Digital Transformation Or Disruption?

Digital Transformation Or Disruption?

The past decade has been a decade of dynamic disruption where a number of technologies came forward and took the center stage. Several organizations also adopted new age mechanisms to kick start their transformative journey. In the last few years, digital transformation has become the core for almost all tech-based and some not too tech-savvy organizations as well. In this digital race, to stay ahead, they are incorporating numerous tricks and techniques not just to outdo their contemporaries but to surpass their traditional and uninteresting mode of business.

As we have entered into a new decade, industry along with industry experts have started predicting how digital transformation will cause disruption in 2020 and beyond. Here is the list of top digital transformation trends that are more likely to shine this year.

• Consumer Experience
Analytics: A Competitive Edge
AI at the Forefront of Digital Transformation
Growing Importance of Mergers and Acquisition Activities
Relevance of APIs in Business Performance

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Disruption leading to O2O

Disruption leading to O2O

Today’s marketing teams have to be technologically literate, data savvy, and agile
Fast moving technology and changing business models have played a part in disrupting every industry from farming to pharma, but it’s easy to overlook their impact on marketing and communications. How has the profession evolved in the face of potential disruption?

We spoke to Barbara Bates, global CEO of international communications agency Hotwire, to find out.

After growing up in Silicon Valley, working as a television reporter, and then starting a technology PR agency from scratch, Bates is not your average marketer. For 25 years, she ran PR agency, Eastwick until it was acquired by Hotwire in 2016. Following the acquisition, Bates was asked to become the global CEO. Now, she runs the company’s operations across Australia, the US, Europe, and Asia.

“We used to talk about ourselves as a technology communications firm, working with tech companies, but now we work with all different types of companies… Every company wants to be a technology company, or leverage innovation to build value around their brand. That’s something we’re really good at.”

Automating marketing
Technology is oiling the wheels of marketing, and according to Bates, most marketers now recognise that disruptive technology will help rather than replace them.

“We’re at a point where people are trying to be smart about leveraging technology that will either automate, or make more efficient, some of the more commoditised parts of our business around data like gathering research and coverage tracking,” she explains. “When it comes to AI, I think people assume that it means replacing humans. Most marketers with any experience realise it’s about augmenting what humans do. It’s a way of making communications more authentic, to automate and get data from AI.”

In many ways, digitalisation has aided in building trust. And, contrary to popular belief, the influx of technology has also catalysed a movement back to the human element.

“One of the observations I’ve made is that with digital transformation and technology, the pendulum swings very far in one direction. We sort of lost the human element, especially when it comes to marketing. I definitely see a big push back towards that. You see brands talking about being more human, and how better to engage. We’re seeing them do that by building an online and offline presence.”

As an example, Bates recalls a magazine pop up event in New York where, instead of handing out purely physical or digital copies, the brand asked authors to present their articles to live audiences. Connecting offline and online experiences in this way has become a valuable tool for building genuine relationships with clients.

Shifting the operating model
Marketing teams have also been affected by changing business models. One particularly important shift has been the abandonment of the agency of record (AOR) model, in which businesses rely on a single agency to handle all of their projects, PR, and marketing needs.

“Over the last five years, the big global AOR model has started to fall away,” says Bates. “Brands now purposefully want to work with a variety of agencies. Adobe, for example, works with three different communications firms that might bring different skill sets and creativity. It also means that companies are not locked into one agency and can offer project opportunities to different agencies to see different types of work.”

The willingness of big businesses to dish out project work is one of the reasons for Hotwire’s notable organic growth. Diverse competition helps smaller firms to make a bigger impact, which threatens the multinational agencies used to one-on-one contracts. Projects such as customer events, rebrands, or training programmes aren’t part of Hotwire’s regular work, but they do present an opportunity. Applying a flexible, nimble, mindset to projects enables Hotwire to work with renowned companies, and compete in a more varied market.

New challenges
Bates explains, the complexity of the job today…

“To be a marketer today, you have to be really well versed in finance, data, technology, and a wide variety of disciplines. Just look at what percentage of global buying technology budget is now decided by the CMO verses the CIO or CTO. CMOs have bigger budgets than ever before. That’s one of the challenges, not just for marketers, but for agencies. You have to learn new skills as you move up in your career, and even if you’re staying at the same level, the disciplines and skill set required is expanding incredibly.”

On top of the difficult task of creating compelling, meaningful narratives, digitalisation has brought a host of new challenges. For Bates, a major problem for CMOs is the onslaught of cyber crime.

