`Bebop was about change, about evolution.
It wasn't about standing still and becoming save.
If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change´.
Miles Davis

February 17, 2015

Experience the Future today
Last week I presented at the Marketing Association Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (MARUG) where around 350 students and 100 businesses where attending. The topic was about customer insights and analytics. I started with showing a youtube around what todays already is possible with available CRM data and sales data and some standard algorithms using Watson. A first view of marketing insights as a service.  The lack of good analytical marketing skills drives companies like IBM to develop these kind of services.
The move towards customer, consumer or shopper understanding in much more detail is something marketers and predictions has been talking about for many years. The digital footprint we leave behind give marketers insights and contribute towards a 360° view of the client. In first instance we focus on a B2C environment but it is also possible for B2B2C and B2B route to market. Today we analyse data using psycholinguistic and visual analytics. The psycholinguistic analytics based on interpretation what has been said on social media give a profile of a person based on 4 dimensions. The social behavior, the personality based on OCEAN (openness, consciousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism [O’Brien ’96, Neuman ’99, Gosling ’03, Wholan’06), the Needs 12 dimensions (Aaker 1995, Maslow 1943, Fords 2005), and base values of the person. These personal intrinsic traits create a unique digital personality. Another trend is that millennials use less text and more visuals to communicate. Through analytics of those picture (pure the visuals) we are now able to identify brands and surroundings (beach, sports...etc) which also provides input to build a digital profile.  Combining the two would provide great capabilities for marketers to create personalized or hyper personalized propositions. This all fits still to the paradigm we already concluded in our CMO study in 2011. Understand your customer as an individual.

Now with knowing your customer as an individual and using science Analytics or an Analytical service,  there is still the challenge for marketers to develop an attractive intelligent customer journey that provides maximum value at every touch point. That was paradigm 2 in the CMO study.  Digital has a lot of impact on the channels to engage with brands. These digital channels will increase and it is the marketer who needs to incorporate those in an intelligent way. As marketer you need to show that you have a clear understanding of all the journeys your customers can take and make logical connections between the different phases, steps and channels. If a car manufacturer envisions that in the near future he is unable to bring every model to the dealer showroom what point solution they should add to the customer journey. In this case it is not driven by the customer but also from the car manufacturer from cost perspective.  With a Customer Experience LAB you can start envisioning what future customer experience would be possible to give the customer a "near" real experience of the car he is planning to buy. The look, the color, the sounds, the feeling of the seats, the speed and acceleration, how does the car think...what intelligence is included...
This opens opportunities for augmented reality or using large screens, oculus rift. Now we are almost back to the game development and virtual reality to develop the near future showroom of the car manufacturer.  This virtual reality experience is my bridge towards the next paradigm.

 The 3rd paradigm: design your culture and brand so they authentically one. Due to communication today all companies become more transparent. Like we expect our clients to be transparent so the brand has to be transparent. There is no longer a strong internal and external separation in the way a brand communicates. The employees, customer care departments, sales, marketing etc...all communicate with customers and all communicate towards the outside world and in such way also represent the brand. As marketers we always were responsible to protect the brand promise. How to do this in the digital world of today. Like in the previous paradigm the brand will be experienced through every touch point. Therefore you have to start with defining the brand character which is build up based on does it sound, feels, looks (reads), tastes and thinks like "your brandX" ...........when you are operating at your best. When you do a quick scan you probably already know a couple of gaps between the touch points with your customer journey and how you should operate at your best to meet your defined brand character.  And now we are back full circle as through social listening you can understand what the sentiments are around your brand and understand the gaps and take actions to close those. I help customers to design the brand and the journeys based on analyzing their customers, consumer or shopper. Envision the digital possibilities in the near future and incorporate those in the overall experience. The questions is is your marketing department ready for all these changes or do you need some help to transform towards the new marketing organization and what idea do you ahve of that organization? What are the skills needed, which processes need to be revisited, which technologies you use, how to structure your organization including digital, how will you be does the marketing operating model of 2020 look like for your organization.....if you have an idea...let me know or lets start a conversation.

