Although business leaders understand the need for digital transformation, the nuance of how to achieve it is more elusive. According to a study from global advertising consortium Wunderman, 68 percent of global brand decision makers still struggle to bring data, creative and technology together.
Marketing teams are constantly searching for the means to create a natural access pipeline to vital, real-time customer experience data. This is the only way to harness the power for creating proactive rather than reactive experiences for them. While the multi-channel digital age appears to increase the challenge of obtaining real-time customer data, it also holds the key to making contextual marketing a reality.
Every business is looking for a viable way to jumpstart their operational digital transformation to become more competitive and customer-centric, which requires agile and scalable processes. The key is in harnessing big data to unlock the hidden insights of digital customers, channels, markets and business processes. For example, data-driven insights improve personalization and contextual marketing opportunities that can transform user experience (UX) and increase market share.
Digital transformation for retailers is all about focus on things that truly impact the customer experience by simplifying and increasing the accuracy of the sales and fulfillment process through automation. While the most recent JDA and PWC Retail CEO survey showing that digital transformation is the highest investment priority, the question becomes what technologies will they invest in?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have penetrated every sphere and industry. Both play an important role in turning data into assets as part of achieving digital transformation. However, organizations must gain a deeper understanding of their place in the process to effectively leverage them for business and process transformations.
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The recent TechCrunch article about Google’s AutoML that lets developers train custom machine learning (ML) models without having to code is just one of many big deals that are changing how ML will be used in Marketing and other fields. While operational ML tech like AutoML and Google’s RankBrain program for intelligent query searches of billions of pages show ML’s power under the hood, they are more the leading edge of solutions that are becoming ubiquitous marketing tools today and tomorrow.
The need for a strong focus on customer insight is driving every organization’s approach to digital transformation across B2B and B2C sectors. That focus can be seen in the recent PwC 2017 Digital IQ Report showing that 82 percent of top performing companies pay attention to the human experience surrounding digital tech.
To make this transformation possible, organizations are seeking tools that improve the understanding of their customer base, individual segment needs and individual consumers through personalization. Acquiring this level of insight calls for new ways to gather, aggregate and analyze data to inform organizations on the pulse of their customers.
As the relationship between brick-and-mortar stores and their online retailer counterparts become more blurred, the pursuit of lowering consumer friction to onsite shopping and sales fulfillment intensifies. Despite the growth of online shopping a Retail Dive Consumer Survey showed that 62 percent still prefer to shop in-store to have physical access to merchandise.