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The GDPR (or General Data Protection Regulation), Europe’s new data privacy regulation, applies to all organizations — including publishers — doing business with residents of the EU and takes effect on May 25. To learn more about the regulation, please have a look at this post or listen to our May 2017 podcast, “Countdown To […]
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Forrester | B2B Marketing Blog by Rachel Chernick, Forrester - 5M ago

Forrester Principal Analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo discusses the future of consumer data: its sources, purpose, and potential for changing the way brands and consumers interact.   Featuring: Fatemeh Khatibloo, Principal Analyst Show notes: While we live in the age of the empowered customer, algorithms still hold sway over what we see, who we interact with, what apps we download, and even how we feel. Fed […]
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Forrester | B2B Marketing Blog by Rachel Chernick, Forrester - 5M ago

Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Shar VanBoskirk discusses the new role of marketing — and how acknowledging and embracing change will lead to success. Featuring: Shar VanBoskirk, Vice President, Principal Analyst Show notes: The purpose of business is changing. Rather than differentiating through a product or business model, companies now need to deliver an […]
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Despite all the monumental changes to technology and media that afford marketers the capabilities to build emotion-rich customer relationships, they frequently struggle to rise above roles as brand despots or sales vassals. But don’t blame the tools; it’s because marketing functions are mired in minutiae while prioritizing internal tasks and artificial organizational constraints over solving […]
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At $90 billion today and growing to $122 billion by 2022, CMOs are pouring budgets into investments which align their organization’s operations with greater customer and experience focus. Planning and budgeting for the technology and services investments supporting these goals stands as a critical task for CMOs and will only get harder in the future. […]
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The world is changing and with it, consumers’ expectations of experiences and communication from brands. The paradigm for customer engagement is shifting from large, monolithic experiences that serve everyone to smaller, more contextual experiences served to consumers in just the moment they need them. Marketers must adopt the right strategy, operational best practices and technology […]
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Unless you were on the Appalachian Trail for a few weeks, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll start with this paragraph from our newly published analysis of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, called “Nike Makes No Sacrifices“: Judging Nike’s decision is difficult because there’s so much conflicting evidence. In concept, values-based appeals […]
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I am still catching my breath. Adobe has agreed to acquire Marketo for $4.75 billion. The deal is the biggest in Adobe’s history, and a massive encore to the acquisition of Magento for a mere $1.7 billion in May. On the one hand, I find myself proud to be a B2B marketer — to think that […]
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Algorithm. It’s a buzzword you hear frequently these days. But does the average consumer understand the impact algorithms have on her life? Absolutely not. Consumers enjoy the illusion of unlimited choice in products, services, and content, but there’s almost always an algorithm behind the curtain, constantly refining and defining what’s presented to her. Like it […]
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You and your PR team have a detailed crisis communications plan. The problem is, it’s wrong. Crisis communication principles have lagged changing expectations of transparency and responsiveness from today’s consumer. Today’s empowered consumers as Forrester calls them have the devices and ability to uncover and share facts – and rumors – even as the crisis […]
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