“It is the CMO’s job to protect their company’s image. If there’s a data breach, or phishing – which is a huge issue – you have to deal with that. If you’re a retail bank, let’s say, and all of a sudden your customers are getting false emails from someone who’s phishing, that has a direct impact on the bank’s brand even though they’ve done nothing wrong. That’s why marketers care a lot about cybersecurity because, more and more, it’s easy to steal a brand.”

Cybersecurity also requires marketers to invest in more training and security, which takes time and costs money. Just as CMOs have a responsibility to support cybersecurity initiatives, they have to encourage clean data culture. Suffering a cyber breach is damaging enough, but actively failing to protect client data is entirely the fault of the brand. Another challenge is hiring and retaining the right talent.

“One of the things that I spend a lot of time on is building Hotwire into the best agency you’ll ever work with, and that’s not just for clients, but for employees too. What they want is really challenging creative work, and flexibility. Everyone appreciates flexibility, not just the millennials. If you’re a working mum with an hour and a half commute, then I’d much rather you spend that hour and a half doing great client work.”

Success is simple
Agencies and their employees have to contend with more data, more project work, and more competition than ever before. In the face of these demands, Bates’ key piece of advice to the marketing and communications team within any organisation is to simplify.

“There is so much noise and complication in communication and in every consumer buying decision. When you look at the companies who have really done well with their brands, they have a very simple message. I think this is a huge challenge for technology companies who still talk about lots of features and benefits.”

The first example that comes to Bates’ mind is Apple. However, she explains that a lot of the companies that have quickly gone from being little known to well known – think Deliveroo, Slack, and Uber – came up with a simple message that they told consumers over and over again.

“I know a lot of amazing companies with amazing products that just couldn’t launch because they couldn’t create their story in a way that was simple enough to capture people,” she says. “Make it simple, and learn the power of story, because that’s the way people connect.”

This message is part of Hotwire’s own brand, building the capacity to work collaboratively instead of competitively, and with flexibility rather than rigid rules, is what makes small to medium agencies stand out from the crowd.

“We’re trying to set ourselves apart by doing the best thing for the client,” says Bates. “It’s about being fluid. We’ve come from organic growth, for the most part, and Eastwick worked with a lot of startups, so we have a bit of a scrappy persona. Companies are more likely to work with mid sized agencies who have that global reach but are nimble.”

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2020 Year Of O2O- B2B Industry Case Study How To Establish Future Requirements?

2020 Year Of O2O- B2B Industry Case Study How To Establish Future Requirements?

Question: One critical point customers ask during sales meetings, how to establish future requirements?

Amod: That’s an interesting one. For this I will take an example of the B2B industry traditional B2B manufacturing industry and the manufacturing industry is going through a paradigm change. IoT, industry 4.0 is the new mantra. But traditionally the businesses have been marketing in the same way over the years. So when this business came to us two years ago, the first thing we did was tried to understand how the audiences are changing? And so that where that bifurcation between various age segments we did and we found that in this industry a lot of new young blood is coming up taking very important decision making roles business executives, so far of them speed is very crucial to improve productivity and efficiency and looking for products & solutions that can plug-in into their assembly lines, workshops so they can really drive their growth.

Amod: So if we create custom solutions for this segment of audiences they will think twice about buying from you and hence creating B2B e-commerce scenarios for them is very suitable for them. And this is exactly what we have been working on to create products, out of solutions so that they become over the counter of things for this audience so that they can make buying decisions really quickly and get rid of the productivity & growth zone fast.

Amod: Move one level up the mid-management where the VPs, and to general managers, even CEOs. They are looking at growth, looking at more security & more long term. For them custom solutions are important, they are ready to invest. So for them showing them solutions, the value of the solution becomes important. So creating those kinds of digital presence ROI calculators, apps or 3Dmodelling. Digital demonstrations that kind of builds the trust. And then once they see the value out of it, they are ready to make investments. So that positioning can be done.

Amod: Move one level further up. OK. They are traditional founders of the businesses & who have run their business traditional way, meetups, events. These are important & are fundamentals remember they have been able to run the business successfully for 40 years, with these fundamentals right? So these fundamentals are still very, very important.

Amod: To create these experiences even on digital platforms. Create a kind of mix, sponsoring event ads through digital. Meet your customers meet them, Even the brochures even work, work like anything with this specific audience. And then slowly they can be, I wouldn’t say, educated, but can be shown how the industry is changing by videos, documentation, blogs. So they can read out and make those changes for their industry.

