The Martech Training Boom on bdex.com

The Martech Training Boom

The Martech arms race is creating tremendous demand for trained and certified digital marketing professionals. Trade organizations, for-profit companies, colleges, and universities are responding with a growing array of online and in-person options.

One of the primary challenges facing CMOs today is developing in-house digital marketing expertise needed to harness the power of in-house and third-party data.

Many companies are working to bring core data marketing technologies as well as digital marketing and advertising functions in-house. The effort will require not only spending billions of dollars on IT infrastructure but training or recruiting thousands of employees needed to build, maintain and run highly complex and often AI-enabled systems.

Marketers need new skills

A traditional marketing or advertising education consists of a bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, or journalism, with classes on consumer behavior, market research, sales, and the like. As marketing has become increasingly data-driven, marketers must continually build upon that foundation by becoming fluent in a wide and rapidly changing array of technologies and platforms.

Today’s marketing ecosystem is complex and poised to get more so as data continues to grow exponentially. In 2019, digital voice assistants and smart TVs will swell the amount of real-time data signals available to marketers. As the torrent of consumer data grows, companies need employees who can decide which data matter and how to integrate it into an increasingly complex data marketing infrastructure and strategy.

To stay competitive, CMOs are increasingly turning towards training and certification programs. Below we highlight just a few being offered by reputable trade organizations, companies, and academic institutions.

MarTech® Conference Workshops

MarTech® offers a variety of workshops at its conferences designed to provide marketers a deep dive into such topics as agile marketing, customer data platforms, buying marketing technology, creating connected experiences, or building a marketing team with talent optimization. Workshops offered at MarTech’s recently concluded conference in San Jose, California included “The Right Way to Buy Marketing Technology,” “Using CDP to Make the Most of Your Customer Data,” and “Agile Marketing Advantage.” The company’s next conference, MarTech® East, is scheduled to take place in Boston in September 2019.

IAB training certifications

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) offers certifications in Digital Media Sales, Digital Media Buying and Planning and Digital Ad Operations.

More than 9,500 participants representing more than 300 publishers, agencies, and ad technology vendors have enrolled in IAB’s certification programs since they were established in 2012. Many of the nation’s leading media companies—including AOL, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, Collective, Condé Nast, Discovery Communications, NBCUniversal, Time Inc., Time Warner Cable Media, and Tremor Video—have pledged to have all eligible digital sellers across their organizations become IAB-certified.

The Digital Media Sales and Digital Ad Operations programs earned the American National Standard Institute’s (ANSI) first accreditation in digital advertising in 2015. The ANSI accreditation process, based on international benchmarks, increases the integrity, confidence, and mobility of certified professionals, and represents the highest standard in personnel certification.

Shoptalk

Shoptalk launched two education initiatives at its 2019 conference, which drew 8,400 people to Las Vegas from March 3-6. The first is a standardized set of sessions referred to as Shoptalk’s Core Curriculum, which covers many of the fundamentals of retail and will be repeated annually with updated perspectives and examples.

Shoptalk also launched an Annual Retail Education Certificate which is awarded to those individuals who complete 10 credits of continuing education at Shoptalk conferences. This certificate helps recipients distinguish themselves at a time when there is a significant divide in retail industry professionals’ knowledge of digital innovation.

Collegiate degree and certificate programs

A growing number of academic institutions are offering certification programs, ranging from community colleges to elite business schools such as Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

Duke University has partnered with Simplilearn, an online training provider, to deliver a curriculum that provides students with advanced knowledge of the eight most important digital marketing domains and includes real-world projects and virtual simulations for practical experience. The program offers hands-on simulation labs and projects for practical learning with 350 combined instruction/study hours. Completion of the program meets the course criteria to sit for the Online Marketing Certified Professional certification exam.

As one of the world’s first data exchange platforms, BDEX is dedicated to building the infrastructure to power human connectivity. Contact us today to learn how we marketers access the best third-party data inexpensively, quickly and easily.

Using BDEX to Navigate Digital Transformation on bdex.com

Using BDEX to Navigate Digital Transformation

Whether your organization’s MarTech integration efforts are going smoothly or have created a Frankenstein stack, BDEX has the third-party data solution it needs.

