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Cognitive computing a disruptive force, but are CMOs ready?

While marketing and sales professionals increasingly find themselves drowning in data, a new IBM study finds that 64 percent of surveyed CMOs and sales leaders believe their industries will be ready to adopt cognitive technologies in the next three years. However, despite this stated readiness, the study finds that only 24 percent of those surveyed believe they have strategy in place to implement these technologies today.

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How to grow a premium brand without killing its soul

    How to grow a premium brand without killing its soul

Managers of premium brands face a perennial dilemma. How do you grow a premium brand without killing its soul – the unique brand cachet that attracts its core high price paying customers – even as you seek to expand sales to the masses by offering lower prices? In recent years, outlet stores located hours away from glitzy shopping districts, selling off-season and lower tier merchandise at a fraction of regular retail prices, have proliferated and become significant sources of revenues. The conventional wisdom is that relying on revenues from outlet stores can destroy the brand’s cachet over time. But according to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, a leading scholarly marketing journal, outlet stores may actually help improve the brand’s cachet.

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E-commerce platforms should focus on sellers, not buyers

    E-commerce platforms should focus on sellers, not buyers

E-commerce platforms such as Uber and eBay, which link sellers and buyers, face the perennial dilemma of what is more lucrative, supporting the needs of the buyers or the sellers.

The traditional belief has been that it is more important to focus on buyers, who create demand, than on sellers. A forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, sheds new light on this dilemma with the discovery that sellers are in fact 3.5 times more impactful than buyers in driving growth of e-commerce platforms.

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Gartner: Four forces driving a data-centric future for marketers

The convergence of marketing technology (Martech) and advertising technology (Adtech), event-triggered and real-time marketing techniques, personalization and the use of contextual clues are the four key forces that point to a data-centric future for marketers, according to a recent report from Gartner.

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Study: Consumers buy close to what they first searched online

    Study: Consumers buy close to what they first searched online

Given the ease of online search, consumers can explore and discover hundreds of available items in any category. Retailers and advertisers are keen to influence the search and final purchase through better product recommendations and targeted advertising. A forthcoming article in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science studies online search and purchase behavior of consumers in the digital camera category and finds that even though consumers may search for extended periods of time, what they purchase tends to be remarkably close to items they searched and found in their very first search.

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Democratization of analytics: New frontier of data economy

    Democratization of analytics: New frontier of data economy

Analytics influence every aspect of our existence, from the way we think and behave to how we work and do business. Every second, millions of records are generated by organizations, on social media and in the consumer space, leading to a humungous explosion of data of at least 2.5 quintillion bytes [1] produced every day. By the year 2020 we are expected to see a 4,300 percent increase in the annual data generation [2]. Google alone processes 3.5 billion searches per day and houses 10 exabytes of data.

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Marketing Metrics: Leveraging predictive analytics to estimate customer lifetime value

    Marketing Metrics: Leveraging predictive analytics to estimate customer lifetime value

Customer lifetime value (CLV) is not a new tool for marketers. Its application has been used for decades to understand a customer’s financial value.

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Big data in marketing analytics

    Big data in marketing analytics

November/December 2015 By Mousumi Ghosh Big data is the biggest game-changing opportunity and paradigm shift for marketing since the invention

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Corporate Profile: Analytics Operations Engineering, Inc.

November/December 2014 Consulting firm applies advanced quantitative methods to solve challenging operations problems. By Mitchell Burman and Lauren Berk As

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Predictive Analytics: TV ads, Wanamaker’s dilemma & analytics

John Wanamaker, the father of modern advertising, famously stated in the early 20th century, “I know that half of my advertising dollars are wasted … I just don’t know which half.” Unfortunately, as marketing, advertising and media move at warp speed, the dilemma of this old adage has only gotten worse for even the most sophisticated advertisers.

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Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Andrew C. Trapp, a professor at the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received a $320,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a computational tool to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Built upon ongoing work with an international team of computer scientists and economists, the tool integrates machine learning and optimization algorithms, along with complex computation of data, to match refugees to communities where they will find appropriate resources, including employment opportunities. Read more →

Gartner releases Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 rankings

Gartner, Inc. has released its 10th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The rankings recognize organizations across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. “Healthcare supply chains today face a multitude of challenges: increasing cost pressures and patient expectations, as well as the need to keep up with rapid technology advancement, to name just a few,” says Stephen Meyer, senior director at Gartner. Read more →

Meet CIMON, the first AI-powered astronaut assistant

CIMON, the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled astronaut assistant, made its debut aboard the International Space Station. The ISS’s newest crew member, developed and built in Germany, was called into action on Nov. 15 with the command, “Wake up, CIMON!,” by German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has been living and working on the ISS since June 8. Read more →

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