Amod: So with this business, we’ve been able to tackle all these 3 segment audiences and results have been phenomenal. And so many new business opportunities are coming just by try making these changes.

Amod: So that’s how futuristically, how generations are changing, how the industry is changing? This becomes very important to capture & position yourself accordingly.

Trupti: Questions: Any tips for the B2B industry?
Amod: Oh, of course, whether businesses, small or big. Some of these tips are good enough.
Tips For Establishing Future Requirements:
For the Young Age group Audience:

  • Run mobile-based surveys to establish future requirements
    For Mid-age group Audience
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Reporting
    For Senior age group Audience
  • Build awareness of next-generation, using email/messaging platforms
    Note: Please evaluate your audience with offline online pointers for each category to build personalized customer experience.

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2020 Year Of O2O- B2C Industry Case Study How To Build Customer Relationships?

2020 Year Of O2O- B2C Industry Case Study How To Build Customer Relationships?

This case study is of adventure trekking company. So they are in this business for last 30 years. Our analytics team has found, out that 30 to 40 percent of the website visitors are all 50 and 60 age groups visiting our website, spending substantial time but not taking any action, neither booking any treks and this trend continued for few months.

Then our sales team connected with all the audiences from our CRM platform via phone and then ask them for inputs and the feedback on the website and on the treks.

So the two major concerns that came up from this conversation were:
A) They found out that the trek information, mentioned on the website is more relevant to a younger audience. The treks were not applicable or suitable for them. And.
B) The second major concern was online payment. They were worried about whether the transaction is safe and secure.

So with this input, we changed our entire communication strategy online. So trek information was changed in a way where these age groups got to know which treks are suitable for them. And then lots of campaigns were created, via WhatsApp, phone calls, personal meet seminars & events. Where they were educated about how doing online transactions is safe.

So this way and slowly started seeing a lot of online bookings happening, from this age group. So they were happy. They not only refereed treks to their friends but now they are coming up in groups.
This not only helped building relationships but also improve sales.

Tips For Building Relationships.
For the Young Age group Audience:

  • Consistent connect via Social Media platforms.
    For Mid-age group Audience
  • Focus on “Trust & Security”
  • Use CRMs for consistent & integrated connect
    For Senior age group Audience
  • Create channels for personal connects
  • Engage this audience with social meets & events.
    Note: Please evaluate your audience with offline online pointers for each category to build personalized customer experience.

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Happy New Year 2020 - Future Of Customer Experience Is O2O

Happy New Year 2020 – Future Of Customer Experience Is O2O

Happy New Year!
2020 marks the beginning of the new decade- full of opportunities, advancements, and growth. However, the road has its challenges threats and disruptions too.
The biggest opportunity and disruption for any business from now on will be “PCX” i.e. Personalised Customer Experience, given their preferences, lifestyle, technology and transactional behavior.
Over a time period with changing technology, lifestyle, behavior, customer experience is becoming more personalized across industries? Whether it is B2B or B2C industry.

Question: Moving ahead, how can businesses bring in “PCX” Personalised Customer Experience in their marketing & sales?
Answer: 2020 Year Of O2O.
O2O means Online to offline & vice versa Or Omnichannel To Omni Commerce, which encompasses a variety of audiences across the board to suit the requirements. Make no mistake that your biz may not be catering to a particular age category at this point, but this is what disruption is all about. It can change any date. 20 age group move to 40 age grp move to 60 with changing pattern. Hence the biz using O2O approach you can ensure-

  1. Building Sales 2. Building Relationships 3. Establish Future Requirements
    Across this wide spectrum of an audience for sustainable growth.

Question: What’s new about this O2O? How to ensure these 3 values with the O2O approach?
Check out a business case study for each of these values with the O2O approach.

——-Case Study: Building Relationships—–
One of our adventure tour clients. They are in the industry for the last 30 years in this biz conducting adventure tours. Now the category of their customers who were in their 20s had started have now moved to the 40s, some started in their 40s have now moved to 60s. Their enthusiasm passion for trekking is there, but their lifestyle, health, etc. has changed.
Therefore the requirements with what their business was doing earlier are miss matching.
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——-Case Study: How To Establish Future Requirements?
This is a manufacturing company. With the audience: 20 age group is executive, business managers, 40 age group is mid-management CEOs 60 are with a traditional mindset.
So how the varied age group audience preference was addressed using O2O?
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—–Case Study: Building Sales
This is an online portal, who deals with 2 & 4 wheeler spare parts.
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Note: Please evaluate offline online for each category & build “PCX”.

