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Five Critical Tips for Strategic Planning in the Midst of the Pandemic

With frequent market shifts and an ongoing pandemic, it’s crucial to plan efficiently, effectively, and strategically. Planning this year has been radically different than any other year in my experience. The past few months have been a steep learning curve, but that’s not going to stop my or many other marketing organizations from delivering results. Here are my five critical tips to strategically plan for the unknowable. Tip #1 - Align Marketing’s Strategic Targets With Corporate Goals Driving impact for the business is…

Marketing In the ‘New-Normal’ Era with AI and CX Tactics

The global coronavirus pandemic is dramatically changing our world, including the landscape of customer experience (CX) much faster than the marketing and media industries could have anticipated. With people at home, brick-and-mortar businesses have to quickly adopt new digital strategies to provide their customers with what they need right now.  In order to deliver on customer expectations, the best brands have strategies that continuously develop relationships through a series of thoughtful interactions, resulting in an…

Three Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic is Shaping the Future of Customer Experience

As the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many of us in our homes, the future of Customer Experience in online shopping is a big predicament for all e-commerce brands. As the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many of us in our homes for the foreseeable future, online shopping has become the go-to way Americans are getting essential (and non-essential) items. In fact, the volume of online shopping increased by 25% since the start of March. But, with difficulty getting delivery time slots for groceries and slower shipping times for…

NGC Releases Annual B2B Program Gift Card Usage Statistics

Physical gift cards remain most popular, but annual growth in digital gift cards increases again, and in particular during COVID-19 pandemic Findings from its 2019 national gift card distribution results have been finalized and released by NGC, one of North America's largest card and prepaid technology companies responsible for annually activating over $600 million in gift cards and prepaid products for loyalty, rewards, and employee recognition programs. Findings from its annual national gift card distribution results…

People + Work Connect Brings Together Leading Companies to Keep People Employed During COVID-19 Crisis

New global employer-to-employer initiative powered by Accenture’s analytics-driven platform As unemployment surpasses record highs due to COVID-19, a group of leading companies from multiple industries has formed People + Work Connect, an employer-to-employer initiative that brings together companies laying off or furloughing people with those companies in urgent need of workers. There is no cost for employers to join and participate. People + Work Connect was designed by CHROs from Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group,…

Leading Digital and Tech Platforms Join Ad Council, White House, HHS and CDC to Address COVID-19 Crisis

Digital and Technology Platforms Create Pro Bono Content, Donate Ad Space to Help Share Critical and Urgent COVID-19 Messaging In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ad Council, White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they are partnering with leading digital and technology platforms, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, SiriusXM and Pandora, Pinterest, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and Verizon Media, among others, to extend…