melbourne, Australia by husband and wife Evan Thornley and Tracy Ellery. The original concept of Homebase was to build a female and family-friendly web portal.  

On 28 October 1996, the company launched its LookSmart search engine. At launch, the search engine listed more than 85,000 sites and had a "Java-enhanced" interface.

These days, LookSmart is a search advertising, content management, online media, and technology company. It provides search, machine learning, and chatbot technologies as well as pay-per-click and contextual advertising services.

 

1996 – Alexa Internet Launches

Alexa Internet was founded in April 1996 by Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat and has an interesting history. Alexa was founded as an independent web analytics company in 1996 and acquired by Amazon in 1999. 

The evolution of Alexa has seen its claim to fame being a key metric known as Alexa Traffic Rank also simply known as Alexa Rank. It is also referred to as Global Rank by Alexa Internet and is designed to be an estimate of a website's popularity.

The Alexa Traffic Rank can be used to monitor the popularity trend of a website and to compare the popularity of different websites.

This was also the year that the phrase, “content marketing” was born at a discussion for journalists and the American Society for Newspaper Editors, and quickly became one of the most pivotal terms in digital marketing.

 

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1998 – Google Was Incorporated

Starting out as a project in 1996, by Larry Page and Sergy Brin. They theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships among websites. They called this algorithm PageRank which determined a website's relevance by the number of pages, and the importance of those pages that linked back to the original site. 

Page and Brin originally nicknamed the search engine “Backrub”, because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. After much funding, Google was incorporated and launched in 1998, based in a garage.

In the same year, Microsoft launched the MSN search engine, and Yahoo introduced Yahoo web search.

 

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1998 – Veretekk Launches  – Automated Marketing

Marketers needed an edge to reach out to potential customers so a new technology arose as marketing automation. 

Thomas Prendergast built the first automated marketing system in 1994 and was the foundation of Wavefour, which was one of the many firsts. It included a self-replicated website, self-replicated PDF (a formatted receipt to print out sign and fax or mail-in), the first read-write to a server database, the first autoresponder email system, the first remote broadcasting system, and all incorporated into the first Automated Marketing system.
 
Launching in 1998, this system poured new customers and evolved into a service called Veretekk, a standalone Application Service Provider with “Aweber” like email systems, lead capture portals, and Internet Marketing training that ran for nearly 20 years. It was private labeled to hundreds of companies and built a verifiable database that numbered into the hundreds of millions and produced revenues in excess of 5 million.

From 2003 onwards, many automated marketing platforms followed suit such as Eloqua, Salesforce, and later in 2006 came Hubspot and Marketo to name a few. This gave rise to SaaS or Software as a Service. 

The company Veretekk has since been re-built from the ground up to include Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, combining an inbound marketing platform, social network, and digital media broadcasting platform. Now called Markethive, it’s known as the first next-generation Market Network on Blockchain.

inbound Marketing Comparison

This also saw the birth of the term “Inbound Marketing” derived from automated marketing with a focus on content marketing which is proven to bring credibility and integrity to any organization and be considered a trusted source. 

 

2000 – Google Launches AdWords

Google’s AdWords program is a service that provides advertisers with advertising campaigns managed by Google. For those who want to manage their own campaigns the AdWords self-service portal was introduced soon after. 

Google then launched its AdSense program, originally named content targeting advertising in March 2003. It’s a program through which website publishers of content sites serve text, images, video, or interactive media advertisements that are targeted to the site content and audience. 

These advertisements are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google and generate revenue for the publisher on either a per-click or per-impression basis. Today over 11.1 million websites use AdSense.

 

2002 – Linked Is Launched

Reid Hoffman founded LinkedIn in December 2002 – making it the first-ever business-oriented social networking platform. It’s primarily used for professional networking, job posting by company, and by job seekers.

As of 2015, most of the company's revenue came from selling access to information about its members to recruiters and sales professionals. Since December 2016 it has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. 

 

2003 – Myspace Launches

Myspace, an American social networking service was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, reaching more than 100 million users per month. In June 2006 Myspace surpassed Yahoo and Google to become the most visited website in the United States

Myspace has had a significant influence on technology, pop culture, and music. It was the first social network to reach a global audience and it played a critical role in the early growth of companies like YouTube. However, in April of 2008, Myspace was overtaken by Facebook in terms of the number of unique visitors. 

 

2003 – The Genesis Of WordPress

b2/cafelog, more commonly known as b2 or cafelog, was the precursor to WordPress with an estimated 2,000 blogs installed as of May 2003. WordPress then became its name and is a joint effort between Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. 

WordPress was originally created as a blog-publishing system but has evolved to support other types of web content and plugins assisting publishers to increase their reach across the internet. 

By October 2009, WordPress was enjoying the greatest brand strength of any open-source content management system. As of June 2019, WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites which include 33.6% of the top 10 million websites. 

WordPress is one of the most popular content management system solutions in use.

Wordpress Markethive plugin

 

2004 – Web 2.0 Is Introduced, Then Came Facebook

The terminology, Web 2.0 was initially invented in 1999 by Author and web designer, Darcy DiNucci, who also predicted the influence it would have on public relations. However, it was in 2004 that it became popularized when introduced by Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dogherty at the O’Reilly Media Web Conference. Web 2.0 was the start of a participatory or social web. 

The same year “TheFacebook” founded by Mark Zuckerberg, became a thing, initially for the students at Harvard which later that year expanded to many other colleges across the USA. But it was in 2005 the name changed to just Facebook and started to take hold globally in 2006 when it opened to the public. 

Google also released Gmail on April 1, 2004. It started as a beta release and didn’t end its testing phase until July 7, 2009. 

 

2005 – YouTube Hits The Scene

YouTube was the brainchild and founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, all were early employees of Paypal. Karim said the inspiration for YouTube first came from Janet Jackson's embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in 2004 at the Super Bowl

The very first video of “Me at the zoo” with founder Jawed Karim, was uploaded on April 23, 2005. Then YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005. At the time of the official launch on Dec. 15, 2005, YouTube didn’t have much recognition as Vimeo was already operational as it launched in 2004. 

However, as history denotes YouTube is a hit and in 2006 Google acquired the video-sharing platform for $1.65 billion in Google stock. Today, YouTube accounts for 2 billion users worldwide.