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Uber Yourself Or Get Kodaked.

Uber Yourself Or Get Kodaked…

Apple easy, Google fast: The experience management culture

Technology has taken centre stage in the success of companies today. With the likes of Uber, Amazon, and Deliveroo changing the way we live, shop, work and consume content, innovation is happening faster than ever before. In light of economic uncertainty, it’s become even more vital for businesses to deploy cutting-edge technology to maintain competitiveness.

Over the course of the next year, board-level conversations will be dominated by ways to ensure a seamless customer experience, formulating tactics to embrace disruptive technologies, as well as grappling with the implications of the future workplace. 

Digital disruption is affecting nearly all businesses:
Consumers can now order a meal, book a taxi and do their shopping with a few clicks of a button, without even leaving their living rooms. As a result, customers are increasingly expecting services to be ‘Apple Easy’ and ‘Google Fast’ in all aspects of their lives, demanding quick and seamless experiences across the board.

Customer experience management will continue to be a driver of success across all sectors in 2020. For many organizations, this means going back to the drawing board and incorporating customer-centricity at the core of their business models. As digitally native brands take a data-driven approach to provide frictionless experiences, customers will no longer tolerate dated technology with legacy systems and antiquated processes.

In the retail sector for instance, roughly 93 percent of UK internet users are expected to do online shopping by 2021, the highest online shopping penetration rate in Europe. However, as the e-commerce market becomes increasingly saturated, and the high street continues to decline, customer experience will be the central factor to help incumbent brands cut through the noise in the market.

Experience management extends beyond the end user to include other important stakeholders such as suppliers, partners and employees. Over the next 12 months, companies will increasingly need to acknowledge the need for a close link between good employee experience and exceptional customer service.

Engaging and retaining employees requires a big shift in company culture. A data scientist might choose to work in Silicon Valley not just for the financial benefits but for the culture of innovation it fosters and the opportunities to grow.

This results in companies such as Facebook and Uber – already excelling at customer experience – attracting the best talent. To avoid this brain drain, companies must look to emulate this culture and provide similar opportunities on this side of the pond, creating a superior experience for their employees.
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Source:  Marcell Vollmer

Online Promotion Programs For Businesses


For companies, who feel the online presence is necessary but may not be their primary source of business generation.

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What BENEFITS to expect?

  • Consistent Google Search Indexing & Rankings in your business domain/market
  • Maintain Consistent Visibility of your online brand across the web
  • Build Website Traffic to orient with your services/products  
  • Generate Prospects and Relevant Leads through timely communication and improved user connect
  •  RESULT? – grow your business online at Fraction of a Cost (compared to having a sales team member)
  • Stand out from the competition.

What will ZoomYourTraffic do?

  • Analyze your website to create strategy for your business market (audience, service positioning, approach to reach out effectively, identify platforms to promote, design systems for better traffic connect, etc)
  • Run our campaigns month after month to ensure website position on web (rankings, visibility, traffic, social signals keep improving) and business (relevant prospects converting into leads for business)
  • Monthly analytics review to be shared with you for performance of website and various goals set.
  • Quarterly meeting to review website performance
  • Suggest ideas and concepts to expand market scope and new opportunities that online market will throw…

Key Highlights

  • Website re-alignment suggestions and review based on strategy with NO extra costs involved.
  • Track performance of your website yourself. This is important since it will help you LISTEN to your market and develop new services/products.
  • Keep track of competition. Very important to define your USPs and values to project to your customer (Quarterly competitor analysis report)
  • Customers will find your business, rather you looking out for customers…..


For companies ready to get going with their online business.

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What BENEFITS to expect?
a.Business Signals

i. Generation/Tracking of leads from the website with correct attribution (Deliverables – Lead collection report)
ii. Lead management evaluation/audit/review based on website interactions(Deliverables – Lead categorization report –Geography-wise/Product wise)
iii. Insight into user behavior on-site (Deliverables – User Engagement Report)
1. Products being viewed
2. Geographies viewing those products
3. Demographics of visitors
4. The pattern of user behavior on the website.

b.Branding Signals
 i. Google Ranking for keywords with competition analysis (Deliverables – Google Ranking Report
ii. Social Signals (LIKEs/Shares/Reviews/Rating).


