80% of Companies Plan to Close Physical Call Centers Permanently: Deloitte Digital Research

Hi, it’s Jamie, Senior Intern at the CDP Institute’s Department of the Obvious. Today is a holiday for the paid employees of the Institute, so the Boss said I could write a newsletter if I wanted to. Boy, howdy! Deloitte Digital reports that work-from-home increased at call centers during the pandemic, from 6% to 77%. More surprising: 80% of companies plan to close their physical call centers permanently. Sadly unsurprising: just 11% of organizations can “seamlessly” transition customers across channels and experiences. Is “seamlessly” is really a word?

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Simulmedia Offers TV-Style Ads on Game Platforms

July 6, 2021

As privacy rules make it tougher to track individuals, marketers will be hungrily eyeing contextual advertising alternatives.  The gigantic audience for digital games is especially enticing.  TV ad tech company Simulmedia is serving up playerWON, which will deliver TV-style ads on game consoles and PCs.  To avoid annoying game players, the ads will be served only with permission and in exchange for in-game rewards.

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Ecommerce Grew During Pandemic: Retail Touch Points and Euromonitor Reports

July 5, 2021

This pair of retail studies packs in a month’s worth of obvious.  Retail Touch Points  and Euromonitor agree that ecommerce increased during the pandemic, free shipping became even more important, and supply chain issues were a big headache.  You knew that.  But did you know that Euromonitor found 20% of consumers would implant a microchip in their finger to making buying easier?

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Just 17% of Martech System Replacements Are Home-Built: MarTech Report

July 7, 2022

The build-vs-buy debate never ends, and sometimes build really makes sense.  But buy is clearly the way to bet: just 17% of martech replacement projects chose a homegrown solution this year, according to this MarTech survey.  That’s down from 31% the year before.  CDPs were among the least common replacements, maybe because they’re awesome and maybe because most CDP implementations are fairly new.  Download for more fun facts.

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