Global CMOs are getting stretched thin these days. On top of their traditional mandates of lead generation and brand building, they are being asked to find and implement technologies needed to extract marketing intelligence from the growing torrent of data their organizations produce each day.

The complexity and dollars involved in this digital transformation make it a high-risk/high-reward undertaking. CMOs who succeed stand to create powerful data marketing platforms, turbo charge their real-time personalization efforts and gain a step in the MarTech arms race. Those who fail, risk squandering millions of dollars in resources creating what the industry has lovingly come to call a “Frankenstein stack.”

Nearly all – 96 percent – of respondents to the Marketo 2017 Marketing Benchmark Report agreed that the task of finding and integrating MarTech solutions can distract CMOs from their primary mission of helping acquire and keep more customers.

Such is the price we pay when it comes to learning how to implement new technologies, and indications are that global brands are still in the early days of their digital transformations. CMOs, it would appear, will have to keep tabs on multi-million-dollar, multi-year IT integration projects on top of their day jobs for years to come.

Where BDEX comes in

The good news is that thanks to BDEX, CMOs and the brands they represent don’t have to miss a beat during this tumultuous period. They can rely on BDEX to fulfill all their U.S. consumer data needs whether they are halfway through their digital transformation, have completed it or plan to forego it and continue relying on agencies and other vendors for marketing data.

BDEX can say this because of how we have integrated an unparalleled network of third-party data providers with an extremely robust ID graph and uniform taxonomy to power human connectivity.

The BDEX ID Graph

These all come together via the BDEX ID Graph, which tags all data signals coming in from our partners in real-time using a uniform taxonomy that spans more than 5,500 tags and 500 industries. This enables us and our customers to query nearly a trillion real-time data signals from more than 70 data providers using the same taxonomy.

On top of this, the BDEX ID Graph constantly reviews logins, app downloads, credit card purchases, and other authenticated real-time signals to make sure the incoming data signals are matched to the right Customer ID.

We do this by building one of the industry’s largest cross-referenced libraries of email addresses, mobile device identifiers, browser cookie IDs and U.S. Postal addresses. Our library spans 800 million mobile-to-email ID and cookie-to-email matches. If someone upgrades from an iPhone 8 to a Samsung 10 or switches from a Google Pixelbook to a Microsoft Surface, the BDEX ID Graph detects it the moment the user downloads an app or logs into an authenticated account tracked by any one of our data partners.

Our use of authenticated identifiers enables 100 percent deterministic cross-device matching, which means you can have 100 percent confidence our ID graph is assigning billions of incoming data signals to the appropriate Customer ID.

The BDEX DXP

Thanks to the BDEX ID Graph and our uniform taxonomy, the BDEX Data Exchange Platform (DXP) presents 290 million consumer identities, 1.3 billion email addresses and more than 900 billion data signals in a highly searchable database.

You can peak under the hood and get a sense of how broad and deep our data is using Explore BDEX Taxonomies, our free and highly intuitive taxonomy tool.

API or batch-mode access

Thanks to our uniform taxonomy, querying this massive database is quick and easy. You can match IDs instantly (10ms response time) using a real-time API query or upload ID lists via batch mode and have IDs returned in hours.

Custom segment building

Either way, you can harness real-time data signals to build or enhance custom audience segments for programmatic advertising, personalization and other projects.

The BDEX DXP provides access to hundreds of pre-built audiences uploaded by our partners. You can use these to fast-track your own audience-building efforts or use them as is until you whip your own MarTech stack into shape.

Whether your organization’s MarTech stack ends up humming like a Lamborghini or shrieking like Frankenstein, or your organization opts to continue relying on agencies and other external vendors, it’s going to need access to third-party data. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one-stop shop for that than BDEX.

To learn more about how BDEX helps marketers maximize ROI, visit the BDEX solutions page.

MarTech M&A Accelerates on bdex.com

MarTech M&A Accelerates

Could the big surge in MarTech deals last year signal the end of one wave of consolidation and the beginning of the next? Either way, it’s clear brands are more focused on harnessing data to connect with customers than ever.

In a synopsis of 465 mergers and acquisitions that took place in the advertising and marketing world last year, the consulting and publishing firm R3 Worldwide concluded that the consolidation that swept through the agency world in recent years finally spilled over, into and around the MarTech stack.

