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David Baker

Member since December 2004 Contact David

  • VP Digtial Product Solutions Acxiom
  • 1630 Angsley
  • San Ramon California
  • 94582 USA

Articles by David All articles by David

  • Love Ain't Cheap: Email & V-Day in Email Insider on 02/01/2016

    Two-week countdown to Valentine's Day, projected to exceed $19 billion in consumer spending in the U.S. This is the fourth biggest retail event of the year in the U.S. boasting an average order value of $174 ($190.53 for men and $ 96.58 for women). It gets even more interesting as you break down three key generations who each view the holiday quite differently.

  • Life-Hacking Industry Events in Email Insider on 01/18/2016

    Planning on hitting some industry events in 2016? Want to learn something new? Rub shoulders with your peers? Get schmoozed by the vendors? Grab cool tchotchkes? It's still a challenge to know how to get the most out of events. Here are some tips.

  • Cheeky Predictions For 2016 in Email Insider on 01/04/2016

    First week of 2016, and while there is a lot to look forward to this year and a lot to reflect on from 2015, you only have one chance to predict things. I took a cheeky view of trends and predictions this year. As Oprah says, " Cheers to the new year and another chance to get it right." Hopefully these will make you think about what's coming near-term and how our world is changing around us.

  • Think Like A Publisher, Act Like A Retailer  in Email Insider on 12/21/2015

    What I like about publishers is they are primarily focused on monetizing the reader. In order to do that, they must have a solid content strategy, they must syndicate content frequently, they have to think about the reader and what device and medium to use. If someone doesn't read, click or engage with their content, they will not make money. I believe retailers are simply publishers in sheep's clothing. While the objectives are different - engagement vs. purchase - all major retailers are moving in the direction of original content.. This is the day and age of online reviews, virtual shelfs and webrooming.

  • Live From Email Insider Summit: Air Thin, Discussions Rich in Email Insider on 12/07/2015

    Up on the mountain (Deer Valley, Utah) with 150-200 marketers, technologists and agencies discussing the state of the industry for three days. We've come a long way from justifying email as a channel or talking generically about big data. It will be interesting to see how far we've come in our thinking this week.

  • 4 Email Tips That Are 'On Fleek' in Email Insider on 11/23/2015

    I was introduced to a glossary of millennial terms last week by a co-worker. ("on fleek" means "on point," if you didn't know already, BTW.) Now let's shake up your traditional thinking of email marketing with a couple of tips learned by making more mistakes than I care to admit.

  • Capitalizing On Browse & Cart Abandonment in Email Insider on 11/11/2015

    Someone hits your site, they browse, then maybe put something in the cart and leave. That represents 68% of your visitors, according to Baynard Institute. There are many reasons for abandoning carts, according to Statistia:

  • 4 Ways To Think About Halloween And Email Marketing in Email Insider on 10/26/2015

    Did you carve a pumpkin? Buy a costume? Load up on candy? Decorate the house? You aren't alone, according to Statista. Last year consumers in the U.S. spent over $6.84 billion in Halloween expenditures, with $2.79 billion in costume sales alone. To draw on the Halloween theme, what better way to prepare for the week than provide a few themes that you can play with?

  • Tools To Shop For in Email Insider on 10/12/2015

    I love this quote from the movie "Draft Day," when Kevin Costner says, "We are in a different world than we were 30 seconds ago." Fact is, we are - things are moving so fast that our options and opinions may shift quickly. In such challenging times, here are some interesting innovations and goodies you should seek out.

  • Holiday Predictions in Email Insider on 09/28/2015

    Summer is gone, and we are a month away from Halloween and gaining an hour of sleep. As marketers, publishers or service providers, this is the time of year when everyone is distracted, overstimulated and likely grasping for straws for how to do things better or differently from last year. It's the perfect time to get the crystal ball out and make a few predictions for this holiday retail season. If you're not a retailer, don't stop reading - there's a few nuggets for you too.

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  • Mother's Day Hangover by David Baker (Email Insider on 05/13/2013)

    @Pete....Always love your perspectives and appreciate your readership. First of all: We all Fast Check and I love debate when everyone respects each other's points. I have books, articles and research that more than support this...... .. Here's a recent bit you might read. and happy to direct you to numerous other reputable groups, research arms and books that speak to this exact topic, which I happen to agree with: Women own the purse strings and have more influence over household and retail spend than men. U.S. Women Hold The Purse Strings http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/197520/us-women-hold-the-purse-strings.html#axzz2TN8Rsxs8 Good reading!

