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Amazon Buys Whole Foods: It's Not About Groceries

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Most of the comments I’ve seen about Amazon ’s acquisition of Whole Foods have described it as Amazon (a) expanding into a new industry (b) continuing to disrupt conventional retail and (c) moving more commerce from offline to online channels. Those are all true, I suppose, but I felt they missed the real story: this is another step in Amazon building a self-contained universe that its customers never have to leave. This has nothing to do with Amazon being evil.

Welcome To The Age Of Ad Blocking

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Adobe and PageFair found that ad-block users are typically younger, tech savvy, and are more likely to use ad blockers than any other age groups. 41% of all the respondents surveyed between the ages of 18 and 29 years old said they use ad blockers.

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Pop quiz: What do Amazon Alexa and Whole Foods have in common?


The easy answer, of course, is that they’ll both be controlled by Jeff Bezos and the rapidly evolving Amazon empire. But in my worldview, Amazon’s $13.7 Through that lens, what do Amazon Alexa and Whole Foods have in common?

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This is true whether you’re just selling yourself, Chris Abraham, or your company, Gerris Corp. “But what about all my competitors? I guarantee that the vast majority of your so-called competitors don’t even know you or your company exists.

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Review bots, fake news, and the misinformation age


The company says even one inauthentic review is unacceptable. must have an account, used for at least $50 in purchases on Amazon. In 2016, Amazon filed a suit against companies like and that sold fake reviews. You can already see, on the fringes of this ecosystem, attempts to develop trust-building mechanisms. Hopefully, it won’t take centuries again to see the light at the end of the dark ages tunnel.

How 4 Brands Are Revolutionizing the Customer Experience

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And the company has done a phenomenal job of using social media to capitalize on the resurging popularity of Duck Boots among high school and college-age kids. Obviously, this made an impression on me at a young age.

Digital Home Assistants Were Popular Gifts This Year. Content Marketers, Take Note

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Amazon’s sales for its Echo home assistant broke a Cyber Monday record this year, and the Seattle Times reports that Amazon sold “tens of millions” of devices over the entire holiday shopping season, beating 2016’s numbers by millions.

The Best “Business Books” for Your Summer Vacation

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In our information-overloaded age, along with the tools that enable us to collect, analyze and absorb vast amounts of data and information, we’ve become narrow scanners. sought emotional recovery in a physical challenge—to descend a rough and uncharted tributary of the Amazon.

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3 Reasons You Should Be Using VoC to Enhance Customer Experience


Now, with the Internet, it’s easy for a single review to severely damage or ruin a company’s reputation. 1) Companies Compete With Customer Experience. That translates directly into increased revenues for companies that have VoC programs. Guest post by Brooke Cade.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts


90% of young adults—ages 18 to 29—use social media (compared to just 35% of those over age 65). All 100 of the top global brands maintain at least one company YouTube channel, and more than half (27 of 50) of CEOs in top global companies have appeared in a company video.

Engage to Win, a Blueprint for Success in the Engagement Economy

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They want to build long-term relationships and align with brands that care about them and connect with them on a personal level across every channel and touchpoint. SIX: Everyone in the company has the opportunity to influence the engagement process—for good or evil.

Join Televerde at SD Europe Summit


With countless opportunities to network and build relationships on site, our theme, Human Touch in a Digital World, will prove to be true. Human interaction continues to be the differentiator in the digital age.

How to Make the Customer the Hero of Your Story


A common mistake companies make in marketing efforts is positioning their company or product as the hero of the story. The harsh reality is that your customers don’t care about your company or products - they only care about how you’ll meet their needs.

All social media sites should offer profit sharing and ad revenue


People have even taken to Patreon , “an internet-based platform that allows content creators to build their own subscription content service,” in order to offer value-based content that can be customized and optimized for what their friends and fans really want.

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The 6 Biggest Marketing Storylines of 2016


Facebook’s incredible boom continued unabated this year as the company brought in record profits ; broke milestones (like 1 billion daily active users ); and opened up its subsidiary, Instagram, to a wave of advertising investment.

The Great Marketing Migration


That’s not to say that companies don’t still need or want help from external service providers. The growing entanglement of product and marketing in a connected age. Most companies I talk with are still in the middle of that journey.

7 Confessions of a Digital Marketer (and How They Can Make You a Better Marketer)


We are in the information age. Amazon uses data relentlessly, as reported by the New York Times. I get inspired by others – both other people and other companies. I build content and marketing calendars, workback schedules, and countless lists like a pro.

11 Marketing Books Every CMO Should Read

Modern Marketing

Top of Mind by John Hall Hailed as “an absolute must-read for any professional or company seeking to build influence and lead their industry,” John Hall’s “Top of Mind” sheds light on just that: how you can become top of mind with your audience and lead your industry.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving Third-Party Data

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Marketers love to get data about their customers, which helps them gauge patterns, predict behavior, build profiles, and serve up great content at the right time through the right channels. Third-party data, which companies get out-of-house from other companies, is viewed with suspicion.

Blast Off: The Internet of Things Is Headed to Mars

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A private company called Mars One has set even more aggressive goals, with plans to send up 24 volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars. These companies can entrench themselves as thought leaders in their tech specialties. A Blueprint for Building Experiences.