R3 estimated global M&A spending in the industry rose 144 percent to $33 billion in 2018 but noted that only 20 percent of transactions completed involved a global holding company. The overwhelming majority of growth came not from a global holding company acquiring an agency but from what R3 dubbed “unconventional buyers” targeting MarTech companies.

“M&A activity in 2018 signaled that the grand view of MarTech is becoming actualized and 2019 will be about how companies move beyond facilitating the intersection of marketing technology and management to real integration into the enterprise,” Greg Paull, principal and co-founder of R3, wrote in the report.

The activity is being driven in part by global CMOs, who after years of experience with digital marketing are opting to bring more expertise and technology in-house in a bid to extract more value from their own data and streamline sprawling – and often less-than-transparent – marketing supply chains.

Consolidation hits the MarTech Stack

In terms of targets, personalization remains front and center, as evidenced by Walter J. Thompsons merger with Wunderman. The two companies said they combined to create a one-stop, data-driven creative shop capable of meeting the needs of global brands.

“We already share many core clients, who will now have simpler access to our combined expertise,” the companies said in a joint statement announcing the merger. “And, as technology reshapes marketing, we have existing partnerships with Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, and SAP.”

Adobe spent $4.5 billion to acquire Marketo, while Salesforce.com acquired Cloudcraze in deals each company said was aimed at bringing MarTech to the lagging B2B sphere. Forrester predicts that U.S. B2B commerce will grow from $889 billion today to $1.2 trillion by 2021.

“The imperative for marketers across all industries is a laser focus on providing relevant, personalized and engaging experiences,” Adobe’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Renche said of the $4.5 billion deal to acquire Marketo. “The acquisition of Marketo widens Adobe’s lead in customer experience across B2C and B2B and puts Adobe Experience Cloud at the heart of all marketing.”

Salesforce also gobbled up Mulesoft to help companies unlock data across legacy systems, cloud apps and devices; as well as Rebel, which allows brands to “turn emails into an extension of their website or app – collecting data, removing friction from the conversion process, and enhancing the customer experience.”

Smaller, but potential seminal deals included Singapore-based InMobi’s decision to acquire Reserve for $90 million and as part of its plan to launch the world’s first, largest and most transparent in-app and video programmatic exchange.

What do these M&As signify for the industry?

The deals signaled an acceleration of consolidation in the MarTech space being driven in large part by global CMOs eager to rationalize their marketing supply chains. Clearly, investors have heard their plaints and are rushing to stitch together companies that can provide integrated solutions spanning the entire length of the customer journey from content marketing to programmatic advertising, check out and customer loyalty programs.

The quest for ever deeper levels of personalization was apparent in both the Adobe and the Wunderman Thompsons deals, which hinge in part on the bet that data can be used in new ways to not just automate marketing but inspire creativity.

The BDX data difference

The one thing all these deals have in common, of course, is that they will either add to the volume of third-party data or rely on it to succeed.

As one of the world’s first data exchange platforms, BDEX stands ready to help marketers access the best of that data as inexpensively, quickly and easily as possible. Our 100 percent deterministic cross-device matching and a uniform taxonomy spanning more than 5,000 industry categories enable us to verify and aggregate more than 900 billion data signals generated by tens of millions of U.S. consumers in real time.

We do this so marketers can focus more on marketing and less on scrubbing data – or who owns which layers of their marketing stack.

Why not call 917-410-6616 or contact us today to see how BDEX is building the infrastructure for human connectivity that can help take your personalization, real-time targeting and other marketing initiatives to the next level.

How e Put Marketers in the Driver’s Seat on bdex.com

How We Put Marketers in the Driver’s Seat

BDEX has structured its business around customers’ needs from the beginning by enabling them to find and buy only the data they need and nothing more.

We’ve previously discussed how BDEX is not a typical data company, and one of the reasons for this is because we strive to give our customers the most useful and relevant data possible. But we also pride ourselves on offering the best service and support to everyone we work with. We accomplish this by taking a personalized approach that focuses on these areas:

Explore BDEX Taxonomy

We created Explore BDEX Taxonomy so you can explore our vast database, including nearly 1 trillion constantly refreshing real-time data signals at your convenience. This enables you to determine whether we have what you are looking for without having to pick up the phone to call us. Read more about how the BDEX taxonomy tool can be used here.