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Online Customer Journey Case Study

Omni-Channel At Work

At the beginning of this year, we announced our Omni-channel digital marketing methodology to educate, engage and enable businesses online. Here we present a real customer journey using this system.

Iteration 1 (Week 1 – Jun 2019)
Customer Registers with our LinkedIn Ad Evaluate Website

Iteration 2 (Week 2 – Jun 2019)
Based on our Phone, Email and WhatsApp communication – customer reviews but drops off (decision postponed)

Iteration 3 (Week 2 – Aug 2019 – 2 months later)
Customer locates our JustDial account and connects via phone again

Iteration 4 (Week 2 – Aug 2019)
Reviews website again

Iteration 5 (Week 3 – Aug 2019)
Keeps engaging with our WhatsApp and Emailer connect programs – asks questions and offerings

Iteration 6 (Week 4 – Aug 2019)
Sets up a personal meetup at our office over phone/WhatsApp

Iteration 7 (Week 4 – Aug 2019)
Visits our office with direction guides using Google Maps/Google My Business.

Iteration 7 (Week 4 – Aug 2019)
Reviews proposition with our team in person

This is our typical omni-channel customer journey model….

Indian market is ripe for online advertising disruption, says Criteo research

Indian market is ripe for online advertising disruption, says Criteo research

Key Insights:

  1. 49.4% of Indian survey participants stopped shopping from a brand that they were loyal to before because of poor customer service
  2. 83.3 % said YouTube helps them most to discover new brands
  3. 60.9% would try a new brand for the first time because it provides a discount that is personalized and relevant, and this also appears to be the best way to gain customer loyalty
  4. 44.4% strongly agree that their purchasing decision is affected by a company’s mission/values
  5. Customer service is still key as it is the main reason for remaining with a brand (62.3%), or for leaving if customer service is poor (49.4%)
  6. Consumers are least loyal to Groceries brands and are most loyal to Jewelry & Luxury Goods

The online shopping market in India holds tremendous potential as it has some of the largest consumer segments across each e-commerce category, and it is focused on innovation, research, and development, making it one of the leading e-commerce markets in the world. Advertising and technological advancements have led to better-personalized experiences as it allows the communication of hyper-personalized messages that resonate with the target customer.

Criteo, the advertising platform for the open Internet, unveiled the survey report titled ‘Why We Buy’.
The survey was conducted across 10 countries, with over 10,000 respondents split almost evenly over all countries. The report in respect of India highlights that 90% of Indian consumers are willing to consider a new brand across all the shopping/product categories, which is the highest compared with consumers from the other countries surveyed.

The report gave us insights into how consumers discover brands, with Omnichannel discovery on YouTube, Facebook and websites as the top channels – but they were far from being the only source. Relevance makes a difference- 66% of Indians like that online ads can help them in discovering new products, while 57% like online ads for reminding them of products they’re interested in, and 51% like that online ads offer discounts for products.

It has been phenomenal to witness the Indian consumer behavior and we are glad to share this on a larger platform for the benefit of the Indian advertising industry which has evolved from being a small-scale business to a full-fledged industry. It has been phenomenal to witness the advancements of technological innovation in advertising over the years. The shift of ad spending from traditional to digital media is happening at a rapid pace. The advertising and marketing sector in India is expected to enjoy a good run. Growth is expected in a retail advertisement, on the back of factors such as several players entering the food and beverages segment, e-commerce gaining more popularity in the country, and domestic companies testing out the waters”, Siddharth Dabhade, MD, Criteo India, said.

Source: Criteo

5 Aspects To Integrate SEO Into Website Content Strategy

5 Aspects To Integrate SEO Into Website Content Strategy

SEO is about planning your website’s messaging with the audience and search engines together. Creating a communication strategy for your online business is by far the most critical part of your online marketing efforts. SEO is a small part of this.
With SEO Content you want to:

  1. Address the audience you are talking to (what they are searching, finding or exploring) as opposed to what you have to offer
  2. Address the search engines telling them you have solid, relevant and useful content for visitors to look at. (This is the big change since a few years – keyword stuffing, keyword frequency, word limits, etc are all passe now) Content that is appreciated by viewers is automatically appreciated by the search engines (it is not the other way round as widely believed)
  3. Interact and Engage your reader/viewer. Write (as if you are talking) to your viewer naturally. The higher the engagement, the better your SEO.
  4. Get your viewers to share your content with others too. These are powerful signals for search engines to know your content is not just helpful for people viewing them but they are referring them to others too.
  5. generate relevant viewership rather than a crowd.

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