  • Updating Email Acquisitions? Focus Further Down The Funnel by Loren McDonald (Email Insider on 04/18/2013)

    good article Loren

  • Innovation: Hardest Thing To Get Right by David Baker (Email Insider on 03/18/2013)

    :),,, yes, let's not lecture on the principles of distracted driving.. My point is, your device will be where you are. Video in email, I was doing in 1999 with Radicalmail, first video email technology. Yet, what I'm speaking to @Dan is interactive video and dynamic video that is by far efficient to manage, produce, deliver and be data driven at scale. as I finished the column with, innovation is upon us, we just haven't operationalize some of it yet. I would challenge all the purists, that "timing" is going to be the most important factor in the CRM vision (right person, right content, right channel and right timing).. and most innovation will focused on optimizing this and the experience. With the trend in time and place shifting of email and the inbox, and the parallel technologies that serve us today "out of home", book mark this email and read it back in 2 years.

  • Decision Management For The Holidays by editor and David Baker (Email Insider on 12/13/2010)

    @James: You were the actual Inspiration to this article. I loved your articles on this..... We should connect sometime... david.baker@acxiom.com @Blaine: James "did" already write "the book" on BDM... love his perspective and view... the next generation of this is building portability into our decisions when the online world is so transient and fluid... Thanks for your posts..!!!

  • What B2B And B2C Marketers Can Learn From Each Other by Loren McDonald (Email Insider on 04/08/2010)

    Love the topic Loren, yet think you left out a significant difference in B2B and B2C and it's SCALE... a B2B database is typically a fraction of a B2C, so while focus on loyalty is a primary focus, it is also limited in how they define a customer, lead process is dramatically different and shear scale present problems with sophisticated rules based program scripting as well as funnel movement attribution.. Yet, I think B2C can learn from B2B in many ways.., but B2B would fail if they tried to apply same principles cross 15 MM customers with 400 active segments. There is no denying that lifecycle management is utopia for B2C and few do it really well so I do with the core principles can support each other. Great survey! db

  • Managing Governance In A Fast-Moving World by editor and David Baker (Email Insider on 02/15/2010)

    Randy: That's awesome, sounds like an amazing project to work on.. Good luck with it...

  • Google Buzz: Why Gmail Puts It Into The Game by Loren McDonald (Email Insider on 02/11/2010)

    Nice review Loren.. YES, I think they'll get alot more traction... as well as what MS is planning in future releases, it should be an interesting 2010 at the consumer inbox level.

  • Summit: Maybe Less Focus On Social Topics? More Case Studies? by editor and David Baker (Email Insider on 12/14/2009)

    Interesting posts... 1. Email Append is doing well, I'd recommend you talk to Axciom, but you do have to recognize that business append is tougher than consumer append, with people changing roles so rapidly.. But that is the first place to look. 2. Paula: I don't really know how to respond to your post, as you are all over the place, but I'll try. All media isn't social, and I have 100 media planners that will differ with you. Email does work and I didn't elude to otherwise, unless I misunderstood your comment. Not sure what you are talking about "thinking before you speak has fans"....We do a great deal of strategic thinking before we communicate outward to any consumer, customer etc... so not sure where you were going with this? 3. As for doctors, I think you need to do abit more research, we've seen many more PCP (Primary Care PHysicians) adopting email as a means of communciating with their patients and it varies by rural, suburban and urban practice presence,,, so privacy - yes, but there's alot of research that makes that statement void...We've done alot of work in the health space, so again, not sure where you are going with that one.. 4. Chad: Yes, it was surprising that there was alot of interest, in the past 6 summits, deliverability had lost popularity, but I think we are remiss in not talking about it.. it's kind of like ad serving and not talking about Atlas or Doubleclick and technical limitations/standards??? it usually gets blended into discussion. 5. I do like the ideas of CMO's, but the problem is .. they'll all say "YES to email and not get a heck of a lot deeper.." and they'd talk in generalities....we get this at many other events in keynotes... It's also hard to get C-Level people to this specialized summit in remote places. the whole point of the consumer focus group is to see if our assumptions about consumer trends stack up....and have alittle fun with it.... have ideas for the next one...

  • The Myths (And Truth) About Domain Reputation by George Bilbrey (Email Insider on 12/02/2009)

    Well Put George!!!

  • Next-Generation Email Marketers by editor and David Baker (Email Insider on 11/23/2009)

    All great comments... Krystina: to your comment, it VAries... isn't that the prudent response from an agency? :)... I've seen it as an extended project manager if the delivery is done through an ESP with a full service team.. If they are actually hands on the platform staging campaigns, it can be a web dev person or interface developer type role, but they should have HTML experience and ability to play with APIs.... I see the role in three veins: Strategy and Planning, Implementation and coordination and then delivery and support... so an email manager sometimes has all these responsibilities, but most times they have one or two.. and to Bill's point... I wrote a series of articles on telling the ROI story and he is correct you have to tell the story broader than clicks and opens or your'll never get budget or attention... that articles' over 3 years old, but still very relevant.. google it : Baker Telling the ROI Story...

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