2006 – Growth In Search Engine Traffic 

By 2006 there were considerable advancements in the digital marketing space. Search engine traffic grew to approximately 6.4 billion in the month of March alone.

Microsoft also introduced Live Search to compete with Yahoo and Google.

Twitter also launched in 2006 and created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. Dorsey explains,

“…we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was.”

So although classed as a social media, Twitter is more of a microblogging platform and information network. Furthermore, statistics demonstrate that Twitter users spend 26% more time with ads than users of other social media platforms.

Twitter Jack Dorsey Founder

 

2007 – Automation Marketing Became More Widespread. 

As the pace of the World Wide Web increased, so did the marketing climate and more companies and marketers came onboard utilizing marketing automated software that replaced conventional marketing processes. 

These tools automated the tasks of lead segmentation, marketing campaigns, and the ability to provide customers with personalized information. Its development during the 1990s and 2000s, changed the way brands and businesses use technology for marketing as digital platforms became increasingly incorporated into marketing plans and everyday life. 

 

2010 – Instagram Launches

The photo and video sharing platform was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, in 2010  After its launch, Instagram rapidly gained popularity, and was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Instagram users are spending an average of 28 minutes per day on the platform in 2020.

A large portion of those users (around 200 million) visit at least one business profile a day, indicating that Instagram has become a focal point in the digital marketing arena. 

Although praised for its influence, Instagram has been the subject of criticism, most notably for policy and interface changes, allegations of censorship, and illegal or improper content uploaded by users.

Also noteworthy, the digital marketing industry saw a substantial rise in 2010, with the digital media growth of an estimated 4.5 trillion online ads served annually, and digital marketing expenditure experienced a 48% growth.

 

2011 – Google’s Panda Algorithm launches.

First released in February 2011, Google Panda brought a major change in Google’s search engine ranking algorithm. The name "Panda" comes from Google engineer Navneet Panda, who developed the technology that made it possible for Google to create and implement the algorithm.

It aimed to lower the ranking of “low-quality sites” and rank “higher-quality sites” near the top of the search results. Google Panda affected the ranking of an entire site or a specific section rather than just the individual pages on a site.

Panda’s updates were rolled out once a month in the first 2 years, and consequently influenced the ranking and traffic which negatively impacted some sites that upset a few people, to say the least. In some cases, it forced companies to change names, business models, fire employees, and even go out of business altogether. 

Google stated in 2013 that future updates would be integrated into the algorithm which would make it less noticeable and continuous.

 

2012 – Saw The Launch Of Zoom 

Zoom is a video-telephony software program that launched a beta version on September 10, 2012, that could host conferences with up to 15 video participants at the time. In January 2013, version 1.0 of the program was released with an increase in the number of participants per conference to 25. 

By the end of its first month, Zoom had 400,000 users, which rose to 1 million by May 2013. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Zoom experienced an exponential gain in users of 2.22 million in 2020.

On one day in March 2020, the Zoom app was downloaded 2.13 million times. In April 2020, Zoom had more than 300 million daily meeting participants. On August 24, 2020, Zoom experienced widespread outages for several hours before service was restored.

However, this year, Zoom has been at the center of some controversy with its attendee tracking feature, sharing personal data, shady techniques, and lack of transparency. It is recommended you “Zoom” at your own risk. 

 

2014 Long Form Content more prominent

 

2014 – Upsurge In The Amount Of Smartphone Users

Reportedly, 2014 saw a rise in the number of mobile users, to 4.55B which is 70% of the global population, with smartphone users reaching 1.75B. 

2014 also saw the launch of the Facebook messenger app and not long after came the Apple Watch. 

 

2015 – Markethive, The Genesis of The Next Generation Market Network  

Markethive, (previously Veretekk), was trademarked and incorporated in mid-2015 and opened the doors to a private Beta phase for Veretekk founders and users. The company then went into full public Beta launch in January 2016. 

Over the next couple of years, while operating as an inbound marketing platform and social network, Markethive methodically worked on creating its primary vision of being a decentralized Blockchain driven Social Market Network integrating cryptocurrency forming an entire ecosystem for aspiring entrepreneurs, marketers, companies, small business, and commercial artists. 

January of 2019 saw the launch of the Markethive Coin (MHV) within the Markethive ecosystem. Now it is possible to earn coins on every task and activity performed, whether it be facilitating your business with the inbound marketing tools or engaging on the social media platform.

Markethive is a sovereign entity offering transparency and self-sovereignty on all levels including autonomy, privacy, and security to its users as well as financial well-being. A community-focused culture of collaboration is the fabric of Markethive and proving to be a much-needed resource in the online world today. 

Markethive Wallet App

By years end of 2020 will be the launch of the Markethive wallet app and exchange which will open the floodgates bringing in the millions who are looking for a genuine way to earn and conduct their business in the online space that in many ways has become a jungle and cesspool of fraud, scams, data harvesting, political bias, and dystopia. 

This is all part of the Web 3.0 or 3rd generation internet which has started to emerge as a movement away from the centralization of services.  Markethive was built for the little guy and gal in mind, at little to no cost to join, utilize all the facets of an inbound marketing platform and social network, build their business relationships, and get paid for doing so, all while enjoying free speech, privacy, and autonomy in a collaborative environment. 

Sound like utopia? Pretty much is! 

Markethive Infographic

 

Staying At The Forefront Of Technology

So there you have it… Technology has come a long way over the past three decades with no signs of it slowing down any time soon. The successful company for the long term will need to have an innovative culture and be tuned in to the fast-paced, ever-changing technology and behaviors in this revolutionary world.    

One thing is for certain, content marketing, along with email marketing integral to inbound marketing which is a prescribed marketing strategy under the digital marketing umbrella is crucial to the success of any organization, large and small. 

Statistics show that:

  • Content marketing costs 62% less than outbound marketing and generates 3x as many leads
  • Content marketing has lower up-front costs and deeper long-term benefits than paid search.
  • Small businesses with blogs generate 126% more leads than those without blogs.
  • Content marketing rakes in conversion rates 6x higher than other methods.
  • 87% of B2B marketers say email is one of their top free organic distribution channels.
  • 80% of B2C businesses believe email marketing increases customer retention. 

We have evolved into a more human approach towards marketing and advertising. Even  Google’s search engine is adopting that approach with their latest algorithm in 2019, BERT, that helps better understand the context of words in searches and language a bit more like humans do. 

