The easiest thing in the world is to have an idea. The hardest thing is to successfully execute on that idea and turn it into something that creates customers and actually turns a profit.
I talk with startups every day, and the one thing many of them have in common is that their self perception is often out of whack with what people actually want or need. Lots of valuable time, money and most importantly, energy, get lost this way via development, marketing and PR.
1. We’re Changing The World!
Not yet you're not. Your vision includes the potential to change some part of the world and people’s lives, but until you’ve attracted enough customers, subscribers, media attention, or social media swagger to actually start making a difference, you’ve changed nothing.
Take a realistic look at when that moment will be that you go from the "idea" of changing the world to "actually" changing the world. That’s what you’re shooting for, and if you're smart, driven and talented you'll get there.
2. We’re Revolutionary, A First, Unique!
Are you sure? Have you really looked? Are you really as unique as you think or are? Are there others like you out there? Don’t be afraid to look.... Read more
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
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
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