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The Brand Experience Playbook For 2017

Create A Customer-Centric Brand Experience

In the age of the customer, chief marketing officers (CMOs) have a steeper hill to climb to build their brands with distracted, technology-empowered consumers. In this new era, CMOs must shift from...

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  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report We're Not In Kansas Anymore: Building Culturally Relevant Social Brands In Global Growth Markets

    Processes: The Brand Experience Playbook
    April 24, 2017 | Dipanjan Chatterjee

    As mature economies like the US and Western Europe continue to stagnate, their brands gain tremendous upside from tapping into the economic surge in global growth markets like Brazil, China, India,...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Social Crisis Management: Get Back To Basics

    April 19, 2017 | Jessica Liu

    With consumers more polarized than ever and increasingly showing their own values in the way they spend their money, brands worry about making missteps on social media and falling out of favor....

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report Adopt An App+ Strategy

    Move Beyond Apps To Win, Serve, And Retain Your Customers
    April 11, 2017 | Julie A. Ask, Michael Facemire

    Your best customers typically prefer your app over your mobile website but depend on both. But even your biggest fans spend far more time in other firms' apps, and as a result, you own too few of...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report The Values-Based Consumer

    A Technographics® 360 Report Using Survey, Social Listening, And Qualitative Data
    April 6, 2017 | Anjali Lai

    Consumer decision making is changing: Shoppers increasingly evaluate products and brands based on a company's ethics and values. Empowered customers, marked by their sophisticated digital behavior,...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Align With Consumers' Values To Win Their Hearts And Wallets

    Follow Three Steps To A Resonant And Relevant Values Framework
    April 6, 2017 | Jim Nail, Henry Peyret

    A great product is no longer sufficient to guarantee strong sales and loyal customers. Today's empowered consumers not only reject corporate irresponsibility but also seek brands that proactively...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report The New Agency Operating Model For Brands

    Follow A Four-Step Plan To Realign Your Agency's Value Around The Customer
    April 6, 2017 | Brigitte Majewski, Sarah Sikowitz

    The marketer and agency relationship is broken. Before selecting yet another agency that will ultimately disappoint, marketers need to take an outside-in approach that prioritizes customer...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Social Gets Bigger, Stronger, Faster

    Continuous Improvement: The Social Marketing Playbook
    March 23, 2017 | Jessica Liu

    B2C marketers who have established their social marketing practices can't rest on their laurels. Social media is an increasingly larger part of the marketing mix, and social activity is expanding...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Your Brand Needs Content Governance Now

    Better Content Management Models Make Marketing Content More Accurate, On-Brand, Reusable, And Effective
    February 22, 2017 | Ryan Skinner, Jessica Liu

    Your brand is churning out all kinds of content at a high rate, but inconsistencies in that content are confusing your customers. Content marketers make things worse with their quixotic...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Case Study: Max Factor China Rejuvenates Customers' Loyalty With Social CRM

    January 18, 2017 | Xiaofeng Wang

    B2C marketers find it increasingly challenging to earn loyalty as empowered consumers become entitled customers with more options than ever before. This case study explores how Max Factor invested...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Fake News: More Proof That Advertisers Must Choose Quality Over Quantity

    Protect Your Brand By Balancing Automation, Audience, And Context
    January 12, 2017 | Melissa Parrish, Susan Bidel

    The scourge of fake news has thrown platforms, publishers, advertisers, and political candidates into a tailspin. How can a problem this pervasive and explosive ever be overcome? The first step is...

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

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    Report Lessons Learned: How Brands Kick-Started Their CX Momentum

    How Australia's Biggest Customer Experience Improvers Achieved Nation-Leading Results And Business Outcomes
    January 11, 2017 | Tom Champion

    Forrester's Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) benchmarks how effectively more than 900 brands across 18 industries in eight countries deliver experiences that strengthen loyalty. A comparison...

  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report B2B Firms Must Focus On Brand Equity To Drive Value

    Benchmarks: The Brand Experience Playbook
    January 6, 2017 | Dipanjan Chatterjee

    Business-to-business (B2B) CMOs are just as invested in bettering their brands as business-to-consumer (B2C) CMOs. Like their consumer-focused counterparts, they want to build, measure, and manage...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report How To Design Communities For B2B Marketing

    A Guide To Creating A Community Strategy Using Forrester's CLICK Framework
    January 6, 2017 | Steven Casey

    Most B2B marketers understand that online communities can be a critical element of their overall customer engagement strategy, but too many struggle with choosing the right approach, sustaining...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Stop Pushing Unwanted Content To Customers

    Landscape: The Content Marketing Playbook
    January 5, 2017 | Ryan Skinner

    Customers have abundant sources of information to drive their purchases, and a new one's never more than a click away. This dynamic hurts marketers who push unwanted content and rewards those who...