At the height of the automated, inbound marketing boom in the mid-2000s, not only was it expensive but overwhelmingly complicated for many businesses to integrate. Larger companies would have it done for them, but what about the little guy and gal? 

Enter Markethive, the complete Market Network. 

 

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Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App

Company Aims To Become ‘Amazon Of Sharing Economy’ With Blockchain App

A company is building a Blockchain-based system

to eliminate fragmentation in the sharing economy – and creating a single app that gives users access to “any available asset they wish to rent, borrow or share.” ShareRing claims the current market is extremely inconvenient for consumers. Although thousands of companies exist, many of them are specialized in one particular niche, such as caravans or office space. This forces users to go through the arduous process of registering multiple accounts – and, given the fact that some of these small businesses only operate in a heavily localized area, there’s no guarantee that the items they need to borrow will be available where they live.

The Australian company has the goal of becoming the “Amazon of the sharing economy,” enabling users to lease “assets” from a broad range of categories through a single smartphone app. They would be connected to individuals nearby who have items they are willing to share, while rental companies would be able to develop their own “mini” app within ShareRing to reach greater numbers of prospective customers. ShareRing is already exploring deals with big brands, and the latest partnerships will be announced on its website.

In its white paper, the company lists areas where its technology could prove useful. Some examples include renting cars, trucks and trailers, as well as booking delivery drivers, sharing gardens, swapping books, co-housing, car sharing and social dining. ShareRing’s Blockchain platform, known as ShareLedger, is already in development. “Highly customizable” smart contracts will be used to complete transactions, with the company stressing that typical users are not going to require advanced technical knowledge in order to use the platform.

“Taking things to the next level”

The team behind ShareRing already have experience in this industry after starting the vehicle-sharing brand Keaz in the middle of 2013. Offering solutions for both corporate users and consumers, the company now has offices in five countries – and its main technology, KeazACCESS, was launched in May 2015. Executives say they have “decided to take things to the next level” through Blockchain because a company is yet to help this industry achieve its full potential. Their white paper argues that most people are even unable to name five businesses operating within the sharing economy – and the two examples most commonly used as answers, Airbnb and Uber, only cover two types of assets available to the public.

ShareLedger is also going to feature a dual token mechanism. Whereas SharePay is the currency that customers will use to rent assets, ShareToken allows providers to pay for access to the Blockchain. All users will be able to access their balances for these tokens in a lightweight wallet accessible from PCs and smartphones. “Small transaction fees” are charged to providers who use ShareRing. There are one-off charges whenever individuals or businesses add an asset to the platform. Providers are also charged if “attributes” need to be added, allowing extra bits of information such as a Vehicle Identification Number to be linked to the asset. Finally, they will pay a fee every time their asset is rented out to a ShareRing user.

Growing the ecosystem

At the heart of ShareRing’s system will be a “clever, integrated app” which uses geolocation to show users which services are available nearby – and within two years, the company hopes that up to 1 mln assets will be available to share around the world. Its Blockchain system will be publicly available by Sept. 2018, and KeazACCESS will be the first “client” integrated into ShareLedger. ShareRing’s token sharing event is set to take place in May, with the company planning to run token hunts and several other competitions to spread the word and raise awareness of the project.

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Vexanium, a Marketing Platform To Benefit Both Retailers and Users

Vexanium, a Marketing Platform To Benefit Both Retailers and Users

—SINGAPORE, April 11, 2018

An innovative decentralized marketing ecosystem called VEXANIUM, which helps to cut costs and improve efficiency and transparency for commercial businesses, is being launched by Danny Baskara and team. The blockchain based ecosystem which VEXANIUM creates will solve the major pain points that this industry faces today. The VEXANIUM platform will also naturally serve existing blockchain businesses in their user acquisition, activation and retention. This makes it attractive for both businessmen, crypto-enthusiasts and ordinary users.

In Asia, a majority of retailers use online promo marketing platforms such as Groupon, Dianping or Meituan to win new customers. Promo marketing strategies rely heavily on campaigns on these platforms which provide substantial traffic and sales. These platforms charge an average of 15% – 20% in commission per transaction through a CPA (Cost Per Acquisition) or CPS (Cost Per Sale) structure. An increasing number of retailers struggle because these commissions together with the discounts offered represent too high a proportion of their margins. To protect margins, retailers often end up giving lackluster promotions that are either unattractive or with unrealistic terms. Meanwhile, customers are often frustrated when trying to utilize a voucher or redeem their gift cards and coupons. Common difficulties include using vouchers that have already been utilized, expired, are lost or with unreasonable T&C requirements.

“By using the VEXANIUM platform, companies can create points in loyalty program applications in the form of digital tokens, "said Danny Baskara. "Typically such incentives are rewards to customers in Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) activity. The tokens can also be converted into coupons or points that can be used in corporate applications, " A study conducted by GfK concluded that 49% of consumers would gladly switch brands for savings in the form of a coupon. In the retail market, South-East Asia and Indonesia, in particular, are some of the fastest growing markets globally, with the latter boasting a population of over 260 million people. The importance of vouchers and coupons for retailers to attract new customers in those regions is significant.

VEX token will be listed on Tokenomy upon launching of the platform. Partnering with fIndodax.com (former bitcoin.co.id), the biggest digital asset exchange in Southeast Asia, Tokenomy helps VEX access to 1,000,000+ potential investors and traders. The VEX app features an integration with selected crypto exchanges in order to allow users to directly trade their VEX token balance on the exchange. Also, the VEX Exchange will allow consumers to trade vouchers among themselves and set their own prices. Customers will be able to store and redeem their voucher tokens via VEXANIUM app.

One game-changing use case of the VEX Platform is the lucrative “airdrop” market, which will allow blockchain companies to create airdrop campaigns for acquiring new customers and rewarding existing ones, using the VEX token. "For companies that want to take advantage of the VEXANIUM platform and want to create digital tokens on their applications are required to purchase a large number of VEXANIUM digital tokens, VEX, because each transaction is using the token, included in transaction fees," Danny states. This will be facilitated via the VEX web and mobile apps.