Custom data feeds

When you find what you are looking for – and we are very confident you will – you can schedule an exploratory consultation. BDEX data analysts will sit in on the call to ensure they understand how you define the key steps in your target customer’s path to purchase. We understand that you know your customers better than anyone, as well as the data signals that show they’re ready to buy. Our job is to translate that information into a data feed that meets your needs.

Omnisource IQ

The next step involves using our proprietary Omnisource IQ© process to scour billions of real-time data signals to determine not only which consumers are good prospects but exactly where they are in their path to purchase so you can decide whether, when and how to contact them. We do this with our unmatched, 100 percent-deterministic cross-device matching as well as data on what products consumers have purchased and visited from brick-and-mortar stores via point-of-sale systems and geofencing data provided by our more than 70 partners. Omnisource IQ© is our secret sauce and your secret weapon and its constantly being refreshed.

A subscription model

Most data companies are eager to please before you make a purchase, but once you do, their customer support can be underwhelming. Not BDEX. With our subscription model, you can get access to data whenever you need it and only pay for what you use.

If you need to reach people who live or work in downtown Pittsburgh who are actively shopping for a new home, you get to determine what “new” and “searched” mean using the BDEX Targeting Module.

If you are only interested in people who have physically visited specific subdivisions in the last month, there is no need to buy records on the thousands who merely searched for new homes on the web in the last month. This may sound a little complicated, but with an intuitive interface and many download options, we’ve made our service extremely easy to use.

Again, the feed we set up for you will constantly be updated with thousands of real-time data signals every month to provide you an authoritative view of your in-funnel customers. Our data experts can even set up automatic alerts based on criteria you select to notify you when an actionable selling opportunity arises.

Data as a Service

With traditional online advertising, you pay for every ad impression, as well as the data used for that impression. But with our Data as a Service (DaaS) solutions, you will get all of the data you need at one cost, and you can then upload your custom audience into almost any ad platform. At that point, you will be able to market to them and only pay for the ad impressions from then on. Instead of a cost per impression, we provide you with a fixed cost.

The bottom line

BDEX has structured its business around customers needs from the beginning in a bid to create a new kind of company. We know you know your customers better than we do. Our role is to help you connect with them with unprecedented precision by delivering the right insight into the right people at the right time so you can close the sale.  Our mission is not to just to sell data but to build a data infrastructure that powers human connectivity and we believe our success hinges as much on the quality of our customer service and support as our data.

This is why so many leading companies have chosen BDEX to fulfill their marketing data needs across so many industries, including:

Media – We help multi-platform media companies reach consumers on all their devices.

Franchises – We give franchisees the ability to find out who is visiting their competitors so they can convert those consumers into their own customers.

RetailersThe BDEX Targeting Module enables brands to select any data attributes, combine them, and select the quality, age and price of each and every data element.

Get in touch with BDEX today to learn how you can take your data marketing to the next level by connecting with consumers like never before.

2018 Year in Review. Data Overload on bdex.com

2018 Year in Review. Data Overload

The proliferation of unstructured data seen this year is poised to accelerate in 2019 and BDEX stands ready with an infrastructure built to power human connectivity.

One of the recurring themes to emerge in 2018 was data overload. The ability of humans to generate data continued to outstrip our ability to understand and act on it. In 2019, there will be the additional challenge of structuring the growing torrent of data from so many disparate sources.

Amid all the excitement about the convergence of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), however, some still ask if all the data is going to make us any smarter?  Is it really going to make marketing more efficient, more precise, more effective?

At BDEX we are confident it will because we have spent the last five years building a proprietary data infrastructure to power human connectivity. Today, our platform tracks more 800 million connections between email and mobile IDs and cookie and email IDs to make sure we can connect our customers to the right people on the right device at the right time. We have curated more than 5,500 data classifications that enable our analysts to produce targeted customer lists with unprecedented accuracy, granularity, and speed.

We see the value of these investments being validated every day in the marketplace. As 2018 draws to a close, it seems like a good time to review how and why we have built our infrastructure and what marketers can do with it. So here is a curated list of some of the articles we published on our blog last year.

We look forward to publishing new articles next year and will strive to make them as accurate, timely and actionable as our data. Stay tuned.