  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report From Great To Amazing: Building Brands With Enduring Resonance

    Strategic Plan: The Brand Experience Playbook
    December 14, 2016 | Dipanjan Chatterjee

    Great brands are built on great customer experiences. Amazing brands are built on resonance. A brand that resonates does more than deliver on its product, service, and experience promise: It...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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    Report Sharpen Trade Management For Improved Point-Of-Purchase Conversion

    How To Deliver Applications For Effective Trade Management
    November 29, 2016 | George Lawrie

    Seventy percent of consumers make brand decisions in the store, but attempts made by brands to engage them via mobile applications have had limited success. This research shows how to equip a...

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

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    Report Case Study: Shimano Marries The Physical And Digital In An Interactive Experiential Space

    November 21, 2016 | Ryan Hart

    Great "bits and mortar" experiences aren't just for B2C firms; more B2B firms are fusing physical and digital into attractive, interactive experiences that boost engagement, product education, and...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Spin User-Generated Content Into Brand-Building Gold

    Strategic Approaches To UGC Infuse Brands With Trust And Credibility While Minimizing Risk
    November 10, 2016 | Ryan Skinner, Jessica Liu

    The inherent authenticity of user-generated content (UGC) is kryptonite to even the most super of brands. Consumers' honest perspectives deflate brand mythologies and reveal once-hidden flaws. But...

  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report Brand Management For A New Age: Experience And Resonance Transform Brand Leadership

    Vision: The Brand Experience Playbook
    November 9, 2016 | Dipanjan Chatterjee, Sheryl Pattek

    In the age of the customer, CMOs battle to build their brands with distracted, technology-empowered consumers who have as much to say about what the brand stands for as the company does. CMOs must...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Patrón Extends Brand Value Through Innovation With Intelligent Agents

    A Market Leader Agilely Adapts To Consumer Trends Using Amazon's Voice-Controlled Alexa
    November 9, 2016 | Jennifer Wise

    To maintain market leadership, consumer brand heavyweight Patrón is positioning innovation as a key brand tenet to keep pace with its hyper-connected consumers. Part of the strategy? An Amazon...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Lead Agencies, Q4 2016

    Eight Agencies Leading Brand Experience And Creative Strategy
    November 7, 2016 | Sarah Sikowitz

    We identified eight lead agencies — 360i, Barkley, Havas Worldwide, Hill Holliday, mcgarrybowen, Publicis NA, R/GA, and VML — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how well...

  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report Navigate Your Brand To Resonance: Four Milestones To Brand Building

    Road Map: The Brand Experience Playbook
    November 4, 2016 | Dipanjan Chatterjee

    A powerful brand not only has to be extremely relevant to prospects, it has to make itself an invaluable and inextricable part of customers' lives as well. This report outlines a road map for CMOs...

  • For B2C Marketing Professionals

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    Report Predictions 2017: The Dawn Of ‘Less Is More' In Marketing

    In A Post-Digital World, Marketers Will Prioritize Quality Experiences Over Quantity Of Advertising
    November 3, 2016 | Brigitte Majewski

    "Less" is not in the modern B2C marketer's lexicon. The easiest way to reach fragmented audiences has long been "more": more ads in more places with more frequency — until now. With frustrated...

  • For Customer Experience Professionals

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    Report Predictions 2017: The CX Quality Split

    Landscape: The Customer Experience Ecosystem Playbook
    October 31, 2016 | David Truog, Allegra Burnette

    The Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) leaders of 2015 barely improved in 2016, even as brands that had lagged behind caught up significantly. Does this herald a leveling out in 2017, with...

  • For CMO Professionals

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    Report Predictions 2017: The Post-Digital CMO Appears

    How CMOs Will Develop Their Brands, Practices, And Skill Sets Toward Customer Obsession Next Year
    October 31, 2016 | Shar VanBoskirk, James L. McQuivey

    The arrival of 2017 will bring with it a post-digital climate in which customers feel disenfranchised and more interested in product usage than in ownership. In response to these trends, we expect...

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