In an exciting move,  the VEXANIUM marketplace plans to be fully functional and open to merchants and individual users in Indonesia by Q4 2018. VEXANIUM will complete the establishment of the ecosystem by launching VEXchange and VEXplorer by Q2 2019. Merchants and enterprise users can create voucher tokens and start their marketing campaigns all seamlessly via the one-stop mobile app. VEXANIUM founder and CEO Danny Baskara previously built and sold Indonesia’s largest voucher and couponing platform Evoucher, which was with more than 2 million active users. After 7 years of building Evoucher, the founders realized that the blockchain can solve the fundamental problems of this industry. The idea for the VEXANIUM ecosystem was born.

VEXANIUM will revolutionize this space by bringing the voucher and couponing industry on-chain. The immutability, liquidity and decentralized nature of VEXANIUM will revolutionize this market while introducing a whole new wave of retailers and users to the blockchain era. A number of angel investors are already backing VEXANIUM, such as Marcus Yeung, founder and CEO of SEAbridge, and Joseph Aditya,  CEO of Ralali, the largest B2B marketplace portal in Indonesia. VEXANIUM VEX token pre-sale starts on April 14th, 2018.

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Bitcoin Price: Experts Weigh in on Cryptocurrency Price Recovery Amidst Institutional Interest

Bitcoin Price: Experts Weigh in on Cryptocurrency Price Recovery Amidst Institutional Interest

Bitcoin looks like it will end the week with a 15% price increase

and all but four of the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization are still showing green. Investors are demonstrating increased confidence illustrated by trading volumes. Experts have shared their predictions and explanations for the increase, which may well indicate a recovery for the cryptocurrency market after months of trepidation. Thursday’s sudden price increase for Bitcoin is the result of what experts term a “short squeeze” and it sparked a frenzy of activity in the charts.

“This is what’s known in the markets as a short squeeze. When a lot of people are short on heavy leverage, a small movement up can trigger someone’s stop-loss,” said Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at eToro. “Keep in mind that when a short position gets closed it actually creates a buy order. After a prolonged period of moving within the range, stop losses start to pile up. And so, even a small movement in the market can trigger a chain reaction of stop losses all at once and lead to a breakout on the charts.”

The orange and blue dotted lines represent the tight range, between $6500 and $7500, that bitcoin has been trading in for the

past two weeks.

“We would normally look for a test of the blue line before moving forward. However, should the excitement start to come back into this market, it might not need to.” Said Greenspan. “The ratio of short margin trades versus longs has been increasing recently,” said Nick Kirk, quantitative developer and data scientist at Cypher Capital. “Buying volume ticked up today and a lot of these short trades got liquidated, helping fuel the rally.”

In an earlier interview with Bloomberg on April 11th, 2018, Greenspan predicted that Wall Street was “building bridges” and would “at least even things out” in the cryptocurrency markets by injecting new liquidity.

On April 6th, 2018, news broke that hedge fund legend George Soros might begin to invest in cryptocurrencies. According to reports, Adam Fisher, head of macro investing for Soros Fund Management received internal approval to trade cryptocurrencies. Hedge Fund Research indicates the average return on funds that started investing in cryptocurrency at the beginning of 2017 is 2,908%, compared to 9% gains for traditional hedge funds over the same period. On April 10th, 2018, Venrock, the Rockefeller family’s venture capital businesses announced a partnership with cryptocurrency investor group

CoinFund.

“We wanted to partner with this team that has been making investments and actually helping to architect a number of different crypto economies and crypto token-based projects,” said Venrock partner David Pakman

The Rockefeller family has an estimated net worth of over $1 trillion, with Venrock reportedly holding $2.6 billion in managed assets. Venrock made significant gains with early investments in Intel and

Apple.

“There are a lot of crypto traders in the market,” continued Pakman. “There are a lot of cryptocurrency hedge funds. This is different. To us, it looks a little bit more like venture capital.”

There are also disputed rumours that the Rothschild family now hold cryptocurrency related investments. Commenting to Bloomberg, leading Wall Street strategist Tom Lee describes Bitcoin’s sudden price hike

as “overdue”.

“We still feel pretty confident that bitcoin is a great risk-reward and we think it could reach $25,000 by the end of the year,” said Fundstrat co-founder Lee.

It’s not just Bitcoin that is seeing health price increases. Only a handful of coins in the top 100 are still showing declining prices. A number of coins have 24-hour average price increases of 20% and more. Ripple (XRP), with the third largest market capitalization after Bitcoin and Ethereum, is currently trading at $0.67 after a 21% increase. This is directly compared to a current rate increase of 5% for Bitcoin today. Ripple’s increase is likely fuelled by the announcement that Santander is launching an international payments service “OnePay FX” based on Ripple’s xCurrent blockchain technology. With the move, Santander becomes the first bank to offer a blockchain-based international payments service across a number of countries

at the same time.

“One Pay FX uses blockchain-based technology to provide a fast, simple and secure way to transfer money internationally – offering value, transparency, and the trust and service customers expect from a bank like Santander.”

Other notable price increases include IOTA (MIOTA), currently 10th by market capitalization at 21%, NEM (XEM) at 17% and Vitalik Buterin backed OmiseGO at 18%.

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Realities That Will Rock The World Of Marketing In 2018

Realities That Will Rock The World Of Marketing In 2018

The digital marketing industry shows few signs of slowing down

as brands continue to adjust to the pace of change in data, technology and measurement. As marketing shifts away from the classic model of mindless spending, there are new opportunities and emerging technologies that can better trace the correlation between spending and engagement with prospective customers. From fake news to Facebook algorithms to Google and other tech giants changing the game, the industry landscape continues to force brands to adapt to new consumer behaviors and innovate to get the win. Based on my experience as the CEO of a digital marketing agency, here are four realities that I see shifting the world of marketing this year.

Every aspect of marketing is in the midst of an automation transformation.

Technology has introduced new kinds of marketing tools that take the guesswork out of advertising. For some firms, this has been a game changer, and for others, it has been a death sentence. Driven by emerging technologies, analytics and better data, marketing plans are shifting every day to match media consumption changes and platform updates. Yet, one of the biggest opportunities out of the digital transformation in marketing is reimagining the strategy in itself. Brands need to evolve their thinking to a process that observes the behavior of consumers through unique customer journeys and optimize efforts accordingly. Gone are the days when marketers can look at the last click in the funnel and make campaign-based decisions.

Digital transformation is not as straightforward as a one-touch fix. To deliver consumers a personalized marketing experience, brands need better control over their channels and performance. The rise of machine learning and automation has given way to incredible platforms for attribution modeling and optimization. By using these technologies, marketers can now track and measure their interaction with customers across all mediums to see where their ad spend is most effective and how customers are receiving and interacting with their marketing message.

