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Why Investing in the Search Experience Is the Only Way to Compete With the E-Commerce Giants

Amazon’s latest earnings announcement shouldn’t have come as a surprise. But it was. A week or so ago, when it announced its fiscal fourth quarter, the results were so good, it caught Wall Street off guard. This was because everything is up more than expected - Prime Membership, AWS revenue, and product sales, largely linked to a strong holiday period. If there was ever any doubt, Amazon has once again cemented its status as the most influential player in the e-commerce space. What can other retailers and brands learn from…

Mobile CRM: Definitions and Industry Trends

A Mobile CRM is defined as a version of your CRM solution which can be accessed from a mobile device, smartphone, and tablet. Using CRM, you can access updated information about your customers and potential customers in real-time. All thanks to a mobile CRM app that helps your Sales-force work smarter and faster. With a mobile CRM application, you can update, synchronize and share information with all the departments in the company. With mobile CRM, you can access your business data on the go. In simple words, a mobile…

TechBytes with Manish Gupta, Senior Applied Scientist at Alexa.com

Dr. Gupta, how are you working with technologies like AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing at Alexa.com, an Amazon subsidiary that provides marketers with SEO and Competitive Intelligence tools? We use Machine Learning to surface common audiences between different websites. This allows customers to analyze what their peer set is doing and what kind of content interests their audience. We are also developing tools using patented AI and NLP technologies to help marketers get a better idea of what content…

Voice Retail Is a Red Herring – Unless It’s for Groceries and Shampoo

Everyone in the retail marketing sector seems to be talking about Voice search and Voice assistants, and yes, it has seen remarkable growth in the past few years. But a note of caution: the tech is still an emerging concept. It’s exciting and has enormous potential, but right now, are we really going to use this technology to buy our new iPhone, writing desk or wardrobe? There’s no question that we will – one day. What I’m less convinced about is whether there’s any first-mover advantage in adopting Voice right here,…

State of Voice Search 2019

This article is coauthored by Matt Lang. It is early days for Voice search and the discipline is still far from defined. However, this initial era of Voice assistants has provided us a framework for how to think about voice-first search and how to help content become an answer for users. Although the process and sources may evolve, the thinking and best practices are likely to remain. With this context in mind, let’s explore how search operates via Voice assistants today: Conversationally Optimized Web Content (aka Voice…

Three-Fifths of Brits Ignore Their Smartphones’ Voice Assistants – but In-Car Offers a Growth Opportunity for Voice

New research reveals that more than three-fifths of Brits (62%) don’t use their smartphone’s pre-loaded voice assistant capabilities. But for those that do, it suggests the greatest opportunity lies in their cars. AI and data-driven agency Artefact UK surveyed 2,000 British adults to understand how people are interacting with voice assistants both in and out of the home. It revealed that of the 38% of people that do use voice assistants on their phones, nearly half (47%) use them while driving, compared to only a quarter…

Voice Assistants Land Brands in Uncharted Creative Territory

Branding on audio assistants is in its infancy, but brands should prepare for a new audio-focused world Voice assistants and smart speakers have become the latest consumer-electronic devices to transform the marketing industry. The number of speakers and assistants in the U.S. is now more than 180 million, and voice-driven informational searches and interactions have become interwoven in many consumers daily lives. With the rise of VUI, marketers are faced with vital questions. Does our branding transcend into audio? If…

TechBytes with Bradley Metrock, Executive Producer, The Alexa Conference

From a marketing standpoint, what were the important takeaways from The 2019 Alexa Conference? The emergence of the car as the next frontier for Voice-first technology is arguably the most important takeaway from the event. Around 77 million people in America use Voice Assistants or other Voice Tech in the car versus 45 million in the home. Automakers are moving quickly to incorporate Alexa, Google Assistant, or even technology like SoundHound's Houndify Voice Assistant (used in Mercedes, Hyundai, Kia, and other…

It’s Time To Find Your Company’s Voice

Are you ready for the voice revolution? Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of web browsing will be done without a screen. Voice assistants accounted for twice as many sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 than in the fourth quarter of 2016. And speaking of voice-first devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home, voice-driven technology is being adopted at a faster rate than any technology in human history; by 2022, voice assistants will reach 55 percent of US households. These statistics make it clear that voice-tech…

Is Voice Commerce the Demise of the Screen?

The voice assistants are coming and there is nothing you can do about it. Trust me, the genie is out of the bottle and it is never going back. Voice will bring a totally new way for users to shop and discover — one that is instant and always on, ready to listen to anything they might say. The ongoing rise of voice assistants really comes down to two key things: the first is that the device quality is only getting better and better when it comes to recognizing our voices and providing the answers we need; the second is…

LivePerson Acquires Conversable to Amplify AI-Powered Social Listening and Messaging Capabilities

AI and Automation Development Teams from Conversable Will Join LivePerson's Global Product and Technology Organization to Make Conversable Technology More Readily Adoptable This has been a season of significantly important acquisitions and funding rounds in Marketing Technology space. LivePerson, a leading provider of conversational commerce solutions, announced that it has acquired Conversable. Conversable is a leading conversational intelligence platform focused on social and marketing use cases, with a specialty in…

LivePerson Launches LiveEngage; Connects Large Brands and Consumers via Alexa and Google Assistant

LiveEngage for Voice Assistants Is the First to Work Seamlessly Across In-Home Assistants and Messaging on Smartphones LivePerson Inc., a leading provider of conversational commerce solutions, announced the launch of LiveEngage for Voice Assistants, the most advanced way for brands to connect conversationally, at scale, with consumers using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. As well as performing simple tasks like paying a phone bill or checking an account balance, it is the first conversational platform for the enterprise…

5 Disruptive Trends in Martech in 2018

In 2011, there were around 150 of them. In 2017, there were just over 5000 approximately. At the Martech Conference, Chief Martech Scott Brinker declared that there are around 6089 in 2018. To gauge the path in which marketing is heading in 2018, it’s appropriate to gauge where Martech is heading. The marketing technology stack of today is like one big meadow with resources and tools in abundance and a whole bag of integrations to choose from. Let’s contemplate the state of affairs for Martech in 2018 and pin some trends…

Adobe Acquires Sayspring to Bring Voice-Based Digital Experience to Life

Sayspring'Pricing Plans Will See a Major Overhaul, Will Release New Updates in the Future Adobe is all set to enhance its voice-based technology with Sayspring. The New York-based, year-old startup allows creators to design voice applications without coding. This will prove beneficial for Adobe’s future plans. “We have been actively experimenting with voice interfaces across our product offerings over the past few years, and we’re excited to take the next step forward with the acquisition of Sayspring, Inc.,” said…