Dotdigital – Privacy in Partnership: How Strategic Alliances Can Bolster Customers’ Data Confidence

The importance of embedding data & privacy data stewardship across partner networks, from Dotdigital and Microsoft Dynamics 365

Data and privacy need to be a central concern for modern marketers – who must go above and beyond to protect their audiences’ personal information – according to a joint ebook from Microsoft, whose Dynamics 365 platform connects data, processes, and teams with intelligent business applications and Dotdigital, the leading marketing automation and customer engagement platform.

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“We’re the first generation to ask machines to make marketing decisions on our behalf using AI and automation. These are incredibly powerful tools with great potential, but in terms of partnering we also need to ask ourselves: do the firms behind these tools also understand the responsibility?”

Data and privacy have solidified their place on the marketing agenda. Not only a concern for a company’s marketing database, data and privacy is of vital importance to businesses, employees, partners, and suppliers. Meanwhile, well publicized privacy and data legislation, including GDPR and CPPA, as well as changes to Apple’s iOS 14 and 15 platforms’ opt-in privacy policy, and Google’s announcement it will ban third-party tracking cookies by 2023, have also helped raise consumer consciousness on the subject.

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The emphasis is on brands to protect data and guarantee privacy to all their stakeholders, and to do this companies must be thinking about how they can prepare for the future, explains Paul Bolt, Microsoft UK’s Chief Marketing Officer, in The future of marketing: data and privacy ebook.

“As marketers gather more data and intelligence on their customers – security, privacy, and using data in a compliant way should be a marketing imperative. Your customers are entrusting you with this data. It’s a Darwinian market today. Your competitors are one click away and the customer expectations are higher than ever in terms of the relationship they have with brands.”

“Not only is security an imperative for your business, but the same standards need to be upheld throughout your supplier network too, be that the MarTech you’re leveraging or the third-party agencies who augment your team. In today’s world that means a combination of people, robust processes, and secure technology. This is one of the reasons why partnering is now one of the most strategic decisions a marketeer can make.”

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