Marketers must mine the endless mounds of data.

Across the board, companies increasingly understand that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to marketing can’t win anymore. Brands will be connecting with consumers in a more innovative, data-driven environment — especially in retail — by tapping into marketing technology platforms for better insights into consumer buying habits. Those brands with campaigns that are data-driven with location intelligence and analytics are more apt for stronger data and greater personalization. In this strategically intricate dance, consumers will be continuously touched by brand messaging, experiences and influencers that, when optimally layered together, drive better results.

Besides easing operational processes and increasing efficiency, marketers must leverage the potential of artificial intelligence-driven tools to power through data and effectively engage with their customers — and with better success after every instance. AI can also help identify the best engagement points in the buying journey. Innovations in AI like chatbots and augmented/virtual reality are changing the way brands plan campaigns, envision touchpoints and enhance customer experiences, all while generating actionable data insights throughout the process.

The power of search has voice.

Last year marked a huge shift in the power of voice in search marketing. If consumer brands haven’t gotten on board with SEO strategies catered to voice search, they need to get in the game before it’s too late. Google insights reveal that, on a daily basis, more than half of American teenagers and 41% of adults are talking to their phones via voice search. Amazon is said to have sold more than 20 million Echo units to date, with Google Home gaining ground and taking up to 24% of market share since it entered the game in 2015. By 2020, ComScore predicts voice search could account for up to half of all queries. This trend has been happening in the SEO world for some time, and with the growing appetite for search bots (i.e., Alexa, Cortana), the transition to a voice-search world is progressing every day.

SEO marketers should make note of this, given that optimizing for voice search requires different tactics compared to the traditional method and having insight into this new normal could help brands provide better customer experience. Optimizing for voice search technology allows for marketers to create more conversational campaigns and provides a natural way for people to interact with brands. Voice search will continue to explode as more predictive machine learning technologies advance this particular AI evolution. Looking forward, the voice search market is wide open and it’s possible that the strongest user group hasn’t even been born.

Content transformation will be king.

By 2021, an eMarketer report (registration required) predicts there will be more than 2.7 billion people around the world using mobile phones, with more than 87% of those using smartphones for internet access. The report also described the dominance of tech titans Google and Facebook in the U.S. digital ad market and digital ad revenue worldwide. In this attention-driven duopoly, with ever-changing algorithms and updates, businesses are competing against friends and family for attention. The demand for mobile-ready, shareable content has never been more relentless. Every aspect of content marketing will become more user-centric and personalized, and brands must be willing to adapt.

In order to scale authenticity in this crowded environment, some brands are heavily investing in video to connect with customers to help share ideas, products, purpose and personality. Likewise, influencers will continue to play a role in content but with a new requirement of stronger return on investment. No matter the industry, your brand must steer away from vague, overly expensive programs and partnerships and opt for relevant, data-driven influencer strategies. The challenge in digital content for today’s marketer is to remain authentic while achieving campaign goals. Brands that create experiences that inspire, educate or entertain through content and messaging efforts will continue to win in 2018.

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What marketers need to know about Facebook’s updated Business Tools Terms

What marketers need to know about Facebook’s updated Business Tools Terms

The updates are largely guided by GDPR and go into effect May 25, 2018.

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced Senate and House committees in Washington, DC,

this week, the platform introduced new terms around the use of customer data, tracking and measurement. Zuckerberg reiterated to lawmakers that Facebook will, in effect, apply the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards to its business globally. Not surprisingly, the Terms changes are timed to go into effect on May 25, 2018, the same date the GDPR’s sweeping set of rules governing the handling of consumer data will go into effect.

A new “Facebook Business Tools Terms” consolidates the “Conversion Tracking, Custom Audiences From Your Website, and Custom Audiences From Your Mobile App Terms” and “Offline Conversion Terms,” and the Custom Audience Terms have been updated. Here’s a rundown of the key changes to the terms that apply to any website owner, publisher, developer, advertiser, business partner (and their customers) and any other entity that integrates with, uses and exchanges information with Facebook. Note that Facebook Business Tools encompass a lot: APIs and SDKs, the Facebook Pixel, social plugins such as the Like and Share buttons, Facebook Login and Account Kit, as well as other platform integrations, plugins, code, specifications, documentation, technology and services.

New terms for GDPR compliance

In section 5.1 of the Facebook Business Tools Terms, a note to EU and Swiss data controllers specifically on

GDPR states:

To the extent the Customer Data contain personal data which you process subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the “GDPR”), the parties acknowledge and agree that for purposes of providing matching, measurement, and analytics services described in Paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 above, that you are the data controller in respect of such personal data, and you have instructed Facebook Ireland Limited to process such personal data on your behalf as your data processor pursuant to these terms and Facebook’s Data Processing Terms, which are incorporated herein by reference. “Personal data,” “data controller,” and “data processor” in this paragraph have the meanings set out in the Data Processing Terms.

What this means:
This section clarifies that the Facebook Marketers are considered data controllers from a GDPR standpoint and Facebook the data processor. A third-party data processor is an entity that processes personally identifiable information (PII) on behalf of a controller. A controller is defined by the GDPR as an entity that determines how that data will be processed and for what reason. Both controllers and processors must comply with the EU regulation. The Terms for using Facebook Pixels and SDKs have also been updated for GDPR.

Section 3.3 states:

In jurisdictions that require informed consent for the storing and accessing of cookies or other information on an end user’s device (such as but not limited to the European Union), you must ensure, in a verifiable manner, that an end user provides the necessary consent before you use Facebook Business Tools to enable us to store and access cookies or other information on the end user’s device. (For suggestions on implementing consent mechanisms.

What this means:
Site and app owners must obtain and manage user consent for Facebook to access, gather and store their data. This is a critical piece of GDPR that pertains to any company controlling or processing data on EU citizens, regardless of where they reside.

Requirement to notify Facebook of any actual or ‘threatened’ complaints about personal data

Another important change in the terms that marketers need to be aware of is in section 1.5.

The provision states:

You will notify us promptly in writing of any actual or threatened complaint or challenge related to the use of personal data under these Business Tools Terms and will cooperate with us in responding to such complaint or challenge.

