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Marketers are still adapting to the major disruptions of the past several years. Buyers, though, still expect marketers to provide personalization and enjoyable experiences.  
Luckily, the technology and data that can help are becoming more accessible. 
In partnership with Ascend2, Oracle surveyed 853 marketers across the US, Canada, India and the UK. The results show what trends and technologies are helping marketers pivot where necessary, connect with customers and drive conversions. 
Thirty-eight percent of marketers said maximizing performance across channels was one of their most difficult challenges. Audiences are now digitally everywhere. They consume and engage with content across a variety of channels and devices. 
Somehow, marketers have to keep up with them, stay consistent and relevant with their messaging, and deliver value. Customers tell you everything you need to know about how to please them with their online behaviors. The right technology helps by taking in that data so marketers can use it to connect with customers and adapt their strategies as necessary. 
Forty-three percent of marketing organizations plan to offer more personalized content and offers in the year ahead. Videos and virtual events will make much of this content easier for customers to consume. Personalization will also help marketers put more focus on retaining customers rather than only acquiring new ones. 
What technologies will help?
Fifty-nine percent of marketers who say they can’t live without AI have highly successful marketing strategies. Thirty percent of marketers surveyed overall fear they’re missing out on AI’s ability to predict customer behaviors and adjust campaigns. 
AI creates efficiencies and maximizes resources, especially with manual, repetitive tasks, such as:
Forty-two percent of marketers say they already trust AI to personalize content and offers in real-time. 
An impressive 94% of marketers thought their 2021 was successful. Thirty-seven percent are confident 2022 will also be a successful year. 
Find out what trends and technologies will make it so. 
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