I covered the Digital Marketing World Forum in New York this past week.
There were great discussions on Digital and Social Marketing. The topics ranged from the customer journey, customer experience, customer retention, personalization, using data, and privacy legislation.
My key insights were:
1. To improve customer retention, brands need to understand their customers to personalize their experiences across all touchpoints. Marketers from different verticals shared how they were able to improve customer loyalty and retention by personalizing and creating customer experiences across all touchpoints.
2. Many times, customer data tells a story that contradicts preconceived hunches and opinions. Marketers from T-Moblie and Decoded found this out when they marketed Cell Phone plans to the 55+ community.
3. Marketers have the tools to better understand their customers and to track the results of their efforts faster than ever before. These tools empower marketers to improve the customer journey and experience. With this power comes the obligation to better serve their customers and to quickly pivot when their tactics and strategies are not effective. Marketers with different products and services shared their stories and strategies
4. Companies that are going to use Chatbots to serve customers need to train Chatbots to handle complex requests from customers. Chatbots should not be used to answer questions like the hours of a store or simple information that can be obtained from a website.
5. Privacy Legislation similar to GDPR is coming to the United States. Laws in California and Nevada are being enacted in 2020. OneTrust shared how Marketers can prepare and comply with the Californa Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
What is the next trend in Marketing?
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Last year was the first Voice Summit. It was amazing to see how the industry has advanced in the past year. This year, the conference grew to over 5,000 attendees!
Voice Summit was a great place to network. Many Voice Startups demoed their offerings as well.
Founder Pete Erikson shares the story of Voice in the opening press conference. Pete shared the podium with Voice industry leaders and Newark Civic Leadership.
The conversation in Voice has shifted from should brands have a Voice Strategy to how to effectively incorporate voice technology across the organization. Attendees had opportunities to attend hands-on voice workshops on topics ranging from creating brand guidelines to building a voice strategy from the ground up. I took the Voice strategy workshop conducted by Brett Kinsella of VoiceBot.Ai. We received a workbook that had questions that served as building blocks to build our voice strategy.
I had was able to get a look at the Expo Floor where I was able to meet exhibitors and explore the Amazon Smart Home. It was amazing to see how voice technology has transformed the home experience. In this video, I was able to ask Alexa to play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and to play music, etc.
Marketers have many opportunities with Voice and Audio Content according to Voices.com research. Content takes the form of short and long-form ranging from Flash Briefings up to Audiobooks.
However, when it comes to smart speakers only, 18% of users discover skills from brand advertising according to Vixen Labs.
Brands need to prepare to change their Marketing and Advertising for Voice. A panel shared their thoughts on how to improve how to achieve this aim.
Edison Research and NPR conducted market research on the topic of smart speaker customer behavior. The number of smart speakers in U.S. homes grew 78% from December of 2017 to December. The research packed with data you can see here.
Brett Kinsella led a panel where Marketers shared how they have developed and implemented their strategy for Voice.
Steve Keller of Pandora shared his thoughts on the topic of Sonic Branding and Sound Business.
On a side note, NJIT was nice enough to provide me with a tour of the start-up incubator and co-working space opening this September. I was able to see areas being built from the ground up just as startups are.
I also was able to see the Alexa Cup which is Amazon’s initiative to pair Marketers and developers to work on projects such as Female Empowerment and Mental Health.
What touched me on a human level was the closing keynote entitled “A journey through a deaf developer’s eyes.” In this keynote, Thomas Chappell of Prudential shared his story. Thomas is unable to speak.
After his talk, I was able to meet him. People communicate with him using Voice to speech technology and American Sign language. I was able to use the technology on a smartphone to have a full conversation with him.
Voice Summit was an amazing conference. I want to thank Pete Erikson, the Modev Team, NJIT, the City of Newark, and the State of New Jersey for having me as their guest.
I covered the Digital Summit Series in New York City this past Wednesday and Thursday. The Digital Summit Series provides attendees with comprehensive workshops on Digital Marketing that are conducted by speakers from leading brands along with industry through leaders. Topics ranged from Content, Email,Search, Mobile, UX Design, Social and Strategy. Attendees were also able to network with other attendees. I learned so much over these two days. Here are some of the highlights.
Stacy Minero delivered the keynote on Day One of Digital Summit entitled the Craft of Content in which she show how Brands can make an impact using Content.
1. Key takeaways were that Consumers want Brands to talk with them and not at them.
2. Consumers want Brands to take a stance on Social Issues.
3. Consumers expect Brands to solve social problems.
4. 89% of Content is not noticed at all
5. 40% of Consumers are more likely to respond to brands who respond to them
6. The old world started with Storyboards and TV now The new world starts with the customer and canvas.
7. Examples of Brands Creating Great Content include Heinz with the #MayoChup campaign and HBO with with its promotion of the digital streaming of Sopranos.
8. Before posting content Brands need to ask if the content they create is memorable or meaningful.
The keynote gave me a lot to think about.
Seth Godin gave the keynote entitled This is Marketing on Day two. In the keynote Seth covered many great points on Marketing from his book This is Marketing.