What this means:
Advertisers must take any user’s complaint (even threatened) about the use of personal data seriously. You must be prepared to report to Facebook, in writing, any suggestion of a complaint or challenge over the handling or use of personal data when you’re made aware of it.

Keep reporting internal

Want to share a case study about your Facebook ad campaign? Think again. Section 2.2.2 of the Facebook Business Tools Terms explicitly states that advertisers are not allowed to share Campaign Reports or Analytics unless they have Facebook’s written consent:

We grant to you a non-exclusive and non-transferable license to use the Campaign Reports and Analytics for your internal business purposes only and solely on an aggregated and anonymous basis for measurement purposes. You will not disclose the Campaign Reports or Analytics, or any portion thereof, to any third party, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by us. We will not disclose the Campaign Reports or Analytics, or any portion thereof, to any third party without your permission, unless (i) they have been combined with Campaigns Reports and Analytics from numerous other third parties and (ii) your identifying information is removed from the combined Campaign Reports and Analytics.

What this means:
All Campaign Reports and Analytics need to stay internal and include only anonymized, aggregated data. Keep screen shots and charts out of presentations, case studies and social media unless you have permission from Facebook. However, Facebook retains the right to use your unidentified reporting data when aggregated with that of other advertisers

No pixel sharing

This is a change. Section 3.1 of the Facebook Business Tools Terms states:

You (or partners acting on your behalf) may not place pixels associated with your business manager or ad account on websites that you do not own without our written permission

What this means:
You may not gather data for ad targeting or measurement by placing your or your clients’ pixels on other sites you may have access to or any other site unless Facebook OKs it. This has been a not-so-secret Facebook marketing tactic for some time. If you currently have pixels on other sites, it’s time to revisit those placements and either get Facebook’s permission or remove them to stay in compliance with the Terms.

Facebook Business Tools Terms

Some of the terminology has also changed with this update.

As of May 25, 2018:

  • “Sales Data” now is called “Customer Data.”
  • “User Information” now means “Contact Information.”
  • “Sales Transaction Data” now is “Event Data.”
  • “Matched Data” now means Event Data that is combined with Matched User IDs.
  • “Unmatched Data” now means Event Data that is not combined with Matched User IDs.
  • “Reports” is now “Campaign Reports.”
  • “OC” is now referred to as “Offline Conversions.”

Those are the main takeaways that we pulled from the updated terms. There are other changes, but they don’t appear to impact the day-to-day of marketers as much as the above. If you have any other items that stood out, please let us know on social media.

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Billionaire Tim Draper Sets $250,000 Bitcoin Price Target for 2022

Billionaire Tim Draper Sets $250,000 Bitcoin Price Target for 2022


Tech billionaire Tim Draper, an avowed cryptocurrency bull,

has set a $250,000 bitcoin price target for 2022. Draper made the bold prediction April 12 at the 2018 Block (Chain) Party at his self-named Draper University in San Mateo, California. “I’m thinking $250,000 a bitcoin by 2022,” Draper said (via Reddit). “Believe it. They’re going to think you’re crazy, but believe it. It’s happening and it’s going to be awesome!” Draper has a fairly good track record for predicting bitcoin price movements, so market observers aren’t taking his bullish forecast lightly. In 2015, the venture capitalist accurately predicted that bitcoin would top $10,000 by the end of 2017. BTC prices soared above $13,000 on December 31, 2017.

‘Blockchain Is Transformational’

Draper also predicts that blockchain will disrupt and transform finance, healthcare, and many other industries. “It’s honest, it’s straightforward, it’s incorruptible, and it’s fair,” he said. Shortly before the Block (Chain) Party, Draper signaled his unwavering confidence in blockchain, the technology undergirding cryptocurrencies. “The blockchain is one of the most transformational technologies that has happened in the history of the world,” he told the San Mateo Daily Journal. “And it is totally worth celebrating.”

Draper isn’t the only billionaire who’s betting big on blockchain. The Rockefeller family (estimated net worth: $1 trillion) has partnered with the cryptocurrency investor group CoinFund to help entrepreneurs launch blockchain-based businesses. David Pakman, a partner in Venrock — the venture-capital arm of the Rockefeller family — said his VC firm is not interested in turning short-term profits, but in making  a long-term investment in blockchain. “There are a lot of crypto traders in the market,” Pakman said. “There are a lot of cryptocurrency hedge funds. This is different. To us, it looks a little bit more like venture capital.”

Purchased 30,000 Bitcoins For $600 Apiece

Tim Draper has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard. He comes from a long family line of venture capitalists. In 2014, Draper made headlines after buying 30,000 bitcoins for $600 apiece (total price paid: $18.5 million) at an auction by the U.S. Marshals Service, a law-enforcement arm of the Department of Justice. The Justice Department frequently auctions off property seized during criminal raids.

At today’s bitcoin price of roughly $8,000 a token, Draper’s stake is now worth about $240 million. That’s not a bad return for a four-year investment. The entry of Old Money like the Rockefellers and Silicon Valley’s stamp of approval is another signal that cryptocurrencies and blockchain — the technology behind bitcoin — is here to stay, despite the daily protestations from skeptics that “bitcoin is dead.”

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World’s Second Largest Crypto Exchange OKEx Moves To ‘Blockchain Island’ Of Malta

World’s Second Largest Crypto Exchange OKEx Moves
To ‘Blockchain Island’ Of Malta

 

Malta, which has recently passed regulatory legislation concerning Blockchain,

cryptocurrencies, and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) in a bid to become a crypto-friendly “Blockchain island,” is welcoming major crypto exchange OKEx to the country, according to an OKEx press release published today, April 12. Crypto exchange Binance, the world’s largest exchange by trade volume, also reported at the end of March that they were planning on opening at office in Malta, after receiving a warning from Japanese regulators. Crypto trader and Twitter personа WhalePanda tweeted the news of OKEx’s Malta move earlier today, writing that Malta is “getting crowded”:

Malta is getting crowded.

As part of their plan to attract Blockchain and crypto-related business to the country, Malta released a document in February entitled, “Malta – A leader in DLT Regulation,” as well as proposed the establishment of several regulation-supporting organizations, like the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill and the Virtual Currencies Bill. OKEx writes in their press release that after meeting with Maltese regulators about the regulatory crypto framework, they are “confident in the Malta government’s approach and decided to make Malta a foundation for further OKEx growth.”