7 Ways to Generate Leads on Social Media

Modern B2B Marketing

This way, participants can spread the word with their community and with every mention, you’re able to continue building the relationship by engaging and acknowledging their posts. It’s been a great way to highlight our unique expertise and build relationships with our participants.

7 Books That Will Help You Develop More Empathy


Not only does it allow you to experience your employees’ feelings about their role and your company, but it also enables you to perceive your brand from a customer’s perspective. 2) The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.

Why Marketing Automation is the Key to Sharing Strategic Insights with Sales

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As marketers, it’s no longer enough to be building the best communication with sales ; it’s vital that we deliver the highest quality prospects to the sales team and reduce the amount of time spent on unqualified inquiries.

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Summit or Bust: 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Marketing Nation Summit

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I’m not going to say you haven’t, but there really is only one industry event for anyone that’s marketing in this transformational age. This means a shift away from traditional marketing and that brands will be required to learn how to build lasting relationships with their customers.

Why Your Product Is Not What You Sell

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Working as strategists at a content marketing company, it’s crucial for our team to stay up to date on the latest trends in the industry and advise our clients on how to stay ahead of the curve. Its revenues reached nearly $16 billion and the company was worth over $31 billion.

The Customer Is King: 5 Inspirational Quotes from Customer-Centric Leaders

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Yoav Vilner In this fast-paced digital age, reaching out to the desires and needs of consumers is more important than ever, particularly when your business is online and easily accessible.

Is Your Data-Driven Marketing Strategy Racist?

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In an effort to efficiently roll out its free same-day delivery service to Prime members, Amazon used an algorithm to identify regions and locations where that service would be most profitable. ” But Amazon pleaded ignorance, insisting that its decisions weren’t based on race.

Microsoft buys LinkedIn: the largest martech acquisition in history?


billion in 2011 — and one of the largest in the history of the digital age (we’ll graciously look past that whole AOL acquiring TimeWarner fiasco ). LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a great example of the company marketing this capability.

‘The Necessity of Credibility,’ and 6 Other Stories You Should Read


The founders, spouses who used to work for Reddit, decided to build a place that would ban the degeneracy and abuse that’s too common online. When content-agnostic distribution networks promise massive profits to those otherwise “left out” of the global economy, how can we ensure that digital media companies are taking responsibility for their transactions? ” The Atlantic: Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines.

Live From Marketing Nation Summit: Day 2 Keynote – Step Up, Shape Up, and Fight On

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These winners span industries and company sizes, and are driving serious results in their organization. Gen Z, which includes ages 18 and younger, currently represents 30% of global population and $200 billion in spending. All but one came in time, which eroded his trust in Amazon.

How utilized is marketing automation today? An expert weighs in


There are maybe 20,000 or so companies worldwide that have invested in one of the leading platforms. All companies big and small struggle with resourcing. The vendors have done a great job of building out functionality as they move into new markets and verticals.

What’s the Difference Between an Experience and a Customer Experience?

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These scenes change value—going from negative to positive and vice versa—and build into a sequence of scenes until a climax. Instead, this story will help tactical marketers understand the psychological factors that come into play when a person decides to buy or interact with a company online.

What’s the Difference Between an Experience and a Customer Experience?

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These scenes change value—going from negative to positive and vice versa—and build into a sequence of scenes until a climax. Instead, this story will help tactical marketers understand the psychological factors that come into play when a person decides to buy or interact with a company online.

9 Successful Marketers Answer 1 Simple Question: How'd You Get Started?


In high school, I started building websites for fun, then for her clients -- and that continued into college. Moz actually is a direct extension of the company first started by Gillian. I used to build, break and repair my own computers since 8086''s were the hot thing.

How to Create Content for Every Stage of the Buyer's Journey


Although it's called a "sales" funnel, it's been at the heart of marketing for ages. Then, I'll offer ideas up for effective types of content to create for folks in each stage, including examples from real companies.

Referral Marketing: Catapulting SaaS Businesses to the Next Level

Modern B2B Marketing

The online revolution witnessed the birth of a new age of entrepreneurs bursting with innovative business ideas, which included the demand and acceptance of SaaS products. They can then redeem their points by choosing either a t-shirt (6,000 points) or an Amazon gift card (12,000 points).

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Help! My Brand Went Viral: 12 Small Brands That Made It Big


contributions have stayed about 25 percent higher than the year before the challenge, and the average donor age has dropped from above 50 to 35. What happens when your company isn't even the one behind a viral sensation? "We the company inexplicably sold more cards.

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72 hours in Shanghai in a parallel martech universe


The world’s three largest Internet companies are American: Google (Alphabet), Amazon, and Facebook. The fourth largest — actually the 9th most valuable company in the world by market capitalization — is the Chinese giant Tencent.

Most Exciting Marketing Technologies to Adopt in 2017


After creating, building, and leading the Oracle Marketing Cloud from obscurity to industry leadership for the last 3 years, which was a beyond-amazing career experience (thank you Oracle!), And that’s before you get to the Google, FB, Amazon, MSFT, Verizon, … IDs.

Financial Advisors Need to Get Personal or It’ll Cost Them

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Firms like Merrill Lynch that were once full of commissioned-based brokerage accounts now have a company roadmap to transition customers to fee-only accounts. Buyers and investors expect the same level of personalization they would get from Amazon, YouTube, or other retail companies.