- Marketers make change Happen.
- Pick Yourself.
- Tell a story that resonates with the people you seek to serve.
- Pick the Smallest Most Viable Audience or Most Viable Market
- Marketing is not advertising anymore
- Television is about Mass Marketing and the Internet is a micro-medium
Seth also had an interactive Q & A session. He had a Poke the Box style Mic with the caption Catch the box; which he randomly tossed in the audience prompting them to to ask questions.
I really enjoyed the talk.
Other sessions that I enjoyed were on the topics of improving: Email Marketing, Marketing Workflow, B2B Marketing and Video Marketing. Pictures of these slides will be posted to Instagram.
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Did you attend Digital Summit? What are your thoughts?
I covered TechDay in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center this past Friday. TechDay gives attendees the opportunity to discover the latest technologies and innovate startups.
Organizers of the event offered the opportunity to: network with Venture Capitalists, Accelerators listen to Tech Talks, Fireside chats and pitch your Start up. Attendees also can look for a job or business opportunity with exhibitors and start ups. Entrepreneurs even had the opportunity to audition for SharkTank.
Well #NYC turned out today!! Wow!!! Thank you to each of you who attended and waited and pitched at our Open Call!! Good luck to all!! @ABCSharkTank @TechDayHQ #sharktank #sharktanknation pic.twitter.com/nL1SLbPVBi
— Mindy Zemrak Casting (@MindyCasting) May 2, 2019
I took a longer walk through at TechDay here.
Companies that pitched were from all different industries. You can watch the pitches here courtesy of TechDay
I really enjoyed the event. Did you attend? What are your thoughts on TechDay NY? Comment and share below.
If you were not in New York, TechDay is coming to Los Angeles and London later in the year.
If you were not in New York, TechDay is coming to Los Angeles and London later in the year.
I really enjoyed the event. Did you attend? What are your thoughts on TechDay NY?
Comment and share below.
There are amazing exhibits at the New York International Auto Show that showcased innovations in the auto industry. These innovations included an increased number of: Hybrid, Electric and Voice enabled vehicles. Mercedes-Benz showcased its Voice enabled vehicles in its Press Conference.
Porsche celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 911 with the unveil of the 911 Speedster. This was really enjoyable to see.
Ford celebrated National Mustang Day celebrating 50 years of the Mustang.
Porsche and Ford were not alone in celebrating an anniversary. Nissan celebrated 50 years of the 370Z with a commemorative edition.
Kia had an exciting release with the release of the Stinger and Habiniro.
Mazda released the Mazda 3 and CX-5.
Exotic Cars were also at the show.
The show is truly amazing but don’t take my word for it. See for yourself!
The New York International Auto Show is open to the public from Friday, April 19th to Sunday, April 28th, 2019. Tickets cost $17 for Adults, $7 for Children, pricing for groups and tours can be found on the website. For more information go to http://www.autoshowny.com/tickets.
What do you want to see at the show? If you have attended the show, what was your favorite exhibit?
I had the privilege of covering the Venture Conference in Newark, NJ this past Thursday.
James Barrood, President of the NJ Tech Council opened the conference.
The conference was held at NJIT; a school that prides itself on preparing its student for STEM careers.
NJIT is helping to innovate New Jersey. NJIT President Joel Bloom discussed this in his keynote address.
The conference was run by the NJ Tech Council.
The council’s mission is to: collectively representing tech, life science and tech-related companies and organizations as well as the professional firms that support them, the Tech Council has the unique ability to:
- Offer opportunities to learn, network and grow
- Recognize and promote member companies and their leadership
- Nurture the tech and STEM talent pipeline critical to growth
- Provide access to financing sources and additional resources
- Advocate and support public policy which strengthens our ecosystem
Founded in 1996, the Council is a private, nonprofit membership organization, which supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state and region. It is among the largest and most respected trade organizations of its kind nationwide.
The focus of the event was to help New Jersey startups grow and raise funds. Startups pitched their businesses and asked for funding.
There were two rounds of pitches along with networking opportunities. The startups that pitched represent industries such as but not limited to: EdTech, E-Learning, Healthcare, Sports Betting and esports.
Round 1 included
LifeCuff Technologies Inc.
TrueConnect Systems, Inc
MARCo Technologies LLC
Life Skill Software
Round 2 Included
Smirta Innovations Inc.
Commerce Blitz, LLC.
XPEED Turbine Technology
ROAR for Good
Indie Art World
Caregiver Smart Solutions
MYXR Events Corp.
More information can be found here.
You could feel the energy and excitement in the air as I was able to speak with 48 innovate startups.
I really enjoyed the keynote speech by the FanDuel EVP & Head of Strategy David Van Egmond.
In the speech, he discussed how he helped FanDuel grow and succeed. He also discussed the industry of online sports betting and esports; both are growth industries. These industries are legal in New Jersey and serve as a great source of revenue for the state.
It was a great event. I want to thank the NJ Tech Council for allowing me to cover the conference.