The BDEX advantage

BDEX is Not a Typical Marketing Data Company

The BDEX Data Difference

The Ins and Outs of Our Data Exchange Platform (DXP)

Why a Subscription Model Makes Sense for Targeted Marketing Data

How BDEX powers human connectivity

Find Your Ideal Customers with Our Taxonomy Explorer Tool

Device-Matching Connects Customers with Devices – and Businesses with Sales

Getting the Channel Mix Right in Target Marketing

Which Vehicles Will Drive the Success of Your Marketing Campaign?

How specific industries use BDEX to connect

Data-Driven Direct Marketing for Auto Dealers

Customer Targeting Made Easier for Media Companies

How Can Retailers Better Target Customers?

Automotive Marketing Case Study: Maher Chevrolet

How BDEX sees the future

AI on Target to Change the Way We Market

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience on bdex.com

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience

Data-driven solutions taking shape on the shop floor will match gender, age, ethnicity, and shopping habits to what’s on offer now

The days of aimlessly wandering the store in search of a deal or a “you” item look to soon be over. Brick and mortar retailers are embracing the latest in data technology to recognize and serve visitors like never before. Device matching, real-time targeting, and even budding facial recognition tech are eroding the notion of searching for a new customer. It’s now possible to know someone who wants to buy the moment they walk in.

How real-time data provides the most actionable marketing possible

Speed of transmission and lack of detail were two old enemies of in-store marketing. They’re becoming obsolete in an era where almost the instant a customer expresses an interest in/buys a product, a retailer can be notified and be able to target that individual with relevant content.

How is this possible? Smart uses of data like device matching and geofencing are two methods which create a purchasing portrait of prospects across every major demographic. Device matching with BDEX allows retailers to market to consumers across multiple devices and channels as the data link a consumer’s search/purchase activity via mobile, email, social media, and other avenues.

Geofencing creates a data map of all the physical retail locations a potential prospect has visited. This is useful because it shows they’re actively and physically searching for an item or service. Internet browsing data is valuable, but geofencing further isolates a consumer who’s actually visited a certain type of business. This is one of the reasons why BDEX data can drive and support in-store marketing so effectively.

We repeatedly test our data to authenticate its accuracy and currency to sidestep the pitfalls of outdated or “too broad” data – and we enable our customers to buy only the data they need. Our tailored approach allows retailers to create a dynamically-informed marketing effort that never sleeps. Actionable prospects can be marketed to in their home, via their mobile device on the go, and even when they visit your location.

The latest in-store marketing is a customer service gold mine

When a prospect has entered a store, data has the potential to really close a sale. Modern digital signage can be updated on a single screen or storewide to display offers relevant to specific viewers. Imagine a scenario where a prospect checks in and you know exactly whom is watching your in-store screen – and precisely what they’d been browsing only an hour before.

Interactive digital displays provide the same tactile satisfaction as customer cell phones or other touchscreen devices. In fact, this in-store marketing sector is set to exceed $20 billion by 2024. Nevertheless, all the digital signs in the world are just flashy eye-catchers without being powered by actionable data.

Who’s marketing in-store and why it’s working

Ralph Lauren has integrated in-store digital into their changing rooms to powerful effect. Embracing this kind of innovation has provided real-time data on customer purchases (or lack thereof) and tripled their sales forecast while increasing customer engagement by 90%. McDonald’s is realizing the potential of onsite touch screens as an alternative to face to face orders. They’re also reviewing cell phone ordering, along with other chains that have successfully implemented the technology.

The supermarket sector (including the Walmart brand) understands how data is vital to staying competitive. They’re using it to engage in-store customers in a personal manner. The retail giant has even registered multiple patents to take their data-driven marketing into the future, an effort that sees them calculating 2.5 petabytes of data … every hour!

Clearly, the potential for data-driven in-store marketing is vast. Customers engaged by relevant, real-time data will interact further with your brand, providing even more data to enrich your understanding of that customer’s needs and build a lasting relationship. Current and future technology will allow stores and customers to connect at every point on the retail journey – from first thought to final checkout.

BDEX is the first-ever Data Exchange Platform (DXP). The BDEX DXP and DAAS platforms enable companies to acquire impartial, quality-scored third-party data reaching the right people at the right time. You can call at (917) 410 – 6616 or email us at info@bdex.com