OKEx CEO Chris Lee stated:

“We look forward to working with the Malta government as it is forward thinking and shares many of our same values: the most important of which are protection of traders and the general public, compliance with Anti Money Laundering and Know Your Customer standards, and recognition of the innovation and importance of continued development in the Blockchain ecosystem.”

 OKEx is the number two ranked cryptocurrency exchange by 24 hour trading volume on CoinMarketCap, currently trading around $1.6 bln over a 24 hour period.

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Is Snapchat Worth It For Local Marketing?

Is Snapchat Worth It For Local Marketing?

When we pass by one another, talk to each other
or just live our lives, moments fade into distant memories. Nothing lasts forever, and that is the sentiment echoed on Snapchat. The concept is simple: Look now or miss out entirely. Its seduction is evident in the data: Snapchatters open the app an average of 18 times per day, contributing to the platform's 3.5 billion snaps per day. For those who want their business to reach new heights, Snapchat provides billions of opportunities every day. Yet, many local store marketers are hesitant to expand their social presence as it’s still an up-and-coming advertising platform. However, it’s typically the early adopters that receive the most substantial return on their investment. As channels become more established and proven, costs increase due to competition among other advertisers vying for the same consumers’ attention. The cost of digital advertising is up 12% and is rising five times faster than inflation.

To help decide if Snapchat is right to add to your social media strategy, here are a few ways marketers can use Snapchat to grow their business:

Create Experiences, Not Just Stories

Viewable for 24 hours, Snapchat Stories are collections of images and videos. Use them to provide personable content such as demos, fun facts, live events, special offers, teasers or testimonials that give a behind-the-scenes look at your business. This authentic, uncut content shows your team as they are — not the perfectly polished Instagram photo version, helping to establish trust with followers.Keep your stories succinct and create impact in the shortest possible time by giving viewers just a glimpse. This will not only keep their interest to watch the entire story but provide them with a reason to come in for more. For example, NASA uses Snapchat to give followers an out-of-this-world experience by taking them into space. It also provides followers behind-the-scenes tours, interviews and trivia to keep its audience engaged while educating them on various topics.

Stories only last for 24 hours and Snaps disappear after they’ve been viewed, providing a quintessential opportunity for flash sales and promotions. In fact, Snapchatters are 68% more likely to make impulse purchases. Try promotions such as “Only 25 tickets left, order now” or “Screenshot this snap and show it at the register for $10 off today.” These enticements appeal to more than just discount shoppers — there’s a psychological effect on the recipient. Scarcity incites urgency by its nature. If you're running a one-day special or only have 100 tickets available, there’s a limited supply. Fear of missing out on an opportunity causes people to take action: 56% of people feel the desire to live more extravagantly because of the content on their social networks.

Create A Call To Action

Including your website links in Snaps and Stories is one way to turn followers into potential customers. Add links to encourage newsletter signups, directs fans to products, blog posts, contact forms or additional information about your brand, allowing them to take the next step in your sales cycle. By creating a simple landing page and using the “Auto-Fill for Web View Forms,” Snapchatters’ appropriate contact information will be automatically populated, similar to Facebook’s Lead Gen Ads.

Measurable Offline Advertising

Affordable advertising formats have been released since Snapchat became a public company. Ad objectives include brand awareness, website traffic and app installs. There is a $50 per day minimum advertising spend, but the campaign can last for as long as you'd like. One of the biggest struggles many local businesses have with social media advertising is knowing if their ads drive foot traffic. Snap to Store can play an integral role in solving that dilemma. This feature allows advertisers to see how many Snapchatters visited a physical location within one week after seeing a Snap Ad and subsequently visited.

The caveat is, ad recipients are only tracked if the app is open while they are in the location, so not all foot traffic will be accounted for. However, thanks to Snapchat’s high engagement rate, it’s frequently used throughout the day: 80% have used the app while dining out, 67% at a shopping mall and 50% at the gym. Help circumvent this by encouraging people to open the app while at your location with signage, offering incentives such as, "Show us you follow us on Snapchat for a special offer" or with geofilters.

Filters In A Snap

A Snapchat filter is a design that you can overlay on a photo you take within the app. Geofilters are filters that are available within a geographic area you designate. It allows marketers to contextualize snaps, letting followers on your account know what’s going on that would be of interest to them. These are a great way to promote an event, promotion or new launch. For example, if you’re holding an event, you may designate a geofilter to be available only at the venue. When attendees use the filter and share their photos, their friends will see your event details, generating more awareness. Make sure to promote your geofilter at your designated location — without being prompted, attendees may not look for your filter and you will have wasted money and opportunity.

Pricing depends on various factors including the size of the area in which you would like your filter to be visible and how long you want it to be available. As an estimate, it’s about $5 per 20,000-square-feet per day. In the end, Snapchat can provide immense opportunities for marketers to connect with fans unmirrored by other platforms. It comes down to knowing where to direct your efforts. If your ideal customer skews to a younger crowd, it can indeed be advantageous to your marketing strategy. As with all marketing, experiment, analyze the results and continually optimize. By entertaining and building relationships in an authentic way, you will capture your audience’s attention, loyalty and wallet.

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Ways Machine Learning Can Boost Your Marketing

Ways Machine Learning Can Boost
Your Marketing

Marketing success depends on many factors.

You need accurate consumer research to build your branding strategy, engaging content to delight your audience, a firm grasp of behavioral economics, and a near-mystical ability to intuit how people will weigh your message against those of your fiercest competitors. In the digital age, marketers can't win without mastering data, analytics, and automation. Fortunately, machine learning (ML) can already improve marketer performance on common tasks like customer segmentation, generating branded collateral, extracting and classifying relevant content, customer communication, and overall productivity and output. In the new economy, a marketing unit without machine learning mastery operates at a serious handicap.

But wait. Adopting an ML solution without understanding what it truly does can do more harm (usually expressed in wasted hours and dollars) than good. Machine learning is NOT magic and won’t automatically move the needle unless your team selects and configures the right ML solution for specific marketing challenges. Many Martech companies shamelessly claim that their solutions are "AI-powered" or "use the latest breakthroughs in AI." Some indeed exhibit cutting-edge technologies, while others use commonplace and easily replicable techniques. To help you know the difference, here's a primer on the top applications of machine learning for marketing:

Common Applications of Machine Learning in Marketing

Because marketing is a multifaceted field, machine learning can be applied in many ways using various combinations of techniques.

