Tagged 'Digital Marketing'

How To Take Your First Step Toward Targeting Consumers With Behavioral Data

Posted by Ann Breckenkamp on April 4th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Although many marketers talk about the importance of tapping into "big data" to improve their customer experience, a recent study by Razorfish and Adobe sheds light on the fact that a vast majority of marketers fail to use behavioral data in segmentation analysis and targeting execution. Many businesses struggle to incorporate behavioral data into their customer engagement practices for a variety of reasons: the data is difficult to access, they are unclear which data to use, they have trouble gleaning actionable insights from the data, and so on.
But when you approach it systematically, getting started isn’t as difficult as you might think.
In case you are among the 76% of marketers who are looking to take your first step towards sending more targeted communications to your customer base, we have put together the following process for how to think about developing your new campaign strategy.
Step #1: Define Your Goals
As with any new marketing campaign, the first step is to clearly outline your business objectives and definition of success. Your campaign strategy will differ depending on whether your primary goal is to acquire new customers, engage existing customers, drive profitability or something else altogether. Although it may sound obvious, you can expect... Read more

Courting Your Customer: Signing Up is Just the Beginning

Posted by Ann Breckenkamp on March 11th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

According to ExactTarget’s “2014 State of Marketing” report, only about 40% of marketers are currently using some type of Welcome Series to introduce new customers to their product or service. Given how expensive it can be to acquire new customers and how fleeting most customer relationships tend to be in this day and age, not having any type of onboarding flow is a lost opportunity that most marketers cannot afford.
Whether you already have some type of onboarding campaign and you’re exploring ways to improve your existing flow, or you’re part of the majority looking to create an onboarding flow for the first time, this post offers a few best practices on how to execute a welcome strategy that will drive real results. Below we’ll provide tips for not only keeping your newest customers around for the long haul, but for turning them into loyal advocates who can help drive your business success.
1) Welcome new customers immediately with a clear call-to-action.
Thank your new customers right away for signing up and introduce them to the best aspects of your product or service. You can adapt the content of your first welcome message depending on your end goals, but the important part is that... Read more

The CMO's Guide to "Her"

Posted by Ann Breckenkamp on February 27th, 2014 at 10:08 am

As marketers, we should all take lessons from Spike Jonze's "Best Picture" nominee, "Her," when crafting the strategy for our next campaign. This futuristic film features Joaquin Phoenix as Theo, a lonely soul who falls in love with his intelligent computer operating system (OS) named Samantha. Samantha is the embodiment of artificial intelligence—although she is just a piece of software, she adapts and evolves her behavior by synthesizing personal experiences and knowledge, building humanlike relationships along the way.
From the very beginning of the film, Samantha tries to learn Theo’s preferences, needs and desires so she can tailor her communication with him accordingly. She collects data from a variety of sources to inform her interactions: she reads his emails and other computer files, views the world around him through the lens of his mobile phone, and even converses with him about his feelings. Because Samantha is a sophisticated technology, she can quickly process these loads of data and immediately apply them to create very personalized and meaningful interactions with Theo.
Based on Theo’s past behavior, Samantha learns to anticipate his needs in her role as his personal assistant, friend and confidant. She knows when and how to most effectively offer encouragement, tell... Read more

iBeacons Usher in New Era of Mobile Advertising in 2014, Raise Old Privacy Concerns

Posted by Fernando Bohorquez Jr. on February 6th, 2014 at 8:44 am

Co-Authored by Alan M. Pate
Remember that scene from Minority Report? The one where John Anderton (Tom Cruise) takes a trip to GAP, virtual billboards call out his name and bombard him with offers as he walks through the mall, retinal scanners flash left and right, an AI hologram offers up his own personal greeting – “Welcome Back to the Gap! How’d those assorted tank tops work out for you?” It’s not quite 2054, and we haven’t quite perfected PreCrime, but ad tech is taking some big steps in the Minority Report direction.
2014 may be the year Apple’s “iBeacon” iOS7 feature changes the game for targeted advertising with its ability to detect customers’ presence and deliver targeted ads. As with almost any new ad tech these days, its adoption isn’t without privacy concerns.
As reported by the New York Times, this Super Bowl weekend the NFL deployed Apple’s iBeacon technology to send users of the NFL Mobile App targeted advertisements based on their physical location in Manhattan or in MetLife Stadium. Fans walking down Broadway received messages such as – “Get your picture taken with the Lombardi Trophy, located between 43rd and 44th streets on... Read more

The State of Human Interaction in Marketing

Posted by Grant Johnson on February 5th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

A funny thing is happening with the proliferation of social media, it is making way too many people LESS social. Walk down almost any high school hallway and you will see. The kids’ text each other rather than converse. Or they Snap Chat, Tweet or use Instagram.
In business circles we seem to prefer email to voice messages and rarely seem to talk to each other, conducting a lot of business electronically via chat, email, webinars and/or, sometimes, conference calls. What about meeting face-to-face?
This may further divide the role of sales and marketing. It’s curious why so many firms still put the two together in one job title. From my experience, they are two different types of thinkers. Most great sales people are not great marketers and most great marketers are not stellar sales people.
It is true that marketing needs to sell today, and input is crucial from both parties. However, when it comes down to it, especially in bigger, considered purchases like in the B2B space, a great sales person can make all the difference in closing the deal.
But it is not limited to B2B. A great retail sales person can turn you into a loyal customer faster than most marketing... Read more