A Personalized Future, with Mike Barclay of MoEngage

Personalization in marketing is nothing new; since the dawn of the internet, brands have been able to customize messaging to specific groups or even individuals. However, we haven’t always used this engagement superpower for good. Many brands have been guilty of getting a little too personal and creeping out their customers in the process. But today’s guest says there’s a bright future for personalization as a cornerstone to modern marketing. Mike Barclay of MoEngage joined the pod to discuss the highs and lows of personalization, and what brands born before the dawn of the internet can do to get in on the personalization game.

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Marketers in the Metaverse of Madness: VR, Crypto, Communities, Gaming, Ecommerce, and More Converge

Media channels, and the ways in which marketers have used them, have always evolved. Marketers can access consumers where they are in more and more places online presently – from social media, gaming, online communities, and simple ecommerce transactions. The rapid development of virtual and augmented reality, however, has opened up a door beyond all of these: Consumers are now, via avatars (yes, just like the movie), experiencing entire virtual worlds that are also constantly developing. Marketers have an opportunity to incorporate all of the channels they were already reaching consumers at within these worlds, converging them all into one fully realized alternate reality – what’s now being called the “metaverse.” The resources collected here explore just what the metaverse entails, how brands can take advantage of them, and some examples of marketers who have already dipped their toe in these unchartered waters:

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Pulse Issue 27

Is This Club Cool Enough for Marketers to Join? Looking at Clubhouse's Potential for Brands

March 2021

By Josch Chodakowsky, Senior Manager, Research & Innovation at Ask the Expert
By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
The hottest current iPhone app is Clubhouse, an invite-only social network that allows users to drop into audio-only “rooms” that can connect them with friends, followers, or the general public. It doesn’t have a specific focus, so every topic under the sun can be found—which means that in its nascent state moderation will be more than necessary. Clubhouse offers an opportunity for users to learn from others and forge deeper, authentic connections that open up the possibility for brands and marketing experts to earn credibility and trust through candid conversations. It also reveals a greater trend of social audio communities first seeded by the Podcast boom, and likely an unintended consequence of Zoom meeting fatigue; audio allows users to relax and listen, rather than be in an “always on” presenting mode. Other larger names will be hopping on this trend (Twitter's Spaces is already one), but the cool kid in the room right now is Clubhouse, and the resources here explore the app’s ins and outs, growth, and viability for marketers and brands.
Until a few months ago, Clubhouse was a platform where big-name celebrities, company leaders, Silicon Valley investors, and some of the web's top global influencers could have uncensored audio group chats about their lives, hobbies, work, or industries. Now, as the invite-only Clubhouse continues to gain media coverage and a growing pool of non-celebrity users, you might be wondering, “What the heck is it? And, how do I get in on the action?” Here HubSpot explains where Clubhouse came from, what it actually is, and the pros and cons of using it in your marketing strategy.
Users have described the Clubhouse experience as a combination of networking opportunities, panel discussions, and live podcasts. If you're looking for hard, fast facts about Clubhouse, the Influencer Marketing Hub has pulled together information on Clubhouse users and revenue, as well as a few tips to help you make the most of your time on the platform.
Clubhouse is the latest trending social media platform. But is it all just hype, or can Clubhouse be the hottest new marketing channel for your business? So, what’s the buzz all about? In this report, Databox takes a closer look at Clubhouse’s origins, how to (and who can) download it, and whether or not it’ll be a viable channel for marketing strategies as time goes on. Databox also conducted a survey to get a feel for Clubhouse’s marketing viability, and some of the results include:
In this podcast eMarketer discussed the audio social network movement: the advantages, disadvantages, key players, and what marketers should consider. Tune in below to hear the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Jeremy Goldman, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle:
Clubhouse is the hot new social app of the moment, sparking buzzy chatter among social influencers and a raft of FOMO-inducing tweets of Clubhouse conversation highlights. The app has been praised for its simplicity, and its capacity to facilitate real community and discussion – but the question for digital marketers is ‘should this platform be on our radar?’ Is there marketing potential within the many rooms of the Clubhouse app? The answer to that largely depends on your business, and what you’re looking to achieve, but to give you an idea, here’s an overview of the ins and outs of Clubhouse, how it works, and what its potential for your business may be.
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Knowing that marketers are increasingly challenged in their efforts to keep up with the latest trends and technologies, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) tasked itself with creating a program designed to help marketers anticipate—and prepare for—the future of marketing.


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