Clustering For Customer Segmentation And Discovery

Not all customers are the same. Unsupervised machine learning can help marketers group their audience into dynamic groups and engage them accordingly. Affinio’s platform, for example, analyzes billions of consumer interest variables, identifies specific customer’s interests based on their social media activities, then generates a visual report grouping people with similar interests. You then gain insight on which of your customers are die-hard foodies, who follows which series on Netflix, or who among them have similar travel plans.

Multi-Arm Contextual Bandits For Content Optimization

A/B tests are effective ways of finding out which content option (email tone, web page layout, visual elements in an ad, article headline, etc.) resonates better with your audience. However, A/B Testing involves a period of “regret” where you lose revenue while using the less optimal option. You have to wait and finish the countdown before learning which option — the final answer — is better. In contrast, bandit tests mitigate regret (opportunity loss) through dynamic optimization where it simultaneously explores and exploits options, gradually and automatically moving towards the better option.

Regression Models For Dynamic Pricing

The right pricing scheme can make or break a product. Regression techniques in machine learning allow marketers to predict numerical values based on pre-existing features, which in turn enables them to optimize different aspects of the customer journey. Regression can also be used in sales forecasting and in optimizing marketing spend.

Text Classification For User Insight And Personalization

Using natural language processing (NLP), a machine learning system can probe text- or voice-based content, then classify each content based on variables such as tone, sentiment, or topic to generate consumer insight or curate relevant materials. IBM Watson’s Tone Analyzer, for example, can parse through online customer feedback and determine the general tone of users reviewing a product.

Text Extraction And Summarization For Trending News

Marketers can leverage ML to extract relevant content from online news articles and other data sources to determine how people view their brand and/or react to their products. The Protagonist platform enables companies to gain full visibility into their customers’ values and motivations and how these attributes affect their buying decisions. Tech-savvy marketing teams can also build their own ML algorithm using APIs such as AYLIEN for relevant news aggregation, social media sentiment monitoring, and other purposes.

Attentional Neural Networks For Machine Translation

Attention mechanisms in deep learning help improve machine translation and empower your marketing assets for the global stage. Translation work for a brand’s entry into a new, linguistically different market used to be a major marketing spend but advances in AI enable machine translation to achieve near human parity. To rationalize costs and speed up the process, many companies opt to just have a human translator review and sign off machine translation output.

Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) For Text Generation

If your branding creatives are constantly pressured to come up with great names for new products, campaigns, and companies, you can use generative models like RNNs to serve up loads of plausible-sounding names — some catchy, some weird, and a few surprisingly on the spot. We challenged several branding agencies on an AI vs. human naming competition. Guess who won?

Dialog Systems For Chatbots And Customer Experience Automation

Bots and chatbots represent one of the most ubiquitous applications of AI, but most marketing bots you see in the wild are completely scripted and use minimal natural language processing and machine learning. The more sophisticated dialog systems are able to reference external knowledge bases, adapt to unusual questions, and also escalate to human agents when required. Quite a number of companies have already adopted chatbots to engage customers throughout their lifecycle, from when they first learn of a brand to after they've already made purchases and require customer support.

Text-To-Speech (TTS) And Speech-To-Text (STT) To Power Voice-Based Search

Considered part of the conversational AI domain, voice-enabled and voice-only platforms introduce a new paradigm and new user engagement possibilities into our software and hardware interfaces. With the rising adoption of voice-based digital assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Assistant that enable touch-free shopping and search, marketing executives need a conversational AI strategy to future-proof their marketing.

Computer Vision For Branded Object Recognition

Computer vision is a rapidly advancing field in AI that lends itself to a wide range of applications. Marketers can use ML-powered computer vision for product recognition and to extract user insight from unlabeled images and videos. Solutions like GumGum allow marketers to identify when their brand logos have appeared in user-generated content and quickly calculate earned media from video analysis. More tech-savvy marketers can use an API like Clarifai to build custom solutions for content moderation as well as search and recommendation engines based on visual similarity.

Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) For Original Media

Nvidia stirred the business community and created a buzz around its methodology for generating photorealistic images of fake celebrities. While these images make look like photos of real people, they are entirely AI-generated. Using generative adversarial networks (GAN), Nvidia’s system progressively becomes more adept at creating fake but ultra-realistic images. GANs involve two competing networks — a generator and a discriminator — that spar and learn from each other, steadily becoming better and better at detecting and creating fake images. Other technologies use GANs for creating logos, generating photorealistic images from sketches, and another for generating voices.

Robotic Process Automation For Marketing Operations

Digital marketing is replete with automations aimed at making work easier for hard-pressed practitioners. Automated processes for reading emails, opening and analyzing email attachments, data entry for templated reports, and tracking/engaging social media triggers help marketers stay ahead of the curve. For online ads, the AI platform Albert reduces the need for human involvement in large-scale media buying, quickening the pace of required analytical computations and optimizing paid ad campaigns.

Automated Data Visualization For Superior Reporting

Images speak louder than words. AI is a lot faster and more efficient at transforming data into visual insight than any human expert. Analysts usually use tools like Excel or Tableau to manually create visualizations, but automated enterprise analytics solutions such as Qlik can centralize data sources and generate useful dashboards and reports for your marketing teams. Many platforms now use data analytics and advanced machine learning algorithms to vividly clarify market trends, people’s behavioral patterns, and other information that are otherwise hidden from plain view and not readily convertible to practical insight.

Reinforcement Learning For Sequential Marketing Decisions

Some of the most complex decisions we make are not single predictions, but rather a series of decisions made over a long time horizon. Balancing short-term tradeoffs versus long-term gains is challenging even for the smartest humans. Reinforcement learning has been used successfully in cases like DeepMind's AlphaGo to beat human decision making in such complex scenarios. While business cases are usually far more complex than games, the success in narrow domains suggests promise for larger ones. A notable study by IBM researchers explores how reinforcement learning could be used to optimize targeted marketing.

Machines Go Where Humans Point

Artificial intelligence and its subfields such as deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing have become incredibly powerful in the past ten years due to big data and the rise of computational power. The problem is, some “experts” sell AI products like snake oil, promising an elixir to cure all your marketing woes. Take their claims with a grain of salt and do your homework. Be sure to first clearly identify your business goals and metrics of success before evaluating AI and automation solutions. Also remember that not all problems are best solved by machine learning!

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