November 10, 2014

FIVE STEPS for your Integrated Campaign Planning System

Build a better marketing organisation
One of the most effective ways to ensure every campaign
delivers maximum impact is to adopt an Integrated
Campaign Planning System.
This comprises a cycle of five steps that enables
businesses to choose the most effective combination of
engagement tactics, media types, platforms and content.
This makes it possible to build a campaign plan that is
highly relevant to the customer segment, represented by
personas, and that makes optimum use of paid, owned
and earned media.
Integrated planning is an iterative process, with analytics
making it possible for organisations to identify and fine-tune
the tactics that work best. This process of continuous
refinement leads to improvements in KPIs and enhanced ROI.
The five elements of the Integrated Campaign Planning
System are as follows:

Step 1: Identify inputs
To succeed, a marketing plan must take account of all the
internal and external factors likely to influence the campaign.
Internal factors include business priorities and corporate
digital strategy. Among the external factors are the digital
landscape in the target territory – digital usage is subtly
different in every country – and the level of digital maturity.

Step 2: Define marketing objectives
CMOs are expected to drive performance in three areas. First,
they need to grow sales and revenue. Second, they need to
demonstrate marketing efficiency improvements in brand
awareness, improved customer acquisition and product
promotion. Third, they must boost overall brand value.
Unlike traditional above-the-line marketing – such as
print, radio and television – it is possible to quantify just
about every aspect of a digital marketing campaign using
KPIs. These include viral reach, likes, video views,
comments and shares. As well as providing an instant
barometer of success, KPIs assist in the progressive
refinement of campaigns. KPIs must be aligned to
objectives and should not be considered as objectives
in their own right.

Step 3: Customer experience
Who is your customer? What is their preferred combination of
social networks? What sort of digital journeys are they likely to
take and what will they do next? Personas – fictionalised
consumers built using data and insights – help marketers to
answer such questions. Personas represent key segments
within target markets and provide a higher level of granular
detail than traditional broad-brush segmentation techniques.
In order to build personas, organisations need a range of
analytic skills and techniques, including data analytics,
buying-behaviour analytics and analysis of customer interviews.
Hyper-personalisation of this sort makes it possible for
marketing organisations to optimise the customer experience
and plan tailored journeys that generate maximum value at
every touch point. This allows marketers to target social
spend where it is most likely to trigger a chain reaction:
an example would be using “paid” media.

Step 4: Execute and measure
A rigorous and timely plan is the key to a successful
campaign. Integrated planning needs to be a default
capability: good planning will ensure not only the successful
initiation of a campaign, but also that every opportunity for
refinement is acted on once the campaign is in motion. A
number of test methodologies can be used to determine
what works, and what doesn’t, throughout the campaign
lifecycle. The most valuable of these techniques are A/B
testing, multivariate testing, usability testing and customer
journey analysis.
Dashboards provide a real-time indication of the health
of the campaign, highlighting activity on each social media
channel and correlating outcomes with earlier actions.
The ability to visualise and measure everything – and then
to adjust the campaign accordingly – is a differentiator.

Step 5: Analytics everywhere
Analytics has the power to transform every facet of a
campaign, from initial set up through to in-flight monitoring
of customer journeys [see box on “Tools for Change”]. But
it also has the power to drive change in the way marketing
organisations function. The companies that get the most out
of analytics are the ones that develop new expertise and
tackle interdepartmental bottlenecks to ease the flow of data
between silos and across areas of responsibility. In short,
analytics can not only boost revenue, it can also serve as a
catalyst for a smarter and better-integrated business

September 24, 2014

Marketing 2020 - Social Marketing Strategy

Customers are talking about your products & services. Find out more from new @IBM paper on #SocialMediaMarketing
Today I can proudly announce the whitepaper Social Marketing Strategy. In there you will find the details of all the 5 steps of the model. also you can read about the Sony Pictures reference and how our Spanish GBS Interactive team with Paula Abalos Martin, Alvaro Ruiz Sautier-Casaseca and Nuno Alberto Valenzuela Alonso have improved the social and digital campaigns of Sony Pictures Spain.

