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First-party data vs. third-party data: There’s a clear winner

At Webtrends, we strongly believe marketers should collect and harness their own data based on one-to-one brand experiences instead of relying on third-party sources’ purchased and unrelated customer information. I recently shared this sentiment and more in the MarketingProfs article, “Why the Internet’s Most Valuable Commodity Is First-Party Data.” I explain the differences between first-party […]

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The evolution of data is making waves in the C-suite

At Webtrends and in the tech industry at large, we’re no strangers to disruptive technologies. We were born of such disruptions and continue to reinvent the centuries-old marketing industry in near real-time. With the explosion in the use of data, the discipline of marketing has evolved into one of the most technology-dependent functions in business […]


Banking on omni-channel intelligence

Banks and credit unions in the financial services sector are at an industry-wide inflection point. Their individual and small business customers no longer simply prefer an omni-channel experience – they expect it. This was a predominant theme throughout the 2014 BAI Retail Delivery conference in Chicago. Sessions on sales effectiveness, community banking, content marketing and […]

Contextual Personalization

Contextual Personalization is all in the mind

A very brash statement to make, and on the surface, it might seem like I am dismissing contextual personalization as an effective means of engaging consumers with relevant content at the time of interest. To the contrary, the point I’m making is that contextual personalization actually stimulates psychological needs within us to help us ‘feel’ […]

SharePoint Summit

Summiting SharePoint

The Great White North hosted the Vancouver SharePoint Summit last week. Attended by professionals from across Canada and the Northwest, the Summit offered an opportunity for SharePoint users and technologists to share ideas and best practices, collaborate and learn from some of the best minds in the community. With speakers including Ian Hammeroff, Director in […]


Improving the “employee journey” is key to optimizing the customer experience

I attended the Customer Experience Exchange for Financial Services a couple of weeks ago and had several in-depth conversations with executives responsible for customer experience. These were representatives from some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the U.S. Clearly, customer experience is top of mind for these companies and is considered a cross-functional […]


What does it take to provide enterprise-class optimization? More than a pretty face.

In the early days of optimization, everything was about science and measurement. Solutions gladly exposed the fact that they support a/b/n, split and multivariate testing (proudly proclaiming support for not only full-factorial, but also Taguchi or fractional factorial). Reporting provided multiple reports with an ability to export or extract that data for further analysis in […]

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