Read more and download the whitepaper at

September 23, 2014

Battle of the business bands 2014

Congratulations to the winner, the ING band, but.... The Institute became second (runner-up) during the 2014 Battle of the Business Bands.... We are so proud!!! Watch the video of our show, we opened the evening which was a great event!....

September 15, 2014

The Institute - Good For You

Together with my colleagues rehearsal for the battle of the business this time on Bass.

August 27, 2014

Marketing 2020 - step1: inputs

Inputs for the Integrated Planning System

2020 Marketing - Digital Strategy

As simple as it looks you need to start with understanding your digital environment in the country you start implementing the process. Although majority of the social networks and search engines in the western world will be around the obvious ones like Facebook, Google, Google+,Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest. Think through, is it a B2B or B2C environment and for which industry you need to develop it. If for instance you would create this for B2C environment in Spain in the media & entertainment industry you have to identify the critical social platforms around music and movies. At that moment already new networks arise like YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud. A list of social networks by interest area can be used as a starter like Trafficd. 

Writing for the different platforms good content is an art a good guideline can be found at Pinterest How to create a perfect social media post

Now let's check where I can improve....

July 23, 2014

IDC Releases 2014 Predictions for Chief Marketing Officers - prUS24541813

IDC Releases 2014 Predictions for Chief Marketing Officers - prUS24541813

The ten predictions and my comments in BLUE

The Top 10 Predictions are:
  • Prediction 1 – The CMO role becomes "open for definition" as today's CMO job description becomes considerably more complex and critical.
    • my view it moves towards the Customer Experience Officer or maybe the Chief Interactive Experience Officer
  • Prediction 2 - Innovative CMO and CIO pairs will throw out the rule book when it comes to IT's support of Marketing
    • No doubt CMO´s will have to work closely with the CIO with all analytical software, marketing automation and real time dashboard / measurement demands.
  • Prediction 3 - By 2020, the Marketing function in leading companies will be radically reshaped into three organizational "systems" - content, channels, and consumption (data)
    • Would not be sure these are the three "systems" that are critical. My view we move towards:
    1. My view it will stronger move towards a segment persona driven operating model
    2. Agree with the channels as they become OMNI channel (seamlessly integrated)
    3. Consumption data..would be data collection ...360° view, hyperactive persona measurement
    4. Marketing Technology - Infrastructure - processes, measurement
    • John Iwata, IBM sr VP marketing & communication developed 3 systems: Corporate Character (Brand & Culture), Make Markets (Strategy), Capture Markets (Demand Generation).
  • Prediction 4 - The best marketers will understand that "Content Marketing" does not equal "Thought Leadership"
    • No brainer
  • Prediction 5 - Multi-channel coverage becomes an opportunity and a challenge area, as CMOs integrate media silos
    • Especially the seamlessly hop from smart phone to tablet to Laptop, PC...and continue where you left...
  • Prediction 6 - 80% of customer data will be wasted due to immature enterprise data "value chains"
    • Agree I see that many organizations are collecting so much data and have so much data available but still have no idea and the capability to analyse  something smart out of it.
  • Prediction 7 - By the end of 2014, 60% of CMOs will have formal recruiting process for people with data skills
    • see my view they realized already a couple of years ago but it is difficult to find the us :-)
  • Prediction 8 - Only 20% of marketers will receive formal training on analytics and customer data management
    • Good point to build training and education for marketeers on this. We have a great Spanish team that can do this. They build a great case with SONY Pictures in ES.
  • Prediction 9 - Fragmented marketing IT point products and low adoption rate will inhibit companies' ability to win customers
  • Prediction 10 - Digital marketing investment will exceed 50% of total program budget by 2016
    •  Unavoidable digital is driving the transformation